Monday, September 28, 2009
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, we have stayed pretty busy too. Wednesday, we went to an Ag Day near the regional college and it was a blast. We saw and identified fish from KY Lake, learned about electricity, KY commodities, forestry, soil, animals and all in all it was a great field trip. Our county is having one this Friday, I think we will not double dip. The agenda seems to be the same.
Thursday, after schooling, we got our BBQ fix. Our day was filled with the sights and sounds of the festival. Good times. It is the best time to go and yet still very well attended. There are always crowds, thank goodness because this event finances every charity in existence in our town.
Friday, we had science co-op featuring the dissection of a worm and a starfish. We had to leave promptly to get to arts and crafts club in another city so my oldest two could decoupage. Next month is basket weaving. I am loving our homeschool group this year. It is so nice to have activities that are just for my older ones sprinkled in with our other stuff.
Saturday, we started THE BIG READ with our town giving away 500 copies of To Kill A Mockingbird. The older girls are involved in a reading group that will study this book over the next few weeks. This is one of my favorite books and movies. We met Scout, or at least the lady who played Scout in the movie. Erika even got to pet her dog who was riding in style in a very posh stroller. Even Lilly is excited about reading this book.
Saturday evening, we caught up with Erik's sister who was visiting to attend the BBQ fest. We had a relaxed visit, caught up a bit and then went home to get to bed at a reasonable hour.
Sunday, my favorite day, I will postpone blogging for tomorrow. This post is long already! It does have a little something to do with butterflies!!
Thursday, September 24, 2009
- My husband dressed up like a hippie for his porkstock gig. None of his bandmates recognized him at first.
- My hair is uber curly today and resembles the hippy wig hubby wore last night.
- Vikings are very interesting.
- My bullets are turned in for this week...my sister has rationed me down to only one box a week now and I can't share with my friends. ) : I fear my work at home job is coming to an end very soon.
- I have endless calls to return.
- I took the kids on a field trip yesterday and it wore me out. I had to take a long nap to recover. My Dr. appt. needs to happen soon!!
- Rain is only nice once or twice a week. Then it is quite a bother.
- BBQ is mighty fine. If you are in this end of the state, you should go get some!!
Sunday, September 20, 2009
I do miss thse days. It never gets easier. You get more sleep, they dress themselves and can get themselves in and out of the car but it doesn't get easier in any other way.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
- I don't use a laundry basket to transport dirty clothes to the washer or clean clothes from the dryer. I wrap my loving arms around lots of laundry, clean or dirty, instead. It is kind of a stupid habit. It is because I have the following three laundry baskets: the broken cheap round white one full of 'goodwill stuff', the good blue one full of mismatched socks, and the other good blue one full of an assortment of clothing shoved in there last time company was on the way and stacks of clothes were everywhere.
- I think it is easier to have extra kids over to visit because mine love having company and it is almost like having no kids. This is especially true, shockingly, if there are three extra kids and all of my girls have one of their very own.
- My great nephew hates me. He is the most adorable thing from a distance. He raises his little eybrow at me and smiles so sweetly. Then I hold him and you would think I pulled his gorgeous little hair. Most babies respond to me this way. My own babies loved me. All others, not so much. I finally told him today, I won't try to play with you again until you are a toddler (big fat lie) and then we can play cars together. Toddlers love me.
- I have piles of paperwork/books/caalogs/junk mail all over my table and bar. I am slowly sifting through them but no one can tell, no-not even me.
- I have not recorded a single grade in my gradebook this year. Can you say procrastinate?
Good grief already. I could go all night with this but that is quite enough. My tens of readers can only handle so many confessions at a time. Have a great weekend!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
While this has been our most unusual year to date, things are becoming almost effortless. I just noticed last week that we do have a routine and it works. AND, if I would make it an intentional routine, it would work even better. So, I don't have to reinvent the wheel, I can just go with the momentum we already have.
This week I have slowly gotten better at getting up earlier than what had become my 9 o'clock usual. I have gotten up at 7, 8:30, and 7:30. I have made sure to get to bed by 1. I will slowly change my bedtime to earlier which will automatically made my rise time earlier. I don't sleep too much, I just hate going to bed. Staying up too late makes me not want to get up...vicious cycle. Getting up earlier is the right thing to do. It makes our days much more productive. Unbelievably more productive.
I am so thankful to serve a God that cares about my day. I am thankful he 'wakes me up' to the things I am doing right as often as he wakes me up to the things I am doing wrong. I am very thankful he has made routine achievable-even for a routine buster like me!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Today is going to be a catch-up day and so far all I have accomplished is lunch (chili) and starting a load of laundry. Productivity, please come visit me today. I promise to play nicely and share my toys. If you happen to see Motivation on your way over, bring her as well. I'll even serve you up some chili if you're hungry.
Monday, September 14, 2009
I instructed the girl who 'bumped' us to pull way over because her radiator was toast and she was not gonna be driving anywhere. She at age 20 is engaged to a man stationed far away with the Navy. Her mom is in the hospital in Nashville. She was willing to be dropped off somewhere to wait, but I just wanted her to be stranded at home if she had to be stranded. So we took her home. I could not feel good about her riding in a tow truck.
It was certainly a lively afternoon. I hope tomorrow is boring!!
