Our new plan…

May 1st, 2010

…seems to be working well to keep my extreme exhaustion away.

I’m alternating active days with resting days.  One day for more physically demanding work, and the next day to recover from that day and prepare for the next.  It’s actually marked out on the calendar and weekly planner for the next few weeks–one day ACTIVE, the next RESTING.

Earlier in the week, I spent some time gathering quick, simple freezer meal ideas as well as quick, simple non-freezer meal ideas.  It was fun letting creativity blossom in the kitchen these past months, but we need the simplicity for the time being.

Then yesterday the children and I spent between five and six hours putting sixteen meals together.  It’s lovely to get ahead on those again!  After living that way for so long, and then running out of meals, it seemed terribly inefficient to go back to spending all that time on supper every single day.  It’s also wonderful having the clean-up done before enjoying the meals instead of afterward!

It helps me mentally to know that the extra messiness that a rest day brings will be taken care of the next day.  And it’s great to be able to plan ahead for the next haircut day, and for doctor appointments, and so on.

So it’s not rocket science (and probably looks obvious to anyone who’s not suffering from Pregnant Brain Syndrome), but I am very grateful to the Lord for His patience with me, and for prompting me to plan for rest.  This “weapon” I had been neglecting to use is very effective!  One way or another, He never fails to supply all we need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

“See, the streams of living waters, springing from eternal love,
Well supply thy sons and daughters, and all fear of want remove:
Who can faint while such a river ever flows their thirst to assuage?
Grace, which like the Lord, the giver, never fails from age to age.”

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3 Responses to “Our new plan…”

  1. Mamakelly, from Momys says:

    Susanna, what a wonderful plan!  I am going to adopt this (PGS seems to be in full swing here).  A question: what do you do when Sunday is a “rest” day- how do you make it more restful?  You know what I mean- you have 9 children, too!  And also: what do you do on a rest day?  I need a little more description, and I think it IS on par with rocket science :).

  2. Susanna says:

    Well, we are part of a home fellowship, and today Joe explained the situation to those who gathered, and they all agreed that we will be meeting at our house for a while.  It is definitely more manageable for me if we meet at our house, b/c there are more options open to me if, I mean WHEN, the four toddlers get restless.   None of the other families have very small children.  We eat a meal together every week, and we keep that simple.  We don’t get all dressed up–just “public” clothes rather than old, everyday clothes.  Joe already “makes” me stay in my room and rest on Sunday evenings and he brings supper to me and completely takes over managing the household.  I kiss the younger ones goodnight at bedtime.  :-)  When we went to church, if I ran into pregnancy difficulties I often had to stay home when I couldn’t manage on my own (Joe was a pastor), and one of the older children would stay home with me to help with the little ones.

    Afa how rest day worked this past week, I just didn’t put anything beyond basic maintenance on my to-do list.  I moved slowly, and sat down often (should lie down more), did more sit-down work, like planning, and just kept the household running from the sidelines, but let non-essentials go.  The active days I did my usual “buzzing around,” as Joe calls it.  So that’s how it’s working for us so far!  Does this make sense?  I’m sure we’ll have to flex at times, but it helps this all-or-nothing lady to actually plan it out ahead of time.  I’ve been getting so much more done overall by working when I am rested.  :-)

  3. Shari~hotfudgecustard says:

    Oh, Susanna!  I’ve been praying more for you this last week.  We drove by your area (went through Philly) on our way to Maine for vacation, so you were on my mind.  For some reason, the Lord laid Stephen especially on my heart at that time. 

    I’m praying that this updated plan will bless everyone in your house, especially Verity!  : )

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