Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Virtuous cleaning

has taken a turn for reality cleaning. Since having Maggie my 31 days of cleaning fun have changed to 5 days of "lets getter done!"
this is what it looks like:

Monday-kitchen, laundry, vacuum,
Tuesday-bathroom, laundry, vacuum
Wednesday- boys room, laundry vacuum
Thurday- our bedroom, laundry, vacuum
Friday-living room, laundry, vacuum
weekend-clean out my car

I'll try to do extra projects if I find the time. Like organizing a closet or minimizing "stuff".

This is what I am capable of right now, I am satisfied and I hope the Lord is pleased with my honesty!

Finally!!!!!!!!!!

After 3 years of talking and praying about it we are finally hosting a Family Home Fellowship at our house. There are 5 couples coming , all with children and we are meeting on Saturdays in the afternoon. This time works best for our families and allows us to work around most of the kids schedules.

It has been amazing! The Fellowship, the discussions, the fun times watching our kids play, it is such a Joy that the Lord has brought us all together.

It is going to be amazing to see our kids grow together as well as for us to learn from eachother.

We are still trying to work out some kinks but in time I know we will be doing great! Kinks are to be expected when kids are involved.

I know we are making some life long friendships and that The Lord has big things planned for us!

group pic to come...you try to wrangle 11 kids :)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Virtuous Cleaning

Day 4
Sorry for the big huge gap in posts, but to actually clean, take pictures and do the studies was so time consuming I didn't have time to blog about it! :)

Today, go for the kitchen!!!

Here's my BEFORE kitchen pics:



And after's


This included:
wiping the cupboards, walls, countertops, stove tops, appliances, floors, dishes, clutter(most of it), chairs and booster seats, and windows. Honestly, it could have been much better but this day was a crazy No-napping day!

I still have to tackle this tommorrow. This is what is under the hutch...Gross!!!!!

I have no idea what's under there, I just took a picture without looking. wish me luck!


As far as cleaning tips:
--always clean from top to bottom (esp. when dusting). Feather dusters with poles can be purchased at the Dollar store and are a good investment. Make sure to shake them out from time to time.
--a solution of Hydrogen Peroxide and water (at equal parts) will clean and disinfect just about anything, including glass/windows, and it is non-toxic so it's especially great to use in a house with small children and pregnant women. Baking soda is also good to use as a non-toxic cleaning agent.
--When using non-toxic brand-name cleaning products, make sure to use something that will actually kill germs (a lysol wipe or hydrogen peroxide) on areas such as toilet seats, sink handles, etc.
--DO NOT use a trash can in the kitchen with a lid on it unless the lid can open without the use of your hands. Trash can lids are a breeding ground for germs, and those germs easily spread to meals that are being prepared. Second most popular place for germs to hang out in the kitchen is the refridgerator door handle. Don't forget to sanitize it often!
--Other places that need to be sanitized often: Door handles, cabinet handles, sink faucett handles and toilet handles, as well as the telephone. Esp. after sickness has passed thru your home.
--After cleaning, make sure to wash brushes, sponges, cloths, etc. in hot water with, at the very least, soap, or a small solution of bleach.
--vaccuming carpets daily keeps them in top condition and allows them to wear longer. If there is a lot of carpet in the house, try to vacuum at least every other or every third day.
--A vacuum with a HEPA filter is great to use so that dust and allergens do not get stirred up and rest on the furniture that was just dusted. And, of course, it's good for the health of the family as well. But make sure to empty the resivour outside. Same with using a terry-cloth mop on wood/linoleum floors rather than a broom. If a broom is needed, use small sweeping motions and sweep in several small areas rather than pushing dirt from one end of a room to another.

And more specifially about organizing Lid racks

ORGANIZING TIP 2 Cleaning the Appliances

Tip 3 utensil organization

TIP 4 THE CUPBOARDS

Also, pick a cupboard to clean out and organize. If you don't get to it today then do it tomorrow. Here's my baking cupboard, which has turned in to the cupboard I throw "whatever" into, chaos!




I'll post my after picture tomorrow and my new Bible study tips by Ruth Graham Lotz!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Virtuous Cleaning

Day 3 of Virtuous Cleaning Series

So thee are two versus that I want to mention only because they are repeated in my house almost on a daily basis:
Prov 3:5-6
and 3:12

This verse and small Devo by Angela Hunt is more on the topic I had hoped to touch on.
Prov 3:7-8
"Do not be wise in your own eyes;fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones."