- Lay out school for my kiddos the night before. The morning scramble was keeping us all stressed and showed some very poor time management skilz.
- Maintain the housework. Instead of letting things 'go' to a point where I have to spend oodles of time taking it back. Two loads of laundry every day is better than 15 loads in one day.
- I am going to make an appointment about my knee. I am going to start with my chiropractor and then go from there.
- I am going to make an appointment with an internal medicine specialist about my thyroid troubles. Something is not right and a little blood test just doesn't feel like what I need right now.
- I am restarting Weight Watchers. I have a whole binder of info and it is free right now. Good timing.
- I am going to start walking every day. I hope to add in some other kinds of exercise eventually but I know if I don't start small and achievable, I won't do anything.
So, there are my Monday morning goals. I am going to hold myself accountable by posting an update every Monday.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Pastoral, Service: 50%
Mercy, Evangelism, Artistry: 42%
Wisdom, Knowledge: 34%
Teaching, Discernment, Intercession: 25%
...but I did take their spiritual gifts quiz. AND, I agree with my results for the most part. I don't see myself as a leader, but I do have people share with me that I am on a regular basis. I certainly don't ever mind being in charge of things although that is often not my preference. I just feel that someone has to be and if no one else is stepping up, I'll just do it.
The writing and administration I do realize and dearly love both. Passionately. Also I love service and mercy. What does pastoral mean??? I'll have to research that one. I score pretty low in knowledge, wisdom and teaching. That makes me chuckle because that is the place I am used most often at my church. It is a good thing I am not using the old standby, "That's just really not my gift." If I had a nickel for every time I heard that during the TEN years I help lead our pre-school classes, I'd be rich.
So, go take the test. I'd love to hear about your gifts!! It does not give you exact percentages...it is a bar graph.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
So anyway, a recent molehill that had grown almost as big as Mount Washmore is resolved. Perhaps permanently on my part. I don't want to say that I have lowered my expectations because that isn't exactly what has happened. I would say it is more like I have developed an ability to be more empathetic. I am developing an ability to argue both sides of the debate and recognize that sometimes no one is 'right' and there is not a clear 'winner'. There are always 2 sides to every story and an unhealthy bias to both of those sides no matter how objective we think we are.
I am divorcing the notion of perfect fellowship because that just can't happen this side of heaven.
I am thankful to have a real family at my church- real meaning you just really get on each other's nerves sometimes but the relationship and Godly value is too high to just let it go. You have to push through the conflicts, serve hefty doses of mercy all around, build a bridge and get over it. I am thankful to be able to indeed, get over it. I am also thankful for the spiritual maturity that God has begun in me. My friend, I'll call her Simply Sandy, once reminded me how easy it is to maintain online blog relationships where everyone hears your side and spurs you on. She then went on to say in the real world where people know both sides of the story, you are held to a higher standard of accountability. Blogging friends are fun, but personal growth is much more likely to happen in real life relationships. It is a double blessing to have friends who are in both worlds. God bless my wise friends.
In conclusion...I have built a bridge and I am over it. Until the next Festivus...
Monday, September 07, 2009
"I didn't know you two were married." Much chuckling all around. We just never know what goes on in that brain of hers or when it is going to be spoken allowed.
This morning I asked her who she thought Mike was married to. She said she thought he and Sara were engaged and Sara just made sure to always be there anytime the youth group was over.
Mike, Sara-congrats again on being married and looking soooo young that you aren't even married yet. Just wait until we tell her you both are finished with college and have jobs.
Today I cleaned all the trash cans and worked on laundry while Erik took the girls to the parade. They had a ball and I loved being alone at home. Now we are at my in-laws. We have eaten like kings and now we are doing the whole laying about thing. I have the best in-laws ever. They spoil us almost every holiday and sometimes even when there is no holiday. We are blessed.
This afternoon I plan to do some more cleaning. I hate cleaning but it really has to get done...even if it quickly gets undone. However, I won't rush our laying about time here...where it is always clean.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Power is on my brain today. There are other words I might us, like influence, but I prefer to use the tough word for it. POWER. It makes a statement. It is bold and raw. It isn't dressed up and politically correct. I am talking about the kind of power that hurts. The power that one person asserts over another-or lots of others. I am not talking about DENNY CRANE power that loudly asserts itself to anyone who will listen. I'm talking about the quiet pervasive power that goes bump in the night. The power that seeps in slowly and takes your breath away because you didn't expect it.
That is the kind of power I am thinking about. Mostly I am praying about it. We all have power. We all have the potential to use our power to get our way. What happens if I use it to such an extent that good people are hurt. What happens if I start thinking my way is the best, my people are the best, my preferences are every one's preferences-or they should be. What if I start to think I know who God wants to fill servant positions and I ignore the call someone else may feel in their life. Who wins if I always get what I want?
Honestly, who am I? I am but a vapor. Nothing I do here has any merit without the will of my Father at its root. He is the perfect parent, he has no favorites. He equips the called, not calls the equipped. He is strong where we are weak. The people who can be used most mightily might not be the people we think of first. It is not His will that one person be declared 'better' than another. EVAH. NO NOT EVAH. So why does it keep happening? It breaks my heart. In a thousand itty bitty slivers.