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Raising Homemakers by June Fuentes - 4d ago

There are so many beautiful things about homemaking . . . and right here is the perfect place for us to encourage one another in this beautiful calling! We’d love for you to share a post or article from your blog about homemaking, whether it be about cleaning, character, cooking, etc.

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I hear it often, “I don’t know how you find the time to do everything you do.” Friends, family, acquaintances are puzzled at how I get so many things done in a day. I’ll be honest with you–my to do list is very long and it is never completed. Many days I feel like I didn’t get near enough done, and I’m always feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day.

I’m sure you’ve heard that saying that God gives us enough time in the day. We just have to know how to use it. It’s so true! These are 5 tips I use for managing my time wisely:

  1. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33. This scripture reminds us that if we prioritize our time by putting our relationship with God first, He will make sure everything else we need falls into place in His time. Do whatever you have to do to start your day spending it with the Lord with as little distraction as possible. For moms, that can be difficult because children have their own schedules. No one wants to miss out on sleep, but according to God’s Word, if we seek God first He will make sure our bodies are rested.
  2. Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 6:3. Be intentional about everything you do. Recognize that your life has purpose, and set out to live that purpose with intention and focus. Work as hard as you can instead of giving less than the best. When you do things half-heartedly and not fully, you leave room for the enemy to weasel his way in and disrupt your life and time.
  3. So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31. Make a list of all of the tasks you do each day. Take an hourly inventory of how you spend your time. How much of your day is spent performing tasks that glorify God. Recognize that what seems like menial tasks, kissing boo-boos, changing diapers, and cooking dinner, are so much more. When you perform tasks that serve and care for your family, you are serving God. You are caring for the family He has entrusted to you. Living in obedience and selflessness, you are putting God’s work first. Take time to unplug from things that distract and waste precious time as they do not glorify God. Television, electronic devices, shopping, exercise, influences outside of your home, all of these can be good things, but they aren’t always beneficial, especially in excess. These days I see way too many young women who are “playing house”. They want to social status of being married to the love of their life, driving a family car with the soccer mom bumper sticker, having perfect family, and a white picket fence, but they aren’t present. They spend more time away from their commitments than they do taking care of them. They have way too many distractions. There is nothing wrong with a little quiet time or a night out with the girls, even a regularly scheduled one. Taking a little time for ourselves makes us better moms, but it can’t be at the expense of the physical or spiritual well being of our families. We need to be the parent we want our children to be one day.
  4. Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them. Psalm 13:24. Discipline your children. Don’t take the lazy and easy way out. You’ll waste a lot of time fighting them every time they test you, and one day you will realize you need to put your foot down. By then the temper tantrums and meltdowns will probably have tripled in time and endurance. Think of how much time you will spend trying to discipline children who are set in their ways. Time with our children is precious, and I believe each of us would rather spend it cuddling them than disciplining them. It’s an unpleasant task, but discipline them early on so the rest of your days can be spent loving on them.
  5. The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5. Make plans. Don’t fly by the seat of your pants. Life is too short to let it blow haphazardly in the wind. If you start your day with a plan, you and your family will know what to expect from the day. There will be fewer meltdowns because their will be a secure routine. Children are happier when they know what to expect. Don’t throw them to the wolves of the unexpected. Give them some stability and predictability. Beware that it is easy to go overboard with a schedule and plan. Ultimately, we want The Lord to have command of our day. We don’t want to miss divine appointments He has scheduled for us in our outside of our home. Be flexible and follow The Lord wherever He takes you. Plan to follow Him and now the winds of the world.

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Raising Homemakers by June Fuentes - 1w ago

There are so many beautiful things about homemaking . . . and right here is the perfect place for us to encourage one another in this beautiful calling! We’d love for you to share a post or article from your blog about homemaking, whether it be about cleaning, character, cooking, etc.

Our new Linkup is sharing these posts along with our sister site to give you more exposure if you link up here!

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“I could never homeschool my own kids.” I hear this frequently from parents when they find out I homeschool. Sometimes I just smile and nod. Other times I say, “Sure you could”. It’s true. Everyone can homeschool.

I know the thought seems overwhelming. It seemed overwhelming to me when we began homeschooling back in 2003. Some days it is still overwhelms me, but when something is important you just find a way.

