Me, A Mom

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Lists, lists, and more lists

While I do my best to stay on top of everything

I keep a wall calendar,

a “purse sized” calendar

and then I make lists sometimes daily/sometimes weekly

lists to do

lists for groceries, I use “buy me a pie” simple easy and if I add something this week it will still pop up as a possibility next week

and post it notes….lots of post it notes

I especially like the 4×6 sized \lined post it notes I put several in my planner for things I think of through out the day that need to be done.

With 3 kids, a dog, a husband, extended family that sometimes needs my help, taking a class,  plus several parttimeish jobs I find  it is the only way to stay on top of the most important stuff.

I also find as I’m getting older my brain does not automatically hold or recall short term stuff as fast….

so the lists are important on multiple fronts

can’t sleep?

(add it to the list to think about for tomorrow and then let it go tonight)

constant interruptions?

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if it’s on the list you’ll get back to what you were doing faster

what are your priorities?

Spending quality time with kids should trump washing dishes at least once in  a while

Make your list in pencil

and don’t be afraid to rearrange or erase unnecessary things

and now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to erase “blog post”

off my list for today

November, the month of thanks

As we watch our children grow

we can become consumed

by the idiosyncrasies

and the everyday drudgery that at times plagues us

keeping up with the schedules of everyone in the family

and still keeping up with housework

while at the same time

having little chance for

“meaningful” adult contact

or

creative/intellectual stimulation

I know it’s supposed to be all about balance

but more often or not

and

it should be this way…

the kids come first

but

as parents

we can’t forget to take care of ourselves as well.

sometimes we need a break

sometimes we need to talk with an adult

sometimes we need to read something other than Seuss

and

thats ok

because

of course I say all this to convince myself

now to stop the rambling

and tell you

pray about your interactions

with your kids

with your spouse

with your family

with your friends

with acquaintances

if your kids are not  near the top

perhaps

its time to reevaluate that list

true friends are forever

your children are with you as children…such a short time

before you know it

the amount of time you are willing to  spend with them

will become the amount of time they are willing to spend with you.

and the lyrics from cats in the cradle, by harry chapin

My child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away
And he was talkin’ ‘fore I knew it, and as he grew
He’d say “I’m gonna be like you, Dad
You know I’m gonna be like you”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home, Dad
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said, “Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let’s play
can you teach me to throw”, I said “Not today
I got a lot to do”, he said, “That’s ok
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed
And said, “I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home, Dad
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well, he came from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while”
He shook his head and said with a smile
“What I’d really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later, can I have them please”

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home son
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then, Dad
You know we’ll have a good time then

I’ve long since retired, my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, “I’d like to see you if you don’t mind”
He said, “I’d love to, Dad, if I can find the time
You see my new job’s a hassle and kids have the flu
But it’s sure nice talking to you, Dad
It’s been sure nice talking to you”

And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat’s in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
When you comin’ home son
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then, Dad
We’re gonna have a good time then

Let it Be….no really….Let it be!

We only have a limited number of moments to share with our children.

they drive us nuts

they can be contrary, argumentative,

and on good days

they can be loving, kind, considerate.

But we as parents push them away

we need to work

we are tired

we do dishes, laundry, vacuming

Let it be.

We bring work home…

Let it be

one more meeting

Let it be

one more phone call

let it be

one more commitment

Let it be

our children are not stagnant but ever growing

make time for them now

and perhaps

they

will make time for you in the future.

Let it be.

Redeeming the Time:What time?????

What time exactly…I”m so busy.

But recently I’ve been hearing a clip on christian radio that speaks of redeeming the time.

In order to redeem the time we need to sit down and evaluate our lives.

We need to evaluate the choices we make.

We need to evaluate the “necessities” vs the “desires”

and we need to look through all our decisions through the glasses of:

is what I’m doing pushing me closer to or taking me further from God?

I can’t take credit for these ideas…I think its something we all need to consider and if you want more information please check out the following link:

Redeeming the Time

Then as you explore their site

make sure you check out the link on

101 Questions to Sharpen your Focus and Multiply your Effectiveness

Then…decide that from this point forward all your life will be focused on

-making Godly decisions, in regards to your time, talent and treasure.

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