.... a house in order ... 

I know you know that old syndrome .... 
'what can I possibly blog about that's not been said before?'

the end of the year
trite resolutions
new's years eve galas
travel plans
more resolutions
managing fad diets

and on and on and on ... 

reflecting on this new year
I'm trying desperately to squelch
 the idea of turning
I've decided that my house
 needs cleaning ... 
not with a mop and cleansers,

no ... my time~ my days~my hours~ my minutes

with that said, my resolve to you 
is this

I will get my house in order.
I will pray for my kids
I will fill my time with worship and thanksgiving
I will beat down with a big stick
the love of all things material 
(my biggest hurdle) 

life goes like this ... 
we need to work to survive ... 
but I will not let that dominate ...
blogging, facebook, pinterest ... workbench
all fun in and of themselves
don't misunderstand

I'm blessed and grateful to have the talents
that have been given to me

more than all of this
I want to be found ready
I want my house in order

a happy new year to all

press in
hold on
... get out the mop and cleanser!


Kelley Dibble said...

Bring on the elbow grease!

Love this!
~ Kelley

NanaDiana said...

Oh- I feel so much like you do. Maybe it is our age? I am trying to "clean out", too. I am suddenly wondering why I have SO MUCH...when did I start to need SO MUCH? I am bound determined that this is the year I start letting go of THINGS and picking up my soul from the quiet spot it has been sitting in waiting for me. You have really done yourself proud with this post, Maureen. I am glad to know you- xo Diana

Heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

After the holiday hustle and bustle, I'm ready to get my house in order too. Spent this morning tidying up and cleaning out the fridge - bring on the mop and salads!!

It's me said...

Amen !!!..love you too my friend !!...xxx...

pink*cherub*moon said...

Joy, I always love seeing pictures of you and your gorgeous big family! So many happy faces and blessed hearts! Hope all had a Merry Christmas and that the coming year brings much happiness, love, laughter, joy and cleaning! Hugs, Leena

Creative Choices Interior(s) said...

This was well worth reading! I have been cleaning my house (soul) for some time now and I love the feeling of knowing Christ resides within. I have learned so much about who I am and what I am meant to be in the eyes of God. Be gone world Hello Spirit!

Burlap Luxe said...

sisterly love, and well grounded. It sounds like a new year on the right track.
I will enjoy seeing all the beauty, and grace you will inspire this year :)

Thank you Joy for gracing your beauty over at my place and leaving such a beautiful comment.


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

We are sooooo on the same page. Focusing on things that really matter. May the New Year bring many blessings, my friend.

Vintage Begonia said...

Cheers to that! What a beautiful family you have! Have a peaceful and wonderful New Year!

The Feathered Nest said...

You're so right sweet Joy...being successful is all well and good but being in touch with our precious families and spending time loving them is the most important thing of all!!! Wishing you a beautiful, happy and healthy new year...filled with love! xxoo, Dawn

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Darling, Joy.
I turned 60 last February. Previous to my 60th B.day (age 58) I survived stage one breast cancer.
(Which is very survivable)
Never has time met more to me.

When I found your blog through your beautiful Angela. There was a post mentioning that you were 59. As I followed your posts, I thought..."Joy has her act together...she lifts my 60 year old soul!" "Such talent, such motivation, such drive. Then there is her faith and value of LIFE...soul soothing." "I can relate to this amazing girl so near to my age."

From this vantage point, I see a home that is "quite together". Perhaps there is only a need for a little tweaking, fluffing and primping. That's the best part of housekeeping.

I wish you success as you set sight on your 60th year. You have definitely had a sweet presence in mine!
Season's Blessings!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW....Joy, can you believe that for me, it will be FIVE YEARS since I started to blog and YOU were there with me. I think that the time that does pass gives us the chance to gather and put into ORDER all the steps we have taken in life and to share it with one another.

Your family looks fantastic and I know you have been enjoying more and more of the gifts that God has given you with your lovely family. Thank YOU for taking the time to come to visit with me! I have been so busy but most of all that I am now doing is due to BLOGGING and all the dear friends that have entered into my life. I wish YOU well and a blessed new year! Anita

Anne said...

I understand what you are saying.I guess that is why I was so simplistic in my Christmas decor this year.No need to over do it when Jesus is the reason!Trying to stay on the track in the new year.But having a business won't stop me from buying but will keep me on track of what's important!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Blessings to you, Joy! If we can keep our minds focused on things eternal and do the Masters work, everything else will fall into place.
Peace and love,

chateau chic said...

I am always encouraged and challenged by your perspectives, honesty, and reflections. Thank you, Joy, for your dedication to blogging. I know you've been an inspiration to so many of us!!
Blessings in the New Year, Mary Alice

Farmgirl Cyn said...

THIS made me cry. dear friend. Our hearts continue to beat to the tune of the same drummer.

Sandi said...

Boy do I hear ya! I want to let go of the materialist menace too. I know I can be just as happy with 3/4 of this stuff out of my house. I have noticed much more lately that we have become a "Stuff" society. So much stuff everywhere we go. ugh. I want to focus on family and God and let all the rest fall into place where it belongs. Thanks for a great post!!

Homemaker Ang said...

my best organic cleaners are my Bible and my knees

happy new year!


Homemaker Ang said...

my best organic cleaners are my Bible and my knees

happy new year!


Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

I'm with you, Joy. It won't be easy...because all of a sudden we find ourselves professionally where we thought we wanted to be...but I resolve to work smarter, not harder and get the balance back in my life...more time for the things that are eternal and mean the most. Here is to figuring that out. Happy New Year. XO, Mona

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Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I am so with you!
January is always a purging and organizing month for me.
Always fighting the "H" word... don't want to be a hoarder!!!

If you are al most 60, Joy... well then I want to be YOU! You look fabulous.

Happy New Year, friend.
Do not work too hard. Your priorities are in check!


At Home in English Valley said...

Dear Joy, Your heart is big and filled with generosity and love. I think that house is in order...as far as our stuff goes... A WIP right? Happy New Year to you dear Joy and to your sweet hubby Too. Love, Penny

Theresa said...

I have too much stuff too and I am heading to Goodwill tomorrow with some of it:) I am making a promise to myself to clear and clean! That's it, no resolution... just make myself feel better about my storage areas! Have a blessed evening dear friend and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

janet said...

I am so glad I found your blog..
You have a beautiful family and I always love reading your posts and seeing how your creative mind works..
Have a fabulous New Year..

lisa Moran, Bilancia Designs said...

I came by to wish you a happy, healthy New Year.
Gof Bless~
Lisa xo

Just a bed of roses said...

Sounds like your creating balance...much needed at this stage of life.
I had to do it last year, putting a 6 day a week shop down to a 3 day a week was a smart move and proved to be worth it.
Our grandchildren, children and our parents need us and we need them.
Life is too short.

Blessings will come, I always enjoy your blogging and your pinterst.