Saturday, August 5, 2017

Being weary...

Being weary is something that we all deal with at some point in our lives. Be it physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

I looked up the meaning of weary, Here it is: feeling or showing extreme tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion. I know as a wife and mom it's easy to become weary. 

So, let me talk to the wives and mommies for a little bit. :) 

Okay momma! I'm sure many of you have fallen into bed many times utterly and totally wore out. It comes with the territory. :) You go through your day wearing many "hats". Mommy, chef, boo-boo kisser, referee, house cleaner, teacher and so much more. I've been a mommy for almost 13 years. Wow! Crazy to think my oldest will be a teen in two months! Anyway, I'm no where near an expert!! Please don't think that! :) I learn all the time. But a few things that I have learned along the journey of motherhood. And yes, it's an amazing journey. So, a few things you have probably already heard them, but here we go! 

Just some humor to start this off! 

*Take time with The Lord! This is very very important. We can give all we've got to our families, but be sure that The Lord takes the preeminence in our lives. It sets our mood for the day and our mood affects our families moods. On days where I don't get to get my morning devotions in, my day is thrown off and honestly, I can be grumpy. And when mommy is grumpy it has the tendency to wear off on our family. 

*Take time for yourself. No, this is not you being selfish. This is your time to recharge. Even new mommies can take that time while the baby sleeps. The chores will keep while you take some you time. :)

*Give chores! This is one area that I still struggle with. I know, my guys are old enough to do many chores, and they do. But, sometimes it's easy to see a mess that needs cleaned up and just do it myself. But, that makes more work for me and teaches the kids nothing. 

*Ask for help. Again, this is an area I'm working on. We like to think we are Wonder Woman and do it all ourselves. But, as I tell my family, I don't live in the house by myself, so they need to help. And my guys are good about helping. 

*Learn to laugh. In life as a wife and mom, you have to learn to laugh even when you don't feel like it. When you've heard half a million knock knock jokes, heard the same story at least a hundred times, learn to listen and laugh.

*Take that time with your hubby!! You are both busy during the day, I get that. But try to remember that when the kids are of the house, it's you and your hubby left. Until then, take what time you can. Sometimes a full blown date is just not possible. But, you can take some time once the kids are in bed and talk or just curl up and watch a movie or a tv series together. Don't for get to talk to one another. COMMUNICATION IS KEY! If we never talk to one another then our relationship will never grow, and we are left with someone that we barely know, even after years of living in the same house. 

These are just a few things that I've been thinking about lately. 

Galatians 6:9a And let us not be weary in well doing:

Monday, June 26, 2017

A few of my favorite things...Hungary style! Part 1

I've decided to do a little mini series on here just covering a few of my favorite things here in Hungary.

Today I want to share with you something we enjoy doing as a family.  We enjoy taking a walk to a park called NagyerdÅ‘. It's about a 10 minute walk from our house. We love it! So we get our exercise in along with some family time.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Organizing my morning...

I thought I would share with you guys what I do to help my mornings go a lot smoother. Recently I have become more of a morning person. I enjoy my alone time with The Lord in the morning. It makes my day go better! :)

My morning organization actually starts the night before. I have learned what works for me, so I thought I would share it with you guys.

Marty and I are coffee drinkers, we enjoy our morning cup of coffee, or any time of day for that matter. :)  I make up the coffee the night before so all I have to do is turn it on in the morning.

The coffee is all ready to go! 

 Another thing I do is to make sure my kitchen is nice and clean the night before. My day goes so much smoother if I wake up to a clean kitchen. I think it's just mental but I feel overwhelmed when my kitchen is dirty. :)  It doesn't take that much time to keep the kitchen clean. At the end of the night I make sure the sink is clear, the counters are wiped down and the floor is swept.

This is what my kitchen looks like right now.

If it's at all possible I like to make up breakfast the night before. I'll make muffins, or bread, or an oatmeal bake. I have an oatmeal bake cooking right now, and it smells amazing. :) As a side note, Marty doesn't care for oatmeal by itself, but this oatmeal bake is one of his favorites! Here is a link to the recipe! I have to double it because my guys like it so much!

Fresh out of the oven berry oatmeal bake!

I also like to set out my clothes the night before. I know, that's simple, but it keeps my sleepy head trying to figure out what to wear in the morning. I put my clothes on top of the washer, so all I have to do is get dressed and get on with my day.

I like to keep it simple, denim skirt, t-shirt and a cute pair of earrings, and I'm good to go! 

My morning routine goes a little something like this:

6-6:30~I crawl out of bed.

6:30-7~I get dressed, turn the coffee on, and read my Bible. Yes, in that exact order. :)

7-7:30~I work on getting breakfast together and wake my kiddos up.

7:30-8~Breakfast and clearing the breakfast dishes. While the kids get dressed I will go and fix my hair and do my makeup. I feel more put together if my hair is fixed and I have at least a little bit of makeup on. The makeup is a personal preference, and it literally takes me less than 10 minutes to do my makeup.

8-8:15~We do morning family devotions.

Then after that our day starts with whatever we have going on that day.

I hope, in some way, that this will give you some ideas on how to organize your mornings. I would love to hear if you do any of the things I do, or hear any of the things you do to help your mornings be more productive.