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Support, encouragement, practical suggestions to help you at home. 

You are loved and lovely, your work, your life as a homemaker and being a keeper at home is precious work.  Never ever let anyone or anything persuade you otherwise and never allow the enemy to come in and flood your thoughts out of your home and wash away your commitment to improve and be strengthened in your role as the wife: helper to your husband, the keeper of the home, the mother of children and the light and joy of the family. You're worth it.  Be an excellent homemaker.  Your family is worth it!  Do good things daily... that the Word of God be not blasphemed.

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I have many more ideas for your
homemaking and serving in my
"
Good Things & Recipes" section

NEW!   How to Prepare Children to Cook With  You in the Kitchen

Do The Next Thing
a poem quoted by Elisabeth Elliot

 
For Breakfast

updated... 
I've made a big change in the Breakfast venue at our house over the last few years.   I used to serve hot cereal most every morning and most every morning I would see the less and cheerful response and imagined hearing the collective silent groans and so I decided to make a dramatic change.  So, instead of the made in a hurry pot of oatmeal and toast,  I've been using a basic menu or routine that consists of a rotation of fruits and nuts along with a variation of one of the following: waffles, eggs & toast, smoothies, biscuits & gravy, pancakes, crepes, yogurt & granola, breakfast burritos, aebelskivers, omelettes or french toast.
For Lunch We have a wide variety of foods for lunches...  if not "left-over's," then we choose an item from the "Bunches of Lunches" list I made up a long time ago. It's taped inside our kitchen cabinet.  This list has helped me immensely over the years when I stand in the kitchen and wonder: what in the world should I fix today?
For Snacks when Dinner's going to
be later
We have fruits, nuts, bagels and cream cheese, veggies and dip, cookies or smoothies,
pop-corn or chips and salsa.
 

For Dinner

 

 

Need some Ideas?   Dozens of Dinners   and   Dinner meal recipes
Print off the Dozens of Dinners and/or the Bunches of Lunches and tape the page inside one of your cabinet doors.  You will have ideas at the ready... You just have to remember to look!!
So... ideas for you:
Make two main dishes at a time.. this way you will have one to serve and one to save for another meal.  If you will do this every week at least once, you will have quite a "storehouse" of back up meals.  Then each time you face a busy day, just pull out a meal from the freezer in the morning and you'll have most of your dinner prepped in advance with little extra effort.  Usually, the biggest effort is simply gathering the food and allotting appropriate time for the meal prep!

Another helpful trick is to cook up LARGE batches of meat, beans or soup/stew.   Cut up, shred or slice meats before you freeze them. Freeze in zip-lock bags according to the needs of your family and you will have the most time-consuming portion of the meal already done! 

Get your pantry cabinet well stocked with a variety of basics --


Beatitudes For Homemakers
 by Ella May Miller 

*Blessed is she whose daily tasks are a work of love; for her willing hands
  and happy heart transform duty into joyous service to all her family and God.
*Blessed is she who opens the door to welcome both stranger and well-loved friends;
  for gracious hospitality is a test of brotherly love.
*Blessed is she who meads both stockings and broken toys and broken hearts;
  for her understanding is a balm to her husband and children.
*Blessed is she who scours and scrubs; for well she knows that cleanliness is one expression of godliness.
*Blessed is she whom children love; for the love of a child is of greater value than fortune or fame.
*Blessed is she who sings in her work; for music lightens the heaviest load and brightens the dullest chore.
*Blessed is she who dusts away doubt and fear and sweeps all the cobwebs of confusion;
  for her faith will triumph over all adversity.
*Blessed is she who serves laughter and smiles with every meal;
  for her cheerfulness is an aid to mental and physical digestion.
*Blessed is she who introduces Jesus Christ to her children;
  for Godly sons and daughters shall be her reward.
*Blessed is she who preserves the sacredness of the Christian home;
  for hers is a divine trust that crowns her with dignity.

I've had dozens of gallon jars on my shelves for our whole marriage. Gallon jars with fabric toppers are an inexpensive way to both decorate and store your food! 

The fabric toppers are simple to sew & easy to keep clean! You can save money buy buying food in gallon jars and washing and re-using the jars when you've depleted the original contents. You can purchase pickles, relish, peanut butter, mayonnaise, salad dressings, olives, honey, cherries, & more in gallon jars.

 You can make lovely jar "toppers"
- I'll show you how! 

There are MANY tricks you can learn and implement ---and if you will--- you will find you truly enjoy keeping your home! The better part of that is that your children will grow up SEEING a glad mother who ENJOYED  *BEING* a mother to her family.