I definitely couldn’t have done it without God. He has been with us every step of the way. He has guided our choices of curriculum, held our hands through difficult science labs, found people to help us when we were completely stumped on a math problem, sent a fellow homeschooling “angel” our way with a sweet message of encouragement, reminded us to give each other grace and take breaks, and He has provided the necessary finances.

People approach me almost every day with questions about homeschooling. Recently I’ve been thinking about how I want to pay it forward. There are many ways can encourage and help others on their homeschool journey. The Lord has been giving me all sorts of ideas for resources, freebies, and posts about homeschooling. As I go through my day, I’m carving out time to work on providing more resources and encouragement to others.

If you are curious about homeschooling or need help on your journey, please feel free to contact me. I truly desire to lift up families as they seek God in the crucial area of education for their children.

Remember, at the moment it’s a work in progress but as God pours ideas into me, I’ll be posting them. I look forward to connecting and walking with you on you homeschooling journey. Prayers and blessings!

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How many unfinished projects do you currently have? Unfortunately, I have more than I can count. One of my biggest pet peeves is an unfinished task. Despite my love for home improvement, DIY, and organization, I simply detest projects that cannot be finished the same day they are started. Desiring to have each undertaking finished, I push and work to get it completed from start to finish. While that sounds like a great idea, it isn’t always possible. Some projects require multiple steps that sometimes need to be spaced out. Because life is busy, there are times when you have to divide projects among more than one day. The next thing I know I have a bathroom that is missing wainscotting, baseboards that need touchup paint, clothes sitting in piles waiting for their new home, plants that are wilting as they wait to be repotted…you get the picture.

Sadly, not everything can fit into my timetable. As hectic as life can be, sometimes I am blessed to ever finish a project. In fact, there have been some unfinished tasks that have been put off for so long that it may be years before I finally get them completed. It feels wonderful when it is finally done, but I feel like so much time was wasted. I could have been enjoying its beauty or convenience a lot sooner. Other times I see that for whatever reason the delayed timing couldn’t have worked out better despite my perfectionism and need for closure.

I am so grateful God doesn’t work on my timetable. Can you imagine just how predictable and regimented life would be if He did? Do you know how many divine opportunities or blessings we would miss if everything worked out according to our itinerary?

God begins working on something in our lives long before we even realize. He works on it even when we think He has forgotten all about us. He works on the sidelines, behind the scenes and on the front lines for us. He wants to demonstrate His love to us, glorifying Himself in the process, which draws us to an even more intimate relationship with Him. BUT, he doesn’t always start and finish His work in our timing. He does what is best for us even if it is contrary to what we want. However, He is ALWAYS faithful to complete what He starts.

While we wait for Him to complete His work, we should take one day at a time faithfully praying and studying His Word. We should faithfully live for the present moment, leaning on Him, learning the lesson He shows us through it, and sharing what we are going through with others so they know they are not alone. Focusing on God’s lesson in the waiting can remind us that not everything is about us. We may be waiting so we can help someone else in their waiting period. There is always someone who is going through something worse than we. We have jobs to do in the waiting. We cannot let the enemy bring us down or distract us. It’s his goal to keep us from shining the light of The Lord.

So…once again I have to surrender my need for perfection and control to The Lord. And there is no one better to trust with my life. Now that I’ve really thought about i, I think I could get used to unfinished projects in my life as long as I have Jesus and my prayer warriors by my side. I’ll grow more than I ever imagined, and I’ll build more faith and trust than I ever thought possible. The tasks will be completed in a way that is better than I ever dreamed. Embrace the unfinished projects in your life and stay the course while you wait.

“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:1-11

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Our sweet contributor Ana from The Lost Apron is sharing today:

Sometimes finding modest ready-to-wear clothing for girls can be difficult. Often they are  too short or too tight. Use these suggestions to avoid the mother-daughter struggles.

Sometimes going up a size or two is really all the solution you need.  This may require some slight alterations.

Dresses

Buy a dress in a larger size that has an appropriate length.

Sometimes all it needs is a belt.

If it is still too large,  it can be easily altered by taking it in a bit in the side seams.

Skirts

Some ready-to-wear skirts are very short.  Try on skirts that are a size or two larger than you normally wear.

Maybe it can sit lower on the hips instead of the waist with a shirt untucked and you will be fine.

If a large skirt has a waistband, it can be easily altered by adding elastic using the following instructions.
 

To alter, first check to see that the waistband is one continuous piece.

