Em’s DayBook – Vol. 24
“O Holy Spirit, descend plentifully into my heart. Enlighten the dark corners of this neglected dwelling and scatter there Thy cheerful beams.”
— St. Augustine
Happy Monday All!
I hope and pray you had a great weekend. We honestly had a quiet and family-only weekend. We went to the YMCA Pool. We hung out. I went to a Co-Op meeting. Just little things like that. We love to entertain. We love to do fun things. But man, don’t you just LOVE the weekends where you don’t have 75 things to do outside the house? YES!
Today I’m Linking Up With…
- A Mama Collectives – Currently
Yes They Are All Ours – Marriage Monday
Proverbs 31 Wife – Living Proverbs 31 Link Up
- Home to Four Kiddos – Try A New Recipe Tuesday
As an aside… The problem with link-ups for me is that I always leave messages on at least five other bloggers posts. And people don’t return the favor. I find that rude. In the end, I don’t write for others. But still. There is an etiquette… just saying’!
Things I’m Thankful For…
- My husband. He’s my bestie. He’s such a great provider. I can’t imagine my life without him. Thank you God!
- Friends. Friends who say to me, “don’t try to fit in, you have friends who love you!” Amen!
- Fresh Produce. We are blessed to live in an area where produce is abundant!
- New recipes.
- Cooler than average weather. I know – repetitive. But I’m THAT Thankful.
- Daily Devotion Books. I love to read a few quick devotions.
Things We’re Up To…
- Bread making.
- Organizing Classroom.
- Planning a Fall Camping Trip – Just us.
- We had a park/swim playdate with friends last week. Hoping to do it again this week.
Things A Wife Does (Marriage Monday)…
As you all know, I love Elizabeth’s Marriage Monday series. It’s truly an eye-opening post weekly. It challenges me to both recognize what I do well and where I need to work to better myself as a wife. Today’s post is about being a Feminine Wife. Oh I do love this post. I am an educated woman. I was fiercely independent… and I married a man who is a man’s man. You can imagine that we struggled – and you’d be right. Sigh.
In order to make our marriage work, I had to let myself be taught to be a Godly wife (that may have been super poor grammar, so go easy on me, my grammar police friends). We live in a society that says women can do ANYTHING and that women don’t NEED a man. AND that men are stupid and inferior. HOW SAD! It’s also UNTRUE!
- I can do many things, perhaps anything – but I am not as strong as a man. I am not as MANLY as a man and there are many things I do not want to do that a man might want to… And people – I’m ok with it.
- I do NEED a man. I need my husband. I can’t imagine my world without him. Oh yes, I used to say, “well, if I am 35 and single I’ll just have a child and raise it by myself”. REALLY? Sure, I’ve done it while he is out of country and traveling and gone LOTS! And if I had to, I’d do the best I could. But God designed marriage between a man and woman so that children could be exposed to the mother and father they need. Part of being a good wife is making sure that happens in our marriages.
- My husband is not to be emasculated. I do not wish to deprive him of his strength or ability to pro-create. God designed him to lead our family and I will do everything I can to lift him up and help him feel manly and needed.
This week, she even gave homework -
Homework Assignment: Are you up for some homework? Your assignment for this week, if you choose to accept it, is to ask you husband to tell youhonestly how he likes you to wear your hair, and what clothing styles he likes, etc. You must promise yourself ahead of time that you won’t argue with what he tells you! Have some ducktape handy, if need be, but don’t react to what he tells you! Just listen and apply your new found knowledge!
In My Kitchen…
A few things. 1) We are really low on budget right now. We aren’t hurting. We are just being oh-so-careful. And so – we are working hard to use what we have AND to bring new things to the table.
That is the beauty of knowing the Pantry Challenge (Thank you Jessica). You see, when times are tough, you know you can make things out of interesting combinations, or toss blueberries in a recipe that calls for pears (Again, thank you Jessica).
This week, with Bountiful Baskets (which we participate in about once/month) we got the Conventional Basket and these additions:
- Lunch Box Pack – Hoping for Apples, Plums, Carrots, Grapes, Grape Tomatoes, Nectarines, Apple Pears, Bartlett Pears.
- Hatch Chiles – Approx 25 Lb – Product of Hatch, New Mexico
- Grill Pack – Hoping for green chiles, mushrooms, yellow and green bells, onions, corn, white asparagus, yellow squash and zucchini
So what happens is, we come home from BB and get to work. Marque will be Roasting Hatch Chili Peppers and I’ll be blanching and freezing veggies. Christopher will be the helper.
2) We are going to challenge ourselves to spend $100/week on groceries. This won’t include pet supplies, cleaning supplies or paper goods. I think we’ll add another $130 for that/month. Our total monthly spend will be less than $600. We hope to reduce it even more!
- Tonight – Chicken Strip Salads
- Tuesday – Beans & Rice
- Wednesday – Leftovers
- Thursday – Baked Chicken & Veggies
- Friday - cheese & veggie pizza (we’re making it).
- Saturday – Steak and veggies
- Sunday – Lemon & Garlic Crock-Pot Chicken *** This is our New Recipe for those of you here from Try a New Recipe.
Books I’m Reading…
- A Year of Grace & Magnificat (Daily).
- Saints On Call (As needed).
- Ginny’s Gems (re-read).
Things I’m Learning…
Life is such a great learning experience. I’m so thankful for all I’ve learned. That too much technology is NOT a good thing! TRULY!
That I am not the only one who ponders these kinds of things. A blog I follow, The Littlest Way’s author, Jenny posted this today:
I am pondering the insidiousness of the evil one. I am pondering how easy it is to listen to the opinion of others and form the judgments they have already formed and are leading us to without consulting ourselves or God first. I am pondering the damaging effects of slander and gossip, jealousy and anger.
I won’t say I’m thankful to know I’m not the only one. But the devil is strong and he comes in many forms to try to sneak in and make us feel bad about ourselves and others. In order to be true to Our Lord, we must forgive and love others anyway. This is hard. And we may not let others into our lives after they have hurt us, but we should strive to forgive and be pleasant at least. Yes?!!
Anyway – I’ve also learned..
- that I have a cleaner than average house, even on days I think it’s a mess.
- I’m a dang good wife – thanks Marque.
- and that people’s perception of me, many times, has little to do with me.
- And much much more.
Things I’m Praying For…
- Our World.
- Our Co-Op
- The school year for my family & friends.
- Health & Finances
- For Stick-to-it-ive-ness!
SLURPEE – such a necessity here in Hot-Worth! lol It’s a treat!
I hope and pray you all have a great week.
Love, Hugs & Blessings,