Remaining calm in chaos

So you’ve probably guessed already that this particular post is all about me!  *smile*  It amazes me that I am able to be reassuring to everyone around me and then have minor stress attacks about packing up and moving my family.

So, although maybe not too frugal, here goes my list of calmness hints:

*talk about it.

*when someone asks if they can help, say YES.  I’ve already employed my girlfriends to find me a painter, a kitchen floor layer, and a constant supply of veno.

*step away.  I have a few rooms in the house that are “real estate ready”, and that is where I retreat when I need a breather.

*get some videos to chill out with, even at 20 minutes at a time…it relaxs the mind and slows the spinning of the list making that is happening.

*get some lovin’.  Absolutely necessary!  Don’t forget basic human needs….sheets, candles, and your sweetie to bed early.  Even if you don’t feel like it.  It’s a fabulous stress reliever!!  Ask the doctors if you don’t believe me.

*Use your cleaners, use what you have.  Try not to buy anything else.  Those boxes can get heavy.  Ask my sister in law!!

*Use music.  Hum.  Sing.  Music invites the Spirit.  And anyone in chaos needs the Spirit hanging out!

*Keep the kiddos on the regularly scheduled program…..keep them doing what they normally do.  They get wicked stressed too.  And then they get grumpy!!

*Use your pantry.  Use your food storage.  Use your pizza coupons!!

This is all so basic.  But I think it’s really easy to forget these basic human traits/reactions that happen when one goes through stress.  Stress makes us grumpy, look old, and quite frankly, no one can stand to be around us!!  Here are some way cool sites that I frequent.  Enjoy!  And no matter what you are going through, whether moving, job stress, kid nuttiness, spouse tension, remain calm.  “Be Still, and know…..” (Ps.46:10)

Quick treats to remind us that we are human.  Then we must step away and get busy!!

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Sanctuary from the world’s woes, with all it’s funny little flaws, beautiful woodwork, and lead windows is going on the market next week.

This week has been filled with preparations for my Love to go to Ohio for his new position, packing and sorting and loads of prayer, meditation and yoga!  Brief panic attacks sneak in on a daily basis, although they are getting shorter and less powerful.  So that’s good. 

One day after my sweetie signed the contact, the next day we were offered and given over 100 boxes from an incredible family in Michigan.  What a huge blessing!

So…..if your interested in a rural area close to major cities in Indiana, please let me know!! *shameless selling technique*

Promise I’ll try to get better at this picture/blog thing.  Off to start a new box!!  Expecting good, wonderful things today!!  You do the same!!



50 Things


Friday has surprised me.  I honestly had no idea it was this late in the week!  Do days ever sneaky, sneak on you?  Change is in the air here at Sage Manor with the possibility of a move.  I am not in “panic mode” yet, and am trying to hang on and not even go there…..I do believe if this door is open, God will bless someone with our lovely home so I am not without my Sweetie for too long!  Belief!!

With that, we have been advanced Spring Cleaning here!  Everything is being looked at, which reminds me of things that us Mamas do in order to save, and to stretch what we already have.  So here are 50 things that is saving us, our sanity, and hopefully our carbon footprint!

1.  Know what you have.

2.  Look at your money in the bank, daily.

3.  If you no longer love it, don’t like to dust it, bless it to someone else!  It doesn’t matter WHO gave it to you!

4.  Buy in bulk if you can.  One little step a week to build up your pantry.

5.  Use the library.  Use the “inter-library” option too.  Don’t willingly give full price for a book.  Barter, borrow and beg for a book if you have to!

6.  Make sure the freezer is full!  Put in empty milk gallons filled with water (smart!) to fill up the room so the freezer doesn’t have to work as hard.

7.  Use insulted curtains (mine are fleece blankets, it’s still winter here!) in the kitchen (or anywhere) to keep it warm.

8.  Keep food items off the counters…uninvited buggies and kitties are notorious for snitching in the middle of the night!

9.  I keep rugs down in the winter for warm toes.  Which helps with the heating bill too.

10.  Eat by candlelight.

11.  Learn to make good homemade family bread…without electricity (my beloved Bosch!!), mixing that is. 

12.  Or if you are lucky enough to have a wood stove, learn to use it for your cooking too!

13.  Grow herbs in the summer to have on hand in the winter, just in case.

14.  Have a good herbal book in the home that tells you what to do!

15.  Know how to make simple homemade cleaners…..try it for a month, you may get hooked!

16.  Know the importance of NOT using anti-bacterial everything!

17.  Keep your important papers (birth cert., ss cards, passports, titles) in a Non-burnable “safe” somewhere close so you can grab it.

18.  Know where your important financial papers are.  Can you make a copy and put those in the box too?  How about pass words?…Account numbers?

19.  Have a goal with your pantry.  Have one day of food on hand, then a week, then a month, then 3 months, then 6, 9, and a years worth.  Believe me, there is some sort of security knowing that you won’t be stressed out because of a lack of food.

