Organizational Woes

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Sometime in the next two months we need to move.  This isn’t one of those, oh my house is too small and I wish to have something bigger type moves.  This is – we live in a two bedroom apartment and Indiana fire codes dictate that once you have a third child you are only allowed to stay in that apartment until the child is twelve months of age – type of moves.  He turned 10 months yesterday.  I feel incredibly disorganized.  I want to start packing and be ready for this move, whenever it does come, with everything that I have.  Yet, I really do act as if my feet are stuck in the mud.  I can’t process in my head what needs to happen and I can’t sit down and get done what needs to get done.  Dishes, and work, and being present in my children’s lives, and this or that or what not seems to rule, and then there’s those dishes again!  Thank goodness my precious husband helps me with the laundry most of the time.  It’s all in a pile sitting next to me on the floor right now.  This will be a short post, so that I can tackle that pile since Jeff will be playing basketball tonight and I really want the house to be clean for this weekend.  Nothing is going on this weekend except for Samuel’s basketball game Saturday morning.  This is a first in a long time it seems.  Our calendar has been booked since last October with various activities.  What better than to have a weekend to relax and enjoy each other as a family without having a huge pile of dishes and laundry staring at me!

So, I contemplate what it is I can tackle each day and am attempting to just focus on that.  Focus.  That’s probably the key word in what I am lacking right now.  A big jar of focus.  I am also trying to be more present in the boys’ lives with focus and intentionality on just them!  (I think I just created my own word there, hehe) Less of the technology stuff like phones and tablets and video games, and more of playing together, and reading and learning together.  Enjoying them each moment before they grow up and leave our little household, wherever it is that we move to.  Today as I rocked Eli to sleep I remain thankful that I have these three amazing little boys and that they are healthy and rambunctious as ever.  Just as Eli leaned into my arms and knew he could fall asleep safely, I will lean into my Savior’s everlasting arms and remember who I serve.  I am also not allowing the worry and fret to creep in like they can tend to do.  I won’t worry about where it is we move to, I know God has a plan for us.  I won’t worry about how we will get the things done that we need to get done, God will give us the strength we need to get it all done.  I will focus on Him, I will focus on Jeff and the kids, and I will tackle this big pile of laundry next to me so that it will eventually look like this

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Who knows, maybe I’ll even put a smile on my face while I’m folding the laundry like the woman above!!

And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him, and he will act. Psalm 37:5

Season of Thanksgiving

Yesterday was America’s national observance of Thanksgiving. Now observed on the fourth Thursday of November, it has become more about stuffing our faces with a protein of choice (typically turkey but some do venison or ham), lots of side dishes and desserts galore. Then many people settle in for a nice, long afternoon nap or an afternoon of TV watching. However you chose to observe this national day of thanks, I hope yours was a bountiful one in all aspects.
As a family, yesterday was a wonderful day for me as it was the first day in a long, long time that I was able to spend the ENTIRE day with my husband and children with absolutely no concrete plans. This was important to me because Jeff and I have been working extra hard in the last three months. He has had to work a lot of OT at work, and I’ve been working two jobs plus we’ve both been working hard on keeping our humble abode clean (or somewhat clean on our busiest of days!)
To have a day with no plans, no jobs, nothing but spending the day together was so exciting. This is what I am truly thankful for-my family. Take away everything else, as long as I have my precious boys I have more than I could have ever asked for. I have Jesus in my heart and this means I have absolutely everything I need. My verse of meditation this week has been Psalm 107:1 – Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Oh what an amazing verse to remember every moment of every day. God truly is good all the time, He is holy all the time and He deserves our praise and adoration ALL THE TIME! This is what this season of thanksgiving should be about as we enter into this time where commerciality (yes I just made my own word) reigns. Jesus is the one who reigns, and let us always remember this and give thanks! I hope as you tread into this Christmas season this year, you are touched deeply by the One who takes away the sins of the world!

Remember as you gaze at these lights this season…

the true reason for our Christmas season is the light of the world, Jesus!

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. -John 8:12