Monday, February 2, 2009

A Bit More Organized!

The past few weeks have been pretty crazy and at times stressful trying to figure out everyone's schedules around here. My sister got here about two weeks after Christmas and only a week after we got home from vacation. You know it takes time to get adjusted after a vacation! :) Not only that, I still feel like I am adjusting to a new city with new people and places. So bringing her into the mix has been a little harder this time and I have had a few attitudes that I am not proud of.

Once she got here we talked over everything she needed to attend each week and on what days. By the way, she doesn't have a current driver's license or a car for that matter! So I am the one who takes her to all of her appointments. After spending all last week doing it I was really overwhelmed and feeling like a taxi cab driver! She has to be taken to school on Tues. Wed. and Thurs. at 8 am and picked up at 11 am and then taken to another class from noon to 1pm on those same days. I also have to take Andon to school on Wed. and Fri. at 9am and pick him up at 2pm. Some of those pick ups and drop offs leave me about an hour in the car and not enough time to go home. I also have to clean the house, grocery shop and try to have a life of my own! :)

So this weekend we sat down together and made a schedule using the ical on the computer. I have never even used it but it's great! You can choose different colors for each person and schedule out each day of the week. Today is our first day being on schedule and we're already off a little. We're supposed to be at bible study right now but Andon is sick. Poor thing has a nasty cold that has been going around here. But the rest of the day and week are scheduled out as well and should be pretty smooth.

I figure the extra time I spend in the car could be valuable time spent with the Lord. Also I could do my Esther homework or read one of the MANY books I have sitting on my nightstand. I just ordered another that I am pretty excited to dive into called The Cry of the Soul.

And truthfully, we brought my sister here to help her have a fresh start. To love, encourage and serve her in this time in her life. Not for me to be stressed, overwhelmed and focused on myself and my time! :)


Terri said...

Oh, Jen ... great attitude about the "wasted" time in the car. It really IS a great time to spend alone with the LORD. Carry your Bible study and books with you at all times, and grab those "wasted" minutes for reading and studying. You'll learn to long for those "wasted" moments :)

And the book, "The Cry of the Soul" is wonderful. Call me if you want to talk about it. I just got it back from Brittani this morning and was thumbing through it right before I read your blog, and was thinking "Wow ... this book is great !!!" Enjoy !!

Kelly said...

I never heard of the ical for the computer!! I will definately have to look into that!! Great will your reward be for reaching out to your sis! Have a great week!! :o)

Brittani said...

I love your honesty, Jen. That makes it easier for me to pray for you because I know where you are hurting. I love you & will pray that God continues to give you insight into better ways to use your time. It sounds like He already has given you some great ideas. What you are doing for your sister is so wonderful. I will pray that this week God will give you a little bit of rest :)
ps I have Cry Of The Soul, too. Do you want to schedule a particular time of the week... maybe while you are in the car... when we could talk over the phone about the book? I would LOVE that

Sunday said...

Hi Jen, thank you so much for you call. You are and will always be a dear friend of mine! I appreciate your willingness to come alongside me no matter the distance and walk this journey with me. You and I have watched each other grow in some many ways and I am greatful for the bond God has given us. Here's a verse that has truely become my life verse 2 Corinthians 4:17,18 For our light and mommentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Love you, Sunday