See that cute little heart up in the corner? Want one of your very own? Ok, here ya go.
WFMW – don’t be selfish
This week’s Works-For-Me-Wednesday has a theme in honor of Valentine’s Day – Love, Sweet Love.
I remember as a newlywed being told that the first year is hard, but just wait until year 7 – that’s when it really starts falling apart! (These encouraging people also believe that teenagers are genetically programmed to be moody, sassy & hate their parents.)
Our first two years of marriage went like this :
-DH doesn’t call to let me know he is going to be much later than expected because he “didn’t think about it”
-I sit up on the couch furious & worried that he’s dead on the side of the road
-He walks in, sees my face, & says “What’s wrong?”
-I reply “Nothing” , which of course is Wife-enese for “You better figure out what’s wrong with me & fix it!”
-He says “Oh, ok!” because
a) surely his wife wouldn’t lie to him &
b) if she did lie, he is not about to give her the satisfaction of playing along with her little game
Does that sound familiar to anyone? Well, we got bored with that rather quickly & decided maybe we should try it God’s way instead. In a nutshell, that means put your spouse before yourself ALWAYS.
Self is such a hard thing to let go of, isn’t it. When do I get a day off? Why should he get to do something with his friends when I’ve been home with the sick kids all week? I’ve had a long day, can’t I just roll over & go to sleep? I’m not in the mood to fix dinner, can’t you just pick something up on your way home?
I am happy to say that after 14 years of marriage, we still haven’t hit that rough patch. We both try to always put each others needs before our own, and amazingly our own needs get taken care of or we realize it wasn’t all that important to begin with.
Warning: Be prepared for no one to believe you if you choose to have a peaceful & happy marriage. I look forward to the day when they also don’t believe that I have well-behaved, thoughtful teenagers who love me!
Speaking of love, you are going to LOVE this sale!
A fellow homeschooler is offering a special on her site to pay off medical debt. You get a variety of items like e-books, discounts to other sites, recipes, a lapbook – 24 special offers in all for the amazing low price of $29.95!! You must hurry because the offer ends February 10th. You can check it out here.
it snowed! – WFMW
…..for a whole 10 minutes…..but we take what we can get around here. It was beautiful to watch even if it didn’t stick.
If you’ve never seen photos of individual snowflakes, you need to visit one of my favorite websites . My kids and I have had some great discussions about God’s creativity while looking through these amazing images.
Want to make some snowflakes of your own? You can find tons of patterns here . Last winter we had a snowflake-cutting party and then pasted our results onto our dining room window with a gluestick – it washes off with a little warm water when you are ready to remove them.
If you are a homeschooler, you’ve got Bible, Art, & Science all rolled into one lesson – and that Works For Me!
I am so excited to be participating in my first Works-For-Me-Wednesday. I look forward to reading all the great tips every week. Head over to Shannon’s to check it out, and to add a tip of your own.
creating a clean heart and home
My friend Kelli led me to a wonderful blog called A Clean Heart . There you can join The Colossal Clutter Clean-Up. A lovely lady named Amy created an Organizer for getting rid of clutter in your heart and home – and she is giving it to us for FREE!! Clutter is a monster I have been fighting for some time, but I am making progress. This organizer has been so encouraging to me. Thank you Amy for sharing your time and talents to help us create peaceful homes free of CHAOS & CLUTTER. God is using you to change lives!
A Big Howdy
Well, I guess I’ve put this off long enough- time to jump in with both feet. The thought of putting myself out there for all to see is a bit scary, but there are too many fun things going on in Bloggy World and I can’t stand to be left out!
I’ll introduce myself – My name is Amy & I’m a 36 yr. old stay-at-home Mommy. I have been married to my best friend for 14 years and I am so very, very thankful that God has allowed me to experience such an amazing partnership. I’ve got 4 beautiful children- dd 9 1/2, dd 8, ds 4, & dd 2. We also have a ds who is Forever 4 – he beat us Home 7 years ago after a courageous battle with leukemia – in our eyes he won the battle. We are in our 5th year of homeschooling and love it.
I am so excited to see where this blogging path takes me. Come on along and journey with me!