We have had two non-routine weeks of out of town company and time at the beach.
My best friend from growing up came to visit for two days with her 3 kids during fall break. Shortly after, we joined my family at the beach.
All fun! And now it's back to reality. The house needs attention, the pantry is bare, and I already have Christmas on the brain.
Two major themes I'm holding dear this week/this season.
1. Say no
Recently, we have received several invitations to birthday parties, baby showers, and opportunities to serve at school and church. It's just where we are in life, and we are so grateful to be asked to be a part of so much. Realistically, there is not enough physical time, space, energy, and money to accept all these invitations/obligations/opportunities. We have to say no to some things, a lot of things. It's hard because the no is to people we love and care about. Sometimes the no is because we can't be in two places at once and sometimes it's because we are saying yes to rest, regular meals together, and time as a family.
Step one is saying no. Step two is telling myself not to feel guilty for saying no. Because I - you - we - simply cannot do it all.
Christmas is coming. My family needs dinner tonight. We go through 2.5 gallons milk a week. These are all things I can anticipate and prepare for because these things are not a surprise. I'm learning to think ahead, way ahead. Months and seasons ahead. This concept is Biblical...
Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways and be wise.
Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. Proverbs 6:6-8
She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27
It is work to prepare, but it is more work to not prepare.
They beach in October is fabulous! So grateful to my parents for having us.
I listened to Laura Vanderkam's What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: A Short Guide to Making Over Your Mornings - and Life on the drive home from Gulf Shores. It was so inspiring and really made me think about how I manage my time, specifically my mornings.
Self help books are my guilty pleasure.