There is something about the quiet mornings, that make me so happy.
I have been really trying to make it a point to wake up before anyone else in my home.
This quiet time is good for us as moms.
I love to quietly get my coffee perking. Get my bible ready. Sit down to the Word that I am learning about daily. Read some passages that will get me in the right state of mind for the day.
Sometimes it's so easy to open social media first thing when we wake up.
What has been posted on Instagram, on Facebook.
Oh, I better check my email or my bank account.
But wait! Can't all of that wait?
Can you devote yourself at least 15 minutes first thing when you wake up to the Lord and his Word?
Put down your phone.
Keep it turned off.
Don't power it on until your quiet reading and devotion time is finished.
Enjoy your cup of coffee or tea.
Without your phone.
This is a great time to pray for anything that is on your heart and mind.
Pray for your day. That God will use you in a special way at home.
I write these things because I am needing to change my habits. It's getting colder here in the early mornings. Staying in bed under the warm blankets is nice. But when I make it a point to get up and do what I know is best for my spirits will make my entire family have a better day.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
*Making grocery shopping lists and menu plans so that I don't overspend at the grocery store. I also only shop at Aldi, but I know that not everyone has an Aldi store nearby.
*Keeping my bills low. Calling around for better pricing. Keeping a close eye on the bills to make sure they don't raise. (Last year the cable TV got to be too expensive so we just cut it all together)
*Buying USED! Whether it's a vehicle, clothing, or toys we buy used.
*Keeping life simple! Often times we see what others are doing and want to follow. We don't really need to get our children soo many toys for Christmas. I've learned lessons over the years about entertainment. Our children are much happier at home with a family board game, than at the movies where tickets are very expensive. Save that money, and stay home as a family. (Building forts, playing hide and seek, baking cookies, creating cards, arts and crafts night)
*Doing any handy man work on your own. Or asking for family or church friends to help.
We are currently in the middle of building a bonus room on top of our garage. My husband is doing it all himself with the help of friends here and there. It may take longer, but it is financially much better than paying for labor costs.
*Staying Home more. This is one that I have learned over the last six years. Before we moved to the country in WV, we lived in an area where stores were nearby. I would go out almost daily trying to pick up all of the items we needed. Now, I limit my town days. I put them all together and go once a week or so to the city to get groceries, library, bank, etc. This limits the use of gas and overall spending.
Do you have any budget friendly tips? How do you save your family money?
I'd love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by for this series. Please check the last two posts as they go along with Managing our Home. The best job God created!
I have learned much in the last 10 years of marriage. I certainly don't shop and cook for just my taste. Or just what I feel like buying and fixing. I have to think about all five people in our home.
Here are some ideas for Managing the Kitchen:
#1. I ALWAYS make a list before going to the store. I break it down into categories. Dinner menu, lunch ideas, non grocery, and snacks. Sometimes I will even make a list for a certain person. (Baby: cherrios - Daddy: chocolate cookies)
#2. I ONLY go to the store on Fridays. I used to be one of those bounce around throughout the week shoppers. I realized I was spending alot of money. If I stick to one certain day of the week, then I really try to make every bit of the food last until that particular day. It's like a game. I enjoy it!
#3. I go to the SAME store each time. As I'm thinking and writing this through, wow I am a creature of habit. I love routine. My same store, every Friday.
My husband even jokes that I park in the same parking spot. Haha! (It's true)
We have an Aldi here in WV. It's my favorite for many reasons.
#4. Bring Cash - Especially if you are needing to stick to a specific money amount, cash will help You! You will double think that candy you don't need, or that pop.
#5. Keep your menu plan handy even after your home. I hang mine up on the side of the fridge so I remember what I am supposed to cook each night. As mom's we tend to forget :) I want to know exactly what my day brings and know I have all of the ingredients for that meal.
#6. Start prepping EARLY. Right after lunch, I start prepping for dinner.
#7. Clean up as you cook. It will leave a smaller mess for you after the meal is done.
#8. Cleanup Chores - We designate one of our children a night to help mom clean up the kitchen. I keep a list on the fridge so everyone knows whos night it is. They clear the table, bring all dirty dishes to the sink, take out trash, and sweep under table. Chores for the children are always a good thing!
I hope some of these ideas will help you better prepare you to feed your family.
It is such a blessing to have people to serve the ones you love most.
Keep coming back to Country Charm for more parts added to our Managing the Home Series.
There is something about fall that gives us a renewed mind set.
We have only had a few days here in West Virginia that truly felt like fall. They are gone now, and summer weather has come back.
With fall comes new responsibility.
If you came to our little town in WV, you would see our family cutting the dead trees down before winter comes. We use the wood for firewood. My husband teaches our boys to cut, split, and sell the wood.
Each year selling the woods brings in extra income for our family. We want to teach them how to make a living with your hands.
It is so good for boys to learn to work. Girls too of course. But I am taking about working hard to provide for your family. I think that has to be taught in our day. The world teaches otherwise.
We also are busy in the fall with leaves. Being that our home is in the woods, we have alot of trees and fallen leaves. Cleaning gutters and ditches out are a weekly job around the home.
Raking leaves is very therapeutic for me.
There is nothing better than the smell of leaves and a rake. It just so happened that last week as the boys and I were burning some leaves, that I started getting a bit scared. I hope this fire doesn't get too big for me to handle.
I ask my oldest son to get the bucket of water ready just in case. He takes off running.
I then begin raking to the center of the fire, and soon realize I have burnt my rake :(
It was so hot in the middle of that leaf pile. We are now the proud owners of a half of a rake. But it will still work for us. No need in buying one right away.
I also enjoy everyone's homes that have fall pictures on the front porch. The beautiful mums, bales of hay, pumpkins, and guards. It brings so much color to the front porch.
What are some of your favorites about fall?
*These pictures were found on Pinterest. They are the art work of John Sloan. If you have an extra minute or two search his name. They bring me so much joy from the quiet, orderly life they portray.
This is a bit tricky. I have found that sometimes when asking for advice from other moms, you may get answer that you aren't looking for or even some bad advice. I pick my advice carefully. I don't want to bring even more struggle into my mind so I am careful where I ask. Do you have a great friend that shares your same lifestyle? I know that if I am struggling in the area of housework, I shouldn't ask a mother who also struggles in this area. Or if I am struggling with my boys, I should go to a mom friend who also raises boys and not just a home full of girls. Does this make sense? This is something I have learned along the way. It brings me great joy to find others who are also in my same season of life.
I hope these thoughts have been somewhat of a blessing to you.
The older I get, the faster life seems to pass by. I long for the days when my older boys (who are 8 and 6) were little ones in diapers. Thankfully, I do still have one in diapers totting around. It is always fun when a baby is in the house.
The big boys have been out of school now for almost a month.
We have had a blessed month for sure. Here are some things that we have been up to:
We've spent every minute together and that is my favorite part.
We have been camping to a few of our favorite spots here in West Virginia and in Kentucky.
We've stayed up around a campfire, and slept in the next morning.
Put up our little pool, to only have to tear it down and start over :/
Enjoy many activities with our church family and be in a week long gospel meeting.
Spend time with our family and close friends.
Read chapter books together and go to the library each week.
Work in our garden (which has been my personal favorite)
Had a new kitty join our barn crew. We all decided on the name Jessie.
The cat reminds us all to slow down and take it easy. Watching her sleep in the rocking chairs, makes me want to do the same.
Enjoying the chickens, and all that goes along with barn chores.
We just have had a blessing of June. It has been so good to us!