Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wise Woman Linkup!


A Wise Woman Builds Her Home is a place to be encouraged in your high and noble calling of role of wife and mother and daughter to the King and we want to encourage each and every single reader out there to build up strong Christian homes to the glory of God.

We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Not Just "Surviving" Motherhood





"I don’t want to look back on these early years and think I just survived them.

I want to remember how much I loved them.

I want to embrace these moments before they pass.

 I only get 18 years with these kids under my roof.

When the average American lives 75ish years, that really isn’t a lot of time.

I don’t want to spend those years angry or only seeing them as a burden."




Read the rest HERE.















Encouraged here?



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Raising Sons: The Value of Work



As a mom of soon-to-be nine children, including five energetic sons, I am always thinking about ways they can improve on their character, let's face it, our children need guidance and direction and we are whom God has provided to oversee this ever-important area in their lives.  One of the areas I am convinced that every boy needs is to learn the value or work. I believe it refines their character and builds them into the men they need to learn to become one day. I am always on the lookout for new jobs for them to do around the home and yard. I like this quote I read earlier this morning:

"In the education of boys today we've lost the importance of work as a most effective tutor. What is the good of knowing how to read or write if a young man doesn't have the heart to work, to produce, and to create? Boys are often forced to sit for hours, year after year, in front of books.



Modern child-labor laws hinder and even prevent them learning to enjoy strenuous work. Then, after twelve to sixteen years of inactivity, folks wonder why all their teenager wants to do is sit on the couch playing games.



A boy who loves to work will master math when its needed. He'll put out the effort to read what's important. In the meantime, his interaction with things that are "actual and practical" will provide the wisdom he needs to direct him into useful pursuits, and empower him to provide for a family of his own in days to come.

Within every man is the desire to work and produce. Some men don't even know that it's there. However, when necessity or some pressing authority pushes him into a useful position of employment his sense of work comes alive. I've employed many lazy boys who couldn't imagine work as something other than a necessary evil required to gain money for a toy. However, given time and proper instruction, they lazy lads have turned into dynamos working for the simple pleasure of work, disregarding the hardships and the pay."





Raising sons can be a challenge, but I personally enjoy how different they are from my girls. Often times I think about how easy it is to care for them, just feed them and just send them outside! But honestly though, working on their character and helping them to grow in their spiritual walk with our Savior is so important and a key priority that we all need to be steadfast about and keep in front of us.




How do you teach your sons to work?





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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Special News and Wise Woman Linkup!



We have some exciting news to share with you!

There has been something VERY, VERY wonderful brewing in blogging land that we have been keeping "hush-hush" for some time and now we are finally ready to let the cat out of the bag...  


What is the big news?  


THIS:





 Here is what it includes:

  •  over 80 eBooks (from some amazing authors you know and love)
  • wide variety of topics on everything from homemaking to homeschooling
  • printable resources
  • over $200 in freebies
  • money back guarantee
  • available in two formats-PDF or Kindle (NEW)
  • and much more!




 When does it all happen?

It will all take place April 23 @ 8am–April 28 @ 11:59pm (all times EST)


Save the date!


Ladies, last year when the first Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was launched it was HUGE and extemely popular! I cannot express how many women were totally blessed by the many excellent eBooks, resources, and freebies that they received. This year they are of greater value, you won't be disappointed, and did I mention that over 90% of the new eBooks are NEW?!



So start planning now to take advantage of this deal that will only be here once and then gone. It will definitely bless you  (I have looked over many of these ebooks and can say that confidently!).  You might even want to consider and think about giving this bundle as a gift to someone --you will not find a better value for your dollar!


 Now with that said onto our regularly scheduled linkup:



We would love for you to link up with us---share your posts on  building up your home, homemaking, character, hospitality, femininity, family, tea, recipes, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, and whatever else you'd like to share that would encourage our community. Feel free to also share more than one post!

Now if you do join our link up we only require one thing-- PLEASE share the image below on your blog and link back so that others can find us and join in the fun or just simply paste and copy the code into your blog sidebar or at the bottom of the post that you shared here:









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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Time Fun & Easter Ideas!

We are so grateful that spring is finally here so that we can enjoy all the sunshine, fun, and flowers it has to offer. Our family is already planning our Easter celebration and inviting friends and family over. We have the menu planned and now we just need to get some fun planned in to make the weeks leading up memorable.

I love the many ideas we have pinned onto our Easter Pinterest board. There are so many creative, yet simple ideas there that I am going to try to implement a few before the day comes.


