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The Blizzard Blog Hop

Blizzard  Bloghop 2010 hosted by Household 6 Diva

There’s this HUGE blogging conference happening this weekend called Blissdom. So for all the ladies who couldn’t go we are having a Blizzard Blog Hop. So I’m supposed to introduce myself to the other ladies here and write a post about myself – so here it is!

My name is Courtney and I have been married to my high school sweet heart for 13 years, I homeschool my two sweet peas and I’m a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute. I love Youtubing as you can see on the side bar – and I even ended up on the Rachael Ray Show due to one of those youtubes! Go figure!

I blog from my kitchen and here’s what my little desk lookes like:


And I have my quiet times at the kitchen table here:I LOVE this spot in the kitchen because check out the morning sunrise out this window!

We have no pets – oh well actually we had an ant farm once -I wrote about that here (A lesson in laziness) !


And here is a messy picture of our homeschool room! And my two beautiful students!


So that’s a window into my life. I hope you will choose to join me here as I walk with the King! Every week I write on marriage, parenting, homemaking and my walk with God! Come join me in this journey by following me on Facebook, Twitter, Feedburner or Google(along left sidebar).

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What Sundays Were Like In the 1950′s

On the Rachael Ray Show I was dubbed a “1950′s Wife“. But my grandmother (pictured above), a mother of 4 (one baby is not born yet in this photo), is the REAL 1950′s wife. She is ALSO a Proverbs 31 woman.

Let’s take a look at what her Sundays looked like compared to ours.

Life was different in the 50′s. In Ohio, there was a Blue Law that required stores and most places of work and business to be closed. This made it possible for most people to be in church. My father recalls that almost everyone went to church. This social expectation even crossed into the classroom. My father recalls his public school 5th grade teacher asking on Monday mornings who went to church and they had to raise their hands. His family sometimes missed and he was a little embarrassed he couldn’t raise his hand – could you imagine that now in our schools?
My grandmother usually spent her Saturdays preparing for her Sunday day of rest. This meant that she cooked her Saturday meals (usually simple hamburgers) plus her Sunday meal (usually a roast and sheet cake). After attending church on Sundays, she merely reheated the prepared food and served it.
Following the meal they spent time with friends and relatives. They would talk and visit all afternoon and then return back to Sunday evening church. My father’s family would often go on a Sunday drive to look at the countryside or skip rocks in a lake.
Sunday dress was very different. Men would not even consider going to church without a suit jacket and tie. Even the little boys (as pictured above) wore suit coats. And on 90+ degree days, in churches with no air-conditioning, the men just sat there sweating. The women also wore their best dresses and shoes and hats too.
What can we learn from Sundays in the 1950′s?

1. Worship must be a number one priority. It has become culturally acceptable to not attend church on Sundays (and trust me no teachers are asking!) or to miss for less than urgent reasons. Sports, amusement parks, boating, or doing yard work is generally an acceptable way in our culture to spend our Sunday mornings. While we do not have a legalistic God – and this list is rather legalistic, I just want to point out that God’s word says these things must not be a “habit”. I do not want to impose needless guilt on anyone – so the question you need to ask yourself is – “is this a one time thing or a habit?” Only you can answer that question for yourself.


