Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

One More Post About Flylady and Thanksgiving

November 27, 2009

There I was yesterday morning, all calm and ready for the day, when Joey asked me why I looked deflated. I realized that I was feeling a little deflated because we weren’t having quite the “crowd” that we sometimes have at Thanksgiving since many of our usual guests were traveling to see their families this year. In the back of my mind, I was saying, Thanks to Flylady, I finally am able to have a stress-free Thanksgiving preparation, but since we aren’t having as many people over as usual, I don’t get to experience the full benefit of it.

Then, I thought that THE biggest benefit of preparing for Thanksgiving using Flylady’s Holiday Control Journal is that my family got to enjoy the days leading up to Thanksgiving with a mom and wife who was not running around barking orders and getting cranky for fear that everything would not be prepared in time. How could having any more people over for the meal result in any bigger benefit than that?

Also, before we take down our Tree of Blessing, I wanted to mention some inspiration God gave me through it. We love to use Ann Hibbard’s Family Celebrations books. I mean, we love to use them. As part of the Tree of Blessing devotions in her Family Celebrations at Thanksgiving and Alternatives to Halloween, we were reading 2 Kings 4:1-7 about the widow whose late husband’s creditor was coming to take her two boys as his slaves. God, through Elisha, told the woman to get a lot of empty jars from her neighbors, go home and shut the door and pour what little oil she had into each one. As you know, she miraculously filled all of the jars with oil which she sold to pay off her debts and still have money to live on.

About this story, Ann Hibbard wrote:

God did not simply make a pile of money magically materialize in this woman’s house. He did a tremendous miracle, and He made sure that she had more than she needed. But He required that she trust and obey. She needed to believe that Elisha was speaking for God (trust), and she needed to borrow jars and pour oil (obey). If we want to see God do amazing things, we too need to believe His Word and do what He has told us to do.

This is true in so many areas of my life. Through Flylady, God shows me a way to be a good steward of everything He has given me, to provide a peaceful home environment for my family, to be rid of CHAOS and frustration and guilt. But, I have to obey that leading. My home will not magically be transformed. It is up to me to do the necessary work. This goes for my being rid of Body Clutter, too. Through the South Beach Diet and Jazzercise, God has provided a way for me to be a good steward of the body He has given me. But, I have to obey that leading and follow through. My body will not magically stay free of clutter. I have to do the necessary work.

This whole idea extends into my desire to have more time to be creative. God has shown me that if I prepare and dedicate a specific area in our craft room for my work, I will be able to more easily be creative on a daily basis. But this area will not be magically prepared. I need to do the necessary work. And I think I’ll start on that right now, before we start going full throttle with Christmas preparations.

Flylady and Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009

Oh, I am so excited! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. And today, for the first time, I’ve planned ahead enough that I made two jello salads yesterday, the thawed turkey is in the roaster right now and Joey and I are going to go set the table before any of the kids get up and moving. I even washed all of my tea towels and hot pads yesterday so they would be ready for today. Plus, we’ve had all of the Thanksgiving play props made since Tuesday and we had a lovely rehearsal last evening.

We still have a lot of cooking to do, but it’s all planned out and we’re ready and rarin’ to go.

So, Happy Thanksgiving! And, thanks, Flylady!

Flylady’s Routines and Thankfulness

November 25, 2009

I’m reading a book called When You and I Were Young, Nebraska!: The Autobiography of a Pioneer Woman by Berna Hunter Chrisman. In her introduction, she writes:

If such writing as this is to be purposeful, if such an autobiography is to become meaningful to others, it must deal with elemental truths that have been discovered for ourselves in the life process.

So, I would like to share what I might consider an elemental truth that I have discovered over the past couple of weeks. Earlier this month, before the Monday, Monday week and the week before that, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. I was frustrated that I had to do so much work every day just to keep up with the Flylady routines. I was indulging in a lot of “grass is greener” thinking about moms whose children are not home all day or women who only have to get a husband on board with the routines. And I know plenty of women who have cleaning ladies come in, too. Oh, yes, I was having quite the mental pity party.

Then, I spent two weeks facing the possibility of NOT being able to get the Flylady routines done, especially had I come down with the stomach bug. My first thoughts were still along the lines of, See how much work this is? I have to be in top shape every day to even begin to try to keep up! But, eventually, I came to a different conclusion.

