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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sensational Satuday!

It is interesting to me how technology can do so much for us yet it can also limit us.    

What happen to sitting down with a good book? Now we have kindles and Nooks and iPads.   We have so many choices on our devices that we easily get distracted by all our choices.   Therefore we never take the time to just be still with that one book.  

Or what about writing?   We post all over the place...
Facebook.....google+....twitter...our blogs :-)....

We forget to just grab a notebook and pencil so we can write and doodle!

Heck here I am posting on my blog from my phone!

I realized there was an app for it and I wanted to try it.   

I think the key to all of this is finding...striking a balance.   And that is my goal for my September challenge.   

....creating peace...remembering the simple things....and focusing on the things that really matter....


Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Okay I couldn't have asked for a better word to describe what I just saw on the news.....nor could I have planned out a 'w' to go with my Wednesday any better than what I just heard.

As I am embarking...constantly peeling away layers of my life to really and truly tap into simplicity, I see and hear just now a Hollywood director who did exactly what I aspire to do!

No I don't have a mansion or loads of money but we all have levels of "stuff" that weigh us down.  We all accumulate and hold on to material items that we think will bring us joy and happiness.  Instead these things can be a ball and chain if we are not careful.

I have no idea what this mans philosophies are on faith, life, etc....but there has to be some sort of core to him that taps into the integrity of who we are as people and what we need to try to strive for.

I look forward to checking out this book, Life's Operating Manual.   I think it is perfectly placed into my view and thoughts as I am about to embark on my fun September adventure/challenge.  

Now that is God.

Others may deny God's hand in simple little things like this but I can't help but be awed in how else or why else would I just happen to watch the news at the right time to hear about this book just as I am about to do this challenge of simplifying my life even more so than what I have been doing over the last 3 years!

And that is why I say WOW....to this Wednesday morning :)....

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


I have always had fun with titles.  I sit sometimes and doodle about all the different descriptive words I can use that start with the letter F to go with my last name.

TRUE TUESDAY came to me as I was thinking about all the housework I have been able to accomplish already and it is still mid morning.  I am waiting for my sweet little girl to accomplish getting herself going for the morning and I can't help but smile.

I have been able to get up with a smile, say my morning prayers, write, workout, do my rosary, watch some news while preparing breakfast for my hubby, sweep/mop kitchen, see my hubby off to work, finish sweeping/mopping all other hard surfaces (bathrooms and entryway), take a shower, wipe down my bathroom, start on Septembers budget, and put on a pretty dress that to me speaks woman!

True woman.  I love this dress cause to me it speaks woman, dignity, modesty, elegance, feminine, beautiful, wife, mother, defender of my faith.

That may all sound silly to get all that from a silly dress but it is how I feel right now.  It's not frumpy yet I am able to be modest and respectful of carrying myself with dignity and elegance.  I remember what I always loved about the X-Files main lady character....her attire was always modest....yet she always still was beautiful and feminine looking.

True to me.  I love being a wife and a mother.   I have actually always enjoyed doing housework.  Yet I would find myself feeling snippy from time to time thinking:
Why do I have to do "xyz"?
Why can't anyone around here help with _______?

I realized....how can my husband know I truly love my role, my vocation, my calling of being wife and mother and teacher....if I complain about those same tasks that actually give me great pleasure in life!

As I came about this realization over this last year....and especially this summer...I shifted my attitude....my mindset......

And it brought me to this morning.....smiling....enjoying....TRULY enjoying my Tuesday morning tasks I had set out for myself.

I smile thinking about how blessed I am to have a husband to really support and love me in all that I do.  There is a mutual respect.  He knows I will honor his being the head of our house and make sacrifices when necessary.  I may not always like what he asks of me but I know it has a greater purpose.  And in return he knows my heart to true to him and when I do something it always is because of love for my Lord and for our family.

Each year life gives us interesting journeys....challenges....struggles....seasons......

I am beyond ecstatic at what life has to offer to us at this time in our life.  Some of the choices we have made and sacrifices in order to remember just how important it is to put our Lord and our FAMILY FIRST!

Thank you Lord for everything you do for me and my family!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Marvelous Monday

I am excited to get my September challenge up and going!   So much so that I felt it strongly in my heart to go ahead and atleast unplug from Facebook starting today.  I don't want the mental distraction as I prepare myself mentally and spiritually for this exciting month coming up in less than 6 days!

Josephine and I did a pre-challenge grocery walk on Saturday to get a few supplies from Natural Grocers as well as going to the Family Christian store to use a coupon we had for a few books for her.  It was relaxing and nice to know we could only purchase what could fit in my backpack and really focus on what was a need versus a want.

Anyone coming to this page randomly, who I haven't emailed or mentioned on facebook with, my family is going to embark on a simplify and unplug challenge for the month of September.   We have many great stores within a mile or less of us that can provide all grocery, household, or any other supplies, shopping needs.   Therefore any shopping that needs to be done during September has to be walked to.  Therefore allowing us to really think about time management, monetary management, and the "weight" of what we need versus want when we fill up our baskets at the stores.

During the month of September I will be giving my blog here a facelift.  I want to add some of my favorite resources: blogs, websites, etc....that help me grow in my faith...whether it is about Family....Food.....Fitness...Fun.....Faith.....

Spread the word that you can check me out daily, weekly...whenever with this blog.  Leave comments....discussion....email me through here if you want.....I love hearing others thoughts and insight on any and all topics!

Have a glorious and blessed day!