Hebrews 10:25 “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Acts 20:7 says “On the first day of the week they came together to break bread.”
2. Prepare ourselves for the day of worship. Your temperament on Sundays affects your families and their ability to enjoy Sundays. If your mornings are CRAZY and everyone is on edge because you have not prepared on Saturdays – nor gotten up early enough on Sundays – determine to set time aside on Saturdays to have all your ducks in a row. Proverbs 31:27 says a wise woman “watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Do not let your idleness on Saturday night effect the Lord’s Day of worship. Be diligent.
3. Make Sundays a family day. Our culture is very active and busy. Families become disjointed as each individual does their own thing. Families are breaking down as a result. Sundays are a great day to slow down and reconnect. Be purposeful in thinking through how you can create a simple day for the family to be together.
4. Dress your best. Now again – here’s where I do not want to cross the line into legalism. I know in many churches jeans are acceptable and God truly is judging our hearts not our outer wear BUT that being said. Put some thought and time into what your family wears on Sundays. If you were going to meet the President today – what would you wear? Be sure you don’t respect the President more than God. More importantly – modesty is a HUGE issue in church today. In the 50′s women were modest in church. If you are a mommy of little ones – be sure your dresses are not too low or too short. Too often men get an eye full when moms are leaning down to pick up babies. I know it can be completely unintentional. Just guard your body and modesty. Double check your dresses by leaning over in the mirror – if cleavage shows – put a tank on under your dress.
I don’t want to return to the 1950′s, but I do think there are a few things we can learn from the Titus 2 women of the 50′s. Try to implement one of these things this Sunday! I’m working on number 2 – being more prepared so the mornings can go real smoothly. What do you need to work on?
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Comparing Myself to a REAL1950′s Wife

On the Rachael Ray Show I was dubbed a “1950′s Wife“. But my grandmother, a mother of 4, is the REAL 1950′s wife. She is ALSO a Proverbs 31 woman. On Mother’s Day we sat in the Cheesecake Factory and I had my notebook and pen in hand and I wrote and wrote and wrote about what life was like in the 1950′s. Here’s some of what I learned.

My grandma had a weekly schedule that my mother rattled off as quickly as my grandmother did!! So this must be where I get my scheduling tendencies - it’s in my genes lol!!!

Mondays – Wash Clothes (by hand in sudsy water, ring it, rinse it, ring it, hang it outside to dry. This took all day.)

Tuesdays – Iron ( Iron everything – shirts, pants, and underwear. There was no permanent press – everything was very wrinkly. This took all day.)

Wednesdays – Mend and work on new sewing projects (She sewed patches onto pants and mended socks. My grandmother sewed all of my mother’s clothes until she reached the middle of high school.)

Thursdays – Cleaning of bedrooms and bathrooms (They only had one car which was normal in those days. Grandpa did the grocery shopping and grandma worked the garden.)

Fridays – Cleaning of living room, dining room and kitchen (Grandma baked every day. She made cinnamon rolls, pies, donuts and cakes from scratch.)

Saturdays – Prepare for Sunday by cooking double meals and giving baths etc. (Grandma always made hamburgers for dinner on Saturdays because they were fast. Then she focused on the Sunday Roast and sheet cake that they would eat after church.)

Sundays – Day of Rest


Grandma’s life was full and busy as she lovingly cared for her family. She served God by serving her family. She worked with eager hands (Prov. 31:13b), she set about her work vigorously (Prov. 31:17), she watched over the affairs of her household and did not eat the bread of idleness (Prov. 31:27). And the most beautiful part was she feared the Lord (Prov. 31:30).

Do I want to be a 1950′s wife? Not really, I certainly do love my modern day conveniences. But if there’s a 1950′s wife I’d like to emulate, it’s not June Cleaver – it’s my grandmother. Her God and her family were of prime importance and her daily priorities show this to be true.

As Proverbs 31:31 says “Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

My grandmother’s works are worthy of my praise. And I pray that my generation too would be remarkable in our care for our families and homes and that we too would be worthy of praise. We must work with eager hands! The world may not praise us but one day our husband and children will rise up and call us blessed and our works will bring praise. So endeavor today to make your God and your family your first priority as my REAL 1950′s grandmother did.

Walk with the King!

A Window Into My Life – Come Get to Know Me!

My name is Courtney and I have been married to my high school sweet heart for 12 1/2 years, I homeschool my two sweet peas and I’m a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute. I love Youtubing as you can see on the side bar – and I even ended up on the Rachael Ray Show due to one of those youtubes! Go figure!
Blizzard  Bloghop 2010 hosted by Household 6 Diva

I blog from my kitchen and here’s what my little desk lookes like:

And I have my quiet times at the kitchen table here:I LOVE this spot in the kitchen because check out the morning sunrise out this window!

We have no pets – oh well actually at this moment we have an ant farm – but I’ll write about that in a post next week! Do these count as a pet? I’m thinking yes!


