Saturday, February 21, 2009

Weekly wrap up -- February 20

After a bit of a rough spell last week with illnesses and all, I took advantage of the day off Monday and got everything in order for the week ahead so we could make up any lost time.


I decided to start the week with a sparkling sink, a la Flylady, and that helped at least feel like we could have a good week ahead. . .

Sickness lingered, and one last (hopefully) doctor appointment on Friday confirmed yet another child needed antibiotics (despite loads of vitamin C, essential oils, probiotics, and garlic drops), we still had a great, although quiet week. It seems energy has resumed normal levels now that we have hit the weekend, so hopefully next week we will have more excitement to share.


We did enjoy one nature hike this week when the weather ventured above freezing and the sun lured us outside. Nothing like slipping through six inches of mucky baseball field just for fun (of course, most of us walked around it) . . .

We found lots of animal droppings and a handful of prints to discuss and the hour in the great outdoors did us all a world of good.


We also enjoyed fitting the right number of candles on my husband's birthday cake. :-) You should have seen the wax melting! Of course, I am a few months older, so I have no grounds to comment on how many candles . . .


Challenges faced: Getting healthy! I hope this is the last of it for a while.

Special moments: We had some great discussions this week about our reading. During Bible time we pray for different people groups around the world and this week was the country of Djibouti. We also got exciting news that my niece is going on a summer mission trip to Fiji and my kids eagerly opened their banks and have started seeking out ways to earn money to send it to her. Love seeing that giving heart in them!

Reading highlights: There were a few this week, but one that stood out was in George Washington's World. Catherine the Great said, "If you don't gain you lose." This prompted a great conversation about that various applications of that statement in our personal lives, spiritual lives, academia, politically, etc. I love seeing the gears turning and watching my nine year old making abstract connections.


Looking forward to next week, and despite the fresh snow on the ground, I can sense the general warming of the weather as we head toward spring. The sunshine pouring in the window many days seems to encourage us along with the promise of what's to come.


Want to hear about others' weeks?

9 comments:

Kris said...

Wow! That's A LOT of candles. (Coming from someone else who has no room to talk. lol)

Ewwww at the baseball field. Of course, we may be forced to do that soon, as baseball season is upon us and my dh went today to sign up the one child who wants to play this year. Hey, only worrying about getting one kid should be a breeze after usually having to take two or three.

I hope you're all feeling 100% better next week.

Cheryl said...

Oh I LOVE FlyLady. I tried her steps years ago...but I was too disorganized even for her babysteps, LOL. I'm going to go back and try agian, now that I have a better grip on my house and myself! :)

5intow said...

Kris, yes, we are hoping for things to be a little drier come the actual start of the season. We have so far only had one in baseball at a time, I can't imagine doing more at once.


Cheryl, yes, I love Flylady and have an on and off relationship with her. She has laid a lot of good foundations in our house even though I don't follow her so closely anymore.

~Erin

Nekey said...

Beautiful sink! :-) I start Flylady and then I stop but I still use my timer alot!

I hope you are all over your sickness now. Isn't it amazing how a little fresh air and sunshine lifts the spirits? God Bless.

Composing Hallelujahs said...

nuthin like a shiny sink to start the morning off right! it's so freeing.

hey, i'll try my best to get a little tutorial up on how i made my header and buttons... you'll be amazed at how easy it really is!

thanks for stopping by! :)

gina said...

Getting out of the house is necessary this time of year- especially if you are battling germs. But also for mental health- we have been itching with several bouts of cabin fever... soon it will be Spring. Right?!? :)

Kris said...

Thank you for the rock ID link, Erin!!!

5intow said...

You're welcome! And, this time I remembered to bookmark it so I don't need to go searching for it every time! I do need to organize my bookmarks though . . .
~Erin

Julie said...

I hope you're all feeling better by now! I think you're onto something- there is no better way to start of a week than a clean sink. That's my problem this week! It's still full!!!