Lake House Coastal Style Living Room Changes

It is that time of year when change is in the air.  I actually believe we are in a time of change that is even bigger than just the seasons.  Changes that will affect us for years to come. Change can be scary sometimes but other times changes are just what is needed to make things better.  The latter is true of our little lake house.

The picture below is exactly what we first saw when we purchased our lakehouse several years ago.  As well as seeing the current state of things we had a vision for what it could be.  We knew it would take hard work and lots of time and some money but after counting the cost, we decided to go for it.

Along the way, there were times when negative things could have seemed overwhelming and defeating but we kept our eyes on the vision instead of the negatives around us. That is key to finishing something large and to keep a positive attitude in life.  Focus on the vision instead of the negatives! We have come so far since that first picture.  We are so much closer to the complete birthing of that vision.  We are almost completely done on the inside of our lakehouse. ( I will be sharing the posts showing you the inside updates very soon.)  

It would be easy to just stop here because we are at a really comfortable place in our remodel.  The inside looks and feels so very great but that isn't all of the vision.  We saw the outside completed and beautiful as well.  That vision is going to require some more work, time, and money but we are patient and God willing we are willing to see it through.
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What Is Wrong With Me?

God What is wrong with me?

Hello everyone.  I know, I am as shocked as you are that I am writing a blog post.  I know that you have not seen much from me in the past months.  I am not sure if I should explain why that is  but I will try to explain it as much as I can.  I must be very careful of my words so that I do not hurt anyone else's feelings or cause offense in any way for anyone.

Believe it or not I have actually considered shutting down Texasdaisey Creations.  I wouldn't ever hit delete or anything and I wouldn't even stop paying for my .com.  I would simply leave it in park and walk away.  I can not promise that won't still happen.  I am still not certain where it is going.  This is an unusual thing for me.  I am a very goal oriented person.  I need a vision of what it can possibly be before I will pay the price, set out on the journey and do the work to accomplish anything.  Without that vision (goal) you can just forget about getting much out of me.  To complicate things I must also be convinced that it is "my vision".  I tend to be very much able to see what can be for other people.  

Many months ago I stepped away from more than just my blog.  I stepped away from many of the things I was doing in my life and even stepped away from church (Horror of horrors!)  I felt a lack of life, joy and vision in many of the things that had seemed such a clear path before.  As someone who has experienced depression, I knew this was NOT depression.  It was not really about my emotions at all. It was something spiritual  going on inside me.  (Here is where I have to be very careful)  Please understand that my relationship with God was not and is not suffering.  I have continued to passionately pursue Him and press into Him even more than ever.

I live in a small Texas town.  For those of you who do not understand, let me just say that one simply does not just step away from those kinds of things in a community like this without comment or notice from someone.  "It just isn't done!"  Normally, I would expect that someone would be having committee or prayer meetings to discuss what they needed to do to fix whatever was wrong with me.  Would you believe that I have not received one text, note, phone call, visit, true conversation, or even a reach out on social media about it?  The closest I came was someone mentioning that they had been concerned about me.  I began to explain that I had been going through a lot, and before I could get into the deeper conversation  (I was willing to have it) they said, "I know" and walked away. I am as shocked as can be about it.  I am not offended, mad, hurt or feeling anything negative about it.  I am simply shaking my head wondering about it.

Maybe it is how it all happened that was part of how I have flown under the radar? Because of family, travel, and a few health issues, I have been a spotty church attender the past few years. My husband has continued to attend as always.  When I first made the conscious decision to step away, I didn't explain it even to him (I still haven't...I wonder if he or anyone else will even read this post?)  In all these months I have continually questioned God, "What is wrong with me?"  Honestly, this question has come up a lot for the past 15 years.  

It took me a while to finally figure out that it was God.  He wanted me alone with Him.  He has been doing a deep deep work inside of me.  There has been emotional healing and things happen in my spiritual life that I can't even share with anyone because they are so deep.  I do not know where this is going (my blog or my life path).  I don't really know how to explain all of it to anyone to help them understand.  It has been almost like Elijah or David in their caves.

I do know that I am not going back to how it was before.  I know I am where I am supposed to be.  I know I am not out of sync with God. I know I am not the only one this has happened to.  I know that suddenly last week it was like God switched something on inside me.  Creativity, joy, energy, focus, and more suddenly burst out of me in the most unexpected suddenly way.  I am so excited that it is hard to stay asleep even. I don't have a clear vision yet.  I smell it though like the rain on a lovely spring day after a long harsh winter.  I smell it and I know the vision will come along.  Until then, I will enjoy the rush of creativity welling up inside me.  I will run to the floodgates and wait for God to open them fully for me to capture what new thing He is doing.  I will NOT miss that wave!  I will ride it like a boss and I will enjoy every minute.

Oh, and by the way...you can expect some changes here at Texasdaisey Creations in the days ahead.  I don't know yet what they will be but I do know they are coming so get ready...(this is your chance to walk away if you need to.  It's OK, I won't be mad.  I will even understand in that "I can't really explain it kind of way." )

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The Beach House

Author of The Beach House Brenda Mize Garza
There is a new book out and a new website (by me!) to go with it!   Brenda Mize Garza, the author of this book is near and dear to my heart because she happens to be a very good friend.  That might make me a bit biased I am sure but I was quite impressed with her book.
The Beach House by Brenda Mize Garza Front Cover
The title of her book is "The Beach House".  It is the first of a series of books. It is a  Christian Fiction book about a gang of kids who discover special things about an old abandoned beach house on Starfish Island. 

