Tracy / August 31, 2006

Getting up at 5 in the morning is not nearly as exciting as I wish it were, but it does allow me to capture the sunrise and most importantly, to get a fresh start on my day before my family is up and roaming around.

I wanted to share with you a little this morning of what has been on my heart lately concerning homemaking in general.

There are so many comments made by many women about needing “their” time away from their children and away from their home. This is such a selfish line of thought and this self seeking leads to nothing but unhappiness and discontent in our homes.

We must step back and realize that God, in His perfect way, made us to be keepers of our home. How could we possibly find content elsewhere?

If you are truly looking to be content and to find fulfillment…you don’t have to look any further than your own walls, your own husband and your own children. They need you and you know what? You need them too! It’s nice to get out sometimes, especially to learn a new skill or fellowship with other believers, we just need to make sure that if we are doing this as an “escape” we re-examine our lives to find the real problem.

Onto other things…

The “latest” corny joke in our home….
“How does a crocodile cook his food?”
–The answer can be found at the bottom of the posting.

We’ve been working on our schedule this week, though, I’ve been on and off so I could take care of some loose ends we have had. The good thing is I designed my schedule to accommodate the children being able to go through the blocks by themselves. This way, if I’m out or needed somewhere else, it can go on without me. This is a first! Every other year, if I had to be out of the house for some reason, the whole home was thrown off. It’s nice to know even in my absence, our home is still in order.

Prayer Requests

My Mom works with David Eissler who’s 13 year old son is having a heart valve replaced today at University hospital.

We have got so much planned for this weekend. Please pray that we can work as efficiently as possible.

Paul has a tooth ache.

Somewhere….*sigh*, we have lost a little lizard in our home. We saw him briefly as he ran by the front door yesterday, but we couldn’t catch him fast enough. Today, everyone is on the look out for the un-welcomed little friend in our home.

Today, I’m Thankful For

Seeing a beautiful sunrise this morning.

Almost a week working on the new schedule.

Progress made getting the porch ready for fall.

A good beginning to this last day of August…can you believe it?

A dimpled and smiley bald little girl who likes to play “peek a boo” in the mornings!

Tracy’s Task

This is a picture of the front porch “before”. I’m going to be working on getting it more presentable before the weekend. We are also going to focus very heavily on the yard on Saturday. We are getting to the months where growth will slow down some and so it’s nice to have efforts made in the yard last a little longer! 🙂

*One note, my porch is not usually this messy…we’ve been going
through our storage space and have the left over sunflowers on
our porch….those are the first to go this weekend!!

Three things I’m focusing on…..

1. Setting up some pretty planters for mums in the coming weeks.

2. I would love to have a seasonal flag for the porch…I’m going to see what I can locate over the weekend.

3. I need to get big toys off my deck and find another place for them.

I’m also going to hose off the front door mat… needs it REALLY bad!

What are some things that you can do to beautify this area of your home?

What I’m Learning

The more you do in your home…the more you find reasons to be there and make things nicer for your family….the more you invest in your household, the happier you are there!

Today’s Scripture Meditation

1 Tim 2:5-6
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men– the testimony given in its proper time.

The answer to the latest corny joke…
“In a crock pot!” : )

That you may draw close to your mediator today,

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