The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

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I am sitting here in my office without the lights on. The sunlight that was so bright during my nap a few hours ago has faded. The diffuser that I’ve had going for quite some time has shut down. The lights on my mini Christmas tree keep me company.

The pizza dough is rising in the kitchen. The kids have finished up their school work, done their chores, and have engrossed themselves in various pursuits: video games, most likely. The girls are waiting for me to join them for a round of Trivial Pursuit.

The week is winding down. And I feel like I have nothing to show for it. I know that’s not true. But today has been a wash, rife with fatigue, headache, and raging hormones. I’m not sure if it’s thyroid, life in general, or Old Lady Syndrome. (I’ve had off and on peri-menopause symptoms for a few years now.)

This is about the time each December that I get discouraged. Because my heart is written on my sleeve — and my blog — I know this. This is when I start to feel sad.

This year, I’m gonna fight for all I’m worth. Fighting might look like more naps, but still, I’m gonna fight.

I know that I did good things this week. I did freezer cooking. I went on an outing with my girls. I learned how to Periscope. I’ve had good emails/chats/calls with friends. I had a date night with my husband. I saw renewed strength after months of weakness at yoga. I pulled off an awesome meal plan without extra trips to the store! My husband even got a homemade lunch most days.

I accomplished some things! And yet, my mood/hormones/sinful nature would tell me otherwise: that I’m lazy, that I need to do more, that I didn’t do enough.

True, I didn’t get everything done on my schedule. And I didn’t have fabulous Advent devotions or daily, heartfelt talks with my boys, but I was here. I showed up — most of the time. And everyone’s fed and clothed. And I was (mostly) kind even if I wasn’t as productive as I wish I had been.

I’m going to be fighting this weekend. To speak the truth to myself and to trust that God is bigger than all my disappointments and vain imaginations. 🙂

May YOUR weekend be filled with the confidence that you are enough. And that God is even bigger!

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

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Here’s what’s been happening on Good Cheap Eats:

Coming soon:

  • a Whole 30 Meal Plan for the Month
  • Recipes for Tea Time
  • 5 Easy-to-Adopt Habits to be a More Patient Mom
  • How to Give a Digital Gift


Catch me on Periscope!

I took the plunge! I said I wasn’t going to do it, and then I did it. I opened a Periscope account and have “scoped” every day this week. Crazy! Turns out it’s really fun. If you haven’t heard it’s basically DIY TV. It’s live and viewers can interact during the broadcast via the comments. I’m still learning how best to do it, but it’s been lots of fun!

You can watch recent (last 24-hours) broadcasts here. Or see the archive of all the others I’ve done here. The “scope notes” are here. Please say HI when you can. I don’t wanna talk to myself! 😉

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  1. I can say a hearty amen to this. I wonder if it’s the middle of the school year combined with all the Christmas expectations, but I’ve been fighting discouragement and tiredness, too. Three little boys making constant messes wears me out, the new lights I bought for the front of the house have a short, I can write my name in the dust in my living room, and I’ll be single parenting this weekend. I’ve been making gratitude lists lately, and they help some, but lately they have included a lot of things like “Netflix” and “Dr. Pepper.” All that to say, I’m praying for you out here in NC, and you’re not alone in feeling this way.

  2. Betty Sievert says:

    Take heart, good friend. I am a nurse and can give you a diagnosis. It’s called Life. It is fatal, and you will die from it. But what happens next makes it all worth it.

    Betty Sievert

  3. Have you had your hormones checked. I’m 48 and I finally did after years of trying to make myself feel better through vitamins and diet changes. Turns out I had almost NO testosterone. Normal level is around 100. Mine was 16. I decided to go the natural route and use plant-based hormone pellets inserted into my hip every four months. Using natural HRT your dosage is designed based on your hormone levels. I have my hormones checked every four months and the dosage is adjusted. I know longer feel crazy, my moods are better and I feel better physically and my anxiety is lower.

    Sorry you are feeling down in the dumps. It may not be your fault. Your hormones may be to blame.

  4. Have you had your adrenals checked? If they are low it will mess with hormone production and thyroid. I’m 45 and have been dealing with adrenal fatigue and whacky hormones for a few years and finally found a doctor to help. A simple saliva test and some supplements and lifestyle changes. I’m still recovering but feeling a lot better. Happy and more patient. I pray you have a happy, blessed holiday season. Thank you for all that you share with us!

  5. You have a husband, SIX kids and a very busy life. AND it is the busiest month of the year.Give yourself a break- I think you are awesome!

  6. AMEN!!!

  7. Sometimes showing up is all you can do, and that’s OK. There will be other days to get more done.

    Hang in there, and take things slow. 🙂

  8. Praying you can extricate the negative voices and rest instead in the “well done, good and faithful servant.”

  9. Michelle S. says:

    I love the way you speak from your heart. I think so many of us do this to ourselves and those negative voices can be so powerful. I wish you peace in your heart his week.

  10. I hope you feel better soon! I can so identify with your feelings and fatigue. I do think it helps to keep a list of sorts so that you remember the many things you did accomplish during the week. Also remember that you WILL feel better. I have these feelings at least one day a month and I do believe it is related to hormones. Thank you for your blog. I really enjoy reading it and get many good ideas and inspiration from it. I will be praying you feel better.

  11. Hang in there. It could just be life this time of year. The songs all day “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” and other happy things, but for a lot of people it’s not. There are loved ones to be missed and people still sick and in hospitals and relationships that are broken. I am struggling this season too. But, in the last week I have sensed God’s presence more and more. I told my husband that I am not having a happy carefree Christmas like a child, but I am having a peaceful Christmas of seeing God work in the mess and the brokenness. Your blogs give me such encouragement-thank you for what you do!

  12. Thank you for sharing the struggle. I get those same feelings. Like I could be doing more, I’m too lazy, my mom giving me a hard time because I don’t have the tree up. For now, I just keep reminding myself that my current priorities are snuggles with the babies (4 & 1), food on the table, and clean clothes. The rest gets done when the stars align between extra boosts of energy and cooperation from the little ones. Keep fighting through (even if the fighting = more naps) and celebrate all the accomplishments: big and small. 🙂

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