Thursday, 28 April 2016

Do you find yourself obsessed with cleaning your house?



I recently had a long conversation with a good friend of mine about keeping a clean home. We were both on the same page. We both like to keep a clean and organized home. BUT also living in our home. That means if theres dishes to be done, or dust on the shelves but we want to relax and enjoy time with our husbands or her with her new baby. We will spend time with them and not worry about the dishes as they can be done another time and its OK to live in your home and not have a Instagram home. 

When I say that I mean, keep a clean home. I vacuum, wash the floors, do laundry etc. and keep up with my household chores. But theres some people that can't leave the dishes or just obsess over how their house looks and forget theres more to life than a clean house. 

I grew up in a clean home, my Mom taught me to keep my room clean and organized and we all had household chores. But at the same time if we had dinner and decided to start a board game we weren't forced to clean the kitchen instead of enjoying time spent with family. I loved that my Mom was laid back in that sense. When people came to visit we would do a big clean and our house was always tidy. But there never was stress put on us to keep it perfect! 

I have brought that same attitude into my house now that I'm married and have a house of my own. My house is always clean and well organized. But its not perfect! Its OK to live in your house!! lol I'm not a slob by any means! I just think people can take it to one extreme to another.

I have met people on both sides, people that just leave everything and their house is a disaster! I mean gross.. like hoarder and dirty.. just unclean and unsafe! But than I've met people that are obsessed with keeping their house perfect!

I think both sides are unhealthy. Now thats just my opinion. Of course some people will disagree with me! But I don't lose sleep if I have dirty laundry and I don't lose sleep if we haven't done the dishes. But I like having a organized house. So I feel like I have a happy medium between the two ways I've seen people live. 

I think its up to how you want to live and how you choose to keep your house. Again this is just my opinion and how I choose to keep my house. I know not everyone LOVES organizing like I do and I know some people do lose sleep over having a messy house. I just urge you not to get caught up in all these Instagram/bloggers out there that show one side of their house and you are like 
MY HOUSE IS NEVER LIKE THAT! Because I bet you they cleaned and wiped down that side and took a photo while their kids were down for a nap. Don't stress yourself if your house isn't perfect! Set realistic goals, clean and manage your house to the best of your ability. Don't let yourself get overwhelmed with trying to be perfect, and enjoy time with your Mom, your family, your husband, your children, your grandchildren what ever stage you are in who ever you have in your life. Its a constant struggle to find a happy balance.

What are your thoughts? How do you keep your house? 

I hope everyone is enjoying their spring cleaning inside and out! Maybe thats what got my mind on all this. All the spring cleaning and organizing I'm doing in my house :)

Have a blessed weekend,
Deanna

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Spring is more than just cleaning... It's a new beginning!

Today is going to be a busy Saturday. Spring cleaning outside at our place, helping my Dad get his boat ready, than dinner at the Mains house.

 It was leg day yesterday.. Hope my muscles can keep me upright today. Lol with a busy day like today. Maybe it wasn't a great idea to have leg day on a Friday. After a full day of baby sitting. lol 

 it feels good to have the warm weather and I hope it's here to stay. This winter wasn't horrible. It just came late, so it felt long. 

I have a spring cleaning list all ready... So the weather better be here to stay! 

Spring cleaning list 

Clean/ organize 

work shop
Shed
Chicken coop
Office/craft room 
Storage
Kitchen cupboards

Other

Rearrange living room 

Steam clean both rugs 

Built gate for living room 

Put up "Mains" sign 


Spring/summer list 

Build mudroom entrance in family room

Finish chicken coop

Bring mulch over for gardens 

Weed out side garden by dog run

Split plants and bring to back garden 

Put in new mail box post 


I love organizing and having a list to go by. It's been really hard for me to give up the things I love over the past year. It's one of the hardest repercussion of this injury. Is having everything I love, everything I enjoy stripped from me and taken away. Knowing this injury could of been prevented. Kills me. Slowly my strength is coming back. Buts it's been a LONG PAINFUL year for me. First being unable to work and than not even being able to take care of my own home. It leaves me frustrated!! I have my pity parties. But than I pick myself back up again. Because this journey is mine and mine along. I have the strength through Christ to make it through. God has put some amazing people. Family, friends, doctors, physiotherapist, personal trainers, massage therapist in my life to get me through. It's coming on one year since I stopped working. One year since I made a change that needed to happen. One year since I walked away from what I thought was my future career. I don't regret the choices I made over the last 3 years. It's been a journey and you learn from your mistakes. You make choices based on where you are in life. I have more knowledge now than I did. I know my own strength inside and out. 

