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I was inspired by Passionate Homemaking to think about my morning routine in her post here.

Last fall, I began finding myself repeatedly waking at about 5:30 AM each morning, a good 30-45 min. before my alarm was set to go off.  At first, I found it to be incredibly irritating and would try and try (in vain) to fall back asleep for a few more unnecessary minutes of sleep.  After a week or so, I decided that it was time to quit fighting it and just start getting up. 

I began rising between 5:15 and 5:30 faithfully each morning and found that I was able to work on my bible study and/or spend time in prayer and the Word for nearly 45 min. to an hour each morning AS WELL AS get all of my morning chores accomplished and head out the door at a reasonable time!  It was a wonderful feeling.  I felt like I had already accomplished so much each morning-before I had even left for work and my day was ALWAYS better after spending time at the Lord’s feet each morning! 

Well, I have found myself unusually sleepy lately and have been sleeping in until about 6:30 lately and I am not liking it one bit!  I definitely don’t need to sleep that long, but I can’t seem to convince myself to just get up and go downstairs!  As a result of this slow-to-rise change, I feel like I am always running a few minutes behind and my mornings are much more stressful because they are missing the quiet peace and purpose that comes with prayer and God’s word in the mornings. 

So, I have decided that no matter how tired I am, I am going to get back into my old morning routine!  I have been thinking about my old schedule and I have made a few changes, but I am excited to get back in the swing of things!

5:20- Wake Up & Make Tea

5:25- Morning Bible & Prayer Time

6:25- Morning Walk with Monty

6:45-Pack Lunches & Make Breakfast

7:00- Breakfast with Mark

7:15- Shower

7:30-Hair, Make-Up, Dressed

7:45- Leave for Work

There are a few things that I have set myself to do in the evenings that will help my mornings run more smoothly.  Here are the things that I will (and won’t) do to maximize my mornings! 

Will Do:

  • Get all Lunch items together each evening before bed
  • Have all school stuff packed up and at the top of the stairs
  • Have purse and keys at the top of the stairs

Won’t Do:

  • Leave Dishes in the sink over night
  • Use computer in the mornings (it just ends up becoming a distraction)
  • Household chores (laundry, vacuuming, etc. etc.)

I had to list some things on my won’t do category (like household chores) that might seem silly to NOT do when you are in a productive mood, BUT I have found that dishes, laundry, a dirty floor, and the such have a snowball effect for me.  WHen I decide that I am “just going to throw a load of laundry in”, all the sudden it is time to go and I have not packed lunches, made breakfast, OR (most importantly) spent time with the Lord.  Yes, I might have folded a load of laundry, have a load in the washer and dryer, picked up all the dog toys, cleaned the counters, AND vacuumed the floor, but my day is not out of balance…I have, in essence, said that my house and responsibilities in it are more important than the Lord….I have been a Martha, when I have been called to be a Mary.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

~Luke 10:38-42

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Verse of the Week

I forgot to post our weekly Bible Verse, so here is the verse for January 25-31, 2010:

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

~Isaiah 1:18

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I have definitely fallen off the menu-planning wagon lately and it doesn’t make it easy (or cheap) to eat well, so I am officially back to it!  As always, these meals are nice and simple-easy to make and not too expensive.  I am hoping that having a menu plan will help me cut the snacking a bit!  In an effort to stick to my plan, I have a menu plan on the fridge with breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snack plans.  I will only post the dinner plan here since it might be overkill otherwise. 

I actually will be on the Women’s Retreat with the church on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday which I am really excited for!  I planned what Mark would be eating so that there could be enough food in the fridge for him!  It is times like these when it is super nice to have a hubby who can eat the same things over and over again without getting bored!

