Thursday, April 8, 2010

Catching Up ...Book Review....And a Giveaway

So do you ever have those times when everything just seems so overwhelming? I know you do - and I'm there right now. I have over-committed myself in several areas - do you think I would ever learn? The sad thing that happens when I do that is that I don't feel like I do anything well. I just get by - and I really hate that. Hopefully by the first of next month things will be slowing down and I hope to take a deep breath and just be. Not do. Just be. Doesn't that sound lovely?

In the meantime, you wouldn't be wasting a prayer on me. Truly.

In the midst of all the things I am doing I came down with a horrible case of the stomach flu. Yuck - it knocked me down for 4 days. And it was the strangest flu- it made me very irritable and everything seemed so depressing. I've never experienced that with the flu before and I was so relieved on the fifth day when the clouds left (figuratively speaking anyway) and the sun came out again. I was getting a little worried about myself. I was nice enough to share it with family members so it hasn't left our house yet.

While I was sick I was laying in bed and I kept staring at my huge yarn stash that has started multiplying and creeping out all over my bedroom. When the kids moved in with us in November I gave my sewing/craft room to Tyler and my knitting took up lodging in my bedroom. It was to the point that it really needed to be dealt with. So on my first day of feeling human again I got a box of zip lock bags and organized all my yarn into projects and put each one into a zip lock bag with a copy of the instructions for whatever it is going to be inside with it. I love this idea - now I just have to grab a bag and I have an instant project. But I am not allowing myself to start a new project until next month, because, ahem, well, because of the aforementioned overcommitment issues I have.

One of my commitments is a sewing project I promised to my niece who is expecting a baby in June. I promised to make her nursery layette and I have finished the crib sheets and the bumper pads but I still need to finish the crib blanket and start the dust ruffle. I absolutely will not start another project until that is done. It's a bit more challenging these days to sew since I no longer have my sewing room. My sewing machine is in Jessica's room, the ironing board is in the laundry room, and the only space large enough to cut fabric is the island in my kitchen. It spreads me out all over the house! I think I can finish fairly quickly though and it will be good to have that project behind me.

I also had really good intentions of getting our taxes done early this year, but let's see, my calendar tells me April 15 is next week and I have yet to even start them. I guess we know what I will be doing this weekend.

And the biggest thing I have been dealing with is that I committed to speaking at a Woman's Retreat at the end of this month. I have never done this before for another church and I am scared to death! It didn't seem like that big of a deal about 6 months ago - but suddenly - wow - what was I thinking?!

And the yardwork, people. Oh the yardwork. It just mocks me everytime I glance out the window. I really need to do something to clean up my gardens and pond and fencelines, and well, just everything.

Well, thanks for listening to me whine! It feels better just to tell you all about it :)

In the meantime I have a fun book review to share.

This children's book was sent to me to review by Waterbook Multnomah Publishing. It is just the sweetest little book for kids. The first thing that struck me was the beautiful and colorful artwork. The pictures are large and life-like and every child has such great expression on their faces. The storyline teaches children how you can talk to God about everything - what is happening in your life - what you want to be when you grow up - relationships with your friends. It demonstrates how prayer is just as natural as breathing - a great lesson for kids to learn. I think the book is geared to kids in the 4 - 8 year range. I love how one of the pictures shows a child playing with a handheld game system - very relevant to the day. Would you like a copy of this book? I have one for you. All you have to do is be #8 to email me telling me you want it. My email address is rgryan(at)nnu(dot)edu.

I'll announce a winner soon. I hope. At least it will be on my list of things to do!


Becky said...

Emailing next. I hope things slow down for you. To just "be" is a great goal for that restful time.

And I think it is WONDERFUL you are speaking at a women's retreat. You will be GREAT! I wish I could be there to hear you and encourage you as I know you will encourage others. What a privilege.

Mrs. Julie Fink said...

Busy days around our place too! I have found the cutest design that I am planning on embroidering for you on an apron ~ and it is first priority after the wedding on the 17th! I'll be praying for you.

Karen said...

I won't sign up for the drawing because my kids are too old and I don't have any little people in my life to share the book with right now:(

But, just wanted to say that I hope things slow down for you! Glad you are feeling better. I wish I could be there to hear you speak (and I'd sit next to Becky!), because I find your blog such an inspiration. I can only imagine how great it would be to hear in real life:)

Donnetta said...

Stomach flu for 4 days? UGH. So glad to hear you are feeling better!

Hoping things slow down for you soon!

Dawn said...

Sounds like a nasty bug! So glad you are feeling more like yourself again. Although, it does sound like you have way too much on your plate! I will ask God to help you learn to say No! Hmmm..

Well, I know you'll do great at the retreat - wish I could be there!

I really want to be #8. If I send you a whole bunch, will #8 count??

Bev said...

I'm right there with you with the crafts and yarn and projects and yard overgrown with weeds - love the ziplock idea BTW. And glad to hear you're feeling more like yourself. Flu and spring - yuck!

Dawn said...

Hope you're feeling better! Did I remember to e-mail about the book??