Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Rest is not idleness...

 ...and to lie on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time."
~ John Lubbock

The summer is heating up for us here in Western PA, thankfully not unbearably so. When you are out stacking hay, mowing the grass, or going for a definitely get drenched in sweat though. I would like to think that I don't sweat but actually *glisten*...but the truth of the matter is that I drip profusely....and it's not a pretty sight. I am just one of those people who sweat *abundantly* when doing work. 

While doing hay at my mom's, Chris and I were stacking it after others threw it from the hay wagon and brought it to us. Oh my....crazy heat/humidity + a ton of sweat + hay = a couple of scarecrows from the Wizard of Oz! Haha! The hay just stuck to us like glue....our arms, faces, and heads were just covered! To say I was thrilled to get home and shower would be an understatement! :) 

I know this isn't a deeply exciting post...but hey, it's real life. :) Just keepin' it real friends! And with that being the quote says...*Rest is not idleness*....and I take a nap daily if I can. I have mentioned it before in my posts but thought I would again. My children are at an age where I am able to nap for a bit in the afternoon and I do so when I need it (which is most days). Afternoon hits and my eyelids are heavy! So, I work hard....and I rest hard! :o)

As you can see in the photos above and below, our hens have been happy with the weather and have kept us abundantly supplied with eggs! Fresh eggs are really the best! 

Yesterday, Madelyn, Jaxson and I went up to babysit my two youngest nieces while my sister took Eloise to a couple appointments. On our way, we had to stop at Pa's barn because Madelyn feeds one of the horses there. Jax was reading while we waited...

Xavier was with us too (but later we dropped him off at my dad's garage before traveling to my sister's). He works there most an apprentice. He learns how to do things and helps with whatever they need him to do. He loves it. He so wants to be a *man*....although I encourage him to not try to grow up *too* fast! He becomes a teenager in a couple months. This mama isn't ready for that!

Madelyn with Bandit (brown) and Bosk (white)...

We enjoyed spending time at my sister's. I took a couple pictures with my kindle (as I don't have a cell phone that is hooked up with internet or anything fancy). You can see them on my instagram page HERE.

In other news...I am excited to say that Chris got our ceiling fan up in our new living room! That room stays decently cool because the sun doesn't directly shine in it...but the fan makes it even more delightful to be in on the warm summer days!

My aunt gave us a beautiful ceiling fan from her house that she couldn't use anymore. It has a stained glass dome that hangs down and is just lovely. Unfortunately, in our addition, we made our ceilings a normal height so the upstairs was a normal ceiling as well (as opposed to the rest of our house where the downstairs has 9 ft. ceilings and the upstairs ceilings are a bit lower). The new ceiling fan hangs down too low and would only work on our higher ceilings ~ Soooo....Chris took the ceiling fan from our old living room (which is now the school room/library) and put it into the new living room (it doesn't hang down too low). The stained glass ceiling fan from my aunt will go into the school room/library. I will be sure to share it when it is up. :) It's so lovely!

Today, after packing lunches for Chris and the boys (who were all off to work at my dad's garage), I went for a couple mile run. Madelyn went to help at Chris's parents' meat market. So I am here, hanging out laundry, folding laundry, doing dishes and tidying the house. Later this afternoon I am going to head out to my aunt's house, I think, to help her with some organizing!

A productive day today, I think...which is always a good thing. But rest is a good thing too...don't forget that! :) I hope the sun is shining where you are...and that you have a great day ahead ~ the last day of June! I'm so glad you dropped by for a visit! :)

Until next time, Lord willing,

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Monday, June 27, 2016

My Bullet Journal

I have had a lot of questions and interest in my bullet journal in the past couple months (on my blog as well as on instagram), so I figured it was time for a post!