Spring isn't just about spring cleaning for me. It's a new beginning. It's a next chapter in my life. What direction will my life take over this year. I don't know. I hope for more progress. I hope I haven't hit a platoo in my healing progress. I hope I continue to build strength. I hope the pain goes away to the point I can get off of all my pain medication. Maybe one day.. But for now I'm greatful for the little things,,

Doing laundry by myself
Cooking and cleaning again
Walking 10min (without assistance from a cane)
30min work outs including 30 squats
Only having 2-3 migraines a week instead of daily

Do I wish I could run instead of just walk. Do I wish my knees would have the strength to do that?

Do I wish I could lift more than 5lbs without causing damage and pain to my neck?

Do I wish I was headache free?

Absolutely!

But and here's the hardest thing to come to the realization. It takes TIME. One step at a time. One day at a time. One moment. I have the fight in me to NEVER let anything or anyone damage me again. I have the fight to get better and be STRONGER than I was. That strength is in me and always has been. I was born a fighter and I'll never stop. I got through this year. God got me through it. And I will never stop being thankful for how far He has gotten me. 

What are your spring cleaning plans?

Blessings,
Deanna 



Wednesday, 2 March 2016

I pray and put it into action..



Reading this post this morning really hit me. I was reading a post that stated "Just because you have prayed. Doesn't mean it finishes there". It went on, its just started.. You need to pray and then put it into action. God won't just answer your prayer by a big banner. You need to pray and ask for guidance. Than put it into action. Its true that people just write "praying for you", or "I prayed and nothing happened", or "Where is God".




"I’m not a quitter.

And neither are you.

Just because it looked like it was over the first time, the second time or even the third time, doesn’t mean it’s finished. It just means something got in your way, but now you’re picking it back up.

When our tiniest efforts meet God’s supernatural grace, we begin to experience the blessing of God’s plans prevailing in our lives.

Lord, thank You for the grace You give us when we pick things up again. Help me to be a woman who doesn’t give up on the commitments I’ve made to You or others. I want to see Your plans prevail in my life. Show me what has gotten in the way."

- Nicki Koziarz




He is there for you. Just look for the answers around you. One of my favorite jokes/quotes my Dad always says:

A man is on top of a building during a flood. He prays for God to save him. A raft with survivors comes and asked him to join him and he says he's waiting for God to save him. A boat comes and asked him to come aboard. The man states he is ok and he is waiting for God to save him. A helicopter comes and the man states again that he is waiting for God to save him.  The flood eventually rises and the man dies. When he goes to heaven he asked God I prayed for you to save me and I was faithful where were you? God says I sent a raft, a boat and a helicopter. What more do you want? 

Although its a cute funny joke. Its true, Christians just believe if their faithful, if they pray hard enough. Some how JUST doing that God will save them. Sometimes God puts people, doctors, family etc. in your life for YOU. You are just to busy looking for s huge sign that you miss all the little things around you.

Have a blessed week! Continue to pray, read your bible and watch for people in your life that God sent your way.

Deanna

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Choices

Life is full of choices. Of different decisions. Some big things that can be life changing. Some are just every day. If it's just not lashing out at things that might stress you out. Or letting stress go. Those life choices. Can be easy.. Can be hard. I've learned a lot about making decisions and choices. It's not been easy. Stress can consume you if you let it. It can consume your sleep. It can consume your thoughts. It can consume your life. If you let it.

One major lesson I learned is.. Letting go. That's hard for me. I hold onto things. I overthink sometimes. And I worry.

The bible has a lot to say about worry and stress.

It can still be hard. As humans we want answers now. We want results now. We want to know how something will turn out. And those thoughts can really destroy you. Leave it with God. He is in control. He has a plan for EVERYTHING. That can be hard to understand. Especially when bad things are happening.

How can God allow bad things to happen?

It's all part of His great plan. I was told once to think of my life as part of a great tapestry. Each part of my life makes up more of it. Each "life lesson" adds to it. We only see a small portion of it. And it's hard to understand what it will look like. But once you step back and see the whole picture. You understand why something happened. Now that's not with everything. You also have to trust. God does everything for His glory. His plan. And trust me, if you follow Him. He's got an amazing story He's writing. My life circumstances happened for a reason. Sometimes I've been blessed to see why it happened and how it changed my life and the course I was on. But something I've had to learn to let go and trust God and His plan.

How do you stop your mind from racing? All those negative thoughts? Give them to God. Say God I can't handle this.. It's to much for me to handle. Please help me. BE HONEST! Prayer isn't just about giving thanks or asking for forgiveness. It's our way to communicate with God. He knows your every thought. So just ask. That's all it takes. He will send His peace to you. If you let go of it. And put your trust in Him. Trust me. He will be able to carry you when you're weak. He will hold you when you're sad. He'll bring you back when you're lost. He is your father. He cares so deeply about you. He won't lead you astray.

Life is difficult. Life is full of joy and blessing though. See the good. Let go of the negative. Enjoy this life you have been given. Ask God for help in times of need and thank Him for the blessings you have.

