Relationships

A Friend to Help

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When my kids were little, my friend and I would take turns. One would stay home with the kids and the other would go to the store with the list and buy the groceries. We would cook all day the main dishes for 2 weeks. We would put them in containers and put them in the freezer/ fridge. For two weeks we didn't have to cook except to add side dishes. And we didn't have to take little ones grocery shopping!

Mr. Bill

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Our family has been blessed in the last year by meeting Mr. Bill and visiting with him at the nursing home almost weekly. He died last week and the thing that I think that we got the most from him was prayer. Bill taught us that prayer is the easiest thing that one can do to simplify their lives. He said that praying upon rising and retiring for the day and lots of times in between were the key to a good life. Bill was 91 when he died and he prayed with us every time we visited him. He said that he would pray daily for hours without ceasing including prayers for people that he knew. Bill had lost both of his hands when he was in his forties. Through prayer and his dedication to the Lord he continued to farm and he preached for many years after that. He was an amazing person and I hope to have the relationship with God that he did by praying more.

No TV Night

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Working a full-time job, volunteering for AWANAS, going to the gym & all the other "things" that keep us busy, I was really missing time with my kids. So I started "No T.V. Tuesday" - when I get home from work the television IMMEDIATELY goes off & we TALK as a family, play board games, cook dinner together, build forts, dance, sing, read books, do crafts, etc. We do not allow any appointments to be made, it is just our time to re-connect as a family. My husband and I get to act like kids again and not have to worry about the stress of work or any other "adult" concerns for a few hours. It relaxes us & the kids have already asked if we could have every night "NO T.V. Night"

Sending Cards

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I love to send cards! I keep my cards in an inexpensive file box. I buy cards once a month after making a list of all birthday, special occasions, and anniversaries. My file box includes a folder for each month, a folder for sympathy, get well, and baby cards. I also keep a folder filled with stamps and address return labels.. I shop at the dollar store where cards are 2 for a $1.00. What a bargain!

Memories

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Each night at dinner table with your family have a few note cards and write down memories or important things that happened that day. File in a recipe box and you have a "journal" of the year's events!

Marry My Husband

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One thing I did to simplify my life personally was marry my wonderful husband because he loves to cook (and is a great chef!) He cleans the house as well (I just have to clean the bathroom), in addition to being a handy man. The one thing my husband does weekly to simplify our lives is spend one Saturday afternoon cooking several dishes and then he just put them in the fridge. It's easy for him because he does not have to cook during the work week and convenient for me, since I can't cook but can sure microwave!

Say No

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Saying no. There are so many great and beneficial things out there to be a part of, to volunteer for, to have fun with. But graciously saying no and keeping your priorities- your family, first is a great first step to simplifying your life. A great way to remember to say no, is to actually schedule that lunch with your daughter or quiet time. Use a certain color pen in your calendar so you know it's a priority and can't be moved.

More than You can Handle

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Having learned the hard way- Don't take on more than you can handle. As a mother, somewhere we are taught that we need to be all things to all people to the point where we forget that we need to take care of ourselves. As mothers, we have to balance our children's needs, activities, appointments, and then jobs within and outside of the house. We need to be very careful about all other commitments that fall outside of the home and family. I have a recent story of my failure in this area, but it would take up too much time here, and I will spare you a novel, which I could easily write!

Not Watching TV

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Our trick to simplify our life as a family is to not watch the television. Without the distraction of the television we have more time to do other things together as a family.

Cancel the Cable

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Cancel the cable.
I know it sounds crazy but you will have more time with your family- time to be creative and have more meaningful conversation. Also you will have one less bill to worry about and more money to save or spend on game/pizza night to create lasting memories. Enjoy your new year with your family!