My bullet journal (bujo) is a Leuchtturm 1917 Notebook A5 Hardcover Dotted Medium Black. I put it in an inexpensive Franklin Covey Binder (Ringless). I use Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens, and Faber Castell Artist Pens. Truly, though, you can use *any* notebook and *any* pens you want to use! I like the dotted Leuchtturm because I can make my lines nice and straight without the darkness of grid lines or horizontal lines in the background. It's truly just a personal preference. (I still have my Erin Condren Planner...which I *do* love...but what I love about the bujo is that I can personalize it to be *exactly* what I want!)

The Leuchtturm pages are numbered and there is an index in the front so you can log what pages things are on (for easy reference)...

I drew a key and calendar on the first couple of pages...

I started out recording things I was thankful for as well as the weather...

As well as logging my fitness and bible reading each month...

Meal planning and encouraging thoughts and scriptures...

For a couple of months I did the PTL Doodles but then, as much as I enjoy doodling, I found it tedious to keep up with each day as I have enough to keep me busy...

Some different quotes and doodles...

I kept a daily tracker for a few months but then realized I like to list things daily and then cross them off rather than continually turning back to the tracker (again, just personal preference....see how you can do whatever works for you!?)...

A monthly view of things...

For a few months I used this layout....half a page per day...

I started trying to do a quarter page per day...but didn't like that. Then I tried to switch up my divider but didn't like that either...

Now I am doing a page-per-day layout and I like it a lot more. I put the day and date at the top and the weather in the top right corner. Daily appointments or timed things are in a column on the left and the right as my To Do list. the bottom corner is where I jot memories, movies watched or books finished, supper menus etc.

I loved this....How to be a Good I copied it into my bujo...

*Notice above...on the right hand page ~ I deactivated my facebook account that day. Although it kind of throws communication off with many friends (as I rarely use my cell phone either nor do I text) ~ it is *truly* freeing to be off of it! I have not regretted the decision. So, if you were my friend on there, please know I didn't just delete you or anything ~ I just decided I was done with it.

Anyway...finally, stickers. Yes, I love stickers. I use stickers from my shop in my bujo. To keep them tidy, I found that a plastic sleeve from a 6-ring binder worked perfectly. I just tuck it in the back behind the bujo!

So...there you have it! :) My Bullet Journal! If you have any questions or anything, leave me a comment below and I will answer to the best of my ability! HERE is the basic gist of the Bullet Journal System. You can make it as simple or complicated as you want/need it. You can doodle/decorate if you want...or you don't have to! It's completely your choice!

If you search instagram, pinterest and other sites, you can find a lot of great bujo inspiration! Eventually you will find your own groove. :)

I hope this has been helpful!
Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

"As the years pass...

...I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with comfort and our hearts with gladness -- just the pure air to breathe and the strength to breath it; just warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm.” 

~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Simple things make me happy. While out hanging clothes on the line, the sun warm on my back, I thank the Lord for the sun and it's warmth. As I am mowing, that same sun makes me hot and then I praise God for the cool breeze that blows by or the shade under the trees where it is cooler to walk. 

When circumstances have me feeling melancholy (as I am struggling a bit with today), simply remembering God's goodness and the blessings He gives can revive my spirit a little. It can turn a heart of self-pity and sadness to one of gratitude ~ focusing on Him rather than myself (or the circumstances).

Our soul waits for the Lord;
    He is our help and our shield.
For our heart is glad in Him,
    because we trust in His holy name.
Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us,
    even as we hope in You.
~Psalm 33:20-22

I have much to tend to today...but quickly, I wanted to share a few things. Pictured above and below are a couple of things I bought at a local sidewalk sale. I was able to purchase the table decoration above for only $10 and the "beautiful" jar below was only $2 (although you can't see that it says "beautiful" down the side in the photo, you can see it in real life). I always love to find ways to beautify my home inexpensively!

Outside, my hosta and other plants are growing beautifully (although, I admit, some serious weeding needs done)...

My day lilies have bloomed!

My mom got these beautiful begonias for in my log planter that Chris made me a few years ago...

And my porch is all a-bloom...although truly, it looks *much* prettier in person!

