Polishing Wood Cabinets

If you have followed our blog for long, you know that periodically we polish the wood cabinets in our home. Several years ago, when we remodeled the home that Christopher and Anna Marie now own, we asked the lady from the cabinet making company, how to keep the oak cabinets in good condition.

She told us three things:

  • Dry hands before opening cupboard doors.
  • Use the handles. I thought we always used the handles, but she was right. When we watched ourselves we seldom did. We went for the bottom of the cabinet door rather than holding on to the handle.
  • Polish the cabinets yearly using Guardsmen Polish (that’s our affiliate link to Amazon where you can purchase it: you can read our affiliate disclosure here.)

We haven’t managed yearly cabinet polishing, but we do get around to it regularly. There were a couple of years when I expressed my inability to find cabinet-polishing time to Steve. He took a Saturday morning, and we all polished cabinets together,  finishing the project in short order.

My normal cabinet polishing plan is 1/2 hour a day until it is finished. You all know how much I love the power of 30 minutes a day! Several weeks ago, I started into that, and I was planning to do it myself, but Anna and Mary said they wanted to rearrange their schedules temporarily to help. With their help, obviously, the job took 1/3 of the time, and we greatly enjoyed our fellowship.

I must also say that I am blessed beyond measure to have girls who will volunteer to help me with a project. You young moms are planting now in your children’s lives, and the fruit is coming later. I know there are days when you can’t imagine that a child would choose to help without being asked, but I can encourage you it is coming!

If you plant the seeds of entertainment and self serving in your children’s lives, however, I think you will be disappointed with the fruit in their adult lives. On the other hand, If you persevere in teaching your children there is joy in serving and fellowship in working side by side, I am sure you will be delighted by the fruit in their adult lives.

Trusting in Jesus,

“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing:
but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” Proverbs 13:4

Baby Benjamin

With the dawning of March, we’re still rejoicing in the blessing of Benjamin’s arrival. But even without looking at the calendar, I know what this month holds. So while we rejoice in Benjamin, we also remember sweet Susannah who was only with us for three days. I’ll share more on her birthday in two weeks. Through good times and hard times, God is absolutely faithful! The Psalmist paints a beautiful picture of God’s mercy:: “For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.”

I realized I actually have pictures of each person in our immediate family holding Benjamin for the first time! I’m hoping to do a newborn photo session with BJ soon, so I’ll share when I can.


Dad and Benjamin Steven
Mom with her newest and two oldest grandchildren
Sarah (me) + Benjamin
John + Benjamin
Anna, the faithful babysitter, and little Benjamin
Jesse and Benjamin
Mary and the little snuggle bug
Cuteness all wrapped up
A little smile

“Yea, in the way of thy judgments, O Lord, have
we waited for thee; the desire of our soul is
to thy name, and to the remembrance of thee.”
Isaiah 26:8

Hope for the Hopeless

I think the following story illustrates the great need for the information Managers of Their Homes and Managers of Their Chores contains. I was that struggling mom from this story at one time, trying to keep up and totally discouraged by it all. These books not only give hope to moms through direction and instruction, but they work in the real-life trenches of being a mommy.

“My name is Ryan. My husband and I have been married for nearly 10 years. For all 10 years, I have not been the best in the housewife department. When our three kids (who are homeschooled) came along, the house fell in disarray. I have cried and tried my best. I prayed for guidance because clearly I was missing something. After 10 years of looking, crying and praying I think I have found the guidance I have been longing for in your Managers books.

I have attempted to put together many schedules over the years, but they never work past the third week. I am just in awe I have finally found what I have looked for for so many years.

My mom was a single parent who worked many jobs. I had no idea or training on how to do the mom/housewife thing. I was pretty depressed recently over it. I prayed to God for help and guidance.

Then today while doing my online grocery shopping I saw I had a free pass for an audible book by Michael Duggar. In that book she mentioned y’all. I paused the book, looked up the website and read … then cried. I cannot tell you grateful I am.”

The end of Ryan’s story isn’t yet written, but I am confident there’s going to be a transformation in this young mommy’s life, in her family’s lives, and in her home. I am as excited as she is for the next chapter to be written.

Trusting in Jesus,

“But I will hope continually,
and will yet praise thee more and more.”
Psalm 71:14