Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Home Tour. 2.

Chalkboard Charger.
Noel burlap pennant banner in bathroom.









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Christmas Home Tour. {1}

MIA has been my middle name in the bloggy land. I've enjoyed sitting back and reading blogs and taking a needed break from writing but, I've missed it terribly! I hope to be back blogging regularly at the first of the year, until then I'll be posting a few pics of my decor from my home.

Dining Room Chalkboard.

Small Chalkboard on computer desk.

Decor in the kitchen window.


Vintage Fan decorated.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Behold the Manger.

Source: google.com via Rachel on Pinterest


Typically we are excited about celebrating Christ's birth. As Christians we try to focus and point our children and ourselves to the babe in the manger, after all that is what Christmas is about. This season I've spent time examining our traditions as a family and how we focus on the Savior coming into the world. It seems that we read the Christmas story over and over, watch the Nativity, complete our daily advent calendars but never behold the manger. Why, is this babe so important?

Prior to the birth of this babe on earth, He existed. John tells us that in the beginning the 'Word' was with God and that the Word was God. John also tells that the Word {Jesus} created the universe {John 1: 1-3}.

He was completely and fully God. He was being worshipped by angels and given glory in heaven. This sheds more awe and wonder to this babe being born in a humble barn. He knew what would happen, He was ignorant to how his life on earth would be. Yet, He put on humanity and was born in a manger.

Looking at the manger we see a precious newborn that would live a completely sinless life. Wow. If this babe didn't grow up to be perfect, utterly sinless, then no sacrifice could be made. No reconciliation for mankind and God. May we behold and be captivated this season by the beautiful story of our Savior's birth.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Laughs for Thanksgiving








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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Adoption Articles

November is National Adoption Month. Frequently bloggers write about their story of adopting but rarely do I see posts by bloggers who have been adopted. Amy from Making a Joyful Home has written about tips from her perspective of being adoptive.

This lady is amazing, she has been praying with me while I'm in the adoption process, e-mailed me explaining lots of helpful things and just encouraged me during seemingly disappointing adoption news. Check out these articles and seriously follow her blog, you won't be disappointed.
November is National Adoption Month. Introduction to adoption itself, spiritual adoption.

What Adoptees Want Their Parents to Know. Three things that I think every adoptive family should read. This article explains from an adoptee perspective some things you should and shouldn't say to your adoptive {aka your} children.

Adoption Links. A list consisting of excellent adoption articles.


May God continue to spread the word about adoption and rise up His church to adopt the orphan. May He continue to teach each one of us about our own adoption in Christ!

If anyone has an adoption story/advice feel free to comment in the comment section and bloggers leave a link about your adoption story, I love to read all of them!

{FYI, Amy had no idea I endorsed her blog, she didn't ask me to, I just want my readers to be exposed and read other faithful Jesus loving gals!}

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mission-Focused Parenting {article}


"The greatest missionary force in America today sleeps in our bedrooms. May we lead, teach, and equip them well." -Alvin Reid


What an amazing thought. Mission-Focused Parenting is an article written which has served a great reminder of the needed discipleship in our own homes, with our own little ones. May we not neglect teaching the wonders of the Gospel to our own kids in our home.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Unwasted Homemaking Party #33


Thanksgiving is around the corner, the next week corner to be exact and I'm hosting around 30 people in my new home. No, I'm not fixing all the food, just hosting. I'm getting excited and finalizing my decor and table centerpieces this week and I'm looking for some ideas. Please link up any ideas you have even if you've posted it on here before!

I have an EXCITING announcement this week!
.....I just
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It only has a few items to start but, I'm adding more daily! Hope you can look around and buy some decor for your home or Christmas gifts! Here are a few items in my shop...

This little sign is a re-writeable chalkboard! You can use it as an ornament for your tree, gift tags or makes an excellent gift at Christmas!

This burlap pennant banner spells "noel" and is great decor for Christmas. I have several and plan on hanging them on my bannister, Christmas Tree, dining room hutch and anywhere else I can find. I'm adding different sizes and sayings this week.

This listing has 3 chalkboard Christmas trees. I'm using these to decorate my Christmas Tree and to give as gifts for Christmas.

Stop by and look around at Pieces of Redemption!

Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...
Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.
Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Just Curious....


I've honestly shied away from a lot of controversy on this blog because I've not felt I had the time to deal with comments/questions but, I found this post by a lovely friend and thought it was something to ask your opinion about. This article is concerning having a woman president and our views as Christians, I would love for you to read the entire article and comment on my blog :)!



