Friday, January 29, 2021

Thanking You

 

A bright, sunny (but cold) morning - perfect for getting into the kitchen!!!


Oh, my.  The last post was all about how excited I was to get into the kitchen and begin deep cleaning it, but this past week gave me no time to do that!  And, that's okay.  Some weeks are like that, aren't they?  We just put things on hold until certain things pass and then we move forward.  : )

It's been a good week, however, in getting to things that I had written down for a while and just decided that, instead of cleaning, I would just work at getting to this list and it felt great.  We, as homemakers, have an incredible job.  It's one that I don't ever get bored with.  There is always something to do, something to clean, something to make, something to go through......and because we live in our homes (they shouldn't be pretty showrooms) they need constant attention - I think that's what I like.  I enjoy working and keeping busy and I'm pretty sure, that since you are home, you enjoy working at it too.  No, not every housekeeping task is fun but the tasks are important and we are very blessed to have a home in which to do it.

Of course we all have our moments of just wanting to stop for a moment (or two) and relax and I do that as well.   I enjoy the downtime as much as anyone else!  : )  But I've noticed as I've gotten older that I can't sit and do nothing for too long.  Maybe I see the years go by and realize that, even though I'm almost 62, time is precious.  I'm hoping for a long, healthy life but we all know how we aren't guaranteed that so I want to do as much as I possibly can.

Which brings me to this............

I have talked about stopping my blog at least a couple of times in the past and decided to continue with it after all.  But, this time I feel the time has truly come.  I've been doing this since 2014 (and that's hard to believe).  I have a deep desire to see women excel in their homes because I believe in the home.  As women, we have such a BIG responsibility in how we build our homes from the inside out.  It's important to be clean.  It's important to be organized.  It's important to bring beauty in and comfort.  It's important to care about what we eat and serve our families.  It's important.  All of it.  And I truly wanted to encourage all of you to really do your best and I still do!!!!!!  : )  There is nothing more important than the well-being of our families.  We need to build strong families.  And you can do that.  

But now, I'm ready to stop blogging.  I've been thinking that I'll know when that time will be and I believe it is now.  I love writing.  But I'm finding as I go through my past posts that I'm to the point where I feel like I'm just giving information that's already been said.  I've never tried to compete with anyone else in this (I'm not a very competitive person) - I just wrote what I thought might be helpful.  And I can't ever imagine myself sitting in front of a camera doing a vlog or anything like that.

I'm just at the point where I'm getting excited about the thinking of others and seeing what I can do to help.  I love sitting and knitting the prayer shawls, or crocheting quilt blocks for a blanket to give.  I love being in my craft room making cards to send out or writing newsletters for the senior center.  I love thinking of ways to giving back to people in our community - calling organizations and finding out what their needs are.  All of this takes time and there is just so much time in a day (and so much energy in which to do these things!).  

So, along with continuing to take care of our home, finding ways to cook healthier meals, taking the time to deep clean and organize, spending time with our tiny family and being with friends (responsibly, of course), now I have this desire to help others.  I also have a dream of maybe publishing a notebook that will help people in their devotional time, prayer time, and Bible reading so I want to pursue that and see if that is even do-able.

I want to say a BIG "thank you" to those of you who have been so nice in commenting on my posts.  I really appreciated it - it's what kept me going.  There are SO many great blogs out there and to know that you took a little time and read mine, well..........it meant a LOT.  

First, my hope is that you will always put the Lord first.  We can't do anything without Him.  Religious freedom will be under attack with this new administration, but stand firm and keep your eyes on Jesus!  Stay on your knees in prayer.  Fervent prayer.  And, again, remember to give your life to Christ if you haven't already.  A time will come where we will all come before Him and give an account.  

Second, take care of yourselves.  We can't take care of others unless we take care of ourselves. Exercise, eat right, rest, work hard.  

Next, love your families.  The family is under attack - speak up!  Biden just signed an executive order that if a man at any time feels like he is a woman he can go into the women's restrooms.  THIS is what we will have to put up with in the next 4 years!  Be informed.  The American Family Association is a great place to begin.  They will let you know about things like this so that you can voice your concern.  Stand up and fight for the family!  Our children are already seeing things that no child should ever see.

Last, but not least, care about your neighbors - there are SO many organizations out there that need help.  We can't help everyone but if you make a difference for someone it will have mattered.  Get involved!  Think about the things you already like to do and see how that can be of some help to others.

There.  I think that's it.  I hope I have encouraged you one last time.  : )  Again, THANK YOU!  God bless your homemaking efforts - it really DOES matter.  Love you all.

12 comments:

  1. I will miss you! Thank you for your blog!!!

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    1. Kathryn - you don't know how much that means to me! Thank you so much. : ) Have a wonderful upcoming weekend.
      God bless.
      Mary

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  2. I'm bummed. I will miss your updates! Love your kitchen.

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    1. Oh, thanks so much, Janine. I will continue to enjoy your posts though!! : )

      Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.
      Mary

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  3. You've truly been an inspiration, may God continue to bless you as you blessed so many. Enjoy every day to God's glory, Karla

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    1. Karla - You are very kind and I really appreciate you stopping by and leaving this comment! : ) God bless you in all you do!
      Mary

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  4. Thank you so much for visiting my Homespun Cottage and for sharing your kind thoughts. I love your charming kitchen. I always say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and I am sure yours is the heart of your home as well. I am sorry to see you go, but hope that you will come by and visit my little space from time to time. Warmest blessings to you.

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    1. Thank YOU, Teri, for your kind thoughts. And, you are right - the kitchen IS the heart of the home! : ) I WILL come by your cottage and visit - I love to see what other women are doing in there homes and I can tell that you love and care for yours.

      Have a wonderful upcoming week. God Bless.
      Mary

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  5. Dear Mary, You already know how I feel about you stopping blogging, but you also know that I am excited for you and your future plans! You have been such an encouragement to me and many others as we carry out the work in our homes, through sharing your faith, and well, just being you.
    It was because of your support and kindness that I decided to begin my own journey with my blog, and so it is I who must thank you, from a humble and grateful heart for all your efforts over the years in making this such a lovely place to visit.
    God Bless You my friend,
    Christine

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    1. I've been in the kitchen all morning and now taking a bit of a break (or, you would say "wee") and found your comment, Christine. Thank you so much. : ) You encouraged me in the past to hang in there when I felt like stopping and that meant a great deal to me. And it's been so fun getting to know you better and better through the years!!! Thank you for your kindness and support and I wish you all the best in whatever decision you make for your blog too. : )
      God bless you as well and have a wonderful upcoming week in your home. : )
      Mary

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  6. Hi Mary~

    I will be sad to see you go, but I totally understand, I have been there...you will be missed! I think your blogs are uplifting, informative, fun and always optimistic, and encouraging, thank you for sharing a small part of your life and days with us. It sounds like you will be very busy! Staying close and keeping, Christ first in our lives is the most important thing to do, keeping family values strong and in tact is also very important, so we all have our work cut out for us. Be safe in all that you do, stay strong, stay healthy and stop by to visit when you can!! Good luck to you, Mary!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Barb. And, yes, I will definitely be stopping by to read your blog posts - I always enjoy them! : ) Have a wonderful rest of the week and thank you again.
      A hug to you too! : )
      Mary

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