Even before the turkey graces the Thanksgiving table, it is an all out sprint to Christmas. The retailers begin lining the shelves with Christmas ornaments, trees and gift-wrap before the Halloween candy has even been passed out. Not to mention, the countless preparations you need to take care of around the house. Continue reading
Before I announce the next winner, I would like to share my newest and most favorite Christmas decoration this year, my book tree. I simply selected books from our numerous shelves around the house. Can’t tell we like to read, you can? Continue reading
There are several characters within the Bible that I am drawn to Abraham for his faith to follow God’s command without needing explanation, Peter for his courage to step out of the boat and David for his willingness to go into a battle where the odds were stacked against him. However, Esther is the one I can relate to and has had such an impact on my life. No, I am not a beautiful young lady who won the position of queen in a beauty pageant. Continue reading
As it draws near to Thanksgiving, people young and old begin to think of what they are thankful for. Some think of family, health or finances before diving into the turkey and mashed potatoes. However, we are commanded to not just give thanks on Thanksgiving, but everyday in all circumstances.
At first glance that seems almost impossible… Continue reading
Twenty-six little letters. Some stand straight and tall. Some squiggle around this way and that. Some blend in with the others around. These distinct letters each have a sound and a name. However, the real power come when they are arranged together to form words. Continue reading
It is no secret that I love this season. The sights, the smells, the people. It is the one month where social media is flooded with lists of blessings. I love reading through the lists. Continue reading
In honor of the keynote speaker from the ACFW conference this year, Lauraine Snelling, I will be giving a copy of her book away this week on my blog. To enter, simply leave a comment below telling how God has turned your mess into a masterpiece. I look forward to hearing from you. The winner will be announced on the Friday Afternoon Fun post.
As October is drawing to a close and November is right around the corner, I would like to share with you a new pumpkin recipe today. Continue reading
As a busy wife, mom, writer and speaker I am always on the lookout for a great planner. In the digital age when everyone has an app for that I still would rather reach for a physical calendar. I had the privilege of reviewing Sue Hooley’s Daily Planner through CWA.
What I love about this planner is that it’s so much more than a calendar. Yes, it has a yearly, monthly as well as weekly calendars included, but there’s so much more. There are beautiful scriptures nestled within the pages to give you encouragement throughout the year. Towards the back of the planner there are sections for tasks and projects. This is a great place to put all your long term tasks around the house or school projects for the kids. It allows you to keep track well in advance so you don’t wake up to, “Mom, my science project is due tomorrow and where’s my costume for the school play?” Sue has included an information section to keep track of names, addresses and phone numbers. All these features are great, but my personal favorite would have to the shopping list section at the back. Each page has three perforated sections. These are a perfect size for making certain you don’t forget items on your next shopping trip.
I would highly recommend you order the 2015 Daily Planner. It would also make a great gift for the “planner” on your Christmas list.
Thanks to Proverbs 31:27, “She watches over the activities of her household,” I now realize that I am not supposed to do everything. I have come to discover that things around the Whitaker household do not have to be done “my” way.
With five children, there has to be some sort of order in our house. Therefore, every week I sit down with the kids and they take turns selecting their assigned chores for the week. Some of the jobs are daily and some are just once a week – around their schedule (within reason). The magnetic chore chart that we use has pictures, so even our youngest knows what each job is and what her tasks are for the week.
I am learning to let go of the need to have the perfect house. I would rather my children have memories of a home – somewhere safe, comfortable enough to be themselves and relax. Things are not put off entirely, but there are more important things in my life. Don’t miss out on time with friends and loved ones to make everything “perfect,” some things can wait. Speaking of which, I need to go, it’s time to play.
I challenge you to let go around your house this week. Tell me what you let go of this week or even share some tips that work around your house. I will check back later. I look forward to hearing from you.