Thanks for your sweet comments on my organizing list.
I had a request for how I take care of laundry:
and meal planning:
(This is the large calendar in the kitchen, hung at kid height.)
Nothing too fancy, but its working for me. I've heard lots of people using--and appreciating--the online meal planning stuff. I have to go a week at a time, and have options that I can pick from. Planning too much can be difficult for me, too! As far as the laundry, I throw it in each person's basket and it's their responsibility from there. I definitely find people trying to get dressed beside their basket in the morning before school...
Ok, but what I really wanted to add to that last post that I just didn't get to is what I think about organizing. As our family has grown, so has my need to have systems in place that work well, and some of them certainly do. The truth is, though, that there are lots of days where I don't even fill in a daily docket because I never found the time, or where I call Matt desperate for him to extend the "Why don't we order pizza?" card, or where the laundry piles up to 5 feet or more, or where I never did actually change out of my PJ t-shirt, or where I forgot the snack for school, or where I didn't put my expenses in my phone for a week, or where I didn't comb or touch a kid's hair for a couple of days, or where I can't remember the last time the baby had a bath....and oh! I could keep going and going and going. The reality I live with, day in and day out, is that I walk under grace. I know I can't do this parenting thing, this raising-of-kids thing, without the power of the Lord, and his grace through the help of friends and family. Cultivating a spirit of JOY amidst the challenges is really my M.I.T. (most important thing) each day as I set out to do my best...and, well, the system for that...? For me, that is time with the Lord, renewing my mind and my heart and my attitude. All the organizing in the world doesn't make my heart soft and gentle and kind and loving and wise, and those are the things that my family needs most of all.
As I thought about that this week, I worked to spend more of my "free" time with the Lord. Hence, I've had no time for posts and projects to share...but I can report that I've got a joyful heart amidst the challenges of life today.
F.Y.I.---I do love to share things here about our life--I've been working on a blurb book of this blog for our family to keep. It looks so cool! So, as life ebbs and flows around our busy life, I'll post here when I can. Family time is more and more challenging to find and protect, though, and so I can predict with some certainty that blogging consistency won't be my hallmark.