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Ten steps to happy homemaking ~ new and improved

This is a new and improved version of a list of tips that I wrote many years ago for an e-mail list for home educating families. A wife and homemaker has many ways to serve and this list is composed of things that I've done to try to fulfill my roles to the best of my ability! While I was considering ways to improve my tips ~ really to explain them more thoroughly ~  I made two into one and added another! I never included it before ~ thinking it was a given ~ but years later I realize that far too many miss out on it! JOY! Never ever forget the joy, folks!

While my tips might not appeal to everyone, they help me to be a happy wife, mother, and homemaker. Tips, suggestions, hints…these things have helped me to be the best that I can be and do the most with my God-given talents!

1. Be Organized and Diligent ~ There should be a place for everything and everything should be returned to its place when it is not in use. Every family member is responsible for cleaning up their mess and babies are trained to pick up their things as soon as they can take them out (this is done by example, then by working with a happy mom, then by independently working). An orderly home is a peaceful one and provides a great environment in which to learn! You may think this is a tall order, but it does make for easier day to day living! Have a good routine for meals, dusting, disinfecting, vacuuming, laundry, and ironing. Children should work with parents to help keep the home clean. Keep it up doing a bit daily as to never get behind. A home kept this way will never be dirty or overwhelming to clean and will be a pleasure to live in and to open to others.

2. Be Wise ~ If you home educate: choose a home education method that works for both the parents and the children, try not to be tossed to and fro with every kind of home education. Research carefully and know yourself and your children well enough to make wise choices. Remember each family is different and will make different choices. Do not feel pressured to compare yourself to other families, just be sure to keep up with the laws in your state. If your children attend school elsewhere: be involved!!

3. Be Sensible ~ Do not get so carried away trying to be frugal that you end up wasting valuable time obsessing to save a few dollars. Remember that we are to be good stewards of our time and our money. There are many items that save so much time that they are worth the extra money, try to find a good balance. Being sensible doesn't mean that you can't budget money for fun things and extras! Life is not a contest to see who can be the most frugal!

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The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world

Today, instead of my own ramblings about motherhood (which are certain to come later), I wanted to share one of my favorite poems about mothers. May God bless all of the mothers that are seeking to serve Him by loving their husbands and their children. May the role of motherhood never be devalued! May all mothers — no matter their values or beliefs — love their children well!

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle by William Ross Wallace (1819-1881)

Blessings on the hand of women!

Angels guard its strength and grace,

In the palace, cottage, hovel,

Oh, no matter where the place;

Would that never storms assailed it,

Rainbows ever gently curled;

For the hand that rocks the cradle

Is the hand that rules the world.

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The movies I love

Can you tell that I love stories? I've already mentioned some of my favorite books so I thought it fitting that I also share some of the movies that I enjoy! What do I like in a movie? In a nutshell, I want to see redemption gained, justice served and love conquer all!

Before I share some of my favorites, I feel compelled to include this Must-Read-Disclaimer: The following movies have various ratings. Before you choose to watch any of them, please consider that we rarely watch them in the raw. Whether it is using Clear Play, TV Guardian, or a quick-draw with the remote or iPad cover, most of our viewing is done with editing! We own Clear Play — a DVD player that edits out all the undesirables (you choose the amount of editing and it does an amazing job). I do NOT give a blanket recommendation for any of the movies on this list…frankly I don’t ever give a blanket recommendation for anything because I have no way of knowing what might possibly offend someone!

If you are interested in finding good movies for your family I suggest two things: 1.) Watch the movies yourself. 2.) Read reviews online at one of the many family friendly sites listed below:

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