#1. One thing someone might conclude about me in reading many of the posts on this blog is that I am not a very organized person. I have resolved more than once to work on this. It is not so much that I am not organized; it is more that I resist routine. I like to be flexible and be able to be spontaneous should opportunities more interesting than a pile of dirty laundry present themselves. (You can see that after 22 years as a homemaker, I have really honed my excuses!)
My first success for this week involves a way to get all the responsibilities, obligations and commitments I have swirling around in my head and keeping me up at night somehow consolidated into one place.
At the same time, swirling around my head was an idea I've resisted for awhile: a houshold binder... a sort of personal "Bible" where I can keep everything in one place. I finally got it all together yesterday. I have a section for the wedding; a section for fundraising for World Youth Day; SAT and college information for Ben; vacation information; a section for lists; daily to-do lists; my weekly calendar; important phone numbers (including the local pizzeria); and household projects. I can change out the sections as our family's needs change. After May 23 I won't be needing a wedding seciton, but I am sure there will be something else; there always is!
I am already sleeping better having accomplished this.
#2. WEDDING UPDATE: I found a dress. Not only that, I found a dress I love. I found a dress that Dan loves. This was a huge success. One of my least favorite things is clothes shopping. I had many offers of help from friends and family wanting to accompany me on the quest. I figured my first trip to the store I would go it alone, just to see what was out there. I never expected to find the dress of my dreams on my first outing. I never expected it to be quite as "sparkly" as it is either. My dear friend described it as "hippy-dippy". I'm not sure about the hippy part of that description... but some have described me as dippy! I am very exicted and dare I say I am praying for the same good fortune when shopping for shoes next week?
Speaking of praying... that is exactly what I did on my way into the store. God knows I don't enjoy clothes shopping and I asked Him to please make this as quick and painless as possible. Boy did He come through!
#3. Last year I remembered to clip all the dead flowers off the lilac bush in front of the house and I think that is why this year it is better than ever! Lilacs are my all-time favorite flower, ever since I was a small girl playing in our family's yard. I could always be found near the lilac bush in the springtime. I brought a bunch inside and set in on my dresser near the Blessed Mother's statue. At night when I go to sleep, the scent of lilacs is beautiful!
Read the small successes of other bloggers at Faith and Family Live , I think you will find it encouraging.
Have a great day!