Saturday, January 26, 2013

Permission

I am weary today.  It has been a trying day with the children.  So...
I give myself permission to use pre-packaged foods when cooking dinner.  While I would like to make all my meals from scratch, sometimes it becomes overwhelming.  If using a can of cream of mushroom soup will get dinner on the table, then I should not feel guilty about not making my own cream of mushroom soup.
I give myself permission to use disposable diapers when the thought of having to wash one more poopy cloth diaper becomes too much for me to handle.
I give myself permission to let the kids watch a show when I am at my wits end and need a few minutes of quiet time with God.
I give myself permission to let the dishes pile up on the counter while I pay attention to my children.
I give myself permission to let my kids eat Cheerios for snack when I am busy with the baby and can't cut an apple or cheese.
I give myself grace to be the best mom I am able to be.  And only by God's grace can I be the mom He wants me to be.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  
~Galatians 6:9

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Dinner

I have a confession to make: I am having a horrible time getting dinner on the table.  I used to be fairly good at getting a healthy meal on the table at a decent hour.  Now, I can't manage to get even an unhealthy dinner on the table in a timely fashion.
I know what part of the problem is, I have a 9 month old who need attention at that time of day.  If I can get him to take a nap, I have about 30 minutes to fix the food.  If I can't get him to sleep, he needs to be held, or fed, or kept out of trouble in some way.
I used to plan my meals and use that guide to buy my groceries for the week.  For some reason, I've been having the hardest time figuring out what meals to cook for the week. It's like my head is in a fog and I can't think clearly.
A week before Christmas, a friend posted some freezer crock-pot meals.  I cooked one the other day and made an extra batch for the freezer.  I have no idea why I never thought of prepping extra food and freezing it.  Seriously, that is something I used to do, but this mental block about dinners has been really bad.
For Christmas, I received a cookbook about freezer meals.  It was an answer to prayer!  And why in the world didn't I think of that before?  It's like the mental blockade has been cleared and I can now think and plan out my meals again.
I'm slowly working my way to having a freezer stocked with meals that I can get on the table in a timely manner.  The last few days I have prepared dinner during quiet time and made extra for the freezer.  I'm confident that soon I'll be able to, once again, serve healthy meals without losing it completely!
Do you have trouble getting dinner on the table?  Have you figured out any solutions?