 

Ready Set Clean from a Saver of Quite a Lot
-pamela spurling

Help Me Organize My Home!! 
-Carts!! --ps

A Path of Passion 
by Mrs. Sandy Willoughby 

Let's Make Things Pretty
-pamela spurling

Home Making  
-
by Pamela Lancaster

Shopping Lists & Notebooks
-pamela spurling

Where Do I Start? 
-pamela spurling

Web-reprints of Mary Pride's "Help" magazine. 
Here: home-school.com

Home Made Soaps and Cleaners  
-Debra Garner

My Top Ten to Do's
-pamela spurling

A Baker's Dozen Ideas ---pamela spurling
These are helps if you're feeling pressured

USE YOUR CROCKPOT  Mom of 9's Place
here are many ideas for you!

Need fellowship with other women so that they might help you on your journey as a mother and homemaker?
Christian Mommies of Many Blessings   cmomb.com

 


Future Christian Homemakers
You can order a Handbook filled with instructions for homemaking skills. 
You can also read about starting a Future Christian Homemakers group in your home.
 

 

Homemaking & Organization

emilie barnes More Hours in My Day 
& Survival for Busy Women
Family Manager    The Family Manager  &  Be Your Best

Homemaking & Cleaning
Learn HOW to clean
and what products to use

Don Aslett
The Cleaning Team
 

Christian HomeKeeper Network
Encouragement, Instruction and Mentoring in the spirit of Titus 2 and Proverbs 31

Homemaking/Cooking Aids
Urban Homemaker back to basics products for the homemaker. Bosch, K-tec, plus recipes and more.
Bonus:  a "bookstore" loaded with books for the Christian home!

Home & Time Management

 Click here on Planning aids for the home & homemaker.

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Managers of Their Homes, by Steve and Teri Maxwell
Titus2.com  The website designed to build up and encourage mothers.  They also offer articles and a message board in addition to a monthly email newsletter to which you can subscribe. They also have homeschooling helps and downloads for you.
 

 

 

 
You and I can be organized... it takes time, one step at a time… and patience.   Organization is a process not a destination. The key to remember is that we must take steps forward…always pressing on.  It is a DECISION to press on---daily!  It may be that you feel overwhelmed by the accumulation and disarray of your home. I read somewhere--- sometime ago, it didn’t get cluttered and disorganized over night and it won’t get neat and organized overnight. All you can do is to do the next right thing for the LORD. Some days you may feel like you can’t seem to get a single thing done. I have been thinking about this a lot lately because of different interruptions in the schedule and distractions in my thinking… so I have thought:   If you can’t do something great today… do something important! You know, this may seem like a spin on the familiar ‘don’t just stand there… do something!" However, when it comes to serving the Lord, sometimes the saying must be heeded this way: "don’t just do something, stand there!"   What are the most important things that need to be done today… then, do those things.

 


I receive so much benefit from the different things that  Sandy shares each time in her messages.   It is from Sandy that I've been learning about new & better & different house keeping ideas & ideas for using essential oils around the home.  She shares a love for beauty all around the home and for beautiful scents!!  But mostly, I must say that I appreciate her heart for the LORD and her desire to make the home Christ honouring and Christ centered.  I think you'll appreciate her approach to life!!  You will want implement the ideas she suggests right away and you'll likely want to set up a file for these home journal pages for future reference.  You may receive her letters by subscribing to:    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HomeNotes/ 

You can also read her work here! Visit Sandy's
Home Notes

 

Having a Mary Heart and a Martha Mind

Lord of all pots and pans and things, since I’ve no time to be
A saint by doing lovely things, or watching late with Thee,
Or dreaming in the dawn-light, or storming Heaven’s gates,
Make me a saint by getting meals and washing up the plates.

Although I must have Martha’s hands, I have a Mary mind,
And when I black the boots and shoes, Thy sandals, Lord, I find.
I think of how they trod the earth, what time I scrub the floor:
Accept this meditation, Lord, I haven’t time for more.
Warm all the kitchen with Thy love, and light it with Thy peace;
Forgive me all my worrying, and make my grumbling cease.
Thou who didst love to give men food, in room or by the sea,
Accept this service that I do -— I do it unto Thee.

—Cecily Rosemary Hallack (1898-1938)

 

The greatest danger of the computer for men tends to be pornography.  But the greatest danger of the computer or internet for women is not necessarily p-rnography - but something equally damaging in a different realm.  In just recent years it was Email lists & Message boards -- now it's BLOGS and FACEBOOK -- PLEASE: Watch your COMPUTER TIME!

There are many ways you can learn about homemaking...  sharing and receiving ideas and
encouragements through web based or email discussion lists.  There are several such lists,
on which I have been a participant.  Oh, the initial THRILL of receiving messages from all over the world! 
But then---bondage sets in and a woman might find herself saying
over and over to the children, "Just a minute..." or, "Just a sec..."
 
