Our November meeting topic was on The Art of Simplifying Your Life, with speaker Sue Cutting. She provided PEACH members with encouragement, insight, and strategies for dealing with the day-to-day issues of household organization, time management, prioritizing, and attitudes.
Sue recommends that we view organizing our home as an opportunity to minister to our families and glorify God. “Time is a treasure that attracts many robbers”, and we often mistake our busyness for living a life of purpose. We may be doing good things, but we need to stop ourselves and ask “Are we doing the best things?”
Homeschooling brings with it some unique challenges, and in order to maintain sensible and Godly priorities, we should consider this question: “What did Jesus think about what I accomplished today?” This can help us focus on the things that really matter.
Our children also need to see us exercising calm and control, seeking the Lord for guidance and strength. If we don’t exercise dominion over our God-given possessions, then our stuff will own us instead of us owning our stuff.
Sue offered many strategies for dealing with clutter and getting your home life under control, with helpful hints for eliminating excess, organizing your possessions, and using your time wisely.
One particular take-away was that when you declutter and divide your belongings into what you should keep, what needs to be discarded, and what can be donated, you will feel more generous (and thus get rid of more stuff) if you know where you are going to donate those items, and who they will be helping.
Here is a list of places in the Dayton area where you can donate gently used items to benefit someone in need:
Clothes That Work Project
1133 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd Suite 392
They collect business attire for women entering the workforce – blazers, skirts, blouses, purses, etc
Battered Women’s Project (YWCA)
141 W. Third Street
Accepts women’s and children’s clothing, toys, and household items.
St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Stores
Various area locations
Will pick up 3 bags or more of clothing and household items
Dayton Gospel MIssion
64 Burns Ave
Collects clothing and shoes for the needy in our area.
Miami Valley Women’s Center
Kettering – Main Office
2345 W. Stroop Rd.
Dayton, Ohio 45439
Accepts maternity clothes, baby clothes, and baby items.
This is just a taste of what you missed at November’s PEACH meeting. You also missed the taste of the amazing pies shared during the Meet & Eat fellowship after the meeting.
All of us are weary after a long day of child care, teaching, and homemaking, so it’s hard to pull a brush through your hair, put on shoes, and go out on a Thursday night. However, PEACH meetings help us connect with, support, and encourage our fellow homeschoolers. When we are there to minister to others, we are also ministered to in our hearts and spirits because we’ve made someone else feel care for and understood.
Plan to attend future PEACH meetings! This year’s monthly meeting calendar is:
- Saturday, December 12th – Children’s Craft and Bake Sale in conjunction with Xenia Hometown Christmas
- Thursday, January 14th – Testing/Assessment Panel and Discussion followed by a Recycled Christmas Dessert Social
- Thursday, February 11th – Mom’s Dinner and Discussion
- Thursday, March 10th – “Fanny Crosby” historical re-enactment presented by Vickie Gaynier followed by a Green Dessert Social
- Thursday, April 14th – Shining Stars Showcase
- Thursday, May 12th – “The Many Faces of Homeschooling” Panel and Workshops followed by a Spring Sweets Social
- Thursday, June 9th – Annual Curriculum Sale