"Years before science linked healthy bodies and healthy minds, Solomon wrote that humility, reverence, and righteous living would result in physical health. the grocery store new stand abound with magazines to promote a healthy lifestyle but how many of those consider a person's spiritual well-being?
Feeling stressed? Cast you cares upon the One who cares for you (1Pet 5:7)
Exhausted? Run to the One hose Yoke is easy and whose burden is light (Matt 11:30).
Worried? Place your concerns in Jesus' hands and trust Him to meet your needs.(Matt 6:25-26)" Center you life on the will of God, and you'll soon realize that the trouble with most people is not that they are run down, but that they are all wound up!"

Are you wound up with things in your house? Let's help out with that by cleaning some more!
Today, work on the kitchen. Start from the top and work your way down. Wipe down the the cabinets, walls, counter tops, appliances, tables, chairs, windows, any hanging pictures or knick knacks, and finally the floors. For now, to take "before" pictures! We will get to what you didn't finish and much more in the next couple days.

Tips for cleaning appliances, click here
and HERE
organization click HERE

Monday, March 2, 2009

Virtuous Cleaning

Day 2 of Virtuous Cleaning series
Proverbs 2:1-5
"My Son, if you RECEIVE my words, And TREASURE my commands within you, so that you INCLINE your ear to wisdom, and APPLY your heart to understanding;
Yes, if you CRY OUT for discernment, and LIFT UP your voice for understanding, if you SEEK her as silver, and SEARCH for her as hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God." (emphasis mine)

These word of action God gives us are very clear, but do we wholeheartedly do this: Receive, treasure, apply, cry out, and search for knowledge? I put a lot of effort into many things, but I am not always as passionate about my desire for the Lord to show me wisdom, I need to be.


V10 "When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, Discretion will preserve you; ..."

Day 2 CHALLENGE:the silverware drawer! If this is not a messy drawer for you, then go for the junk drawer. Mine were kind of combined!


wow!


I try to do little projects at a time. I have so much going on in my day this is about all I can get done during naps. With three little ones under three years old I can't exactly dump out a drawer when they are awake...can you imagine?

To see the beginning of the series go HERE

Virtuous cleaning

Day 1 of Virtuous Cleaning Series
It has been said that if you want to be a Proverbs 31 Woman, the best thing to do is to read and apply the first 30 chapters of the book to your life.

Proverbs Ch 1 The beginning of Knowledge
I encourage you to read the whole chapter but I will touch on the verse/verses that spoke to me.
"1:7 The fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of knowledge. But fools despise wisdom and instruction."
The fear of the Lord...I remember hearing this as a child. I didn't really understand it till I re-dedicated my life to Jesus. It is not a fear as in being afraid, as if he will strike you down when you do something wrong, or as if he is just waiting to smack you down when you make a mistake. It's like a great respect and admiration. I think of it as he is our greatest instructor and teacher. For us to ignore his teaching would be foolish, for us to not want to learn from him and to see what he has in store for us would be simply stupid. I do not need to understand everything about God and his ways, but the things he wants me to learn and know...I can't wait to let him teach me!

It goes on to say that wisdom call us (V20) and that those who choose to ignore that call will have consequences (V28).
I pray to that I have a listening ear to this call of wisdom. I am constantly asking for his guidance with my Husband, children and my daily decisions. That I would hear him speak CLEARLY to me and respond the way he wishes.
For this, I need to be in his word DAILY!!!! If not, I am not walking with him and I am not available for him to show me anything.
I hope that you are in his word and have a listening ear to hear his voice.

CHALLENGE:
OK, so Day One of cleaning...let's start with THE CAR!!!!! You thought it would be in the house didn't you?

Here's me pictures!!!! This is after about 2 weeks! Geez!
Yikes!!! I usually have 3 car seats in here, but after pulling them out to vacuum I had to wash the seats to remove whatever sticky stuff was on and under them, gross!

Nice!

And this nice little back of the seat organizer for diapers, books etc. I got this from Target.


Here's a cool little trash bag for the back of your seat for gum wrappers, paper, used tissue, receipts, whatever else. They sell them at Target, I got mine from this GO Westy's site.


Happy Cleaning, don't forget to take Before pictures!!
When you comment I'll go to your blog to see you before and afters.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Virtuous cleaning

INTRO for the Virtuous Cleaning series:

This is a new series designed to help you with the house cleaning while also getting some daily nuggets from Proverbs.
I'll providea small devo either from me or another source and then give a cleaning assignment for the day. They will be small jobs since that's what I'm able to do these days. Nap time is my cleaning time and it is often cut short by a early rising toddler or a playful baby.

