Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My aching heart

Today I am writing with a heavy heart. This morning I took my almost 12 year old son to a funeral.  The funeral was for a healthy, vibrant 40 year old woman whose daughter is in my son's class.  It happened fairly suddenly and was a shock to everyone. She was a wife, a mom to 2 intelligent kids, and a para at the elementary school. Many people are struggling with this loss. It is hard to understand why people who are so young and with so much life to live pass away. I can be sure we will never understand this.  My heart is breaking for this sweet young girl who has lost her mom.

On our way home I was thinking about how short our lives here on Earth can be. Am I taking advantage of every day or am I whining & complaining about what my kids are doing? I am definitely not taking advantage of every day. I need to hug & kiss my kids more and be frustrated with them less. I need to make better use of the time I have. I also need to make sure my kids see me spending time in God's Word, deepening my relationship with Him. I want to leave a legacy like the one my Grandma left, but I have a LONG way to go to do that.  I just have so much on my mind & heart today  - but the one thing that is very clear to me is that I need to have my life right with Christ. I need to spend some time on my knees asking for forgiveness and seeking after Christ and what he has for my life.

Hug your kids an extra time or 10 today.


To any of my friends and family thinking about getting me something for my birthday, think about donating some money to my local Library. They are working on renovating the building and could definitely use any extra money! I was inspired by the young mom whose funeral we attended today, she was very involved with their library and she loved helping kids learn to love reading. I don't need any "stuff" and this gift would be something that would keep giving!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Weekly goals and my new love


Normally I would put the Weekly Goals image first, but I have something so much more exciting this week! I GOT A DISHWASHER! I have been without one for almost 4 years, well I have 3 but they all seem to be broken. One of them does work, it's just sporadic (love you Bill!). This is such a big deal for me, it will save so much time and be easier for me to keep up with the dishes! Can you tell I'm excited? Now to teach the kiddos to load it, already training G! WooHoo! 






Well I didn't do super awesome last week but also not horrible, considering the amount of time I spent at the kids' school or at school activities last week! Plus getting ready for the garage sale, which ended up being very lucrative (partially due to the 18 pints of pickles I sold!). We were able to pay for G's Jr High Camp and purchase a family pool pass! 


Weekly Goals May 7-12
Family Goals
1. Be purposeful about spending fun time together as a family
2. Complete a marriage challenge (more about this next week) -- going to have to wait on this a bit, life got super crazy & stressful last week.
Personal Goals
3. Spend at least 20 min a day studying my Bible
4.  Exercise! I have dropped a few pounds lately and I am only 11 pounds away from the point at        which I will be able to ride our horse, but exercise will be key!
Household Goals
5. Get stuff ready for garage sale!
6. Keep up on laundry/dishes
Wedding Goals (my cousin is getting married in June!)
7. Trial wedding cake -- made up the recipe in cupcake form and it was a hit!!
8. Make a red satin tie for the bridesmaid dresses
9. Make a vest/tie onesie for the honorary ring bearer (who will be a couple weeks old!)
10.  Make a hair clip to match the ties for our bridesmaids dresses so I have an option for my hair!


This is the last full week of school and I am trying to take advantage of every quiet moment!! We have also started our crazy expensive month starting with Mother's Day (though all I wanted this year was relief from my daily chores - it was awesome!) and after 5 birthdays (3 of those being Bill's, mine & G's) a graduation and a wedding it will end on Father's Day. Whew!

Weekly Goals May 13 - 19

Family Goals

1. Make a list of things to keep the boys entertained this summer so they have less time to argue!

2.  Do something every day to let my husband know how much I appreciate & love him!

Personal Goals

3. Do a daily devotion

4. Exercise! Be active every day.

Household Goals

5. Get Living Room back in order after the garage sale madness

Garden Goals

6. Get tomato plants & cucumber seeds planted

7. Pick mulberries to make jam

Wedding Goals

8. Make a red satin tie for the bridesmaid dresses

9. Make a vest/tie onesie for the honorary ring bearer (who will be a couple weeks old!)

10.  Make a hair clip to match the ties for our bridesmaids dresses so I have an option for my hair!


Looks like I have much to accomplish! Fortunately keeping up on dishes will be so much easier! 


Monday, May 7, 2012

Weekly Goals - my crazy life!

  


Well, oops! It's been a few weeks since I've posted. I know I have said this before, but how on Earth did life get so busy??? Whew.  My goals the past couple of weeks have just been to keep up on household chores, the garden, and get the animals taken care of. I can happily say that I succeeded, mostly. Laundry piled up over the weekend but it's not out of control.

I spent quite a bit of time working in the garden, especially on weed patrol! I am constantly amazed at how quickly weeds can come up, unlike the good plants that take a while. Good things come to those that wait! Our potato plants are starting to bloom, as are the peas! We have 7 tomato plants already in and another 4 I need to get out there, not to mention the crazy amount of volunteer tomato plants that are popping up! The onions are thriving and soon I will have to thin out the carrots, beets & radishes! I started some seeds in egg cartons last Monday and the cauliflower and okra have already sprouted up.

I am not going to have a lot of crazy goals this week as it is filled with school activities for the boys! Plus getting ready for the city wide garage sale this Saturday morning and my cousin's bachelorette party that evening! Looking forward to Mothers Day also - all I want this year is to have all the dishes done (not by me) meals prepared and cleaned up after (again, not by me) and no extra messes in the house!


Weekly Goals May 7-12


Family Goals
1. Be purposeful about spending fun time together as a family

2. Complete a marriage challenge (more about this next week)

Personal Goals
3. Spend at least 20 min a day studying my Bible

4.  Exercise! I have dropped a few pounds lately and I am only 11 pounds away from the point at        which I will be able to ride our horse, but exercise will be key!

Household Goals
5. Get stuff ready for garage sale!

6. Keep up on laundry/dishes

Wedding Goals (my cousin is getting married in June!)
7. Trial wedding cake

8. Make a red satin tie for the bridesmaid dresses

9. Make a vest/tie onesie for the honorary ring bearer (who will be a couple weeks old!)

10.  Make a hair clip to match the ties for our bridesmaids dresses so I have an option for my hair!


I said I wasn't going to have a lot of goals but I guess it's unavoidable! I helped out at the kids' school today in the lunchroom and at recess so that the teachers could have a special lunch in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. Wednesday is the 6th grade track meet and G will be doing the 400 meter, high jump and a 4 by 100. Apparently the kid has mad high jump skills and can run like the wind without getting winded (not surprised as he runs everywhere he goes!).  Thursday is Bible Study, D's field trip, and G's rocket launch - I am going to be running like crazy that day! Friday there is no school so we will all be helping get ready for the big yard sale! I am really having to work on scheduling things and making an effort to get all the tasks done!

We are also working on figuring out what to do about our new (to us) van that needs a new transmission ($$$$$$$).  Ah well, so it is with life. God is teaching me to go with the flow and most of all to trust that He will take care of us. I really should have this down by now as He has proven that we are taken care of over & over & over.  On the plus side through the stress & worry I am learning to lean more on Him!