#bujo update

july-bujoAs I shared last month, I’m using a bullet journal to get myself organized. And after a month of using it faithfully, I have to say that it’s working. I’ve been better prepared and am checking off more to-dos these days, although some of those keep migrating to another day (another month!) as I procrastinate for various reasons. But the procrastination is right there in front of my face each day, and that’s a step in the right direction. Right?

Beyond my daily calendar, I’m using my journal to write out thoughts and quotes from my study of Proverbs, for taking sermon notes, and for keeping lists of what I’m reading and what I want to read. I’m jotting down quotes that are meaningful to me, and keeping lists of birthday cards and gifts I need to purchase.


The keys for me are having a simple layout and keeping the journal handy throughout the day. I keep it open on my desk at work, and I have it with me in my knitting bag or on my bedside table when I’m at home. It also fits into my purse, so I have it on the go. I’m still a big fan of the Leuchtturm1917, and I prefer it to the various Moleskine notebooks I’ve used.

So far, so good.

bullet journal

Last year I happened upon bullet journals, and the organization nerd in me loved the idea. I promptly purchased a new Moleskine and set about creating one of my own. I used the advice here and other tips I found on pinterest, but I just didn’t love it. Therefore, I didn’t keep it handy, and I eventually abandoned it altogether. I’d kept it very simple, but it wasn’t visually appealing to me, and I didn’t like the size of the journal or the way it felt.

leuchtturmI kept seeing bullet journals referenced and recommended, though, and the idea still appealed to me. With a birthday gift card to Amazon (thanks Will & Anna!), I ordered a Leuchtturm1917 notebook, and I scoured the internet for potential layout ideas. I got out my Sharpie pens and Prismacolor pencils and set to work.

So far, so good. I’ve kept it out and open on my desk at work, and it’s always close by at other times. I’ve been careful to update it in the evenings. I find that I’m checking off more to-dos , and I’m dumping stuff out of my brain and onto pages in the journal. Ahhhhh. That feels so much better than keeping stuff in my head.


The size – especially the width – of the pages in the Leuchtturm is just more user friendly in my opinion, and I love the dotted pages. I also added color to my layouts, and therefore I’m more drawn to keeping the book open. I’ve added pages for lists I want to keep – quotes, Christmas gifts, books I want to read, books I’m reading, etc. I’ve got weekly layouts through December so far, and there are plenty of pages left.


It’s not super fancy – and if you google you’ll find bullet journals that are works of art! – but it works for me so far.

Anyone else out there keeping a bullet journal?


what’s going on

Well, it’s official: I’m a Florida resident again. We moved last weekend, and we’re both still recovering from the total chaos and exhaustion. My office is closed today, so I’m enjoying a day at home to put things in order. I can’t tell you how glad I am about that! When the nest is a mess, I can’t rest. 🙂

Paul and I are so very thankful that the move part is over. God graciously provided excellent weather (sunny and cool), and Paul’s son and three of his friends went above and beyond in heavy lifting and cheerful dispositions. As I shared on instagram, I walked about 9 miles inside my house on Saturday. I’m covered in bruises, and my hands and nails will take a while to recover from cleaning two houses.

But we’re in, even if we’re still digging out.

I’m still working in Thomasville (in a couple of months, I’ll begin working two days here in Tallahassee), so I have the best of both worlds. I’m looking forward to getting to know Tallahassee better, and Paul and I already have a list of restaurants we want to try.

So this Good Friday finds me very grateful — grateful for God’s lavish provision for me. He’s surrounded me with His people and shows me His loving care daily in countless ways, large and small. For me to ever utter a complaint shows me just how desperately my heart needs a Savior, and He has provided!

ephesiansI’ll leave you with this passage on Ephesians 2:4-7 from Sinclair Ferguson’s Let Study Ephesians! – a book I’m slowly working through:

The gospel truly reveals the deepest heartbeat of God towards us. Jesus’ work did not — nor did it need to — persuade an angry Father to love his wayward children. The atonement is not a form of inner-trinitarian blackmail. No: the Father loved us and did not spare his own Son for our salvation (Rom. 8:32); the Son loved us and ‘did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped…’ (Phil 2:6); the Spirit loved us (Rom. 15:30) and is not ashamed to indwell and sanctify us.

Why should it be so important for Paul to emphasize this? Because we can misinterpret ‘the gospel’ message to mean that God loved us because Christ died for us, as if the sheer amount of suffering he experienced made the Father relent of his hatred towards us and now begin to love us and be kind to us.

