Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Self-Reflecting: How am I using my time to encourage and strengthen my sisters in Christ?

A lot has been going on recently and it has me questioning what kind of a sister I am to the women who should be nearest and dearest to me.

As I examined myself I answered the following:
  • How much time do I spend with my sisters, outside of worship and Bible study? Maybe 1 hour.
  • Am I sacrificing my time?  Not really.
  • Am I putting my sisters above myself?  Sadly, I am not.
  • Should I spend more time with/serving them?  YES!!!
  • Why am I not spending more time?  I am more focused on myself and doing things I enjoy, it's hard to get out of my comfort zone, I don't want to invite myself over, I'm not sure what I have in common with some of my sisters....
  • What changes can I make so that I am spending more time with them?  GET OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE!!!  Make calls, send texts, pay attention to their likes and dislikes and see if I can find some commonalities.
  • What is my plan to put these changes into effect?
    • Pray about it! 
    • Set weekly goals:  Spend ~ 2 hrs with one sister, send 2 cards, make 1 phone call.
    • Make a chart to help me keep track of my weekly goals so I know who I'm contacting and how much time I'm spending with them.
    • Keep praying!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

An Organized Pantry

A couple months ago, while my husband was playing Risk with some of his buddies, I got the urge to re-organize our pantry.

My goals for this project:
  • increase efficiency - most used items on most easily accessed shelves, less frequently used items on top and bottom shelves
  • add labels - make organization easier to maintain, help my husband remember the new location of items :)

I began by taking everything off the three most easily accessed shelves.  I then placed ingredients for our main meals on the middle shelf-used the most.  My husbands snacks for work and cookie stash underneath, with breakfast food and drink mixes above.
Next I placed snack items and coffee on the second shelf up from the floor.  This left my baking goods and paper products.  

Baking went to the bottom...

...and paper goods to the top.

I used green baskets I had purchased at Big Lots to help keep smaller items corralled.  They also act as drawers on the lower shelves, increasing ease of access to items towards the back.

I replaced the cardboard boxes our sandwich and snack bags come in with clear, glass salsa jars I had washed and removed the labels from.  They now take up less space and are easier to access.

 Once everything was in place, I went to my computer and started working on labels.  I chose colors to coordinate with the baskets and a fun, easy-to-read font.  I printed the labels on cardstock, cut out and used tape to adhere them to my shelves.  I chose to place the labels for the top 3 shelves on the face of the shelves, while putting labels for the bottom two shelves on the top of the shelf- much easier to read them while standing if they're on the top of the shelf, rather than the face. 

My Labels

My Organized Pantry!

Quick Tips:
  • Place most frequently used items in easy access spots.
  • Keep like items together (baking-flour, sugar, cornmeal, shortening).
  • Use baskets/bins to keep smaller items corralled.
  • Maximize space by using kitchen space-savers.
  • Add labels to make your hard work last longer!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Speaking with a Respectful Tone

Over the course of our marriage my husband has repeatedly brought it to my attention that I'm talking to him like a child.  This is completely unintentional, yet unacceptable if I am to be a woman professing godliness.  

In 1 Peter 3:4, Peter calls young women to have "the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit."  When my husband asks for my help on the computer I often go into "teacher mode" and fail to portray a "gentle and quiet spirit."

How am I going to work on this?
  1. Pray! Pray! Pray! - I'm going to strive to pray every day, specifically asking God to help me maintain a "gentle and quiet spirit," especially with my husband.
  2. Practice being gentle - I know this may sound silly, but as the saying goes "practice makes perfect," I am going to practice talking to my husband using a respectful, gentle tone, even when he's not around.
  3. Pray some more! - When the occasion comes for me to help/teach my husband I'm going to try to remember to say a quick prayer, asking God to help me maintain a respectful tone.
Any suggestions?  Thoughts?  Comments?  - I would love to hear from you! 

Keeping up with Housework

When I became Mrs. Pugh, I also became a homemaker.  According to Titus 2:4,5 as a young woman/wife I am to love my husband, be discreet, chaste, a homemaker, good, obedient to my own husband, "that the word of God may not be blasphemed."

In order to help myself grow as a woman of God, stay on top of housework and ensure that my husband has a warm, welcoming, and relaxing environment to come home to I created this "Keeping@Home" chart.  This chart help me keep track of what I've done, how recently tasks have been completed, and motivates me to keep our home. (Who doesn't enjoy the feeling of checking off a task, even if it's as simple as checking the mail!)

Monday, February 20, 2012

My First Blog!

Hello Blogging World!

After spending way too many hours on Pinterest and exploring many other homemakers' blogs, I've decided to start my own.  I don't have a plan yet, but am sure something will come to me soon.