So...that's all I have for today. Some days I feel like I have so much I would like to share and then I sit down and go blank. I've got a lot swirling in this head of mine...too much, I think. I really haven't shared much in the form of "deep" thoughts in quite a while...but that's okay. If I feel the Lord leading me to share something, I will. :)

And just for anyone who made be interested I am having a sale in my shop (TheOrganizedPlanner). Use code: JUNE2016 for 25% off your order of $10+! I have reformatted some sticker sheets as well as added some *new* things! I use quality sticker paper and send them out *fast*! :)

I gotta run! This household won't run itself! ;)
Thank-you for visiting. I hope your day is lovely!

Linked up at: The WholeHearted Home & Strangers & Pilgrims

Friday, June 17, 2016

Getting a Little Braver...

I have (finally) begun hanging things on the new walls of our addition. It is a stressful task as I don't want to make many holes in the wall, want things to be straight and such. I am going to look into command strips for future wall hangings, I think. I want to wait to  hang anything else though because I would like to do some groupings and I don't have all the items I would want to put together. I need to do some vintage/thrift/antique shopping!

The picture below is hanging in our mudroom/entryway...

Our local library is having their annual book sale. Madelyn found some did I! I didn't take an extra bag or anything...I just figured I would carry them in my arms....little did I know I would fine a whole treasure load of books! John Piper, Elisabeth Elliot, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, John MacArthur and more!

A few books I found for the boys...

I also got these fantastic gardening binders (for .75 each)!

I have always wanted to do more with my flower planting but was never sure what to put where, when the plant certain things etc. I am hoping these binders will help me!

 My sister and her girls are visiting we are looking forward to spending some time with them! After a lot of rain yesterday, we will be enjoying sunny skies today too! I hope you have an enjoyable weekend ahead!


Linked up at: Strangers & Pilgrims

Thursday, June 9, 2016

..::At Home::..

Just a little post sharing some different things from here at home. Sweet and simple...

 The newest workbook/bible study I have been working on is Knowing the Living God. It is by Paul Washer...a biblical man of God. *It's very important that we use discernment when considering study aids with our Bibles...not all teachers are properly biblical. :)

A peek at the inside...

Planning out my days helps me get things accomplished and stay organized...

I have been grateful for nice days to hang loads of laundry out on the lines. It saves money and I love the way the clothes smell fresh from the line!

The children's little garden (that is in need of a good weeding)...

They have onions, strawberries, tomatoes, zucchini and lettuce planted...

Despite my shooing them away, the chickens have gotten to the lettuce unfortunately. I suppose we should have made a bit of fence to protect it all!

The children really enjoy riding their bikes in the summer! I remember as a child how much my sister and I enjoyed riding our bikes too! :)

Morning sunlight coming in through the windows...

My aunt got this picture of my Ruthie blown up and put on canvas for me as a surprise. She knows how much I miss my pup. This gift made me cry. I just love this picture of my Ruthers and am so thankful to be able to hang it up and always remember her fondly...

Great Aunt Jo moved back to Florida this past week. She gave my mom this cute enamel-ware table but my mom didn't have a place for it so she offered it to me! I am such a furniture junkie! I love old, sturdy furniture that I can make great use of! This table has found a home in our new living room...

The new living room is really starting to feel cozy. At first, it seemed cold and sounds echoed. As things are added here and there, it's really starting to feel like home! I still need to hang things on the walls and get/make curtains...those are just hurdles I haven't crossed (yet).

Today, Xavier is off working at the garage. He is learning a *lot* with my dad and Chris and I am so glad! Madelyn went to the meat market to help Pa and Ma...Jaxson is here with me. Although there hasn't been any swimming or anything yet, I think the children are enjoying some time off from our homeschool work! Although I enjoy the routine of schooling, I, too, am enjoying this break. :) 

Two of my three children enjoying some time of creativity...

Skies are blue today and the sun is shining. It's cool out...but nice! Once some of the yard dries out in the back, I have some mowing to do (it's like doing endless task!!!). I am working on some other things as well. I'm not sure what else the day holds...

Off I go!

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