Welcome to my weekly Sunday post, Daybook Online Journal. This is a weekly post where I keep a record of what’s going on in my day to day. If you blog and post something like a Daybook Online Journal, please add your link in the comments. If you don’t blog, please post your own Daybook in the comments. This edition of my Daybook is the Simplified Organization edition.
Daybook Online Journal: Simplified Organization
Thanking God for…
::making a HUGE roaster full of pinto beans this weekend
::children and Chris keeping the fireplace roaring all day long
::Mystic Chai Spiced Tea Mix –I drink it like hot chocolate
::the desire to make some changes around the house so it will run more smoothly
::the course, Simplified Organization, to cause some light bulbs to go off when speaking of home organization–it’s not just about picking things up and throwing things out.
::My friend Shelby getting ready to battle cancer.
::Our friend Joe–who is actually more father/grandfather than friend. He will be having some heart procedure done the beginning of February. It amazes me that on a Friday, someone will actually be physically touching his heart and all things considered well, he will be flying back to Florida on Sunday…Amazing!
::Chris and his continued faithful service and spiritual leadership in our family
::our little homeschool–we need to work hard and be able to finish strong
::me–to be what He created me to be
My Amazon Prime Membership Music Library. I just found out I can add music–FREE music–to a Prime Music library that I can then play like a Spotify or Pandora without the commercials. I am so excited to realize this! So I’m listening to a play list I’ve put together for myself. (We signed up for an Amazon Prime membership because we frequently use their Subscribe and Save store.)
Praying the Scriptures for a Change
I don’t think I read the Old Testament reading yesterday from our Bible Reading plan?? I have not read today’s readings. I honestly don’t know if I will tonight before I go to bed. I could consider myself behind, or I just pick up tomorrow morning and start where I’m at. On another note, Hobby Lobby had some pretty stickers on sale this weekend and I had a little Christmas money/birthday money so I bought a couple sheets. I really am enjoying the time I have been spending Bible journaling. It just seems to engage a different side of my brain in the Scriptures.
Around the House…
Each week I repeat here something along the lines of decluttering, getting back on track, purging stuff, etc. I am getting nowhere and the feeling of chaos keeps piling higher and higher around me. I need an intervention and I found one in the Simplified Organization course from Mystie Winkler. I totally underestimated this course as some type of accountability/task list. Oh my gracious it is so much more!
In the first module Mystie encourages us to speak truth to ourselves…how about some Daily Affirmations! The very first item listed in the “Habit Formation” section is to keep a gratitude journal. For real? In a course on organization? Absolutely. Mystie does an excellent job on marrying these two ideas of gratitude and organization. Mystie makes the connections between organization and virtue. And she does it extremely well I might add.
In the Kitchen…
The kids have been begging for smoothies so when I grocery shopped I went to Sam’s and picked up some big bags of frozen fruit and a large container of spinach. This week we’ll have Frito Chili Pie, Tacos, Spaghetti, something with boiled chicken and Ranch Bean Salad.
Our Domestic Church…
The 13th is the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord so we need to do something fun for that. I’ll let you know if not here than on Instagram.
Allrighty, Chris figured up at our current rate we are 15 months away from paying off our house. Our original goal was 5 years; now it looks like it might be 6 years 3 months–still great! But we are challenging ourselves to pay it off in 12 months–December 31st of this year; that would be 5 years 10 months. I have been monitizing The Littlest Way and any monies from it will go toward the house. It already pays our monthly internet fee and has for two years. It also manages to pay for toner for our laser printer and printer cartridges for out little printer. My family and I appreciate any affiliate link you click and make a purchase from.
Here’s how I saved money this week:
::I used a gift card from Christmas/birthday to purchase a few “not necessary” items for myself but helpful for our Bible journaling. And, I bought said items at 50% off. I saved $8.75 off those purchases without taking money from our budget.
::I made a huge roaster of pinto beans–9 cups dry. We ate Frito Chili Pie Saturday night and then Sunday we had beans with chips and cheese. I will freeze some and we can still eat at least another meal from it.
::I purchased 10 avocados using a price match. Walmart price was .98 an avocado (9.80). The price match was .29 an avocado (2.90). I saved $6.90.
::Chris needed a small heater for work. Since we started using Ibotta the end of September, we’ve saved/earned $45.75. Since we’ve been using Walmart Savings Catcher we’ve saved almost $18. Chris was able to purchase a small heater using our Walmart Savings Catcher money we transferred to a gift card. We saved $16.06.