Friday, March 21, 2014

Andrew is Off to Youth Activity

Do you ever wonder, when you send your child off, if they'll return safely?  Sometimes we know they will and we feel peace. But, other times, we just can't be so sure.

Today is one of those days for me.  Andrew, 18, is off to a church activity up the canyon.  It's an overnighter in the girls' camp cabins and…I'm sure it will be beautiful and good.  But, it's going to be very cold and…Andrew isn't as prepared as I'd like him to be.

But, being a mother is also a balancing act of knowing when to say things and what to say.  Andrew is a good boy and he is usually quite responsible.  Yet, being 'tough' he thinks that he'll be fine with his sleeping bag - when I wanted him to take two (putting one inside the other.)  I also thought he should take the recommended foam pad but he didn't want to appear to have too big of a bag to haul around.

Aren't we funny as a people sometimes?  We'd rather be miserable and cold and uncomfortable - than to lug too much stuff around and maybe be mocked?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Simplify Your Home

I've been an 'organizer' for as long as I can remember.  As a child I wanted things to be neat and orderly.  I'd spend hours organizing things, labeling drawers and cleaning out containers.

My Mom loved my help and has, to this day, expressed appreciation for my skills in that area.

Well, as I've raised my own children and lived in various places and homes, I've realized that the BEST and most important thing any of us can do is to SIMPLIFY the amount of work.

This means that when a child outgrows clothes, toys, books etc. we pass them along to someone else who can then use them.

It also means that we get rid of as much clutter as possible.  We do that by reducing the amount of mail that comes into the home (call and cancel unwanted magazines etc.), find places for things and put them there.  Hang up shelves or racks for book bags and coats.  Get a laundry basket for each bedroom and a garbage container.  Teach children to put their things away.