I want to be organized. In some areas, I accomplish “being organized.” Very controlled areas. But things like meals and cleaning? Where plans are diligently made? Not so much. I am slightly on the obsessive side (my hubby probably would not say “slightly”), meaning I want to follow my plans to a tee — perhaps to an unreasonable degree (my hubby probably would not say “perhaps”). However, with a husband and four kids, I occasionally am interrupted from implementing my plans (you are shocked, I am sure…), oftentimes laundry, my arch nemesis, gets in my way, sometimes during the week my priorities change, now and then things arise that I have not included in my plans, and on occasion, I just need a nap (and that’s not on my plan, except on Sunday). Well, that’s when my all-or-nothing side manifests itself and everything (meaning me) goes loosey-goosey. My family is great — flexible and forgiving, and we can still have a good week. But I know way down deep inside, that if I had a better routine to which I stuck, then I would do better — spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. And if I am doing better, so is my beloved husband and children. And this is why when I fail to meet my goals, I feel like I have, well, failed.
Nonetheless, I shall not lament, but persevere, for the Lord’s mercies are new every day (Lamentations 3:22-24). I find myself always organizing, but never organized. At least not to the degree I want to be (see definition of obsessive: “excessive often to an unreasonable degree.” But as the wise sage Lucy says each Christmas, “‘Well, as they say on TV, “the mere fact that you realize you need help indicates that you are not too far gone.”‘” Yay!)
So today is a new day. The Lord’s mercies are new. And here I go again making a weekly meal plan so that our after school and evening time is less stressful. And to show how earnest I am, the meal plan includes only crock-pot meals. I am serious about having more enjoyable evenings this week! Serious, but not obsessive, because that would just ruin it, right? (I like to give mini-sermons to my soul.)
I hope these meals are yummy! I actually tried out a crock-pot Chicken Cacciatore a couple of weeks ago (because I had all the ingredients (or could easily improvise)) and the family loved it. I was pleasantly surprised because a unanimous vote of approval on a meal is unusual in this household.
May you meet all your goals this week — or at least be fruitful! And remember to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of each day! (Another mini-sermon to self.)
Meal Plan, April 8-14, 2013
Monday: Spaghetti Bolognese and Salad
Tuesday: Red Beans, Rice and Salad (I know that according to tradition, I should serve this today, “Laundry Day,” but I already had everything for Bolognese. Wow! Look at the flexibility I am exhibiting already!)
Wednesday: Russian Chicken, Rice, and Broccoli
Thursday: Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes*, and Green Beans
Friday: Pizza and Salad
Saturday: Lemon Garlic Chicken, Rice, and Salad
Sunday: Roast and Veggies, Mashed Potatoes*, and Salad
* The hubby mentioned a desire for mashed potatoes. I grew up in the Midwest where our starch usually consisted of potatoes. In spite of my upbringing, I have acclimated to Louisiana living and usually use parboiled rice now. How can you beat 20 minutes in a pot and easy clean up?