Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Take Down All The Statues

I rarely get political on here but this is about the whole ordeal in Charlottesville, VA and the rally and then the counter protest that showed up, which long story short - lead to people dying and being injured.  Why are we fighting over concrete!?  When is it a good idea to drive a car into people over a statue?  When is it a good idea to come and club people because they want to take a statue down and you don't?  Are we Americans really this barbaric?

My take - take down ALL the statues - every single one of them.  White statues, black statues, memorials (Lincoln, etc.) - take them all down.  Why did we erect statues in the first place?  Who thought this was a good idea?  We are better than this.  We put too much emphasis in statues.  We need to put more emphasis into people.

If you think we shouldn't tear down a statue because it signifies something to someone, well it also signifies something else to another.  Why are we giving statues so much power as to signify such strong feelings against or for others?  Stop and think about that.

God Himself warned us in the ten commandments about how we better not erect images because He is a jealous God.  I've personally never felt right about statues myself - of people or animals.  Statues have power and demonic spirits can attach to them, some of which can erupt wars...

Exodus 20:4-5
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God...

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Homemade Laminate Floor Cleaner

Our new home has laminate floors downstairs and I wasn't sure how to clean them.  I did a lot of research and found that you do NOT want them to get too wet and then you don't want to use certain cleaners that leave a film and create a 'haze'.  I love how this cleaner cleans and makes the floors look.  It removes all the footprints and smears and makes them shine.

1/3 of each:

Rubbing alcohol
White vinegar
Hot water

Pour into your spray bottle and turn upside down a few times to mix.  Then spray and wipe as you go.  If you don't like the smell, you can add in a drop or two of your favorite scent.

I found that using a microfiber mop works really well.  I use Rubbermaid's Reveal mop and I found it is so wide that it covers more area with one swipe than other brands.  Not only that but it has a spray bottle attached and you just pump the handle and spray and then wipe.  It also has removable cloths that easily go in the wash (I have 3).  My daughter loves cleaning the floors too because it really is easy, fun and rewarding to see the results!

Mop image from Amazon

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Plans for Christian Homekeeping

Since moving to Ohio, I haven't really been into blogging.  I've concentrated more on my spiritual walk and my own personal issues.  I do miss blogging and as soon as this season of my life is over, I see this blog really taking off and being more active.

These are things that I envision having time to blog about.  I do have a challenging upcoming year with my daughter and she is already doing some high-school level courses to earn credits early and then I have my son who is ready to read, so this is really more like a wish list!

Future Blogging Topics
  • Home-care tips - pictures and videos - since buying our first home late last year, I've learned to take care and clean things that I had no experience with before, such as ceramic tile and laminate.  I've also learned how to do DIY things around the home.
  • Marriage - a much needed topic these days and I do have a lot to share on this
  • Faith and Trusting God - devotionals on what I've learned about stepping out on faith and trusting God when you don't understand why and reaping the benefits (ram in the thicket)
  • Budgeting - I want to blog on how we moved across the country, lost $13K a year in pay but are still living a good quality, actually better, life on a budget.
  • Video Tour - I've always wanted to do one of those video tours of my home back when we lived in a mobile home but somehow couldn't get the whole house clean (and stay clean) at the same time to video.  I probably could have done clips but didn't think of it until now.  I will try and do one of our new home.
  • More as I go..

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