Monday, May 8, 2017

The Blessing of Giving

Yesterday, I went to a used homeschool curriculum sale. I had a car full of books, games, and educational toys to sell.  This stuff was taking up space in our home, and we weren't using any of it!  Even though I made some money,  I found myself giving most of my books away. When the sale was over, what was left went straight to the Still Good Shed at the dump. It was so freeing to give it away! And what a blessing it was talking to those young homeschooling moms, and to give them the books that meant so much to my family and I.

Friday, May 5, 2017

No Spending 6 Week Challenge

I made a decision halfway through last month that I wasn't going to spend any extra money. I have enough each month, but just enough, and I haven't been saving any. We are hoping to go on a road trip this summer, and we need money for that.  My other reason for not wanting to spend money is that I don't want extra stuff coming into our home. I want to use what we have-and be thankful for it!

It just so happens that some friends and I started a Bible study on the book of Daniel. We all decided to give up something, like expensive foods, sweets, or extra spending, for 6 weeks. So, now I have accountability!  I've been doing well, although I did buy a large ice coffee yesterday.  Giving up my ice coffee in the afternoon is the hardest!  So, now I'm making a pot of coffee in the morning and putting it in the refrigerator. Then in the afternoon, I can have ice coffee without spending extra money!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017


Even after I had gone through the house and did some serious de-cluttering, I would find duplicates. Going back through some drawers and baskets I've found more I can get rid of.  In the silverware drawer I realized that I had nineteen forks.  I decided to keep nine.

I had two identical measuring tapes. I only need one.

I am finding it so refreshing to have clean, clutter-free closets and drawers!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Meaningful Things

There are some things in our lives that have special meaning. When we see them remind us of a wonderful times with friends and family. These Pathway Readers do that for me. I have had them since Andrew was in kindergarten, and all five of my kids used them when learning to read.  They have stories about close families and life on a farm. We would snuggle on the couch and take turns reading every other page.

I would not have even considered getting rid of my Pathway Readers-until about a week ago. I had already gone through all of my books deciding what to sell and what to give away, and these were definitely staying!  But as I have gone back through the areas of my home that I've already cleaned out, I'm still finding things that I really don't need!   I don't want to sell them, but I'll give them to a family who will enjoy them as much as we did.