Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Keepin’ Happy and Healthy

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Doing this No Spend September seems to have given me a lot of motivation beyond shopping from my own closet.  Last week I found myself cleaning more than normal (like, way more than normal). I got myself caught up on laundry. I even offered to start doing Nolan’s laundry for him (he’s great—in our five years of marriage I’ve only done a load of laundry for him here and there). I bought a new toilet bowl brush, shower scrubber and what should be the cleaning product of my dreams. If I was pregnant, you’d say I’m nesting.

I want to provide a better home for my family. After all, these boys are precious to me.

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Back in November I had this great desire to be a woman of discipline and made some great goals for myself. Of course the goals I laid out were short lived. But now, I’m finding a different desire for keeping a happy and healthy home. I’m finding that a well family goes beyond a lack of runny noses and yucky coughs.

It’s keeping active by taking walks.

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It’s planning our meals so I grocery shop on budget and then am not tempted to just make something quick and easy (and most likely unhealthy).

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It’s cleaning my house and taking steps to keep it clean.

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And it’s making sure we have a lot of fun along the way.

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I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about what family wellness is, and the conclusion I’ve come to is that it is making sure your family is healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. I feel convicted that while I take so much time to consider Jace’s diet and cleanliness yet forget about making sure there isn’t filth in the bathroom where he takes a shower. I work hard to provide healthy meals for my husband and encourage him in his work out routine, yet neglect to take the steps to provide a clean, relaxing retreat when he comes home from work. I make the time and energy to sew and craft when I want, but ignore my need to exercise. And I can’t even imagine how much healthier my mind would feel if I actually did something about my desire to provide a clean house for my guys.

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So as a new season approaches, I’m ready to enter a new season of my life: one of wellness. And when we get the occasional bug, you can be sure I’ll rush out to get Boogie Wipes, Pedialyte, Kleenex and Nyquil (the last item for me and Nolan, not Jace, of course!).


How about you? What do you do to make sure you have a well family? Are there areas you feel like you struggle with or are you able to smile and contentedly pat yourself on the back?


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  1. When I was growing up, my mom kept a spotless house while working full-time. There may have been clutter on her desk, but that was it! Fast forward 20 years and I've got three girls and it while my home was picked up, it wasn't the kind of clean that made me feel comfortable with drop-in company. That was until last year when I heard about MotivatedMoms.com - they have a chore chart for adults. Something that I really needed. It's help me keep my home clean and if company comes by? I am not one bit ashamed.

    Being a SAHM is my job - and I want to be the best at my job.

  2. I'd like to thank you so much for this post. It really made me happy. I've been experiencing similar feelings lately as my husband and I have just moved into a place of our own. I can finally be a wife and really do all the wifey things (we've been living with my parents since we got married last year). I just hope I can keep it up and stay motivated. Thank you for being inspirational!

  3. I love this post! I tried to post this comment the other day but it didn't work so I'll try again! LOVE!


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