School has started… We suggest that you set the clock 30 min. early to allow a little extra time to snooze…. and time to make sure the kids get out of bed, because you may have to ask more than once. Then….
• Breakfast… VERY IMPORTANT! We all need energy to get through our day. Our children need nutrition to stay focused.
• Wash, dress and get ready.
• PRAY for your kids.
• PRAY for your patience with them! They may have had a rough day too. Reading, Writing and ‘rithmetic can be taxing on the brain.

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Let’s talk about our pre-schoolers & elementary schoolers. We have bought the “school” clothes, uniforms and some of the school supplies. Our summer routine is over and the “back to school” routine begins… Now pray for your strength and patience! We’d suggest that you start preparing for each school day as early as you can. I would suggest that the day/night before…
<>Lay out the clothes, shoes, socks, etc. Leave nothing to chance.
<> Prepare the lunch (or secure the lunch money) and the book bag. 



Routines take practice. Things will not always go as planned, but you do need a plan. Don’t forget to take DEEP breaths often. Take each day as it comes and be the best that we can be. We must embrace our children, no matter how old they are, even when they are doing somersaults on our very LAST nerve, they are ours and we love them more than words can describe!

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Fall into Order!

The Fall season is the best time of the year to prepare for change. This is a season of transition.  We have had to move quicker from the summer to Back to School!  For most, the daily routine has changed. As I remember it, the children’s bedtime changes.  We have to do homework and prepare the clothes the night before.  It was also wise, to have the book bags packed and lunches prepared and in the frig. My kids didn’t just jump out of bed the next morning… so we had to allow for the slow movement to get teeth brushed, face washed, etc. etc. etc. , which made the prep the night before even more critical.

Our work routines may also change slightly.  In most businesses, not all, the summer months are a tad slower.  Workloads may vary as we cover vacations, however, when activity ramps up and everyone is back to work, adjustments have to be made.

So from September until about the middle of November, we are in transition.  Then we begin preparing for the holidays and before you know it, a new year is upon us.  I would suggest that we “Fall Into Order”.   Start planning now!  In a little more than six (6) months, we will be ending the first quarter of 2014.  I realize that some of us REALLY don’t want to think that far ahead, however, it will be here before you know it.

Let me suggest that Falling in Order, be a positive transition! Identify three (3) things that you want to accomplish. No, I don’t mean resolutions….. but 3 realistic goals, i.e., read a great book, plan a family outing (that’s not a part of the hustle and bustle of the holidays), make a date night with the spouse and keep it.  Order doesn’t mean just organizing the closet or basement, yes, it may help, but there’s more to it.

Identify those obstacles which may hinder a smooth transition… those things that might get in the way of the 3 positive goals that you want to accomplish in the next 6 months, 180 days, 4320 hours.  You do have time, if you plan now to Fall into Order!

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