20.  Only put in your pantry things that your family will eat.

21.  Rotate that food, use it and replace.

22.  Make an apron.

23.  Wear it.

24.  Learn to knit, crochet, sew a button, etc….these are skills that we are losing and must be broght back.

25.  Have a outside laundry line if you can.  If not, have a makeshift one in the basement or somewhere else.

26.  Use that too!

27.  Find fun things that your family like to do that doesn’t cost money (games, listening to a story on tape, hiking, looking at photos)

28.  Our domestic, inside pets will not die from eating good human food (chicken in broth, kale, tuna, apples!) In fact they like it.  Worst case senerio, you can continue to feed them too.

29.  Buy a couple of chickens.  Add safety, feed, fresh water & sunshine.

30.  Eat organic eggs!

31.  Have a “product” or “book” or “clothing” exchange with your girlfriends.  And chocolate and coffee and you have an Eco-Party!!  woohoo!!

32.  Know your neighbors.

33.  Love them, and do things for them.  They will do the same.

34.  Change your heat filter, once a month in the winter.  Your nose and heating bill will thank you!

35. Buy local.  Know a honey source, know a milk source, know a beef source.  Add these people into your life and bless each other.

36.  Wear used / recycled clothing.  It doesn’t kill a soul!

37.  Plant trees.  Fruit trees…..pines, anything!!  Just plant!

38.  Pick up the trash in your yard.  Need I say more?

39.  Use good oil if you can.  I know it’s a luxury, but the health benefits are well worth the couple of extra dollars and a doctor visit.

40.  If you can’t pronounce what the ingrediants are:  DON”T EAT IT!

41.  Same for the stuff that we put on our skin.

42.  Paint, colour, sew, create.  Let your kids in on that to, or someone else’s kids…….teach them what you know.  It’s so important.

43.  Worship.  How ever you want and be grateful for all you have.

44.  Dust & clean so you don’t have to take allergy meds! (reminder to ME!!)

45.  Let your kids get dirty instead of buying the newest gadget on the market.

46.  Know where you are spending your money.  Do you like that company?  Are they ethical in their treatment of people?  (will post my Anti-Walmarts article soon!!)

47.  Recycle.  Try. 

48.  Use cloth napkins or those crazy Shamwows on everything!

49.  Know who you are.

50.  Love all and yourself.  Never give up on your dreams!


Little things add up.   Know matter where you are in the frugal/ eco-friendly/ homesteading lifestyle don’t give up.  Those things make a difference, save money, encourage others and strenthen your own skills if you are placed in a difficult situation (like a lay-off).  More fab ideas…check out Jessica at LifeasMom

Be blessed this weekend!! 



Has it been this long?


frozen.  Absolutely frigid here again.  Can’t believe it.

Possibility of a move.  Change is good!!  Actually looking forward to it, we’ll see if Sage Manor will be up for sale soon!

Still in robe.  Did I mention the cold?  I honestly can’t seem to move!  And it’s 9am, kiddos are still snuggled safely in bed with heaters on their bodies; I can’t blame them one bit!!

Unschooling thoughts: if we were to move, this may be difficult.  But it’s not the first time that we’ve been “under-ground”!!  I have activist blood I am sure.

Must do something with the 2 bushels of apples awaiting me…..pies, cobblers, sauce, butter……equals = warmth!!!

Spring Equinox, please, please hurry!!



Frugal Friday thoughts


I have to say I have no real nuggets of truth this week.  I couldn’t think of anything new that we are doing.  No new pantry tricks, no new How to warm the cold house news, Unschooling/library news…nothing.  The only real thing we have done this week is : STAY HOME.

I haven’t used the $20 allotted for gas money.  We’ve read a ton.  Granted my oldest at home has been alittle under the weather.  We invited a family for tea (before the sickness!!)  We did go to town yesterday, 15 minutes away & a quick visit to the library.  Living in a rural town one must think before hopping into the car!!  I haven’t the luxury of running to town for a pepper, or a bit of milk, or even a pizza!!

Staying home certainly isn’t a brillant concept, but it’s a frugal, natural way of being way before we had tele’s and cars.

What would the kiddos do if we couldn’t get to homeschool gym??  How would be deal with a new suit that must be bought?  And I can certainly attest that the cats in the house would have an uprising if we didn’t provide a bowl of store bought food on a daily basis!!!

Thoughts of Frugalness/ Livng Simply:  Stay Home!!  Need some more thoughts?  Have a glance at Biblical Womanhood!!



Teaching Good Things website

Just couldn’t resist in sharing this fabulous giveaway to everyone.  What a get chance to learn!! 

Be Blessed!

