a peek at my week

I’ve been thinking about doing a post of this sort for a long time, not necessarily because my week is super exciting. No, it’s more to explain why my posts have been so inconsistent lately. I’ve been struggling to find a good rhythm, but the truth is…it’s just a different season. It’s a season where my capacity is being stretched. Like majorly.

Here’s a peek at my week.

Mornings are typical Monday through Friday. Jeremy and I wake up before the kids to drink our coffee, connect for the day, and pray together. This time is invaluable to both of us and highly needed in the midst of our current busy schedules. After our connecting time, I start bread for lunch, wake the kids, and get everyone going for school. We typically do school until about noon.

my 2 loves 

Then the afternoon fun begins…

Monday afternoon is my home school prep day. I can’t wing it very well, and it’s not fair to my kids to not be prepared, so I take the afternoon to prep for a whole week of school.

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons I work in the office doing accounting for the ministry. This is not necessarily my choice, but it was a huge hole. Accounting is not a role that you can leave empty. My goal in it has been to establish a system and then pass it on to someone. My eyes are looking high and low to find that person. Sabbatical was huge in helping me realize something very key about myself. I can do accounting and admin related duties, but I don’t get life from it. It actually sucks the life out of me. Perhaps I should write more on that later. Yes, I believe I should.

Wednesday afternoon is my writing day. Unfortunately, it feels like this day gets cheated. One, I need to get off campus to fully engage writing, but certain factors can make this a challenge. Two, maybe it’s the midweek hump, but things just seem to “come up” on this day. Inconsistent posts are the result.

By Friday afternoon, I’m toast. Sometimes I use it to catch up on what I didn’t get done during the week. Sometimes Jeremy and I go out for a little date. Sometimes I just do nothing, because it’s Friday, and I can do that.

child headed household

I haven’t mentioned the fun (but big) project I’ve had going on in the midst of all this. It’s coming soon. I can’t wait to tell you. I also haven’t mentioned the days (which are random) that I get to go out to the feedings or meet five kids who are living alone in a shack, relying on their 14 year old brother to provide for their needs. Those are the days that remind me that sitting and doing accounting, a job that I really don’t like, is worth it. Without it, there would be no buying of food to feed 300 kids in Dwaleni. There would be no HOME built for child headed households. It’s a small price to pay while I wait for a replacement to come along. It really is the fuel that keeps me going.

So that’s my week. What’s your week like?

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    April 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Interesting to read! My weeks seem boring compared; up 6.10 AM, breakfast and running around, leaving home 7 AM (the boys go to school around 7.30 AM), working until 5 PM during winter and 4 PM during summer months, home. The weekends are much more fun, haha! 🙂

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    Bren Graham Thebeau
    April 2, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Puts it all in to perspective doesn't it? That second look
    Enjoyed the peek into your life

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    April 2, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I love how your mind knows how to connect with your heart in the end, but also understand the drain of doing a task that doesn't bring joy in the actual doing of it. There's a reason you're doing the accounting in this season. Keep driving it forward and maybe keep a picture of those adorable kids in front of you while while handling the numbers! xoxo.

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    April 3, 2013 at 2:55 am

    This was a fun post! 🙂 I'm new, so still curious about what you're doing in Africa. Love reading about your ministry!

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    April 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    My week is pretty lame compared to yours…Mon is Moms In Prayer. I run errands on Mon &/or Wed. I train on Mon, Wed, & Sat. I'm at the church part of Tues & Thurs, and all of Fri. I take &/or pick my brother up from school on Wed & have youth at church that night.

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    Elisa | blissfulE
    April 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Love the pictures and the peek into what you're doing. Totally hear you about draining jobs that are necessary. My thing like that is kitchen work, and I am soooooo fortunate that my mum is doing that right now. I can't count on that long-term (though I would love it!!) but I'm enjoying every second she gives me.

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    April 6, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I'm with Elisa – kitchen work is my drain, but no relief that I can see. At least I have a dishwasher!

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    Optimistic Existentialist
    April 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Love the pictures and I love that you're doing such important work!!

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    Jennifer {Studio JRU}
    April 7, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    love the peek at your week, jen! and your work is so important. you change lives… that is amazing work!!

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