I’ve been asked by some close friends to tell about Easter celebrations in the Mastrantonio house, and to include a list of what I’m putting in baskets this year so that those who haven’t even taken their baskets out of the attic (you know who you are) can get some ideas. In this first part, I’ll tell about Easter dinner, Easter eggs, and organizing egg hunts. Continue reading “Organizing Easter: Part One”
I was asked to tell about Easter celebrations in the Mastrantonio house, and to include a list of what I’m putting in baskets this year so that others can get some ideas. In Part One I told about Easter dinner, Easter eggs, and organizing egg hunts. You can read about it (here). In Part Two I’ll list what is in the baskets this year. Continue reading “Organizing Easter: Part Two”
I think next to my faith and my marriage, the thing I get asked to write about most is how I stay organized. Organized with my household, my kids, our activities. Organized is a relative word. Honestly, I’m not that organized. I think I’m surface organized. But we have a lot of people who really live in this house. And life is messy. Especially when all the kids are at home. I am also a huge fan of something I heard Michelle Duggar say years ago. “If you want to see a clean house, we’ll need two weeks notice, but if you’d just like to see us, come on over.” I think I need that on a sign in front of my house. Of course I have less than one third of the children she has, so maybe just give me 4-5 days notice for the clean house. But if you just want to see us, and don’t care about a mess, c’mon over. Continue reading “Organize the Meals”
For many, many years I was in charge of ALL the Christmas gifts in our family. I painstakingly chose gifts for my husband, children, the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, teachers, coaches, etc. And while I didn’t really mind it, it was a lot of work. A lot. Keeping it all organized was a feat of spreadsheets and sticky notes. But I realized that my children were missing out on the most beautiful, important part of Christmas presents. The actual choosing, anticipating, and giving. Continue reading “Organize the Holiday Money (for kids)”
I read the book, Seven, by Jen Hatmaker, and I was so inspired that I decided to live the “seven” life too. Well kind of. I mean I decided to pick an area a try to live my life as “seven” as possible. Nothing too crazy. Just more aware of what I am buying and where there is excess. Continue reading “Organize the Closet”
One of my favorite writer/speakers, Bo Stern, came to my church for a women’s event last month. She challenged us to daily ask God five questions. I have paraphrased them here:
- “What is my primary purpose today? What do You want me to do?
- “What things on my to-do list today might transcend heaven and earth? What would they be excited about in heaven?
- “What do You need from me today?
- How can I “run hard at Jesus” today?
- What was my gift of Yes today? What was my scary, beautiful Yes today?