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posted by on Family, Homemaking

I don’t know about you but at the end of my day I often look around and feel as if I haven’t accomplished anything. Today was such a day. As I looked around my kitchen and saw dirty dishes and counters I felt defeated. I knew there was no way I would get what I wanted done. Then and idea struck me. I started running through a list of the things I had accomplished and was really surprised at all I had done. Just so you know, we operate on a pretty crazy schedule around here due to chronic Lyme disease, a child who has been having mental issues, and a husband who works crazy hours. Last night (well really this morning) I didn’t get Sarah to sleep until nearly 4 am and I was still awake until almost 6 because of my Lyme. At noon I was rudely woken up by Sarah loudly arguing with her sister (mind you, she’s deaf and doesn’t speak words, but she uses her voice really well. When you are sound asleep this sound reminds you of the scene in Jurassic Park when the T-Rex is chasing the jeep and Jeff Goldblum is shouting, “Must go faster! Must go faster! Sarah is the T-Rex). 

Yeah, I pretty much responded the same way the people in the jeep did. After being jolted awake, I am often not at my best. My sweet girls got me my first cup of tea (a cup for me is a 20 oz. travel mug) while I had a little discussion with Sarah. These discussions happen many times throughout my day. Just  imagine you have a over active 3 year old in the body of a 26 year old and you’ll sorta get the picture. Gene leaves for work at 2:30 so there were some things I had to get done before he left. 

This is my list of what I accomplished today. I encourage you to make your own list of things you have done, I think you will be surprised at how much you really did accomplish. This is in no way me bragging, far from it. I have about 1 million and 1 things that are incomplete that needed to be finished weeks ago. But, such is my life. I am learning to do what I can do and not sweat it if I can’t. 

So here was/is my day. It’s 12 am as I’m writing this and I still have at least 2 hours of work to go. Just for clarity, right now we have people on 4 different diets due to health reasons, so often my kitchen is more like a diner.

Woke up  Startled out of restful sleep

Morning Cuppa Technically afternoon, but who’s counting

Made Hannah’s breakfast

Made Gene’s lunch for work

Made Sarah’s lunch

Made Chicken stock in the crockpot (it is still simmering and I LOVE that smell!)

Made Hannah and Rachel’s lunch

Ran errands- HEB, Walmart and Dollar Tree (did you know that they have $1 digital timers? I love timers!!!)

Watered the yard (this took repeated trips outside to move the sprinkler)

Made Sarah & Hannah’s meatloaf & Sarah’s squash

Researched information and e-mailed it to a friend

Laundry

Replied to 5+messages

Sarah in bed (only sorta, she won’t be asleep for hours)

Made the rest of us regular meatloaf

Downloaded e-books

Wrote this blog post

Still to do:

Make homemade laundry detergent

Make coconut milk

Dishes (I seriously doubt those will get finished!)

Clean kitchen counters and stove (not looking promising either)

Through out all of this there many times I stopped to correct or counsel Sarah, visit with the girls, and drink many cups of tea. The reality is, I will always have something unfinished, and my To-Do list will never be completed. Why do I keep beating myself up for not being able to do the impossible? I am going to stop chastising myself and accept the reality that is my life. I will always strive to do better, but I am not going to beat myself up over it. How about you? What did you accomplish today? Do you beat yourself up over what didn’t get done? 

 

posted by on Food & Cooking, Homemaking, THM

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This last year has been a little crazy, OK, a lot crazy. We’ve had issues with Sarah; Hannah, Rachel & Caroline dealing with Chronic Lyme disease, Papaw’s death & Caroline’s emergency surgery. Needless to say, it’s not a year we want to repeat. We are starting 2014 off with an optimistic outlook.  It’s a year of new beginnings and we are looking forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for us.

This blog has been woefully neglected in the last year due to the aforementioned events. Our hope is to start posting what we are doing in our homemaking adventures. We will be sharing our photography, our recipes, organization and other homemaking skills/tasks, I may do a series on small space living with a large family, food budgeting, monthly shopping and money & time saving tips. 

Our food journey has taken on many different complexions over the last few years. In an effort to combat the Chronic Lyme and other auto-immune issues we have changed our diet. We believe that what you eat can drastically affect your overall physical and mental health. We have experienced this first hand. Our recipes will cover several different diets and restrictions. We will have recipes that are one or more of the following: gluten free, egg free, grain free, dairy free, corn free, soy free, sugar free, low carb, high fat, or Trim Healthy Mama

We try to keep our food as clean as possible while also keeping our budget in mind. We don’t buy organic meats, our budget just doesn’t allow for it at this time. We believe that food should be tasty, fun, affordable and pleasing to the eye as well as being good for you. 

This week I am focusing on cleaning out and organizing our middle bedroom. It is very small and for the last few months has been the room that you put things into that don’t have a home. There are no before pictures (I didn’t want to be cast on hoarders) but when I finish, I’ll post some. This room is going to be used for storage of some of our 8 million books, our craft/office supplies and is home to our deep freeze. 

Please take time to stop by our other blogs (there are links in the right side toolbar). Caroline also has her photography website. You can also find Rachel and me on Twitter.  We also have Facebook pages for our different sites.

Joyful Homemakers

My Titus 2 Journey

Lavender and Honey

Currahee Photography

What are your homemaking goals for the upcoming year? 

posted by on Faith, Homemaking

I’ve been having to stay in bed due to my Lyme for over a week now. I can tend to get really discouraged during these times because I don’t feel as if I can serve anyone or like I’m not doing what I should be doing. It can be very common for those with a chronic illness to feel as if they are a burden. However, you don’t have to feel guilty, because this is where the Lord currently has you.

One thing you can do to help your feelings of guilt is prayer. There are many things that we could-and should-lift up to the Lord in Prayer! Pray for your health, your guilt, for Him to show you a way you can serve, for encouragement and peace, pray for your friends and family, and you can pray for those who you know are also going through a trial.

Make a list of things that you can do while sick. Using a list I feel much more accomplished in my daily living than before. It also serves as a good reminder; when my brain is too foggy to think of anything to do I can just look at my list and find something.

Find a way that you can serve people; ask the Lord to show you a way. I was praying for this over a year ago now, and I felt led to start blogging about my illness, and other important issues to me. Now I did not like this idea, because I was trying to hide my illness from the outside world. However, I slowly started blogging more often. And you know what? It got easier, I felt encouraged, I can now encourage others through my blog, and I can serve as a witness to Christ. Another way to serve which I want to start doing is sending hand written cards to people who need encouragement. If however my arthritis is too bad I could type it up on the computer and print it out on some nice paper.

Take it one day at a time. It can be hard for me to think of the future, whether one week or five years into the future. I wonder what health problems I will have and if I will be able to serve others. However, the future is not ours to worry about! The Lord is in complete control and His plan is far better than ours. What good does worrying about tomorrow bring? Try to live one day at a time for the Lord.

It can be hard to be content where the Lord has you with a chronic illness, I’ve been through it and am still going through it. However, if we go through it trying to bring glory to the Lord and encourage others it helps us as well. If anybody reading this is currently going through a chronic illness, or any trial, please feel free to comment and ask for prayer, or email me at Rachel@LavenderAndHoney.net