Pancakes, blogging and other things

Pancakes, blogging & other things

It’s Saturday morning and I have been awake for about 3 and a half hours already and it’s only 8:45 am.  I have helped make two pumpkin pies, made my own grain free pumpkin pancakes (yum!) and have also assisted the making of bacon and pancakes for 6 children.

But now I am sitting at my desk (another small victory to be at a desk and not typing on my lap in some random corner of the living room), eating my pumpkin pancakes and sipping on my first cup of tea of the day.  Bliss…  It’s taken me all week to sit down at my desk to write.  I miss it so much but the days seem to fly by weeks at a time and I am just trying to make sure I’m awake at the right time of each day.  It’s getting harder and harder to tell the difference between night and day and I pretty much feel the same at both times.

Oh yes, it’s that time of the year again when hubby is studying most hours and sleeping for the rest and kids activities seem to triple and the calendar just explodes with events.  And that is why I look forward to Christmas so much every year.  My husband will actually have some time off from work where he gets to be with the family instead of at the library studying, and it’s cold enough outside to make it perfectly acceptable to stay indoors in our pi’s…all week long.

Saturday was another one of those calendar explosion days.  My amazingly gorgeous nieces slept over and we all headed up to Leatherhead to my brother’s house for an EPIC Thanksgiving meal with friends followed by racing down to Billingshurt for the Christmas Fair where I had a stall booked to sell my beauty products.

I still need to figure out what food to bring to the Thanksgiving meal and have two batches of body butter to make, jar up and label for the Christmas Fair.  This could be a very long day.  But what I have learned is that if I stop and think too much about all the work I have to do I get overwhelmed from the work load and become “stress paralysed” as they say in the movie “Mom’s night out”.  That is so a real thing!

I know you mum’s know what I’m talking about.  You start off making your to-do list and then you become frozen by the volume of work that needs to be done while having a mild panic attack about how much more work there will be if you keep sitting still.  But you just can’t seem to move and face all the work because the thought of it all just STRESSES you out – stress paralysis!  Very, very sad, but yet very real.

So my defence mechanism against such “stress paralysis” is to just keep moving.  You just do one thing and then the other until all the work is done.  You basically turn into Jason Bourne from the Bourne Identity. The more pressure and stress he was under the quicker and harder he would work.  Brilliant, but I believe this is not exclusive to highly trained secret government agents.  Us mum’s can do this too!  I do it all the time at my work, at home with the kids doing housework and any other place that requires exhaustive amounts of work.  Just keep moving.  Don’t give up, don’t think about it and just keep going.

Everybody has to do hard work and even though our work as mum’s can sometimes play some cruel psychological jokes on us, we’re not any worse off than any mother out there – or so my mother keeps telling me?!?

So if you’re caught up in the extra doses of hard work and stress this time of year can bring – just breathe and keep going.  It will come to an end – Hallelujah!  Christmas will come, holiday’s will arrive and we can finally sit down with a hot drink and enjoy our families.

Happy Holidays x

 

Facing Reality

Facing Reality

Well, I am finally having to face the sad reality that I am no longer able to keep up with the three blogs posts per week that I have been ardently attempting for the past few months.  Summer at home with all the kids, a new business to kick start and now my computer dying a very slow and tragic death has left me facing reality to cut back.

I will now only be posting twice a week on Monday’s and Wednesday’s.  My goal in this is to not just keep up but be able to plan ahead for the blog, create better content and connect more with you on facebook.  My laptop was already plagued with dementia in its old age but tragically developed Parkinsons after I sneezed and spilt half a cup of tea over the keyboard.  Oh yes, very sad indeed.

The right hand side of my keyboard no longer works and I spend more time staring at ‘the spinning wheel of death’, as my family calls it, than actually writing anything.  My mind is absolutely bursting with ideas, stories, insights and revelation God has whispered to me.  I’ve always had a desire to share God’s heart and my experiences to encourage and equip you to achieve all that God has for you.

Keeping up with it all has been challenging, to say the least, but mostly time consuming.  There is literally no longer enough hours in each day and I have been burning the candle at both ends to keep up.  So to help you the in the best way and share all that is on my heart I need to take a small step back.

So all that to say, please bear with me as I work harder behind the scenes to be able to launch better in the future to share more of my heart with you.  I absolutely love hearing from you and get encouraged from every comment, share, like and thank you!  I would love to hear any ideas you may have on topics you would like me to cover.  I am getting asked more and more about relationships so I will definitely be writing more on that, but if you have anything specific I would love to hear from you.

Until next time,

 

Jenny

 

We Are 100!!

We Are 100

Today we get to celebrate the 100th post!  I can’t believe how quickly we got here.  It’s been 10 months,  around 50,000 words and countless hours of creativity and hard work!  It has been a wonderful journey so far through blogging.  I never thought I would be a writer, but somehow I’ve ended up loving it!  But what I want to celebrate today is YOU!  I want to celebrate every person who has been encouraged, inspired and drawn closer to the Father through this blog.

What I’ve loved the most about blogging is the conversations it’s brought about. Many friends and every single family member has brought ideas, encouragement and insights about blogs I’ve written – including my kids!  I’m pretty sure my oldest is set to start her own blog as soon as I get her that iPad she’s been praying for.  Keep praying Eliana – your time will come!

Growing up in church and listening to my dad share the Word of God I have grown up with a keen appreciation for words.  Every word has an impact.  We are supposed to live by the Word of God.  Words matter to God and they should matter to us too.  I believe in the power of words.  After all, we hold the power of life and death in our tongues (Proverbs 18:21).  I believe in words that move hearts and mountains.  Words that tear down hate and build up love.  They are powerful and can have an eternal impact on people.

My heart is that every word will impact you to make a difference in your world.  That is my motivation.  It’s what get’s me up at 5am some mornings and keeps me up past midnight some nights.  I believe each word can make a difference.  And there is so much more to come!  I have been working hard to launch something new and wonderful for you, so stay tuned!    Thank you so much for reading and I hope you continue to join me in learning to live life to the full and love it.