I now have three blogs and a website. It all started with a website. Then I discovered blogging and loved it.
I just had the last blog updated with a design by Crissy’s Blog Designs. I spruced things up on each one to where maybe they are easier to read and hopefully an encouragement.
His Heart, My Desire is my personal blog that incorporates all the things in my life that I love.
A Heart for Homeschool Moms is a blog designed to be a resource and place to be motivated in the serious calling of home educating our children.
A Heart for Women’s Ministry is a blog that is for the women’s ministry of Kelview Heights Baptist Church, plus, a resource for women’s ministry leaders.
I also have a personal website that is for my published writing. I am still in the process of sprucing that site up.
I hope you visit when you have time and I would love to hear from you!
Thanks for stopping by.
*This is my article that was published with Proverbs 31. www.Proverbs31.org
Organizing My Life With Spiral Notebooks
Searching for the perfect day planner has always been a difficult task for me. I have spent so much money on planners of every sort and size trying to find the one that would suit me and my life best. That doesn’t mean I didn’t like them, it means they just didn’t work for me. I am a full-time wife, mother and now a grandmother and I organize a Women’s Ministry at my church as well as a Bible class. I would love to share with you how I came up with a solution that has worked perfectly for me. I use the inexpensive spiral notebooks that you can find at any office supply or discount store. I have paid anywhere from ten cents to 1.00 for my spirals. I like bright colors, so I always choose the brightest assortment of covers on the spirals. Since I spend such little money on them, I don’t hesitate to tear out pages to throw away or file. With the spiral system, I can set it up anyway that I want to instead of according to someone else’s plan. As my season of life changes or I take on a particular project or ministry, I am able to incorporate a different title of notebook. I use a permanent marker to write the title on the front cover. You can also find bright small sticky note tags to mark a page that you may need to turn to on a regular basis in each notebook. I store my notebooks together on my desk for easy retrieval.
Spiral #1 – To Do
This is where I keep a running list of my to do’s for each day. Instead of little notes everywhere of things to get done, I put the today’s date at the top of the page. I make my list of things to do for that day. At the end of the day whatever is not marked off, I transfer those items to the next page with tomorrow’s date on it. I then tear out the list from today and throw away. I do this until my pages are all gone and then replace with a new spiral when needed.
Spiral #2 – Home Management
The first page of my Home Management Spiral has my house cleaning schedule. Each day I tend to a different section of the house. Which I have found is easier for me than taking an entire day to clean.
I also have a page designated for each room of my home. On this page I list my goals for that room. (Examples: Guest Bath needs new towels. Nathan’s room needs the ceiling fan cleaned.) As I complete a task for each room, I then cross off that item.
I have the habit of clipping decorating pictures out of magazines of things that I would like to try. I use a glue stick and glue them in this notebook for future reference. You may also want to have a section of books, music, or movies that you have loaned out. Anything that has to do with your home management would go in this spiral.
Spiral #3 – Kitchen
I keep a separate notebook for my kitchen. I record menu plans and recipes. I can use this same book for my grocery list as I make my menu plans. I just tear out the page before heading to the grocery store. Anything involving food and kitchen will go in here. If you love to decorate, you can even put your goals and pictures in the kitchen spiral.
Spiral #4 – Diet Journal
This is a journal that I most recently put together because I am desperately wanting to shed some pounds. I glued my before pictures for motivation. I have my measurement chart listed with my goal as well. I have recorded anything that will motivate me and encourage me in the area of a healthy eating lifestyle. I record thoughts and feelings that I’m having in the eating area. I record scriptures that the Lord has given me to comfort me. I use it as a food journal when I want to see exactly what I’m eating which will show me why I’m where I am. I have pictures from magazines of the type of clothes I would love to wear. (ex. how I would like to look in a pair of jeans) I even put in samples of hair styles to try for when I get to my goal weight and I want to treat myself to something different.
Spiral #5 – Personal Journal
This is the spiral that I record daily thoughts, ideas, dreams and goals. I try to write at least one paragraph a day on anything. Maybe a sermon I heard that sparked something or a memory I had from childhood. It could be something one of my children said or did that I don’t want to forget. I have even made a list of places I would like to travel to someday. I even record books I want to read.
Spiral # 6 – Bible Study
This is where I record scripture I’m memorizing and thoughts that come to me as I have my Bible study. I record my prayer list here as well.
We all wear different hats in our lives. Consider these notebooks your hats. Each one is for a different area of your life. I have a notebook for my Writer’s Group that I’m a member of to record thoughts and assignments in. I also have one title Women’s Ministry that I keep ideas and information in that pertain to that one certain area of my life. It has been proven that when you write down your goals, you are 80% more successful to complete that task.
A handy spot to keep your notebooks in.
Wednesday is the day I clean bedrooms. We have four of them. Nathan’s room is also his home office, so he has guitars, amps, cords, pedal boards plus office items. I just dust and vacuum for him, he does everything else. 🙂 I didn’t take a picture of his room, I figured he might not appreciate that. The same for his bath. I do clean that for him. He is a very neat and tidy person, I just have a hard time around all the cords, guitars, etc.
We are all moved in and have been working to make our new house our home for the past couple of months. I’ve had lot’s of requests for pictures, so here we go. I will start taking more as I get each room decorated. I love decorating ideas, so if you have any, send them my way. My first concern is the front. You probably can’t tell, but the porch area is really large behind the iron fencing, but I don’t want it to look cluttered, maybe some large pots with plants. I’m not sure about furniture. In West Texas, the dirt blows horribly, especially our area, since so much new construction is going on and we are on the edge of our city. I put my three little trees at the door area and decorated for fall, we have already chased the bows down the street. Jim finally tied the bows to the door, which doesn’t look too good. I think I may take them down, I’m not sure. I do like the fall wreaths on the door though.
This is the left side of the house. Through the gate is a breakfast patio that I have big plans for in the Spring.
This is a night view of the front porch. I’m sure you figured that out though. 🙂
This is our front porch. We haven’t decided how to actually decorate the porch yet. I don’t want a lot of things on the porch, but some large pots might be fun. Ideas anyone?
This is a view of the right side of the house. We just had our trees planted, so they have stakes on them to hold them down. Which is a good thing, we just had a windy day and I’m almost sure they would have blown over if they didn’t have those stakes. 🙂
I’ve been trying to come up with a name for my decorating style.
That’s it. Which means, I like elegance and I like chic along with everything else. 🙂
I love to decorate. We just finished a few remodeling projects. Here are a couple of pictures of our dining room. Our dining room is small and close to the entry, so I like to keep it simple and cozy. I really don’t know my decorating style because I love everything.
I am looking for some ideas for the cake pedestal domes on my dining table. I’ve been looking at some faux cake displays to put in them. I would love to make my own, but I don’t have a clue how to do it. It may be easier to purchase some. I saw some cute ones at www.MyPinkBoutique.com
I love this time of year. Sometimes Fall and Thanksgiving get overlooked due to all the preparation of Christmas. I decorated for Fall/Thanksgiving at the first of September. My goal was to decorate for Christmas the beginning of November, but I am loving all the autumn decor right now. Not to mention we are doing some remodeling and I don’t think this is a good time to get the Christmas out yet. I forsee a mess and I’m trying to stay calm. I’m excited about the new tile, carpet and redecorating, so I won’t complain at all. 🙂
I have so much to be thankful for this year and I look forward to what God has in store for our family in the coming year. God is so good!