What did I…
Offer thanks for?
It may sound silly, but I am very thankful for my new printer. It’s a laser printer, you know, the ones with a toner cartridge. (I didn’t even know they existed until recently.) I’ve had some technical failures recently, like flash drives bombing, tablets getting dropped, etc. It got me to thinking about how reliant we are on technology and how vulnerable we are when it fails. As much as I love my gadgets, I am really feeling a need to return to simpler methods, you know, the ones that don’t involve electricity. 🙂 So I have decided to print the kids’ schoolbooks. We enjoy having some ereaders and they use them for school, but I want to have that hard copy. I bought half size binders for each child, and with my new auto duplex printer, I have begun printing their books and hole punching them. It has been a great blessing so far, and the kids enjoy reading from their binders.
The kitchen is almost done. As of this writing, we only have to install the sink. Believe me, we exhausted all possibilities that did not involve cutting the hole for the sink. Turns out, we decided that we would really like a kitchen sink. Doug cut the hole partially today, and even with very careful checking, I’m still a bit concerned about the corners. Turns out, sinks have rounded corners, not square. We’ll do our best and use a lot of caulk. 🙂
Life has been a struggle mostly because of the kitchen. I’ve been hauling dishes back and forth upstairs to my mother in law’s apartment. The kitchen is full of tools. I’ll be very grateful to return to some normalcy. It’s nice when I can just focus on my job of making a home and raising my kids. We did get all the baby animals moved out to the garage, which was a big help.
Teach my children?
We are learning together how to make do without. We have learned to be creative, and are still learning. Daddy wisely removed electonic entertainment for a week, and while it’s a challenge for me to keep them all occupied, it’s a good thing. Boredom is the mother of creativity.
Study and learn?
You might be seeing a theme here, but I’ve been studying the health effects of our modern world. Doug has been getting aches and pains at the exact locations where his cell phone goes. The wonderful world of wireless may be killing us from the inside. It’s a scary thought, but yet another reason to return to the simple ways of a time past. (I’ve been having great fun perusing the Lehman’s catalog. Check out their site for lots of old fashioned goodies.)
Elisha never fails to get me laughing when he poses like a sumo wrestler and yells, “I’m a fu-fu master!”
Oh, how much we need wisdom and guidance from our Father above. Sometimes it is hard to wait for His answer. Sometimes we get impatient and fear that we missed His answer. Were we not paying attention? Is He not hearing us? Oh, that He would continue to teach us to hear His voice, to pay attention, to wait for His timing! I am still learning!
What is this week’s Torah portion and what did I learn from it?
Yitro Exodus 18:1-20:26
Some of you may have seen the cute little pic on facebook of Jethro telling Moses, “Delegate, dude!” When are we going to figure that one out? Momma always tries to do everything for everyone. Eventually we all find out that it doesn’t work. Either momma ends up exhausted, or things just don’t get done, or both. Yep, I have totally been there.
YHVH has been teaching me the value of delegation lately. I have had lots of sleepless nights taking care of animals, frustation trying to maintain a home in chaos, and I’m tired and trying to not get sick. Naomi got it in her head that she’d like to earn a little money for something she wanted on amazon. So I offered to pay her for the extra odd jobs like collecting things to donate and feeding the goat and lambs. She has been feeding all the babies, taking care of all the laundry, tidying up rooms, filling garbage bags with things that need to go, and all around being tremendously helpful. It’ll cost me a gift card or two, but her help and support right now has been such a blessing to me.
We need help. We need to delegate. We need to train our children to help carry the load. Jethro was a wise man, and Moses was wise to heed his advice.
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