A Good Thing~

” Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord.”

~ Proverbs 18:22

Published in: on July 28, 2010 at 9:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Prudent Woman~

* A prudent wife is not dumb.
* A prudent wife is not lazy.
* A prudent wife does not waste her time.
* A prudent wife is a learner.

Men value hardworking women who are eager to learn to do new things. No man wants to be stuck with a slow, incompetent wife.

I have often heard my sons and their friends talking about what they wanted in a wife. They all agreed that they did not want to marry a “high maintenance chick.” No young man wants to marry a “lazy, visiting, gotta eat out, gal.”

All men agree on this one point: A good woman is a helper, not a hinderance.

~ taken from Created to Be His Help Meet, Debi Pearl

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Simple mending ~

As I was preparing to mend a few holes in some of my summer sweaters I thought about encouraging you in your mending chores. The old saying is true …a stitch in time~ saves 9. The key is to stitch in time. There are lots of things that we just throw away because we don’t want to do a little mending. Also some of our favorite things just need a few stitches and they will have lots more use. I keep a small sewing basket in my laundry room with the basic colors of thread and plenty of needles in it. That way if I am washing or ironing a garment and notice a mending need it is easy to just whip it out right then and there. Buttons just seem to get loose and hems seem to come unraveled as we wash and wear our clothes. Toes out in socks are a constant problem if toe nails are not trimmed regularly.

Be encouraged today to get that mending pile out and do a few a day til they are all caught up ~

Happy mending~
Teresa

Items to include in a sewing kit:

~ 2 pair of scissors– an inexpensive pair of paper scissors and a good quality pair of fabric shears. By including both pair of scissors, you are insuring that the fabric scissors will last a long time.

~ Straight pins & Pin Cushion – many people, find the quilting pins with colored heads, easier to handle. Visit a notions department and see the vast assortment available on today’s market. A magnetic pin holder is also available in most notions departments.

~A tape measure

~ A gauge – This is a great tool for making accurate measurements and for tracing straight lines such as darts.

~ A seam ripper– These are available in many sizes and some are glorified. All new seam rippers are sharp and precise.

~ Hand sewing needles – a nice assortment to fit various sewing needs Thread – a variety of basic colors in a good quality thread. This is one place the skimping is not worth while.

~ She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. ~ Proverbs 31:13

Published in: on July 23, 2010 at 7:20 pm  Comments (10)  

Housekeeping defined

Housekeeping or housecleaning is the systematic process of making a home neat and clean in approximately that order. This may be applied more broadly than just to an individual home, or as a metaphor for a similar “clean up” process applied elsewhere such as a procedural reform. It can also be called household management, which is the act of overseeing the organizational, financial, day-to-day operations of a house or estate, and the managing of other domestic concerns.

In the process of housekeeping general cleaning activities are completed, such as disposing of rubbish, storing of belongings in regular places, cleaning dirty surfaces, dusting and vacuuming. It is also the care and control of property, ensuring its maintenance and proper use and appearance. In a hotel, “housekeeping” is also a term for the cleaning personnel.

Some housekeeping is housecleaning and some housekeeping is home chores. Home chores are housework that needs to be done at regular intervals,Housekeeping includes the budget and control of expenditures, preparing meals and buying food, paying the heat bill, and cleaning the house. Outdoor housecleaning chores include removing leaves from rain gutters, washing windows, sweeping doormats, cleaning the pool, putting away lawn furniture, and taking out the trash

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 4:41 am  Comments (3)  

Homemaker Hats ~


Have you ever felt like you needed a hat rack for all the hats that you wear as a wife/homemaker? No wonder why, here is a list of a few hats you may put on during any given day while in your home

