Happy Mother’s Day, and A Tribute!

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My sister wrote this tribute to our mom yesterday and said I could share it here on the blog. Mother’s Day is now painful and beautiful, all mixed together. I go shopping for a Mother’s Day card, but it’s for my step-mom. I see all these cards I would like to buy my mom, and just wish I told her enough how much I loved her, and cared for her when she was still here on earth.

To those of you with children, Happy Mother’s Day! Enjoy your blessings.

To those of you without children and struggling with infertility, all I can say is press on. Don’t give up hope that God has a plan for your life. I’ve watched the raw painful journey of what infertility looks like, and seen that person continue to trust God over and over again, even though there are still moments of tears. God is faithful, despite trials.

To those of you who are missing your mom today, I understand. Those feelings are raw, and you never truly understand them until you have experienced it. I’ll never forget the horrible feeling that came over me when my best friend, my mother took her last breath. I was alone with her in the room, and I desperately wanted to somehow bring her back to life again. It’s almost been six years now, and God has been there to comfort me, and helped me through the tears and heartache.

Here is what my sister wrote.

“Her children arise up, and call her blessed.” Prov. 31:28

Mother and daughter

My mom with my sister
I miss my Mom every single day. This is a photo of my Mom helping me when I was a little girl. I have such wonderful memories of my childhood. My Mom was always watching out for me, helping me, teaching me, loving me, trying to encourage me to follow Christ. From my youngest years I remember seeing her face just light up when she smiled or laughed. She loved being with people, cared about them, enjoyed visiting, and was just in general such a happy outgoing woman. If Mom was happy, our entire family was happy. I remember thinking as a little girl how beautiful my Mom was. I hoped I could be like her when I grew up. 

Mom and daughter

My mom and myself (Caroline). I treasure this picture as I received hugs like this constantly from her. She was always there to comfort me, no matter how sick or tired she felt. 


My Mom was my best friend. I watched my Mom walk through health issues and other serious trials for most of the life I knew. She had Lupus for the last 17 years. I remember the days she almost died, I remember the entire year she spent in bed being so ill when I was 16. I remember ambulances, hospital stays, blood draws, more doctor appointments I took her to than I care to remember. She lived through such heartache. I wondered how she could possibly have the strength to go on. Truth was she told me, she didn’t have the strength. She had to cry out from the depths of her soul to God, and He gave her what she needed time and time again. He threw her a life jacket in the storms of life each time she thought she would drown. I watched her cry, I watched her fight, I watched her stand back up. Finally, I watched her die. I learned what really matters when you are about to enter eternity. I learned how to put life into true perspective. I learned I don’t want to waste the life God has given me.


My Mom taught me what it meant to have charity, the true love of Christ, for others. My Mom taught me to forgive. My Mom taught me there was nothing on earth more important than my soul and where it was in connection with God. My Mom taught me to be strong. My Mom taught me to look at people’s hearts, not just the outward body that was seen by my eyes. My Mom taught me to love the scriptures, to love beauty, to love listening to birds singing in the trees, to love being outdoors, to love music, to love singing praises to God. My Mom taught me to honor, respect, and care for those who were ill, elderly, and weak. My Mom taught me to be thankful for life itself. My Mom taught me to be grateful for the health I enjoyed. My Mom taught me what joy was. 

Mom and daughters

A happy mom with her two daughters! 

I wish so much I had told my Mom more often what she meant to me when she was alive. I wish I had talked to her more, asked her questions I never asked, hugged her a million times, told her I Love You all the times I didn’t.


My Mom is gone from this earth now, but I have her memory with me every day. I recognize and understand as a mother myself now just how blessed I was. I had such an incredible Mom! I hope in some way I can be a mother like her to my children. I love you Mother Dear!

A wonderful, godly grandmother!

This picture is a few months before she passed. The Lupus had gone to her brain at this point, but she still showed such beautiful radiance and joy, as she daily learned to keep putting her trust in the Lord. So thankful she was able to meet 4 of her grandchildren and enjoy them! 

Confessions From A Husband About Homemaking

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Confessions From A Husband About Homemaking

You may have heard – the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle is here. Even I’m excited about it! And why shouldn’t I be? For the past two years I’ve seen how it encourages my wife with its excellent resources and helpful tips. Homemaking is not a sprint, it’s a marathon and anything that can help keep a spring in my wife’s step deserves my appreciation.