Monday:  Chicken Fajitas (no tortillas), Black Beans, Salsa & Fresh guacamole

Tuesday:  Curry Chicken, Peas, Broccoli

Wednesday: Leftover Fajitas

Thursday: Leftovers OR Turkey Patty, Green Beans

Friday: (Retreat) Black Bean Soup

Saturday: (Retreat) Eat Out

Sunday: (Retreat) Chicken and Veggie Soup

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Wow!  I can’t even believe that the Christmas season has come and gone and 2010 is in full swing!  I have been away from home a LOT lately and I feel like it has been about a year since I last posted! 

I’ve done a lot of thinking about blogging….does that count?  There are so many things that I have meant to write about, but many are old news now so I will just keep it simple! 

Well, after three trips home (one to see my sick Gammy, one for Christmas vacation, and one for Gammy’s funeral) I can say that I have never appreciated my little quiet townhome more!  I love love love my family and I am so very blessed to be able to visit and be there when I need to be, but I can’t describe the feeling of coming back to my own home (and my own bed).  It doesn’t look like we will be back in MD for quite some time and, although I will miss my family, I am happy that Mark and I can just settle into being “us” again!

So what is new here?   Well, since January 5th, Mark and I have been following the “Maker’s Diet” a 40 day “diet” that is based on whole, unprocessed foods and foods that are biblically “clean” (no pork or shellfish).  We are just completing the first “phase” (the most restrictive) and tomorrow will begin the 2 week-long “phase two”.  So far, we have both lost right around 7 pounds (and although we were both up a little from the holidays, we are really excited!).  I am super proud of my hubby for sticking to it so well even though he had to give up his diet soda and almost all sugar and starch for the first two weeks!  I am glad to have found the book because I have been looking for a “diet” that is based on eating “real foods”, but might also help me continue to lose weight.  I am certain that I will be losing at a slower rate once the 40 days are through, but I am willing to move at a slower pace if it means that I am able to stay away from “diet” food. 

I am just now realizing that that paragraph was primarily quotation marks…hehe…oh well!

So, a new year means New Year’s Resolutions!  This year, I am keeping my resolutions simple and realistic :)…

1.  Memorize one Bible Verse each week.  This means that by the end of the year, I will have memorized 52 Bible verses!  I have been working hard on reading my Bible more and staying involved in studies, but I confess that I am not good at memorizing scriptures.  I have found, however, that scriptures are what I am reminded of when I am praying and talking to God, so I think that memorizing more is a good goal! I will try (I know I say that all the time) to post the verse that I am memorizing each week so that you can join me if you like 🙂

2.  Read 12 Books.  I know that isn’t many books, but I am a slow reader and I get easily distracted!  If I find a good series I can read pretty fast, but this year I am going to try to read all kinds of books (some fiction, some non fiction….some about homemaking, some about parenting…..some about cooking, some about organizing….you get the picture) so some might be a little more dry than others…we’ll see how it goes!

3.  Go Homemade!  I am trying to work on a collection of recipes to have so that I can start making most everything from scratch!  Not only is it fun, but it is so much healthier!  I am also going to try to get creative with gifts and decorations and things….attempting to make some more stuff at home and spend less money at the store 🙂

You may notice that I don’t have a weight loss goal on here…well, I think that it is about time to quit with the all too optimistic weight loss goals and this year Mark and are just trying to eat healtier…we started back in November switching a lot of our foods to their unprocessed or less processed relatives and we are continuing that process into the year.  As I said earlier, I hope to lose weight, but I am not obsessing over a number on the scale 🙂  Besides, I hope to be pregnant by the end of the year (and once I am, I have a perfectly good excuse for NOT losing anymore weight….atleast for nine months, right?)  Anyway, I am just trying to live a healthier life and if that means weight loss-great!  If not, then not 🙂

Well, that is all for now….sorry for being MIA for so long!  I have missed writing and I hope I can get back into the habit! 

Here are the bible verses for weeks 1,2 and 3 (weeks 1 and 2 are verses that I already knew since deciding this goal just came about a few days ago:) )

Week 1:

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

~ Philippians 4:13

Week 2:

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

~Romans 3:23

Week 3:

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousnes; and all these things shall be added unto you”

~Matthew 6:33

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