Ultimate Blog Party 2008

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What a fantastic way to meet new friends, seek new blogs, and of course win fabulous prizes.  I’m a bit late, but better late then NEVER, right!

Welcome to my neck of the woods!  I’m Jill, your bloggy hostess.  Read more about me here.   I’m often asked how I manage my everyday life with 5 wonderful boys that are at home with me 24/7.  So, I will include several tips, links, and ideas that have made my life manageable without jumping off the nearest bridge.  LOL!  By any means, I am not an expert and learn everyday from my mistakes.  Thank you. Jesus, for your loving grace.

First things first…..  My day is so much brighter if I wake up 30 minutes earlier before the kiddos wake up.  I have my coffee pot set and have my bible, prayer journal, and devotion along with a pen on my end table each blessed morning for my daily quiet time.  Starting off my day with the Lord has tremendously blessed my mind-set as a wife, mother, and teacher.  Some days I over sleep, but I deliberately make it a point to start my day off with the Lord.  Here is an awesome free bible study, called Woman of Excellence.

Second, I must have my priorities straight.  Read this post.

Third, maintain a household notebook.  Many suggestions here. And here, here, and here.  Being organized will make your life so much enjoyable and manageable.  More time for the fun stuff!

Fourth, I implement MotivatedMoms everyday schedule.  I also have trained all my children to help with the daily chores of the household.

Fifth, find a hobby that you can do at home.   I have recently discovered sewing and crocheting.   I have Fridays afternoons set aside to sew.  I also watch the news and crochet at the same time.  I can crochet while supervising the children.  Note: You learn to be multi-tasked after your third child.  LOL!

Sixth,  get rid of the TV.  Well, in reality I mean stop wasting your precious time on mealiness, silly, ungodly shows.  American Idol is educational meaningful, right?  LOL!  Plan family nights that include interaction with one another.  No TV.  Have set time for TV and video games.  Only after all chores and school work have been successfully accomplished with a cheerful attitude, may my boys turn on PBS kids.

Seventh, eat together every night as a family.  Stop believing that you and your children need to participate in every outside activity that is being offered.  Once again, check your priorities.  No excuses here!

Eighth,  pray and grow spiritually together as a family.  Teach your children God’s Word.  This isn’t optional, but a command.

Ninth,  find ministries and ways to serve at home to outreach to outsiders if you have a gazillion kiddos like me.  LOL!  There is a season for everything.  Also, remember if you are a SAHM, your husband, children, and home should be your #1 ministry priority.

Tenth, read good books on being a Godly woman, parent, friend and mentor.  There are loads of great books about organization, as well.   Read a chapter a day and maintain a log of the books that have positively influenced you.  This will help you when you need some review or need to suggest a good read to a friend.  Check out my encouraging read postsEnter my book give-away here

And always remember God never gives you anything you can’t handle.  I look forward to meeting some new bloggy friends.  The bloggy world has been  such a blessing to my christian journey.  Can’t wait to meet you.  Feel free to subscribe to my crazy blog.

Seeking Him,

Jill ~ tons of sons

10 responses to “Ultimate Blog Party 2008

  1. Hi! Great party! I admire those of you who sew and crochet…I just don’t have the patience! I really enjoy photography, though! And music.

    Hope to see you again soon!

  2. Great tips! I get up before the kids each day (well, the fatigue of the pregnancy has me slacking a little this week) and keep a home management binder as well. It’s been a lifesaver! I’m expecting my 3rd boy and wondering how in the world I’m going to manage! I’m sure you have your hands full with 5!! Enjoy the party!!

  3. Hi Jill,

    That’s awesome that you are spending personal time with your family instead of just sitting in front of the TV. In some ways the TV seems to have taken over the lives of many of us today, and unfortunately it’s used as a babysitter all too often.

    I stopped by from the blog party, I hope you’re having fun meeting all of the bloggers on the list. Keep on partying! 🙂

  4. Oops, I forgot to add…..you mentioned having a household notebook…..have you ever checked out flylady.net? The Flylady is awesome, just thought I’d pass that along in case you resonate with her suggestions. 🙂

  5. Wonderful approach to life! LOVE IT!
    I’m stopping in for the party – hope your having a fun time
    Party on!

  6. I’m inviting you to party with me!

    Win some chocolate from my-sister-in-law and I…we blog about CHOCOLATE…me from Australia…and her from Michigan. Here’s the link: http://thechocolistas.blogspot.com/2008/03/ultimate-blog-party-2008.html

    What am I doing in Australia? I married an Aussie…and moved to Brisbane, leaving my family and friends and all the right-side-of-the-road drivers in America.

    Win a handmade pocket place mat from my blog Comfort Joy Designs. Here’s the link:

    Want to know more about life in Australia? Visit my A Cup of Joy site where I keep up with my family and friends in America. Here’s the link:

    Happy Partying!

  7. Hi, so glad you joined the party! I love your tips you shared in your blog party post. I’ll be back soon to read more.

    Nice to meet you!

  8. Thanks for those tips…seriously…I am definitely going to keep your link handy to your blog, lots of great stuff and things I need.
    It was nice to meet you and read your blog.


  9. Hey..welcome to the party…I have a house hold notebook..Love to be organized..Keeps me happy… Come by and check my blog out sometime..Have a great party week.

  10. Hi. I stopped by to crash your party!

    Five boys! Wow! I’m currently growing my second child/boy and I’m happy that my son will have a little brother! I have to agree keeping things organized is always a help!

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