Moments of Gratitude
::evening sunlight falling across my bed
::recovery for my grandparents
::kids and books
::Leo napping on the quilt made for him by his great grandpa Leo
Beauty in the Ordinary
I have made a very thorough cleaning list for this last week before school starts…room by room…chore by chore. We will be tackling jobs that are supposed to get done all the time as well as some jobs that get put off, like cleaning the ceiling fans. To help my pantry cleaning/organization, I bought an adjustable Door Rack to keep spices and stuff better organized. (Wow! That’s way cheaper than the one I bought at Target and it looks like the same thing. I paid $34.99 plus tax.) I had to restrain myself from buying one for each closet door in my home. I think we are going to buy a couple more though. (Now that I’ve found these way cheaper, I am definitely buying more.)
From the Kitchen
My grocery budget is too big. I really need to create an inexpensive plan with a few treats thrown and STICK TO IT. I also need to:
A) go back to my old ways of, “I fix it, you eat it…or you don’t. Hopefully you like the next meal.”
B) give smaller portions and then 2nds if they need it instead of getting too much the first time around
I am praying for our new priest, whoever he may be. This has been a messy year and he needs all the support he can get before he even gets here. I’m praying for a great school year and myself. When I’m stressed (or a certain time of the year) I tend to revert to some bad habitual thinking…I’ve been stressed and it’s that time of year.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you fastened your own belt ans walked where you would; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will fasten your belt for you and carry you where you do not wish to go.” (This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.) And after this he said to them, “Follow me.”
There are moments recently where I am acutely aware of time. I am aware of the fact that my once first born baby is now 14. I am aware of the fact that instead of planning my days leisurely around the needs of a couple of toddlers and maybe a baby thrown in for good measure, I am living in front of a teen–who will sooner, rather than later, be making her way into the world–pre-teens, who are really still little girls in growing bodies with equally growing minds and souls, a young boy in a major developmental and spiritual growth spurt, a little girl growing between two boys, a toddler boy in a growth spurt trying to forge his own way and a slobbery, teething baby. I am aware of the fact that I am now 40. I am no longer the young mother with the new little family. I am supposedly the older and wiser mother…Time, I am pondering time.
Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives (I just started this book after I found it at Good Will or GW Boutique as we like to call it. Funny, I was pondering time and then found this book.)
The Imitation of Christ (I’m thinking this should be our new book club book.)
I am going to start back up memorizing the Magnificat. If any of you girls feel like everybody memorizes or accomplishes what they set out to do in record time, please scroll through past CWA’s and see how incredibly long I have been wanting to/trying to do this.
Link up and share a peek into your life. If you don’t have blog, share in the comments. Then take a minute to go visit your sisters in Christ. Encourage each other…pray for each other…love each other.