Monday, May 16, 2011

the can't-hack-it housewife

I deliberated about the name of my blog and almost called it "the can't-hack-it housewife."
I could fill a blog bearing said name with endless tales of all my failures to keep house, raise functional children, etc.  In the end I decided it would be better to focus on the positive things in my life so I gave it a name that makes me think "wholesome and tasty".

The pitifully small pile of books I have read in the last 3 years were read in attempt to become the domestic goddess/super mom I want to be. *the last two in the pile I'm still working on...*

Unfortunately, just reading the books didn't result in instant tranformation *lame*.  I guess you have to take the principles in the books and form good habits of living by them to make it work*who knew?*  (btw--All of these books are great, and worth reading.) 

So the first habit I've chosen to work on is one I've slacked on lately--reading scriptures daily.  I especially like this promise:

“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from
the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by
themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great
book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell
therein. The spirit of reverence will increase, mutual
respect and consideration for each other will grow. The
spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their
children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more
responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents.
Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity – the
pure love of Christ – will abound in our homes and lives,
bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.”
~ President Marion G. Romney

  Of course, I couldn't start reading daily until I had a specific goal with detailed steps *is that OCD-ness, or just procrastination? any of you do that?* so I found this 100 page chart to read the Book of Mormon in as many days and made this document from it so I only had to print 26 pages instead of 102.

Now that I've blogged about it I think I can actually start...unless I want to cut out the pages and make them into a cute booklet first....*joking*


kate the great said...

Mary this chart is pure awesomeness and I am swiping it! Luckily, today is Monday, and since I too have OCD, I can go ahead and start the chart today instead of waiting a whole-nother week (I must start all things on a Monday to get into a routine--exercising, reading scrips, etc). Need I remind you of my inability to leave the volume on a number that is not a multiple of 5? This still drives Nate crazy.

Thanks for the list of parenting books too, I think I shall read some of them. I would add 'Parenting with Love and Logic'. It's the only one I have, Nate's mom gave it to me. I like it.

p.s I miss you and still think you should consider birthing your baby at the reunion. I had James at the Rexburg Hospital, it was fantastic! Plus Aunt Chere is a pro.

GlowWorm said...

I, too have to start things on a Monday, but it has to be a Monday with meaning--for example, my kids get out of school in 2 weeks and I have all kinds of things I'm excited about. None of which I will start until the Monday after school is out for the summer.

why? because that is a good time to start :P

and I bet you weren't joking about making the cute booklet first. Well maybe it started out that way, but now that you've thought of it, you'll have to do it. haha