I try to do a good pick up of the house every day and if I see something that needs ot be done I DO IT! but the big jobs sometimes need to be broken up and done monthly so it is not totally ovewhelming all of a sudden.

Here are some tips froma good friend who is...lets say, PASSIONATE about cleaning!

--always clean from top to bottom (esp. when dusting). Feather dusters with poles can be purchased at the Dollar store and are a good investment. Make sure to shake them out from time to time.
--a solution of Hydrogen Peroxide and water (at equal parts) will clean and disinfect just about anything, including glass/windows, and it is non-toxic so it's especially great to use in a house with small children and pregnant women. Baking soda is also good to use as a non-toxic cleaning agent.
--When using non-toxic brand-name cleaning products, make sure to use something that will actually kill germs (a lysol wipe or hydrogen peroxide) on areas such as toilet seats, sink handles, etc.
--DO NOT use a trash can in the kitchen with a lid on it unless the lid can open without the use of your hands. Trash can lids are a breeding ground for germs, and those germs easily spread to meals that are being prepared. Second most popular place for germs to hang out in the kitchen is the refridgerator door handle. Don't forget to sanitize it often!
--Other places that need to be sanitized often: Door handles, cabinet handles, sink faucett handles and toilet handles, as well as the telephone. Esp. after sickness has passed thru your home.
--After cleaning, make sure to wash brushes, sponges, cloths, etc. in hot water with, at the very least, soap, or a small solution of bleach.
--vaccuming carpets daily keeps them in top condition and allows them to wear longer. If there is a lot of carpet in the house, try to vacuum at least every other or every third day.
--A vacuum with a HEPA filter is great to use so that dust and allergens do not get stirred up and rest on the furniture that was just dusted. And, of course, it's good for the health of the family as well. But make sure to empty the resivour outside. Same with using a terry-cloth mop on wood/linoleum floors rather than a broom. If a broom is needed, use small sweeping motions and sweep in several small areas rather than pushing dirt from one end of a room to another.


I hope you enjoy it! Now get cleaning!

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Virtuous Cleaning Series

Here is the list for the series, start at thh beginning or jump in anywhere

INTRO

DAY ONE Prov 1

DAY TWO Prov 2

DAY THREE Prov 3

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Coming Soon

As of March 1 2009, I hope to have this completed!



Virtuous Cleaning

Tips and tools for cleaning your house using a 31 day guide as well as snippets of all 31 Proverbs.

Still working on it!

Friday, January 30, 2009


Get on your Knees and pray for Tuesday!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Blog in!




PLEASE READ!!! This will be affecting several of my friends who sell their handmade goods online as well as a lot of SAHM's who make things as a side business. It's riduculous!


The following information is republished with permission from chichiboulie and Winklepots on Etsy:
As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.


Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.


How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:


To the Parents of Young Students:Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.


To the Avid Reader:Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.


To the Environmentalist
:Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.


To the Entrepreneur:Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.


To the Antique Toy Collector:Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html


To the American Economy
:Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy
:Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses. If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbeshttp://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html


And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled,
click the following:
The New Law

Did you know?
If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

SHAPED BY FAITH

I'm going to be following the Guideposts "shaped by Faith" series, follow it with me by clicking on the link below.


Week one:
LISTEN

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

6n6 1John

Week 2:FELLOWSHIP


The new 6n6 study has begun. I'm really excited to be attending the study on 1John. I had already begun 1John in my own quiet time so to have the extra input is geat. Love, not the easist for me.

Nuggets:
The list I had made of what God's love means to me:
complete
inconditional
a gift
I'm unworthy
hard to grasp

The list I made of what a friend's love means to me:
trust
respect
accountability
dependable
honest
loyalty

You would think that the list would somewhat mirror eachother, but mine didn't. It pointed something out to me. My "expectaions" of a friendship are very selfish. All the things I named were things I wanted a friend to be...for my benefit. As I listed these things I noticed that I "want" my friends to be these things, and if they aren't I tend to hold a grudge. I put up a wall and maybe even put a hold on the friendship.
Who am I? Why do I feel I need such respect? God Loves everyone the same, not the one who gives the most or offers the most. He loves the woman who has never hosted a party and the one who has a party every weekend just the same! He loves the woman who organizes a potluck just the same as the woman who has never brought food.

I clearly heard the Lord telling me today that I need to work on my fellowship with others, especially my friends that I've disconnected with for my own selfish reasons. It is not their problem, it is my own heart that I need to work on.

Phil 2:3 "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interest, but also for the interest of others."

