A House…Manager

In my entire life I have not heard so many women complain or talk about tackling their housework as a struggle. How do you struggle to keep your own place together? And for a while I thought that people were just kidding and then I was invited to their houses and realized so this is an issue . And we all know that issues turn into problems. So what’s the deal , has social events and wasting time caused us to miss our opportunity to successfully manage our homes.  Or have mother’s dropped the ball in successfully teaching us how to manage a home . Was life too rapid to realize that this is a necessity for living .

Growing up , not only did my mother teach me how to be a good person, how to keep myself clean but she also taught me how to clean , wash clothes and the normal order of how to keep a house when you’re married and have kids. I’m as old as I am and I’ve been married 7 years and she’s still giving me advice and wisdom so that life won’t do me before I do it.  Life has a way of getting away from you and you have keep things in order or before you know it you’ll be overwhelmed. My mother ministered about this several years ago and since she doesn’t blog this blog is from her to you . Enjoy.

There are a few things  that people must do everyday and there are some things you do every week and then there are things you do once a month. So I have compounded a list that we all need to do in order to stay on top of life. This is called successful living . Here we go ..

  1. Make up your beds- daily
  2. sweep the floors and vacuum -daily ( especially if you have pets)
  3. clean bathroom-daily
  4. wash clothes and fold- daily
  5. dishes washed and kitchen clean after every meal/daily
  6. mop/ weekly
  7. dust/ every other day
  8. Put clothes up/daily
  9. clean children’s rooms/ daily
  10. Take trash out / as needed
  11. Sweep the front porch/ twice a week (especially in the fall)
  12. Throw away happy meal toys and broken toys//daily – otherwise your house will look like a daycare
  13. mail/ once a week and go paperless
  14. garage /weekly
  15. closets/monthly most clothes are disposable especially the inexpensive boutique clothing

 

If you practice these 15 steps you will be a happier person will a more organized life. Tonight Ill post about routines.

 

Loving managing

 

and life

 

Tesha

School is Starting …soon

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So far I have gone through 12 school years of school with my babies. And this is the year that my first little friend graduates from High School. To a lot of people this is a big deal and it means adulthood and moving on to a new phase . Child please I was just at this point around a few years ago and in no way was I prepared for what was about to happen in the next 4-5 years. Now I’m sitting in a corner trying to brace myself for May 2018.

Girls are very different , when I was in the 11th grade I knew what I wanted to be , how long it was going to take me to complete my schooling and where I wanted to go to school. Now I asked my first friend Peyton, what do you wanna be  in life , he said I want to go into sports medicine. Now I’m not that person that is just going to go with the flow and let him decide for himself. I am a youth pastor and I see kids screw their lives up all the time and the end up in careers that don’t pay and waste all kinds of dollars on nothing . And then you ask them what they are doing in 10 years and they say well I’m going to school to be what you saw in me a long time ago.  And you look at them and think…wow you’ve wasted 10 years of your life doing something you hate. So with that said , this school year as Peyton goes through his senior year , enjoying all of his senior functions, spending our money ( my parents included) and passing all of his classes I am going to remind him that I cannot do his homework in college and the quicker he finishes college the more money he can have in his pocket.

College is a family affair just because its his senior year and bc he turns 18 doesn’t mean that they have all the answers its still up to us as parents or in my case , “best friends,” ( I will one day tell you why I say that ) lead our children in the proper directions .

Reminding Peyton that he is a natural teacher…and Loving life

Tesha

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Socially Speaking…Or Whatever

It was not by accident that I stumbled into the coma of social media. I mean it was what everyone was doing and it was a fun place to meet and see a lot of people that you had once met or went to high school and college with . Those early moments of social media were wonderful . I honestly don’t remember what we did on myspace besides change our pictures and add backgrounds but I reconnected with a lot of people . And then all of a sudden one day someone asked…”what’s on your mind…” And then life changed , forever .  And before you knew it, every single thing that was on someone’s mind was currently in our face . And  while some consistently posted the happier portions of life there were those who shared or shares every portion of their life. Even those unpleasant moments in a water closet.

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For several years I was intrigued by what I was seeing . I loved keeping up with my facebook friends and my twitter partners . I loved their special moments and was mad with them in their unhappy and unpleasant times.  It was exciting when people told all their business and at the same time it was quite strange . And then a few times I started dreaming about them and then they became a part of my everyday vocabulary. I was obsessed with the amount of likes I got for a picture and whether or not someone commented on my posts and when they commented how many agreed and disagreed.

One day I had a full fledged disagreement with my husband about an old , “heifer, ” who had posted on his page about our new baby.  Although his only role in this is that she was a friend of one of his family members and since he had tagged his family , SHE seen the picture and was very happy not only to congratulate on the picture but to also send him an inbox message saying the same thing and adding, ” don’t be a stranger. ”

Routinely we had arguments over who was added as friend , who crossed boundaries when they posted something. My husband and I even had arguments over Meme’s , yes about how late it was when he finally acknowledged that I sent it to him . We even cried and planned to attend funerals of people we never met but happened to be social media friends with , ahhh I was in deep .

