Monday is on the rise!

I woke up this morning about 3 AM with head FULL of the things ahead. Nothing surprising or that I didn’t already know was coming. It is actually the ‘usual’. But, the past couple of weeks it hasn’t been the usual. The holidays and all of the ‘norm’ of this and that’s was not there. I really found myself thinking a full thought, drinking a cup of tea while sitting, without putting a load of laundry in, starting the dishwasher, and getting a home school task worked out before finishing the cup. At that moment when I should be snoozin, I could feel myself gearing up! I got up, because I know myself, and if I don’t address it all on paper I will keep mulling it over in my head over and over and get more and more anxious. So, I got up and listed it all out, and went to bed and was able to go back to sleep. These past couple of weeks, I think I liked myself and I was liked a bit better when I wasn’t multi-tasking so much. I think I am going to be a little more purposeful AGAIN about ‘living in the moment’. It is an adjustment for sure and one I keep having to try again, I slip right back into old habits.

Yesterday, New Year’s Day, I went for a run in new territory, that always makes for a fun run, made a late breakfast, sat down with the whole family and we ate together. Went out to mess with the horses a bit, came back in and sat to play a game of rummy with the boys (including Jim) He kept calling me a cheater….only because I was winning BIG! But when I looked up at the clock for the first time this day it was 2:30! I nearly died, I didn’t even take a shower yet!

So, again today, after a great day at the dirt bike races with the boys, on the way home again, I could feel the anxiety building! Monday is coming, school, lunches, sports,bible study, more in the salon,schedules, schedules, schedules, it’s all good and I do love every thing. Task, time, task, time… I am a task person, a scheduled person, I thrive in this environment, but at the same time it was a nice break that really refreshed and rejuvenated me.

My prayer this season is that I be in the moment, be still and know He is God, take time to listen. I do love this time in my life with my kids and I want to savor each stage, each moment, I don’t want to miss it because I need to get to the next thing. Life places many things on our plate, that’s life…but, I plan to be more purposeful of what is on it, more prayerful about what takes up my time and energy.

All in all it has been a restful good break and am looking forward to getting back to the norm. Jordan just came in and told me, “school is tomorrow, it is 9:00 and it was my bedtime!”

So, good night!

January 3, 2011 - 5:49 am

Shauna - Praying this year contains many jammie days playing cards, watching movies and eating ice cream BEFORE dinner in the Lasher house! 🙂 The Vaughan house has embraced it a little too much and now I need to adopt your running habit :)!


January 3, 2011 - 9:09 am

Kerry - Happy New Yr to you Marlece!! May God keep you and yours and continue to bless you!! 🙂

January 3, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Casey Martinez - Be Still and know I am God is a sign hanging in my home. It was also a verse used in yesterdays sermon at church. I can’t think of a better focus for all of us to have at the start of this new year! It is nice to have that break from the routine…I felt a bit of anxiety mounting at the coming of today because it is finally back to the me and the baby and the house all on our own again, eek! My desire is to focus on positives even when the routine becomes exhausting and to find new ways to spice up the mundane! Here’s to 2011~~ :).

January 3, 2011 - 3:19 pm

Nabila Grace - Wonderful post! I am not so good at keeping a per say schedule except when it comes to “work” ;o) I have to have a schedule and I’m very diligent in keeping that! At the same time I feel like you were writing for me as well! We will figure out this living in the moment thing just yet! ;o) Love yah!

January 3, 2011 - 11:13 pm

Lady Rose - Marlece,

The one statement that you mentioned in your post is my prayer as well:

“My prayer this season is that I be in the moment, be still and know He is God, take time to listen.”

It’s very easy to get “wrapped-up” in our daily routine and forget to be still before God so that He can interact with us.

Nice post and nice blog.


-Lady Rose

January 4, 2011 - 12:22 am

Cheryl @ On the Old Path - I think it is great that you had a time to just be. Life gets busy I pray 2011 will have many times of just being:D

January 4, 2011 - 3:04 am

Jenay - OK I have commented 2 times on this post and neither one shows up! So third time charm…..I love that you have been present in the moment…it is something that does not come easy to us “MARTHAs”….Our kids are growing up fast and someday we are going to wonder why we spent so much time in the laundry room and not sitting and enjoying relationship! Love you. Great post.

January 4, 2011 - 3:57 am

Graceful - You know this is a big issue for me, too, Marlece — thank you for hitting the nail so firmly on the head in this post. I, too, need to be in more in the moment in 2011 — let’s do it together, friend!

January 4, 2011 - 11:44 pm

The Angulo's - Sounds great Marlece! I want to be more purposeful too! This was encouraging for me to hear about your goals.

God bless you!

Mrs. A

January 4, 2011 - 11:59 pm

Jasmine - Marlece, sounds like you had a wonderful break and enjoyed being with your family. I wish I could join you on the farm with the horses and dirt racing. Sounds fantastically insane for this wanna be farm girl.

Love you friend,

Stay in touch.


January 5, 2011 - 2:05 am

Big Fat Mama - When I feel anxiety coming I just start thinking and reciting scriptures in my head. God’s truth always fights off fear and worry!

January 6, 2011 - 3:15 am

Natalie at Mommy on Fire - Ah, yes. Be still and know. Trust Him.

Working on those same things, friend. 🙂

January 6, 2011 - 5:25 pm

Jen - I love how you described the day with the run, the playing, the horses. It just sounded so laid back and fun — I think we need to have more days just like that.

January 6, 2011 - 11:39 pm

Amy Sullivan - Happy New Year Marlece!

We are on the same page. I am really trying to be in the moment. It’s so hard. I feel as if sometimes we are expected to juggle everything and if we don’t we are lazy. Here’s to kicking back and actually finishing a cup of tea!

January 10, 2011 - 1:58 am

Gina - The best part about holidays is the break in routine and then (hopefully) the return to routine with enthusiasm and positive feelings. We are on our long school holidays here in Australia and the kids won’t return to school until the 1st of Feb. In the meantime I am trying to enjoy the freedom from routine and like you say “enjoy the moment” I hope that you find yourself falling into good routines now that school is starting back for you!

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