Monday, July 31, 2017

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

Something about Today…Monday, July 31, 2017

It’s the end of July. It’s the end of July? Wow.

Not only is that crazy because of the flying of time, but it’s also crazy because for the first half of the day, the window by my desk was open and I enjoyed the beautiful, cool air wafting in. It hasn’t been that way for most of July. We’ve had nasty heat and humidity. So, I soaked it up!

Something about the Week

It’s a “normal” week. Don’t laugh. I know there’s nothing normal about the Hibbards. But, think of normal as what would exist if our family had two weeks in a row that looked alike. Routine. That’s what we get this week. And it’s a coveted reality. The internal workings of that routine are a bit odd because our to-do lists are full of tasks related to catching up from a summer of insanity. But, I’m delighted with the return of routine!

Something I Have Observed

It takes much longer to relearn how to rest and relax than it does to unlearn such skills. That’s why it’s so critical for it to be a regular thing. We plan to be proactive about relearning this week.

Something I Have Read or Heard

“Ears to hear doesn’t mean, always, a mind to grasp. It means you listen. You lean in. You wait, you pester, you dig.” – Mark Buchanan, Spiritual Rhythm

Too often, I assume that if I don’t grasp, that means I’m not being obedient to have “ears to hear.” I feel so dense sometimes. This was encouraging.

Something on My Mind

A myriad of blog posts that I hope I will be able to hash out well this week. I’m choosing to make the time, even if that means I have to start school with a little less done than I’d hoped.

Something I’m Thankful for

Having hubby back home again after two weeks in Peru. This week and its gift of a chance to breathe! The opportunity to see various interests and passions develop in my children. The way God stretches me, even though it’s not usually fun.

Something about My Kids

This morning, I asked Angela a general-interest history question, curious if she knew about the topic. She said, “Not really.” Next thing I knew, I saw her pouring over encyclopedias to make sure she could change that “not really” into a yes!

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Steven, meanwhile, really hates to be bragged on or even noticed when he does sweet things. So, this morning when he was in my room, I asked him what he was doing. “Oh, nothing much.” I noticed he was messing with the pile of clothes on our bed, so I asked him if he was folding Daddy’s laundry from Peru. He just said, “Why would I do something like that?” A little while later I found this:

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We got in late last night, but Olivia jumped in to take care of necessary dishes while I fixed a late supper. This morning she’s working through some PSAT prep and room cleaning – except for right now, as she’s taking a break to enjoy the beautiful morning with a bike ride. On her way out, she was stopped by this fuzzball:

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Something I’m Working on

School prep – cramming it all in at the last minute, which is so very much NOT my preference. Last week I didn’t enjoy it as much as I normally do (this is usually my favorite time of the school year!). But, this week I’m feeling the excitement return. I think the progress I managed to make last week is helping me feel less overwhelmed and more enthusiastic about the new school year. There is still a lot to do, including getting old stuff put away and new stuff labeled and put out, but the kids will probably help me with that later this week after I finish most of the layout of the year.

Something from Hibbard Academy

Even though school is just a bunch of book piles right now, we’re taking care of a few things, including working through Well Planned Start with Angie and Steven – starting with Angie today. I’m always proud of what we create through my job (wellplannedgal.com), but I have never been as excited about a product as I’ve been about this one. It blows me away!!!

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Something That Makes Me Smile

Having my hubby back home. Although he’s at work this morning. But still!

Something Coming

Summer routine this week – or what would have been summer routine had we had the chance! Ha! Hopefully school routine starts next week until Thursday when we take off for Steven’s birthday.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

Something about Today…Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!

We’re celebrating our freedom by getting things checked off our to-do list (including work!) before tomorrow hits and we have to start investing a great deal of time into missions conference preparation. While a complete day off would be nice, it’s actually more helpful knowing the rest of the week won’t be as stressed because of what we have accomplished today.

Something about the Week

Par for the course this summer! Nonstop! We had VBS last week, and this weekend our church will be hosting the aforementioned missions conference for Tom Cox World Ministries. Missionaries will teach breakout sessions each evening (Fri-Sun), followed by a worship service. TCWM will have their annual board meeting all day Saturday, and the conference will wrap up during our normal service times on Sunday.

Something I Have Observed

The summer is as crazy as we expected! Hence the monthly blog updates. But, I have lots of pictures to share from our trip to Phoenix last month! Looking forward to getting those up!

Something I Have Read or Heard

“We must never try to immerse ourselves in a Spiritual Discipline as an attempt to drown out conviction from the Holy Spirit about forsaking our sin.” – Donald S. Whitney in Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

Something on My Mind

Ways to increase certain investments without increasing busyness. For instance, adding aspects to our exercise routine or separating Sunday school study and preparation time from my morning devotional time. Increasing my participation in Steven’s piano learning to help him become more focused. Reconsidering how to keep writing mixed into the rhythm of life. Making sure daily progress on Scripture memorization is incorporated.

It’s so easy to fill the to-do list and just be maxed out in every way. There are certain things that HAVE to be done: work, school, church obligations. And those things require a great deal of time. But, the other things are truly important to not only my own well-being, but also my interactions with others. So, the solution to maximizing my time and efforts while still maintaining balance and margin is a constant quest.

Something I’m Thankful for

The ability to get the majority of my work hours behind me early in the week!

Something about My Kids

We were shoe shopping for Angela. Olivia was trying to look on that top row for some Angie would like when she found these heels. Three more inches of height? Perfect!

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Something I’m Working on

Trying to come up with sewing project ideas. I want to make sewing a part of our Fridays. But, I just don’t know what I want to sew right now. So, I want to compile a list so I can always have something to jump on.

Something from Hibbard Academy

Yeah. That. I’m supposed to have made progress on school planning. I have not. Hopefully soon. Hopefully. Last year was really nice with everything in place and scheduled out. I’d really like to have that happen again this year. But we’ll see.

Something That Makes Me Smile

Five translations to study. That’s my nerd. I love it!

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Something Coming

Missions conference this week. Next week a breather before WorshipWorks and Peru!