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One morning after a horrible night of sleep and after my morning devotion and prayer time I did what I normally do , I scrolled down every social media site I had and I asked myself a simple question …, ” what were you doing before social media.”  It took me a little while to remember but I read more, I prayed more, I was more in touched with myself and what I liked. I exercised more, I ate better , I watched movies before they were reviewed online, the newspaper was common for me . I had friends that I spoke with in person , and we had outside interest. I missed a lot of pictures because I was caught up with the moment and not the opportunity to post a picture. I was home by the time I posted a picture and when I saw someone I knew,  I spoke .  I had a circle of friends. I was loyal to them , and if they made me mad we talked about it in person and no one outside of them said anything in public, well they may have but word didn’t travel that fast.  I wasn’t indirectly posting about someone and someone wasn’t indirectly posting about me because we didn’t post. And those people who weren’t in my life bc life had separated us was probably God’s will … and since His will is that I prosper and be in good health , change is inevitable.

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Life was completely different, and although some people tend to want to live a love and hip hop type life , I chose the HGTV world where I am playing in the back yard with my children , on dates with my husband, traveling with my parents , having crazy conversations with my friends and not checking every update that comes across my phone .

 

Loving Life

Without Social Media…well kinda

Tesha

Year 43.

This weekend we will celebrate the time of Pastoral Ministry for my father . I don’t know if I’ve ever written about the fact that we have celebrations but I think its fitting , considering the occasion.  Pastor appreciation services are a staple in the black community. The Church spends most of the year having fashion shows, fish fries , yard sales and special services , “on behalf of our Pastor.’ Each committee is well represented and there is an elected board ( not sure how that works) that determines who speaks on the programs, what the pastor and the family wears, what the church will eat and probably what they church would wear.

My earliest memories of church are Pastor appreciation services.  I remember the outfits and that parade we made down the aisle of the church while people stood and clapped. I wondered what they were clapping for and why I was walking to the front of the church to sit on a couch , yes a couch in the church with my parents. They made it really homey looking in the church with a couch and a lamp inside the church . Pretty cleaver and kinda country all at the same time.

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That day people who have never spoken before spoke to us and told us (and I say us because everyone usually included the entire family ) how much they appreciated and loved their PASTAH! A lot of tears shed, money exchanged , flowers and cards and then dinner was served. No appreciation service was complete without Chicken Dressing, Green Beans, Corn, Chicken , rolls and of course numerous sweets. We may not have always had name brand sodas but after a long day in church BIG K’s would hit the spot. And nobody could eat before the Pastor ate and there was someone standing guard to make sure that didn’t happen . After all it was his day .

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It was only until I was an adult that I realized why Pastor’s were celebrated . There is a scripture in the bible that says,  “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!” Being a pastor is a great sacrifice, it is a position that is not for the weak at heart. It is not about the glitz and the glam, its not about the new suits, those purple labels, and that brand new Cadillac . It’s certainly not a position that offers 401k’s , life or health insurances. And unless you’re not the founder of that beautiful building , something is in your name.Pastor’s are the first to be called in the case of an emergency . They are there for deaths and births.  And fortunately or unfortunately depending on the time of the call,  usually get the first call from a jail , collect.

As a teen and partly throughout my twenties I hated the choice that my father made to Pastor , but now I stand proudly with him . I’m proud of all of his accomplishments and his failures.  I appreciate his life of integrity and  his servants heart . He has taught me so much without saying a word and for this he is worthy to be celebrated.

Celebrating 43 years and counting…

loving life

Tesha

Back to What…

So I walked into one of my favorite stores and I grabbed my buggy and took my little cloth and cleaned it and out of the corner of my eye I see some school supplies. My heart sank into my shoes . My God it is July 12, mid summer and while I am happy about the few more road trips and vacations that I have for the remainder of my daylight savings time , Walmart is reminding me that I have less than one month of summer left.

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To me it seems like school is getting out later and starting earlier. I never remember a time before this that we started school in early August. I mean we could wait until like a week before Labor Day . And now those of us who are always late for things have to plan trips before the 4th  or around Memorial Day in order to have anytime or type of celebration before school begins again . Don’t get me wrong I love when school is in session . I love the fact that my children are in an environment to learn, to make friends and to worship . But on the other hand I love those long summer nights, hanging out outside, hair changing colors because of the Sun and the pool water . Buying food all summer that you will probably not eat in the winter or fall and the lack of clothes or shoes.  Now I’m wondering do I still have time to let the kids catch fireflies.  Oh yea and we haven’t barbecued all Summer.

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Now I’m on edge thinking about purchasing backpacks, new shoes that they will probably and most likely mistreat in the first week of school. And I guess we all need matching socks even tho its too hot for socks but we have to wear them because sandals are not a part of dress code. Did I mention uniforms and new hair bows, earrings without backs , needless gifts for teachers to suck up on the first day. Do I have batteries for my camera and enough space for all the random back to school pictures. Let’s not forget orientation, it was hot last year during orientation , maybe I should wear shorts. And it lasted half of the day …pack a sack lunch.