~ Teresa

Occupations of a Homemaker ~

~ Executive Assistant (husbands are the executives and wives are the assistants or help-meets)
~ Vice-President of Family (helps husband in the direction and training of the children)
~ Referee (puts an end to sibling rivalry)
~ Restaurateur (makes nutritional menus for the family and organizes meal times)
~ Chef (prepares and cooks the meals)
~ Baker (bakes and decorates birthday cakes and other goodies on occasion)
~ Marketing Executive (finds unique ways in preparing foods the children don’t like so they will eat them; such as spinach, carrots, etc.)
~ Dishwasher (self-explanatory)
~ Janitor (dusts, vacuums, mop floors, clean bathrooms, etc.)
~ Canner (canning garden produce, making preserves, freezing)
~ Gardener (water garden, pull weeds, etc.)
~ Laundry Manager (wash and dry clothes, iron if necessary)
~ Seamstress (mending and sewing clothes)
~ Interior Designer (decorates home to make it welcoming to those who enter, especially those who dwell there)
~ Hairdresser (Attends to children’s hair & sometimes cuts hubby’s hair)
~ Singer (all children love to hear their mothers sing)
~ Teacher (we are commanded by God to train our children)
~ Nurse (clean and bandage cuts and scrapes)
~ Pharmacist (gives out proper dosage of medicine to sick children)
~ Veterinarian (attempts to help all living creatures brought in the house by children who find the wounded creatures)
~ Undertaker (gives funerals to the wounded creatures that didn’t make it)
~ Entomologist (must be able to tell children the names of the insects they bring home)
~ Exterminator (must be able to get rid of unwanted creatures in the home)
~ Secretary (keep home records, pay bills, etc.)
~ Hostess (be welcoming to all who come to your home – whether you’re ready or not)

Published in: on July 22, 2010 at 3:53 am  Comments (2)  

Godliness ~

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair or gold or pearls or costly array. But ~ which becometh women professing godliness with good works.

1 Timothy 2: 9 & 10

Published in: on July 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm  Comments (3)  

Love Language ~

I have this book, and LOVE it !! I have found it to be a great big help in pleasing my husband, family and friends. It is important to find out what your Love Language is and also to be able to speak your families Love Language. Here is a list below to try to help you decide. Most people speak more than one but one usually is always dominate.

Teresa ~

“The 5 Love Languages”Dr. Gary Chapman

~ Words of Affirmation
Actions don’t always speak louder than words. If this is your love language, unsolicited compliments mean the world to you. Hearing the words, “I love you,” are important—hearing the reasons behind that love sends your spirits skyward. Insults can leave you shattered and are not easily forgotten.

~ Quality Time
In the vernacular of Quality Time, nothing says, “I love you,” like full, undivided attention. Being there for this type of person is critical, but really being there—with the TV off, fork and knife down, and all chores and tasks on standby—makes your significant other feel truly special and loved. Distractions, postponed dates, or the failure to listen can be especially hurtful.

~ Receiving Gifts
Don’t mistake this love language for materialism; the receiver of gifts thrives on the love, thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift. If you speak this language, the perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift to you. A missed birthday, anniversary, or a hasty, thoughtless gift would be disastrous—so would the absence of everyday gestures.

~ Acts of Service
Can vacuuming the floors really be an expression of love? Absolutely! Anything you do to ease the burden of responsibilities weighing on an “Acts of Service” person will speak volumes. The words he or she most want to hear: “Let me do that for you.” Laziness, broken commitments, and making more work for them tell speakers of this language their feelings don’t matter.

~ Physical Touch
This language isn’t all about the bedroom. A person whose primary language is Physical Touch is, not surprisingly, very touchy. Hugs, pats on the back, holding hands, and thoughtful touches on the arm, shoulder, or face—they can all be ways to show excitement, concern, care, and love. Physical presence and accessibility are crucial, while neglect or abuse can be unforgivable and destructive.

Published in: on July 19, 2010 at 12:32 am  Comments (6)  

Childrearing Rules ~


Susannah Wesley (1669-1742)

Susannah Wesley’s 16 RULES on child rearing

Susannah Wesley was the mother of 19 children, including John and Charles Wesley. Through much adversity, she dedicated her life to instilling a sense of Christian Destiny into each of her children. Her children went on to change the world.

Here are 16 rules she laid down in her home.

1. Eating between meals not allowed.

2. As children they are to be in bed by 8 p.m.

3. They are required to take medicine without complaining.

4. Subdue self- will in a child, and those working together with God to save the child’s soul.

5. To teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.

6. Require all to be still during Family Worship.

7. Give them nothing that they cry for, and only that when asked for politely.

8. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is first confessed and repented of.

9. Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.

10. Never punish a child twice for a single offense.

11. Comment and reward good behavior.

12. Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed, should be commended.

13. Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.

