I’ve never been one to make grand resolutions in January, but on the edge of an uncharted year I’m praying for grace to
- listen less to the second hand and more to the Spirit
- abide more and worry less
- purposefully mark our margins and milestones
- trace the thread of His goodness through the fabric of the year
- celebrate the seemingly small
I’m also taking a look at our routine (or lack thereof) and prayerfully seeking wisdom. I gave up on schedules LONG ago, but my children thrive on routine and having a flexible one in place is always helpful. This is a continual process of trial and error for me, but I’ve found a few helpful resources I thought I’d pass along.
How to Make a Family Routine that Works by Alissa at Creative with Kids. She shares so much practical wisdom here on the nitty-gritty not-so pretty realities of crafting a family routine. I’ve returned to it many times.
How to Create a Family Rhythm by Kelly at Imperfect Homemaking. This is a great read from a mom of SIX. She offers glimpses into her family’s daily rhythm as well.
Anchoring: An Organizational Tool by Renee at Simple Homeschool. This is NOT just for homeschoolers… great practical advice. A must-read in my book.
And finally, if you can carve out a few hours for a personal planning retreat, you’ll find my favorite resource from Carolyn Mahaney, HERE. (See the link to the worksheets in the third paragraph.) I really encourage you to listen to the audio from her lesson, In Every Season (download the free mp3) before you begin.
And finally, here’s a free printable weekly planner. I’m a pencil and paper kind of girl when it comes to planning but I’ve never found one that really worked well for me so I created this two-page weekly spread. I went light on the color so it won’t drink the printer dry. There’s space to record your daily meal plans as well as three separate columns on the right-hand page that you may customize to fit your needs. This is where I keep up with my to-do list. You might designate a column for errands, household tasks, phone calls / emails, prayer requests, homework assignments, etc. You can DOWNLOAD THE FREE PDF HERE.
Hope you enjoy!