I have now realized how grateful I am to have a solution to my CHAOS, even if it takes work. A lot of work. I could still be wallowing around in frustration and guilt and CHAOS. But I am not. That there actually is a solution to my being a side-tracked home executive, no matter how much work it requires, is something to be grateful for.

If not for Flylady, I would be scrambling around today, trying to prepare my home and my children and the food for tomorrow. Because of Flylady, I am looking forward to a nice, relaxed day of preparation, no scrambling. And I am truly thankful.

Flylady’s Holiday Control Journal and Holiday Cruising Mission #27

November 24, 2009

I was so excited when I read Flylady’s Holiday Cruising Mission for today because I had already finished my grocery shopping for Thanksgiving! Last night after Jazzercise, I was tired, but I thought, No, don’t put off grocery shopping another moment. You have your list and your money with you. You have no little “helpers” to distract you. The grocery store is almost entirely empty and every aisle is packed full of ingredients you need. Just do it!

So, I listened to myself and just did it. I know that I saved time because there were probably five other people in the whole store. Everything I needed was on sale and in stock. And the reason I was able to easily talk myself into completing the shopping was because I had long ago made out the menu, copied off the recipes and made a grocery list, thanks to Flylady’s Holiday Control Journal.

Now, let’s see if I can manage to talk myself into making all of the props for the Thanksgiving play today and not tomorrow….

Flylady’s Holiday Control Journal and Paper Products

November 13, 2009

Ever since I started working on my Holiday Control Journal, I have been shocking myself. Just this week, I actually purchased the paper products that I will need for our Thanksgiving meal. Shocking, I know. Especially since my typical Thanksgiving practice has been to use a set of dishes that was Grama Coffman’s that she got from a bank for opening an account (or something like that). I actually like using these dishes for Thanksgiving because they are autumnal in theme and I don’t use them a lot otherwise.

However, what I have found happens is that I don’t plan ahead far enough to actually get them out, wash them up and set them out until Thanksgiving morning. On Thanksgiving morning, when we are cooking for our expected crowd (we have between 25 and 35 people here), I am usually hollering for someone to “get out the dishes” and I’ve probably already asked that someone to do another vital task. Last year was a little different, not because I planned ahead, but because Priscilla supplied disposable plates. And, you know, it worked out rather well not to have to do a lot of dishes both before and after the meal.

So, this year, by utilizing the Holiday Control Journal and thinking of and planning for our holiday events well in advance of the actual holiday, I was contemplating plates. Well, in total honesty, I was contemplating serving dishes and hadn’t gotten around to contemplating plates. BUT, since I had been thinking ahead, when I waltzed by the Thanksgiving paper products at Wal-mart the other day, I was able to quickly conclude that disposable plates worked well for us last year, that I had enough money with me to purchase the plates and that putting off buying them would be to no advantage. This is a shocking line of thought, let me tell you.

So, thanks to Flylady, two whole weeks before Thanksgiving, I have purchased the paper products for the big event. Will wonders never cease?

Flylady’s Holiday Control Journal and Our Thanksgiving Play

November 10, 2009

Because I have been working steadily with my Holiday Control Journal, holiday events stay at the forefront of my mind. One of our Thanksgiving “events” involves performing either a puppet or “real-people” play. Consequently, the last time we were at the library, I picked up some children’s books on Thanksgiving, hoping that we could adapt one of them to be our traditional Thanksgiving play.

Well, yesterday, we started perusing the Thanksgiving books and the very first one we picked up was already in play format! We decided that we would perform it as a “real-people” play instead of a puppet play. Then we assigned family members to each role (and, wouldn’t you know, there were exactly enough parts for the family members who were participating — plus enough “extras” in case some of our young friends who join us for Thanksgiving want to come dressed for a non-speaking part). We ran off copies for each person and Eleanor high-lighted the appropriate lines in each individual’s copy.

Last night, Eleanor was already working with Charlotte on memorizing lines. Planning ahead and getting started on this play is going to yield at least 2-1/2 weeks of rehearsal fun for everyone. Now, to start thinking of costumes….