A couple weeks ago I saw an e-book called 31 days to clean: Having a Martha house the Mary way. It caught my eye the analogy with Martha and Mary. The idea of having a clean house while sitting at Jesus’ feet really intrigues me.
Now, in preparation for the release of her book the author is starting a challenge, 31 days to clean – the reboot. Since I was not able to fully complete my last cleaning challenge, I decided this was a great way to start over. If you like to join in as well, you can see all the details at her blog.
When you have to click the forgot-password link of your word press account, you know you haven’t been blogging for a while. You’ll see adjusting to baby number two and handling two babies at a time can be overwhelming. Getting organize it’s been a necessity to survive this new stage of my life and I first needed to start by getting my priorities straight.
When I visualize the order of my priorities, I like to use an analogy I heard from my pastor. It’s about trying to put rocks, sand and water into a jar. If you start with the sand and water, then when you try to shove in bigger things like rocks, they will not fit. However, when you first start with the rocks, the small things like sand and water will fit in-between.
With that in mind, I decided I needed to find the rocks in my life. As a Christian I know that my big rocks are God, my family (husband and kids first in that order), and church. But, what does this mean and how will my priorities affect my schedule and my to-do list? Are the questions I been struggling with the most.
That is when my morning routine it’s been key in keeping my priorities into perspective. I have found that if I spent time with God first thing in the morning, He will dictate how the rest of my day is spent. With God’s help, I am able to determine in which way I can take care of the rest of my priorities (family and church). After this, my to-do list is fit in around those priorities. Not the other way around!
Finally, I have found that even when I might not get everything I wanted to get done; there is a great peace when our priorities are in line with God’s plan.
With the new addition to our family and me not feeling well after delivery, I’ve decided that a mini vacation from blogging was needed. But if you are wondering what I’ve been doing during these time, here is a peak.
I would say 6 hours of my day (at least) is spent breastfeeding. I feel like it’s all I do! He is ready to eat every 2 hours like a clock. However, I cannot complain. I breastfed exclusively my first born for 7 months and I still remember how awful and painful those first few weeks were. If I wouldn’t made a commitment to myself to breastfeed her for one month, I’m sure I would have succumb to the formula the very first week. This time around breastfeeding has been a breeze! No crying and no cracked and bleeding nipples. It’s been almost 4 weeks and we are going strong! I think the reason of our success is less stress. This time around, I am not wondering if my baby is eating enough, nor I’m watching 100 YouTube videos a day on how to get a good latch. I’m more confident about what I’m doing and experience is a plus!
I didn’t thought that I was going to be able to do much cleaning this month. My mom and Carlos step up and they have been great helpers. I can proudly say that we did most of the 4 weeks challenge assignments. Our spring cleaning this month consist primary in cleaning the windows and wash the draperies, clean the refrigerator, the oven and reorganized the kitchen cupboards. We even spruce up our garden and plant a new tree to replace the one that fell down thanks to hurricane Irene (not talking about my daughter Eirene, although she is completely capable of…) Now, we are enjoying our fresh clean house!
Sad but true! I am glued in front of the TV every week night at 10pm watching “La que no podía amar”. Since I’ve been told that my generation can’t take responsibility for their actions, I must blame my mom. She watched it while she was here and she is the reason I’m now hooked. LOL! Let see how long it last since I have never been able to watch a soap for more than 2 months.
I have to recognize that it is been at the end of my list but I’ve been trying to sleep more and eat better in order to recover.
I’m still figuring out what is to be a mom of two under two. Until today grandma is been here to the rescue so I don’t know what I’m going to do now that she is gone. 😥