Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What are you putting off?

It was a simple desire, really.

I woke up Saturday morning with mending on my mind.

I went through my usual routine. Get dressed. Make the bed. Pick up the laundry. Make the coffee. Read my Bible. Write in my prayer journal.

Through it all, the pile on my sewing table that had been growing like mold grows on leftovers too long in the refrigerator was on my mind.

“Just get it done,” I told myself. “Now. This morning. Life will be so much better when that pile is eliminated, or, at the very least, reduced.”


So I attacked it. I put tucks in a couple of skirts. I attached a bit of trim and ruffle to an old denim skirt to give it a new life. I broke a needle. I had to start over again on the skirt hem when the bobbin ran out. I sewed on a button.

I didn’t get everything done, but I cut my mending pile in half.


Frustration accompanied me at times, but the end feeling of accomplishment was a good start to a Saturday.

What do you have piling up in a corner or waging a ground attack trying to take over more territory?

A pile of papers?
Science experiments growing in the refrigerator?
A disorganized linen closet?
A phone call or conversation?
Emails?

Start with prayer. Then attack back for just an hour and see how much land you can reclaim.

Divide it into smaller jobs and conquer that feeling of despair that accompanies the ginormous task as a whole.


Soon, that sprig of encouragement that shoots up with the completion of a little task could take root and grow into the need to get it all done. {I said could…. J}

You can do it.

Attack!


What are you putting off?






Summer is a great time for a Lilla Rose flexi to keep your hair up, and there are so many cute styles!





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Friday, July 25, 2014

The One Where I Clean the Refrigerator ~ Homeschool Week Wrap-Up

This is our second week back to school, and it can be tough blending starting-school activities with end-of-summer activities.

The first part of the week was hot and sticky, good days to stay inside and hit the books. But by the end of the week, the temperatures and humidity had dropped, and the children were eager to play a little hooky. J


Monday, we were desperate for milk, so we ran to Sam’s Club. I use the word ran loosely since Sam’s is about a half-hour away and usually gets combined with other stops. School in the van!

I don’t remember Tuesday so well, perhaps because it was a normal day. So, I asked the 8yo what we did that day. Her answer? We had breakfast, did school, listened to Pride & Prejudice (the music CD), talked, ate lunch, napped. The melody of life.

Learning in the midst of a cute distraction.

A duet of giggles.

Wednesday was our library’s Summer Reading Program carnival…games, bags of candy, popsicles, and plenty of smiling librarians. I think the prospect of a fun afternoon at the library energized the children…we finished an entire day of lessons in the morning. J


Bible Bee study.

Bedtime reading.

Thursday is spelling test day, and the children are usually eager to get it done first thing in the morning. As I get the day going, they give each other their spelling tests. I often overhear, "I can’t tell you that. It's a test." J Overall, it was an off day, not really in any way I can put my finger on, but it did end with a rather productive evening working on the house and studying for the Bible Bee.

Spelling test.

My big accomplishment this week? In the midst of all this back-to-school flurry of activity, I cleaned out the refrigerator in the garage. J There was some yucky brown goo that had stuck all over the bottom shelf, so before I loaded the refrigerator up with milk again, I wiped it all out…all shelves, drawers, and door racks. Whew! What a chore. But now it looks like new, and I can cross an item off my it-really-needs-to-be-done-but-I’m-going-to-wait-until-I-can’t-put-it-off-any-longer list. How many items are on your list? J


On the blog this week…



Building our home this week…

We’ve received most of our kitchen cabinets! A couple were damaged, one was missing, and one was just plain wrong, but those re-orders should be delivered this weekend. I still need to figure out countertops, but who’s keeping track of what’s left? {Probably none of you, but I sure am. J}



We would love to be in by the end of August since we have a rather busy fall coming up. But only God knows. We covet your prayers for that timely completion and the sale of our current house!

Have an amazing weekend! J








How was your week?


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