I didn’t always think in this way. My early views on keeping a home were, well, cringe worthy.

As you may have learned by reading this blog, I like to keep things clean. When I was in High School I began keeping my room, my car, and my things meticulously. My first job was at a local grocery store and I relished the challenge of finding efficient ways to fill a grocery sack as the food beeped across the scanner. A few of you out there might relate but at this point most of you are probably pitying Caroline for ever having married me. Read on. : )

Sean and Caroline

Years later Caroline and I met, and for all of the wonderful things about our courtship it failed to disclose just how different she and I were in this area. That’s not to say that Caroline likes a good mess. It’s just that messes don’t speak to her the same way they do me.

Random stuff on the living room floor likes to jaw at me. It laughs at me; calls me names. I have to shut it up. To Caroline its saying, “Here we are, out of our places. No hurry though. We know you’ll pick us up when its convenient for you.”

So, of course she walks by as if it weren’t there. I simply can’t. Or should I say “couldn’t”. Six children does something to you in this regard. The stuff just kind of grins at me now – no words. I think I’m improving – don’t you?

Early marriage, though, was different. I can remember coming home from work and Caroline telling me that she had taken a nap during the day. “A nap?” I thought. Whatever for? I mean, it’s just you here, in this tiny house. You shop for groceries and you clean this house and you need a nap? (Are you cringing yet?)

There were days where she only had energy or time to tidy up one room before I got home. I’d walk through the door, size things up and quietly make my displeasure known, never mind acknowledging the work she did accomplish. This always hurt her a great deal. Ok, now I’m cringing.

“Yes you fool, she needs a nap. And no, she doesn’t need you guilting her into keeping the house clean!” That’s the me of today talking to the me of yesterday, or, at least that’s what I’d say if given the chance.

Starting a home based business really altered my thinking on this. You see, I was home more, and the more I was home the more I was able to see just how difficult, how complex, how thankless, how physically draining, and how mentally taxing homemaking really is.

Simplicity Quote on Motherhood

I quickly began to realize that not only did my wife occasionally need a nap to help her through the burden of the day, she deserved something eminently more important – encouragement. On a daily basis. From me.

I saw so many needs pressing upon her every day. I saw, with my own eyes, how the tasks she performed were critical to the overall wellbeing my home. To the casual onlooker, of course, these are menial, unlovely tasks not worthy of respect. The mother’s role in society is not exactly an exalted one, and my wife had long since come to terms with the way the world views what she does.

But what about the way her husband viewed it? Did she find honor and praise for her work from him? Something a wife simply cannot and should not be expected to endure is disrespect from within the home, particularly from her husband. He is, without a doubt, the best person to provide the encouraging words of appreciation she so desperately needs and legitimately deserves. She can endure the slings and arrows of the world’s harsh judgement if only he will affirm her work and bless her constancy.

I could have spared my wife a lot of hurt feelings if I would have made more of an effort to better acquaint myself with the demands of her work in the home.

Now I’m a true believer. My wife is irreplaceable. Her work is legitimately difficult. Most men couldn’t handle it. I mean it – they couldn’t handle it. It places physical and mental demands on her that I didn’t know even existed until I spent some time by her side.

Joyful Motherhood!

Too many men treat housekeeping like professional sports. The greatest athletes make what they do look easy to the point that in some of our more delusional moments we think we could actually do what they do. It’s just like that with our wives. They make it look easy, and we think, “Homemaking – nothing to it.” What nonsense. If that’s the way we look at housekeeping is it any wonder that they receive so little encouragement from us?

So that’s my little plug for not only the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle, but all forms of encouragement we can give our wives. Caroline gets excited about the bundle every year. It helps to keep her spirits up. It motivates and inspires her. I’m all for it. God knows she has a difficult job.

**Caroline here – I have to let you know my husband totally, completely surprised me by writing this. I didn’t ask him to do this, and I was deeply humbled by what he shared here. I love my husband so much, and am thankful for his encouragement!**

Surprise! It’s the very last day of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale! I would hate for you guys to miss out on purchasing this bundle, especially because the bonus offers are incredible. A free subscription to Right Start Media for a year, where you receive a streaming video library that includes films for all ages!