And here is a very messy picture of our homeschool room (that is not decorated yet because we just moved – but boy do I need drapes in this picture!) that I only took moments ago – I should have picked up the paper – oh well – as you can see I am not a perfectionist!

So that’s a window into my life. I hope you will choose to join me here as I walk with the King! Every week I write on marriage, parenting, homemaking and my walk with God! Come join me in this journey by following me on Facebook, Twitter, Feedburner or Google(along left sidebar).

Walk with the King!

The Importance of Intimacy In Marriage

I Corinthians 7:5 says:”Do not deprive each other except by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.”

I’ve received a lot of emails asking me about intimacy since the Rachael Ray Show aired in November. Here’s a few of my thoughts on this topic, plus I share in the video my all time FAVORITE book on the subject!

If you have further questions, I prefer to dialogue via email rather than on the “world wide web”. I have recently added a note on my contact page that I want to be sure my readers are aware of, the wait time for a response to an email from me is around 10 days. So if you emailed two weeks ago and have not had an answer to it yet – I’m working on it.

Please be patient with me as I LOVE hearing from my readers and am working feverishly to give you all the wisest answers I can. I pray over my answers and I like to take some time with each email to find the appropriate scripture passage and counsel.

I love you all and care deeply about your walk with God and your marriages!

Walk with the King!

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PS. Now go love on your husbands and have a wonderful day!!

Book Review and Giveaway: Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris

Alex and Brett Harris are twin brothers who as teenagers wrote the book “Do Hard Things“. This book inspired teens around the world to make the most of their teen years. But their readers were left with the question – “How do I get started?” Thus, the book “Start Here” was born.

The Harris brothers blog at Rebelution and this is how they describe their book:

“We wrote this book because we know a lot of you want to do hard things for God, but you don’t know where to start. We wanted a book we could hand to any teen who is ready to tackle some hard things — whether it’s a big project, a fundraiser, or struggling to balance everything God has already given you. Read this book, then go out and do hard things!”

Is it strange to admit that though this book is written for teenagers, I was deeply motivated by them? Here’s a few of the golden nuggets I personally gleaned!

1. “We don’t get it together and go – you more often get it together by going.” pg.33 I have felt this way with blogging. As far as the technology has gone, I had NO clue what I was doing on day one. I have come a long way and I got it together simply by just grinding away and doing it!

2. “Some obstacles and opportunities will not become visible until you are in the middle of your project.” pg. 32 So true! The ministry of Women Living Well has taken many twists and turns that I could never have planned for, imagined or manipulated into happening. Being on the Rachael Ray Show is one of the twists and opportunities that I never expected!

3. The Obstacle of Pride – Proverbs 27:21 says “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but man is tested by the praise he receives.” I have been flattered by some generously kind emails. In the book the story of Corrie Ten Boom hit me HARD! For starters, I am named after Corrie Ten Boom – so when I hear a quote by her, my ears perk up and I listen intently.

Here’s the story recounted from page 55: “When people come up and give me a compliment – ‘Corrie, that was a good talk,’ or ;Corrie, you were so brave,; I take each remark as if it were a flower. At the end of each day I lift up the bouquet of flowers I have gathered throughout the day and say, ‘Here you are, Lord, it is all yours.”

Beautifully put Corrie!

4. Busyness does not mean I am diligent. Busyness does not mean I am faithful. Busyness does not mean I am fruitful.”pg 56 Bummer, cause I feel so busy – but it’s not a proper gauge!

5. The best way to remember God’s calling in all our decisions is to know God more. When we set aside time – whether on a Sunday or another day, whether in the morning or late at night – to simply be with God and not “do” anything for Him, we become better equipped to serve Him.” pg. 61 Ultimately, it’s about our walk with the King!

This book is a great read and I am so pleased to have one to give away to one of my readers! If you are a teen, have a teen at home, in your church or in your extended family that you think could benefit from this book – leave a comment below. I will be randomly choosing a winner on Saturday, March 20th at 10pm.

If you do not win, you can purchase a copy at RandomHouse.com

Walk with the King!