I cannot believe how crazy this week has been. I must be starting to get on the right track because it seems like everywhere I turn it’s nothing but one attack after another.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. — Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
Huh. I was looking for a good scripture on faith and found one on understanding instead, not even realizing it until after I’d pasted and formatted the text. So yeah, that’s the kind of week I’ve had.
I am relying fully on faith right now, reminding myself that this is all part of His plan and His purpose and I just have to go with it and rely on Him to see us through. When life spins out of control, it’s all any of us can do.
Both boys have acted out and I need to read Hope for the Weary Mom now more than ever. Because oh, am I weary.
I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. — Psalm 69:3 (NASB)
Alex’s actions are those of a newly turned 18 year old but they have made waves in the household and the tension is thick. Andy’s actions are far more severe and far reaching, and I don’t think he yet understands the consequences that are before him. But it’s out of my hands; all I can do is be supportive and keep praying.
Week 2 update on my goals for January 2012.
1. Recipe binders. I have 2 binders already filled with sheet protectors and dividers, I just need to collect all the loose paper copies, sort them, and insert them into the binders.
- Week 1: Gather recipes. There’s no telling where all I have them stacked at. Done! My loose recipes are in the top drawer of my cart (where I keep my future reading and blank journals). I also printed out some of my favorites from online along with a few that I hope to try soon and added them to the stack. I did not include Alex’s handwritten-on-sticky-notes recipes because they’re in his shorthand and for everything he himself is responsible for making (like italian bread and tortillas). At some point I’ll have him write them neatly on notebook paper or type them up but at this point it doesn’t bother me to leave them out of the book.
- Week 2: Sort the recipe pages into categories and label the dividers. Done! I haven’t actually labeled the dividers themselves but I did put the recipes into sheet protectors and sorted them into categories with sticky notes where the dividers will go. I have: breads & muffins, sweets, condiments & dressings, side dishes, soups & stews, entrees. At some point I may need to break entrees into beef/poultry/pasta but I’m not going to do that now.
- Week 3: Devise a method of indexing the recipes. I’m thinking the easiest way to do it may be to put page numbers in the corners and then just keep an alphabetical TOC by category at the front of each binder. I want to be able to quickly find the recipes I’m looking for, but at the same time I don’t want to constantly be shuffling pages around either.
2. Start 5K training. Our high school is having a 5K fundraiser for our graduating class on March 3. That gives me 9 weeks to complete an 8 week program. M-W-F will my training days and I know I can do this.
- Week 1: Charge the iPod, leash the dog and run. No excuses! Done! Okay, I didn’t start until Friday BUT all of last week I was dealing with a spider bite under my arm and any form of exercise, or even simple movements, were extremely painful. I’ll spare you the details because it’s just too gross to share. You’re welcome. 😉 By Friday had infection had cleared up so we leashed the dog and Alex ran with her while I set the pace with my iPod and homemade playlist. Which worked very well I might add. It’s nice to run to music I know and like, and I knew when the song changed, it was time to run/walk again. Our total was 24 minutes and 1.4 miles.
- Week 2: Keep up with the 5K program. Run inside to the Wii when it rains tomorrow. Done! I actually managed to run Monday night during a break in the rain. Andy and I even saw a crawdad wandering across our path. 🙂 Wednesday night I didn’t run because of the day’s drama and I really wasn’t in the mood. Last night I went out for coffee with a friend and didn’t think about it. I’d like to make time to get a 2nd run in tonight or tomorrow but we’ll see what happens.
- Week 3: Start week 2 of the 5K training program. Register for the race on Friday.
3. Organize my kitchen. We added new furniture and new appliances to an already messy and chaotic kitchen. It drives me crazy to work in there when I can’t find what I need. So I’m going to clean it up and clean it out and retrain my kids to keep it that way.
- Week 1: Spice shelf; it’s what bugs me the most. Done! Okay, so this didn’t actually get done until tonight, but again, it wasn’t something I was going to tackle when I felt so horrible earlier in the week and yesterday we were busy all day long. But it’s done and that’s all that’s matters right?
- Week 2: Tupperware cabinet. I’m hoping the presence of storage bins will help keep the odds-n-ends in one place. Not done yet. I have the bins, I just haven’t made the time to sit down and go through everything. Going to try very hard to get this finished Sunday.
- Week 3: Pantry cabinets. My pantry is a mess and needs to be cleaned out and organized. We have too much of some staples and not enough of others and I can’t go shopping without knowing what I need.