Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Weekend Chores:

After a bazzillion days of rain, the sun has returned and promises to hold out for the weekend. (Can you tell I'm ready for it?...It's only Wednesday and this is what's on my mind.) This is a good thing because we have GOT to clean up the yard this weekend. We (embarrassingly) still have leaves in our yard from the fall (never got around to it), and lately they've been blowing over into the neighbor's yard, which we feel terrible about. Also our tree over hangs their driveway and drops a thousand tiny buds onto their cars. Oh, and did I mention we discovered a water line break? Which means Patrick will spend this sunny afternoon with a friend and a back-hoe digging up the front yard and I'll spend the sunny weekend putting it back together again. Luckily we have a sweet friend who lives across the street and her lovely husband, who owns a yard work company and thus many helpful tools, has agreed to come and help us out.

Weekend Chores:
  • Clean up all leaves in our yard and neighbor's
  • Replant the flowers destroyed by digging
  • Pot plants and herbs
  • I'm hoping to talk Patrick into making my composting trashcan we can put all our leftover food wastes and yard wastes to work in my garden. I found directions for making a compost bin out of a trashcan here and am hoping this will work for us.
  • Oh, I'd also like to get my floors vacuumed and mopped and grade a few papers.

Ambitious?? We'll see. I'm not going to fret if I don't get it all done.

Well, my tea is almost ready and the bell is about to ring...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Lent Commitments Update: What I've Learned from Not Watching TV

So it has been 1 and 1/2 weeks since I committed myself to only watching TV on Thursday nights, cooking during the week, keeping up with weekly Bible Reading Calendar, and writing a letter each week. While we haven't exactly done the best job with our Bible Reading calendar and I am yet to write the first letter (though I plan to, I promise!) I have given up the tube most days, and surprisingly, I don't miss it. In fact, I turned it on this past Thursday and actually just turned it back off. I could only handle about an hour of it, then I was pretty much done.

Here is what I've learned:
1. There are enough hours in the day.
2. I really can keep up with the accumulating dishes in the sink (instead of waiting until after this show to do, I just do it right away.)
3. I really can stick to my daily chore list and keep up my house reasonably.
4. I like planning this year's garden and am loving teaching myself about it by reading tons of resources (nerd nerd nerd... I know...)
5. I've taught myself to knit and started on baby blankets for the TONS of expecting friends.
6. My thesis can get done on time without me totally stressing myself out and pulling all nights (I've made significant progress by just making myself do an hour twice a week...usually I decide to keep going after the hour is up.)
7. I really can get to bed on time.
8. Reading for pleasure is lovely.
9. Reading the Psalms while eating my breakfast is teaching me a better way to start the day.
10. Cooking every night is doable and I look forward to it since I'm not just coming home and turning on the TV after school.

Speaking of the cooking: It is going well. I like that Patrick and I actually sit down at the table for dinner each night. He's even started getting excited about what I'm going to cook. I posted the weekly menu on the fridge and almost every night after dinner, he asks: "So what's on for tomorrow night???"

This makes me happy :)

Oh, I almost forgot reason 11. No TV= More time to enjoy the BEAUTIFUL WEATHER THIS WEEKEND!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Busy Day

Today seems to full of hurry, worry, stress, and running around. I had give up my planning periods both 1st and 3rd to proctor SOL writing tests. While I still got some things done, I have come to love my free time in the morning at school to get ready for the day. I realize I won't always have 1st period planning but it has truly been a blessing to me as a first year teacher. It also gives me the freedom to use my time before school to just sit and talk with the students who come by visit or hang out in my classroom. I LOVE this time. I would hate to fill it with having to get ready for the day...I've had to do this a couple of times, and the students can tell I'm busy and don't come in to bother me, which makes me sad. Bother me bother me bother me! I feel like teaching is the form of ministry that God has called me to and part of my calling is loving on the kids I teach.

So...this morning I found myself running like crazy gathering tests, counting booklets, with a room full of students who longing for attention. It was at that moment that a serious act of kindness took place: one of my more michievious students, whom I love, but who also finds himself frequently in trouble in my class for talking, took the stack of pencils that I needed sharpening, and DID IT. Without asking, no big deal, continuing to chat with me and the other students, quietly doing an act of service. In these moments, my soul find rest in God alone.

Psalm 62
For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
My soul finds rest in God alone;
my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
How long will you assault a man?
Would all of you throw him down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
They fully intend to topple him
from his lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse. Selah
Find rest, O my soul, in God alone;
my hope comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge. Selah
Lowborn men are but a breath,
the highborn are but a lie;
if weighed on a balance, they are nothing;
together they are only a breath.
Do not trust in extortion
or take pride in stolen goods;
though your riches increase,
do not set your heart on them.
One thing God has spoken,
two things have I heard:
that you, O God, are strong,
and that you, O Lord, are loving.
Surely you will reward each person
according to what he has done.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Weekend Loves

  • Sleeping in Friday (a day off from work!)
  • Progress on the thesis
  • Snuggling with the cutest baby and sitting in the peacefulness while rocking her to sleep
  • Pizza parlor date with my lovely husband
  • Cheesecake to end the date
  • A clean house (finally)
  • Relief after finally figuring out how to lift up that stupid vent in our floor and vacuuming out accumulating cat hair
  • Freshly washed white sheets
  • Beginning to knit a baby blanket for a sweet friend
  • Impromptu family dinner with mom, dad, and not-so-little brother
  • A good movie on a comfy couch
  • Cookies for breakfast
  • Christmas carols on the way to church to celebrate the first snow (finally!)

    Good-bye, February. You were not so blue-gray after all.