De-cluttering books - Serious nesting mode coming on
Really, the clutter is out of control, and I want to lead a simpler life with LESS STUFF.
What am I praying today? My friend who just found out her cancer is back. It is devastating news. She is a homeschooling mom of 2 children. I am clinging to the hope that God has given me. While I am not sure of the outcome, I have a sense of tremendous hope for her. Please pray for her, her family and a miracle healing. I know God can.
What can my children do instead of watching TV? Clean up their toys. I am overwhelmed by the thought of more toys coming in at Christmas.
What is one product that has made my life a little easier? Our "new" used Apple computer. It is soooo much faster than that dinosaur. My day is usually a string of frustrating events, I am very glad this is no longer one. The question is, will I finally get a hold of my e-mail?
What am I grateful for? For a Christmas at home while my children are still young, and we are all together. Someday they will grow up, marry and move away. But now, we are all together. :-) What have I done for my marriage lately? Told my hairdresser my husband is handsome, and then told my husband about it.
What's challenging me lately? Dealing with my friends illness mentioned above. My faith is fine, I am just so upset by it. I just could not imagine a mom's night out with out her. My heart aches for her husband and children. I remember when my little 5 year asked me if her Daddy was going to die. It was terrible to see the grief and worry in her eyes, I can only imagine what her children are going through and she has to see that.
Second, I am completely overwhelmed by stuff. I don't want to have a lot of stuff, I love to organize, but I have more than I can possibly do. It is very disheartening. It creates such chaos, and I just don't seem to have anywhere enough time to do what I need to do - not perfectionism, just needs. My extended family goes nuts on Christmas, and I really don't know where I going to put it. I have at least 30 file boxes, 6 large totes, and 8 plastic bins full of toys and that is just the STORAGE. We have a huge playroom and they have toys in their rooms as well. I should mention, I just donate a tons of boxes to purple heart. While I am thankful for the blessings, I want a simpler life. My disorganization has gotten really bad, I almost missed our co-op registration and paying a bill. There needs to be some extreme changes, so I can meet the priorities God has for me - raising children.
How were you a mission minded family this week? G has gotten into the Narnia books, and Ed likes to discuss with her the symbolism, as well as why C.S. Lewis wrote the books.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism to be sinking in, I just heard Z(6) ask his brother(4) some yesterday, and then correct him on his answers. So, let that be an encouragement for a family devotion/Bible time. Ed tries to do it at dinner, sometimes we miss. Sometimes it seems the kids are tuned out, but really they are not. They ARE absorbing the lessons.