What are You Singing?

Making your home sing Mondays

I’m just gonna be really honest – it’s been awhile since I made my home sing. Lately, I’ve been content to just find a particular level of maintenance and call it “enough” when really, it is just barely squeaking by. sigh.

One day last week I was online and really – in my heart of hearts – I just wanted to get sucked into my computer and not have to deal with two bored girls, a needy cat, bills to be paid, loads of laundry and well, you know the rest.

I don’t like cleaning toilets.

I love writing and blogging.

I don’t like cleaning up after the cat who seems to have a serious problem with gorging and then vomiting weekly.

I do love visiting with friends on Twitter and playing Farmville on Facebook.

So, at some point, God entered the picture and began clearly telling me to get off the computer.  I didn’t want to.  But God, I’m writing “Christian” stuff here – can’t I have just a DAY to myself to do fun things I want to do?


After some serious conviction I shut the computer down put it aside and began focusing on my girls.  My attitude hadn’t quite shifted, but I was moving and getting juice cups ready and thinking about lunch.  And I stayed off the computer for the rest of the day.

And you wouldn’t BELIEVE what I accomplished.  Even I couldn’t believe what I had accomplished.  It didn’t look like much had changed around here – but I knew I’d swept down the stairs and the kitchen.  I knew I’d rolled on the floor with the girls and played and laughed.  I knew several things got put back into their keeping place.

And it made a difference.  Maybe my blogging makes a difference – occasionally, on a good day – but Making My Home Sing – I can see and feel the difference…

So today, I am going to focus on my home & family – not just race through stuff – but FOCUS on what needs to be done and pray over my To Do list and pray over my computer time and ask God to help me DO the right thing.

I’m going to make My Home Sing today.


Time for Some Changes. And Coffee Girls!

What a week this has been!  A lot of emotional stuff after a terrific Shared Hope International event, my Psych class coming to an end (WOOHOO!), and just lots of wife-and-mommy stuff going on.

You may start noticing some changes here in The Cafe.  Maybe you’ve noticed some already. Pictures of my family are being removed from this blog. Previous (old) posts in my archives are going to become inaccessible and when my new blog is revealed, only posts from 2009 will be available…

I always asked myself why anybody would want to “steal” pictures from anyone’s blog, let alone do anything evil with them, and I just tried to be careful about posting details and information that could compromise our safety.  Unfortunately, I learned what CAN be done with stolen pictures, and I’m going to eliminate that possibility now…  Until I figure out a safe way to post pictures so they can’t be donwloaded, there won’t be anymore appearing here.  But I think this post at Multiples…. and More! shows me the way! Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Up!?! Wednesday

It’s Finals Week for me.  Coming down to the wire, I’ve got a writing project to complete, another writing project to start, and 2 final exams to prepare for.  I was going to do my part in The Kettle Club discussion, but beyond my school work, I have something that needs to be taken care of before I can honestly participate in that discussion.   So I am taking today to focus on those things.

This is an amazing blogpost about parenting and raising children from At the Well… In Pursuit of Titus 2Still being in the early stages of parenting, this really speaks to my heart and those times I want to give up and let someone else raise my children…

Christin at Journey to a Gracious Woman has a great post about Managing a Household today.  As I’m reading it, I am right there with her, and know that in building my Household Notebook, I’m on the right path.  Slowly, but surely, I’m getting there!!! I will still be addressing Notebooking later this week, after I’ve taken care of my personal projects.

Until then,