Thursday, October 17, 2013

Autumn Deep Cleaning Party Continues!!!

I'm using three exclamation points in my title because at this point, frankly, it takes a bit more than a singular exclamation point to keep me going.  It's truly been a great day, and I have certainly gotten loads of exercise in along with the cleaning!

Stacks of sunshine-dried throw blankets rest neatly atop our couch, and the house is straightened.  We're still plugging along here though, and will continue with the deep cleaning through the evening hours.  Keep checking back for more updates!

The laundry bins heaved a deep sigh of relief as they are finally emptied and resting snugly back on their shelves.  Empty.  It's a good feeling for all of us.

Deep cleaning and organizing, purging, de-cluttering; they all take a good bit of elbow grease and energy, but the end result is certainly worth it.  And we are looking all the more forward to enjoying our expected company!

Enjoy today,

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Autumn Deep Cleaning Party!!!

1.  First things first.  Today's Autumn Deep Cleaning Party is fully underway.  Posts updating our progress here will be fast and furious, but come they will. 

So, what do we do first when getting ready to scrub it all down?  The fundamentals, of course.  We nourish our souls {top priority} while nourishing our body.  A chapter out of the book of Proverbs and prayer time, with coffee and whole wheat oatmeal breakfast bars.  Fuel for the day.

2.  Set our helpers to work.  The children are all outside helping their daddy prep the yard for lawn mowing.  Freshly ground whole wheat bread ingredients are in the bread machine for our lunchtime sandwiches.  I saved our extras from our plates at last night's church fellowship dinner and will chop up that chicken for chicken salad sandwiches.  The slow cooker is filled with meat and veggies for dinner tonight.   

The more we plan ahead with our meals on cleaning day ~ the less we have to stop and prep and think through.  Keeping our bodies filled with nutrient-rich foods means we have the energy to accomplish our necessary tasks and also helps us all to stay cheerful!

3.  Daily Morning Routine.  Before the true deep cleaning kicks in, I quickly knock out this list each morning.  It sets the rhythm of our days here.  I have this list inside a sheet protector in a binder and cross them off with my dry erase marker as I go. 

4.  Of course, can't forget the music!  We pump out the worship music around here as we clean and invite God to fill our hearts with His presence.  We love the Passion worship station found on Pandora.

So, get ready, get set, GO!  What are you waiting for?!  Let's get cleaning!

Enjoy today,

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Just Another Monday ~ Or Is It?

I've always been a sucker for Mondays.  I love 'em.  So much possibility there ~ a fresh space in which to dream, imagine, grow.

I mean, really.  You have a whole week ahead of you!  Seriously?  It's like New's Year's Eve every Sunday all over again.

You can totally kick it in ways this week that you didn't the previous week.

So what's it going to be?  What are you going to do differently this week from the last?

There's an old quote roaming around out there that says, "Do one thing every day that scares you." {Disclaimer, because I love disclaimers:  Obviously I am not promoting anything harmful, immoral or otherwise toxic in any way.  We're talking more of the "climb a tree" variety.  Or, goodness, sport some purple nail polish.  I don't know.  Whatever it is for you.}

In any case, get out there and try it.  It's Monday, for goodness' sake!

Enjoy today,

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Friday, October 11, 2013

To Hold On

I cherish each moment I get to spend with my little ones; because the fact is, they won't be little for much longer.  There aren't many more years I will even be able to use the phrase "little ones" in regards to my three.  I may be wearing out its welcome already.

But isn't that what mothers do best?  We hold on. 

During a time in our history when now, more than ever before, childhood slips away all too quickly, I think a bit of holding on is a very good thing indeed.  

These moments look different for each of us in our different situations and seasons.

For me right now, it means a giggly nine-year-old girl with long locks whipping my cheeks as she snuggles on my lap during a big brother's football game.  It means a seven-year-old boy who still says I'm the prettiest woman alive and kisses me multiple times per day.  And it means an inquisitive dreamer of a 10-year-old who shares his ponderings and innovative ideas with me at random moments throughout the day.

What does it look like for you?  What moments are you gifted with by God to cherish and treasure?

Maybe they involve your children.  Perhaps your own brood is grown and gone and you are now treasuring grandchildren.  Or for you the treasuring looks like loving a spouse and laying yourself down for them.  Or perhaps it is laughing with your co-workers, or growing with your church family.

Be whatever it is for you in this moment, in this specific frame of time; embrace and enjoy it to the full.  These moments are God's gifts to you.  

Enjoy today,

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Heart Of Our Mission

When lavame clean was still in the dreaming, hoping and planning stages, I continually sought the Lord regarding how much soap we should give away.  Questions cycled through my mind as we hashed out all of the pros and cons.

Many of these questions were answered quite concisely when the Lord placed the vision statement for our company in our hearts: "For every bar sold, another will be donated on your behalf to an impoverished person who may not otherwise have access to soap."  Our bars we donate are not just passed out randomly at whim.  We pray about each donation, actively seeking out missionaries who are spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.  We pass the bars to be donated along to the missionaries; and they, in turn, gift them to people in need they are ministering to.  Our operation takes place on a person-to-person, hand-to-hand scale.

Because of this very specific set of criteria we employ, we rest assured that the people receiving a bar of soap are in desperate need; and more importantly, are receiving it in the name and love of Jesus Christ.

The soaps ~ all-natural and hand-crafted ~ are but one more small tool we believe God can use for His glory to share His message of love and grace.

Thank YOU for being a part of this journey with us!

Enjoy today,

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