When this week began, I knew it would be a tough week, and a busy week. What I didn’t realize is that on the hardest day, my oldest would end up breaking a tooth, requiring an unplanned trip to the dentist. Nor did I account for toddlers and random fevers, possibly due to teething, but I can’t say for sure.
I didn’t realize, when this week began, just how exhausted I would be, how far I would be stretched, how much I would appreciate even a few hours of sleep in my bed after nights on the couch.
Maybe sometime during the summer, my ordinary weeks will be filled with quiet, lazy moments. For now, my ordinary days remain busy, filled with unexpected moments, and frequent moments of my heart crying out for grace enough to get through the day.
Yesterday, I spent my morning working on math lessons with my oldest (only 24 more lessons to go before we finish the book! I am hoping to skip or combine a few, as it is possible), and in between checking her work and answering questions, I started planning. New months are always great for plans, aren’t they? Plans to finish the math book (can’t wait!), plans to finish sewing my quilt top this month (I sewed two rows together yesterday! Baby steps, you know?), plans to try new recipes through the summer and return to a predictable menu each week.
Mondays will be one-pot or crock pot meals.
Tuesdays are Taco Tuesdays! We do anything Mexican, really, on these nights.
Wednesdays are typically the days I have the kids help (one each week), by choosing a meal and doing prep and cooking with me.
Thursdays are leftovers or breakfast nights.
Fridays are meatless, simple nights. Soups, salads, eggs…
Saturdays are either leftovers or salads or grilling.
Sundays are our meat and cheese nights, or grilling. Fence and I loooove doing meat and cheese nights, with a variety of cheeses, crackers, and sliced meats. The kids apparently are bored with it, but they are cooking, so no complaints allowed! 😉
Now, I just need to keep myself in a rhythm of checking my planner each morning, and being prepared for the meals I plan. I think I’m going to create a calendar of meals to hang on the fridge, so I can easily glance at it and see what needs to thaw or can be prepped ahead in the morning. I’m so much fresher in the morning than at 3pm, when I look at the clock and groan that dinner still needs to be made.
How about you? What are you planning and looking forward to?
“…there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.” St. Josemaria Escriva, Passionately Loving the World
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