Sep 29, 2014

Bullet Journal Web Planning

Trying a more visual approach to the Bullet Journal.  I saw a lady in one of my facebook groups do something similar and thought it was brilliant!
We'll see how it works.

At the top I listed the main things I'm likely to procrastinate on this week and a rough schedule.

I also need to list all the incompletes and unfinished items for September and figure out my main tasks for October.  But that's this weekend.

Sep 26, 2014

Revisit--Homeschooling as an introvert

Since the school year is upon us,
and some are a good solid month into it, 
I thought this would be a timely post to revisit:

Sep 22, 2014

My week: what's working, and what's not.

F A M I L Y 

What's working:

  • Having the boys shop, cook, and clean up one meal a week.
What's Not:
  • Having hot dogs and chips for dinner once (or twice!) a week with no green anything in sight.
What to do:
  • This week I'm requiring some sort of vegetable with every meal.  They can open a can or make a salad or cook the frozen blend mix.  It's time to introduce a more well balanced meal, now that they aren't complaining about having to cook, and are kind of even enjoying it most of the time. Time to up their game.
  • I also made a list of some quick and easy to prep meals for them to choose from, so if they get stuck and say "I don't know.... hot dogs?" I can point them to better choices.

H O M E 

What's Working:
What's Not:
  • Nothing.  FLYlady is simple, straight forward and as long as I know what Zone I'm working on, it makes it easy to go to that room and do SOMETHING for 5-15 min.  This week I'm on Master Bedroom and Garage.

H E A L T H 

What's Working:
  • A non-diet experiment with Jami at An Oregon Cottage.  I don't know Jami, but have been following her for years and her meals are a lot like ours, but she's at a healthy weight... so I'm interested.  Especially when she posted an update about her weight journey.  So I'm trying out her way, which makes a lot of sense to me.  
  • Working out with Fitness Blender is going great too.  All the boys do 3 sessions a week, which is my goal too.  LOVE the professional quality, the huge variations, and that it's FREE!
What's Not:
  • It's not working to stay at this weight.  It's not working to go on extreme or costly diets.  I don't want a miracle.  I don't want an entire new way of eating.  I want more exercise. Less food.  More water.  Right now cutting my meals in half is hard, but it's working.
What to do:
  • This week I'm going to continue to think SMALL and eat half of my regular portion and drink more water.  It's definitely working so far!  And I'm going to nail all three of my workouts of 30 min or more.

H O M E S C H O O L 

What's working:
  • Homeschool this year is going good.  Still adjusting to new curriculum for my youngest, but that's me, not him.  At the beginning of this school year my one goal for the year was to become a dedicated homeschooler and that means saying NO to a lot of good stuff, to be sure to have time for the best stuff.  Saying NO for me, is HARD, but it's only for a season.  Just gotta remember that.
What's not:
  • I've still got to figure in a time and day to do reviews to make sure all is completed.  Ideally I'd like to do it on Fridays, but that just isn't working.  Maybe I need to review each son's work on different days of the week and it wouldn't be so overwhelming?
What to do:
  • Write out a plan of what days and times I will review each son's work, correct, and file.  WRITE IT OUT, KARI.  Plan it on your calendar!


What's working:
  • I'm having success with doing the most important things first thing in the morning when the house is quiet and I can think without interruption.  But I'm dragging my feet here.  I don't know if it's burnout, laziness, exhaustion, or what...
What's not:
  • It's not working to not have new items for sale. It's not working to keep going Soooo SLOOOOOWWWWW on producing.
What to do:
  • Set goals. Write them down.  At the end of the week, I need to review if I hit them and why or why not.

M E A L S 

What's working:
  • Crockpot meals are becoming increasingly important around here.  I'm digging out my Fix it and Forget it cookbook a lot more and searching for more recipes from friends and online.  Just found The CrockPotLadies and loving it.
  • It is working wonderfully to pre-prep my meals on the weekends and freeze or store in the fridge.
  • I've committed to making at least one extra freezer meal once a week, and as long as I have a plan for it, it is super easy to make two at the same time and freeze one to give away or keep for a crazy night.  While I've known this for years, I never seem to do it, so writing it on the menu and being intentional about it has been the game changer.
What's not:
  • It's not working eat cereal for every breakfast.  Too expensive. Not filling enough.  Not healthy.  I've been doing better prepping breakfasts, but I need to find more easy, freezer friendly, or crockpot meals.  My mornings are packed and I need quick options.
What to do:
  • My To Do list will include finding at least three new easy to prepare ahead of time breakfast options.

Sep 15, 2014

Monday Minute--Use your Fives!

This morning I was behind before I even got up.

We had a late night, and I didn't make Mr. Measure's sandwiches the night before.
I didn't do the dishes.
I didn't fill and program the coffee maker.
I didn't start the dishwasher.
Laundry is overflowing.

So, while the coffee was brewing I thought I'd go as fast as I could and see what I could get done.
I made the sandwiches.
I started a load of laundry.
AND, I loaded the dirty dishes and started the dishwasher.
All before the coffee finished.

I was shocked!

Today, if you are already feeling behind, find five minutes and work as hard and as fast as you can getting something (or many things done). 

Five minutes are hiding everywhere in your day!

Sep 13, 2014

The Power of Telling your Story

When we went for our week long camping trip this summer, along with several families from our church, I brought along a couple books that I wanted to read while we were there.

One of those books was The Sticky Faith Guide for your Family.  It is just packed with stuff, as you can see in my review here.  

But the best part to come out of this book, was the paragraph about sharing your story with your children. 

So we did.  

Many, many of our friends and all our children heard stories about how we each came to faith in Christ.

There were a few blow-you-out-of-the-water faith conversions, and a lot of stories about being raised in a Christian home and how they grew in their faith.

We and our kids need to hear BOTH stories!  So many times people think because they don't have a dramatic story of conversion their story isn't worth listening to.

I, on the other hand, think those stories are the stories that our children NEED to hear, because for many of them, that will be similar to their story.

Because of this time together, I also learned some great bits of info about how important it is to share your story with others.

1.  It grows frienships.  If you have friends that you are more acquaintances with, try sharing your story with them over coffee or dinner, and ask if they'll do the same.  So many friends that shared during camp,  I had NO idea about the things they've done and lived through.  It gives you a place to start asking good questions and getting past the superficial answers.

2.  It grows faith.  Just to sit around that campfire and hear how perfectly timed God worked in our friends lives to bring them to faith, increased my own faith.  God knows the perfect time and the perfect way to show people to Him.  Some were through tragic death, some were through a message at a youth group or Bible camp, some were a gradual realization of their sin and God's holiness.  In each case, God's care and love showed through.  

3.  It helps share the gospel.  Think about it, no one is going to argue with you that your salvation story is wrong.  It is your personal story.  There is no argument.  You are able to give an account for the hope that is in you and let Christ do the rest.

1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...

4.  It helps encourage our children to do the same.  If they see and hear us sharing our true inner selves, our ugly hard parts, and how Christ changed each of us individually and carefully, it will help them grow in their faith and relationships and love for others.


I challenge you to think through your salvation story.  Have a long version (5+ minutes) and a short and sweet version (>1 minute).  

After you have done that, shoot an email to that couple or family in your church you've been wanting to get to know better and ask them over to your place for dinner or dessert and give them a heads up that you want to share your story and ask if they wouldn't mind sharing theirs with you and your children.  

It's pretty awesome!