Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen things I am looking forward to this Easter Weekend

1. Our church Easter Retreat.
2. Spending quality time with my kids after a hectic week and having to say "Not now, I have lots of work to do" eleventy billion times.
3. Spending time in the prayer room.
4. Community
5. Rest
6. Celebrating the complete Easter story (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday)
7. Pouring a handful of oil for Troy to anoint our friend Shani after he baptizes her on Sunday morning.
8. The possibility of naps.
9. Having all my meals prepared for me.
10. The beauty of nature.
11. Having a chance to actually hang out with Kelly & April and Alleke for the first time since they got back to Madrid.
12. Time to read.
13. Saying "He is risen! He is risen indeed!"


Stepping up to the challenge

Since we moved last summer, I have still not gotten my office space organized to my liking. We downsized from a huge town-house to a comfortable apartment (which I dearly love) so our storage and living space requires that I really use my noggin to use it wisely.

So here are the before photos of my part of our office. As you can see, my desk is rarely cleared, and in order to find things I have to often dig through piles. Even though I have organized it a couple of times, I still have not found a good system that really works. One of the problems is that my office space serves various purposes
  • For my personal stuff
  • For my "church" work
  • For our "missionary" stuff (support-raising, contact with supporters, etc.)
  • My craft/scrapbooking stuff (although at the moment my scrapbooking normally takes place at my dining room table so right now most of my stuff is stored in bins in our entry-way closet, but I'm not so happy with that arrangement.)

1. What do I want the purpose of my room or area to be?

I want my space to work well for all the purposes above

2. What do I need in or near the room to serve that purpose?

I think I have enough organizing tools (drawers, folders etc.) I just need to use them more wisely.

3. What can I remove from the room?

Clutter! I need to only keep what I can really used and if there are things I want to keep but do not use in the area I need to find another place for it.

4. What problems do I see with the room?

Mainly limited space. I have to make this amount of space work.

5. What organizational tools might solve those problems?

Not sure at the moment, we'll see what comes up as I work on it.

6. What habits need to change to solve the organizational problems?
  • Not allowing my desk to pile up (I think I need a "holding" place for things so that I don't just pile everything on my desk. This normally happens when we are cleaning up for company or something and everything that is mine just gets thrown on my desk. After awhile the pile becomes a major project to deal with
  • If it does pile up, working on it 15 minutes at a time so I don't get overwhelmed.
7. What kind of a budget do I have to create the organized room of my dreams?

Not much :) No furniture, maybe small things like folders etc.

8. What kind of a timeline is necessary to organize the room?

3 weeks should do it

9. What is my plan of action?

First I am going to sit down and evaluate what I need for each of these "tasks".
If necessary I will empty the bookshelf and drawers so I can start with a clean slate.
I need to give myself the permission to try things out to see if they work before I decide how to do things for sure.



Man, K, Troy and I have worked our butts off the last couple of days getting ready for our Easter retreat. We got a lot of stuff done today though. Tomorrow we have to pick up photo copies, pick up a pack and play, drop the dog at the kennel, and make one trip out to the camp with a carload of stuff. Tonight K and I are using some vouchers to go to TGI-Fridays as a reward for being such good little work-horses.

A couple of things made me smile today though, both having to do with being known in our neighborhood. Mr. Cady treated us to Chinese food for lunch and when I called, the guy knew who I was. And when I dropped the stuff off at the copy shop, he grinned at me and said "I know who you are..."la de las camisetas" (the one of the t-shirts--we got some printed there recently). I love the feeling of knowing and being known in our barrio.

One prayer request: Meg is not feeling well. Please pray that she can sleep it off tonight and that it won't cause problems for the retreat. She has been looking forward to the retreat for months, so I really hope she is well and can enjoy it. Thanks!



Last week when I talked to my spiritual director and friend on the phone, we talked about me reading the Gospels (I have found my Celtic Daily Prayer too "rigid" for this season and wishing it followed the church calendar more). One of the ideas that came out of the conversation was that of formulating the question "What grace can I ask to receive this day as I read?"

Yesterday I was tired, hormonal and feeling overwhelmed with everything I have to get done this week before we go on retreat with our church Thursday-Sunday. I ended up being up in the night because Nic was having asthma trouble. Once awake, my mind kicked into gear and I ended up getting up for awhile to get lists down and out of my head. I think I was awake from 3-5 or something.

Anyway, I breathed the prayer that the grace I would receive today would be just to have enough energy and motivation to get my tasks done and to even be able to enjoy them. I didn't stumble out of bead until 9 this morning (for the second time) and I had to hit the ground running since Meg was having a friend from her old school over. So I didn't even have (or take) time this morning to read.

But you know, I remember that breathed prayer, and I recognized all through the day the many graces of energy and better spirits that He gave me today.


You guessed it

Well, it's April 1, so here is my new header :) I am going to be a good girl and not mess with too much. I still have to re-do my list of links, but I'm still lazy.

I have to say, it's hard to really enter into Lent when you are a missionary church planter. During this time of year, we gather for services every week. It's always meaningful, but it's also tiring because it means more work.

This week will be a bit of a mad dash to get everything ready for our second annual Easter Retreat. I know it will all come together, but right now the idea of it just makes me tired.

I think it's very strange having April Fool's Day and Palm Sunday on the same day. I ran across a couple of "pranks" and I have to say they made me sad more than made me laugh.

Yeah, so the hormones aren't helping