 I especially liked these:


http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/

This might be a good idea for those who would like to use an all natural egg dye:

http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/

 (by BH &G)

Some easy crafts for the little kids:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/169870217169234925/



http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/





 By Mom on Timeout


I would love to do this if I have time, I already suggested to the boys that making this simple cross would make a great project for them. I have also seen crosses draped with purple cloth too. I think I like that better.

http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/



One year I did a Resurrection Garden which was really fun.



(Can you see the three crosses made out of sticks?)

I especially ike this one with tea lite candles,  and will try to add some this year for ambiance.

I also wanted to mix in some of the ideas with the new A Sense of the Ressurection eBook that just released (here is my review of it).We usually try to tackle crafts and such on our Friday Fun Day for school.



I am thinking I will pull the best ideas from this book and maybe do them in one day. Since I have so many children they can probably all take on one or two each, which will make it go all the quicker! The author has even taken the time to make an Easter playlist through Spotify that you can play by just clicking on the banner below:

https://play.spotify.com/user/12132277693/playlist/74mEuDddx5iRr1ohrZmby1




This popular new eBook is available at this link.

So what do you have planned this month? I'd love to hear your ideas!

If you need inspiration you can find all these and more ideas at our Easter Pinterest Board. Be sure to follow us! While you are there you can follow all our boards, we have everything from homemaking, cooking, motherhood, to  homeschoooling  HERE.



http://www.pinterest.com/wisewomanbuilds/easter/






Monday, April 7, 2014

Making Your Home Beautiful with Wise Decor & Giveaway!

Today our lovely contributor, Jennifer of Blessed Femina, is sharing a sweet giveaway for our readers!
 


I had so much fun making this sign for my kitchen with Wise Decor decals!

 They have the most gorgeous decals and they are SO easy to apply!

I love making my home beautiful with beautiful scripted words!!! Wise Decor has graciously gifted a giveaway for A Wise Woman Builds Her Home, so that means all you have to do is comment to enter for a $75 gift certificate to any Wise Decor decal you want--they have the most gorgeous designs and Scripture verses too!

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  ~~Blessings~~




Living her dream of being a wife and homemaker. Jen happily resides in sweet home Alabama. She firmly believes that the home is a beautiful canvas for biblical hospitality, servant hood and discipleship. All aspects of homemaking are on her list of interests including gourmet cooking, baking, calligraphy, sewing and embroidery. She is also inspired by photography, music, theology and biblical womanhood. 

Jen blogs at Blessed Femina, which she founded in the fall of 2008 to encourage other women in Biblical femininity. It is her greatest desire to live a life depicted in I Corinthians 10:31: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.



Friday, April 4, 2014

A Special Evening for Fathers and Daughters



Recently my husband and daughters attended a beautiful night out at a special Father & Daughter Banquet held by some sweet friends of ours, here they are getting their picture taken by a photographer as a keepsake.


(each daughter gets her own frame as a gift with a scripture 
which can also be used for putting a picture of her and her father in it)


This night was such a blessing to all involved because it is a night where you can stop time and spend it doing something special with out all the cares in the world pulling at you and let her know that she is special to you.



(my youngest daughter's favorite rice pilaf in the background--she calls it "sweet rice")

It is important to invest time into our children. Whether it is taking the time to take them to a special night out or just sitting with them at the end of the day and catching up on what is going on in their hearts. They key is to be just be available for them when they need you.


  (these little girls were dancing in a circle by the window)

Daughters don't stay little forever but instead grow into beautiful young women who will spread their wings one day and fly. I am realizing that with an older daughter who is now 21, and because of this I am cherishing the time spent with her because I know that change is always on the horizon and I don't want to miss a minute of today.



There are many good things that will vie for our attention and time but nothing is more taken for granted than time with loved ones. I like what my friend shared the other day:



With my fourth daughter still in utero (kicking softly in my womb while I type this),  I am grateful that I get another chance to do it all again with a brand new daughter--children are truly a gift from the Lord!



I hope you will take the time to invest in your family this week--I encourage you to do something special like take a walk, read a book together, go out for ice cream, and just shrug aside the to-do lists and worries of today. Those things can wait but time will not hold still for these precious growing children.  


Wouldn't you agree?






We hope you enjoyed our pictures!










Resources for Daughters:

Raising Maidens of Virtue
Before You Meet Prince Charming
The Princess and the Kiss
Book Lists for Daughters
Beautiful Girlhood 
Polished Cornerstones