1. The Great Outdoor Challenge
For this challenge, my kids and I were supposed to spend time outdoors every day and take photos. I decided to post most of the pictures on my Facebook page, but here is one shot from last week:
This week we've been outdoors most days but have not snapped any photos.
2. Make Week
Trying turn off the T.V. last week was a helpful experiment. I don't watch any T.V. on a regular basis myself, so this was more of a parenting challenge. Megan at SortaCrunchy shared very similar conclusions about how dependent we have become on an electronic device for dealing with children.
Our family made it for two and a half days without T.V. until I relented. My daughters were not feeling well and could not play outside, so we let them watch some videos while they rested. And then it was back to our old habits of letting kids watch videos while I make dinner, shower, etc.
3. Project: Spring Green
My goal was to get my garden started. Well, it's about halfway ready and no seeds have been planted yet. But we will finish planting soon. Yes, we will!
4. Early Dinner Prep
My friend and I were lamenting how wretched it is to start preparing dinner at 5 p.m. with cranky kids (and Mama). So I asked her if she wanted to check in later in the week. Our goal: to see if we could both make and eat dinner earlier.
On my third night of trying, we finally succeeded in sitting down to eat before 6:00 p.m. It was wonderful! There was also the sweetness of knowing that a friend of mine who has similar struggles to my own was tackling this issue with me.
An even bigger challenge for me is to turn a singular triumph into a habit. I'm not seeking to become a supermama. But by God's grace, I believe long-term change is possible. And on the way greater fruitfulness, I have found it sure is nice to get a little encouragement from my friends.
An anxious heart weighs a man down,
but a kind word cheers him up.