Sunday, January 31, 2010

Small Victories

Because my brain is so full nowadays, I am doing my best to stay organized, but it's only working so well. My desk has been piled high for weeks,  months, my filing is backed up and I have a million things to organize for this move.

I created bulletin board space in our kitchen for each of us, and every month I print out a calendar for each of us too. I highlight them in different colors, and pin them up. A small victory.

I have been trying hard to do better with our money management. Recently I saw this post about making pretty envelopes to keep track of our cash. So one night recently, while we were watching TV, I sat and traced envelopes on some scrapbook paper.

Troy looked at me quizzically, "Why are you MAKING envelopes when we have plenty of normal envelopes?"

"Because they are PRETTY!"

Small victories, baby. :)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Like Butter Spread Over Too Much Bread

One of my biggest struggles in this season is feeling like I am not able to do any of my "jobs" well. To be fair, I often hold myself to unattainable standards, but still. I feel like a slacker homemaker, a mediocre English teacher, an unimaginative cook, a distant friend, an aloof lover, a wan reflection of a wife, a less than award winning mother, a pathetic follower of God, a shoddy pastor's wife, an absent comforter of friends who are ill, a bad administrator...the list could be endless.

But God reminds me that He only asks me to lean on Him today, to let His strength be mine. In me, through me. In this season, there are many things on my plate. It's guaranteed that I will not do all of them well. Guaranteed that I will fail, in big things, and small.

Sometimes it's hard for me to come to grips with the fact that despite all that, Jesus loves me. He loves me just like I am. But I will keep reaching for Him.

So even when I feel like butter spread over too much bread, I am grateful!

Saturday, January 16, 2010


This morning we told the kids about our move. As I expected, Meg felt a little uncertain about it, but we talked through it with her and I think she'll be fine with it. We'll make sure we process with her regularly. I'm proud of her.

Nic, on the other hand, was 100% excited. Since a conversation on Monday while he and Troy were out in the snow, he had decided we "should live in the United States". When we told him, he said "Thanks, Dad."

I'm sure there will be bumps along the way, but I am really relieved that they know now, and that we can start to help them make the transition in a healthy way.
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