Thursday, September 16, 2010

Small Successes-September 16th

Celebrating the little things in life that add up.

Is it really the middle of September already?  Time flies when you're so busy you don't know if you are coming or going.  I've accomplished a lot this week, but I'm not sure how successful I'm feeling.  I think exhaustion is more or less the word that describes this past week and all it has required of me.

1. Madeline celebrated her 9th birthday on Sunday, and this is the first time I've had a moment to blog about it.  It was a busy day filled with soccer games, a family party and the standard pre-party frantic scramble to get the house cleaned and the laundry washed, folded and put away.  The party, which included grandparents, an aunt and an uncle, turned out nicely.  I even decorated her cookie cake and it turned out halfway decent.

2. I've spent most of the past week scrambling to get everything in order for my religious ed classes which begin tonight.  For the third graders I had to make 18 sets of good deed beads to be used as a one decade rosary in class.  Then I had to color the coloring page for the mystery of the rosary I'll be presenting tonight.  After that, I set to work on getting sign in sheets for my classes made up along with composing my letters to the parents.  Then it was time to label and stuff communication folders for each student.   And let's not forget that I had to write up a lesson plan for each class and print it out.  I still have a few odds and ends to do before tonight and Sunday, but I'm not feeling frantic anymore.  Whew!

3. Despite all the craziness, the house is relatively clean.  Sure the laundry isn't folded and some of it isn't washed yet (two loads to go!) but we're functioning with what is on hand.  Grocery shopping is partially done and will be finished sometime today or tomorrow.  And I'm slowly adjusting to life with two children in school full time.  The days when I'm not kept busy with volunteering feel tremendously long between the hours of noon and 2:30.  I'm used to not having a child around for the early part of the morning but it's very odd to not have a little person by my side for the rest of the day.  It's been over nine years since I've had this much time to myself.  At this point, I'm not sure I like it.


  1. Wow...You've had a busy week! Great job! Happy Birthday to Madeline.

  2. Oh Karen, I can so identify with your feeling of loss when your youngest daughter went to school full time. I have twelve kids, and had had a small child at my side for twenty six years. I was devastated, although others really thought I should be celebrating!

    What I learned though is that I had entered into the next phase in my life, and one of the things I needed to do, was work on me.

    I started a business, I started listening to podcasts to learn lots of new things, I built in time to take a walk every day and so much more. This is an exciting time in your life, you just need to let yourself experience it.

    Now is a time when you can start the process of exploring what God has in mind for your time, listen to Him, and ask Him to help you, He will. Have a wonderfully blessed week. Grace

  3. Hi Karen! Great week of successes! Love #3. It's wonderful that despite the very busy week you have been able to keep your home relatively clean and organized. I wish I could say the same! LOL!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. What a busy week! Great job on the cleaning--I know when I'm busy, that's usually the first thing that falls aside, and something I need to work on.


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