Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Quick Takes, and why sleep is 1000x better than coffee

1.  Sleep is 1000x better than coffee
4:20 a.m.  I am awake awake awake!  It is amazing, A-Maz-Ing what good sleep can do for a person!  Josie has been sleeping sooooo well, as have the others, and I feel like a new woman!

Not only is she sleeping better, but she has become a happy, content, giggly little one as well.  Ah, life just became so much easier!
(forgive all of the exclamation marks- it is the sleep + coffee)

2.  School
We've decided to send Sami to public school this year.  It was a difficult decision but she is so excited, I know she is ready.  I keep telling myself that if we see that she's not thriving we can always choose to homeschool, nothing is permanent.  (Then I read a post like this one and I doubt again, because that's what I do).

Now if I could just keep myself from becoming sentimental about every. last. thing!  I may be slicing the last watermelon, sob.  Only a few more afternoons to read together, sob.  She and her sister may never play together like this again, sob.   No more vacations during the school year! (ugh.  I already hate school).

3.  City

We have been trying to finish off our summer list and fit in some more fun things before school starts.  One of those was to take the Rapid into downtown and walk around the city.  Then, the other night the girls (just the littles- Sam was with her Nana and Papa) and I took the rapid into town to meet Jim for dinner.  Really an easy way to enjoy the city, and so much nicer than driving.  (Jim takes the train to work and back and I am a little jealous, doesn't a little parenthesis to spend reading a book each way sound wonderful?)

4.  Jealousy  
When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Cor.10:12
This verse has been on my mind this week- comparing ourselves is so common among women.  Why do we do that?  It is so annoying.  Comparing only breeds jealousy and discontentment.  I think there are two really important things to keep in mind always:

1.  God doesn't compare me to anyone else, so why should I compare myself to anyone?
2.  God has promised to complete His work in each of us, I do not need to judge how He should do that.

I think that after being married to someone in the ministry, or just being a friend to women, I am always aware that every single person has hurts and struggles- many of which no one will ever know anything about.  There is never any need for jealousy.  We all need mercy.

5.  and other annoying things

I listened to The Challenges of Child Care: Emotional Decisions and a Constant Juggling Act on All Things Considered, and although I didn't hear the entire program, as I was juggling my own three kids, I couldn't help but feel:
1. incredibly sorry for these women who must live this kind of hectic, stressful existence,
2. incredibly sorry for the children being tossed into childcare and away from their mothers for "10 to 12 hours a day" and "dropped off at camp even when they are sick!"
3.  incredibly annoyed that our society can find no better way to support mothers- is this really the best we can do?

On the other hand, I loved this post, Motherhood as Calling (and where your children rank)
‎"Are we really in this because of cute little clothes and photo opportunities? Is motherhood a rock-bottom job for those who can’t do more, or those who are satisfied with drudgery? . . .You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another—and laying down your life for another represents the gospel." . . . YES.
6.  abundance
I found myself praying the other day that God would help me to "live this day most effectively. . ."  This is a pretty common theme of my thoughts and prayers, how to be most efficient, effective- but it occurred to me that Christ never calls us to effectiveness but to abundance.  How would I approach my day if my prayer was to live it more abundantly?  How much more effective might Christians be if our lives were more abundant?

7. Pinterest
Oh, Pinterest, don't you know there are already not enough hours in the day?  My boards are here.  Let me know if you are on so I can follow you!

This is one of my favorite pinterest finds this week- I am ordering this for my kitchen!  (on etsy here)

Just so you aren't jealous- heh- life indeed is not perfect . . . Josie has been awake and fussing since 6;  so much for my quiet morning :-) ah, well . . . it's going to be a beautiful Friday!  Have an abundant one!  

Quick Takes is hosted at Conversion Diary.  While you're there check out this post: 4 Steps for Starting Your Day the Right Way.


Elizabeth said...

Hmm... your thoughts on living abundantly versus effectively are certainly something to ponder. Thanks for sharing!

Fijufic said...

I'm never jealous of your life. I recognize you are human. Your journal is one of my favorites simply because it is about your family.

My personal heroes put themselves second to their families. You are one of them.