• Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    The Pig Sty Method

    Housework is one of those odd balancing acts. It’s kind of like a science, testing, tweaking, modifying this and that… until finally, you find a sweet spot. A place where the level of presentation you are seeking meets achievability… and you can sustain it…. And do so without dreading it.  Learning how to embrace and fulfill my role as homemaker has been, and continues to be a journey. I’ve been the full-time working-woman, the bored-silly-childless-wife, the weak and debilitated out-of-commission spouse, the-barely-hanging-on-mama, and… now… I’m your average stay-at-home mom. In all of those roles and circumstances, I have learned that in order to do something long-term, flexibility is a must-have ingredient.…

  • Cleaning,  Operation: Pig Sty

    Where Do I Even Start?

    There have been times in my married life, where I have looked around my house and thought… where do I even begin? Every time we’ve moved. The time we crammed all of our possessions into a tiny upstairs apartment where the second bedroom was my son’s nursery, my husband’s office, his “garage”, and a storage unit all in one… and because everything didn’t fit in there, it was like an oozing monster that kept creeping into my living room, master bedroom and kitchen. There was a period of time two years ago where I slowly emerged from an invalid state into a house that had not been kept in months.…

  • Life as a Wife

    The Ministry-Job-Wife-Life Juggle

    Last week was one of those weeks where I began to feel like maybe I was getting the hang of this “wife thing” where you balance job and ministry responsibilities with your home and wife responsibilities. “Operation Wife” has been a form of organizational therapy as recipes and ideas are perfected to what works and consolidated into one place, and all of the other attempts and failures are relegated to oblivion. I comfort myself thinking that one day, if I have my own little girl that grows up and marries off, I can hand her a book of successes that she can begin her own married life with. In the…