The Week in Review

November 22, 2008 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

This week has been a challenge–I’ve been taxi-ing four people around morning and night with one vehicle, plus getting other errands run.

Wednesday was a highlight, when my “little brother” drove me around all day!  And, on Monday, when I had tons to do, and he fixed me a WONDERFUL BLT sandwich when I had to drop by in the midst of taking care of business and he found out I hadn’t had lunch.  It was 1:30, and that was the best BLT I’ve ever had.  To be fixed lunch by a loving hand…a rare treat.

Today is relaxing, with my two littlest home, watching cartoons, and baking chocolate chip muffins…they squeezed hershey chocolate all over them as an experiment…I hope they turn out for them!  I’m just about over my cold and will be cutting the decongestants today…yesterday I was so dry it was crazy.  These heaters are going to be a quick adjustment for all of us.  Nasal irritation leads to colds and respiratory problems so often for people…

get those humidifiers cleaned, out, and running!  A task I hope we get to this weekend.

Looking forward to: I am anxious to return to “The Gift List”.  I won’t finish by Thanksgiving, but think it will serve me well to continue throughout the holiday season, not just when Thanksgiving Day is over.  It’s unbelievably good therapy for all of life’s ailments, training emotions to live in worship and praise–emotions which move faster, bringer quicker responses OUT of us than slower thinking.

Also, having our Thanksgiving meal done, I look forward to preparing and eating with extended family this week.  I’m so glad we had ours early last week!


Watching my kids pool one big gift this year, shopping for the best prices, creating link lists and charts and priorities.

Me trying to reward them for getting the one big thing, thinking of ways to bless them individually for a long Christmas week at home: simple crafts, paints, beads, things that take time, clothes to meet needs.

Focus verses for me for this week for me have been:

“the Lord gives, and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job, Old Testament, Holy Bible), in regard to my Aunt’s funeral.

“be kind, gracious, and compassionate…” (New Testament, Holy Bible), in regard to my short-tempered state too much of the time, longer to be more like the well-trained mother, able to respond in kindness rather than irritation to the stresses and demands of life and motherhood.

Goals for today:

Shoes for Red

Boots for Mom

Clean guest room (first pass, floor) & perhaps garage center where things have piled.

Fold whites, or have them folded


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