Saturday, 31 August 2013

Organising your Life {5-day blog hop, coming up next week...}

I am really pleased to announce that I am hosting my first ever blog hop, 5 days next week - Monday to Friday - on the topic "Organising your Life".  

That may cause some of you, who know me quite well, to spit out your cup of coffee in unimaginable ways. 
I want to be the first to stand up and admit that I am NOT the world's best organised person. I do follow some semblance of routine in all the areas that we are covering this week. People may not realise it, and it may not be immediately noticeable in ALL areas of my life, but I have to have routine and organisation, or my family life would not function.  It may not be as perfect, shiny and sparkling as another's idea of "organisation", but it happens!! You'll see, as I share each day.

I think organisation is all about what works for YOU.  I think we can all be more organised, and so getting ideas and inspiration from others can at least help us towards improvement.

This is NOT about making anyone feel they are inadequate, or to feel pressurised to copy what someone else is doing.  The purpose of this is for all who are interested in organising their life a bit better, to prayerfully ask the Lord how they can be making changes, and to perhaps get ideas form those who are taking part in the blog hop.

Not one single lady taking part has her all her ducks in a row.  We are all imperfect, sinful beings, who never get it all right.  Just because we are sharing ideas, does not mean we even always get it done that way.  It's our ideal - it's our pattern we try and follow - but it's not some standard of perfection.

IF you have never come across a blog hop before, then you may be a hermit somewhere , then let me tell you how it works.  Each day, several blogging ladies will all write a post on the same topic.  On each of our posts we will link back to each other, so that you can "hop" across to the other blogs and read what they want to share on that topic.  Some ladies have other commitments on some days, and won't share on all the topics, but I have let you know by each of their biogs below, which days they will take part.  I will also give you the chance to JOIN us in our blog hop! You can link up any relevant blog posts that tie in with these topics, on any one of the given days! We would love to hear what YOU have done to make these topics work for you. Then, you will REALLY be living the blog hop experience to the max! Whether you have no children, only small children, a bigger family, or your children are nearly all grown up - we would love to hear your experiences!

So, let's firstly meet all our bloggers!  I am really excited that all these ladies have kindly taken the time to join in, and make this commitment. It's no small thing to do something which requires a particular topic to be covered, at a particular time.  So THANK YOU, to all of you lovely ladies, for taking part!

HeidiBioPicHeidi St. John has been married to her husband, Jay, since 1989. They have seven children (and a son-in-law) ranging in age from toddler to young adult and have homeschooled their children all the way through high school. A popular author and conference speaker, Heidi brings a refreshing mix of information and inspiration to listeners on the radio, in person and through the written word. Heidi’s transparency and honesty are like a breath of fresh air in a world where too many speakers seem to have all the answers. Find Heidi on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and on her Blog!

Heidi will be joining in the hop for all 5 days.

Amy Roberts of has been married 17 years to her high school sweetheart, Ty, and is blessed to be the homeschooling mother of 7 living children and one precious little girl named Emily being held in the Lord’s arms. As a blogger, conference speaker and author of several homeschooling and homemaking ebooks, it is her deepest desire to encourage moms in the trenches to stay focused on what truly matters and live a life of abundant blessings in Christ.

Amy is able to join us on Monday, Thursday and Friday. 

Lisa Keva,Spirit-filled Christian, Wife of 19 years, 'Veteran' Homeschooling Mom of 4, ages 3-14 years, Creationist/Young Earth believer, Blogger, and Curriculum/Book reviewer.  Just relaunched myself into the blogosphere at Tales of a Homeschool Family.

Lisa will be with us every day.

Heather is a child of the King and in need of His abundant grace every day. She’s never found Him to give up on her, although she admits He should have a long time ago! Married to her best friend Jeremy for 6 years, together they have been blessed with three beautiful children. Heather blogs full time at Raising Mighty Arrows about raising children, home preschooling, homemaking, marriage, and ministry. She is also an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.  You can connect with Heather on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.  

Heather will be joining us on Wednesday and Friday.

Sarah Jones is a wife, mother of five and carer for an elderly relative. She is a relatively new home educator. In her first couple of years as a home educator, she combined this with being a physician but has been at home full time for the last two and half years.  Being at home has been both a joy and challenge. Sarah and her family live in London, UK. 

Sarah will take part all 5 days.

Caroline is wife to Robert (Pastor of an Independent Baptist Church, in Bedfordshire, England), and mother to 7 blessings, soon-to-be 8.  She has been home-educating for 8 years! She loves to blog about what the Lord is teaching her from day to day, as she seeks to live her life as a woman who loves God. 

And "moi" - I will be here every day!!

So, how about our topics??

Each day we are covering a different area of life.

Monday, we start with a key area of life - our spiritual life.  There is no more important area to be organised in, than to make sure our walk with God takes first place.

 Tuesday, we look at the topic of laundry.  There are so many ways to make this work for each family, but there's no two ways about it - we need to get laundry done!

Wednesday, we are covering the topic of chores.  Whether it's how we sort out our own, or how to get the children involved, chores should be part of our every day life.  How do our ladies do it?

 Thursday, we look at the essential element of meals.  Do you just get to the middle of the afternoon, and have the panicked thought "what shall I make for dinner"??? It doesn't have to be like that, so join us to see what others do to keep this part of life in order. 

Friday, our last day of "hopping", and we look at the topic of organising our home schooling.  I know this doesn't apply to everyone, but I am sure there will still be helpful ideas about how to organise supplies or paperwork, as well as ideas about how to sort out curriculum and books.

There you have it - our exciting line up for the week!  I really hope you will have a look every day, and see what ideas you can glean from all these ladies.  Better still, why don't you link up with me, and share any relevant blog posts YOU have written on these topics, and give our readers even more inspiration?!?  We would love for you to join us in that way!

Please pray for these ladies, as they put together their blog posts, and for me, as I try to make sure it all runs smoothly.  Please try and be patient with me, if there are any technical glitches through the week. This is a new area of life for me to delve into, and my head is already spinning slightly, with graphics and HTML floating in front of my eyes, even when I close them!!

Roll on Monday!.....


  1. Wow! That's some line-up you have there, Caroline! Looking forward to reading and to (hopefully!) learning :)

  2. Hey Caroline,

    I am homeschooling dwarf compared to those who have homeschooled so much longer (I started in 2009).

    But I wanted to tell you about a video and a blog I just posted THIS WEEK about my homeschooling room. It’s quite extensive (with over 25 photos). Both can be found on this link: A 360 View of a Homeschooling Room (with video)

    I know this is the "end" of this Blog Hop thing you are doing (found you via The Busy Mom) but I figured it would still be helpful to your followers who need LOTS of photos (over 25 of them) and a video.

    We aren't rich...actually quite the opposite (maybe you can related with 7 kids, I have 5 so money is always tight). We had to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY and then HUNT, HUNT, HUNT. But the Lord has opened up SO many doors in order to bless us (and reinforced that HE IS IN this homeschooling thing for us.)

    I encourage moms to 1st PRAY and then give practical ideas for a homeschool room.

    I would love for you to check it out and tell me what you think.

    Elaine Mingus