These last couple of weeks have been crazy. Three out of the 6 of us are in school now, although Eliana is only in Kindergarten 3 days a week. We went to the Birch Aquarium with friends yesterday as our last touristy activity, here are some fun pics from that trip:
This fall I (Katherine) am struggling to not over-commit in time-consuming activities. This weekend I started volunteering at the local hospital, Palomar Pomerado Hospital, as a Clinical Career Extender. It’s a neat program that seems to give a lot of experience. I am in the Medical/Surgery/Oncology department for the next three months (floor 7). September will be nuts since I’m trying to cram in 4 months of “normal” hours in 1 month (averaging 16 hrs/week). October and November I will take it easy, only volunteering four hours a week. I’m doing the extra because I want to skip a level, allowing me to get to the baby floor in December. 🙂 So that’s commitment #1. MOPS is next, and I’m the publicity/money person this year! Our Escondido group has a website you can check out on nesting.com. Third is volunteering with the church’s Junior High group. The other activities I’m tentatively planning on doing (time permitting!) are: seminary wife play group Mondays, women’s bible study Wednesdays, small group/gospel community Sundays, volunteering at the kids’ school (Calvin Christian School)….and oh yeah, trying to keep our house together and the family fed.
In a way, being busy will keep me organized. I’ve been planning meals for 2 weeks at a time just to keep sane, and that’s something I wanted to do all last year and didn’t. Being out of the house will also mean that the house doesn’t get as dirty. 😛 And it seems that God has the “employment door” closed for me, at least for now. Nathan and I applied for a lot of jobs over the summer and fall and didn’t even get any emails back – not one. So it seems in God’s economy I will be working – for free. 😉
And of course there is the normal craziness of life with littles. My #3, Sophia, just turned 4 years old….! And my baby, Amara, has gotten an attitude! Normal for a 2-year-old but it’s still hard on mommy. I love Ecclesiastes as a general rule, but today’s message from Pastor John Sale of VCCC about keeping our sights on Christ in the midst of life’s mess was so absolutely pertinent. Thanks God!
God Disciplines His Sons (Hebrews 12:1-3)
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.