Stone Soup for Five: Weekly Update--January 30

Weekly Update--January 30

Life Update for the last week of January.

I did ZERO FLYlady, again as far as specific zone work.  Did no yard work, but did clean the front bathroom and get dressed to the shoes every morning.  I need to figure out WHY I'm having a hard time sticking to my cleaning routines. Our house is never THAT bad, but it could be SO MUCH BETTER.

Did much better here.  Still a struggle, but two out of five days I was up on time (goal is getting out of bed at the first alarm with no snooze) and when I did that I was able to get both Bible reading and prayer time taken care of. The other days, I had to scramble and squeeze it in a shorter amount of time and I LOATHE that scramble.  Now if I could just remember  that when my head is still on my pillow and get up on time!

Bombed.  Did the bare minimum, which means when I get up in the morning stuff is still out of place, there is still wet laundry in the washing machine getting smelly, my desk is not set up for a peace filled morning routine, and I'm stepping through crumbs in the kitchen.  A good morning truly DOES start the night before.  This coming week I'm going to make it a point to do my evening routine right after dinner if at all possible, because if I wait till before bed, it never gets done. Again. Still.

STILL really struggling to figure out how to motivate one of my boys.  I refuse to give into panic over what he's "behind" on, even though he's just a couple of years away from being an adult.  I took a lot of time praying this week for his motivation and heart change and for me to have inspiration and insight, because most of the time, school is really ugly with him, which makes life ugly for every body.  I tried a new technique on Friday, that seems to help and he did really well, even smiled once or twice as we were reviewing his work.  THAT is HUGE.  So I'll stick with that for him and see how next week goes.  Praying that this is the Lord working in his heart!

I'm thankful so much for each of you that read this blog and inspire me to keep writing and doing!  I'm having so much fun lining up posts and thinking of ways that I can pour out into you.  I'd still LOVE to hear what you want to read!  I've got a whole month of simple Bible Journal posts lined up for February, one each day.  You'll get the notices every M, W, F, and Sunday, but pop over to my blog daily to see them on that day.  I'm hoping you will join me in doodling each chapter of Acts through February too. Or even just writing a sentence, or a heading in your Bible each day/chapter.  

I'm through writing Galatians!!  I'm working on the doodles and formatting now and hope to have that up soon! I've started writing 2 Corinthians now and am floored with all the great stuff there.  God's Word never ceases to amaze me, the more you read it, the more you learn.  I love that we'll NEVER be able to plumb the depths of it!

Just finished reading Own Your Life by Sally Clarkson and will review that next week. EXCELLENT book.  Also finished The Dip by Seth Godin, amazing short book packed with TONS of insight and encouragement about pushing through the messy middle of anything you are working on.  I'm also halfway through Ruth Soukup's Living Well Spending Less.  It's so much more than a financial book!

As read-alouds we are reading Madeline Takes Command in the mornings before homeschool and it's been good. The boys are all enjoying it, despite my lousy French accent attempts.  And in the evenings before bed we're laboring through The Prince and the Pauper. It was GREAT to start with, but now that the pauper is living the Prince's life in the castle everyone talks THUSLY with LABORIOUS and WEARISOME WORDINESS which OVERTAXES the narrator (me) and SUFFERETH the boys PROSTRATE with ENERVATED SOULS.  We may be switching back to the next in the Narnia series.  

The book I want to blog, Future Me, is in the works.  I have a lot of research I want to do first, so I can be really clear and laser focused.  I'm gathering loads of information and would love any input about what you'd like to read in that. (Send me a note about what you'd like to read in either the book or the blog by using the sidebar "contact form" space--scroll down just a touch and you'll see it. I'd love it!) 

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