MPM & Monday Meanderings January 19th, 2009

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I used to participate in Monday Meanderings back when Tiany at Less of Me, More of Him used to do this regularly. I don’t think she does this anymore, but I’m going to be returning to this habit, for this week at least, to try to organize my thoughts and intentions for the coming week ahead. Let’s see how it works, shall we?

1.) Bible Study: Reading through my chronological bible in the mornings. This means I need to, you know, GET UP in the mornings. To read it. It sort of works that way. Other Study: Reading through my book of the month, The Excellent Wife throughout the day as I can. I’m about a third of the way through the book. GOOD BOOK.

2.) “MUST Do” List:

  • Stick to my daily schedule (as God allows) for morning devotions, taking care of the home and home-schooling.
  • File sales taxes for last quarter of ’08, by TOMORROW.
  • Close down my Etsy store.
  • Install Quickbooks and begin working on taxes.
  • Make doctor and eye appointments for the kiddos.
  • Begin purging and organizing papers and filing system (Collecting 08 papers together and creating places for 09 papers.)
  • Work a little more on updating the Home Management Binder.

3.) Taking Care of My Home:

My new daily chore system is a lot easier than it has been in the past. Proof positive that if you keep working on your habits they get easier and easier. This week we mainly need to focus on scheduling. Making sure we eat breakfast on time, get our morning chores done on time, begin school on time, eat lunch and have naptime on time. Time Management is key to a more smoothly running home.

4.) Training My Children:

  • Training their habits by focusing on time management this week.
  • Training their work ethic by involving them in chores and teaching them to do their work agreeably and well.
  • Training their minds by getting the school work done.
  • Training their hearts by spending time with them, loving them, reading to them.
  • Training their souls by praying with them, exemplifying Christ to them, and disciplining them in truth and love.

{Please note, this is my aim – I’m not yet claiming to hit the mark on each of these targets all of the time.}

5.) Menu Plan Monday

I’m working on a new menu planning system that I can’t WAIT to tell you about! I’m about halfway done with the prep work so I’ll plan one more week the “old” way and next week I’ll reveal the new way! It’s going to save me SO much time, effort, thought, and hopefully some cold, hard cash, too. 🙂

  • Monday – Cinnamon Toast, Nachos, Peanut Butter & Crackers, Pizza & Salad
  • Tuesday – Oatmeal & Raisins, Baked Potatoes, Sliced Apples & Yogurt, Rice & Beans & Cornbread
  • Wednesday – Canned Peaches & Yogurt, Tuna Salad & Crackers, Carrots & Ranch, Chicken & Dumplings
  • Thursday – Cereal & Orange Wedges, Bean & Cheese Quesadillas, Fruit Cocktail, Chicken Fried Venison Steaks & Veggies (I’m going to try to really cook those this time.)
  • Friday – Buttermilk Pancakes & Eggs & Bacon, Sandwiches & Chips, Carrots & Ranch, Vegetable Stew & Cornbread
  • Saturday – Biscuits, Gravy, Turkey Bacon, Orange Wedges; Pizza Pasta and salad; Apple Slices & Granola Bars;  Porcupine Meatballs & Veggies
  • Sunday – Cereal; Tacos &  black beans; Chips & Salsa; Breakfast for Dinner

Menu Plan Monday is hosted by Laura at I’m an Organizing Junkie!

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