Take Notice, Find Joy

Take Notice, Find Joy

Take Notice, Find Joy When you look around, what do you see? What do you NOTICE? Do you see: … the trees blowing in the breeze? … the smile of a really happy child? …the content sigh from a spouse? Do you only see: … laundry that needs to be finished? …dishes that have to be washed? …carpet that needs vacuumed? What exactly do you notice?   Things I Notice I’m a wife and a mom. I have four lively children. We have a household of six people, 1 dog, 1 cat, and a hamster. You could guess what I notice: endless laundry, endless dishes, crumbs on the carpet, something sticky on the kitchen floor, an argument between siblings that needs intervention, and a dog that needs to go out. It’s loud. It’s busy. It’s my life. I love it. You think I’m crazy. But I truly love all of it. I have bad days. We all do! But in all the chaos and busyness, I choose to notice small things that bring me JOY. I notice the laundry and I’m thankful for the abundance of clothing that my children have been blessed with. I notice the dishes and I’m grateful that we had meals that day, which requires me to cook and clean. I notice the crumbs on the carpet that was caused by one of my kids spilling a bowl of snacks, and I’m grateful for those snacks. I notice the sticky floor, because one of my kids decided to attempt getting their own juice or milk, which shows me how independent they are becoming. I notice the...
Organize My Life

Organize My Life

I’m kind of a nerd and like planners. And pens. And post-its. And organization tools. *Nerd Alert* With four small kids, I find it increasingly difficult to stay organized. All of the doctor’s appointments, practices, schoolwork, reading goals, and chores for a household of six are rolling around constantly in my brain, written down nowhere. It’s no wonder I forget things. Often. I forget things so much that I completely forgot to schedule a well-child doctor’s appointment for Miss Independent when she turned three in January. The doctor’s office informed me of this as I was trying to refill her inhaler in December. So, eleven months late, she got her 3-year well-child check, when she is almost four now. Sheesh! My mom heard me say I wish I could be more organized. She went on a research mission to find The Perfect Planner. She narrowed it down to a few for me to choose from. I watched videos, read blogs, and debated. It is kind of hard when you can’t physically hold the planner. (Welcome to the new age of the internet, right?) I finally decided on a new planner. It is designed by Corie Clark. She designed her own planner and decided to share it with all of us. I waited for the mail for weeks. I felt like a kid at Christmas. I was so excited for a new planner! (Remember the nerd alert at the beginning of the post!)  It was fun to see Corie Clark post updates on her twitter about how the process was going on her side. Then my planner arrived! When I...