Thursday, September 20, 2007

Overcommitment

I'm tired today.

It was really great putting off laundry for a few days, but I am SO paying the price today, now that my machine is fixed! The hampers are OVERFLOWING, and I am trying my best, but it's a losing battle. I'm on load four and there's no end in sight!

Yes, my husband Dennis has been gone this week, but it's more than that. I've agreed to a few more "outside" activities than a thinking mother of five children should commit to this fall, and I'm feeling it! Can you say, "OUCH??!"

Oh, when things are going well, I can handle it. But throw in a few variables (aren't there always variables?), such as a family crisis, and a broken washer (punctuated by a plumbing emergency). Then try to keep the family fed and dressed, and get everyone where they need to be when a husband is out of town. That's when I realize the error of my way. I get worn down.

The good news is, I have a policy about commitments for this season of my life: they must have a beginning date and an ending date. That limits my wearing down to only a certain point, then they are done. I can rest in between, get my house back in order, and gear up for the next project.

Pretty much the only ongoing commitment I keep is to my family. And considering the amount of laundry (cooking, carpooling, running with toddlers to the potty, etc.) I do, that is more than enough.

Some of my projects will be ending soon, so I am putting my shoulder in and leaning hard. So hard, in fact, that I'll be taking a blogging break tomorrow to finish up.

I'll rest and come back, ready for the new week!

Have a great weekend!

17 comments:

Marcia said...

Katherine, I love that you have a policy on commitments!

Cool...

Organising Queen,
Clutter Control Freak and
Marcia's take charge blog

Susanne said...

Love you commitment policy. I think I'll be adopting that as my own.

Be refreshed this weekend, Katherine!

Mary@notbefore7 said...

Live first. Blog later. (That was your advice, right?) Enjoy your living this weekend! Hope you get a littl rest.

Jen said...

I so hope you have a great weekend. I hope the laundry pile goes down fast. We will see you Monday gal.

Valarie said...

Glad to see you back at it. Still keeping your family in my prayers. I've been thru that valley all too often in my family and know that the Father is the only safe way thru. Keep your eyes up on those hills and He will supply your every need. Even a Maytag repair man! teehee
Val

LilyLakeMom said...

I'm in the trenches with ya! It's you and me vs. the overflowing hampers. :) I'm just afraid when I finally get started I'll be on load 12 with still no end in sight. And my washer hasn't even been broken!
Have a great weekend!

julie said...

Over flowing hampers her too, and to much running around this week also. Uggg.

So glad the washer got fixed so you can catch up.

Enjoy your break and have a great weekend.

Blessings,
Julie

Terry said...

I tend to agree with you about outside commitments. With multiple kids (we have 4 so far), it's easy to get overwhelmed and find yourself spending more time in the car than anywhere else. You have a good policy in place.

Org Junkie said...

That's awesome Katherine. I do the same thing with commitments which means I'm pretty tight with my time and my kids outside of the home. It's important for my families sanity that's for sure!

Enjoy your weekend,
Laura

Anonymous said...

hey katherine,
does this include your own church commitments? i always feel torn....i have 4 kids with only 2 in school and we already RUN too much. people are always asking me to do one more thing....maybe i just need to work on a good and polite way to say NO.
kathryn

Jenn Lynn said...

Rest, relax, and breathe. I hope this weekend will allow you time for yourself and a time to clear your head. Thinking of you...

Jill said...

This is so where I live off and on in my life! As long as everything goes as scheduled I can keep all the balls in the air. Throw in a few variables and I feel as if they all come crashing down leaving me to scramble to pick them all back up again. I am slowly learning to keep things as simple as possible.

Qtpies7 said...

My washer and dryer are down, too, and I recently did 18 loads at the laundromat. Now at home, in my large washer, it would not have been that many, but still, it was that many washers that I used. I feel your pain!

Dana said...

I showed my 16 year old daughter your blog and she was hooked, just like I was! Reading you tell about your life really is so similar to a page out of our own family's diary! We put away two "mountains" of laundry over the last two days and I have another already forming in the middle of the family room floor! If those kids would just stop getting their clothes dirty...

Activities...we limited our outside of the house activities greatly when all of the kids were small, but now we are just in a different era. When most of the kids are "older", there is the realization that their time as a child is limited and there are many things I want them to have the opportunity to experience and many things they want to try that, I believe, will enable them to be well-rounded adults. It is a balancing act, for sure! My line this fall is, "If I can just make it through October(end of volleyball season) with a little sanity left, I'll be okay."

Gazing on God, just glancing at the problems,

Dana

Julie@HighFive! said...

I've been having the same problem. I haven't even updated my blog in probably 2 weeks, I just can not get to it. I can spare 5 min. here or there to read and be encouraged at places like this and then it's back to running around like a crazy lady....

Thanks for your honesty!
Off I go.....

Elise said...

I love that you take breaks when things get busy - blogging can certainly take a back seat to life! Live it - don't write about it for a little while! :)

I haven't commented, but I've been keeping up, and I am so sorry for the loss in your family. I've prayed for you, and them, and now I pray for peace as you begin this new week.

Ladybug said...

Enjoy your family. Keeping you in my prayers as you get through this difficult time. Hugs.