Because Salvationists abstain from whine.
The Romans 12:13 Life : Pursuing the Love of Strangers
Our family just made the journey (along with our worldly possessions) to our new home in West Virginia. John and I are excited to be part of The Salvation Army's ministry here - we can't wait to see what God has in store!
Thought I'd share a couple of things I learned during this move that might be helpful for anyone else finding themselves in a sea boxes -
- Colored duct tape and Evernote for your packing log. (Read the details in this post.)
- Use the same size boxes. I saw this tip somewhere in the www world and it is cumbersome with heavy things (books) - but ultimately makes loading and unloading the truck a breeze. We used 18x18x16 boxes and stacked them about 3 high on the dolly.
- Use Move America. We have nothing but praise for these guys - everyone was incredibly helpful, easily reached (REAL people, y'all!), and they were always spot on in their promised delivery times.
I wanted to create a new neighbor gift that we were able to give as the 'new kids on the block' and dreamed up this little item. I made the printables before our move, and packed the lunch bags, twine, and shears in my luggage instead of a moving box. When we arrived in town I stopped by Home Depot and found a flat of impatiens (18 for $10) that I cut into single pots for gifting. Tada!
Here's a printable with a blank space for you to write your own greeting - happy neighboring!
It was right there before my eyes. I have no idea why I haven't done this before.
I LOVE Pinterest. Seeing the creative ways people enjoy life and manage life is helpful and inspiring. Sometimes I'm browsing for inventive spark, and sometimes for specific tutorials. Because of the different ways I use Pinterest, my boards get cluttered and the things I really want to make happen for a specific holiday or event get buried and forgotten.
My new solution to this problem is linking those pins to either Evernote or my Google Calendar. I'm setting reminders and alarms for the links, which will serve as a digital bring up file for my Pinterest boards. Oh, yes.
Here's how it works:
Copy and paste the URL of your chosen pin in a note, then create a reminder for that note.
You can also bookmark the URL for the pin using the Evernote Web Clipper (THIS IS SO EASY!), which will file the note for you in a selected notebook. Open Evernote and create a reminder for the filed note.
Copy and paste the URL of your pins in the details box of scheduled events (remember, this information may be public depending on your calendar settings). Set reminders for those events and the URL will be contained in the details when you are prompted by their alarms.
A second way of linking to Google Calendar is through Tasks. You can copy and paste the URL of a pin into a task and give it a specific date for follow up. I recently began using GoTasks on my iPhone (GREAT app!) which allows me to set an additional alarm on my phone for the tasks I enter from my laptop.
You can use both these methods to link entire boards, as well, which is helpful for group collaboration.
Happy pinning, linking, and creating!
"Jesus didn't just give us great field position. He took it to the house." Pastor Tullian Tchividjian.
"but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD..." Hebrews 10:12
Honestly - instead of speaking to me - this SHOUTED at me.
Spotted this on Saturday while heading back from dropping donations off at The Salvation Army Family Store. The words affirmed our move-out purge and spurred me on to greater things...
Godliness with contentment is great gain. (1 Timothy 6)
6 Pieces of Clothing : 6 Days, well 4 days on this excursion.
I’m happy. Like a room without a roof.
This week I made my first attempt at creating a capsule wardrobe. It's a dream I've had since the Lord began my journey through minimalist living (read more about that here).
In all realness and despite a capsule wardrobe being my big dream, I was anxious Sunday night as I zipped up the carry on. I thought I might have genuinely lost my mind.
Here are the brass tacks of the adventure:
- The 6 pieces were purchased at outlet shops in OKC (2 pair of dress pants – Banana Republic Outlet, 3 shirts – Ann Taylor Loft Outlet, 1 cardigan – Banana Republic Outlet). The total cost was $128.54. Without accessories, these pieces are easily combined into a minimum of 6 outfits – each shirt with each pair of pants. That number of combinations increases by including the cardigan and additional accessories.
- Along with the pieces I added a pair of black ballet flats, black platform heels, and a black belt I already owned, as well as a beautiful scarf a friend gave me as a gift.
- I made sure to pack a mini bottle of Febreeze and a Tide pen, both of which I didn’t end up using.
- Each evening during the trip I hung my worn clothes in the shower area for a happy steam bath, and I re-ironed my pants for a second day’s wear in the morning. Even though I know it’s pretty much a modern and Western phenomenon to wear clothes only once before washing, the re-wearing still felt strange. The steam bath kept everything fresh, and I found I didn’t need to use Febreeze or perfumes to make the re-wearing less obvious.
- I wore my Salvation Army uniform to and from the conference, so this trip only required 4 of the 6+ outfit combinations I am able to create with the pieces.
(of course the 6 pieces didn't include the workout clothes I packed - I don't wear pj's anymore either...you can read that post here.)
Here's what I learned/would like to do next time:
- I want to eliminate the need for packing the platform heels. To do this I need to wear my uniform heels with my business casual combinations. Unfortunately the ones I have now are not comfortable enough to wear for a full week of classes.
- I’d like to have two styles of black necklaces to further accessorize, one long and one short. Thought that might spruce up the plain shirt days.
The experience altogether was freeing! And slightly scary. I was scared because I was trying this out while taking a class with the exact same people for eight hours all four days. I wondered if anyone would realize I was wearing certain items twice. Luckily no one came up to me and said, “Didn’t you wear that yesterday?” I’ll be interested to read the comments below and on Facebook to see if anyone was on to me. :)
I hope to put together a similar capsule for trips in cooler weather, and maybe something similar for summer casual clothes for vacation and summer camp.
Read more about capsule wardrobes on my Less Stuff = More Life Pinterest board.
I’m excited that I was in the middle of this experiment when some dear friends encouraged me to read 7 by Jen Hatmaker along with them this summer. I already have a test-pilot in my back pocket. Who knew less could be so much more?
I want to travel light. In all ways. This world is not my home. And for that I am ever grateful.
Dear friends, I warn you as "temporary residents and foreigners" to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. 1 Peter 2:11
I am a list-making fool. My to-do's are a security blanket, keeping the anxieties of life at bay.
This reality isn't altogether bad - unless I'm allowing it to define my work for God. Did I have a successful day of ministry because each box was diligently ticked off the list? Or did I miss a million opportunities to engage with God's people because my head was low and my nose was to the ground?
I will dwell instead in the land of it is finished.
So don't hog grace.