3 Week Whirlwind…

Three weeks ago today, we arrived back in Arkansas from Ecuador.  I can hardly believe it.

In three weeks, we’ve had a family weekend, celebrated my birthday, packed again, spent ten great days in New England with our LINKs district*, started online theology classes and went to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (thanks to my parents!), all the while keeping up with meetings and our work for Short Term Missions with Extreme.

It also occurs to me that three of our eleven weeks in the States are gone.  Whoa! That was fast.

It hits me like a ton of bricks that in eight short weeks, we’ll be packing our bags and jumping into a full project schedule.  The ten days on the road really caught my attention about how the coming year is going to affect my family.  I really need to be thoughtful about what kinds of routines and structure Genna and Juliana are going to need with so much transition this year.

I also have a TON to do between now and May 11th. (I almost hate to type that because everybody’s busy.)

I’ve been using David Allen’s Getting Things Done principles for a long time with mixed results, but recently, I stumbled upon PowerOfMoms.com and it was love at first sight.  If you’ve known me very long, you know that I love learning about time management and productivity principles (really, I love learning about practically anything).  I cried the day my first Franklin Day Planner came.  (I was in college…in the Commons.)  So, to finding a website that embraces the ideas of GTD and helps moms apply them to their unique situations was SUPER-exciting to me.

So, we’re adjusting our strategy (using principles form Power Of Moms) as we move into the next eight hectic weeks.  (As of now, we have our work with Extreme preparing for seven projects that are coming up, raising support to go back to the field, spending time with family, homeschooling our girls, speaking at various churches and to various groups, finishing our classes, assessing things we are storing at my folks’ house and packing for our return to Ecuador).

We hope to set up some really great daily routines that will provide consistency for our family and that we can apply wherever we are in the upcoming year.  If you would pray for us for wisdom in the next few days as we work to lay out a good plan, I’d really appreciate it.

As I am pursuing fluency, guiding my girls through these transitions is extremely important to me.  I’d love to hear from those of you who have walked your kids through transition.  What are some strategies you recommend?




*LINKs is a program in the Church of the Nazarene that connects missionaries with our local churches for mutual encouragement.