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Eating My Frogs

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011

It’s been nearly two weeks since I’ve blogged. I think my day off scrapbooking carried some consequences. Frogs began taking over my house and I’ve been eating them one by one!

Let me explain what I mean by “eating my frogs.” My daughter participates in gavel club, a home school speech club. Last week, I was privileged to hear one of the best inspirational speeches on procrastination. “Frogs,” said the young speaker, “are tasks on your to-do list. They are those unpleasant jobs you should do but tend to put off. We should daily “eat” the biggest, ugliest frog first. Eating it provides us with energy and productivity. However, if we put off eating it, that little amphibian will just get bigger and fatter throughout the day and will stare at us leaving us feeling weighted and overwhelmed.”

Loved it! I’m a big fan of checking things off my list. The analogy comparing unpleasant tasks to slimy frogs made me smile. So, since my delightful day in my comfy chair making a family album (which I still do not regret doing!), I’ve been dining on some frog legs! I’ve researched and ordered/borrowed a new history curriculum. I’ve made menus. I’ve done laundry and graded papers. I’ve resumed teaching at our co-op, meaning I’ve planned some writing lessons. I’ve called doctors and dealt with Esther’s on-going ear infection. I’ve tackled desk work and I’ve exercised. I’ve not been blogging because blogging isn’t a frog. It’s enjoyable. It’s a way I unwind. It’s kind of like dessert.

And yet their are still frogs in this house. As a matter of fact, I think I hear a “ribbit” coming from the kitchen sink as I type…

Balance

Monday, February 15th, 2010

I broke up with Facebook last night.

Our relationship started out just fine. There was balance. I logged on only every few days, saw what my friends were up to, posted cute pics and then logged off. Status updates made me nervous. “No one is going to care what I’m doing,” I thought. I was wrong.

I have six children and they are all pretty cute. Things are plain funny around here. After posting a few Jobelette quotes, status updates became pretty easy as well as entertaining for all my friends and family. My poor kids began saying, “Mom, please don’t put that on Facebook (whenever saying something I found funny).” Once I began posting updates, I began getting comments. Then I began logging in a little more frequently than I once did.

I enjoy writing. It’s a way I unwind. I began periodically posting notes about family life. Again, I’d post and get comments and then “need” to see who was saying what!

My favorite thing to post was pictures. The same darling children who say cute things take awesome pictures! However, again… the more pics I uploaded, the more I logged on.

Gradually, my relationship with FB became one of imbalance. It took just too much out of me. So, after praying about it, I decided to give it a break.

I enjoy writing and my favorite thing about FB is keeping in contact with my family. My sister and parents and in-laws are not local. They loved keeping up with all the cute pictures, videos, and updates. So, I am going to attempt to keep a blog to fill that need. My hope is that I can chronicle all the fun things and maybe not so fun things better in a blog format. Doing this also keeps me from getting sucked into the newsfeed and mindlessly wasting precious time on the computer. One of the last things I read on Facebook before deactivating was a note written by Spunky Homeschool. It completely affirmed my decision to take a FB sabbatical:

Mom’s on the Computer (sung to the tune Cat’s in the Cradle)

My computer arrived just the other day,
It came on the porch in the usual way
So many blogs to read and games to play
My child learned to walk, while I twittered away
And he was talkin’ for I knew it, as my friends list grew
He’d say I’m gonna be like you mom
You know I’m gonna be like you

And mom’s lost on the computer, lettin’ dinner burn
Little boy wanders, he just wants to learn
When you getting off mom?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
we’re gonna have a good time then

My son turned ten just the other day
He said “thanks for the wii, mom, come on let’s play”
“Can you teach me how it works?” I said “Not today”
“I got a blog to write” he said “that’s okay”
And he walked away while the computer never dimmed
He said, “I’m gonna be like them, yeah”
You know I’m gonna be like them

And mom’s lost on the computer lettin’ dinner burn
Little boy wanders, he just wants to learn
When you getting off mom?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
We’re gonna have a good time then

Well my son came home just the other day
iPod in his ears, while he texted away
“Son, I’m proud of you, can you sit for a while?”
He shook his head and he said with a smile
“I’d really like to Mom, but talkins’ not my thing”
“Check my status, for what’s happening”

And mom’s lost on the computer lettin’ dinner burn
Little boy wanders, he just wants to learn
When you getting’ off mom?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then son
You know we’ll have a good time then

Well my blog’s retired and my Facebook out-of-date
My son texted, “Hey mom, I just can’t relate”
I said, “I’d like to see you if you have some time.”
He said, “I’d love to mom but skype if you don’t mind.
You see my website’s down and my workload just grew
but it’s been nice texting with you, mom
It’s sure been nice texting with you.”

And as I typed “goodbye,” it occurred to me
He’d grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And mom’s lost on the computer lettin’ dinner burn
Little boy wanders, he just wants to learn
When you getting’ off mom?
I don’t know when, but we’ll get together then
You know we’ll have a good time then

Voddie Bauchum says, “If you can’t say A-Men, ya gotta say OUCH!” Now, I can say my life hasn’t gotten that out of balance, but I don’t want it to either! My prayer is that I can limit my new blog time to after my children go to bed. I enjoy writing, but I love engaging with my family and giving them my full attention more. Doing this requires discipline – not to waste time on things that ultimately don’t matter.