Organization Part 1 — Getting Started

Becoming an organized person requires both a plan and determination. But everything starts at the beginning. Organization Part 1 — Getting Started will help you begin your journey to an organized home. When our kids were little I was super-organized. Our boys were only 18 months apart so I didn’t have time to waste. Two babies in diapers is a tremendous motivator to save time and steps. Some people thought I may have taken it too far; even my spices were alphabetized. But getting little ones ready for everything from bath and bed to a vacation out-of-town takes organization. As the kids got older and I was working outside the home some things slipped a bit.

Organization Part 1 -- Getting Started

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What Today was Supposed to be Like

The weekend didn’t go as I had planned. And because the weekend didn’t go as planned today isn’t going to either. What today was supposed to be like is going to be a little more rushed or a little more laid back. I haven’t decided. After all, it’s not quite 6 a.m. and I’ve only had one (massive) cup of coffee!

What Today was Supposed to be Like

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Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me

The 23rd Psalm has always been a favorite of mine. It’s full of promise and joy. Hope and happiness should be what people take from it. But one thing I’ve noticed is that people misinterpret part of it and misuse it. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” People have linked the end of verse 4 with punishment and that’s incorrect. Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me was understood by earlier generations because they understood the purpose of the rod and the staff.

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me

“Spare the rod, spoil the child”

was a saying that people took to mean that not spanking your children would lead to them being spoiled. But if people knew the uses of the rod and the staff they’d know that the rod wasn’t at all what they thought.

 

Let’s go back to verse 1: The Lord is my shepherd. The shepherd guides and protects the flock. He makes sure they go where they need to go and defends them from predators. In the days when David was composing the Psalms he knew the real reason that shepherds carried a rod and a staff. And he meant what he said about the rod and staff being a comfort.

 

The staff was used to guide the flock.

The shepherd would direct his charges by gently (or more forcefully if necessary) using this long crooked staff to move the flock from one area to another. And the flock learned to follow the guidance of the staff. The smarter ones, that is. Because if they didn’t go where the shepherd directed there were dangers everywhere.

The staff kept the flock from wandering into ravines and kept them moving toward the best grazing where there was plenty of food and there was water. It kept individuals from becoming separated from the flock. And an individual sheep was easy prey.

 

The rod, however, was not a tool for guiding.

The rod was used to fight off wolves! The shepherd used this heavy weapon to beat the wolves away from his flock, keeping them from becoming a meal for the wolves. The shepherd’s desire was to provide the best possible circumstances for his flock. The wolves wanted to destroy the flock.

So when people used to say “Spare the rod, spoil the child” they didn’t mean that the rod was meant for the children. It meant that parents were to use the rod to keep ravenous wolves from the children. These were the predators that would lead children away from the Shepherd. And parents were to use very clear and strong methods to keep those human wolves away from their flocks.

 

The children could rest in the knowledge that their parents, their shepherds, would keep dangerous people away from them.

And, like sheep, sometimes the children don’t understand the danger and  want to wander off. But the parents need to be right there to fend off the wolves and guide the children back to safety.

Our Shepherd guides and protects us and, as parents, we are to guide and protect our children so that they will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

 

Psalm 23King James Version (KJV)

23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Two Week Meal Plan

Meal planning is something I’ve done for decades. I don’t feel right if I don’t have at least a week of meals planned in advance. But I’ve learned not to restrict myself as to what day I serve which meal. Things don’t always work out for certain meals. Over the years I’ve discovered making a plan for a longer period gives me more flexibility for days when I don’t feel well or something exciting comes up to take me away from the kitchen. To give myself room for the unexpected I like to make a two week meal plan.

Two week meal plan

Before I get into the meal plan I wanted to show you the fantastic coffee mug Pete & Andi brought home for me! They took the girls to Great Wolf Lodge in Sandusky, Ohio and I now have a coffee mug that holds a real cup of coffee!

I’m already into this two week meal plan and I’m really glad I had set it up before the latest migraine hit! And it emphasized the reason I am not strict about which meals I serve on particular days. Instead of trying to drag myself to the kitchen because it was Thursday and I’d locked myself into making Crab Stuffed Flounder I had given myself a lot of other options.

Two Week Meal Plan

Chicken Alfredo Stromboli (Pete made and brought over)
Salad

Beef enchiladas (Already prepared freezer meal)
Spanish rice
Salad

Bam’s Beef Chili with Cornbread Croutons (Already prepared freezer meal)
Salad

Hot Pepper Jelly Pork Steaks (Already prepared freezer meal)
Roasted potatoes
Roast carrots

Tuna Melts
Chips

Maple Dijon Chicken
Roasted red potatoes
Green beans

Shredded beef tacos
Mexican rice
Salad

Minestrone w/sausage soup
Crusty rolls

Chili & Honey chicken thighs
Potato salad
Peas

Saturday (Family dinner)
Sweet & Savory Pork Sandwiches
Coleslaw
Orange Condensed Milk Cake

Crab Stuffed Flounder
Creamed red potatoes
Asparagus

Cheddar Mac and cheese
Salad

Steaks w/whiskey cream sauce
Twice baked potatoes
Broccoli & cheese

There are a lot of reasons to make a two week meal plan!

Another reason I like making a two week meal plan is that it gives me plenty of time to make additional freezer meals before I run out. In my case I want to have a lot of freezer meals made because my health may prevent me from spending time in the kitchen. You may be busy with kids, work, or any of the other things that make cooking from scratch difficult some days.

A two week meal plan allows me to be flexible, have a variety of meals I’ve prepared at home, and keep us from wasting money on takeout. If you’re already meal planning consider expanding to create a two week meal plan. I think you’ll love it!

 

Two week calendar via: great-printable-calendars

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It’s Only Wednesday!

Yesterday I woke up with a migraine that felt like I was trying to give birth through my right eye. It was…unpleasant. And the rest of the day was equally as lovely. I’d accomplished so much on Monday that I was convinced this week I’d get my Super Wife/Mama/Bam cape and fly through the rest of the days like a super star. Now I’m wondering if I’m going to manage to make a pot of coffee (and at 5:05 a.m. I need it)! It’s only Wednesday!

It's Only Wednesday

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