More Simplicity.

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It’s easy to accumulate things. This year I’ve been determined to minimize. I wouldn’t say that I’m becoming a minimalist, but I’m gleaning lots of organizational ideas from minimalist blogs. And just trying to adjust my way of thinking. This week I spent two days minimizing and organizing my kitchen. Tupperware! Why on earth did I keep so much Tupperware? Whisks! Can I use more than one basic whisk at a time? 9×13 pans! Oh, the list goes on. There were duplicates of lots of things that I realized were just unnecessary.

It all started with going through our Christmas fluff. We had three totes/boxes full of things to decorate for Christmas. Of course, I didn’t use nearly all of it. I wondered if I could possibly whittle down the fluff to where it would fit into one tote. I analyzed everything. Probably too much.

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But it worked! All the Christmas fluff in one tote, minus the tree. And I felt free!

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The Great Christmas Fluff Purge led to other things. Our kids clothing was a big one, I’ll share later on how I tamed that beast. Well, I should say I’m still taming that one because it’s more about the process of buying than saving.

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You might wonder if your kids have too many toys. Chances are they do! The toy situation can quickly get out of control. I’ll share later on how to have less toys and not feel like a mean mom.

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My goal is to have a simplified home, where I can focus easily on our family and not get bogged down with all that goes with having too much stuff. I’ll bring you along for the ride. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

Life Lately.

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What I’m reading: Shiloh Autumn, by Brock and Bodie Thone

What I’m listening to: I Get To Be The One, by JJ Heller

What I’m watching: The Drop Box

Blog recommendation: Skies of Parchment

Today we’re enjoying a snow day. Being at home with family is my favorite.
So far today we have:
• played piano (on our new/old baby grand!)
• ate our first dutch baby (YUM!)
• had Sunday School (hello Daniel and being committed to praying)
• sang too many songs to count
• painted with watercolors while listening to relaxing music
Still left to do:
• take naps
• finish blogging
• play in the snow

We’re enjoying our day, and hope you do too!

Simple Christmas Decor.

As promised, here are pictures of the simple Christmas decorations we put up around the house. I enjoy decorating so much. This year I was determined to keep the Christmas decor simple and meaningful. I had a tote and two boxes full of Christmas decorations. I have since whittled it down so that everything fits into one tote. The rest will be going to a thrift store or sold at my garage sale next year. The Winter purging is starting early this year. 🙂

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Have a joy-filled Christmas, friends!

Simplicity is Freedom.

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It’s the most wonderful time of year. Some years I feel like doing it all. Decking the halls, baking all kinds of goodies, buying/making gifts (galore), sending out Christmas cards, and anything you could possibly think of. And it’s fun! Other years, it feels a little forced and overwhelming. What if all the doing is robbing you of joy? Maybe not even robbing you of joy, but making you feel overwhelmed and more than a little grumpy. I’m sure a few of you have grown children and you have plenty of time (am I right?) to bustle about in busyness. Are you finding joy in doing it all? Some of you may be single, not a care in the world (right again?!) and also have so much time to do everything. Are you finding joy in doing it all? I’m guessing there are a few mama’s with little children. Ah, someone who relates! When the days are long, but at the same time have a way of flying by. At the end of the day you sink exhausted into bed and wonder what you accomplished that day.

This year I’m taking a little break from all the doing. Our decorations are staying simple (pictures coming later this week), our presents are quite puny, but our joy is still here! There is also much freedom in saying, “Hey, I don’t need to do it all!” When I hear “Mom, can you read this book?” I will more than likely say yes. I should probably sweep under the table after lunch, but I don’t (unless it’s absolutely horrid). I’m guessing you understand. I play more with L. lately. I get the house with the blue garage door and she gets the schoolhouse with a manger scene. She gets lemon meringue and strawberry shortcake and I get a mouse and two little puppies. It’s okay, my puppies each have a separate bed.

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This is often my daily view when I look down. I’m not complaining, I love my little side-kick. We’ve had many adventures, whether it’s on top of the washer while I iron or beside the stove while I cook. Sometimes Mom is very loved.

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So with all the extra time on my hands…..oh wait! Somehow these days fill right up. Time seems to have a mind of its own. But every day I try to say yes to reading another book and squeezing in more snuggles during the day. I’m doing the best I can, and so are you. If you find yourself doing it all, WAY TO GO! Keep going! If you’re like me, and would like a little break…TAKE IT!

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“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young

Simplicity is freedom.

Life lately.

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What I’m reading: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman

What I’m listening to: Lord, I Need You by Matt Maher

What I’m watching: Mr. Kid President because he’s the best.

What I’m thinking (well, a tiny portion): Today is the atticroseblog’s first anniversary (or blogiversary). It’s hard for me to comprehend really. I knew it was sometime this week, but didn’t realize until I started typing this post. :: How can we keep Christmas simple this year? (read: not all about us) Are we really enjoying everything we’re doing? Am I taking time to slow down and read to my children, or would I rather bake cookies to give away to friends? Which is more important? (should I blog about my thoughts on this?) 🙂 :: We spent some time at thereliefbus.org in November. Some seriously life-changing stuff.

Blog recommendation: A Holy Experience

Happy weekending, friends!

A look back.

Today seems like a good day to take a look back. It’s raining and chilly here today, a good day to remember the green of summertime. Most of these photos are from June and July.

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Here you can see the difference a few weeks of warmth, sunshine and rain.

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All this green seems like a dream. Our garden is bare, except for some carrots and of course the asparagus. We harvested lots of yummy vegetables this summer. Many jars and freezer containers have been filled and at times I was sick of preserving food. How nice though to be able to run downstairs and grab a few jars to prepare dinner. Good, home-grown food. And as usual, I’m already dreaming of next year’s garden.