Laundry, Sunshine and Bible Study…Oh my!

It is Friday! It is Friday! It is Friday! You know what that means around here at The Journey Leads Home? It means a 3 in 30 Challenge update! Normally when we slide into Friday I’m a bit apprehensive about posting an update. That’s usually because I haven’t had much success in the week to report on. This week isn’t a shining week of incredible success. But after 8 months of participating in the challenge I’m learning that every week is not gonna be a great one. Some weeks are just gonna be better than others. This week hasn’t been a total waste. I have spent most of the week in bed thanks to a mind splitting headache that has grabbed ahold of me and refuses to let go. However I have had some success anyway. I haven’t done as well as I could have done. But who always does? If you always do your very best at everything you set your mind to will you please share your secret? You could make millions by sharing that little tidbit of information.

One thing about spending all day every day in bed around here is that I keep up with the laundry so much better. That happens because I am laying right there next to the laundry room and can hear the machines stop. And I can stay in bed while I fold clothes. When I get up to let Faith out or go to the bathroom I will grab a pile of clothes and put them away. It’s a slow process but at least I feel a sense of success about SOMETHING at the end of the day.

There were quite a few nice mild days this week. While one of my goals is to get outside more I didn’t quite make that goal very much. However, I did open the windows a couple of days and let some fresh air in the house. I can’t leave them open too long because we have bad allergies. But an hour or so just to air out the houseĀ  a few times was really nice. I still had the smell of fresh air in the bedroom for days after the first time I did it. That was uplifting. While Tropical Storm Lee was hanging out here most of the time just opening the windows even to hear the rain was refreshing.

Ron and I did our Bible Study Wednesday night. You know what I loved the most? When the kids got home from church and walked by our room they came in and asked what we were doing. So, we got to show them that we were doing our Bible study while they were at theirs. I loved living that in front of them. We all shared a little about what we learned that evening – them at youth group and us at home. Next week’s study covers two chapters so starting today I will need to start reading to prepare for next week’s study. I will also be writing about each chapter this coming week as well.

So, while it wasn’t perfect, I think the week went well. Now I’m off to link up and check out other’s updates and see how they did. Support and encouragement! That’s what it’s about!

Cheers to September

August’s 3 in 30 goals have rounded out pretty well. It wasn’t a huge success. But you know what….I’m human! I am working on accepting that a little more every day. Today is the first day of September and time for a new set of goals. I’m looking forward to it cooling off some so I might get motivated to get outside more often. If I’m feeling up to it the sunshine makes me feel so much better. Depression has been sneaking up on me this week. I’m working on that. So for that reason my first goal for September is:

1 – Get outside for some amount of time each day. I love being home. I’m a homebody and sometimes go days without stepping foot outside. I want that to change this month. This is the time that my seasonal depression starts getting cranked up. So hopefully this goal will help to hold it off as long as possible.

2 – Work diligently on my Bible study with Ron. The study is going really well but the lessons are so long that it discourages me. I just need to discipline myself to do some each day so it’s not so overwhelming. When I start getting overwhelmed by anything it doesn’t usually end well for me or anyone around me. So this is one area I need to get a grip on.

3 – Hmmmmmmmm seems like there was something else I was gonna include in the goals for September……Hmmmmmmmmmmm…..what could it be???????????? AHHHHHHHHH YES!!!!!! The laundry! SIGH…….do at least one load of laundry a day. Yeah, THAT!

So, here’s to September – CHEERS!! Off to link up! Come join us!

I Have Excuses!!!

The days have gotten away from me this week. It’s Friday and time for a 3 in 30 update already. I have actually done fairly well. Well, all except for that blasted laundry. But I am armed with lots of excuses. Why do you think I waited till the end of the day to write my update? I needed time to come up with these excuses. Shall I just go ahead and get them out of the way now or should I write about my awesome success with the other two goals? I think I’ll just go ahead and get the laundry update out of the way.

Laundry – let’s see…..the kids started school this week so they were busy doing their laundry. I had to step aside and sacrifice my laundry time for them. It was a big sacrifice but that’s what parents do. Also the litter box is in the laundry room and Lauren had not been cleaning it so it smelled really bad in there. I just couldn’tĀ  bring myself to walk in the room to put clothes in the washer. My gas mask was being used for other rooms in the house that needed to be cleaned. Ummmmmmmmmm….I was sure that the rapture was gonna occur this week so I didn’t want to waste my final days on earth by doing laundry…….yeah, those were the best excuses I could come up with.

Soccer – Lauren had two games this week. Tuesday I was in bed all day and wasn’t sure if I could make it. But I remembered the goal I had set for August and pushed my way through it. Of course the next day was awful but I showed up for her game knowing that I would pay for it the next day. Then she had another game yesterday. Yesterday was a good day so I didn’t have any problem making that game. Two games next week plus a parents meeting after a practice. I’m determined! Wish I had that determination for the laundry.

Bible study – Ron was out of town this week. So, we decided to officially begin our Wednesday night Bible study this coming week. However, I did read the section of the book that I needed to read. Now this coming week I just need to do the homework in the workbook. I suspect this study will be providing some blogging topics in the weeks ahead.

If you are participating in the 3 in 30 Challenge be sure to swing by the site and linking up your update. Then visit the other linked blogs and support one another. That’s what makes 3 in 30 such a great success – the support for each other!

So Far So Good

Happy Friday! I knew I would be updating my 3 in 30 goals today. First of all it’s only day 5 of this month so I can’t have fallen too far off the wagon yet. This is the easiest week to update because I’m still motivated and think I can do this! I’ve never been much of one to really set goals for myself and then strive to reach them. I’ve always been kind of satisfied with the status quo. But I have to say that when I am laying down feeling lazy (which honestly is most of the time) I think to myself how I don’t wanna let the 3 in 30 gang down by slacking off on my goals. Then I usually get up and throw in that load of laundry. Seriously! That’s what I think. Sometimes I even say it out loud because who DOESN’T talk to themselves.

