Sunday, 4 June 2017

Bullet Journalling - Organising my lists

We are welcoming in June and the arrival of summer in our house, with revision!

Jacob's exams really start in a week's time and so any spare time is built around giving him room to revise in peace and quiet.  Sometimes that means we are sitting in the conservatory enjoying the sunshine and at others he takes over the conservatory and we are forced to get on with chores elsewhere in the house.

We are really pleased that Josh has passed his first year studies at university but can't believe how quickly that year has passed.  We are looking forward to helping him settle into his house share ready for year two later this year.

This year I have embraced the trend of bullet journaling.  It has enabled me to collect all my lists from their different note pads into one place and keep life in order.

My Bullet Journal

I can pull together all our diaries in a weekly log and list all the "to do" items into one list ready for checking off.

I have the freezer contents listed which makes menu planning easier each week or month depending on how I am planning.

Freezer contents - bullet journal

This month I have also moved my chore checklist from my chore box into a collection in the journal enabling me to have daily, weekly and monthly checklists from one master list.

My next challenge will be to take my Christmas Planner, which I have realised has been an introduction to bullet journaling, and incorporating it into my bullet journal for the second half of the year.

Bullet journaling is a great pass time as you develop your skills and use of the journal as you go and I have already learnt lots that I will be incorporating into my next journal.

Our prayer as a family is with those who have been affected by the tragedies to hit Britain in the last few weeks.  We also give thanks for the hard work of our emergency services and armed forces who have worked to help those caught up in the events and for keeping us safe.

The Bible verse chosen for today speak to the very heart of my belief as a Christian.  That even in the midst of man made tragedy, God's love is seen through the actions of those who put themselves out to help strangers.

Your power is great, 
and your glory is seen everywhere
in heaven and on earth. 
You are king of the entire world,

With God's blessings from my family to yours,

Jo x

Friday, 31 March 2017

Hit me with your rhythm stick

The new year is well under way and I still haven't found a rhythm for family life yet!

We've been busy reading details about Oxford university following Jacob's offer to study there this summer.  We've also been making sure there is plenty of time and lack of distractions for Jacob to study so he can get the grades he needs to meet the offer.

However, we also know the importance of down time!  Jacob is continuing with his tennis training and match commitments to the tennis club.  This half term Jacob and I left Andy at home with a list of jobs and we headed off the Norway to stay with friends.

We had a great time learning to cross country ski (Jacob more successfully than me but I wasn't heavy enough for my skis!!)

Josh has been representing Derby in the inter-university Archery league and has turned a personal best each time he has competed.

So this week I am hoping to get back in to some sort of rhythm - and that starts by writing my blog! Hope you haven't missed me too much.

Just a short one this week, but our prayers are with those looking forward to the Easter break and preparing for exams, may God bless them in their studies and in their rest.

The Bible verse designated for today is a lovely reminder to love all those around us:
Love does no harm to a neighbor. 
Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Romans 13:10

with God's blessings from my family to yours

Jo x