Monday, June 11, 2012

Menu Plan Monday - June 11-17

Getting back in the groove of menu planning. My friend, Sara, started a business called Dinner Divas which provides yummy freezer meals, once a month, that you just slightly thaw and toss in the slow cooker (or oven or grill). It's been a wonderful service for our family, and I know it's been a blessing for many others. The meals are delicious, wholesome and did I mention delicious? Next Monday is Dinner Divas day for June, so this week is clear out the freezer week.

We have a busy week ahead, and I'm so glad that with freezer meals I can still feed my family nutritious meals that save us money in the process. Here goes:

Monday - Tae Kwon Do (5:00 - 5:45), Dad working on van
B - Pecan Spins (nutritious, I know ;-)
L - Frozen cheesy spirals & broccoli
D - Taco Roast (Dinner Divas freezer meal, made with stew meat instead), tortillas & fixin's, mexican salad

Tuesday - Boy Scouts (7:00 - 9:00)
B - Cereal
L - Grilled cheese sandwiches & spaghettio's
D - Easy Dirty Rice (Dinner Divas), 7 layer salad, brussels sprouts w/ butter sauce

Wednesday - Tae Kwon Do (5:00 - 5:45)
B - Cereal
L - PB sandwiches, fruit (at the park)
D - Cheesy Tortellini (Dinner Divas), Italian Sausage Hoagies w/ peppers & onions, 7 layer salad

Thursday - Tae Kwon Do (5:30 - 7:00)
B - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Cinnamon Toast
L - leftovers
D - Chicken & Rice, green beans, salad

Friday - Mom works 7p-7a
B - cereal
L - leftovers, fridge cleanout day
D - Pizza? (Dad's in charge, mom's at work)

Saturday - Dad picks up Bailey at Summer Camp, mom sleeps and goes back to work 7p-7a
B - ???
L - ???
D - ???

Sunday - Dad and both boys back to Summer Camp, mom sleeps
B - Donuts
L - ???
D - Girls' night dinner out

The Woman's Touch by Nancy Wilson

  I was still awake in the wee hours of the morning and decided to do some internet searches on Biblical womanhood. I ended up at one of my favorite websites,, the blog site for Home Educating Family. There I found a great article by Nancy Wilson about how lowering our standards encourages our men to do the same, but embracing our role and higher expectations will inspire our men to follow suit. Of course, there are always exceptions, but what do we really want, ladies? And what kind of young men are we raising? Our influence is not to be underestimated. Are we too easily impressed or do we inspire the men in our lives to "stand tall to impress" us? Take the time to read this one. It's worth it.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

To Plan or Not to Plan

I, by nature, am a planner. I like to plan everything. There are lists upon lists upon lists in notebooks, on sticky notes, in my documents folder on my laptop. Being a homeschooling mom of 3, you can only imagine what I make lists about. What am I going to teach my kindergartener next year? There’s a list for that. What will I do for my co-op classes next fall? I have a list for that. What decluttering projects do I need to complete? There’s a list for that. What are we going to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the next month? There’s a list for that, too. 

Lists are not bad. In fact, they’re downright useful, especially for a mom who has such difficult time staying on track as I do. However, I find that making lists tends to be an escape for me. Planning is fun. Doing what I’ve planned, not so much. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy doing many of the things I plan, but when I’ve planned it all out, there’s always stuff that doesn’t get done and I end up focusing on what’s NOT done rather than what IS accomplished. 

When I DON’T list it all out on paper, there’s still stuff that doesn’t get done, but there’s no BLACK AND WHITE proof of my lack of productivity and I’m free to simply enjoy what I’m doing at the moment, focusing only on that one thing at a time. 

There has to be a middle ground here, but my personality is so given to extremes. My hope is that, with God’s help, my priorities will become HIS priorities for me and I’ll just be able to focus on HIS leading in my days, planning where need be, but not to excess.

Proverbs 16:9 – “A man's heart plans his way: but the LORD directs his steps.”