In the story, Brenda draws together to disparate worlds, the familiar world inhabited by people and the world where demons inhabit.  She tells how one world affects the other through the decisions and actions in the other.  If you like Christian fiction books that touch on the supernatural then you will love " The Beach House".

Go see Brenda's brand new website: Brenda Mize Garza  and be sure to buy her book.
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In Need of An Attorney?

I have been busy designing websites again.  My latest design is for John Perry Brooks an attorney in Wichita Falls Texas.

John Brooks offers law services for: estate planning, probate, trusts; elder law, medicaid; estate and probate disputes; business partnership and corporation; SEC/broker; as well as dispute resolution and mediation.

If you are in the market for an attorney in any of these areas just hop on over to John Perry Brooks Attorney at Law and tell him that Debbie Howard sent you.

Just in case you would like that website address you can locate him at: https://www.jbrookslawfirm.com

*None of the links on this blog post are paid links
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12 House Cleaning Cheats For Busy Moms

Cheaters Way To Clean House For Busy Moms

I am a Gigi now with number 6 grandchild on the way.  I raised 3 children of my own and now I get to help a bit with my grandchildren.  I know times have changed in respect to child rearing but there are definitely some things that have not changed.

One of those things that remains as true today as it was "back then", is exhausted parents with children who require attention vs. jobs, homes, and requirements of life.  Time becomes a premium.  Guilt grows to huge proportions.  Guilt because you did chores rather than spend time with your children or guilt because you spent time with the children so your house is dirty.  Have you ever heard, "What did you do all day?"  How frustrating those words can be after you spent the entire day following after a child and cleaning up messes all day long.  Maybe instead of the words you just got a look.  Oh how I remember those days!

There are a few really wise things I learned from another mom that helped me quickly clean the house day to day. Here are 12 house cleaning cheats for busy moms: 

1. It is easy to find 15 to 30 minutes to go through the living room, kitchen and bathroom (public places in the home) to tidy up.  Quickly pick up toys and stash in a container. Clothes go to the laundry hamper, dishes go to the kitchen. I do this right before the hubby comes home. I still do it.  Sometimes, I enlist the kids to help.  I make it fun.  Treat it as a race to see who can get the most done.

2. The toothpaste that falls into the sink when I am brushing is great to use in shining my sink up. The same goes for that soap I just rinsed off my hands.  I take my hand and use finger wipe that soap to wash the sink a bit...a little rinse and seconds later the sink is shiny again. 

3. That washcloth I just washed my face with gets to shine up the faucet, sink or counter too. (even the disposable ones work for this!)  Rinse it out if it is too dirty with makeup. 

4. I keep a scrub brush with a long handle (for reaching) hanging in my shower.  When I am about to get out, I take a bit of soap or shampoo on my brush and scrub those spots in my shower.  a quick rinse later and I get out of a shiny shower or tub.

5. A bit of bleach or cleaner  stored near the potty and a toilet brush makes it easy to give a quick cleaning swish at least once a day.  Or better yet get one of those brushes with the cleaner included.   You can also mix up your own cleaner with essential oils for those of you conscious of chemicals.

6. Cleaning wipes stored nearby are a quick way to clean under and on the seat.  You can also use baby wipes or facial wipes with a bit of essential oil added for this job.

7. That sticky kitchen or bathroom floor that needs to be mopped can be cleaned the cheaters way...drop a wet rag with a bit of cleaner on it and use your foot to quickly mop up any spots.  This doesn't eliminate the big mop up but it does help your floor go a few extra days till that mop up can happen.  Get the kids to help with this one!  They love to help.  It doesn't matter if they don't do it perfectly.  Imperfect clean up is better than no cleanup.

8. Have a little dust pan with a crumb brush ready for your kids to help "sweep" the floor in spots.

9.  Kids are motivated to quickly tidy up their rooms if you tell them, "We are not going anywhere or doing anything until your bed is made and room picked up!"  You will be amazed how quick they can make it look better.  Wait until 10 minutes before it is time to leave for this one.  That adds to the motivation (I didn't believe it would work.  I thought they would just let us be late for school but I found out different when I tried it!)

10.  Kids also love to help do dishes if you are there helping too.  They can be on a chair with a brush and soapy water helping clean them a bit before the dishwasher. 

11. Kids can help with the silverware, pans and plastic items when unloading or loading.  Make it fun while you work.  Everything you do with your kids makes great memories and raises them up to be people with a great work ethic some day.

12. Organization needed?  Instead of tackling the entire job just clean out 1 drawer or 1 cabinet each day or week.  Before long your whole house will be organized.  Keep doing this and it is perpetually organized.

All these little cheats add up and will help your house to stay a lot cleaner.  They do not eliminate the need for the deep clean but they will help that deep clean be much easier if you don't have to get out the hoe for the clutter and the chisel for the grime. It will take the overwhelming cleaning job down to manageable.  You will be amazed at how easy the cheats are to add into your day.

I bet each of you can come up with even more ways to cheat in day to day house cleaning too.  I would love to hear some of your ideas in the comments.

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