Sunday Musings: I don’t have it all together…and that’s OK

Sunday Musings: I don’t have it all together…and that’s OK

I don’t have it all together. Not even close.

If most of us are honest, we will admit that we don’t have it all together. In today’s Pinterest-perfect society, we are expected to be perfectly dressed with perfect makeup, not a hair out of place, with perfectly clean, magazine worthy homes. We are expected to have a home-cooked dinner on the table every night, with perfectly dressed and perfectly behaved children.

I don’t have that; at least, not all the time. And never all at once. So, who holds us to this impossibly high standard? We do. We hold ourselves to these impossibly high standards we can never meet, but luckily, God does not.

God chose us, even though we are a long way from perfect. We don’t have it all together and God chose us anyway.

Ephesians 1:4 says “For he chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before Him.” We don’t need to be perfect; we just need Jesus. There are no perfect humans, and there don’t need to be. Jesus already fulfilled the role of the perfect human.

It’s tempting to spend all of our time trying to be perfect and live up to those impossible standards, but instead, let’s put that energy into trying to be like Jesus. He already knows we aren’t perfect and he loves us anyway.

Have a blessed week.

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Creating a calm, orderly space for homework and studying

Creating a calm, orderly space for homework and studying

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My second grader has just started back to school, and we usually have a little homework to do each evening. While the homework is not difficult, what can be difficult is finding somewhere in our home where there are no distractions.

She has a desk in her room where she sits to complete her homework.

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There are a lot of things I like about this set up, but there are also a lot of things I would like to improve upon.

Her desk is actually pretty neat.

We are currently using a repurposed shoe box (covered with pretty paper and embellished with a book plate) and a crate to corral her desk items.

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I also created this super cute French memo board to hold her pictures and papers for school (more about that later).

So what more does her desk need?

1. Lighting

Emorie’s desk currently has no lighting. I am looking for one of these little gooseneck lamps, preferably one with a USB charging port for her tablet.

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Walmart.com

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Pottery Barn Kids

2. Pencil/pen/art utensil storage

Right now, Emorie’s pens, pencils and other writing odds and ends are housed in this white crate, which is more suited for reading books and magazines.

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This is simply too much in that white crate. Instead, I’d like to do something like this:

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I  have both a dowel rod and curtain hardware, and an extra towel bar. I also already have buckets. I could easily use either one of those things to create this for her desk. Plus, it’d be super cute and she’d be able to find things soooo much easier.

3. Comfy seating

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Pottery Barn Kids

Emorie’s chair isn’t uncomfortable, but it could be better. I love these cute, comfy cushions from PB Kids.

 

Stay tuned for some big changes to Mrs. Emorie’s homework space.  Here’s a look at what’s coming up the rest of this week:

Friday: Repurposed farmhouse decor

Saturday: Simplify that paper clutter

Sunday: I DON’T Have it All Together…and that’s OK

 

Have a wonderful week.

Make it Monday: How to improve your curb appeal with only $50

Make it Monday: How to improve your curb appeal with only $50

Our house looked like this:

Pardon the snow pictures; since my server crashed earlier this year, I’ve lost many of my pictures.

Not bad, but this eyesore wasn’t doing a thing for our home’s facade.

Our garage door was big, white and booorrrring. I’ve been crushing on Coach house garage doors since forever, but because they run in the upwards of $2,000, they aren’t exactly in the budget right now.

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Lowes

As usual, I decided to get creative. I had an Amazon gift card to burn, and I’ve looked at these several times.

AntiqueSmith Magnetic Decorative Faux Hinges- $18.88

And these magnetic “window panes.”

Magnetic Garage Door Window, Decorative Black Window Decals for Two Car Garage, $29.99

I promptly ordered them and, thanks to Amazon Prime, I received them two days later.  All pieces were 100% magnetic, so if you make a mistake, or like me, can’t seem to get your “window panes” straight, you just pick them up and move them…no nail/screw holes, and no damage 🙂

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It took me about 30 minutes to put them all on the door. I would recommend having a “spotter” to stand back and help you determine if you’re putting your “windows” on straight. Other than that, these things are easy-peasy to install.

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I texted a picture to all my family when we were finished and several of them asked when we got a new door.

Doesn’t our house look so much better?

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Let’s see that before and after:

before:

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after:

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Isn’t that a thousand times better? It’s amazing what just a simple, $50 change can do for your home.

Join us this week for the following features:

Wednesday: a super cute study space

Friday: Farmhouse Friday: Repurposed and recycled decor

Saturday: Simplify Saturday:  Your paper clutter problems solved!

Sunday: Resources for family daily devotions

Summer 2018: a recap

Goodness gracious, what a short summer! While our summer wasn’t super busy, we did do a lot and we made some pretty awesome memories to show for it.

Our summer got off to a late start, due to all the snow days and having to add teacher workdays to the end of our school year.

We went on vacation to the mountains…twice.

