I know it's not the ocean, but I had this beautiful thought today while rocking in the front yard holding babies, sitting with friends, watching kids play, that although this is not California, it is more paradise than I ever could have asked for.
The trees sound like the waves in the Oklahoma wind. There are people here that we love dearly. People we know we're supposed to serve with, love on, and simply serve. And today I felt the Lord remind me that there were a million reasons for us to stay here. I know this is where we're supposed to be right now. It just feels right.
But I digress.
This feels like it has been the week that would never end. And I know that I don't know the half of it. On Monday a deadly tornado ripped through over 17 miles of Moore, Oklahoma.
And even though I don't live in Moore, the effect of that tornado has shaken our entire state, the country and even the world. It has been a long time since I have been so emotionally exhausted.
But I have also been reminded of how short our time on this earth really is. Oh that precious word, time.
If you're reading for the 1st time, you should be warned that I am pretty crazy about planning and time management. I'm pretty sure it stems from all the things I think I need to do. But the older I get the more I undertand that the time I have with my children is precious. I know it is going to fly by in an instant.
With a successful and busy business to be run, a husband to love well, baby weight to lose (soon please!), and friends and family to fellowship with, I do not want my children to get the leftovers of my time.
Insert The Sunday 7!
The Sunday 7 is a simple tool to help you map out the 7 most important areas of your life and then make sure you have scheduled time for each of those things in a given week.
For a more detailed explanation of the The Sunday 7, Click Here.
So here a little bit of my crazy from tonight....there is a slight chance I have too many calendars (the one on my fridge isn't even in the picture!).
And then here is my Sunday 7.....and if you read it, you can see that it's actually 8 this week.
Now it's your turn! It's not helpful to you if you just read mine, go make your own! We can be more effective parents, spouses, friends, and leaders when we decide to be intentional about our time.
Yes, it takes a little bit of effort, but it's worth it!
Happy Sunday on a Monday.
If you're going to be following my craziness everyday, you may want to know that there are fun things to come like:
- A couple giveaways! (one being my very favorite planner....look for more info tomorrow!)
- Summer Activities for Kids (and moms too!)
- A Summer Survival Guide (for all you moms in direct sales with kids at home this summer)
- Our New York trip recaps
- Chore Charts
- Family Dinner Questions
- a new blog design (and new name!) coming in July!
- and so much more!
Make sure to follow along so you don't miss any of it!