I am on a quest to find rest.
I am tired.
As so many, many people, life is busy and the fall season in particular is busy. Back to school, programs starting up again, starting to think about the holidays, etc. I was mentally preparing myself for busy season, but still, I’m tired.
My mom and I went out for ice cream with the boys yesterday afternoon. They were having an after school special where students’ ice cream cones were .99! The cashier rang me up as a student along with the boys. Yippee! Happy Friday!
I still can’t win on the sleep front. Took a sleeping pill Saturday night and was still wide awake at 2:30. Last night I was asleep a little after 11:00 only to be woken up at 1:00 by Maisie barking to go outside, 4:0o by Jack Jack falling out of bed (first time!), and 5:30 by Jack Jack being cold and needing to be tucked back in. Alarm was off at 6:30, and the little girls I babysit on Mondays were at my door a little after 7:00.
Knowing that I’m starting the week tired, I forced myself to plan our meals again because if I didn’t then come dinner time I would be staring at the fridge with no energy to make anything for sure! So enjoy some meal ideas and as always email me if you want recipes or have suggestions!
Monday – spinach lasagna
Tuesday – sloppy joes in crock pot and carrot/raisin salad
Wednesday – chicken tequila fettucini
Thursday – tortilla soup
Friday – chicken pot pie
“Our God is a personal God, and as the Body of Christ, we have an obligation to represent God by taking an interest in people’s lives and stories. Right now, the church’s reputation is that we’re a bunch of holier-than-thou jerks who are quick to preach and dole out advice but slow to take an interest in people. That’s a reputation we need to reverse. Yes, we are called to take moral stands on issues, but we ought to be known first and foremost for our love.” ~Justin Lee
Hope you all find a bit of rest and reflection this weekend! I took this picture on a recent photo shoot and am going to keep coming back to it as an image that brings me peace and restfulness!
My second born is giving me gray hairs faster than I can pluck them out of my head! :)
In the past two weeks….
*he’s ridden down the stairs on a couch cushion
*I heard him wandering around his room while he was supposed to be napping. Suddenly I heard an “OWWW” and crying. I ran up to check on him and asked him to tell me what happened. He told/showed me that he put the metal end of his pacifier clip in the outlet and it obviously shocked him!
Every fall I hit a wall at some point. That happened last week and I felt too stressed to breathe. The sheer amount of extra photography work and staying up way too late with no downtime eventually makes me pretty nonsensical and unable to do anything extra. So for everyone I want to catch up with and people waiting on things for me and a house that needs to be cleaned, I’ll be back eventually
This happens every fall. Being overwhelmed at some point, and tired, and having to hibernate from normal life to get all the work done. I think the biggest problem is not the work, but that I do it 7 days of the week during busy season and don’t adequately rest (see earlier post!). Time to ask for more babysitting time from our awesome babysitter!!!
We all have our little life ambitions, don’t we? One of my Bucket List items is to be on The Today Show some day, and not for having done something incredibly stupid (I think it’s important to qualify that, don’t you?). I figure it’s possible–I’ve done lots of media work on wildfires and such, but so far have not been near The Big One at the right time. I did do an interview for BBC Radio once, which is kind of cool.
Anyhoo, Mr. Vox landed hisself in the news today due to a work-related thing. I commented this morning as I was getting ready for work, “This thing is going to go national, you know.” He “p’shaw-ed” me.
As most of you know, I was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and left the religion when I was 21. The JWs don’t believe in child baptism; they have a person wait until they are old enough “to make an informed decision” on dedicating their life to Jehovah God. I was 18 when I took the holy dip. For all the maturity I had then, they might as well have baptized me at 6 months–I still didn’t realize at that point that I shouldn’t be living my life to try to make my mother happy.
When a baptized person leaves that religion, they are shunned by other members of it (including family members) unless they return and repent of all their sins that led to them leaving in the first place. I took the opposite road and became outspoken about how it is a false religion led by selfish men who are more than happy to defraud the gullible to gain a sense of power.
I was just reading Meridian Road, which is a fun blog about vintage and rustic home decor. Today I read about a contest being held by Barn Light Electric. This place has some amaze-ball lighting options, plus unbelievable fans and vintage furniture. Check this one out: