Monthly Archives: January 2012

Heaven at Home by Ginger Plowman

A review of sorts, for Heaven at Home by Ginger Plowman.

Some days I really blow it.  Today was one of those days.

I was crabby and snappy and really resentful towards Brian.  The details really don’t matter, and it doesn’t matter how I justify it.  Let’s just say I let my temper get the best of me.  One minute I’m quoting a Joyce Meyer talk in my head and the next I’m listing all the ways I’m right and he’s wrong.  Grrrr, I thought.  I’ve had it!!

Fast forward a couple hours.  I was indulging in some long overdo “Me” time: a soak in the bath complete with vanilla scented bubble bath, a glass of iced tea, a bowl of popcorn, and a good book.

Brian (upon hearing the popping):  Are you really going to take popcorn in the bath with you??

Me:  Yes.  I am.  (bathroom door shuts)

As a further side note, Abbie, if you’re reading this let’s both pretend it was air popped locally grown popcorn and definitely not my secret stash of microwave junk leftover from a movie night gone wrong.   I’m doing pretty good with Real Food, promise.

Anyway, back to the original story.

So, there I was, soaking and reading.  Reading, my dear friends, a book about how to love your husband and children well and create a God-filled home life.  The subtitle is Establishing and Enjoying a Peaceful Home.  Oh, the irony.

I’m breezing through, reading about parenting strategies and thinking this all sounds lovely but Kent’s a little young so I’ll have to revisit this book in a year or two.  I love the way she really pushes having a patient spirit and turning children toward the Lord for guidance instead of just pushing them to behave “because they should” or “because I said so”.  Yup, good ideas, those.

And then I get to pg. 149, Chapter 15: Demonstrating Grace in Parenting.  Here Ginger shares the story of an acquaintance.  She had big goals for her marriage and her children.  She was a perfectionist of sorts.  She used a lot of charts, systems, routines, etc. to work towards this life she envisioned.  Remind you of anyone?

You’ll have to pick up the book to get the whole story but if you guessed she had a change of heart you’re right.  She was thinking all along that all of her hard work would produce Godly children who grew in to spirit-filled adults.  In the end, though, she realized that she couldn’t have it all by her own efforts – she had to refocus her life and her family on Him and His strength.  He gives grace for a reason – we NEED it!!

Oh boy… this is a BIG deal for someone like me.  Big, big deal!  We will get burnt out, we cannot do it all, there are not enough man-made gadgets or time-saving tricks to allow us to get it all done.  Fortunately, we don’t have to do it alone.  Reading that was so comforting for the perfectionist in me.

There are many, many more good points brought up in this book.  Time after time I would have little epiphanies.  This one will have a permanent spot in our growing library and should be reread once a year or so.  There is just a ton of material there.

I really didn’t take this book seriously at first… I expected it to be a little lightweight and geared towards woman who are way ahead of me spiritually and just in need of a little fine-tuning.  Instead, it left me feeling refreshed and ready to do my best – but not striving to do it all.

Overall:  Don’t skip this one.  It’s a good read, ladies!  5 out of 5 chicks!

 

 

P.S.  If you relate to this you might also enough this post I stumbled across recently.

Menu Plan Monday: Week of 1/9/12

Can you tell I’m cleaning out my drafts?  Weird that THIS was never published…

M: Spaghetti + semi-homemade garlic bread

T: Homegrown chicken in crockpot + homegrown over fried redskin potatoes

W: Freezer burritos

R: Local pork chops + leftover potatoes

F: Homemade pizza + breadsticks

S: Leftovers

S: Soup in crockpot – recipe TBD

Feeding Kent what we eat is making me take a serious look at our diet.  Time to take a hint from Farmer’s Daughter and get back to real food!

Update (Old – from Dec. 1st)

Found this in my drafts from Dec. 1st, 2011. 

Where to begin!?  My normal life and routine have been put on hold for the last several weeks.  I painted our office which meant letting my house go for a week and a half and painting, painting, painting, during nap times and when Kent was in the mood to play on his own.  The painting is done and I’m finally happy with the color.  I painted the dark, wood trim white and I like it.  I normally like to keep the natural wood look but after studying a lot of pictures online I realized the wood was dragging down our house.  The white looks fresh and new and actually allows the remaining wood (the floor in this case) to shine.  I have a new desk for me half built so that needs to be finished and then I can decorate on and around it.

Just when I started to get back to normal my Dad and my step-mom came for a visit.  We were thrilled to have them and grateful that they came.  My Dad helped me do two big projects that would have cost us a lot of $$$ to have someone else do.  More on that later!  It worked out really well because Dawn, my step-mom, was able to watch Kent in the house so I could work with my Dad and get more done.  Let me tell you though, there is a reason I stay at home:  I miss my baby when I’m not with him!!  I’ve been holding him at night for awhile after he falls asleep just so I can get in my cuddle time.

Now they are headed home and things are still going to be hectic for awhile.  Tomorrow December starts so it’s time to finish the last of the Christmas presents and do a little shopping.  I want to decorate and we need to fit in a trip to our favorite holiday CHRISTMAS tree farm.

The projects continue around here, too.  Tomorrow the plumber is coming to hook up our laundry tubs and a kitchen sink in our basement.  He’s also going to run a line for a gas range so we can eventually install one of those down there.  The plan is to make one corner of the basement in to a canning kitchen so I don’t have canning supplies all over the main kitchen from July through November every year.

The laundry tub installation is of particular importantance because I’m raising baby calves.  Washing and filling a bunch of calf bottles in your kitchen sink isn’t beautiful or hygienic.  It’s gross.  Raising bottle calves isn’t easy but I’m enjoying the challenge and increasing the farm’s income, too.  That, among other things, is helping me to refocus on the farm as a whole.  We’ve been talking over our long term plans for the place and I have a lot of work to do to get our goals on paper and make them happen.

It’s an exciting time around here.  I don’t know if it’s the hormones from nursing or what but I cry really easy these days.  Fortunately they are mostly happy tears!  Kent is growing so, so fast and I really am cherishing every moment.  Brian is enjoying him more and more as he smiles and laughs at us now, and I just love the moments when we’re all together.  God is working in my life, I can feel it.

If I have any readers left after the crazy. sporadic bit of posting I’ve been doing than I thank you for sticking around.  I don’t know when or if I’ll be able to commit to writing here regularly again but I don’t intend to stop completely.

Until next time!

Quick Tip for Teething

 

This isn’t genius but Kent has been teething for months and this is the first time I thought of it so in case you didn’t think of it either…

Knitted washcloth + water + 5 minutes in the freezer = a great teether!

It is cheap, homemade, and not plastic!  I’m going to keep one in the freezer from now on.

What’s your favorite teething trick?

Menu Plan Monday: Week of 1/9/12

M: Spaghetti + semi-homemade garlic bread

T: Homegrown chicken in crockpot + homegrown over fried redskin potatoes

W: Freezer burritos

R: Local pork chops + leftover potatoes

F: Homemade pizza + breadsticks

S: Leftovers

S: Soup in crockpot – recipe TBD

Feeding Kent what we eat is making me take a serious look at our diet.  Time to take a hint from Farmer’s Daughter and get back to real food!