Some of the items include:

  • VeggieTales
  • Adventures in Odyssey
  • 3-2-1 Penguins
  • What’s In the Bible
  • Boz the Bear
  • Chuck Swindoll’s Paws & Tales series for kids
  •  Bible studies by Francis Chan, John MacArthur, Dave Ramsey, and John Maxwell for adults.

You also receive a free cleaning kit from Grove! As you all know, Mrs. Meyer’s are my favorite cleaning products, and I LOVE getting my cleaning supplies and diapers from Grove!

Bonus offers with Ultimate Homemaking Bundle!

Here is the complete list!

  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($19.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)
  • FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

But there is MORE!!!

I’ve given out an incredible amount of flexi clips already. It’s crazy how many I’ll be shipping out, but it’s about to get even crazier!

40 more ladies have a chance to obtain an item from Lilla Rose, today only! And it’s the first 40 who purchase an Ultimate Homemaking Bundle through my link!

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It’s going to be a little different this time around. Some of you will be receiving bobby pin sets from Lilla Rose, and some of you will be receiving flexi clips. Just fill out the form with your top 2 preferred sizes of flexi clips, and you will be surprised when your package arrives. It might be a flexi clip, or it might be a pair of bobby pins!

Remember, it’s the first 40 only! These went super fast last time! There is a small shipping fee you pay for these, but otherwise they are free! And it’s only for USA customers, unless international customers want to pay for the extra shipping!

Purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and receive a FREE Flexi Clip, plus a $10 gift certificate to Deborah & Co.

After you grab your bundle, fill out this google form to receive your item from Lilla Rose and the $10 gift certificate to Deborah & Co. 

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(Republished  – Originally this post was written April of 2015)

 

 

Are You Discouraged As A Homemaker? The Homemaking Bundle Is Here To Help!

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*Happy Dance!* It’s my absolute favorite bundle sale of the year to promote. Why? Because The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle provides an incredible amount of value, for not very much money! There is something in it for everyone, and I’ve even had single young ladies say they purchase it because they are wanting to learn more about being a homemaker.

Get the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle for less than $30, and retails for over $1300! A HUGE resource for homemakers, designed to encourage you in all your many tasks!

If you have never heard of the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle before, it’s a resource filled with ebooks, courses, and bonus offers that are worth over $1300! And you get it for – get this – less than $30.

Yes, it’s an insane offer. 

That’s why it’s only available for six days!

 

I know you are striving to cultivate a lovely home for your family. I also know that homemaking is rough, and I constantly need encouragement to keep going.  That’s why I love promoting this bundle. It contains the encouragement I need, for one amazingly low price.

The bundle contains 93 superb eBooks and eCourses designed to help you:

  • cut down your time in the kitchen with crockpot freezer meals and make-ahead breakfasts
  • organize and declutter your home
  • teach your kids to clean (and create a chore system that works)
  • save money by making DIY personal care and cleaning products
  • create realistic weight loss plans and add more healthy movement to your life
  • learn how to keep your kids safe online
  • start your own business or find a great work-at-home job
  • get the mothering encouragement you need on the hard days (no matter what stage or age your kids are at)
  • and even relax and recharge in the evenings with a little adult coloring

The combined value of everything in the bundle is over $1,000, but you get everything for a humongous 97% off, less than $30 for the whole bundle! 

 

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale, with 70 ebooks, and much more! Worth over $1300, you get it for less than $30! How crazy is that?!

Worried about information overload? Don’t be: there’s a handy Interactive Quick Start Guide to help you take action right away.

You might be one of those people who likes to think about it, and purchase at the very last hour of the sale. I totally get it! However…there are some really good reasons to purchase today, and I don’t want you to miss out!

A lot of people want to upgrade their bundle and have it on their e-reader. It normally costs an additional $10, but on Wednesday and Thursday you get that upgrade for free!! 

(If you don’t have an e-reader, you can totally read all of these on your laptop! That’s what I do!)

I’m personally offering a super special bonus offers for those who purchase through this blog post!

For all six days I’m offering a $10 gift certificate to Deborah & Co. Yes, that’s right! You will receive a code that will take $10 off any order, no minimums required!