Note:  These instructions show a back zipper.  If the skirt has a side zipper, the same instructions can be used.  Installing elastic in the back of the skirt only is also an option.

Cut a slit on the inside layer only of the waistband on both sides of the zipper.

Find elastic that is narrower than the width of the waistband. ( I chose 1″ wide elastic.)

Cut a length slightly larger than your waist size.

Put a safety pin on one end of the elastic and feed it through the waistband as a casing.
 

Once you come through the other side, try on skirt and adjust the length of elastic.  Pin in place.

Zigzag stitch over each slit through all layers.  This will close up the openings as well as secure the elastic.   Trim elastic close to stitching.

Your skirt will be ready to wear and will be longer, fuller and more modest than the one that is your true size.

A fun belt will cover any gathers.

My name is Ana Sullivan. I began my blog, The Lost Apron, because people would ask me for advice on parenting. My only qualifications for giving advice is that I have been there and I am proud of who my children have become. I have a daughter in college, a son and another daughter that are college graduates who are working and living on their own. I have been married for almost 30 years to a dream of a husband.

I have been a working mom, a part-time-work-at-home mom, and a stay-at-home mom. Although I have preferred being the SAHM, I try to write my blog in a way that would encourage all moms to be better moms. I hope to be the mentor mom to the young mom and the friend to the older moms and grandmothers. You can visit me over at PinterestInstagram, and Facebook. 

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Summer is here!

We are glad that the school year is behind us and now we can focus on things that need to be done around the home.

I don’t know about you but in our home things seem to accumulate and multiply like crazy. It is no easy task to keep everything organized every single day of the week so I need to schedule days to tackle the big things.

A few things we are tackling this summer are:

1.Basement – Our basement was always used as a storage area in the past but this year we are going to be turning it into an extra bedroom for my older boys. We have been working hard the last few weeks to move everything there into the garage.

2. Garage – It seems every year the garage gets more and more unorganized and filled with more things. We are planning on doing a huge purge today–I can’t wait!

3. Decluttering – We are throwing away things we don’t need or haven’t used. I love doing this because I am a visual person and can’t stand looking at things too many things accumulating in the home.

4. Organizing – we are reorganizing our spaces and making them more efficient. This goes for rooms and furniture (drawers, closets, etc.). This goes hand in hand with decluttering–just toss, toss, toss!

5. Repainting – we already did some of this in May but will continue throughout the months as needed. With a big family of 11 there is always something that needs to be refreshed or touched up!

What are your summer organization projects?

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Raising Homemakers by June Fuentes - 2M ago

There are so many beautiful things about homemaking . . . and right here is the perfect place for us to encourage one another in this beautiful calling! We’d love for you to share a post or article from your blog about homemaking, whether it be about cleaning, character, cooking, etc.

Our new Linkup is sharing these posts along with our sister site to give you more exposure if you link up here!

Also if you are looking for a friend or a safe place to ask questions, we would love for you to join us at our Wise Woman Builds Titus 2 Facebook Group:

Now back to our Linky party to share a link to your post, you can use the Linky below – just share your link directly to your post, title, and image (it’s easy).

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Are you a fan of thrift store shopping? I know some of you view it as a sport and can find all kinds of things there from clothes to craft supplies to school books.

When the children were younger and money was tighter we shopped a few thrift stores that we liked and would come away with some unexpected treasures!

So today I wanted to share a few tips to help you save money at when you go thrifting.

1. Shop sales – yes, there are special days when you can get up to half off or more. Some days they even have clearances and are practically giving away items for free. Find out what those days are (every shop is different) and mark your calendar.

2. Go with a list– Know what you are going in for before you walk through the door. Without a list you might buy more than you need and waste money. If you are on a budget stick to your list and don’t stray to far from it!

3. Think ahead – Many times you can get great deals buying larger sizes for your children and thinking and planning for a season ahead. Buying winter clothes in the summer for example.

4. Shop early – most stores put out their best before they open and the best picks will be gone by noon. While others receive clothes and place them out in the afternoon. Find out what the best time is for your favorite store.

5. Reward Cards – some places offer reward cards where the more you buy the more points you get towards a future discount. Ask your store what they offer.

6. Don’t buy what you don’t need – the temptation to buy more because items are so cheap is real but if you don’t need it, don’t get it! Too much stuff also produces clutter and can take away from the simple life you’d like to enjoy.

What tips would you add?

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