We all want to be out of the ordinary. Jesus called us to be out of the ordinary, in the world but not of it. Interestingly, being countercultural has become very popular, sometimes in good ways, sometimes in not-so-good ways. Of course, if you’re acting counter-culturally with a heart for the Lord, it’s going to be very good.
I’ve heard from many readers who say the Organizing You books aren’t like any organizing books they’ve read before. In fact, I like to think they’re counter-cultural…
As we near the end of the Organizing Your Photos series, it’s time we talk about one of the best things about photos:
Photos can replace bulkier stuff.
Do you have souvenirs from vacations that you’re ready to let go? Take pictures and put them in a vacation album.
Do you have 20 t-shirts from high school that you can’t throw away? Take pictures—or get pictures of you in them—and make a little high school album. (Or, yes, you can make a quilt.)
Do you have several tubs full of your kids’ school projects, papers, and Mother’s Day art? Take pictures, or shrink the art on a copier, and make an album for each child.
Do you have boxes and boxes of belongings that use to belong to a beloved relative? Take pictures of the items that have deep meaning for you or for them, then place the pictures in an album and write a few sentences about each picture. Then bless others with those things by giving them away.
If you’re a mom with young kids (or if you otherwise have young kids in your life), you know that they’re quickly bored with the new toys they receive for Christmas. Rather than cluttering your home with new things for them to play with—and your spirit with frustration—try these zero-clutter ways to entertain young kids this winter. Ideas like this help to teach kids to enjoy their current blessings instead of waiting for more… and you’d never guess that so many of the things around your house could be so much fun!
Welcome back to the Organizing Your Photos series, the Halloween edition!
So, Halloween is not my favorite holiday (as I wrote in this post about making Halloween about Jesus). I know that Christians have varied stances on Halloween, and I’m not trying to glamorize it. But I do believe the righteous can find joy, fun, and blessing in Halloween without stepping into wickedness.
And I do love seeing my kids all dressed up! I always take pictures. Since this is a holiday when I’m pretty much guaranteed to have at least one picture, Halloween makes for a perfect As-They-Grow album.
Jesus came that we might have life, and have it to the full. This is His kind of abundance—not stuff, but life!
A lot of wonderfully abundant life is lived on family vacations. To truly live in God’s abundance and enjoy His blessings, I’ve needed to re-frame how I look at vacations:
I want to enjoy anticipating a vacation—to embrace the planning and the exciting feelings about the joy to come.
I want to enjoy the vacation as it happens—to let my planning unfold and be flexible, to be in the moment, to relax. (I actually wrote an entirely separate post about vacation planning, and then relaxing.)
I need to enjoy remembering the vacation—to keep the joyful memories alive, to remember the good times, to tell the stories. This is where the Vacation Album comes in.
Welcome back to the Organizing Your Photos series—Easter Edition!
If you haven’t seen the earlier posts in this series, you may want to check them out here. The most important thing to know is that I’m encouraging you to enjoy your photos, not spend hours and hours making the perfect album.
Now I’m going to show you an album I took hours and hours to make. 🙂
I was reading through the New Testament letters recently, and it struck me that the prayers Paul (and Peter and John) pray for the newly founded churches would also be amazing things to pray over kids growing in faith.
Welcome back to the Organizing Your Photos series, Christmas edition!
My goal for these posts is to help you feel like a successful family historian and truly enjoy your photos, without a lot of work. (For more about that, read the first half of the first post here.)
Speaking of work, I know this is the Christmas season. Chance are that you’re not going to start a photo project, no matter how small it is. You have a lot to do right now, and I get that. But now is the time to think about your project, and maybe even take a couple of photos to get ready!
My goal is to encourage you to enjoy some of your photos offline, so you can cherish those memories and bring your family closer together. If you missed the first post about simple Interest Albums, please check it out!
Remember, you can enjoy your photos without a big, hard, long project. Keep your project simple, short, and fun. The Interest Album was the perfect way to start. Now, let’s keep it rolling…