Ever Feel Like Everything is Falling Apart, Including Your Best Laid Plans?

When you tell God that you are willing to go anywhere or do anything, you had better be prepared to follow through.

Since January, I have been leading the kids through a Bible study called Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby.  The basic premise of the study is that God invites us to join Him in the work that He is doing.  Throughout history He has been speaking to His people, inviting them to grow faith and trust in Him by partnering with Him in works that only He can do.  This study has reset my heart and helped to prepare our family to GO near or far.  We have been praying, “God, what do you want us to do?  Help us to want only what You want for us.  Help us to be willing to go anywhere or do anything.”

Having started the year with this mindset, we recently received the news that we need to move out of our rental home.  (If you missed that update, you can watch that video HERE.).   Though we knew from the time we moved in that our early eviction was a possiblity (our landlord eventually wanted to move into the house we rented), it was not a call that we were expecting.  The ousting  made it clear that God was doing something- though we were not sure what yet.  Thankfully, our landlord gave us a couple months to move out and make plans for what to do next. 

Since we were praying for the Lord’s direction and this was unexpected, moving into the RV seemed like a good idea.  It gave us time to wait on the Lord as we prayed about the future and how He wanted to use us.

That brings us to this week’s video.  Moving into the RV seemed like a good plan, but… we weren’t really thinking about the repairs that would be needed, first.  I decided to take a good look at the RV before moving us in.  It’s a good thing I did.  When I got into the RV to give it a good deep cleaning prior to the move in, the “fun” began…  

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Keep Doing Life Deliberately,


Hey, Mom!? How Do I Clean the Bathroom???

Have you taken the time to teach your kids HOW to clean the bathroom? Cleaning the bathroom was my Saturday chore as a kid. I still remember my mom giving me the play-by-play of how to properly clean the bathroom as a child. And you can bet that she let me know if I didn’t do it well! (Ha,ha! Thanks, Mom!)

Well, now it’s MY turn to make sure MY kids know how to clean the bathroom well. In my latest video, I show Isabelle how to clean the bathroom step-by-step. And she does terrific work of getting the job done!

Would you like your very own printable checklist to help guide your kids through the process of cleaning the bathroom? Click the download button below for your FREE bathroom cleaning checklist. I suggest laminating it so the the kids can use it over and over and cross off each step with a dry erase marker as they go! You can hang it on the back of the bathroom door or inside the cabinet with the cleaning supplies so it’s handy when they need it!

What chores did you have as a kid? Let me know in the comments below!

Keep Doing Life Deliberately!


Sometimes Cleaning Up Our Own Messes Is a Little Overwhelming.

Have you ever had a mess get completely out of control? You make a series of little choices to throw this here, toss that there, put off tackling this, shove this other thing under the bed… and before you know it, you have a ginormous mess that is so overwhelming, it’s hard to know where to begin to get things back in order.  (Sounds like a pretty good metaphor for other areas of life, doesn’t it?) 

In today’s video, Isabelle called in an assist from mom. She needed help to tackle the pigsty that was her bedroom.  Of course she had cleaned her own room many times before.  But this time, things had gotten so out of hand, she found herself too overwhelmed to know where to start.  I had asked her repeatedly to get the job done.  But the sheer enormity of the task had given her the “paralysis of analysis”. 

Can you relate?  I can.

Sometimes our kids need us to guide them through overwhelming tasks.  Instead of getting frustrated with their lack of obedience, we need to assess: are they being rebellious? do they lack knowledge needed to do the requested task? or are they overwhelmed and frustrated?  In this case, Izzy was overwhelmed and just needed someone to step in and help.  I was able to help her break up the task into smaller steps and get it done.  Did it take a good chunk of time to get it done?  It sure did.  But we did it together.  And both of us learned a good lesson: it’s GOOD to ask for help.  It’s GOOD to offer help when your child is discouraged.

If you or your kids need a little cleaning motivation, click the link to today’s video!  We hope that this will inspire you and your kids as we look to spring and prepare to declutter and clear out all the cobwebs from winter!

How Did Our Truck Get So GROSS??

We’ve traveled 40,000 miles (according to the odometer) and gone to 33 states this past year- and our truck shows for it!!  If you’re looking for #cleaningmotivation, come and #cleanwithme as we declutter, reorganize and clean our truck and exterior of the RV.  Let’s see what our full time RV family can do to make our truck and RV tidy again!