Thursday, April 16, 2009

Managers Of Their Homes

1 Timothy 5:14, "So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander."

The idea of a M.O.T.H. binder comes from Steve and Teri Maxwell's website. I haven't read the book itself, but I have read a lot about the book...if that makes any sense!

My M.O.T.H. binder is pretty simple right now because my kids are still young, so there is not a whole lot of scheduling and planning. I'm sure, though, as the years go on, I'll be adding much to it!

The basic idea of my binder is to keep all my affairs of our home together in the same place.
-If there is an emergency and Ryan or I (or both of us) have to leave the boys under someone's care, our MOTH binder will also provide them guidance on how our home works (including allergies, weekly commitments, chores, etc).
-Instead of having several drawers with different papers, I keep a record of everything important (pertaining to each family member and our basic home maintenance) in the binder.
-It keeps keeps things simple for me-I always know where to find my many lists I love to write!

So far my binder consists of:
-"Day to Day" which is:
  • to-do lists
  • house rules
  • daily reminders
  • morning and evening "chores" for each boy
  • addresses/numbers we use often
  • our school learning objectives
  • my cleaning schedule
  • our daily and weekly schedules
  • etc
-"Meals" which is:
  • meals I want to try
  • our monthly meal planner
  • grocery lists
  • meals rotation list
  • quick meals to feed a big group that comes by unexpectedly (!)
  • cooking tips
  • coupons
  • etc
-"Home-Made and Money Savings" which is:
  • info on my cloth diapers (washing, stripping, etc)
  • money saving tips
  • comparison charts for shopping
  • my home recipes (like laundry soap, dishwasher detergent, diaper creme, baby wipes, hand soap...)
  • etc
-"Faith and Encouragement" which is:
  • our family mission statement
  • family vision
  • verses I'm memorizing
  • verses the boys are (or will) memorize
  • encouraging articles, quotes, e-mails, threads on M.O.M.Y.S.
  • etc
In the future I hope to add:
-Education: curriculum samples, deals on books, recommended curriculum, etc.
-Wheeler 200 year plan: this is something personal we're working generations to come will know what their great-great grandparents prayed and desired for them. This is family goals, family beliefs, etc.
-Health: doctor info, family medical histories, allergies, etc.
-Sewing projects
For more info, my good friend, Mandy, has an excellent post on her blog about her M.O.T.H. binder here.

Monday, April 6, 2009

These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things...

Throughout my day, I have a lot of "things" that make my life a lot easier!
I'm sure there are more, but this is my list so far...

My "Managers of their Home" (MOTH) binder:
I just recently put mine together and I already rely on it SO much! It is my brain!!!!  (Read more about my MOTH binder HERE)

My crock-pot (which I named: Catalina)
Makes dinner simple and easy!

My "All-purpose" Cutter!
Yes, it's dirty in this pic :) ! But I use it for any kind of cutting...
Sandwiches, pancakes, quesadillas, burritos, and, of course, pizza!

The timer
I use it for morning chores, quiet time, school, potty training, time out...the list goes on!

My authentic Guatamala Hip Sling!
My sweet Kindred Spirit, Sara (full-time missionary to Guatemala), got me this when I was pregnant with SJ and he is finally old enough now to use it! (when he was an infant, I used my Baby Hawk which some dear friends got for me!)
With my sling, I get to have my hands totally free to push a cart, cook, do laundry, put dishes get the point!

Friday, April 3, 2009

March's "no man"!!!

We were so excited to get our first good snow...even if was in March!

Daddy was sick, so he stayed inside, but...

Boo's been wanting to make a "no man" so we got suited up and braved the the cold!

Building our "no man"...

We finished him!!!


Fun in the snow!

And Daddy made each of us a nice cup of hot chocolate to warm us up!
This pic is exactly 24 hours after we made "Mr. No Man"...
And this pic is less than 48 hours after making "Mr. No Man"
No more Mr. No Man...maybe next spring :)
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