I have joined Liz of Daily Warrior to make this month A December to Remember. We are doing one task off of the list each day in order to prepare for the new year and it has the added bonus of allowing the heart and mind to focus on more meaningful things. This is quite the exercise in enrichment and betterment, so feel free to join the challenge!
My friendship with Liz started when I opened my email one day and saw a letter she had written to me. Her words had quite the powerful impact and I had to read the note several times with a tissue in my hand. She let me know that if I could do it, she could do it, too (fight the good fight and stay strong). Little did she know I was experiencing many doubts about my ability to fight the good fight and stay strong when she sent that message. It suffices to say that I now feel as if I have adopted a little sister into my fold and, even if we are oceans apart, this girl is not going to move out of my heart any time soon. If you go visit her blog long enough, she probably won’t move out of yours anytime soon, either.
Thank you, Liz, for being such a source of encouragement and inspiration to so many.
Now, for A December to Remember! The categories are organize, socialize, and actualize.
So far, I have managed to:
Organize my kitchen: with baby bottles, sippy-cups, baby food, toddler snacks, and all of the accouterments one needs with small children, my kitchen can be very disorganized more often that not. It has made cooking and food preparations frustrating. When I was finished, I should have taken a picture, because my kitchen stayed organized for exactly six minutes before it all came undone again. *sigh*
Donate: we are done having babies, so this means when we are done with certain baby equipment, we are D.O.N.E. Nothing can take up space like the equipment needed to tend to infants. There are organizations out there who really need baby clothes and accessories, as well as children’s clothes and toys.
Give: I donated my time and efforts to work on a ministry project that proved to be quite challenging. There were hours spent on accomplishing those tasks while balancing that between diaper changes, feeding this house of people and animals, and all of the other obligations a full household requires. There is a sense of fulfillment from making sacrifices for a cause that will most likely impact others in mighty ways. I have also been stuffing my loose change and spare dollar bills into those red Salvation Army buckets every time I see one.
Make Memories: my husband and I make it a point to do “family fun night” with the kids so that we are spending quality time together. However, our schedule and routine these days has gotten turned upside down in a bad way and we needed to have a fun night together. We made a special dinner and gathered around the table with the Christmas tree glowing in the window and music playing in the background. Our daughter, who is three, was allowed to redecorate the tree with the ornaments. Even if she put everything on two branches and we had to fix it later, she had so much fun and she was very pleased with herself. I am proud to say not a single ornament was harmed in the process, until the cat decided to do some redecoration of her own when nobody was looking.
Have a fun day out: I was able to spend the afternoon at the symphony, which I shared in the post Childhood wishes…
Clean the house: My husband took the kids on a drive to go look at Christmas lights while I scurried to whip this house into some kind of shape. With toys and all of the accessories that come with small children, things can get quite messy and I do not have the time anymore to keep up with it the way I would like to. Of course, my efforts to be organized and tidy lasted for roughly three minutes before my loves came back from their Christmas light excursion. Between the rest of the house and the kitchen, I am doing some letting go for a while. I have shifted my efforts to cleaning up the computer and cleaning out the closets. But, one look inside my husband’s closet had me thinking I am not ready for that, yet.
This is a start and I am looking forward to continuing to work through organizing, socializing, and actualizing. There are still many days left in December, so if you would like to make this month meaningful in a brand-new way, join us in the challenge with Liz.