God created Adam to have fellowhip with him FIRST, then created Eve that they may have fellowship together. I need to work on my fellowship with the Lord, devote more time to him and really seek his guidance.

I hope you can take some time to visit 1John as well. and return here to see what the next 4 weeks have to offer!

The way he's working in my life!



Some would call it a "coincidence" or "Good luck".

I call it "His timing", "Jesus", a "God thing".

This week Steve was able to have the week off work. The guys at the job he's working at are finishing up some things before he can get in there to do his part. \
PRAISE THE LORD!
Why? because:
-His Dad is in town from Hawaii till Sat

-Job is really sick with a stomach virus
-Maggie had an MD appt.
-I have an appt to take Diego to La Jolla all day on Thurs for pictures for a clothing line(friend of a friend thing) and it would've been way too hard to do with all 3 kids.
-Two Bible studies to attend this week(would have cancelled since Job is sick).
-And... I needed the break!

It's been great to have him home to spend time with the boys, help with Job being sick, watching the kids while I go do errands or attend Bible studies that I would've otherwise had to skip, and to just be here.

God couldn't have planned it any better! Thank You Jesus!
And thank you Stephen for all your help this week!

CELL PHONE vs. BIBLE


I wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we flipped through it several time a day?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we used it to receive messages from the text?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to Kids as gifts?
What if we used it when we traveled?
What if we used it in case of emergency?

This is something to make you go ... hmm, where is my Bible?

Oh, and one more thing. Unlike our cell phone, we don't have to worry about our Bible being disconnected because Jesus already paid the bill.

Makes you stop and think 'where are my priorities?

And no dropped calls!

-this was an email circulating, pretty good, makes you think!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

31 day to clean

31 Days to clean DAY 4

I think I wish I was Type-A, but my life, 3 kids under 3, and crazy weekends doesn't allow for it. I'll settle for comfortable, semi-organized and "clean enough".


Here are the Living room before and afters:

Shelves, just plain nasty:

nice and clean

Living Room-you can see one of the culprits on the couch. Part of the reason I can't clean when I want(nap time) is because a certain older brother wakes up his younger brother in their room. Then the little one falls back to sleep on the couch, leaving me trying to be quiet in the exact room I was trying to clean!

He was a Hard sleeper that day!

THis is what happens while I'm cleaning up from breakfast.

and after the "clean up" song

Shoe, coat and hat chaos ( with Christmas cards still on the door a month later)

as good as it's gonna get

our bookshelf/kids bins for toys...and "more"

Again, as good as it gets


I was able to dust shelves, blinds, vaccuum (even behind the couches and furniture) and get rid of another bag of toys. The boys even helped wash the windows and vaccuum). Not too bad...although it did take me 3 days! There's just not enough time during naps. :)!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fun Hubby Questionaire

Enjoy and please leave a comment if you do one on your blog!
Hubby questionnaire:


1. Where/how did you meet?
San Diego...Pacific Beach...Thomas Ave. He was my neighbor when I moved here for College. I was 17yrs old, he was 23yrs old. I was in Apt#5 and he was in apt #4. We passed by each other a couple times, then we finally talked. He brought me over homemade banana bread, showed me some family pics, and the rest is History!



2. Who long did you date before you were married?
5 years

3. What does he do that surprises you?
He remembers the little things I say and is very thoughtful and creative.

4. What is your favorite quality of his?
His sense of humor


5. What is your favorite feature of his?
Humm...where do I start? His smile, his jaw line, his muscles(GUNS!), his feet, his eyes, his hair, his laugh...and the list goes on!





6. Does he have a nickname for you?
Babe, Mama

7. What is his favorite food?
He's got a couple. He likes a certain roast I make, He likes linguine and clams when we go out, and he never gets sick of spaghetti and Pizza.

8. What is his favorite sport?
SURFING!!!!Football is his favorite to watch. Wrestling is not far behind, and UFC fights too!

9. When and where was your first kiss?
At his apt in Pacific beach! (sorry mom)

10. What do you like to do together?
Travel, go to the beach, dance, be silly, relax, just be together.


11. Do you have any children?
3! Job, Diego, and Magdelena!


12. Does he have a hidden talent?
He THINKS he can sing :)


13. Who said "I love you" first?
This is awful but I don't remember!!!


14. What is his favorite type of music?
He likes a good variety. He likes alot of country songs because the lyrics make him laugh or remind him of us.


15. What do you admire most about him?
His faith in Jesus, his confidence, his reliability and his love for his family.

16. Do you think he will read this?
I hope so, maybe he can correct my wrong answers :)