Tuesday, April 22, 2014

At the Feet of Mother




“Let no exhausted mother, with her hands full of home and children, bruise her soul with the conviction either that she has no way of serving Christ in this way or that she is somehow prevented by her children and her home from doing something worthwhile.

 Rather, that is the very sphere of her labor. Her mission field is at her feet (and quite possibly under them and in her arms and on her back and currently drawing something indelible on something irreplaceable).

 Indeed, for her to feel falsely guilty about what she is not doing or to transfer that guilt to her children in resentment and bitterness will only prevent the good that she is called to do as a minister to her children.

Consider some of the earlier examples of Augustine, Spurgeon, and Paton, to name but three. We tend to look at those men and think that they are the evangelists, but each of them was first evangelized by his own parents."





 -Walker, Jeremy. The Brokenhearted Evangelist


















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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Living a Quiet & Simple Life



So much in this world seems to beckon and call us away from living a quiet and simple life.

As I approach my 38th week of pregnancy with my ninth child I can't help to think about the days when I had a house full of little wee ones. 

The days were definitely full and my heart was so full too.

I can't say it was quiet (as my house was sometimes loud and full of joyful noises), but my inner life was quiet and simple. Just doing what I was called to---living my life for the Lord. 

Now, 7 years later I embark upon this pregnancy journey again. Holding a small child in my womb and pondering over  all that the Lord has in store for us.

Our life will change, our home will change, our family dynamics will change once again.

I feel a call to get back to that old quiet and simple life that I knew not so long ago.

To strip down to the bare minimums. 

To block out all the distractions around me.

To hear His voice clearly and directly.





To enjoy all the simple blessings that the Lord has put into my lap.

The happiness of family life and home.

It's really about all the simple things.

We only get one life to live.

We need to make sure there are no regrets.








How about you---is God calling you back to live a quiet and simple life?

What distractions do you need to get rid of in order to do so?







Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wise Woman Linkup!


A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Not Just "Surviving" Motherhood





"I don’t want to look back on these early years and think I just survived them.

I want to remember how much I loved them.

I want to embrace these moments before they pass.

 I only get 18 years with these kids under my roof.

When the average American lives 75ish years, that really isn’t a lot of time.

I don’t want to spend those years angry or only seeing them as a burden."




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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Raising Sons: The Value of Work



As a mom of soon-to-be nine children, including five energetic sons, I am always thinking about ways they can improve on their character, let's face it, our children need guidance and direction and we are whom God has provided to oversee this ever-important area in their lives.  One of the areas I am convinced that every boy needs is to learn the value or work. I believe it refines their character and builds them into the men they need to learn to become one day. I am always on the lookout for new jobs for them to do around the home and yard. I like this quote I read earlier this morning:

"In the education of boys today we've lost the importance of work as a most effective tutor. What is the good of knowing how to read or write if a young man doesn't have the heart to work, to produce, and to create? Boys are often forced to sit for hours, year after year, in front of books.



Modern child-labor laws hinder and even prevent them learning to enjoy strenuous work. Then, after twelve to sixteen years of inactivity, folks wonder why all their teenager wants to do is sit on the couch playing games.



A boy who loves to work will master math when its needed. He'll put out the effort to read what's important. In the meantime, his interaction with things that are "actual and practical" will provide the wisdom he needs to direct him into useful pursuits, and empower him to provide for a family of his own in days to come.

Within every man is the desire to work and produce. Some men don't even know that it's there. However, when necessity or some pressing authority pushes him into a useful position of employment his sense of work comes alive. I've employed many lazy boys who couldn't imagine work as something other than a necessary evil required to gain money for a toy. However, given time and proper instruction, they lazy lads have turned into dynamos working for the simple pleasure of work, disregarding the hardships and the pay."





Raising sons can be a challenge, but I personally enjoy how different they are from my girls. Often times I think about how easy it is to care for them, just feed them and just send them outside! But honestly though, working on their character and helping them to grow in their spiritual walk with our Savior is so important and a key priority that we all need to be steadfast about and keep in front of us.




How do you teach your sons to work?





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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Special News and Wise Woman Linkup!



We have some exciting news to share with you!

There has been something VERY, VERY wonderful brewing in blogging land that we have been keeping "hush-hush" for some time and now we are finally ready to let the cat out of the bag...  


What is the big news?  


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 When does it all happen?

It will all take place April 23 @ 8am–April 28 @ 11:59pm (all times EST)


Save the date!


Ladies, last year when the first Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was launched it was HUGE and extemely popular! I cannot express how many women were totally blessed by the many excellent eBooks, resources, and freebies that they received. This year they are of greater value, you won't be disappointed, and did I mention that over 90% of the new eBooks are NEW?!



So start planning now to take advantage of this deal that will only be here once and then gone. It will definitely bless you  (I have looked over many of these ebooks and can say that confidently!).  You might even want to consider and think about giving this bundle as a gift to someone --you will not find a better value for your dollar!


 Now with that said onto our regularly scheduled linkup:



We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Time Fun & Easter Ideas!

We are so grateful that spring is finally here so that we can enjoy all the sunshine, fun, and flowers it has to offer. Our family is already planning our Easter celebration and inviting friends and family over. We have the menu planned and now we just need to get some fun planned in to make the weeks leading up memorable.

I love the many ideas we have pinned onto our Easter Pinterest board. There are so many creative, yet simple ideas there that I am going to try to implement a few before the day comes.


 I especially liked these:


http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/

This might be a good idea for those who would like to use an all natural egg dye:

http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/

 (by BH &G)

Some easy crafts for the little kids:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/169870217169234925/



http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/





 By Mom on Timeout


I would love to do this if I have time, I already suggested to the boys that making this simple cross would make a great project for them. I have also seen crosses draped with purple cloth too. I think I like that better.

http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/



One year I did a Resurrection Garden which was really fun.



(Can you see the three crosses made out of sticks?)

I especially ike this one with tea lite candles,  and will try to add some this year for ambiance.

I also wanted to mix in some of the ideas with the new A Sense of the Ressurection eBook that just released (here is my review of it).We usually try to tackle crafts and such on our Friday Fun Day for school.



I am thinking I will pull the best ideas from this book and maybe do them in one day. Since I have so many children they can probably all take on one or two each, which will make it go all the quicker! The author has even taken the time to make an Easter playlist through Spotify that you can play by just clicking on the banner below:

https://play.spotify.com/user/12132277693/playlist/74mEuDddx5iRr1ohrZmby1




This popular new eBook is available at this link.

So what do you have planned this month? I'd love to hear your ideas!

If you need inspiration you can find all these and more ideas at our Easter Pinterest Board. Be sure to follow us! While you are there you can follow all our boards, we have everything from homemaking, cooking, motherhood, to  homeschoooling  HERE.



http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/