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Needless to say I forgot why I went into Walmart , which made me stay even longer and purchase more random things I did not need. Well for now I will just enter Walmart through the garden center to smell the flowers and avoid the folders, dividers and pencils. I guess the bigger picture is the early bird gets the worm. So those of you who already have your list of school supplies needed…hurry to Walmart before it’s too late. School starts in less than a month . Are you ready for school to start?

Life is great…Loving Life

Tesha

Talk About a Diff’rent World

So I am learning new things . I am totally socially and traumatically in a different world. I have to learn different terms, I learned that the Army and the Air Force are actual rivals although they work for the greater good of our nation . Anyway that is the least of my worries right now .  I have a few other things with the military that I would like to talk about , briefly .

Let’s talk for a moment about the United States Air Force … wives. So there are unspoken rules and some very spoken and well known and rehearsed rules to being a spouse of an Airman.  They have terms called, “dependa’s .”  They make sure that even though you are well aware of your husbands rank , you aren’t ranked as nothing but his wife. And as his wife you come second , behind the United States.

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Which leads me to the fact that the United States Government doesn’t care if you have children or a wife your duty is to serve your country . I never realized why there was so much respect for the people who serve in the military until now and that’s why they salute and get paid for their time and service . And that’s why they cannot be fired from their jobs, too . It kinda reminds me of the selfless service that my parents give as Pastor’s , they’re just never get saluted or have days with free meals and stuff like V. A loans and what not.

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And then there is all the terminology … Abu’s , BAH, LED’s ( I may have made that up). Learning the proper protocol on how to walk with your spouse. The difference between uniforms. How to clean uniforms and what you can and cannot do in uniform. Oh and then there is an order to spouses.  Now if your husband is 18 and an e-1- e-2 ( that’s your rank in the Army , you’re treated like a high school freshman .  Again the higher in rank you are the more you get too that includes money and perks. But again remember it’s not your rank it’s your husband’s rank you are just there to clean his ABU’s.

 

Loving Life

Tesha

New Month …New Possibilities

I’m not exactly counting down the days that my husband returns home, but rather learning to adjust my life while he is away . And what an adjustment it has been . I have reached a point with this situation to think about his new adventure , ” pridefully,” rather than depressed, disgusted or any of the other negative words I can insert.

However; I’m ready for a vacation . Like a real vacation one with all expenses paid . A really lavish destination too . The kind with white sand beaches, the ones where they pull back your covers at night and lay chocolates on your pillow .  A vacation within a vacation , where miraculously a nanny appears , one for each child . And she dresses them and puts them to bed and every now and then all I hear is a faint, ‘Hi Mom! Going to the…see you later.” I’m adding up my coins now so that I can make this happen this year and really,  really soon.

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In the meantime, I’ve experienced another birthday without Anthony , our baby boy turned 4 years old . We have celebrated another holiday over the phone and we probably had our first disagreement since he left …all over the phone . Its a new part of life that I am adjusting to .  One thing I have learned throughout this process is not to complain but to give thanks for every opportunity and this new season of life.  On a lighter note his classes have started and that means that we are at least a few days closer to graduation .

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My girls have found their new voice in vlogs , pretty fun to see what they come up with each day.   They have the funniest personalities already . And such giving hearts. I have watched them go into church and hug each and every person they walk passed ( a trait they probably didn’t inherit from me ) and then I noticed them give away every piece of candy or gum I had in my purse. They have the same generous ways when they have people over to the house . Already they have acknowledged their place in the world  they have learned how to serve and the principle of giving . They have found their calling and  are walking in part of their purpose for life. As a parent it is my responsibility to nurture their life and their gifts.  Making an investment in your children’s life goes above and beyond clothes and shoes, investments make their dreams come alive.

My sweet second child , Pier has been one of those guys that if he found something he likes he’s there 100% for it.  When he was a tot he was really into Power Rangers and everything was about Power Rangers, he changed from that to Football and from Football to basketball. His idea is that if he’s going to do something he’s going to be the best at it . He studies it , he sleeps ,eats and breathes basketball , practicing day in and day out . Never giving up and each morning he says, Mommy I dreamed I was playing in a large arena . He can see himself bigger than he is right now   Sometimes we can take our life prompts from children, we could possibly be more successful adults.

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One thing I have learned about life is that your mind has to  be fixed and focused on all things positive . That is the only way to gain positive results. I think we as a community have focused too long on the negative issues that we face as a people for so long that we are not living up to our ability . We were not placed on the earth to worry ,to fear ,to doubt our self worth , to think constantly about dead things, to fight, to fuss or to create problems. We were placed on the earth to prosper and be in good health . It’s okay to give and serve and its okay not to be the center of attention all the time .  There is a lesson in everything . I learn something new daily.

Living and Learning

Tesha