Lord willing tomorrow we leave to head to South Dakota. We will have a mission service in Rapid City on Sunday, June 25th, and a mission service in Mitchell on Sunday, July 2nd. On Tues. June 27th thru Friday June 30th Phillip is to preach at a youth camp for Native Americans. Some of these youth come from very troubled homes!! :-( PLEASE PRAY!! For Phillip as he preaches, and for those young people to get Saved!!
Then we head home to sing for a wedding in our church, then head South until Aug. 1st. We will be doing mission services and get to see Phillip's family.
~Scrubba-dub-dub...Laundry organization~It's easy in our BUSY Lives as Keepers of our Homes...for some things to overwhelm us. Maybe it's your dishes you can't seem to keep on top of, or maybe it's the laundry. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. As the Bible says it's best NOT to compare ourselves among ourselves. But, I think it is nice to share tips when we find something that works for us. Maybe someone else is struggling in the same area.
Memorial Day Weekend we were gone on Friday night to a graduation, then on Saturday we traveled home from Indiana, ran to 2 graduation parties, and came home late that night. By the time we got home, Abigail had a high fever (she had been stung by a bee, so maybe it was a reaction?), and I was exhausted.
So, after the Lord's day, we celebrated on Memorial day, then...
Tuesday morning and the MOUND of laundry waiting for me to
AND FOLD it...
was WAY overwhelming.
So, I cried a little, (Don't think I'd ever cried over laundry) and begged JESUS to help me come up with a GOOD PLAN for doing laundry. This plan may not work for your situation, but I'm soooo GRATEFUL to Jesus that He cares about the little things...and how He has helped me with my laundry.~Tip #1 Have your kids help you SORT the laundry. (whether you do this in a rolling divided basket, or just have them sort your main laundry basket, it's so encouraging to start laundry when DARKS ARE WITH DARKS, LIGHTS WITH LIGHTS, TOWELS WITH TOWELS, DRESSY CLOTHES WITH DRESSY, AND SCRUBBIES WITH SCRUBBIES! :-D
~TIP #2 Have several baskets to sort into. If this is not an option for your situation, that is fine. I just find it helpful to have 4 baskets that the kids sort laundry into.
I've divided it this way.Monday ~ Dark load & kid's Dressy clothes
Tuesday ~ Light load & towels
Wednesday ~Dark load & Phillip's dressy shirts
Thursday ~ Light Load & Scrubbies
Friday ~ Dark Load & sheets or rugs, etc.
Saturday ~ Dark load & Light Load
When each load is done, I bring it upstairs and either fold it myself, or call all the kids to grab their clothes out, fold them, and quickly put them away. Viola!!!
Each night I go to bed feeling HAPPY that 2 loads (or more if I have time) is done, washed, dried, and PUT AWAY!! :-)
NOW...I soak clothes in powdered Tide, white vinegar, and baking soda. It has worked wonders for me!! (Grammy E. gave me that tip! :-)
If you have a Laundry tip you find helpful, you are welcome to leave it in the comment section, I'd love to hear from you! :-)
~Our Happy Memorial Day~
~On June 4th we went over to Daddy and Moma's house for a yummy Sunday dinner.~
~On Monday, June 5th, we were getting ready for our 3 day anniversary trip away. Mary picked us these pretty flowers and put them in our room.~
~On Monday, we began getting ready for our Anniversary get-away. Uncle Dan and Aunt Carole sent us this sweet card for our anniversary and a gift card.~
~Our nice anniversary gifts and card from Daddy and Moma.~
You are my Knight in Shining Armor...
My DREAM come True!!
You are my Beloved Prince...
You are my Wonderful YOU!
You are the creamer in my coffee,
The icing on the cake!
I get to be YOUR wife...and your name take! :-)
You are my Bestest Friend
The 5th Chamber of my heart!
You are the twinkle in my Eye...
The Fruit in Life's Tart.
You are the chocolate in the cookie,
The Rock of our Home,
The one I laugh with, LOVE, and to whom I dedicate this poem!
~Heather!~ June 6th, 2017
~Noah had this on our doorstep when we came home. :-) ~
~DAD AND MOM DICKINSON COME TO OHIO TO VISIT!~
~Kimberly was asked to play her violin at a Daddy/Date night at Chick-fil-A. They said that she could use it as a fund raiser, so she asked if she could raise money to help Bro. Jimmy in Bogota, Colombia. He has to have cataract surgeries in both eyes, and then buy new glasses.
They said she could. The Lord and our church people helped and over $1,500 came in.~
~Here is Pastor Jimmy teaching the underprivileged children in Colombia.~
~Phillip got some jeans and cologne for Father's day.~
~Grandpa and his two baby girls~
~I was happy to find this white shelf at Goodwill to help me organize my sewing / craft room.~
~Well, I can't seem to pull up the pics that Sarah took of the BEFORE of this room, but this one will sort of show you. A few weeks ago, Mary said to Kimberly, "I wish our room (Hers and Abigail's) were pretty.
You see a while back, Phillip, Kimberly, and Sarah had worked for WEEKS on Kimberly and Sarah's room. Fixing the cracks in the plaster, vinyl spackling the cracks, letting it dry, sanding, priming the walls, and then painting them. They were so DONE with working on the 3rd floor, that they left the other side for another time.
The OTHER SIDE...is where Abigail and Mary live now.
So, DEAR SWEET KIMBERLY took it upon herself to tear into their room.
(Sarah would have helped more, but she's still in school. :-)
Kimberly has worked for WEEKS fixing the cracks in the plaster, filling them with spackling, letting it dry, sanding them down, then putting in more spackling, letting it dry, re-sanding, etc.
~Here's Sweet Kimberly faithfully working on the little girls' room. (Daddy would have helped her but he needed to build the chicken coop outside and fix the fence for our dog someone just gave us.)
And then Sarah and I painted the room with the pretty Sherwin Williams paint called "Gorgeous White" that we had chosen. (Someone got us a great discount on the paint.)
The Gorgeous White paint is slightly pink...which Mary LOVES! :-)
It was hard to get these pics due to lighting,
but Mary and Abigail are sooo HAPPY with their new room.
NO MORE CRACKS IN THE PLASTER, NO MORE DARK DINGY PURPLE, JUST HAPPY GIRLY PINK AND FUN-NESS!!~
(Kimberly wants me to make sure and tell you that they are going to paint the purple door knob on the closet a shiny black one of these days. :-)
Thank you, Kimberly and Sarah, for allll your hard work to fix up their room!!~
~If I don't get to blog again before this....
HAVE A WONDERFULLY HAPPY ....
~FOURTH OF JULY!!~
in a little store in Hillsboro, for CHEAP!!)~
~Since we are leaving tomorrow, the girls are doing lots of mending and
getting their clothes all ready.~
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR
US AS WE TRAVEL,
FOR OUR MISSION SERVICES, AND
FOR PHILLIP AS HE PREACHES THE YOUTH CAMP FOR THE NATIVE AMERICANS!!