These minutes or seconds then become hours. I know this to my shame from personal experience. 
I do strongly caution you
---very strongly caution you---
that email lists, BLOGS, FACEBOOK and other social networks
are EXTREMELY addicting and are time robber & mind consumers. 
THEY WILL DESTROY YOUR HOME-LIFE AND RELATIONSHIPS
IF YOU'RE NOT EXCEEDINGLY CAREFUL AND VIGILENT.
I say this in love, and would be remiss were I to not share this
'down side' of email lists, FACEBOOK or BLOGS. 
Yes, wonderful and fulfilling conversation and friendships can and do develop. 
Yes, wonderful friendships are rekindled and maintained.
BUT -- Pleased be advised to use extreme caution --
and PLEASE do so under the supervision of your husband ---I'm not kidding!!
If your husband EVER comments about the great amount of time you are
spending reading blogs, facebook, email-lists, etc., then close down the computer!!
Seek his suggestions and accountability for your time.  Really!  Please be wise. 
Even THIS website is simply meant to be a tool---a tool for you to use to get the information you need
to be a godly woman, an obedient wife and loving homemaker. 
THIS website you're viewing now
is to help you, not to harm you.

WARNING - WARNING - WARNING - WARNING - WARNING

YOU WILL REGRET IT AND YOUR FAMILY-LIFE WILL SUFFER IF YOU DO NOT HEED WARNINGS. 
SERIOUSLY... I KNOW FIRSTHAND JUST HOW DAMAGING IT CAN BE TO A FAMILY IF MAMA IS
ON THE COMPUTER FOR HOURS ON END. 
STAY ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE TIME YOU'RE SPENDING ON THE COMPUTER. 
SERIOUSLY, DEAR SISTER, YOU WILL REGRET IT IF YOU DON'T.

 

 

 

Another site that will be helpful to you to be more careful and frugal in your homemaking is the frugal homemaker site...  Here you can learn new ways to use old things, many ideas you may never have thought of doing, you can learn to make gifts frugally, find great recipes, including tons of "gifts in a jar" recipes and ideas and gardening helps.  See Leslie's site today... you'll come back again an again to visit your helpful, "frugal friend!"
Frugal Homemaker    Creative, practical and fun!
You can also Subscribe to the FREE Frugal Homemaker e-letter by sending
a blank email to:
     frugalhomemaker-subscribe@associate.com

 

"They show you how detergents take out bloodstains. I think if you've got a
T-shirt with bloodstains all over it, maybe your laundry isn't your biggest problem."
(this is apparently from the Seinfeld show --- I never watched it and so hope it's not offensive... I just thought it was sooo funny --- that's all!)

Below are some great "Home-Making" sites... we also have many more sites to
recommend in our
Our Favourite Links and WebSites page (as with many pages on our site, you may find many dead links.  I'm in the process of cleaning up dead links/old websites -- but the process is time consuming -- please forgive the aggravation. I intend to keep this site free from that as much as possible.)

Above Rubies
Nancy  Campbell's
full resource site for  women.
Articles, books and materials to purchase and forms for magazine subscriptions.

I don't know why this site's links are not working... but clicking renders an error message.

Do you have trouble with too much to do
and too little time to "do it all"? 
Take a look at this helpful site:

Dinners In The Freezer

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Laine's Letters

A wonderful help to you would be to receive Laine's Letters---These letters are written to women for encouragement & inspiration. You'll receive homemaking ideas and recipes each time she writes.  These are "keepers" for Keepers!! verified 1.19.11

The Simple Life
talking about whatever comes... naturally!
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 You can subscribe to this  "e-zine" and receive a bunch of great helps and ideas for your home making! homefireshearth.com

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The 21st Century Christian Homekeeper
This is really a neat-neat site... just filled with so much godly instruction and encouragement for you! 


Anne's Homey Place
name change...
AnneElliot.com
Anne Elliott is the owner of a website called "Anne's Homey Place" The focus of her site is to help Christian women grow in 5 key relationships:  to God, to their husband, to their children, to their home and to the world.  Here you will be able to access links, articles & ideas for all your homemaking needs.
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  momof9splace.com
Articles, Articles, Articles and more articles!  You'll see so many good ideas, Christian cards and graphics, dozens of links, solid information on the Christian walk and articles regarding the King James Bible, its reliability and authenticity. You'll want to bookmark this site as it will be a broad resource for your home.
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Titus Two Women
http://titus2menandwomen.org

A place to sit back,
read articles
and enjoy a cup of coffee

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