I knew today was going to be a quiet day at home..... Yeah, right! I got up at 7:30 and headed out to pick up my Bountiful Basket and then did not have anywhere to go. At some point while eating my grapefruit for breakfast I decided to clean the bathrooms while the family was gone. That always takes at least an hour and I also did some organizing when I got to the master bath counters/shelves. I had barely finished when the family returned. They got busy doing their 1-2 hours of deep cleaning in prep to sell the house and I had my lunch. Need to protein up after a large chunk of activity or the weight loss plan will suffer. I then did some email and Spark for about an hour before heading out with Maegann for our hair trims. Once home I got busy decluttering the schoolroom (looks great!) and had so many things to haul to the thrift store that I just loaded the van up and went about 4 p.m. I now have a lot of stuff to put on Craigslist and will do that tomorrow. Once home from that trip I made spaghetti sauce for supper. (Tim bbq'd steak for mine!) While all this was happening I alos had laundry going (the last one is in the dryer now) and I put a loaf of Italian bread in the machine for supper.
After supper I took Maegann to Claire's so she could get her ears pierced. She has been waiting for this day for years as we made her wait until her 12th birthday. Technically her birthday isn't until Feb. 20, but we had the money saved and she was beginning to drive us nuts as the time approached so we decided to let her have her birthday gift early. Naturally with that news she switched to nervous mode. When the workers were getting ready to pierce her ears she stopped them out of fear and said a verbal prayer for peace. I told her later that it was neat she witnessed to those ladies working with her. The first picture is right after the prayer. The second was her "I can't believe my ears are pierced and I survived!" moment.
Another thing that happened today was the goats heading to their new home. Truly a bittersweet moment, but God provided a wonderful place for them. We had hoped our six girls could stay together and they did. The new owners are also a homeschooling family with a special needs daughter so a little more in common. We plan to go for a visit in the spring once all the kids are born.
Tomorrow should be quiet. Worship in the morning and then just staying home NOT working. I will need to make sure things are ready for co-op on Monday and I'll do my Craigslist, but that isn't exerting at all.
5% Challenge - Team Daisy: It's official...I'm a Daisy again! Was so happy to seem my invitation earlier today. Start date is the 18th!
Nevertheless (by Joyce Meyer)
Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever.
—Isaiah 9:1 NLT
I once read a book that was based entirely on the word nevertheless. It taught the reader to take every problem in his or her life, look at it honestly, and then say, “nevertheless,” and find some offsetting positive thing in the individual’s life that brought the problem into perspective.
It might sound something like this: “I have a lot of hard work to get accomplished in the next two weeks; nevertheless, after that my schedule is much more open, and I will be able to have some fun and get some extra rest.” All mothers get weary from time to time and might say, “My kids are driving me crazy; nevertheless, I’m so blessed to have these children in my life, and I know there are families who can’t have children at all.” A father who has to work two jobs to make ends meet might say, “I am so tired of working all the time; nevertheless, I am thankful that God has provided me with jobs.”
No matter who we are or what our challenge in life is, there is always a “nevertheless”—some positive thing we can look at or talk about that brings the rest of life into perspective. Why don’t you try it? The next time you are tempted to complain about your life in any way, go ahead and state your complaint, and then say, “nevertheless,” and find something positive about your life to offset the complaint.
Trust in Him: No matter what you are going through in life, you can trust God to be with you. Think about your current situation and find your “nevertheless.” Say it out loud to encourage yourself by finding the positive in every situation.