For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, February 6, 2009

Reflections...


There are some days that I just beat myself up over not getting enough accomplished. I have felt that way everyday this week. I have lots of "projects" started and haven't managed to complete one. Everything just seems chaotic and "topsy-turvy"... and then I reflect back over the last year, the last month, the last week and realize that there has been a lot going on in this family. All of this reminds me that it is okay to give myself a little break...

Just a little reflection...
2008
1)We HOMESCHOOL!

2)We went through 4 different surgeries with 2 different children.

3)We added another child to our family.

4)We bought a house and tried to sell one.

5)We have 3 boys involved in baseball(4 if you count the "big" boy in our house,who just happens to love baseball), and 2 princess in dance class(that means practice,dress rehersal and a recital).

6)Did I mention, we homeschool?(haha)I love spending my days with my children and teaching them, but homeschooling means having them with me all the time. I love it; however, I have to remember this adds a different dimension to my family. It helps me to accept that my house will never be perfectly clean and that I can only accomplish just so much.

...and now in 2009, we continue to be busy and to keep ourselves busy. We have already been through one surgery(Levi's) and are preparing for a second(Mandy's) coming up. We will be closing(Praise God!!) on the sale of our old house at the end of next week. The kids are involved in dance and music lessons which will be closely followed by baseball season and dance recital. I have been working on organizing the school room (this is not going as quickly as I would like) and ultimately my house. Once I get the "school room" running smoothly, it will bring our controlled chaos to one room of the house instead of all over it. I am also trying to slowly change the decor around our new house. In our spare time Brad and I are busy painting, building shelves, and changing(modernizing) things. This process seems so slow to me; however, I am trying to keep it all in perspective.
Thank You God that you give me the insight to reflect and the strength to accomplish all that we do!

On a side note: adding to our fun... Mandy will be undergoing her 4th and final surgery this coming Monday. She is a little anxious and very excited to complete the ear reconstruction. We are being allowed to see such sweet glimpses of her heart... she is the most worried about talking to her doctor. She wants to tell him"that I think he is a terrific doctor, and to thank him for the terrific job he has done on my ear." I stand humbled... God is certainly Amazing, isn't He?!

3 comments:

Kimi said...

First of all that family picture is absolutely wonderful....you have a BEAUTIFUL family.

You my friend should give yourself a BIG pat on the back...I don't know how you do it all. You truly amaze me and no I'm not just buttering you up so you will move to East TX and be my neighbor and have play dates. I really mean it, I see you as one that strives to pattern her life after Proverbs 31.

I do hope when the day comes and you are my neighbor :-), you will rub off on me.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Love you,
Kim


For those are are reading this and wondering, NO...Kim is not moving to East TX, it is just wishful thinking on my part!

((HUGS))

Jill and Rick said...

Ok Kim, no fair making me cry on Friday afternoon. Mandy's deep appreciation for her doctor is so incredibly sweet.

& I know it doesn't help a lot when you're feeling overwhelmed with all of your "to do" lists running through your head, but I have to tell you that I think you're awesome! You've done, and are doing, SO MUCH! & in the midst of it all, you're a wonderful mom, teacher, wife, and friend.

Jill

Susan said...

We think your family is awesome too! Keep running the race, Susan