Clothesline, Day 2

This is my clothesline, closed. To be making such an impact on my home keeping in general, it really isn’t that big.

With that said, when we are on the land that we plan on having for the rest of our lives, I would like to have iron T-bars ran, stretching the span of a good distance so that I can watch all my quilts and my sheets and even the tiny baby clothes blowing around in the breeze! I’ve said it before….if you can’t find anything else relaxing in your home…this is pretty great. It’s just a reminder to stop and slow down for a little bit.

I finished with all my haircuts yesterday. It ended up taking me pretty much all day, but they are done and everyone looks nice and neat again. I’m glad to have that one behind me for a few weeks!

Have you gotten your glass jar for sour dough yet? Just a reminder that I will post the first “class time” segment on Tuesday for us to make the sour dough starter. This weekend would be a great time to find a jar!

I’m sure I’m going to have a hard time posting this next part today. I can already tell I’m probably going to be editing and re-editing all day. This is so important….I don’t think that my words could ever relate what is in my heart but here goes:

Prayer Requests:

Before the posted prayer requests this morning, I would like to ask a special prayer for the young man and remaining family members in Pennsylvania. Why would a 24 year old man want to kill his family, (the youngest only being 5)?

I have such a heavy heart about this today. It’s a horrible thing what is happening in America. We are growing a generation of broken homes and broken families. We have allowed, for too long, lies to permeate the very fabric of who we were created to be.

As Mom to five sons, I’m disturbed greatly by what I see our society telling men that they should and shouldn’t be. I know that God has placed within each of them the information and the guidance they need to become men. What happens when the world tells them all they know inside about themselves is a lie and they don’t have to have faith, they don’t have to have family, they don’t have to be the men they were created to be. The Bible tells us men can find satisfaction….He even tells us how. We, as a society, have to start turning back to the only truth there is. Without it, we are only doomed for failure.

Now you, Mom, hold this tiny acorn in your hand. Today is just another opportunity to nurture it and help it to grow the way it should, so that tomorrow, it can be the tree it was always meant to be.

Hug your children. Appreciate and grow the qualities in your sons that make them want to open doors for women and protect their families.

I’m going to step down off my soap box now and get back to your regularly scheduled prayer requests! : )

My Grandmother’s birthday is tomorrow!

My husband’s meetings today (yes, we’re having two more!).

For a productive weekend for my family.

I don’t have an update yet, so please keep Krista Lawrence on your prayer list.

The “situation” brewing in Iran.

Beverly Daffron to have a great birthday!

Today, I’m Thankful For:

An early start to my day!

The opportunity to spend a special evening with my husband (more about this in a minute!).

Being able to spend some time with my Grandmother tomorrow.

My friend, Christy who sent me the best note this morning and closed by saying that she hoped “God blesses the fruit of my hands”! That’s a great blessing! Thank you, Christy, and thank you Lord for such a special friend!

For my husband ….despite my never ending lists of things to do just smiles and knows that I’m always at work “feathering my nest” and never complains, but instead is always willing to help in any way that he can!

I’m so blessed!!

Tracy’s Task:

Two tasks again today. We are on Friday which always has me looking toward the weekend. This weekend take a few minutes to spruce up your mailbox. You would be amazed at how nasty they get over the winter. You might think about repainting it or adding some cute little flowers around the base. Whatever you decide to do…make everything inside and outside your home, to the best of your ability, a reflection of your family and a reflection of the Lord.

I’m sorry, I can’t resist one more soapbox for the day! I’m getting stirred up just thinking about it! We have the misfortune of living in the neighborhood with a teenager who apparently has nothing better to do than destroy mailboxes. I’m not sure how to describe this other than that for several weeks straight, over the winter, we would go out to our mailbox to get the mail and our mailbox flag would actually be rolled up, top to bottom. Needless to say, over time, it has fallen off. I would have already replaced it except….I CAN’T FIND AN ALL METAL MAILBOX! I don’t want a plastic one…they never hold up over time. Even the metal mailboxes now have these cheap plastic flags. It’s almost like they want them to break so that you have to replace them. UGH! Where has product quality gone? I’m even willing to pay more if I can find one, but so far, we’ve had no luck!

Anyway, work on your mailbox! : )

The second task is to plan a special night over the weekend to have dinner with your hubby. We live on a budget, and of course have several littles, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t have a special evening.

I usually plan to have dinner with my husband over candle light after the children have gone to bed. They think that it’s funny and we’ll hear little giggles and see them peaking around the corner at us, but we know that it is important for them to see us spending this kind of time together.

Today, I’m going to print my hubby out an invitation on the computer and place it on his desk. Tonight, I’m setting a pretty table and we’re going to eat a special meal together…just the two of us!

Try to make time to plan something special for your sweetheart. In a world so hurried (as we certainly are), it’s important to always remember to make your special someone feel extra important to you!

What I’m Learning:

Here’s the funny today. I mentioned I’m feeling old in a post a couple of days ago. I don’t think that I’ve ever felt older than yesterday.

Jessica was writing something and asked me what the date was. We shared a couple of comments about how fast time was flying this year and then she asked: “Mama, did they have CALENDARS when you were little?”. There was, of course, dead silence from my end of the room.

Today’s Scripture Meditation:

Eccl 11:9

“Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.”

*I’m sorry to have been so long winded this morning! I guess next time, some of ya’ll are going to sit down with a glass of tea before you come to read my post! : )

I hope that you have a great weekend!

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