Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Zone Cleaning?????

In all the years I've spent as a full time homemaker, I have not yet mastered the housework part. I have to admit that cleaning the bathrooms just doesn't list as one of my top priorities when I'm homeschooling 4 kids! But I do recognize that it still needs to be done, along with all the other exciting household tasks (ie: dusting, laundry, etc.) and I need to get organized & stay organized! I have been drawn to the many different cleaning/organizational gurus out there, like Flylady, but I haven't been completely sold on the idea of Zone Cleaning. Now I see the benefits of having a workable plan in place to help me get done what needs to get done. I have a teeny weeny attention span when it comes to doing things that I'm really not crazy about doing, so staying motivated to clean & organize my house can be, ummmmm...shall we say, challenging? I've decided to give Zone Cleaning a try, but with a definite Theresa Kennyish special twist: I'm going to make it into a game. Yep, that's right, I'm just a big kid, and I need to make it fun (or at least tolerable) to hold my attention. So, here's my plan. I'm going to divide up the house into zones (thus the zones for Zone Cleaning...see, I'm getting the hang of it already! LOL), but, sorry Flylady, no "dressed to the shoes" for this girl, it's barefoot all the way, baby! After all, I'm in my home, I want to be comfortable (I'm sure you can picture the whiny tone in my voice, sorry!). So, after I have my zones labeled, I'll decide which zone gets to be lucky Zone #1 (could it be the kitchen? Bathrooms?) and make a schedule. To do this I'll be using index cards, which I will place on my kitchen bulletin board to remind myself what zone I'm working in. I've decided that Zone #1 will be the master bedroom, so that will be the card I'm working off of. Now, the rule is that I'll need to work on at least one task in the "featured zone" in addition to my daily cleaning tasks (ie: cooking, laundry, etc.) and must complete the current zone before working on the next zone. Hmmmmmm....sounds complicated, which just might keep me interested. Do you ever find yourself tricking yourself into doing tasks that you just don't feel like doing? What kinds of things work for you? What kinds of things don't? Well, even if I don't end up sticking this Zone Cleaning thing out, it should make for an interesting experiment! Join me on the amazing adventure of cleaning & organizing my home...if you dare! *insert maniacal laughter HERE*

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New opps coming up! looks like there's going to be a couple of changes in my life coming up: #1: My husband & I are "taking over" the older teen group (grade 9-12) for our church. Instead of meeting once a month in conjunction with the younger teen group (grade 6-8) it will be a separate ministry that meets once a week during AWANA time on Wednesday nights. We will still be doing our game nights & events with the other group but the instruction will be specialized for the older kids. I'm really excited to be serving with my husband in this way! We are partners in a Sunday School class for mixed adults (women, men, young, old, married, single, etc.) and have worked together as a team in many ministries over the years so I know we'll work great together. Can't wait to get started!!!! #2: I have been asked by one of the older ladies in the church to take over the library. This is right up my alley, as I am crazy about books!!! This is my kind of job and I feel really honored to take on this position. I just hope I do a good job! So......what's coming up for you this fall? What's God laying on your heart?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Finding my niche

Hi, there!  I'm Theresa Kenny, a 42 year old SAHM of 4 that is currently finding her niche and embracing her role as a happy homeschooling homemaker. Before I was a full time homemaker I worked as a group home counselor. It was a great job & I loved the people I worked with, but once I became a mother, I began to feel my heart torn into 2 different directions: liking my job but wanting to stay home with my child. When my oldest son was 4 years old and I became pregnant with twin girls, my husband and I decided that it was time for me to become to stay-at-home mom and homeschool our kids. That was back in 1999. Now my oldest son is 17, my twin girls are 12, and my youngest son is 9. I love being home with my kids full time (well, MOST days! LOL) and I really enjoy teaching them, helping them with their different and unique learning styles. For example, my oldest son has Asberger's Syndrome, which brings us a few challenges, but by working one-on-one and at his own pace, he has done very well over the years and will graduate next summer. I realize that as a Christian I need to teach them Biblical principles and character development as well as the core subjects, things that will follow them into eternity. To be completely honest, sometimes my biggest obstacle to appreciating the life the Lord has given me is myself and my own insecurities. I did attend college but did not graduate, which has always been a source of shame and regret for me. I often feel useless compared to the career women around me, as if I have nothing of value to offer other than clean laundry, a fairly picked up house and a decent meal. My husband often tells me how much he appreciates what I do for our family but I sometimes feel like the stereotypical housewife that drains her husband's resources. Are you a full time homemaker? Do you ever have struggles like this? Do you sometimes feel as if you're floundering around, trying to find your niche within the life God has given you? I think that this will be a daily struggle for me, as I try to figure out how God has gifted me & how He wants me to use those gifts. It should be quite a journey. :)