Tis a week where routine flew out the window as if it was it's only hope of survival.
Mr is still studying his rear off and is actually ahead of schedule. He's doing great! We had our first work dinner - a welcome dinner. It was wonderful and I couldn't stop smiling and nodding as his regional leader described the way the company works, the culture of how people interact with each other and how families are appreciated. So much confirmation that this has been the right move for our family in general but even more-so for Mr to be able to merge into this wonderful work environment that so suits him. Makes the transition even more exciting! No delusions that the first 2 years won't be difficult but when you know that you are where the Lord wants you, even difficult times come with great peace.
Halloween is over - and I'm grateful. November is here and finally joining its temperatures that arrived ahead of it.
Remember that "Daily Do's" worksheet I made for myself? I now have 3 100 sheet notepads of it! I'm kinda excited about that...go figure. I know....I'm a nerd. But it is super helpful to have a reference point and all things on one page. Sure makes my day go more smoothly! Well....when the rest of the house is normal anyway....which has NOT been this week!
The 30-day challenge is on day 18 now - this morning I realized I totally forgot to read yesterdays! Whoops! I've decided that I'm going to loop it and start all over from the beginning when its done. I love the insights and the daily challenges but I am finding that the broader applications are actually distracting from the more specific actions with my Mr. An attitude of encouragement toward him is less of a challenge for me, it's one I've intentionally worked on for many years. It has actually been challenging me in how I treat and encourage the world I encounter. How I think, speak and generally interact with everyone. Its really neat how it seems to be affecting all the women in the same way, opening up how their mind works, paying attention to their attitude in general. The feedback has been really fun to read and quite similar. In eliminating the ability to be negative and intentionally speaking positive it is affecting how they think, feel and generally interact with people. VERY COOL!
While I am supposed to be encouraging my Mr....I came home from errand day to find a surprise on the counter of beautiful pink roses and a seriously sweet card from him! It was so neat! Then as I finished up putting things away he came up to comment that he had a couple things to talk about and as I rounded the corner there was a little gift bag sitting on the coffee table! The stinker had run out while I was gone to do all this. In the gift bag was a new iPod Touch 5! I was totally shocked and didn't know what to say! There were lots of giddy hugs and crazy shocked faces from me! What a neat unexpected blessing! I do not have a cell phone, nor do I want one but, I did have his old iPod touch. We are absolutely awful about pictures. One day our kids are going to give us a really hard time about that! The ipod simply didn't have enough megapixels to take decent quality pictures and we know that a camera just isn't going to get used. So his phone and my ipod are our family cameras. I had tried ordering prints of pictures I had taken and they couldn't even be printed due to the poor quality. The Dude started campaigning for mom to get a new ipod so he could get the hand me down. :) Needless to say, he is THRILLED that mom got a new ipod! HA!
I knew a new ipod would be nice but as I am learning how to better put it to use, I am realizing the greater blessings that comes with it. The ability to set reminders, organize calendars, send notes and reminders to family, use siri to dictate spontaneous things.....my broken brain is so blessed by these applications! To be able to set a reminder for my son for after school and eliminate the struggle to try and remember it all day is huge! Yes, writing it down is good but that means I also have to remember to read it and then speak it later....which more often than not doesn't happen during that frame of time it needs to. I am so excited to have a tool to help me remember things!
I'm feeling good and like getting this week back on the tracks! I have some organizing things I want to do - new folders and things to revamp my home binder and some cork tiles for the inside of the cupboard.
Blessings on your day for beauty and excitement in all the small things!