Monday, April 14, 2014

Cleaning My Dyson

 While I was surfing around Pinterest I saw a pin about cleaning your Dyson vacuum.  I said to myself, "You are supposed to clean them?"  I have emptied the canister and clean the hair off the bottom, but that is about it.

In the eight years I have had this vacuum, I will confess it has never been deep cleaned.  So one sunny spring day I set out to clean my Dyson. 

Now Dyson has many different versions so yours may not have the same parts.  But I think the concepts are the same. Remember not to force any parts off. 
Open your trap door on the bottom of your canister and then take off the screws.  Next gently pull off the handled top.   
 Watch out for the giant dust cloud that explodes all around you!  OK, it is a miracle anything gets clean with this thing, YUCK! 
I took a hose to all of these pieces.  I kept rinsing until the water ran clear.  Then I took them inside and scrubbed them with a soapy toothbrush  
 Next I found the filter.  Never knew it had one, but there are stickers on the machine telling me where it is. OOPS!

That filter is supposed to be blue.
 I brought it inside and rinsed it until it ran clear.  It was like squeezing mud out of that thing. Then I found out I am supposed to clean that thing every six months.  
 So next up is the roller brush area.  Yes, we all probably cut the hair and string off now and again.  But today I am taking the plastic housing off.  

My roller didn't come off all the way, so I had to work around the brush.  

 So I found a couple more parts that came off.  I rinsed and wiped all the parts.  I am leaving them to dry in the sun today.  Then I will let them dry inside for a couple of days.  You don't want moisture inside your vacuum.  
So there you have it!  One sparkling clean vacuum.  I thought it would be a simple task, but it took a couple hours to take apart and clean all the parts.  But now I have a "brand new" vacuum, that should last another 8 years. 
 Well, I hope so anyway.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Organizing Stamps

I have quite the collection of acrylic stamps.  
They are great because you don't have the chunky wooden
 backs to store.  You only need an acrylic block to stick
 them too and your ready to stamp.  
Then when your done just clean them and put them away.  
Now putting them away became a challenge for me. 
 I stuffed them in little bags and had to dig through them to find the one I wanted to use.  So I decided to follow my DIL's idea to store them in baseball card page protectors.

 You can find them at Target or Walmart.  I think I paid 5 bucks for these.  Not a bad investment for my sanity.
 Next I cut out little white cards, to fit in each of the places.  I choose white so you can read the stamps clearly. 

I was going to put a set of stamps on each side, but it was too bulky.  So I decided to just use one side.  

So much better!  Don't you agree.  Now I placed them in a binder that I can carry to crops and classes.  No more digging for the right stamp, woo hoo!

Organizing makes me happy!
 I hope you found this little tip helpful.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a blessed day!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Young Lives, BIG Stories

Let me introduce to you three special people. These youngsters have grown up in the sub culture called, the military family.  Over looked by the majority of our society, these kids sacrificed along side their soldier parent for the duration of his career.  They moved on average every 2-3 years, attended 6 different schools, had to repeatedly make new friendships, say good bye to many friends and live with the uncertainty of their soldier parent coming home safely.A lot of military children take these changes in stride and some even thrive on them, but it is hard - kids have to rebuild their world every time and find their place in it..
Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger in 1986 designated each April as "The Month of the Military Child".  Recognizing the contribution the military child makes as their parent serve our nation.  So if you happen to walk past a soldier and his family make sure not to only thank the soldier for his or her service, but also their children.  

Military posts have many activities for the military family. They have youth services, where young kids can gather and hangout. The bases have pools, playgrounds, bowling allies and theaters. But they don't have mentors.  People that come along side these kids to be a friend to confide in and share their lives.  

Let me introduce this little guy......... Matthew.

You may recognize him from the above photo, but he is somewhat of an anomaly in this story.  He grew up and instead of choosing the path of businessman, family, white picket fence lifestyle, he choose the career of serving as a missionary to military children.   Along with his wife Sarah, they plan to travel and live on military posts in Asia and Europe.  They will come along side chaplins, families and their kids to minister to them.  

How you may ask?  They will be in the schools tutoring, holding backyard Bible clubs, teaching Sunday school, setting up AWANA and VBS programs and so much more.

Quote from their blog.
"We are followers of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Our desire is to bring a smile to His face! We are missionaries to the military children, we trust the Lord will use us to bring hope to their constantly changing world. The hope that they will never have to say goodbye to God, like they do with their friends every two years. The hope that God will never leave them or forsake them, He is a constant friend!"

 But in order for them to move overseas they must raise monthly support.  While they are raising their support they are active in their church ministering to children. 

Here is how you can help:
Pray that the Lord will place supporters in their lives.
Pray that Matthew and Sarah are able to convey their ministry and needs in a clear manner.
Pray that they will trust God for their provision.

Think about becoming a member of their team. 

The name of their mission board is Candence International.

They also have a Facebook Page

The young life of this military child is turning into a great big story for the Lord's glory.  Please share, pin, tweet, text, instagram, call, write.... whatever you can do to spread the word of this ministry.

Thanks for stopping by and have a blessed day!