Purchase the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle and receive a $10 gift card to Deborah & Co.

Fill out this form for the bonus offer from me!

You might be thinking “This sounds great, but it also sounds overwhelming! How am I ever going to use 70 ebooks?”

I get it. I’ve felt that way myself. The answer is, you won’t use 70 ebooks. But you might use 50 of them. You might use 10 of them. You might even just use one of them! But let me put it to you this way – one of the courses included in this year’s bundle (the Cozy Mom Minimalist) is one I’ve longingly looked at for quite some time, but it was $39. Just that alone is worth the cost of the bundle, plus all the super duper bonus offers I will receive!

Feel the freedom to be selective and to pick and choose what you will use with your bundle once you receive it. Don’t let it overwhelm you. Remember – you own the bundle, not the other way around!

Enough talk! You seriously need to go check out the Homemaking Bundle now!

Did you want to know what other bonus offers are included? Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only. You’ll get:

 

  • FREE Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Mrs. Meyer’s Multi Surface Spray, Grove Collaborative Spray Bottle, Grove Collaborative Scrubber Sponges and FREE 60-day VIP trial with FREE shipping from Grove Collaborative ($30 value)
  • FREE Online Class from Craftsy ($29.99-$69.99 value)
  • FREE Kids Discovery Box from GreenKidCrafts.com ($24.95 value)
  • $15 Gift Certificate to InkWELL Press ($15 value)
  • $15 Credit to Hope Ink Shop PLUS Two FREE 8×10 Art Prints with Any Purchase ($71)
  • FREE SPOT Treatment for Acne & Eczema OR a $15 Gift Certificate from Bloom Naturals ($15 value)
  • FREE 90-Day Pro Membership to ListPlanIt.com ($30)
  • FREE 1-Year MollyGreen.com Membership ($29 value)
  • FREE Hand Massage Routine Videos from Melt Couples Massage ($24 value)

 

Disclaimer – Yes I’m an affiliate for the Homemaking Bundle, and earn a commission when you purchase the bundle though these links. Which is a win/win for both of us, I get to offer you an outstanding bundle deal, and we get to keep saving up money to purchase a house!  Thank you for your support!

 

 

 

 

Be Prepared Each Morning With This One Easy Step, And Join The Challenge!

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My husband started the new year with purpose and vision. He discovered how much he enjoyed listening to Michael Hyatt, and was motivated to get up early every morning. Since we both work from home our schedules can vary widely, which can be both a blessing and not so great of a thing.

A secret revealed for easy morning time success! We all want a morning routine that flows, here is one way to help you achieve that!

He committed to getting up at 4:00 every morning, and was going to bed around 8:30 each night to do that. His goal was to make it 90 days straight, he ended up making it 73 days of consistently getting up at the same time, which I thought was great!

I haven’t set my goals so high. 🙂 I’m horrible about staying up late at night, but I know I pay for it. My health suffers, and I could just get up early and work, instead of staying up late.

However, that’s not the one easy thing I wanted to tell you about!

Part of Sean’s evening routine involves getting his clothes laid out for the next morning. He has a pile with his running clothes, so he can quietly grab them and go get dressed to run early in the morning. There is no fumbling around in the morning, looking for his pants or socks he wears. It’s all ready to go.

It’s gotten me thinking about how I could do the same thing with my clothes! Some mornings I spend half my time trying to decide what I’m going to wear, and it’s partly because my brain is still so sleepy!

The times I’ve picked out my outfit the night before, my morning time goes so much faster!

So here is a fun challenge I thought about doing with you all! How about we join a challenge together, where we all pick out our outfits the night before and keep each other accountable? We will do this for a week straight, and start this Thursday night! I’ll be posting a nightly thread in the private Facebook group I have set up for blog readers. Make sure you subscribe to the blog and receive the link on how to join that group. It’s a super fun group!

This idea was also inspired as I start to work my way through the brand new Make Over Your Evenings Course that will be released tomorrow from Crystal Paine! I know some of you went through the Make Over Your Mornings course, and were very blessed by it.

The Make Over Your Evenings Course will be released Thursday morning, and the best price will be early Thursday morning! So make sure and come back to the blog, I’ll have all the details for you on how to grab it for the best price! Plus, 25% of all the profits will go to support a special project in South Africa!


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