Jer. 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." 

We put our hope in the one who is with us no matter what. We put our faith in the one that died for us. We put our trust in the one that will never leave us. We cling to Him when there's nothing else to cling to. People ask me how can you be so joyful? How can you be so strong? With all that has happened to you.. Well.. It's just that.. It's not my strength. It's not my joy. It's Gods love. Gods peace. Gods joy. He is there for me no matter what. In times of difficulty He holds me close and I just pray. And pray. And pray. And He never ceases to amaze me. We are designed to want something bigger. We are designed to need something. It's that nagging feeling that there's more to life. That's God pulling you towards Him. Over this past year with my health scare. I had nothing to cling to but Him. He was beside me whispering words of comfort during those sleepless nights. He walked beside me when I couldn't take any steps due to the pain. My body was in such excruciating pain. That I didn't think I could go on.. Not like that. And God reached down and helped me through it. When you're broken. He fixes you. He NEVER left my side. When I was scared and frightened and unsure of the future. He gave me hope for the future. What is the point of life and living.. If you're not living for Him?? Life has to have purpose. Otherwise, what are we all doing here? Is it to party, is it to make lots of money, is it to buy a bigger house, a faster car, a better job, more travel, more time?.. You get one life. You have this one opportunity to live your life with some meaning. Live it for Him. He promises eternal life in Him. He promises life if you follow Him. Eternal life in heaven is what we're living for. We have this one life to live until we go to be with Him if you're saved in Jesus. That's my hope. That's my future. Is with Him. I cling to His plans. Plans of hope, plans of a future. In Him. 

It won't be easy to let go. But it will be worth it.

Peace He left with us. His peace that surpasses understanding.

Deanna

Sunday, 24 January 2016

New year... New beginnings

Life is full of obstacles. If this year has taught me anything it's that. I've been dealt some bad hands in the past. Definitely haven't had an easy year dealing with this injury. But I truly believe this year will bring closure to that. I've put up a fight, daily. I've dealt with chronic pain. Debilitating pain. But I've had some amazing doctors, specialist, friends and family by my side through this. God was there by my side. He gave me strength. His strength to get through it. I didn't do it on my own. God is good!






This year has some amazing memories. Being on a injury leave and now staying at home until I heal. I've had the time to spend time with family and friends. I've been able to not allow my "job title" to define me. I am a strong, smart individual and I am more than the place I work. I've learned to be a better wife, a better home maker, a better friend. I've made time for people and not let my work take over my life. This year has taught me that.

I hope everyone had an amazing 2015 and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for me. Hopefully a lot less pain, a lot more laughter. A lot more joy, more peace. I pray that I can see the blessings in my daily life, despite the struggle. I pray that I continue to grow in Gods grace and love.

Blessings,
Dee

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

What do you want?? What would you like? What do you need?




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It's that time of year again. Where everyone is asking... What do you want? What would you like? What do you need?

It's a simple question. So why do we find it so hard to answer. Or is it just me.

Honestly this year I can say I really don't need, want anything in particular. This year we decided to do a homemade Christmas exchange with my family. It makes for more thoughtful  thought out gifts. We can spend so much money on this things. When it's homemade it has that special touch you can't get from store bought.

Since my injury Jon and I have simplyfied our life in so many ways. And to be perfectly honest, money can be a huge stress. The more you have doesn't necessarily mean the happier you will be. Since being a stay at home wife while I recover. We've obviously had to make adjustments. Don't get me wrong.. It was hard.. To make sacrifices.. To lose things you worked hard for. But I've never felt more free! A huge financial burden has been lifted. We have everything we need. Those extra things were nice to have and made some parts of life easier. But we've learned to live without them and it feels freeing. I have this freedom from bigger.. Better.. More. Life can get full of "stuff". It definitely happens this time of year. I would spend so. much. money. On things, on stuff for Jon. Sure he would have lots to open at Christmas. But did we have to spend $$$ so much. This year for Christmas there might not be as much gifts under the tree. But the ones that are bought are from the heart and really thought out. When you only buy a small gift. It means you really have thought about it and bought the one thing they really want or need.

So again I ask..  What do you want? What would you like? What do you need?

Really think about it. Buy only the things they need. Don't just buy so that there's LOTS of gifts. Buy from the heart.

I hope each and everyone of you have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Full of His love, His peace, His pure and simple joy. Live in the freedom of His amazing grace.




Blessings,
Dee




Sunday, 14 June 2015

🎧🎶Simple and free until I'm dead🎤🎶



Live your life to the fullest. You only have one life to live. 

"I want to live a simple life without stress or worry. I don't need a lot of stuff. I just want to be happy".... And I would add content. 

Sweet dreams everyone. 

Blessings,
Dee