I think I respect myself more when I am busy during the day and get a lot done. I feel like I justify my time at home, I guess.
It’s sunny, in the mid-50’s and gorgeous outside. We had hoped to get a Christmas tree today, but Jim is very sick and not up to driving, and I’m not going without him.
We got next to nothing done this week on the house. Between FD (Family Drama), being sick, driving to the hospital (she’s ok) etc, etc, etc….ad infinitum….we just didn’t do a whole lot.
Sigh. It will get done, right?
1. 4 WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!!!!
2. Now that I’ve got your attention, I’ll be repeating my actions of last year and the many years before and avoiding the craziness of shopping today. I do most of my shopping from the comfort of my own chair. The internet is a great way to save gas, money and sanity!
3. Jim and I and the kids had a terrific Thanksgiving dinner with my family. No drama, just lots of laughter, amazing food, good visiting and conversation and happy memories.
4. I am having the thankful task of sending off my final payment for Laura’s orthodontia. I included a very nice letter for the amazing staff who worked with us–I have nothing but excellent things to say about them and wanted them to know it.
5. Jim and I have both come down with a cold. Fortunately I’m married to one of those apparently rare species of men that isn’t a baby about being sick. No Man Cold’s here, thank you very much!
6. Our outside Christmas lights are up and apparently we’re going to get our tree this weekend. Sunday is supposed to be sunny and in the low 50’s so that seems the most likely candidate. Although for a few years we stomped through the “cut your own” place, getting frozen and miserable, last year we bypassed that and drove one mile to Home Depot and picked one out for 1/2 the price that did just fine. I’m hoping we get to do that again–not that I don’t want to give the kids happy memories, but how happy are shivering complaining children who have to walk a mile to go to the bathroom?
7. As we approach the coming Christmas Season, may we keep the real reason in our hearts and minds and not get too caught up in what the world thinks is important. Jesus loves us, this we know, for the bible tell us so. Amen!
I woke up this morning and thought about doing my 7 Quick Takes Friday. Because, you know, the kids are off tomorrow so that must mean today is Friday.
So instead you get this, which is going to point out how much better we learn as children than as adults.
When I was a child, I attended Spruce Street Baptist Church. We used the King James Version, because hey, if it was good enough for the apostles, it was good enough for us. 😀 We did a lot of memorizing. In the KJV. Which, while a beautiful sounding translation, isn’t exactly understandable for a 6 year old.
When I changed churches at 16 and discovered the NIV I went crazy and actually READ the bible! What a concept! I also did bible studies and memorizing like I had as a child.
So. Yesterday morning I’m in the shower trying desperately to STOP THINKING ABOUT FAMILY DRAMA. And this verse pops into my brain.
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee [because he trusteth in Thee].” (in the bars is the rest of the verse that I didn’t remember) That’s not NIV, folks. That’s something I learned a child and got put in there for good, for when I needed it. Did I know the “address”? No. I always stunk at that part. I just googled it and it’s Isaiah 26:3. I also looked it up in the NIV: “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.”
When I was in labor with the quads, and scared out of my mind and waiting for Jim to come down the hospital, I laid there and said every verse I could. Most, if not all, were in the King James Version. Because what we learn as children gets STUCK in our heads. Bennett, Laura and Catie attend the Good News Club on Thursdays, which is sort of like VBS during the school year. One of the things they do is memory verses. I LOVE IT! Our church doesn’t seem to emphasize scripture memorization, and I know I’m not doing anything, either.
Any suggestions from you Christian moms?
That’s been my mantra lately. Today it’s especially true because I’m also a bear of very little sleep. I went to bed late and just laid there. For hours. And hours. Thinking and praying, and then thinking some more. I think I got about 3 hours sleep maybe. When the alarm went off, sadly, at 6, I just couldn’t make myself listen to it. I got up a little late and then decided I:
A) didn’t need a shower and
B) would just stay in my pj’s so I could go back to bed when the kids left for school. Of course I’m now dressed and showered, but hey, it was a fun thought!
I don’t know how much is going to get done on the house today with my energy level being this low. And that’s not such a good thing.
Or, put up your outside Christmas lights before it gets REALLY cold. This is supposed to be the last week of the 50’s. Next week we enter the “ooh, it’s starting to get CHILLY 40’s”
Jim is off this week and we are working on home projects. Today kind of disintegrated a little…we were supposed to work on drywall, but ended up going to WalMart to pick up some new outside lights (two strings from last year were dead) and putting them up. It’s a little bit weird to think that this will, Lord Willing, be our last Christmas in this home. When we bought it we were so thrilled, and so clueless! This next home will, Lord Willing, be our “forever” home–the ones the children will remember when they talk fondly about where they grew up.
If we meet with the lawyer this week, which is our hope, we’ll be able to put our offer in by the weekend. Family Drama is continuing with all its ugliness and awfulness and meanness and everything else you could possible not want. It’s souring what could be such a neat thing.
But, as I said so many weeks ago, if God wants this to happen it will. If it’s not supposed to be, all our attempts to make it so will come to naught. We are praying for God’s will, not ours, in this .
1. 5 short weeks until Christmas. I finally started my shopping….normally by now I’m well on my way.
2. I had a fun trip to Home Depot: got some peel and stick squares to see what looks good in the three bathrooms, bought some (wrong size) new cabinet pulls, and had them make a custom color for us to try in our bedroom. Trying to do MY stuff because there’s so much of HIS stuff that I can’t do (e.g. drywall repairs, putting up new drywall). Most of my stuff comes after his stuff, which stinks because I’m raring to go!
3. Other than the rainy day yesterday, we’ve actually been having some really nice weather. The kids have been playing outside, which is good for everyone. Although when they leave the dustpan and brush out there after using them to help clean off the trampoline, well, that’s not so good.
4. We’re spending Thanksgiving at my sister’s house. She and her daughter are both amazing cooks, so I’m looking forward to it.
5. In the “UNFAIR!” category, our next door neighbors rent their home. The owners ran into some financial trouble or something and the house no longer belongs to them. My neighbor and dear friend and amazingly awesome babysitter daughter are being evicted.
6. Why is it that women start to lose the color on the top of their heads as they age, but gain it in the hair around their mouths? I DON”T WANT A MUSTACHE!
7. Nonni’s Decadence Biscotti is one of my special treats that I allow myself. Each is only 100 calories, and they don’t lend themselves to snarfing down the whole package. One is enough. I get them at our local super WalMart, so they are probably found near you. I’m sure their other flavors are great as well, but if Chocolate is available, why not have it?! 😀