On to the Kitchen

by admin on February 19, 2018

I didn’t have much time today to sort and purge, so I just focused on a drawer in the kitchen. As you can see, it contained various plastic plates and whatnot. I’ve been trying for some time now to move away from using plastic. I have some Corelle dishes and bowls that have withstood the punishment my kids dish out.

I took this opportunity to give the drawer a good wipe down and moved the Corelle in for easier access.

And here is what I’m donating. Not a huge pile, I know. But remember, slow and steady wins the race!

What have you blessed others with today?



Courage to Attack the Basement

by admin on February 19, 2018


I went away this weekend to an AMAZING mother’s retreat.  I came back so refreshed and feeling renewed by the Holy Spirit, that I jumped right in and defeated my enemy, the basement!  As you can see in the before photos, it was pretty overwhelming.  The toys had partially gotten put back on the shelves, but some things were missing pieces, broken, or just not loved anymore.  You know it’s time to purge when the 8 year old is telling you that he’s glad you’re getting rid of stuff!

I was able to get rid of two bags of trash and have another sizable pile to donate, which I plan on doing tomorrow.  That is the key to the Forty Bags, getting stuff out of the house.  Because if the bags are just cluttering up your coat closet, the front hall or the trunk of your car, then you will not get the peace you seek.  Remember, a lot of charities will come right to your door to pick up your donations!

Here is a peek at the after and the stuff leaving my home:

Games with all their pieces and organized so the little ones can’t easily reach them and undo all the hard work!


Erm, please ignore the unvacuumed floor.


Here’s the pile of things that will soon be blessing someone else’s home.


Nothing brings contentment than garbage leaving the house!


Happy purging!


Letting Go

February 16, 2018

I’m going away this weekend to a mother’s retreat, I’m so excited! So, between getting the house ready and myself packed, I wasn’t able to go through more areas of toys. I ended up sorting through some stuff in the first floor bathroom cabinets.  I had a lot of cloth diaper stuff in there that […]

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Catch the Last Train to Goodwill

February 15, 2018

  I actually sorted all of these on this past Monday (I know, it really shouldn’t count towards the FBFFD, but I was especially motivated to get them done, and opportunity knocked).  I was absolutely amazed by the sheer amount of trains.  There were 5 Percys, 3 Skarloeys, 3 Berties, 3 Tobys, 3 Harolds, and […]

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Toys Were Us

February 14, 2018

As I said yesterday, my plan is to start with toys.  I managed to gather all of the cars we have in the house.  Now, this is a group of toys that I do purge a couple of times a year.  I’m not even sure where some of these cars came from! I had just […]

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Setting Goals

February 13, 2018

I thought I’d write today about how to go about having a more effective approach to the Forty Bags for Forty Days (FBFFD) challenge. As with most things in life, a good way to start is to plan what you want to accomplish during this Forty days. Here’s how I typically begin: 1. Gird my […]

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Forty Bags for Forty Days

February 12, 2018

It’s that time of year again! I actually look forward to Lent. I know that might sound strange, but I find it to be the extra kick in pants that I need to make changes that I’ve been thinking about. I’m inviting you to join me! Here’s how it works: Each day, as you go […]

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Silent and still

February 12, 2018

This post was originally written on June 11th 2017.  I wasn’t ready to share it then, but I think I am now.   We’ve had a rough couple of weeks here.  My last post was about life just beginning, and it was for me and my baby.  I’ve had three miscarriages in the past, the […]

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Brand New

February 22, 2017

Isn’t life strange and beautiful? My brother and his wife had a baby tonight. I wasn’t able to be there because they live in Arizona and I live in New England, but he sent me a video of her peacefully sleeping. And I couldn’t help but be struck by the fact that the birth of […]

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February 14, 2017

Yesterday I told you about the humdinger of a storm we had. We awoke this morning to a waist high wall of snow at the end of the driveway. This was placed there by the plow as it went by pushing the snow as best they can.  I accept that there is only so much […]

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