Friday, April 25, 2014

The End of Step One and Summer Plans

Five days after moving to Fort Worth I attended my very first student wives organization meeting. It was where I fist started meeting other women here on campus.

It was also there that I learned about the Seminary Studies for Student Wives classes that were offered. The first class is freely offered to all student wives. It covers a wide range of topics and serves as an introduction to life as a ministry wives. This class is worth three certificate level credit hours.

From there the wives are provided with an opportunity to continue taking classes for a reduced rate. These classes are more focused on individual topics. They range from Basic Old and New Testament surveys to spiritual development of children, and even ministry in the home. After completing 5 more of these classes, for a total of 13 credit hours the student wives can earn a Certificate in Education and Ministry.

I did just that this week. Well...sort of.

I was recognized for completing the program on Wednesday during the Seminary's chapel time. However, I won't actually receive my certificate until I complete the last two weeks of the class. I also have to complete a few assignments.

From now on its just pushing toward finishing my graduate degree.

With the winding down of the semester, term papers being submitted, and finals approaching I have really been slacking on things here at the house. One of my goals for the summer is to get back into a routine of daily cleaning tasks and staying on top of the clutter. I am hoping to establish a workable routine that I will be able to fit my classes into next semester.

I am also wanting to get back into eating more healthy, home cooked meals. Don't get me wrong, based on our budget we have been eating at home. Its just a matter of how home cooked the meals have been, and how healthy those meals are.

So tonight I got back to the kitchen by making Manicotti for the first time.

It turned out lovely! Even the kids ate it. In my book that was a success.

I am working on putting together a list of all the things I want to get done during the summer. Cleaning, reorganizing, sorting, things of that nature.

I am also hoping to get me and the kids outside more, especially in the mornings before it gets too hot. Maybe with the sunshine and the physical movement I will be a happier me.

Its time I get myself back into the swing of life.

What are your plans for the summer? Anything exciting in the works?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A bit of an update

The last few months have been INSANE.

I finally had a minute today to sit down at my computer and do something other than research, type, or edit (although I do still have to do the latter) a paper, review, or assignment. With just over two weeks left of school for this semester I am managing to catch up on all the things I said I was going to do at the beginning of the year.

I started out 2014 with such good intentions.

I was going to work out regularly.
I was going to blog regularly.
I was going to keep my house in better condition.
I was going to spend more time with my kids.
I was going to pay better attention to my husband.
I was going to get better connected with other moms in my little seminary community.
I was going name it I had plans.

Then classes started. And all that went straight down hill. Quickly. In a big burning ball of fire.

Over the last few weeks the assignments that I have had to do have really started to over whelm me. I began to think that maybe I had bitten off more than I could chew. And then I realized I am in control of my schedule. I am in control of my priorities. I can decided what is a major priority and what isn't. And I can be okay with the decisions that I make. I don't have to justify them to anyone.

It was kind of a refreshing feeling.

Would I love to have the spotless house? Sure.
Would I love to have lost that 20 pounds? ABSOLUTELY
Would I love to be the pinterest mom I really want to be? Of Course

But right now those things just aren't options. So for the next two and a half weeks those things will be on the back burner. I will continue to get done what I can, when I can, and the rest will fall into place some other time. Maybe...and if they don't that is ok too.

So there you go. That's where I am at and sorta what I have been up to the in the last two months since I posted.

Anyone else had to just learn to let go and just be ok with where you are in the moment? Or is that just me?