Giveaway- Your choice of CDs
This Friday we will be giving away a CD set of your choice from:
*True Beauty: 8 inspiring CDs recorded at the 2008 Father and Daughter Retreat
*The 2008 Witherspoon School of Law and Public Policy: an up-to-date look at the most important constitutional battles we face. This album includes 24 CDs.
*Let Freedom Ring: 13 CDs from the Philadelphia Faith and Freedom Tour
*Lights, Cameras, Action! Highlights from the 2009 Christian Filmmakers Academy
*History Has Been Made: Moments and Messages from the 2009 San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival
All you have to do is leave a comment on our blog stating that you would like to win and I’ll put your name in.Giveaway ends Friday night.

A truly scrumptious day!

A Jane Austen day:

I am pleased to inform everyone concerned that there were a many of a women folk that truly did enjoy our day.  We promptly had tea while our small children frolicked about the home and scrutinized how certain people must indeed change their ways before detriment sets in.  Many ideas were given to the simple concept of the garden beds for the summer as our dreams of fresh blueberries teased our tongue.  Our time together was so enjoyed as the sisterhood of friendship continues strongly.

* A truly scrumptious blog to visit is the Barefoot Mama!!



Jane, dear Jane!


What a simply marvelous way to spend a cold, cold day than to be wrapped up in a blanket, mug in one hand, and a scrumptious Austen novel in the other?!  Join Kelly (love that name!) and the group… grab a mug and relax for a moment or two!  It will be worth it.


In the Gospels, Jesus often uses the greeting “Peace be unto you,” a translation of shalom aleichem.


**I couldn’t even begin to translate this word the way Mr. Silver did.  This is a beautiful description of the word Shalom!

By David Silver from the Refiner’s Fire

The Hebrew word SHALOM is understood around the world to mean peace. But peace is only one small part of the meaning of the word SHALOM. Here in Israel, even though we don’t have much in the way of peace, we use the word SHALOM on a daily basis. We use it to greet people with, and we use it to bid farewell to people. However, SHALOM means much more than peace, hello or goodbye.

Strong’s Concordance 7965 – Hebrew Shalom ….. A word study in the New King James version for SHALOM says: Completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord.

Shalom comes from the root verb Shalom meaning to be complete, perfect and full. In modern Hebrew the obviously related word Shelem means to pay for, and Shulam means to be fully paid.

Sar SHALOM (Prince of Peace) is one of the descriptive names the Bible uses to indicate the ministry and personality of the Messiah: Isaiah 9:6 – The Son of God is completely perfect in all things.

So in essence, when you speak out the word SHALOM – you are not only proclaiming peace, but all the above meanings of the word over that person – that’s a mighty blessing!!!

Remember what the word of God says – “there is life or death in the power of the tongue”.

We recently heard someone on a Christian TV program say: “No wonder the Jewish people are so blessed, because every time they say Shalom to one another, they are also allowing the full meaning (see above) of SHALOM to be pronounced over them. He humorously proceeded to say that this greeting word would be much more beneficial to the American people if they greeted each other with SHALOM instead of their usual “Hi” or “Howdy” greeting. As Josie and I adapted to life in Israel, we adapted to the SHALOM habit over the “Hi” habit….As Messianic Jews, we are called to bless you and we take that very seriously, by praying for you and by greeting you with SHALOM. Therefore, from now on, when we or someone says SHALOM to you, you should receive it as a tremendous blessing. And bless them back with a hearty SHALOM!”

Numbers 6:24-26: The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His face upon you and give you SHALOM. In the name of SAR SHALOM – the Prince of Peace.

Out of the box: red flag churches?

So, people who know me, know I am out of the box.  Meaning, I’m open to alot of different beliefs, different ways of living, loving, and worshipping.  Now, having said that, please be gentle with your comments.  God is important to me, it is why I am here.  I may go to a different church than you, may worship differently but doesn’t mean I am not a child of His.  I am, and am totally assured of that.

I focus in sometimes on the current “trend” in religion.  (Truthspeaker’s spits it out loud and clear) Lately that has freaked me out so much that I want to crawl into a box!!    I have been digging into these articles, doing cross searches, Bible referencing and fact checking.  Very interesting folks.  And for one who tends to be a bit open to alot, some of this scares me.  Being raised Southern Baptist, getting out of the Mormon cult after 10 years, and loving the Pentecostal movement (from afar), and very much a hippie earth lover at heart……well, I’m well rounded I suppose.  But weary.

Who is this Rick Joyner, what is this IHOP church???……wow!!  These “churches” are making an impact folks.  They are rocking and shaking some folks…..Even this little rural country girl is noticing red-flags in the blogging world.  Is this what Jesus intended?  Is this really how it is?  Is it really what the Bible says?? (there is the kicker!)

Without being judgemental: my thoughts are to stay away (thought to self: isn’t that judgemental?) , bury my face in the Word, lay at His feet, worship Him the way I know how…..not how someone else tells me too….and Love Him & be very, very quiet, so I can hear.



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