ReAl LiFe and Faithfulness in Small Things

Last week as a mama. of five. for five days. by myself.

It had all the hopes of being a “vacation” like I used to remember when my dad would be gone for a couple of days when I was a kid.

It had all the hopes, but by day two I remembered that I am the mom, and that these are five *little-ish* children (not the teenage years I remember!) Insert laughing-crying emoji!!

So we did get to check out an amazing little restaurant with a friend and her children, watched a couple of movies, spent a long afternoon shopping and filling our Operation Christmas boxes, ordered in subs on a Saturday, and did extra book-reading in the evenings. So yeah, I guess it did turn out a little vacation-like . . . but in the midst of it all, I realized that areas of our lives and daily routines needed tweaking . . . for sanity’s sake, and productivity, and so that at the end of a day, a week, and a year, we have done the important things while leaving plenty of space for doing the things we love and most enjoy!

Sometimes a life doesn’t need a big over-haul to make it better, more meaningful. Just tweaking in a few areas. Little things that make a big difference! And it’s little things that I’ve been working on for the past month in some areas, and then again last week, tweaking a few more areas…

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So for me it’s been:

Making the decision to workout with a personal trainer friend via FaceTime (technology these days!!) just two mornings a week.

Getting back into the habit of doing a little food prep, house organization, and list-making on Sunday nights.

Making a list of TEN THINGS for the week that need to get done, and then choosing TWO or THREE THINGS from that list for each day. It’s simple, doable, and I actually get things done!!

Completing a daily list for basic business “to do’s” and having accountability to keep me faithful!

And possible the most important for my sanity and well-being, making the effort to get up a little earlier to have some quiet, coffee, and soul time before the rest of “all the people” join me. :) I cannot emphasize enough the foundation that THE WORD of GOD has been in my life, from years of daily reading (or being read to as a child), and it’s something that I absolutely need to continue for LIFE and LIVING!

This quote I happened across a few weeks back might have been just the thing I needed to set me back into motion with daily faithfulness in all the little things.

“A daily small task, if it be really daily, will beat the labors of a spasmodic Hercules.” ~Anthony Trollope

Happy Monday!

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My hiding-out-in-my-bedroom Sunday afternoon tradition.

 

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The Mom Who Feeds Her Kids Kale & Onions for Breakfast {sometimes}

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I tend to be a last minute, wing-it kind of person, but five children, a home business, and four years of homeschooling later . . . I’m learning a little about the beauty of planning ahead for my household! AND the better food my children eat in the morning, the better their concentration for learning! In case you haven’t figured it out by now, boxed cereal doesn’t typically fall in that category of healthy or long-satisfying! I love when my children eat eggs, but the mess can sometimes be too much for every weekday morning. So prep ahead egg foods are the BEST thing for us!

My children are used to me making them try new foods quite often . . . They don’t have to eat a lot, because I know tastebuds will develop, but I’d love for them to love and appreciate a RAINBOW of colors in their diet! (And I might also be slightly scarred by the fact that once when traveling with a group to Taiwan, a young adult had tastebuds for ONLY the McDonalds menu when we had AMAZING foreign foods all around us. Umm, yeah. God’s world is so much more amazing than that, and I want them to appreciate that!!)

So, this frittata, along with several other food items, were prepped Sunday night when the rest of the family was happy and entertained with their own projects! {I do love some “alone” time in the kitchen!!} All of the children liked the frittata~ though two of them were trying to pull out all of the onions until I made them try them! They were caramelized and delicious! Still, their “reward” of dipping the bread in fig balsamic may still have been their favorite part of breakfast! Oh well, one day they will appreciate the finer flavors of life!!

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Kale & Caramelized Onion Frittata

1 bunch kale~remove from stems and chop finely
1 or 2 purple onions~cut into long, thin strips

Heat a bit of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat, add the onions and a piece of salt. Saute for 5-10 minutes.
Add chopped kale leaves and stems, cook for 20-25 minutes, add more oil/lower heat as needed.

8 eggs~whisk in a large bowl
I added in a generous splash of heavy whipping cream too!
Stir in onions and kale, cheese crumbles, and season with 1/2 tsp fresh round black pepper.
Pour into an old 8×8 or 9×9 pan. Sprinkle with a little more salt.
4-6 oz feta or other favorite cheese (I used Asiago because I love it and had it on hand!)
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until no longer highly. Allow to cool.
Eat now or later! Cover with foil to store and then just reheat for 15-20 minutes.

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When My Heart

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Do you ever just want to hold still and stop time?
I’m raising my hand over here!
In part to freeze the wonderful time of life:
the ages of my children, the place in my marriage, dreams we have been blessed to build.
And sometimes just to stop the clock so that~I’ll be honest,
the kitchen stays clean and the stomachs stay full and the early quiet morning lasts a little longer . . .
before the day turns into another loud and active day…
when they will all look to me again for their daily bread and daily schooling and daily EVERYTHING!!?

For you it might not be *these* things, but *other* things.
And all you really want to do is rest for a long time!
It’s that push-pull of life. The hard work and the fruits of labors.
The joys of it all, but the responsibilities that keep on going when sleeping in would be AMAZING!
(Can you tell my baby isn’t quite sleeping through the night right now??)

All of these emotions and thoughts and sometimes, yes, feelings of overwhelmed that I usually get at some point when I have an infant . . .
they always bring me to my knees before my Maker. To the Lord who made me and knows me. And I realize again how much I need Him.
For you it might be something else, a different season of life.
But in some way, by some means, God is interested in us coming to Him~always.

“Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eye of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God. Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  . . . The Spirit of Truth has come, He will guide you into all truth.”

“The humble He teaches His way.” O Lord, I need you! For today, this moment! For the cooking and the teaching and the leading. The grace to be quiet in your presence, and the strength to serve my people well today.

Yes and Amen!

“When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me to THE ROCK that is higher than I.”

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