Archive for December, 2008

Tip #2 for getting and staying organized

Posted in get your house in order, Organize with tags , , on December 31, 2008 by Carole Hicks

Clean out your wallet, and if you are a chick after you clean out your wallet, clean out your purse.  Empty out the excess change, make all your bills face the same way (assuming you have any…I rarely carry cash any more!).    I’m not sure what the exact reasoning is behind this gem of a tip, but I know it works.  You have to start with the place you keep your money/credit cards when you are beginning a life reorg project.  Do it, I dare you.  After you do it, leave me a comment and let me know how it feel to have your wallet/purse cleaned out.

AFTER pic — Look at what only 15 minutes can do!

Posted in get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization with tags , , on December 31, 2008 by Carole Hicks

I literally set the kitchen timer for 15 minutes and voila!  Note the huge laundry basket on the floor.  These were accumulated bits of mail, warranties from new kitchen appliances, instruction manuals, receipts…now everything is put away! (scroll down to see BEFORE pic)

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Practical Tip #1 on getting organized — BEFORE pic

Posted in get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization, Organize with tags , , on December 31, 2008 by Carole Hicks

If you have a closet or a space that you just can’t get yourself motivated to dive into…set your kitchen timer for 15 minutes…that’s it, just 15 minutes.   Go tackle your disaster spot or closet for 15 minutes and continue this every day.  You will notice that little by little, you will get through it!  Our problem is that we get overwhelmed but we can handle little 15 minute chunks of time.  Here I go to tackle my disaster area…ready, set, GO!!  This is a photo of my cluttered office space.

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Christmas Eve

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, Family, Friends, Home / Husband / Married Life with tags , , , on December 30, 2008 by Carole Hicks

This photo on Christmas Eve represents a very special moment in time for me.  This Christmas is not my year to “have my daughters” with me and so on these every-other-year holidays, I often wonder how I am going to handle it…and, of course, I pray and ask God for strength to make it through.  Our dear friends, Liz & Johan, invited us this year to spend Christmas Eve with them at their home.  Liz’s sister, Amy, and her family were there as well as Liz’ friend Theresa and her family…so the house was FILLED with kids, laughter, noise, great food and fun.

Early in the evening, I began to ask the families to pose in front of the tree so that I could then give them some group photos.  Amy kindly asked if Darryl and I would like to have a photo with just us in front of the tree…I was thrilled!  So, D and I plopped down on the floor for our photo.  Suddenly, as if a giant magnet was turned on, some of the kids rushed into the picture and surrounded us (as you see here).  The parents in the room began pulling the kids off us and telling them to leave us alone so that we could get a shot without anyone else in it.  I thought to myself “are you kidding, this is wonderful!” and I told the parents to let them stay…and this is why you see this giant smile on my face.  My own kids couldn’t be with me this year, but THE GREAT PROVIDER landed some kids on my lap, even if only temporary…then again, kids are always temporary anyway…they always grow up.

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Silent Night, Holy Night

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality with tags , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2008 by Carole Hicks

Funny how closely holidays and holy days sound when you speak them.  I’m trying to realize and stop…be in the moment…listen closely for “silent night, holy night…all is calm, all is bright…”  There seem to be two tracks (as referred to in Sunday’s  sermon by Don Solin yesterday…you can see it by visiting http://www.farhills.org ). One track is racing towards Christmas day when the presents will be given and received…paper flying, hugs given for gifts received, some joy, some disappointment…the gifts, the stuff of Christmas holidays.  The other track is is that track that years for the deeper meaning of Christmas.  Who was Jesus?  Why did He come as a baby to die to be our savior.  What is Christmas really all about?  Why did God arrange such an elaborate plan of salvation and why did Jesus have to suffer…this precious baby that we sing about, lying in a manger.  A King who came to save us but came in the most lowly manner.  Okay then, having now typed all that, I come to no conclusion at all.  All I can do is sit here and try to hear the silent night, holy night…and not get caught up in the noise.  I just want to hear His voice.  I only want to sense His presence, feel His touch.  That is my deepest longing.  To know Him.  Just a glimpse.  Everything else is meaningless.  Of course, I appreciate the lights, the presents, the smells, the friends & family…but the sweetest, most beautiful and satisfying moment I can conjure is only found in the peace of Jesus…it is indescribable.  It is silent night, holy night.