"I am curious to know what other Christian women (or men) feel about having a female president? For me, I'm thinking that it probably isn't such a great idea. But I do struggle with it. Would I rather have a liberal in office or a conservative woman?" Kendal from The Father Knows Best

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Last Week...


Here's a bit of what happened last week...

A car wreck on the way home from church. The kids and I were perfectly safe and I'm grateful for a minivan, I feel so safe in that vehicle now! The other little car was totaled.

Two days after the wreck I feel down some stairs with my head catching my fall. After hours in the E.R. I came away with only tons of pain, no major problems!

The last week was basically me recovering and being extremely thankful. Wow, yup, that's why this blog has been a bit neglected, all of the above and another very excited thing I'm working on... I'll let you know as soon as it's official :).
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Unwasted Homemaking Party #32





Wow, last week was crazy around my house my next post will be updated what went happened! Great linky party last week, keep them coming!
Check out these two from last week.




Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...
Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.
Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cowboy Party {table decor}

Few months ago it was cowboys all the way around my house. My oldest turned a year older and a cowboy party was set to celebrate his life. This is part 1 of 3... decorations.

Handkerchief banner

Happy Birthday Banner {terrible picture, sorry}.
Unclose for the birthday banner.

General Store with old fashioned candy.


Decor for food table.
Decor for eating tables.

Part 2 of this party is games and part 3 is the photo booth :).

What do you decorate with for your cowboy/western parties? If your a blogger who has posted on this type of party feel free to leave your link in the comments!

Linking this to:

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Unwasted Homemaking Party #31



I was so excited to see 40 amazing link ups last week! Keep them coming!
I've posted three posts I wanted to share!









Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...
Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.
Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Military Life

Hello Dear Readers!
I am thrilled to be writing on Don't Waste Your Homemaking. My name is Sarah Christensen and I am a proud military wife. I have a blog called The Adventures Of The Christensens, where I share my life as a stay-at-home Marine wife who loves to bake, cook, sew and craft.
You can visit my blog at http://www.richandsarahchristensen.blogspot.com/
Marcie has so graciously given me a monthly spot on Don't Waste Your Homemaking. Each month, I will be writing about my life as a military wife and mother. I will tell about my experiences, adventures, joys and heartaches of life in the military from a Christian perspective. Whether you are a military wife or not, I hope to shed some light on the lifestyle, values and love that these extraordinary women called military wives have for their country! Please join me on our adventure.



All About Me





Before I decided to be a stay-at-home mama, I was an elementary school teacher. During the first week of school, I would always make my students create an "All About Me" poster. The poster was a way for my students to share about themselves with their classmates and me.




I thought I would start my first military wife/life story today by sharing "All About Me".

My husband Rich and I are a young, growing Christian military family. Rich is a 1st Lieutenant in The United States Marine Corps. I am a former Elementary school teacher. I am a stay-at-home Marine wife who loves to sew, bake, cook, craft! I enjoy being a Domestic Engineer. Rich and I have a little baby boy named Robert, who just turned five months old yesterday. You will here a lot about Robbie, he is my joy! We also have a chubby little cat named Maverick. Together, we four make up our little family. We live on base at Camp Pendelton Marine Corps Base in beautiful Southern California . Rich and I are both native Californians. We both actually grew-up in Pasadena California, which is only about an hour away from our current base.

My Marine And Me
Our sweet little boy









So friends, today I would like to offer you military and non-military wives a word of encouragement and a little advice. It is by far so very important to stay close to the Lord. Our lifestyle and journey is not an easy one. In a military wife's world, her life, surroundings, friends and home are constantly changing. Quite often she must play both mother and father rolls to her children. The military wife is strong, loyal,compassionate. The military wife has good character and high moral standards . Most importantly, she must hold strong to her faith in the Lord.
Does she sound like someone you might now??




In my opinion the military wife (like all of us) must strive to be like The Proverbs 31 Woman.

Below are the top 10 characteristics of a virtuous woman;
10 Virtues Of The Proverbs 31 Woman

1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)
3. Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
7. Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)
It is so important that as women, we strive to meet these standards everyday. At times we will fall short, and that's okay. we are not reaching for an impossible goal.

How About You...
I would love your opinion and questions!!! What military questions do you have? What would you like to learn more about?
My husband and I are honored to be serving our country and ask for prayer in our upcoming adventures. We have been blessed tremendously, and thank God everyday for all he has given us! Join next month on Don't Wast Your Homemaking as we discuss; "How To Make The Military House A Home" Have a blessed day,
Sarah
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