Em’s DayBook – Vol. 29
Just as a father or mother answers a child when it tries to learn something from them, so also the Holy Spirit fosters human knowledge in any of the arts when the person seeks to learn it through inclination, desire, and diligence. – St. Hildegard
Monday Night Tuesday Morning All!
I hope and pray your Mondays were GREATERIFIC! Mine was. Well, I mean if you think getting electric charges zapped into your lower back and legs AND needles inserted into your legs – then yes, super Great! HA! I can’t wait till Friday when they do my neck and arms.
Truth be told, the doctor was awesome. I’m in good hands. And the Xanax took off the edge. Kudos to my son who did several subjects of school today while I was technically passed out on the couch. Ahhhh… life is good.
But – Monday is over. Aren’t you glad about that? WOOHOO! So it’s Tuesday now… and I’m finishing my post.
Linking Up With
- Elizabeth @ Marriage Monday
- Lisa @ Try A New Recipe Tuesday (it’s not up yet, but it will be, I hope).
I loved the Currently posts. But Jenna is stepping away and her first partners in it have all stepped away. So I’m stepping away from it as well. I wish there was a Catholic link-up for DayBooks. Hmmmm… maybe I will start one. Yes, Christians and Catholics all love one God and we are sisters in Christ. But I also think it’s ok to stick together with our Faith-Sisters too. Anywhooo… just a thought.
- Thoughts of Fall.
- My husband being home.
- My Child who is having a good week.
- My Faith, Mother Mary and all the Saints. So blessed.
- Being creative.
A few things… 1) I would have finished yesterday, but ya’ll – drugs slay me! For all the damage in my spine and joints, they wanted me, for a long time, to take high-powered drugs. But I use ice/heat and take Tylenol/Aleve. HA – that’s my strong drugs. So when I have to take a muscle relaxer (2mg knocks me out) or Xanax so I can not be too panicked to get work done… it kills my day. I am blessed though, because there are so many addicts/alcoholics on both sides of my bloodline and I can’t tolerate either well. You see, it comes back to GOD. And boy He is so GOOD! Thank you Father.
2) How good it feels not to have Christopher in sports and other activities this Fall. We needed a break. I recently re-read Ginny’s Gems. In this book, she says something like “while your children are young, concentrate on them.” Of course, your marriage too. I worry about not doing enough. I worry about not going here and there and everywhere and being everything to everyone. What will “THEY” think? You know, the infamous THEY! They’ll be upset if I don’t ___. Or They’ll judge me as ___. Here’s what I say – It is none of my business what others think of me. I simply don’t care. WHAT? Emily doesn’t care? Ok – you caught me, but I’m TRYING not to care. Why should I? People judge all the time. People speculate. And folks – what I know is I do what I can. My goal – SANITY! And at the end of the day, I’m good. I’m sane. I’m loved. Sigh – what more can I ask for?
(Marriage Monday)- Elizabeth has a great new blog post called the Virtous Wife.
Ahhh the Virtuous Wife. You know, the one that God says is more valuable than Rubies. The one that we should all model ourselves after? That one.
When we come to the end of our lives, the degrees we earned won’t matter; the rank we achieved in our careers won’t matter; the size of our houses or newness of our cars won’t matter; the fancy vacations will be long forgotten. This is what will really matter:
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed, her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favor is deceitful and beauty is vain: but a woman who feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her of the fruit of her hands: and let her own works praise her in the gates.” ~ Proverbs 31:28-31
If you are like me, when you were little, you wanted to be a wife and a mother. I think most women do. I also wanted to be a nurse (except I hate needles and blood), an attorney (except I didn’t have the stomach for it)… so I became an Event Planner and then an Executive Admin (great organizational/time-management skills). When I had Christopher, I knew I could do it all. But God had other plans. Not only did he bring me into the home to live out my vocation, he gave me a child with Aspergers and led me to homeschool him. WHAT???
At first I was against it. Then I came to peace with it. Um – God is more powerful than me. There was a brief blip in our marriage where I was ready to leave and went back to work to save up money. Marque had just come back from Iraq for the 2nd time and it was like hell on earth around here. In the end, Marque and I worked things out… once again, God is more powerful.
When I went back to work, our house fell apart. Yes, we had a maid. But our child was at day/care or school 10+ hours/day. My husband had to pick up and take him a lot. Sometimes he was in bed before I got home. It was hard on us all.
More than anything, we learned to accept our roles in our marriage, the way GOD wanted them to be. If you read the information in the square below, you will see what our job is as women. Men have lots of the same rules, but theirs apply to MEN/Head of Household.
Do I always get it right? I’d be lying if I said yes. But I try and I am good at lots of those things.
I am very sad that this series has come to an end. <3 I hope and pray Elizabeth has other series in store for us.
In My Kitchen
So I took the plunge and joined the $5 Dinner Sight. I’ll probably do it a couple months. I’m creating a binder of meal plans and budget meals. What I love is that Erin gives you the shopping lists. For 20 meals, less than $150 at Costco if you follow her plan.
Jessica’s Cookbook Good Cheap Eats is on the way too. I’m making progress in turning our food budget back into something way more manageable.
This week our menu looks like this: Meatloaf, Chinese Food, Steaks (Marque has business associates here from Israel and we are cooking a steak dinner (rare in the middle of the week), leftovers, fish tacos and I’m not sure what else.
Try A New Recipe Tuesday
We tried Slow Cooker Taco Chicken Bowl by BudgetBytes.com – REALLY GOOD! I feel bad because I totally forgot to take pics. What we did was cooked it overnight so it could sit the next day in the spices, etc. We tweaked it a little for our family. VERY GOOD. The picture above is from their site.
- Our World.
- My child.
- Health & Finances of our family.
- For Stick-to-it-ive-ness!
- Christian Women – that they may learn to comfort and not judge.
- For all my friends who are sick or suffering illness of any kind.
- For you!
Jenna watches Christopher mow the lawn. She keeps an eye on him always. <3
And don’t forget to check back tomorrow – Another Blog Tour Post. YAY
Love, Hugs & Blessings.