Any time I get bogged down in the mundane tasks of everyday life, I look at this quote by Charles Spurgeon and it always spurs me on. This has been a week of being bogged down in so many little detail things that quickly drowned out the bigger tasks I wanted to accomplish. I’m learning more and more what to let go of and what to make a priority. In every family, that looks different because my priorities are not the same as yours. I’m learning that’s ok, to not worry about what everyone else is doing and just focus on what I’m made to do – teach my children, care for my home, love my husband, and introduce people to Jesus. That’s a simple to do list I can handle.
Let’s take a look at last week’s list and see what I accomplished:
Homeschooling: I installed Teaching Textbooks 5 for Gracie and she really loves it. She’s doing two lessons a day. I love the little bit of extra time it gives me to focus on teaching the Littles. I posted a reading chart for Amber and Gracie. This is one of the visuals that will be helpful for Amber to track her progress to a reward for her work. I enrolled both her and Gracie in the Pizza Hut Book-It program, so for every month they meet their reading goal, they get to go out to lunch with Daddy and get a free personal pan pizza. I didn’t get to everything on the list – installing Italian for Ross, making busy bags for Georgia or unit planning for Prairie Primer.
Kitchen Work: I made 9 pints of apple butter and a big batch of pumpkin waffles. I still need to make apple dapple cake and make cookies with Amber.
Homemaking: I pulled all the girls’ fall/winter clothes down out of the attic but I haven’t started to sort through them yet. I also pulled down the keyboard at Gracie’s request so she could play it. I worked on my bedroom for a little while one afternoon, but then I destroyed it in the mad rush to get everything packed so I’m back to square one there. I didn’t have time or the help I needed to move the furniture and treadmill around in the living room or reassemble our modular couch.
Personal: To bless Michael this week, I made a special breakfast for dinner he requested: pumpkin waffles, baked apples, scrambled eggs and coffee with homemade gingerbread latte creamer. To bless someone else this week, I pitched in with the rest of the family to help clean up after the wedding reception. I also watched my two nephews while my brother-in-law and sister-in-law served the BBQ for the dinner at the reception. I got all the laundry washed before packing to go to the wedding by doing two days’ worth at a time. It was really worth it to come home and only have one load of dirty clothes for the weekend to wash. I read The Hiding Place and then passed it on to Ross for him to read. He also has a dvd from Netflix on the Holocaust to watch and then he will write a paper on what he learned. It’s not the same time period he’s currently studying in history but it’s interesting to him right now and the beauty of homeschooling is its flexibility in accommodating those interests. I started listing my frugal accomplishments and wrote my first blog post about it. I started a master list and added a ribbon bookmark to my household notebook.
Here are my goals for the upcoming week:
1. Install Italian for Ross on the computer
2. Make three busy bags for Georgia to do during our read aloud times.
3. Post visual helps for Amber to help her know our weekly routine.
4. Continue unit lesson plans for Prairie Primer
5. Catch up on grading Ross’ work and create a midterm progress report
1. Make apple dapple cake to take to my family as we gather to celebrate my grandma’s life
2. Make cookies with Amber
3. Finish garlic toast for the freezer
4. Make french toast for the freezer
1. Reassemble the modular couch and move the side chair from the living room to the master bedroom
2. Rearrange the living room furniture so I can see the tv from the treadmill more easily
3. Sort fall/winter clothes and then swap out with spring/summer clothes.
4. Help the kids to begin planning their Halloween costumes. Our Halloween rules are: no scary costumes, no store bought costumes, get a lot of candy, have a lot of fun.
1. Do something to bless Michael
2. Do something to bless someone else
3. Read three chapters of Galatians for You by Tim Keller – this is an excellent book that consists of expository preaching of the entire book of Galatians in written form. The pastors in our church preach through books of the Bible in this way so this book is really appealing to me for that reason. It’s like an extra few sermons during the week. It’s not a quick read so I don’t expect to get much further than three chapters this week.
4. Walk the Color Run 5K with my best friend Dawn and her family on Saturday. I’m really looking forward to looking like a crazy rainbow at the end of the walk!
What are your goals for the week?