Priorities: What That Looks Like In Real Life

     When I was rather newish to being a full time homemaker, some 23 or 24 years ago, I attended a Bible study for moms.  It was there that I learned the principles of applying these priorities to my life:

God, (and my relationship with Him) first
Husband, second
Children, third (to which I now happily add grandbabies)
My home, fourth
My church and ministry, fifth
Everything Else, last

     This has been an incredibly, blessedly busy summer.  I appreciate that so many of you have taken the time to send me emails or messages (and even REAL mail) to ask how we are doing and mention that you’re thinking of and praying for me.  I cannot tell you how thankful I am for that and for those of you who’ve taken the time to send words of encouragement my way, too.

     Busy though it has been, my priorities remain intact.  Here is what they look like in real life, here and now.

     My relationship with the Lord is the foundation upon which the rest of my life depends.  If that foundation is neglected, it begins to crumble and fail.  My time in the Word is invaluable.  I’ve also been enjoying watching some video sermons from Mars Hill Church.  Pastor Driscoll’s series on the book of Ruth was wonderful, and I’m hoping to download and start another of his series soon.  It’s so refreshing to have that verse by verse teaching happening during the week!

     My husband has recovered completely from his kidney stone surgery.  Thanks for your prayers on his behalf!  I have been kept quite busy supporting him, the best way I know how, by working even harder at stretching his hard earned dollars.  We’ve had several, small to medium financial crises this spring and summer, and the Lord is blessing us through them.  I am praying and seeking wisdom to know how I can better help in this area.  We’ve also enjoyed about two-thirds of the summer day trips we had planned.  Those times of getting away to the mountains for a day of fishing, or to the coast for a day at the beach, are wonderful respites for my husband, and for the rest of us, too.

     Homeschool planning has taken on a whole new look this year.  I’m doing my planning differently, doing the majority of the work “up front” this summer rather than on Saturday afternoons throughout the year, so that I will have more time available for other things on Saturdays.  The homeschool planning has about taken over our school room, with stacks of books here, and catalogs there, and papers on clipboards and tables and chairs, and our scanner/copier running overtime, but it is getting done.  Slowly, but surely.  Mostly slowly.  I have ambitious plans for my boys this coming year!
     My husband’s birthday was this last week, and we celebrated the entire day with the entire family.  Corin and her husband and all five grandbabies met us at the free morning movie, and then we all went out for lunch.  Everyone came here for the afternoon and most everyone swam, including Copper.  My son-in-love brought his Wii game out and everyone enjoyed playing and/or watching that, too.  We made a big dinner of fresh green salad, garlic bread, grilled chicken, grilled Italian sausage and pasta primavera filled with veggies picked in the garden an hour or two before.  Dani and Aaron made a batch of homemade ice cream and I made a Banana Split Cake for dessert.  What a lovely day we had!

     My home.  We’re working hard to keep up with the produce coming in from the garden and the fruit coming in from the orchard, vineyard and berries.  The peaches have just ripened and the pears will soon be ready.  We have table grapes galore!  The garden continues to produce tomatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons and tomatoes.  We’ve discovered that we love roasted tomatoes that can be frozen and used later, so the majority of our tomatoes are being “put up” that way.  We’ll have another batch of corn ready in a couple of weeks, and more after that.  Our second batch of green beans will soon be ready, too, as will the first of the Japanese eggplant.  The watering, weeding and harvesting take a lot of time every day.  My family has been doing a good job of keeping up with the essentials inside, too, amidst all the homeschool planning and gardening.

     I’m still around, just blessed with work and plenty to do each and every day.  There are tons of pictures on my camera card, but no time to really upload, edit and post them.  Soon, I hope, very soon.  Again, I am so very thankful for your sweet, encouraging notes.  Thank you, from the bottom of my heart!  Until next time,

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27

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12 comments to Priorities: What That Looks Like In Real Life

  • I’ve had you on my mind this week and kept meaning to write you! Thankful to hear all is well!

  • Hi Cheryl!

    Glad to know that all is well! Have been meaning to send an e-mail to say hi and check but have been having computer troubles and life has been absolutely crazy… Wishing you a joyous and blessed weekend! ♥

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I have been reading you forever and you give me inspiration even when you don’t post.  I sure hope you count this blog as part of your ministry because that’s what it is to me!! 

    I am writing today with an idea I’ve had for you.  You may have already thought this through and realized it may not work.  And I’m not sure how you’re set up in your town or what permits you may need for this.  But, have you ever thought of setting up a little roadside produce stand?  It would be a great homeschooling lesson about business and would bring in a little extra money as well.


  • I was just thinking yesterday about you!  A few minutes after that thought, you posted.  What a God thing.  I am alway so inspired by you and your posts.  You are a true woman of God who I look up to.  God Bless you and may you continue to have a fruitful summer. 

  • Hi Cheryl,

    It is so good to see you are doing well. I was getting a little concern about you. When you have time drop over and enter my fall give away this week. As always a wonderful post.



  • Cheryl ~ You don’t have a spare tomato or two, do you? lol. It sounds like your life is overflowing with God’s goodness; what a beautiful thing! We used to have a fairly large garden (before moving), so I know how intense it is “putting up” summer’s produce. Regarding blogging, I always believe that if I don’t have time for writing and posting, God must not be needing me to do it. So sometimes my blog sits, too … and I don’t worry one bit about it. Neither does it bother me when others do the same.

    Hugs to you and yours. Many good wishes to Copper on his birthday.

  • I wanted to let you know the roasted tomatoes came out WONDERFUL on the barbecue. I had firm tomatoes so they stayed pretty much intact. I first rubbed garlic (in a jar) over each halved tomato. Then, I drizzled olive oil over the top and sprinkled salt and pepper. When they were done my husband took a deep ‘sniff’ and then rolled his eyes to heaven in bliss! LOL!! He said they will make wonderful salsa. He actually said that twice to make sure I got the point that he wanted me to make homemade salsa from the roasted tomatoes.   So, I froze them for homemade salsa.

    Thanks for the idea! It was perfect timing since I had quite a few tomatoes on hand.

    I’m glad to hear Copper is feeling better and that you had a wonderful birthday for him. It sounds like your household is busy, busy…. so is mine! PTL!

    Let me know when you’d like to meet for coffee again.

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Even when you don’t post you are encouraging me to be a better person! Every time I come here I think “She is keeping her priorities straight” and I know I should be doing the same! Glad to hear that you are all well. School planning is taking over things here as well. My oldest will be 9th grade this year – high school! How did that happen? Take care on your end and post when you are able!

  • Good to hear Copper’s surgery went well and that you have enjoyed your busy summer.


  • Glad to hear…or rather read…that Copper is recovering from his surgery. When you have the time I owuld like to pick your brain about your vinyard. I am interested in the difference between table grapes and others. I have some more questions too. Including what varieties you have, and do you find having one variety or several better for production and flavor. I have three varieties and am not getting an edible grape off of any of them, they are all terribly bitter. But I don’t need an answer at all soon. I can continue to research online, sometimes it’s nice to hear more than research, but experience as well.

    your trips sound wonderful. Especially the mountains and the beach.

  • Thank you so much for the homeschool series you and Kendra did earlier this year. I used it to help me refocus my homeschool for the next year. I have a dyslexic child and the focus has been on learn to read for awhile and after a lot of work and therapy that has happened but we needed to move on to the next step and you helped so much with that.

  • Hi Cheryl, thanks for your comment on our blog!  I’ve not read many blogs this summer so just popped over to do some catching up with you.  Looks like you have been busy.  Hope your planning for this year is near completion and that you have a wonderful year!