Welcome and Blessings!

Thank you so much for stopping by! I have named this blog "Running to the Cross" because that is what I often find myself doing...running to be with my Lord Jesus! I often cover many aspects of life on my blog, as it is my journal. I used to write things down in all sorts of notebooks, but my writings would soon be lost. So I decided that it was time to start a blog and share my thoughts and ideas with others. Many topics you will find here are prayers, homemaking and organization, children and pregnancy, funny stories, and the challenges of parenting and motherhood. If you enjoy my blog and leave me a comment, you are likely to have me visit! I love meeting others and gleaning from the lives of others. May you be blessed! Your friend in Christ, Heather

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

???Spring Resolution???


Springtime is here!!! Soon, flowers will be blooming (if they aren't already), the grass will turn a lovely brilliant green, and in the farming regions you will see new baby animals. The weather is soon to turn warmer, the days are growing longer, and the air is filled with the sweet songs of the birds. I get such a feeling of exhilaration when spring is in the air! I absolutely LOVE spring, the sweet smells, the lovely sounds, and the warm breezes. I also look forward to gardening, and spring cleaning!

This year I am going to try something different...A Spring Resolution. Now many of us make New Year's Resolutions, we try to lose weight, spend more time in the Bible, keep on a better schedule, and so on...BUT, sometimes our resolutions get tossed aside and forgotten. I even find, for myself, that I am more on top of things when the weather is warm, the flowers are blooming, and I am itching to get OUTSIDE! So, I am going to try to create some new habits for my Spring Resolution.

Creating New Habits
If you have been over at Flylady's website you can check out how she manages to create new habits each month. She begins each new year with the same challenges, and reinforces them throughout the month. I encourage you to check out her site, she starts with "baby steps" and builds upon them. If you don't know where to start, you might try the "Flylady" method.

I have already posted some of my goals for March on the right hand side of my blog. They are:
  1. Purge house of excess clothing.
  2. Clean kitchen floor with magic eraser.
  3. Keep up on laundry.
  4. Plant lettuce & spinach.
I have planted my lettuce and spinach...then it snowed over top...but I think it will be okay. I have been storing the clothing that I intend to take to goodwill in the guest bedroom...so that goal is in progress. My wonderful husband helped me clean the kitchen floor, but it could still use a good scrubbing with the magic eraser. The laundry is always a mountainous task, but I am working on it!

There are a few things I have learned so far with creating new habits. PACE YOURSELF!!! You must not overwhelm yourself with too many tasks at one time. I posted last Wednesday's goals and I was determined to accomplish them. I was successful, BUT I paid for it physically for the rest of the week. On Thursday and Friday, I was very tired, I had sore muscles, and due to my pregnancy I had "round ligament" pains. (If you haven't had them your are blessed, they are muscle spasms and cramps in the round ligaments in your abdomen, usually on the right and left side of your enlarging belly. The "spasms" can be brought on by laughing, sneezing, twisting and bending, working too hard, or simply moving too quickly.)

On Saturday, I went to a funeral and ended up with a migraine! UGH! Nature's reminder that I did TOO much on Wednesday.

Here are my cleaning habits that I will be working on for my (March-April) Spring Resolution:
  1. Keep up with my laundry (that is, 2-4 loads/day).
  2. Keep up with my dishes (my children like to help with loading the dishwasher)--that is, keeping the cookies sheets & bread pans washed, & running dishwasher once daily.
  3. Keep homeschoolers on task.
  4. Stay on a weekly menu.
Edited: Thanks Mercy...I do need to be more specific!

I am keeping it simple. I refuse to plan too much, if I have the ability to do more then I will, but that will be on a separate WISH "TO DO" LIST not a must do list. Also my children are responsible to help with other tasks. Here is a list of their responsibilites:
  1. Clean living room & kid's living/play room after homeschool.
  2. Unload the dishwasher.
  3. Cleaning up bedrooms (their own).
  4. Clearing their own plates after a meal.
  5. Sometimes my oldest son get the responsibility of sweeping the kitchen floor.
They are responsible to complete these tasks daily. They are not allowed any privileges until they are done with their Afternoon Chore Time. Privileges being going outside to play, playing with legos inside, and so on.

Remember, PACE YOURSELF, I realized one very important thing when I reflected on last Wednesday's goals...that is, I am not superwoman!!! I am not able to do as much as I once did, I must pace myself, rest when needed, and trust that God will help me to accomplish the tasks that I desire to accomplish.

My goal is to create a happy, comfortable home for my family. This can be done by preparing planned homecooked meals, keeping things comfortably clean--not perfectly clean, and making sure that everybody has clean clothes to wear and a clean place to eat. Afterall, we live here! We are home all the time!!! So there will be times when the house will be a little "lived in" and we will need to tidy up. Remember, it's comfortable NOT perfect!

What are your Spring (Cleaning) Resolutions?

Have a blessed day! and HAPPY SPRING!!!
God bless!


LeadingThemToHim said...

Hi Heather!

Whew! You sound busy too! Today we had a great spring day!!!!! I dug old weeds out of my flower bed and DH and I set up a small plot. I haven't dug into that plot yet, but I am hoping for another nice day tomorrow! As it was, when I got inside to make lunch, I was so exhausted...I could hardly move. I guess I am not used to all the fresh air yet. I didn't really do all that much physical work outside...just the weeds and then I stood there and watched DH cut the landscaping timbers for the plot. Like I said, I guess I am not used to the fresh air yet. LOL.


God bless!

runningtothecross said...

Most of the major work that I did was last Wednesday, but like I said...pace yourself!!! Or you'll end up like I did last week, down for 3+ days! Sometimes we get so excited about spring arriving that we cause ourselves great pains that arrive later in the week. Unfortunately, we aren't getting any younger...only older.

But I am praising God for the arrival of spring. I am so glad it's officially here! Now the only thing we are missing is the weather's cooperation! LOL!


Mercy said...

Great idea! I've been thinking on this same subject. Spring being here and how much better I work when the weather is warmer. I also have been thinking on making goals for the week/month. If you don't mind me mentioning, I do suggest you make your cleaning goals a little more specific. (I've learned this personally by experience!) For me, if I were to say "keep up with my laundry & dishes" I might be tempted to beat myself up if I didn't make it for a few times. Instead, maybe make specific goals, looking at what you already ARE accomplishing and challenging yourself a little from there. Do you see what I'm saying?

Either way, don't be tough on yourself. Taking care of baby is hard work as it is! :-D

Take care,

motherofmany said...

Hello! Love you cleaning posts, but I haven't been able to leave a reply. Gremlins in the computer again!

I'm facing an emergency clean this weekend, so the tisp are greatly appreciated!!!!