When life throws all it can at you, it's good to hunker down, make a list, do couple of quick sketches and keep moving. The last week I have felt overwhelmed by every day life. So for good measure I read a few books. Nothing like pretending it will all go away when the last page it turned.
(Loving Paper53 app on the ipad, need to order a compatible stylus. My fingers are not the most precise.)
1. The stomach flu has been running through our home. It has hit Loaf pretty hard and she never makes it to the bathroom. The piles of bedding that need to be laundered is accumulating faster than I can wash.
2. Working on a project for our stake. I'm intimidated by the task and don't feel that I can artistically meet the standards or feeling necessary. I know I shouldn't let doubt creep in my mind, but sometimes it's hard not to.
When I'm done with everything, I will add the elements into a digital kit. It's a fun, festive color scheme. A little sneak peak.
3. The adversary has been working very hard lately in ways that have made me a little ticked off. It has only fueled my desire to work harder so that he won't win. To illustrate with one example, after receiving a request and sending a copy of The Book of Mormon, the person sent an additional request because the package arrived empty. It was full when I sent it. I of course will send another, I am determined he won't win!
4. Things continue to break around here. I blame a few of the little boys, they are stronger than they realize. I can walk in nearly every room and see something that needs to be fixed or replaced, but I am putting it off until absolutely necessary or until they learn how to manage their own strength.
5. I am less patient with the children when I'm tired and overwhelmed. I need to remember that love matters and they are just as tired of being sick as I am. I need to speak in a whisper and show more love when tackle one another while fighting. Love will always be the answer. If I could do yesterday again, I would be a much different mother.
A wise man (our former bishop) said, "You can't stand in holy places if your constantly moving." My home is certainly not a holy place when I forget to make it holy.
6. Munch leaves in less than two months. I sometimes cry when I think about it. I wouldn't have her doing anything different, but I will miss her. We have been busy shopping, getting everything she needs.
7. I'm still cleaning up and organizing photo files (I should never let it get this bad...augh!) when I found this gem. When my brother was home for Christmas he shared this darling book his daughter made about a childhood experience. It made me giggle and I had to make some clarifications with my niece about what really happened. I love how my hair is shooting out from the shock.
It really was gross seeing the branch sticking out of his head.
8.This is kind of like a monday menagerie, but not quite as fun.