Learning to serve the Lord and my family one day at a time.

Learning to serve the Lord and my family one day at a time.


Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Declutter 500 things Challenge

Please excuse any math errors in advance! 

Day 1- 100 items of paper trash 
100 items of paper! That was embarassingly easy. I had a "to shred pile" that had built up plus I went through a few old files. I don't really need the health insurance payout from three years ago.

1 large box the kids were playing in 
7 old removable bra straps - since I wear wear so many strapless dresses to fancy parties these days

1 Holly Hobby vintage plate 
2 our old set of sheets that I just replaced last week

Day 1 total= 111

Day 2- 25 items from your Bedroom
Today from our bedroom
I haven't even tackled out closets but I made great strides going through my jewelry boxes. I had Laura help me clean out my jewelry.

5 earrings with no mates
1 hook (what was that doing in my jewelry box?) 
8 bracelets (I honestly cannot stand wearing bracelets) 
10 pairs of earrings I couldn’t remember the last time I wore 
2 necklaces
1 large box from Christmas that was in the backyard (classy I know)
= 27 items

Total = 138 

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Reading List

2016 Reading List 
I read 20 books last year which was 9 more than I read in 2014! Ok so I cheated a little and finished one of these the first week in January but hey, I started it in 2015 so that counts right?

27 books, my goal is to get to 20 of these 27 on the list. This might be overly ambitious since I'm having a baby in May and starting to homeschool Laura for kindergarten come September. Last year I ended up reading other books not on my list and bumping a few to this years list. I'm sure the same will happen as I come across a new book recommendations.
Eight cousins Alcott
GA Henty (historical fiction, we own several different ones.)
Anne of Green Gables 
Safely Home Randy Alcorn
Dear Mr. Knightley 
Lizzy and Jane 

Biography/History/Current Events
Popular Economics -John Tamny
7 Women - Eric Metaxas
The Hiding Place - Corrie ten Boom
Fierce Convictions - 
Evidence Not Seen 
A Chance to Die 
Christian/Personal Growth
Stepping Heavenward (make this an annual read)
Putting Amazing Back into Grace
How Should We Then Live? Francis Schaeffer 
Prayer- Tim Keller
Holding onto Hope- Nancy Guthrie
Pilgrim's Progress
Unglued- Terkurst
Essentital Truths of the Christian Faith  RC Sproul - I bought this for a bible study that was canceled for I figured I should just read it on my own

The Well Trained Mind 
Give Them Grace
The Core
Bringing Up Boys - Dobson
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Putting Amazing Back into Grace 
The Nesting Place  

2015 Reading Wish List
Books without a strike through didn't get read but I may try to read them in 2016.

Parenting, Marriage and Family
Meaning of Marriage – Tim Keller 
Shepherding a child’s heart 
Give them Grace (own on kindle) bumped to 2016 
Don’t make me count to three

Nonfiction- History and Biography, Current Events, Health 
1776 -I may or not may not try and tackle this one in 2016. I have been enjoying the audio book of John Adams in the car however. 
One Nation Ben Carson 
A Chance to die – Elliot still working on this one! 
America, Imagine a world without her D’Souza 
Grain Brain 
The Wahl's Protocol

The Warden and the Wolf King 
Little Men 
Command Authority Clancy
Whose Body Sayers 
The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency – 
At Home in Mitford
All the Light We Cannot See 

Christian/Personal Growth 
Pilgrims Progress 
I love Mormons 
Stepping Heavenward 

Money, Possessions and Eternity
The Hardest Peace 
Unglued  bumped to 2016 
Just Show Up - Kara Tippets