Reviving Motherhood

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Reading Basket


We have a lot of books at our house.  I read about a great idea to make sure seasonal favorites are rotated and enjoyed, and it was such a good one that I started to do it myself.  We keep a basket in the living room where I put season-appropriate books every couple of months.  The rest of my children’s books are loosely categorized in shelves and bins (mainly grouped by history, science, and fiction) and the kids are free to read them any time they like.  But I’ve found that they really enjoy having a few special books near the couch that they might not normally pick up.  Right now I have several Independence Day books as well as other summer stories such as Andrew Henry’s Meadow and Blueberries for Sal.  I don’t have a current picture, but here’s what our basket looked like at Christmas.


Links to Love

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I’m pretty picky about which blogs I link to.   Mainly I want them to be balanced and encouraging.  There are lots of blogs that fit that criteria, but obviously I’m not familiar with all of them.  I’m going to add a little blog roll to my sidebar to provide easy access to some of these great blogs I’ve run across over time, places that furnish inspiration for frugal living, homemaking, and mothering.

Here are a few that I’m going to start with.

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Nesting Place~~Her motto is “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.”  Inspiration for simple, beautiful, frugal decorating!  Check out Best of the Nest.

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A Soft Place to Land~~More lovely, frugal decorating ideas.

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The Pleasures of Homemaking~~Just a beautiful blog.  I especially enjoyed this post: Making Lunch Special~~Great ideas for making at-home meals as special and fun as eating out…a frugal alternative.

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Pretty Organized Palace~~FAB organizing ideas from a mom of 6!

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Balancing Beauty and Bedlam~~Lots of great frugal tips and coupon links, but her Frugal Fashionista posts are invaluable.

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4 Reluctant Entertainers~~Lovely, do-able hospitality tips…Sandy’s gentle encouragement has freed me to relax and enjoy opening my home to others even more than I already did.

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When Babies Wake

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I’ve had lots of time to ponder the idea of wakeful babies lately, since my 1-year-old has been both teething and sick.  Some nights she has not gone to sleep till nearly midnight, just to wake again in the wee hours of the morning.  Some time back I determined to make the most of these night wakings.  I’m sure some smart, experienced mother gave me the idea.  I have learned to figure that if God has me awake at night, it must be for a reason…And it usually seems that that’s a good time for uninterrupted prayer.  I’m not always good at this (crying in frustration sometimes wins out…just sayin’…), but my broken nights are so much more peaceful when I use them to pray than when I get frustrated and upset at the sleep I’m missing.  I have also found that many times when I begin to pray, baby is able to settle back to sleep.  Maybe she senses some of that peacefulness?

Here’s another idea for making time with baby spiritually uplifting.  I saw it in mentioned in passing the other day, and realized that I have done this from time to time myself.  Great hymns of the faith make beautiful lullabies. They typically have a gentle rhythm and peaceful tune.  The words can’t be beat for bringing spiritual encouragement to mom, even when baby is too small to understand.  And imagine if baby grows up being familiar with these great, time-tested Christian songs!  For that matter, newer hymns and peaceful worship songs work just as well, and impart a greater spiritual legacy than traditional nursery rhymes (not that there is anything wrong with those).  Try it!  If you don’t know any hymns, get a CD.  (Anyone care to recommend one?)  Or check out a hymn site such as NetHymnal, which has hundreds (thousands?) of hymns…Read the lyrics, listen to the tunes, and find out more about the hymn’s author.

Here are the words to a favorite old hymn that makes a lovely lullabye:

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just from sin and self to cease;

Just from Jesus simply taking

Life and rest, and joy and peace.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

And here’s a beautiful modern hymn:

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song;
This cornerstone, this solid ground,
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My comforter, my all in all—
Here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone, Who took on flesh,
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness,
Scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied;
For ev’ry sin on Him was laid—
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain;
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
Up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me;
For I am His and He is mine—
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death—
This is the pow’r of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home—
Here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand.