[relaxin]

I have not done much today…which I am trying to convince myself is a good thing.  I have a four day weekend that began yesterday.  I spent most of Friday working on church stuff…updating websites, making posters for upcoming events, sending emails about upcoming events, etc.  I also cleaned up my email…I deleted almost 300 emails and got my inbox down to 19 emails.  So it was a pretty productive day.  I am spending my Saturday catching up on my QT, my Bible study and reading the first of the many books I listed in a previous post.  I cleaned the kitchen but haven’t gotten the motivation to fold the many, many loads of clothes that are in my bedroom floor.  I had also planned to work on taxes today but that will have to wait for another day.  So me and my little girl are going to watch a movie while the “boys” are out doing something (going to the hobby shop I think).  I love Saturdays.

[catching up]

Here we are deep into week 2 of the new year. Spending this weekend catching up on everything that needs to be done. So much of my life is “catching up.” Catching up on laundry, housework, agendas for meetings, paperwork for bills, church, work, Bible study, Quiet Time (should I have to catch up on QT, doesn’t seem right does it?). I still struggle with getting it all done and not allowing the urgent to overtake the important. But even the important has to be prioritized.

I’m not kidding myself into believing that it will all get caught up today but the things that HAVE to be done today will get done. Of course that doesn’t mean the IMPORTANT will get done today. I still have so far to go in getting it all together while trying to simplify my life..hhmmm.

[catching up]

Here we are deep into week 2 of the new year. Spending this weekend catching up on everything that needs to be done. So much of my life is “catching up.” Catching up on laundry, housework, agendas for meetings, paperwork for bills, church, work, Bible study, Quiet Time (should I have to catch up on QT, doesn’t seem right does it?). I still struggle with getting it all done and not allowing the urgent to overtake the important. But even the important has to be prioritized.

I’m not kidding myself into believing that it will all get caught up today but the things that HAVE to be done today will get done. Of course that doesn’t mean the IMPORTANT will get done today. I still have so far to go in getting it all together while trying to simplify my life..hhmmm.

[reading list]

I love to read…as a child I read all the time.  When I graduated from college it seemed like I stopped reading.  Maybe 5 years of reading text books did me in for a while.  Then came infants and toddlers and finding the time to read was almost impossible.  But in 2009 my love for reading came alive again.  So I spent some time this past week looking at all the books I have in my mini-library.  And yes it is a mini-library.  I have to box alot of them up because I don’t have enough room for them.  Right now there are two stacks of books on my bedroom floor.  As a side note…when we finally finish our basement I want to have built in bookshelves so that I will have plenty of room for them all.

As promised, here is my reading list for 2010 (not in any particular order)…and I already own everyone of them with the exception of “So Long Insecurity”.  It releases on February 2nd but I have already ordered it.  A few of them I have read before, but most of them I have not.  They have been sitting on my shelf, some for years.  So I have decided that I am not buying any new books in 2010 because I have plenty to read.  I just have to check them out. 

Five Love Languages of Children – Chapman
Have a New Kid by Friday – Leman
90 Minutes in Heaven – Piper
What Every Christian Ought to Know – Rogers
Simplify Your Life – Ramsland
Simplify Your Time – Ramsland
Master Leaders – Barna
The Messies Manual – Felton
Organizing for Life – Felton
Organizing Your Day – Felton
Organizing Magic – Felton
Breathe – Kent
The Worn Out Woman (When Life is Full and Your Spirit is Empty) – Stephens & Gray
Give God A Year – Lewis
So Long Insecurity – Moore
The One Year Bible for Women (NLT)

Check back in December to see how far I get…if I get half way through this list I will be happy!

[reading list]

I love to read…as a child I read all the time.  When I graduated from college it seemed like I stopped reading.  Maybe 5 years of reading text books did me in for a while.  Then came infants and toddlers and finding the time to read was almost impossible.  But in 2009 my love for reading came alive again.  So I spent some time this past week looking at all the books I have in my mini-library.  And yes it is a mini-library.  I have to box alot of them up because I don’t have enough room for them.  Right now there are two stacks of books on my bedroom floor.  As a side note…when we finally finish our basement I want to have built in bookshelves so that I will have plenty of room for them all.

As promised, here is my reading list for 2010 (not in any particular order)…and I already own everyone of them with the exception of “So Long Insecurity”.  It releases on February 2nd but I have already ordered it.  A few of them I have read before, but most of them I have not.  They have been sitting on my shelf, some for years.  So I have decided that I am not buying any new books in 2010 because I have plenty to read.  I just have to check them out. 

Five Love Languages of Children – Chapman
Have a New Kid by Friday – Leman
90 Minutes in Heaven – Piper
What Every Christian Ought to Know – Rogers
Simplify Your Life – Ramsland
Simplify Your Time – Ramsland
Master Leaders – Barna
The Messies Manual – Felton
Organizing for Life – Felton
Organizing Your Day – Felton
Organizing Magic – Felton
Breathe – Kent
The Worn Out Woman (When Life is Full and Your Spirit is Empty) – Stephens & Gray
Give God A Year – Lewis
So Long Insecurity – Moore
The One Year Bible for Women (NLT)

Check back in December to see how far I get…if I get half way through this list I will be happy!

[happy new year’s resolutions]

2010 – another year (and decade) is upon us. One of my resolutions is to blog more…I still have our family blog but this blog is about the changes that I am trying to make, with God’s help, with me. The changes I am working on in 2010 center around spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. I will be focusing on my role as a Christian, a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an employee…

My list of resolutions is very long as it is each year but I am planning to document them throughout 2010. I won’t be able to start them all today and I wouldn’t even begin to try but I will keep the list in front of me everyday so that I can focus on what God would have me do that specific day. So here goes…

The first resolution is to organize my house (a better term is probably declutter) which is no easy feat for me. I am not by nature a domestic diva, far from it actually. I am a perfectionist and so it is easier for me to not do something that to do it half-way. I chose for my first project my desk in the kitchen.

Here are the before pictures…

And the after…

Don’t ask me where all that stuff went…some did go in the trash (yeah!!) but some went in a box in my basement. In about 6 months I will go through that box and if I haven’t needed or used any of it by then, then it has to go.

The next resolution is to read more (with a lot less TV)…I will share my reading list tomorrow.

[happy new year’s resolutions]

2010 – another year (and decade) is upon us. One of my resolutions is to blog more…I still have our family blog but this blog is about the changes that I am trying to make, with God’s help, with me. The changes I am working on in 2010 center around spiritual, emotional, mental and physical. I will be focusing on my role as a Christian, a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend, an employee…

My list of resolutions is very long as it is each year but I am planning to document them throughout 2010. I won’t be able to start them all today and I wouldn’t even begin to try but I will keep the list in front of me everyday so that I can focus on what God would have me do that specific day. So here goes…

The first resolution is to organize my house (a better term is probably declutter) which is no easy feat for me. I am not by nature a domestic diva, far from it actually. I am a perfectionist and so it is easier for me to not do something that to do it half-way. I chose for my first project my desk in the kitchen.

Here are the before pictures…

And the after…

Don’t ask me where all that stuff went…some did go in the trash (yeah!!) but some went in a box in my basement. In about 6 months I will go through that box and if I haven’t needed or used any of it by then, then it has to go.

The next resolution is to read more (with a lot less TV)…I will share my reading list tomorrow.

[happy new year 2010]

I don’t have the heart to take down the Christmas decorations today so it will have to wait until tomorrow. As I looked at the kids’ tree yesterday I reflected on the many wonderful Christmas’ we have had already and the many more to come. Each year, since my kids each were born they have received a Hallmark dated ornament. Last year we had accumulated so many that they we needed a new tree just to hold them all. Their first 5 Christmas’ were a series and then after that I pick a special one for each of them. As Daniel gets older it gets harder but it’s still fun to shop for them. I took pictures of their very first ornaments and then the ones they received this year.


Daniel 1996/2010


Dalton 2000/2010


Olivia 2003/2010

[happy new year 2010]

I don’t have the heart to take down the Christmas decorations today so it will have to wait until tomorrow. As I looked at the kids’ tree yesterday I reflected on the many wonderful Christmas’ we have had already and the many more to come. Each year, since my kids each were born they have received a Hallmark dated ornament. Last year we had accumulated so many that they we needed a new tree just to hold them all. Their first 5 Christmas’ were a series and then after that I pick a special one for each of them. As Daniel gets older it gets harder but it’s still fun to shop for them. I took pictures of their very first ornaments and then the ones they received this year.


Daniel 1996/2010


Dalton 2000/2010


Olivia 2003/2010