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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

WFMW ~ sites that are offer things for free!

My favorite way to shop is on-line.  wfmwsmall.jpgHowever, the only way that I truly like to shop is only when it’s free.  So, this week at WFMW ,  we are to post  our favorite on-line shopping site.  And mine is Amazon.  And you haven’t heard of that, right? So, since I always like to be a tad different, I am listing a few of my favorite sites that offer things for free.  Free is always good, huh!

Cindy’s Porch ~ great site with lots of great ideas to save, budget, and spend less.

Homeschool Launch ~ tons of great stuff

823 Free Forms~ You will be in heaven if your a form fanatic like me

Old Fashioned Education ~ a whole curriculum for FREE

Free Christian Books on-line

Desiring God ~ more free Christian books on-line

Children  books on-line

HomeschoolEstore ~ free Valentines pages.  Each week they offer something for free

Free Woman’s Bible Study

Woman of Excellence ~ free wonderful bible study

Free Journal Pages for kids ~ great way to get your kiddos to write

Free Phonic posters

Free Spelling Course

Jan Brett ~ lots of free stuff for teachers

More Phonic Blend flashcards

Free Unit Studies

EasyFunSchool ~ more free unit studies

Creation Kids ~ great for preschoolers or Kindergarteners

Free Crochet Patterns

A Little bit of everything 

Crafty Town

Free Vintage Patterns

Crochet N more

All Freebie Stuff

Thunderfap

Free Stuff ~ free items posted daily

As you can tell, I am a free junkie!  Please feel free (there’s that word, again!) to leave a comment with some of your favorite free sites!

Prioritze 2008 ~ WFMW

worksformewednesday.jpgWith this New Year already in place,( where does time fly?)I am really striving to be a Proverbs 31 woman. But, with so many tasks and hats to be wear each day, it can be so overwhelming… to say the least. But, I have made a new year resolution to prioritize my week, day, months accordingly. I will not wake up feeling boggled down because I don’t know what to do first. Here is my list in order of importance….

God ~ spend my daily time with Him each morning ~ that means I better get up no later than 6 am ~ a challenge for me. Also, have my bible and devotion ready for me to open on the end table.

Husband ~ ask my husband each Sunday what he could use my help with this week. Also, I am trying to remember to ask him each morning, too.

Family/homeschool ~train, feed, bathe my5 boys ~ as well as, provide their education

Housework ~ I use motivated moms cleaning/task schedule ~ of course, I can put a load of laundry in and do a few household chores, but I am really trying to give my children my undivided attention during the school/morning hours

Ministries/Fellowship ~ this is the biggest challenge for me ~ I need to really implant the fact that my children and home are my most important ministry at this time. There is a season for everything. I usually schedule about 2-3 just mommy outings a month and try to participate in ministries that we can serve as a family. For example, preparing meals for the sick, sending cards of encouragement, and inviting others for supper we can all partake in.

Here are a few forms/Links that I use or have used… Pick what works for you

Organized Home

Household Organizer

Donna Young

I currently use this particular weekly form and post it on my fridge each week. weekly-planner.pdf

I hope this helps other Christian mothers help prioritize their 2008. See what works for other bloggy friends at Rocksinmydryer.

WFMW ~ Hiding Christmas gifts

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Hiding gifts has never been a challenge for Santa and Mrs. Claus. We put all the gifts in trash bags in the garage. Of course, you must inform your spouse that it is not garbage. One idea to distinguish gifts rather than garbage is to use a different color bag than you usually use for garbage. We use black in our kitchen, so you might want to use white. Honestly, we just use the same old bags we always use and put them in a corner in the garage. This has worked for me for years. But, I always mark in my Christmas notebook what I have bought to avoid over buying and digging into the bags before Christmas Eve.

 

Rocksinmydryer has more creative ideas. Happy Thanksgiving, bloggy friends. I am so thankful for all of you.

Monday Meandering ~ Nov 12th

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Stop by Tiany‘s blog and see what other bloggy sisters are up to this week.

Bible/Devotion~

I am continuing with my daily bible reading. And concentrating on being quiet and meek even when I am tired…which seems to be all the time. (: Also, I seem to get in my bible reading, but my prayer time is suffering. I need to meet my Father every morning.

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Places I gotta go~

Ladies Auction ~ can’t wait!!! I gotta make spur of the minute  cookies.

Take Doobies to speech

attend the Turkey Craft Social

Things I gotta do~

Home Blessing day ~ must complete

reorganize my home management notebook ~ Does anyone have a pretty cover I can print for my beloved notebook? If so, I would be thrilled and will read your blog…LOL!

look over Christmas notebook ~ print off Christmas wish list for the boys ~ I have informed the boys that they are only going to get 3 presents this year to represent the 3 gifts that Jesus received. So, I want them to make a list of at least 10 things that they would mind Santa delivering this year.

activate new card and renew library books

organize sewing desk

AND work on zone 3 this week~ kitchen week
Train EM UP~

We will be continuing with our Fruit of the Spirit chart. It wasn’t as successful last week. Also, we will be working on ~ thankfulness.

Memory Verse….

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him,
and bless his name. Psalm 100:4

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Monday

Fall Dinner ~ My dh ended up making us a special roast beef dinner Saturday night, so we will have this tonight.

Tuesday

Baked Chicken, rice, and veggies

Wednesday

Dried Beef Gravy served of homemade bread, apple sauce, and tator tots

Thursday

Frito Pie

Friday

No plans yet

Visit Laura to see what other bloggy friends are fixin’ up for supper this week.