Martha on a Monday

How appropriate!  St. Martha’s feast day this year falls on a Monday, when, having attempted to observe the Sabbath, I am most likely to be “anxious and worried about many things.”  As always, this day presents me with a good opportunity to pause and consider whether I am sitting at the Master’s feet, or scurrying around, so busy that I forget the goal behind the work with which I have been blessed.

So, with all that said, the Martha in me is making the list of all the things I want to do before the kids go back to school next Wednesday.  My plan at the beginning of the summer was to make it the best summer ever, and I must say that I think we’ve pulled it off.  The kids have gotten along well, we’ve done lots of fun things – fishing, camping, hiking, zoo, pool, pool, pool…  I can honestly say I don’t have a single regret about the summer.  I feel that we’ve grown as a family and enjoyed many memorable moments together.  I confess though, that all of my plans to have a schedule, stick to a routine, blah, blah, blah, never materialized.  I have decided that, for this summer, at least, I kind of like it that way.

I’ve been thinking all summer about giving myself a challenge to write a blog post every day, where I’m never allowed to spend more than an hour on the post.  I tend to be a perfectionist in my writing, so this can be very difficult for me.  But now I’m writing it down and thus I’m committing.  This is the week.  Six blog posts by Saturday.  I think I have enough posts buzzing in my head to make this easy, but we shall see…

A few other goals for the week:

      • Finish the furniture re-do that I started while Ray was in Germany.  More about that later – I think it will make for a fun post.
      • Scrap book with the kids.  I’m going to have them pick out photos from all the summer’s activities and then help each of them put them together into a page or two for their own personal scrap book.  I had meant to do several pages over the course of the summer, but since I’ve put it off till now I’ll be happy if we get one or two pages per child.
      • Begin to transition to a “whole food” diet for the whole family, with limited dairy and meat.  While I’ve had great results from my own diet change in November, I’ve let the rest of the family remain on their traditional diet for simplicity’s sake, as well as concern that they’d waste away to nothing if I tried to get them to eat what I’m eating.  However, after watching Forks Over Knives last night, I realize that I’m doing them a disservice.  More on that later, I’m sure!  (The link below is an affiliate link – Thanks for your support!)

So, here we are, two hours later, with the first “one hour” post of the week.  Of course, in the intervening hours, I’ve also made breakfast, wiped bottoms, chased a dog around the neighborhood, watered the grass, made snack, and goodness only knows what else.  Lesson learned – wake up early and post before the kids are up!

I’ll part with a prayer to St. Martha that I found over on Catholic Online:

Saint Martha, pray for us that we might serve Jesus better.

Help us to overcome our distractions and worries

to listen to his words and be present to him this day.



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