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Sometimes We Feel Unnoticed

This has been a very busy few weeks for me, and I just wanted to let you know that I will not be blogging much for a few weeks.

If you keep up with my blog at all, you know that I’ve just released an ebook to help you celebrate Christmas without breaking the bank.

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This book is very personal for me, because it is full of ideas that our family loves and uses.

Thank you for all of your kind words about it. It is a weird feeling to put your heart into something, and then release it…and wait for a reaction. :) That was new to me. But it came with mixed emotions.

I spent more time away from my kids than I accustomed to…and as you know, I want to look back with no regrets. And you can’t do everything without things starting to unravel. So…I NEED to regain control of my house and give my kids extra time. Peter and the kids were so supportive of my writing efforts, and now I need to give them some extra special attention. And, did you know that Rebekah is coming home for Thanksgiving?? Yes, I am a happy woman! :)

Anyway, yesterday in church my father-in-law preached about an obscure “disciple” of God, a faithful man, Ananais. What was so special about him?

Not much other than he was in tune with God, ready, willing and chosen for a certain task because he was faithfully serving WHERE HE WAS.

HE was doing right in his home. He had a good report among Christians and “with those who walk without”–the unbelievers.

Here’s the scripture from Acts 9:

10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus) named Saul, for he is praying. 12 In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

13 “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”)

15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Why did I love this message so much?
Because I think women believe the lie that their life does not matter because what they do at home is never seen or appreciated by the outside world.
But, as my FIL said, “You are never so obscure that God does not see!”
Really, just that statement alone was food for this weary mom.
Do you ever feel obscure, disregarded, glossed over, hidden, neglected, unremembered or unrespected?
Sometimes serving at home is thankless work. We sometimes try to avoid it, or make our lives more interesting by being online, or on Facebook, or whatever.
We think nobody sees and we don’t matter. But God knows, sees, and cares.
Who CARES about recognition from ANYONE else?
So, as you serve in your obscurity today, REJOICE that God sees and knows that your labor is for Him!
And don’t believe the lie that if you are not visible, that you are not important. God didn’t send His Son to die for you because you were “not important” to Him–no, no, no. The exact opposite is true.
Let’s be ready, willing and in tune with God’s leading, by reading His word and loving Him and others with all our hearts.

Merry Christmas, Meager Budget Ebook Giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is over, but you can snag your own copy here on SALE for just $3.99 right now!


Merry Christmas, Meager Budget Giveaway!

To celebrate the launch of our new ebook, Beth and I are giving away FIVE copies in 12 hours!


This book is written for tired mothers everywhere. Christmas can be overwhelming and can become a test of stamina instead of the joyous holiday it was meant to be. This book covers:

  • Limit your spending during the holiday season.
  • Saying “NO” to many good, fun activities so you can enjoy time making memories with your kids.
  • Plan your calendar so you don’t run yourself ragged.
  • Decorate your home on a dime.
  • Create thoughtful gifts on a limited budget.
  • Whip up some delicious recipes in the kitchen.
  • Create fun memories for your kids without breaking the bank.
Purchasing info:
This is in a pdf. format, so you can either read it on your computer, or on a mobile device or e-reader.
117 pages

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Enter to win a copy of “Merry Christmas, Meager Budget” here. Ends tonight at 12pm!
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Merry Christmas, Meager Budget is Now Available!

I am SO excited to tell you about our brand new ebook,

Merry Christmas, Meager Budget


Let’s face it, this economy is tough and everyone is feeling the pinch. My sister Beth and I wrote this book to give you tips, tutorials and plain old Yankee know-how to help you:

  • Limit your spending during the holiday season.
  • Plan your calendar so you don’t run yourself ragged.
  • Decorate your home on a dime.
  • Create thoughtful gifts on a limited budget.
  • Whip up some delicious recipes in the kitchen.
  • Create fun memories for your kids without breaking the bank.
So, if just the thought Christmas tires you or you feel it has become more a test of endurance than the joyous holiday it was meant to be, you might consider finding some inspiration in this book.
Chapters Include:
  1. Rejecting Commercialism and Embracing What’s Important
  2. Four Sisters and What We Love
  3. Making Memories Without Breaking The Bank
  4. Rethinking Christmas Goals
  5. Old-Fashioned, Farmhouse Inspired Crafts
  6. Holiday Fun for the Frugal Family
  7. Twenty-six Boredom Busters for Little Ones
  8. Cozy Up Your Home For Christmas
  9. Merry Gifts to Make {$10 or less}
  10. Gifts for Children
  11. Your Favorite Frugal Ideas
  12. Favorite Family Recipes
  13. Advent Verses For Children
  14. Free Printable Christmas Tags and Labels
This is in a pdf. format, so you can either read it on your computer, or on a mobile device or e-reader.
117 pages

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DIY Tutorial for Farmhouse “Primitive” Look Furniture


Have a piece of furniture that totally needs a face lift?

I did. I gave this small end table a new look using three quick steps. (under and hour!)
This technique can be used for anything wooden. Cupboards, shelves, coffee tables, etc. And you can use whatever color latex paint you like. I think the nicest results come from using black, cranberry, sage green and mustard colored bases. I usually use Minwax Jacobean Stain.

I put together this how-to video for painting furniture with a distressed, old, farmhouse finish. Enjoy!



Linked to Courtney @ Women Living Well

Inexpensive Way to Organize Your Scarves

We were spring cleaning closets today, and I was thinking of ways to organize all of our scarves.  I love scarves. They are an instant pick-me-up to any outfit. But mine were a mess–just thrown in a box,  hung on a hook, or whatever. So my daughter Emily came up with this idea. Ta-da! Hang them on a coat hanger with shower curtain rings ($1.50 @ Walmart). Then you can hang them neatly in your closet.  Simple, easy and inexpensive! :)

If you have woven or knit scarves, just be careful when you pull them out to not pull them where the shower ring clasp is!

Do you have any inexpensive storage tips to share?

Missed yesterdays post? Creative Ways to Beat Winter Boredom with Little Ones

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