14. Strictly observe all promises.

15. Require no daughter to work before she can read well.

16. Teach children to fear the rod.

ON DISCIPLINE

Susannah Wesley believed that for a child to grow into a self-disciplined adult, he/she must first be a parent-disciplined child. To her, the stubborn flesh was the hardest battle for Christians to fight, and Godly parents would do well to equip their children to overcome it early. She writes:

“When the will of a child is totally subdued, and it is
brought to revere and stand in awe of the parents, then a great many childish follies …
may be passed by. . . . I insist on the conquering of the will of children betimes, because
this is the only strong and rational foundation of a religious education … when this
is thoroughly done, then a child is capable of being governed by reason and piety.”

Published in: on July 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm  Comments (2)  

Kitchen Police ~

I thought this was an interesting fact and wanted to share it with you. I think Kitchen police is a neat idea…when we get tired of policing the kitchen, we ought to place one of our children on KP “Kitchen Police” duty for the day. Hey, what about letting them write tickets for messy offenders. What about an official KP badge to be worn by those on duty. Make sure there are rewards~ so that everyone wants their turn to be on “duty”.

Best wishes to you today as you serve as the “Kitchen Police”, in your home.
~ Teresa

Kitchen Police or Patrol
taken from Wikipedia

KP duty is “kitchen police” or “kitchen patrol” work under the kitchen staff assigned to junior U.S. enlisted military personnel. “KP” can be either the work or the personnel assigned to perform such work. In the latter sense it can be used for either military or civilian personnel assigned or hired for duties in the military dining facility excluding cooking

The U.S. military sometimes uses the word “police” as a verb to mean “to clean” or “to restore to order.” For example, after a company picnic on a U.S. Marine Corps base, a group of Marines might be assigned to police, or clean up, the picnic grounds. Its origins in this usage probably came from the French sense of maintaining public order. Kitchen police then may mean to restore the kitchen to order, or clean up the kitchen.

In the military, it is often more formally known as mess duty, and is restricted to enlisted personnel. A service member sometimes “put on kp” for some minor infraction committed while on duty, in uniform, or on a military installation. However, KP is usually assigned out of necessity, not for punishment. In this latter case, all junior enlisted personnel assigned to a mess would be put on a roster and regularly receive assignments to KP duty on a rotating basis.

KP duties, however, can include any tedious chores in the military mess at an installation or in the field, such as food preparation, although not cooking, or the more obvious dish washing and pot scrubbing, sweeping and mopping floors, wiping tables, serving food on the chow line, or anything else the kitchen staff sees fit to assign to its kp crew. KP duty can be particularly onerous because it is on top of all regular duties, as institutional kitchens often open before and close after regular duty hours, and generate large volumes of unpleasant food wastes.

Teresa’s Tidbit ~

Don’t forget to inspect what you expect, don’t settle for a “half done” job. It should be a job that everyone is proud of. Good training 🙂 is the key !!!

Published in: on July 15, 2010 at 2:28 pm  Comments (2)  

Dusting Tips ~

•Begin up high: Start your dusting routine by working around the top half of your room, dusting features like crown moulding and light fixtures, then reach into corners to grab cobwebs.

•Clean the fan: If you have a ceiling fan in your space, be sure to dust the blades. When your fan rotates, it can scatter dirt and dust particles throughout the room.

•Divide your dusting: Clean large items like electronics, bookcases and mouldings at least once a month. For smaller everyday items and surfaces like shelves, coffee tables and mantles, dust every week.

•Pay attention to windows: Don’t forget to dust your window frames and sills, where lots of particles tend to build up.
Tip: Try to be conscious of how many windows you have open at a time. If you’re not nearby to enjoy the fresh breeze, consider closing the window to limit the entry of dirt and dust particles.

•Groom pets every few weeks: Brush your furry friends often with a proper grooming comb. Animals tend to shed, leaving behind a trail of dirt, dust and hair. By brushing away loose hairs on a bath towel or outside on the deck, you avoid a mess inside.

Change your air filters. This chore is one that a lot of us skip but if you do then you’re making more work for yourself. A good air filter in your heater and air conditioner will take care of dust for you so that you don’t have to.

PS. I use the feather duster one week and the spray dusting polish the second week. Then repeat, this saves a lot of time the week I and using the feather duster and it also saves money in buying dusting polish. Also I use the soft brush attachment on my vacuum cleaner once a month and get the lamp shades and furniture 🙂

Published in: on July 15, 2010 at 1:28 pm  Comments (2)