Nothing to Say

 I stare at my computer screen and want to,
 long to
write something
to encourage you,
bless you,
challenge you...
maybe even show you a room makeover, or anything I have painted,
or slipcovered or organized.

But for the past few days, 
I feel the need to just sit and listen.

Ask Him what the next step is.
Ask Him what to share and how to share it.

Wait on God's voice.

Sit quietly.

Listen intently.

So I am.

I do have some pictures of Pennsylvania for you,
the shots of scenery are ones I took from the car.
(I live in Greenville, SC-it was a 14 hour drive home.)

We stopped in Hummelstown, PA, to go to The Olde Factory, an antiques and craft store.
The town was charming!

In the meantime, the eBay series will continue on Monday-
thank goodness for the ability to schedule posts ahead of time!

I will wait for the Lord,
take heart, and won't quit.
And wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14


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Putting First Things First :: My Heart, Your Home

My dear, sweet home making girlfriends,
I am still processing the remarkable teaching and fellowship that I experienced 
this past weekend.

I want to share it all with you.

First, for those of you who blog:

I want you to know how important it is for you to blog for Christ's glory, 
if this is why you blog.
I want for you to know what a rare and valuable gift we have, the use of this internet, 
 to share with the globe our hearts and homes.

Second, for those of you who do and don't blog

I want you to know that your role is most precious in the sight of God.


I love, love, love this quote 
by J.R. Miller
in his book, "Secrets of a Happy Home Life", 1894

"The woman who makes a sweet, beautiful home, filling it with love and prayer and purity, 
is doing something better than anything else her hands could find to do beneath the skies. 
A true mother (woman) is one of the holiest secrets of home happiness. 
God sends many beautiful things to this world, many noble gifts; 
but no blessing is richer than that which He bestows in a mother (woman) 
who has learned love's lessons well, 
and has realized something of the meaning of her sacred calling."

nothing we do in our house home (our physical dwelling place) will have meaning
 until out heart home is lived-in by Jesus.

He is the One who transforms the messes into methods, clutter into calmness. 
He transforms the places in our hearts to reflect His likeness: 
love, redemption, grace, peace & holiness, 
and He wants to live in and be welcome there. 
Ephesians 2:22 says so: "And because you belong to him, you too are being built together. 
You are being made into a house where God lives through his Spirit."

Interior decorating is really His specialty!

So, as Jesus transforms us on the inside, 
may our house be transformed into a home as well!

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Sunday Serenity

Each Sunday, I will feature a picture taken by one of my daughters,
and some words of faith, hope, and love given by our Father:

But the exact day and hour? 
No one knows that, not even heaven's angels, not even the Son. 
Only the Father. 

So keep a sharp lookout, for you don't know the timetable. 

It's like a man who takes a trip, 
leaving home and putting his servants in charge, 
each assigned a task, 
and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. 

So, stay at your post, watching. 
You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, 
whether evening, 
or morning. 

You don't want him showing up unannounced, 
with you asleep on the job. 
I say it to you, and I'm saying it to all: 
Stay at your post. 

Keep watch.

Mark 13:33 (The Message)

One Closet Fits All :: The Linen Closet, That Is

Our tiny, lone linen closet serves 4 bedrooms/2 baths upstairs.

Here she is BEFORE.
She is crying for help. Hear her?
See the inspiration (this was before Pinterest) picture I taped to the door?

I saved up the empty zippered bags from linens that I'd bought
and my mom gave me a set of baskets.

Then I sorted and purged all the sheet sets and kept the ones that we'd use,
and used the zippered bags and a label to neatly, freshly and conveniently 
store slipcovers, pillowcases, and sheet sets.
Comforters/duvets and blankets stay on the beds in their rooms, 
or on the shelf in the bedroom closet.
I printed out each bag's contents and slip the paper in the 
inside pocket of the zippered bag.

Here is the AFTER:

It needs to be edited often to store the basic necessities.
As you can see, I prefer white linens. They are easier to keep clean. 
At our house, anyway.

Baskets are great for containing toilet paper!

This jar is full of travel-size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, mouthwash, soap and shower caps
 for guests that may have forgotten theirs.

Also for the guest room
Carafe and water glass, alarm clock, doilies and chocolates for guest room pillows.

Love this soap!

White towels are our choice because they are bleachable, when or if necessary.
I buy the softest, fluffiest towels at Wal-Mart, of all places.
I buy, all at once, a matching set of 
4 bath sheets, 4 bath towels, 8 hand towels, and 8 washcloths.
The last set I had lasted 5 years.
I don't bleach the towels every time, only as I notice stains.

I also do something really weird.
After I wash the towels, have dried and folded them, I put them back into the closet
UNDERNEATH the towels that are already on the shelf.
This keeps the towels rotated.
In other words, we are not using the same towels on top over and over again.
This causes them all to last longer.
(I also do this with kitchen towels, underwear, socks, t-shirts.)

Method products are our favorite cleaners.
They work.
And, the chemicals don't knock us out while cleaning with them!

This is my "rag" basket. Bar mop cloths on the left and micro-fiber cloths on the right.

On the door rack: vintage and new linens.
Waiting to be ironed. Waiting and waiting.
I love linens. A lot. I think I have an obsession!

On the floor are two baskets that I found in two totally different Good Wills in
two totally different cities in two totally different states!

Flour sack drying cloths, bar mop "rags".
I like bar mop cloths as rags because they leave no lint when cleaning things.
I get these at Aldi, of all places!

The END.


Packing My Suitcase :: Girls' Road Trip to PA

Today is the day I leave for the Harrisburg, PA, Sheraton

I am travelling with an "old" friend:

And a "new" friend:

I am rooming with three other girls.

If you'd like to read more about how I'd be as a roommate, 
read about it here.

I have packed simply.

Mix and match clothing in white, black and gray.

Some jackets and jeans.

A little bit of bling.
{The heart necklace was made by Miss A.}

I have gotten to the point in my travelling experience, that less is actually more.

When I pack too much, I can't find anything.

I can't decide what to wear, and waste time figuring it out.

Who am I trying to impress?
I don't usually wear makeup or jewelry during the week, anyway!

My face usually stays in the jar by the door.

I do clean my ears regularly, however.

My monogrammed locket is special to me. 
A gift from beefcake, and I want to keep him close to my heart while I am away from him.

I packed my chandelier pajamas, and my Elmo, and a really annoying alarm clock
so I don't miss breakfast.

He just wants to have fun, too!

He is so excited!!

And I don't want to be bothered by what I am wearing or look like.
I just wanna connect to other kindred hearts,
enjoy sweet and fruitful fellowship,
to engage other women bloggers in sharing, inspiring and learning
and to figure out how to integrate my life fully
with my faith and family...
all the while giving GLORY to HIM!

I can't wait to share with you what I learn!!


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