As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Difference A Day Makes

Yes, what a difference!

When I posted this crazed rant yesterday, I was in a dither due to post-holiday disorder in my house.  When my house is in a dither, so am I. 

But I did "get back to work"...and amazingly enough, it did not take me 31 days to get it all back together. 

I came up with a stategy. Stop flitting all over the place, from one untidy mess to another, and just tackle one spot at a time. I also enlisted help. (Great idea, Vee!)

First, I planned to eat, because if I didn't do that first, it might be too late to make preparations.     

Sausage Bean Chowder (recipe at the very bottom of ~this post~)
and Sister Schubert's® whole wheat rolls

Then Kati and I tackled Mount Dish-more while Bekah worked on her math.

After the math lesson, we all did a Ten Minute Tidy.  (Remember, that's thirty minutes worth of tidying with three of us working together!)

By this time, I could feel calm returning.  Now that many areas were tamed, I could look around and see what else needed doing.

I did some read alouds with Bekah, and taught her science lesson, and then...guess what!  Another Ten Minute Tidy

Then we set about the pleasant business of decorating...a different runner on the table, some new candles placed, a simple mantle display...

Today, I got out this tray that Ron and I made years ago (he made it; I painted it)

...and stocked it with tea supplies to cozy up our winter.

A beautiful collection of instrumental hymns is playing in the CD player, the scent of a cinnamon roll candle is filling the air, and pork ragu is simmering on the stovetop. 

And it didn't take 31 days!  :-)


  1. Cheryl, I love how you all pitch in and get things done together! Whenever I'm coming to your house, I always think about your "ten minute tidy" (smile) and wonder what is taking place while I am driving over. Your soup looks so delicious! And your decorating is so homey and warm. I can almost hear those hymns being played in the background. So glad your world is more in order today! Hugs!

  2. Well done! I am cheering! Oh and I do love that tea tray all set up and looking cozy. I'm copying!

  3. I love tray all cozied up with tea supplies, too! It's charming.

    So glad you got it all done yesterday with help and it sounds as if you gals had a great time doing it!



  4. I, too, love your tea tray! And I'm going to remember your words of wisdom here: plan the meal first. Too many times I don't do that and 5 o'clock comes and there's no plan:( I love your practical tips.

  5. A day does indeed make a difference, Cheryl, I too have been cleaning and trying to bring order back to our home. Your tea tray is lovely, and since I am a tea drinker, I need a pretty setting like this, thanks for the idea. .
    Loved the last post also, and oh! how I related. I think most of us have been experiencing the same, at least I find myself in great company. And like you it is not taking me 31 days, ~smile`I hope to be finished by the weekend, or maybe by Tuesday at least.
    Thanks for always brightening my days with your posts.

  6. Your home is lovely. I will be back often. Have a lovely weekend.


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