We visited my grandmother and rode the train at the park.

We enjoyed my aunt and uncle’s fire pit and roasted some marshmallows.

Both girls enrolled in a six week gymnastics class…Emorie began her fourth year of gymnastics, and Aubrey began her first.

Both girls went to Vacation Bible School at our church and loved it!!

Emorie celebrated her seventh birthday and went to cheer camp at our local high school.

We spent tons of time at the playground.

And even more time in the pool.

We spent time at the local YMCA splash pad, too

Emorie began to learn to play the piano, prompting us to add a piano to our home.

Our garden flourished for most of the summer, and we enjoyed many delicious veggies from it.

We traveled to WV for the day to celebrate my grandpa’s cousin’s 90th birthday AND 70th wedding anniversary.

Aubrey engaged in a lot of mischief…

We remodeled one of our bathrooms.

And lastly, we sent this newly minted second grader off to school, and I took some of my favorite pictures EVER of my girls.

I will be returning to school next week. Stay tuned: changes are on the horizon for Organized and Simplified.

Have a wonderful,blessed school year.

First day of school…and a super cute photo idea

First day of school…and a super cute photo idea

BACK TO SCHOOL

So, today, we celebrated a “first” in our house. It’s a first that comes around once a year…or twice, if you consider the fact that my daughter doesn’t attend school in the district where I teach. Yep, you guessed it. Today was my oldest daughter’s first day of school.

If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably already seen our newly minted second grader with her “back to school” sign and toothless grin.

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Most of us already take a “first day” photo of our kids, and some of us even create a sign or use a prop…

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…and some of us even take a picture at the school, or in front of the school sign.

But what do you do when your school child’s almost three year old little sibling feels left out? Make them a sign, too, of course!

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Little Miss was tickled pink to be a part of the photo-festivities…and we got some super cute shots to use in her yearbook someday.  Her sign reads, “I’ll be here in three years!” Due to her late fall birthday, she’ll start school the fall AFTER she turns five, meaning she’ll turn six during her kindergarten year.

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We even sneaked back over to the school once the traffic died down a bit to take these cute pics in front of the school buses.

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It’s rare that I get a photo of the two of them where Aubrey is cooperating. Even though these two engage in a whole lot of sisterly spats, it’s clear from these pics that they really do love one another.

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And that makes my heart smile.

I hope you all have a wonderful school year, even those of you who (like me) haven’t started back to school yet.

Have a wonderful week, and join us tomorrow for some more “back to school” goodness.

Make it Monday: DIY Farmhouse Sign

Make it Monday: DIY Farmhouse Sign

DIY Farmhouse Sign

This week, my daughter and I were trying to think of the perfect sign to hang behind our piano. I knew I wanted something “music-themed” and I wanted to try to make something. We went through our scrap wood pile and found this:

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We measured it around another long, thin board we found and painted the back board white.

 

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We then pulled the framing pieces off and cut them to the correct size. I chose to make it easier on us and not miter them. We then stained the framing pieces.

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We reattached the framing pieces.

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When we were thinking of something to put on the sign, we decided on a quote from one of our favorite hymns, “How Great Thou Art.” We quickly created a stencil on our Silhouette Cameo.

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We cut out the stencil and placed it on the sign. We then traced the stencil.

And then we filled in the traced stencil.

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We then attached D-ring hanging hardware to the back of the frame and called it finished.

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I was really pleased with how this turned out. I can’t wait to get our family room painted so we can hang it up! I’ll surely show it to you when we do.

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Have a wonderful week! Join us again Wednesday for a look at our newly organized bathroom vanity.

Sunday Musings: Philippians 4:8

Sunday Musings: Philippians 4:8

As we are preparing to return to school, there are so many things on my mind. We observe “back to school” in two ways in our home. Our oldest daughter is going in to second grade, and I am a teacher. We do the typical “first day of school picture” each year, but we do some other things too.

We talk about how we need to behave and how, as Christians, we need to treat others. As my daughter gets older, I want to make sure she understands that how we act, and how we treat others aren’t the only important things- we also need to pay attention to what fills our thoughts and what we listen to or watch on TV. I had a teacher several years ago who told me she used to keep her mind clean by reading Philippians 4:8 each morning before school.

 

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There are so many things we give our time and our attention to that aren’t Godly. I recently went to church with my grandmother, and her pastor preached on guarding your heart. He talked about how listening to or watching unGodly things invites things into our minds and hearts. He also talked about how we are accountable for what our kids are exposed to, and how it’s important to guard their hearts as well.

I want to teach my child to memorize this verse and carry it with her as a reminder to think only on those things that please the Lord.  When we keep our minds and hearts pure, others can see the difference in us as well. This is what I want for myself and my kids this school year- to radiate the love of God.

I plan to print off this Bible verse and hang it on our fridge, or somewhere where we will see it each day and be reminded.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy school year. May you learn much and make many new friends.