Our spiritual forefathers used to speak about the way Christians ‘live below the level of their privileges’. This is a case in point. If only we would settle our hearts on what the apostle says here about the character of God! Think about these three statements – they merit a lifetime of meditation:

1. God is rich in mercy.

2. God has loved us with great love.

3. God has shown kindness to us which expresses the immeasurable (the word is the root of our word ‘hyperbole’) riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.



Ahhh, the first Saturday of a new year! It’s a dreary, trying-to-rain kind of day — perfect for staying at home and getting some chores done.


We started off the morning with a delicious breakfast downtown and then drove around a little bit before making a Walmart run. The store was uncharacteristically quiet and calm, and our shopping was easy. I didn’t even have the urge to hurt someone!


At home I got some ribs started in the slow cooker while Paul worked on cars with his son and a friend. Then I thoroughly cleaned our upstairs, organizing closets, and making a big pile of stuff to take to the consignment store. The washer and dryer worked the whole time. I found all kinds of old pictures, and if you’re a Facebook friend, you’ve probably seen them.

Oh, and while I was running errands, I saw a car full of sad football fans:


Now I’m happily parked on the sofa, trying to decide if I want to read or knit.

It’s a good day, y’all.



Today has been a day to take dominion over our house and get some things done. Paul has his house in Tallahassee until the end of the month, and he hasn’t completely moved out yet. So today we got a late start to our day, and then he headed there to load up his truck and run some errands.  I cleaned. And cleaned. And cleaned some more. I did laundry and ironed a mountain of clothes. Optimistically, I bought some mums for the front porch in hopes that fall will soon come. I also stopped by the grocery store, and then swung through the Sonic drive-thru for a big drink with yummy ice. I Face-timed with a faraway friend, too.




Now the table is set for supper with my husband. We’re having prime rib, mashed potatoes, and a Greek salad. The prime rib is leftover from my son’s rehearsal dinner. It’s been in the freezer, and I’m trying to clean out and use up some freezer and pantry items.

Oh, and we’ll watch some football. 🙂

I hope you’ve had a good Saturday, too.





Today is a rainy day, and I’m glad that I’d made no plans to leave home. Instead, I’m playing catch up on cleaning and office work. I’m getting ready for CAbi’s Spring Collection, and I’ve got some organization related to that.

So it’s a day for lots of coffee, leftover spaghetti, listening to Dennis Prager podcasts, and hopefully catching up on the latest episodes of Justified, Parenthood, and Downton Abbey (I couldn’t stay up for the end of that premier Sunday night).

Just a plain old Saturday to be at home. I’m so thankful!!!

Happy Saturday to you,


i sure hope not

steallikeanartistSome of you may remember my recent posts about procrastinating (here and here) when I should be studying and writing papers. Well, in Steal Like an Artist, I came across this quote:

“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” —Jessica Hische

Um, I sure hope not. I really hope the work I should be doing for the rest of my life is *not* scrubbing baseboards, organizing messes, pulling weeds, and doing laundry! Oh, I know it is work I’ll be doing for the rest of my life, but I hope it’s not my life’s work!

And yet, I still haven’t figured out what my life’s work is! I’m praying for clarity about that. Meanwhile, I’ll spend this afternoon doing laundry, organizing my desk, and cleaning my bathroom…


I’m so glad to be home. Today I’ve been content to be back in my normal routine, beginning the work week, doing the next thing.

For the next couple of weeks, most of those “next things” include studying, research, and writing, but I’ll power through, looking forward to a break in September.

And sometimes the next thing doesn’t make a lot of sense. Tonight, for example, I need to be sitting down, focused on either history, science, or Latin. Instead, I’ve decided it’s the time for reorganizing my bookshelves. I have a great excuse: I never really organized them when I moved last month, so it has been hard to find what I’m looking for. Tonight is just right for hauling books from one room to another, sorting them into categories (theology: Bible study, devotional, biography, counseling, parenting, etc.), and rearranging shelves.


Now, a mess thoroughly made in my office (stacks of books on the floor and shelves in disarray), I’ll play with my books for a few more minutes, make a cup of coffee (decaf!) and tackle some history work.


What about you?  Am I the only one who procrastinates by being productive in something totally unrelated to what I should be doing? Or who blogs about procrastinating?

Pressing on,