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Ten Minute Tidy

The Ten Minute Tidy is a little game we started playing at our house, when everything seems to be in disarray! 

It is simple, and I am sure you can guess most of it,

Whoever is home gets to play (including my dear husband, or strives to participate to set a good example to our Fruit Loops)

We all stop whatever we are doing, and spend ten minutes picking up stuff and putting it where it belongs.
This includes putting shoes left in the entry into the shoe box,

Folding cozy quilts left on the couch, and hanging them back on the quilt rack,

Getting dishes and cups from tea and snacks into the sink,

Cleaning up school books left on the table and getting them back to the shelves,

Returning my quilt pieces, or various other project pieces to my sewing room (because I tend to carry them with me from room to room hoping to make some progress).

What I love most, is that my Fruit Loops joyfully participate in the ten minute tidy, and none of us are ever watching the clock. 

I think sometimes it takes more than ten minutes, if we have had a really industrious (aka: messy) day!

And sometimes, it takes less! 

Most importantly,  it is a fun and simple way to get a fresh start in the middle of the day!

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Lovin’ Life

 I love that my husband *brews coffee (he doesn’t even drink it) and brings a cup to my room every morning, so that I can have a little ME time before the day is in full swing.

*For any one thinking I should be the one brewing the coffee for him, it is biblical that he takes on this task. There is a whole book about in the bible, you may be familiar, it is call HeBrews!

I love that when my Fruit Loops wake up, they come in one by one to announce they have awakened, and then slip quietly back out of the room! 

I love that when I sing

Goodmorning Puzzler
Goodmorning Puzzler
Goodmorning Puzzler
This is your morning Song!

Puzzler covers his ears as if he doesn’t want to hear me sing, but smiles from ear to ear while I sing!

I love that Whistler, greets Tiny Dancer with a hug and a smile and scoop her up to go find a bottle of milk and watch Sesame Street Silly Songs!

I love that Tiny Dancer loves her Sesame Street Silly Songs DVD as much as Racer loved his Sesame Street Silly Songs VHS!  And that while she is watching intently, he can still sing along!

I love that my when I walk into my living room, there is a wall full of windows, letting me greet the day with sunshine and pine trees, squirrels scurrying about, and deer eating whatever deer find to eat as they graze across our property!

I love that my house can be a bit messy, and no body but me cares!

I love that when we skip school to play Monopoly, my husband, the principal, is okay with it, because he values our family relationships as much as education.

I love that my cats run up and down the hall, playing chase with our new kitten!  Those old lazy cats have come back to life again,and it reminds me that we are only as old as we think we are!

I love that my friends will go on tangents with me, like soapmaking, and quilting!  And we can laugh together about the very notion that we would have time to take on such lofty endeavors! And yet somehow, because we are doing it together, we do find time!

I love that His Mercies are new everymorning…

A clean slate for the day,

Renewed Energy,

Rested Hearts and Minds,

Peace before the Chaos of the Day.

Lego Mania

Legos meets March of the Penguins.

Puzzler made it all happen!

Hand in Hand

It is so precious to me to see my

Fruit Loops,

Brother and Sister,

Walking along

Hand in Hand.

I Pause to take a lesson,

From our children

How simple it is,

And How profound the impact,

To walk Side by Side,

Hand in Hand,

Brother and Sister in Christ,

Husband and Wife in life.

Laundry is my nemesis!

But this looks like fun…