Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Giving it away

Let me just list some of the things I've been up to lately...

~ Taking care of 3 rowdy little boys
~ Working part time for our church preschool program
~ Selling Avon
~ Running a playgroup
~ Helping in Josh's classroom
~ Running a high school small group
~ Cooking, cleaning, laundry... I could go on and on :o)

You get the picture! So as I was looking over some of these things I realized that I was doing way to much and not doing a very good job at any of them. I've decided it's time to say no and just focus on the most important things in life... my family.

I'm only going to have these kids in my home for a short time. I need to make the most of my time with them. I want to teach them the things they need to know about life. I want to take time to just sit with them and read. I want to love on them as much as possible!

I'm giving up playgroup and told Josh's teacher I can't help in the classroom this year. Hopefully this will lighten my load some. I think it will be nice to just take a breather and focus on my kids and church preschool. Pray that I will have the courage to say no when other opportunities arise. It's hard for me but this is the season I'm in and I need to live in it!!


Tina said...

Good for you!
I am sure that was a hard decision but i know it is something you will be thankful you did later!
I am proud of you! :)

You will have plenty of time later on in life for other things.
I for one would love to spend more time with your boys you all want to move here to make that possible? :)

tina said...

I think its a great thing to know when to say no. I really used to struggle with that but I had to learn that just because something is "good" doesn't mean God wants me doing it. Good for you! Your kids are gonna reap the benefits!

Kelley said...

How funny... I've been struggling with the same feeling lately.

I've been:
- homeschooling my 3 rambunctious redheads
- selling Pampered Chef
- cake decorating like crazy (like every weekend!)
- teaching a homeschool class
- blogging
- getting involved with a Christian girls' group for my daughters
- taking Nathon to guitar lessons
- dealing with dentists & getting orthodontic estimates
- hosting our growing Journey Group
- and my husband has been out of town for 3 of the last 4 weeks.

Yeah, something has GOT to go!

Molly Coddled said...

I think you are so dead on right! Enjoy your little ones and if you're feeling stressed, obviously it's those other things that have to go. You are one smart cookie. (Mmm, cookies. I wonder if we have any cookie left?) Oh, sorry I didn't realize I was writing that out loud.

Jen said...

I have had to do much of that lately only to find myself picking more stuff up again. what's the deal w/ me!? well I think I have learned my lesson. I hope so!

It's weird that we can sometimes get ourselves in situations where we leave ourselves and our loved ones the scraps of our energy, etc.

I think we as women need to support each other and help remind each other that it's good to say no.

Good job Stacey!!!

Overwhelmed! said...

It's so hard to say "no" sometimes, isn't it? But I've been in your shoes too...overextended...and I've had to back away from some activities as well.

Goog luck with the balancing act!

Just out of curiosity, what part of AZ do you live in?

Kate said...

You are ONE smart girl! Good for you. We all have seasons when we just have to say NO and do what our Lord is leading us to do! :)

Sherry said...

I agree with all of them. I think that everyone should step back and take time to breath. I did that and I am finding that now I am taking on more than I wanted to agian. I think that I should strive to be more like you. You are my big sister after all.
Love ya!!