Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorizing Scripture and truly knowing what Gods truths are is so important. It's even more important when we are busy creating a home and 'doing' life because this is when it can get pushed aside. Each week I will pick a verse to memorize. I will try to pick one that applies to creating a home with intention- one that all women can relate to. I hope that you will join me in learning what Gods promises are for us. Join me over at the Weekly Memory Verse page to see what the first verse is!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

1. being intentional with my relationship with my husband
2. running my home and
3. training our kids
I find it easiest and that I do my best job with our home. Maybe its because the house doesn't talk back?! Relationships are hard work, but to run a home all I need is a schedule! So, with that being said, I decided my first post with how I am purposeful with running our home.

It can become very overwhelming with all the responsibilities that a homemaker has. I, for one, get very overwhelmed by clutter. With 6 people (four if which are less then 4 years old) living in a small, old (very old) farm house, there is a lot of clutter. If I am not careful, I can let cleaning get in the way of life. I am very structured an like a routine. So here is how I keep our home under control:

Monday: Clean bathroom
Tuesday: Clean refrigerator
Wednesday: Food shopping
Thursday: Wash floors
Friday: Straighten up upstairs rooms and vacuuming
Saturday: Change bed sheets/ crib sheets
Sunday: Rest (or try too- I am not good at resting!)

Everyday: Sweep, vacuum downstairs rooms, wash dishes, do 2-4 loads of laundry, sort mail and pay any bills that are due. 

I read somewhere its better to have a rhythm, then a schedule. Schedule can put pressure on us if we don't get them done. Thinking of this as a rhythm to our home is better for me. If on Monday I didn't clean the bathroom- then I don't stress (or....I try not to stress). Monday will come next week, and if it doesn't it means Jesus has returned and I am in heaven- so who cares if my bathroom us dirty! (But in reality it's more like the Tuesday job that gets missed- I hate cleaning the fridge!!)

If we (me and the kids) are headed out for the day I like to pick up the house before we leave. That way when we return we are not walking into a mess - less stress on mama, means a happier evening! Also, I like to have the house in as much order as possible before my husband comes home. He works long hard hours and I want our home to be a place that feels relaxing to him- not a stressful environment. We have never discussed this. He has never asked me to keep the house clean for him- it's just something I like to do to serve him as his wife.

What are some ways that work for you to keep your home in order? Do you have a rhythm to you cleaning and organizing, or is it chaotic? I would love to hear what works for you!!

Monday, May 27, 2013

I have been toying with the idea of starting a blog for a while. It took me a long time because I often wondered why many 'ordinary' people have blogs. I wasn't sure I had anything worth reading to say. Whelp, here I am, hoping I have something worth reading to say! I hope to encourage at least one person (even if that person is me). I will consider my blog a success.

I wanted to lay out why I named the blog 'Homemaking with Intention'. I originally was looking at 'mothering with intention', but I felt that it left out one very important person- my husband! My primary, day in day out 'job' is a mom, but I am so much more then that. I am a wife to my husband and I run our home. So, hence 'Homemaking with intention!'

When I think about the word 'homemaker' it seems so old fashioned. But, lets look at the definition. One online source states:

Homemaker, noun 1. a person who manages the household of his or her own family, especially as a principal occupation.

This word (homemaker) isn't outdated or old fashioned at all- it is my life, my job!

Here is the definition of intention:
Intention, noun 1. an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result. 
                       2. the end or object intended; purpose

These two words sum up the whole of my life right now. I am a homemaker, I manage my household while my husband is gone working all day and I go about my job with a purpose, with intention (or I try too)!

I want to use this blog to encourage women, wives, mothers to go about there day with a purpose. We need to be intentional about how we treat our husbands, manage our homes and raise our children. It is so easy to fall into a pattern of just going about our day-surviving it, that we can lose sight of the greater picture. What does your greater picture look like? What role does God have you in right now that you need to be purposeful about so that you can live your life with intention?! For me, that role is to love and respect my husband, run our home and train up our children. 

I would love to hear about what role God has you in right now and what your bigger picture is.