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Choices, or the lack thereof

It’s been months since I’ve posted.  I know, I’m a slacker.  Although I had many great posts run through my head from time to time, this blog was not high on my priority list as far as actually taking the time to sit down and type out those thoughts.

There are so many things going on in our life right now that I’ve allowed myself to become distracted and off-track.  I’ve used them as excuses why I couldn’t do this or needed to do that, even when they weren’t really excuses.

But something I heard at church Wednesday night changed my perspective completely.

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Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Faith, Food & Fitness, Homeschooling

 

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Only 2 weeks in…

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.

Hello Mornings and Bible in 90 Days start Monday.  I’m excited and I know I can do this. I’m going to try to blog about it, but no promises.

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.
 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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Hello 2012!

I decided to play along and pick my one word for 2012: understanding.  

Understanding ADD and the impact it has on me, my kids, my marriage, and my friendships. What I’ve learned so far makes explains so much about myself and I can’t wait to dig deeper.

Understanding the intricacies of new job responsibilities, responsibilities that I think I want to take on permanently.

Understanding where I’m at my spiritual walk and how my Heavenly Father wants me to move forward.

Understanding social media and savvy blogging and how to make it work for me. Who knows, I might even manage to blog something that isn’t 3in30 related.  😉

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Posted by on January 1, 2012 in Blogging, Faith, Food & Fitness

 

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Done in faithfulness

Done in faithfulness

In January, I set out to read the entire Bible in just 90 days.  I struggled to finish, and long after the 90th day passed I was still in the early part of Isaiah. Eventually I admitted to myself that I’d given up and was not going to finish.

For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness.  — Psalm 33:4

On July 11th {my birthday, I might add}, I set out to do it again – with much trepidation.  Knowing how often I’ve failed to complete any Bible reading plan over the past 8 years, combined with my recent failure earlier this year, I nervously signed up. And then wondered if I was doing the right thing. But I wanted to do this, I needed to do this. For myself as much as for my faith in the Lord. He told me I could do this, and I believed.

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Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Faith

 

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#3in30 August goals – Week 4 update

You can read about my other goals for August here.

Goal #3 – Reclaim my mornings.


I have not been good about getting up this week, often dragging myself out of bed at 545 or later. But I have still spent time in prayer while I’m getting dressed and I’ve still be fixing breakfast for my kids.  Most days.

We’ve had breakfast tacos once, oatmeal twice, and cereal/smoothies once.  Today’s another cereal today.

I think I’m just getting to bed too late and that’s what is making it harder to get up in the morning, but I’m not positive.  SleepBot says I’m 4:33 hrs behind on my sleep, although it certainly feels like it’s more than that.  {Today is a bad allergy day, which doesn’t help.}

I need to work on my September goals today.  I have so many ideas floating in my head that I’m going to have to write them out and prioritize them.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2011 in Blogging, Faith

 

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#3in30 August goals – Week 3 update

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s already time for my 3rd week update, but it is.  School starts on Monday and my hubby is so glad!  haha

Goal #1 – Clean out and organize the bathroom cabinets.   
Goal #2 – Finish my Good Morning Girls book study. 


I am still working towards finishing up all the SOAP scriptures for the GMG study before the 1 John study starts on 9/19. So far I’ve been doing one a day, right before bed, but I may sit down this weekend and try to get a few weeks worth finished.
Goal #3 – Refocus myself to #hellomornings and getting up early enough for exercise and quiet time.
My Sleep Bot app says I only had 2 late days this week, which is better than last week.  I’ve made it a point of getting my QT and worship time in regardless of what time I got up.  Exercise is somewhat limited right now.  I strained my upper right arm somehow, and being the relatively same location as a 5-year old recovered tear injury, I’m being very cautious until I know it’s fully healed.  I do not want a serious injury like that again!  Officially, #hellomornings is between sessions but the fall session starts 9/15.  Head over to Inspired To Action and keep an eye out for her sign-up post if you want to join us next time!
I’m loving that I find myself now thinking ahead for future goals and projects that need to be done.  It’s funny when I come across something and I catch myself thinking – oh, that’ll be perfect for next month or that’ll work better scheduling wise if I wait until October.  LOL  And to think back in April I gave up so easily!
 
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Posted by on August 20, 2011 in Blogging, Faith

 

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#3in30 August goals – Week 2 update

This week has been incredibly hectic for me.  Monday I was off work for a dental appointment and Friday I was off so I could help chaperone Andy’s orchestra camp field trip.  So work was hectic cramming 5 days of things into 3, including the effort of scheduling 80+ people for software testing.  I love my job though and I’m so glad God put me in a position where my skills are both useful and appreciated.

Home has been just as hectic though, but it too has been productive.

My last July goal – to purge the boys’ unused clothing – is complete.  To the best of my knowledge anyway. I admit that I have not entered their rooms to actually confirm that only the things they routinely wear remain.  That will be projects for another month. 😉  But I dropped off 2 bags of clothing in the donation box on my way home from the grocery store tonight with a sense of satisfaction.

My 2nd August goal – to finish my Good Morning Girls book study – is also complete.   I’m still about 6 weeks behind on SOAP scriptures, but I’m going to make it a priority to do one scripture every night before bed until I’m done.  My goal though was to actually finish the book, and with 8 chapters to go, I spent the majority of my evening doing just that.  I’m not going to blog on the last 2 topics – Training and Service – because the answers to the study questions are ones that are more introspective to me and require thought and prayer. Maybe someday you’ll get to read my answers.  I do want to share with you though my favorite quote from what I read today:

Sin in our lives makes us resist responsibility. (The Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson, p. 191)

I can’t explain why this one little sentence resonates so deeply with me, but it does. My own conviction perhaps?

Goal #3 – Refocus myself to #hellomornings and getting up early enough for exercise and quiet time.  Only 2 days this week did I actually get up at 5am and exercise, but I did work in a 20-minute Zumba session this morning before I had to get ready for breakfast with our friends.  I whined a little bit Friday to my online friends about not having enough time for everything, but I think I’ve figured it out since then.  

If I actually get up at 5am, I have 45 minutes to myself before Alex’s alarm goes off. That’s plenty of time as long as I get myself into a regular morning and evening routine and get to bed on time.  Keep praying for me my friends. LOL
I did decide I’m going to do Good Morning Girls’ Fall Bible Study on 1 John.  It’s SOAP format and I’m going to keep up with it a journal rather than online.  My mornings will be much smoother if I keep exercise short and QT simple. Trying to fit time for actual #B90Days reading into my morning is too stressful, and often leaves me feeling slightly resentful that my time is not my own. So my bible reading needs to remain something that I do in spare moments throughout my day and finish up with at night.  Lately I’ve taken to reading in bed until I fall asleep and I love it.  It’s such a wonderful way to end my day.

However, I’m happy to say that I’m holding steady with the #B90Days reading.  I did fall a little behind earlier in the week when I was just so mentally exhausted from work I couldn’t comprehend what I was reading.  But I made the most of my off-time Thursday night and Friday and on this lazy Saturday, and caught up. Tomorrow’s reading is Day 35 and the start of Nehemiah. I think it also makes us about 40% complete.

On that note, I’m calling it a night my friends.  Even though all I’ve done is read all day, I’m tired.   Have a great night a blessed Sunday!

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2011 in Blogging, Faith

 

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