So the laundry goal has been going well. I even spent yesterday evening putting away all the laundry from the week. Of course there is more to do today. How does that stuff NEVER end? It’s a mystery!

The kids are still gone out of town so there is no soccer yet. But Monday we will hit the ground running and not stop for….well, a LONG time! I’m going to enjoy the next 3 days of quiet and stillness before the soccer mom dash begins with the kids’ sports physicals on Monday.

Ron and I kicked off our date/study night this Wednesday. We are taking this semester off of going to Bible Study at church on Wednesday nights. Michael can drive he and Lauren. Ron and I are going to stay home and do our own together Bible study. We went this past Wednesday evening and chose our study and bought our books. Ron will be out of town this coming Wednesday night. So we will officially begin the following Wednesday night. We have chosen Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Have any of you read this book or done the study? I’m looking forward to this bonding time with the hubs!

So, it gives me great joy to report a positive 3 in 30 update this week. Off to link it up! Come join us. It’s not too late to set 3 goals to complete in the month of August.

Laundry, Soccer and the Bible

As we learned in Friday’s 3 in 30 update entry July was pretty much a bust! But I’m stoked and ready for August. First of all I’m stoked for August because the kids go back to school. That means no more traveling and no more whining about being bored. Yes teenagers still whine. And it is even more annoying…ok, that might be stretching it a bit…but it IS annoying. Both of my children will be seniors this year. So my August goals mainly focus on them. I can’t believe that this time next year we will be getting them ready to head off to their chosen colleges. I certainly am NOT old enough to have children this old. In my mind they are still in elementary school and I am still going to their classes a couple of times a week to volunteer. Oh well, I’m sure the next 365 days will be full of my own whining about this topic. Today’s purpose is to set goals for myself for August. So on with the goals!

I know you will all be surprised by my first goal – especially if you are a regular at 3 in 30. As a matter of fact you can probably repeat it with me. Are you ready?

1. Do at least one load of laundry a day. Why do I cringe every time I type the word “laundry”? All I really want out of life is to be like Meghan at The Tuckers Take Tennessee. I don’t even really need to LOVE doing laundry like she does. I’d settle for a mild level of tolerance. As it is now I despise it. I remember the days when I didn’t mind it at all. In fact I remember the days when I actually enjoyed it. When we lived in Joelton our laundry room was downstairs along with our homeschool classroom. I felt like such a housewife spending every morning downstairs teaching my children and keeping the laundry going. Anyway, I’m gonna get depressed if I keep focusing on laundry. I really want to hire Meghan to come to my house every day and do my laundry for me.


2. Since this is the kids’ last year of school that means it is their last year of playing soccer unless they play in college. What is my day to day life gonna be like with soccer? Focus Pam Focus!!! My goal for August is to go to every game whether I am dying or not. I would like to go to every practice too but I know that may not always be a possibility. But I don’t want to lose a single second of cheering on my kids. Soccer has been a part of my life since the kids were 5 and 6. That is approximately twenty-two soccer seasons times two children – FORTY FOUR SOCCER SEASONS. The end of this school year will be the end of that. Oh my word! Now I’m getting depressed. Thankfully Lauren is planning to go to Lipscomb University here in Nashville. So I can go over there to watch her play and cheer her on. Michael is planning to go to Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. That’s about an hour away. So, I can even take a road trip over there to see him play if he chooses to do so. But as for August I will be at every single game and as many practices as I can get to. The same will go for the spring when Michael plays his last season as well.

Lauren at the Lipscomb soccer field

3. Bible study with Ron. Ron and I are planning on renewing our vows next June. Prior to that event we are gonna do our own “premarital” post marital counseling/study each Wednesday night here at home. If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that we have had our share of struggles in the past – doesn’t everyone – and have sought out counseling a number of times. This time we are gonna do a couple’s Bible study together and reinforce all we’ve heard and learned in the last 24 1/2 years of marriage. He has been on the look out for the right study for us. One study we are considerig is by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs called Love & Respect. The homework looks pretty intense. So, that is where my 3 in 30 goal comes in. I’ve found that unless I’m teaching I have a tendency to get behind on Bible Study homework. So my goal will be to find a study schedule that will work for me and plug myself into it.

Ok – there you have it! Now someone hold my feet to the fire and make sure I stay on track. Failure with these goals is not an option. These are investments into the future of my family. Ok, except for the laundry……………….UGH!!

If you need to set a goal for anything come to the 3 in 30 Challenge site and link up. Great means of support over there. And we encourage one another via Twitter as well.

A New Opportunity To Try Again

Well, it is the last Friday of the month so that means it is time for my end of the month 3 in 30 update. I think a picture I took on a trip last month can best describe my update for my goals of July.

Yep – that pretty much describes my progress this month. Between being sick and traveling I can’t even TELL you what my goals were for July. I veered off the path fairly early in the month and now I couldn’t even tell you where the path IS or what it looked like. I finally decided to just let myself off the hook about 2 weeks ago. I accepted the fact that sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to. I gave myself permission to take the rest of the month off. Now I am gearing up for my August goals.

After I link up this post at the 3 in 30 Challenge site I will still visit everyone else’s blogs and congratulate everyone who spent the last month soaring to the clouds. I may even find a few people like me who never made it off the ground. If that’s the case then I will cheer them on to join me in a redo month in August.

August is a new month – a new chance to set a goal and a new opportunity to try again.