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Happy Last Day of 2015!

One of the things that I like about blogging with WordPress is that they always send out a report at the end of each year about your blog page.  It’s really a bunch of stats about how many people visited the page, who commented the most, and even what part of the world readers are viewing from.  My favorite part is seeing the top five most viewed blog posts of the year.  I like going back to read about what was happening in our family that triggered a new blog post.  I thought I’d share them again since so many of us are going to spend today reflecting on this past year.  So, here’s the top five most viewed posts from 2015.  Just click on the title to read it again, or trust that my short summary tells it all! 🙂

#5 – Walking Miracles – This was written shortly after our first real allergy scare with Cub 4.  It’s a reminder that we are wonderfully made by our Creator.

#4 – It’s The Little Things – This was part of my Bear in Mind: Cubisms series.  I shared about the little things we do that we may think go unnoticed may not be the case at all.

#3 – Forgiveness: Difficult, but Necessary – Last January we had a little surprise snow fall that caught everyone off guard including our school system officials.  I talked about the importance of apologizing, yet the question of whether or not an apology is necessary in order to forgive someone still needs some research.

#2 – Who’s The Boss? – This post was all about our dear Cub 3 and discipline.  As parents, we have to stick with it!  If you take yourself seriously, they will comply.

#1 – Great Might Be Greater – This post was centered around Cub 2’s audition and interview day last January.  He wanted to go to the Performing and Visual Arts magnet school program at the time and was very nervous about the outcome.

Thank you all SO much for always stopping by and reading about what’s going on in our Party of Six.  I am excited about the possibilities to come in 2016!!  God’s plans are always the best plans!

Momma Bear

clutter · family · goals · new year · New Year's Eve · organization · resolutions

De-cluttering the Den (and me)!

The new year is approaching and as always, it’s a good time to reflect on the past year while setting new goals for the upcoming year.  My 2011 reflections will be posted each hour for the last eleven hours of this year entitled 11 in ’11.  I hope that you will enjoy some or all of them (depending on when you start bringing in the new year)!

In 2012, my goal is to de-clutter our lives from stuff.  Let me share our little secret with you:  We are “closet” closet hoarders!!  We have a storage closet full of old toys and papers that haven’t been touched in almost three years!

Search and Find in 3D

I’ve visited some web sites that are designed to help get people like us organized.  One area we need to tackle is our pile of documents.  We have boxes upon boxes and bags upon bags of old papers that I’m sure can be shredded and thrown away.  But, to be safe I found a Consumer Reports web site that has guidelines for what to keep and for how long.  So, I thought I’d share what they suggest:

Documents When to toss them
Bank deposit slips After you reconcile your statements
Banking statements After a calendar year; store with tax returns if they will be used to prove deductions
Brokerage, 401(k), IRA, Keogh, and other investment statements Shred monthly and quarterly statements as new ones arrive; hold on to annual statements until you sell the investments
Credit-card bills After you check and pay them, unless you need them to support tax filings
Employer defined-benefit plan communications Never
Household warranties and receipts After you no longer own the household items
Insurance policies After you renew them
Investment purchase confirmations and 1099s Hold until you sell the securities, then keep with your tax records for an additional seven years
Pay stubs After you reconcile them with your W-2
Receipts After you reconcile them with your credit-card or bank statement unless needed for a warranty
Safe-deposit box inventory Never, but review and update annually
Savings bonds Cash them in when they mature
Social Security statements When you get a new statement, then shred the old one
Tax returns and supporting documents After seven years

Regarding the toys that are stacked in the closet, I am planning  to do three categories – “give” away, “keep”, and “throw” away.  The toys will have to be tackled when the cubs are not around because I foresee the biggest pile being the “keep” pile if I ask for their help.  While researching ways to get ourselves organized with our junk stuff, I started thinking about how great it would be to have guidelines for what to do with my own personal clutter issues.  I’m not always sure about when to give away, keep, and throw away the stuff (ideas, activities, people) in my life.  There’s a lot of clutter in my own personal “closet” that needs some cleaning and re-organizing.  That’s what I plan to work on in 2012.  What could you afford to give away, throw away, and keep in your life next year?  This is a great time to start thinking about making some changes.

Peace and Blessings!

family · new baby · New Year's Eve · pastor's wife

All In 2010-January

As the end of the year approaches, most of us begin to reflect on the past year and make plans for what we would like to do differently in the year ahead.  Going into 2010, I had two plans for sure – having Cub 4 in January and a Florida vacation in July.   We’ve had some unexpected highs and lows throughout this year that I plan to reflect on over the next twelve days…starting with January 2010.

January started out with an awesome New Year’s Eve service at Ebenezer.  It was definitely one of the best New Year’s Eve services I’ve ever been to in my adult life.  PB’s sermon subject was” The Start of Something Good” and our good things was on her way!  The highlight of January was by far the birth of Cub 4!  She missed her Dad’s birthday by a few hours.  Cub 4 was very active from the start and she hasn’t slowed down yet!  We had to make many adjustments as we prepared for Cub 4 but they have all been worth it!

Peace and Blessings!

Here's Cub 4 the night before she was born! Wow! I was HUGE!


Welcome Cub 4!
There's no stoppin' her now!