No, really, I’m still alive! I was only mostly dead. -lol- My family would say that is SLIGHTLY dramatic. I, on the other hand, am the one who takes care of everyone else when THEY get sick. I don’t actually do sick, myself. Puking was reserved for being pregnant and that hasn’t happened for more than ten years, so when this flu bug got a hold of me, over the holidays, I had myself a little pity party. But, it’s all good now and I’m back!
Well, I am way beyond the acceptable limit of wishing you a Merry Christmas! The end of December has rushed on past me, this year, and I unfortunately spent several days of it down with the flu. What a blessing that I shared a fabulous Christmas morning and day with my family, before falling prey to that bug, though. How truly and exceptionally blessed I am to get to be THEIR wife, mom and grandma! What an overwhelming and precious gift! I hope each of you experienced even a fraction of the love, memories, fun and excitement that we shared at our home, this year, because that will mean that you are filled to overflowing with all that is really important in life! May God continue to bless you into the coming new year!
I had hoped to share several more DIY gift projects with you, (some sneak peek pictures, below) before the end of December, but as that ship has definitely sailed, we’re going to enjoy them, anyway, over the next few days and use them to kick off a whole year of meeting 2012’s Gift-Giving Challenges with some fabulous, frugal and easy ideas for gifts that will have you prepared for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and even next Christmas. Spread the work and the cost over the next 12 months and you’ll enjoy a relaxing, fun and debt-free Christmas in 2012! We’ll complete projects every month that will allow you to be prepared for any occasion or unexpected gift need. It’s going to be a blast!
And of course, there’ll be recipes! 2012 is going to be loaded with them – tasty ways to satisfy your hungry family on a limited budget. I can’t wait to share great recipes and ideas that will make your time in the kitchen worthwhile and fun.
I’m going to tackle some organizational projects, too. After a full year in our “new” house, I have a much better understanding of how we “live” in this house, what storage and organizational things have worked and which haven’t. We don’t have a huge budget for all kinds of fancy organizational systems and storage. As a matter of fact, we don’t have ANY budget for it! -lol- So, I’m going to get creative and I’ll share the journey. Also, part of getting organized will be DECLUTTERING. Oy! That will mean letting go of some things. Okay, specifically that will mean letting go of some books. Those of you who’ve been around awhile know that will NOT be an easy undertaking for me, but I recognize the problem and this is the year I’m resolved to getting a handle on it.
We’re going to do some of the redecorating, rearranging and “sprucing up” that will add our family’s own flair and personality to our home, too. We’ll be scouring garage sales and thrift stores, as well as our own garage and house for items to recycle and revamp on a frugal budget and put some personal style and decorating sense into our home, as we organize and prioritize what stays and what goes.
My goal is to share more of our homeschool experiences with you, as well. Homeschooling is a very personal topic and I have only allowed myself to interject a small number of posts about it into the blog. Part of that is because after being a very strong presence in homeschooling circles for many years, I recognize the time commitment it takes to field the questions and efficiently offer the help that will come from putting myself out there and also because the reasons for, and ways to, homeschool are as plentiful and varied as the families who undertake it. There is no one right or wrong answer. I never want someone to believe that my way is more valid than what they are doing or that our “results” are the reason that they should or should not plunge into this journey with their own family. God has a purpose and a plan for every family and if homeschooling is something He is calling you to, He will undoubtedly provide the resources, time, patience, etc., etc., etc., for you to do so, regardless of the latest popular trends in education or the “way I do it”. So, trying to keep that in mind and balance my own experience with a healthy dose of incredible possibilities and resources, my intention is to be a little more “out there” with what has worked, what hasn’t worked as well and what we’re doing now, in the continuing story of our more than two decades as a homeschooling family.
A garden — a lovely garden — there is also, DEFINITELY, going to be a lovely garden. – lol- I do hereby highly resolve to create a beautiful space where food and flowers and children can grow. Help me! 🙂 My 2012 gardening adventure will be beginning before you know it. Better planning and preparation, means better yields and, in the long run, less work, later. I have a goal and a plan. Hopefully, saying that “out loud” to you will make me feel more accountable to follow through and expand on the meager start I made, last summer. For a family on a frugal budget, it really is an important part of eating healthy and saving money.
And as always, there will be product reviews and giveaways of things I feel are relevant to the lives of my family and yours – products that help us do our jobs and juggle all our “hats” more efficiently and allow us to share great fun and memories with the people we love most. As a matter of fact, January holds some great surprises! A gorgeous Brother sewing machine, a NuWave oven, a sturdy egg beater from OXO that you’ll find yourself reaching for on a daily basis, a kitchen composter and so much more are in the line-up to share with you.
I’m so excited for our 2012, together! Thank you for all you do to make Busy-at-Home grow and for sharing your wisdom and encouragement with me and all the busy women, wives and moms who visit here! 2012 is going to be a year of rocking a frugal budget, “making it fabulous” with our own hands and resources, finding a place for everything and putting everything in it’s place and sharing the ups and downs of being busy-at-home. I’m so glad you’ll be here!