Maxed Out on Monday

Monday. Fresh start or dreaded day? Is Monday a day that requires extra grace, I wonder. Either way, here we are at the start of a new week. I am seeking grace and margin. Last week was a very busy, week with Home School, three days of “out of the home” appointments, work (per usual), and bonus stresses squeezed in, unexpectedly. Can you relate? Yet, for the moments that maxed me out there was still available to me throughout the week, a safe haven; a strong refuge; a still, small voice; abundant grace; peace and joy. Available and present with me was my Faithful, Living Savior. Because of that I can face tomorrow…and today. Especially Monday!


Sometimes I feel this way with a lot of things: Music with words, news, Facebook News-feeds, certain talkative people…etc. Sometimes we have to walk away from overload, whatever form it takes. Some seasons in life just require an extra dose of discernment and wisdom to navigate well. He provides what we need. Let us lean in toward Him, and listen close. He provides the drink we need in perfect measure. 

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:15-17

I have been lax on this (maybe there is a relation to my feeling maxxed out-ness, hmmm?)
so resuming my Multitudes on Monday…

Now where did I leave off?
Ah, yes.

416. Any day my husband is off of work and home with us.
417. Homemade Chicken Chow Mein and Chocolate pound cake- whipped up by him…because he’s awesome like  that.
418. Day out shoe shopping with my Best Girl and buying her the wedge sneakers she wanted.
419. The Doctor appointment that went well. Lord, beyond measure with this one since they sometimes are horror movie worthy!
420. A family day Friday and Thai food shared lunch.
421. A day of scrap-booking. It’s been so long, I forgot how much I love to do it! The company (Sam S. this means YOU!) was wonderful, truly relaxing creative time. A treat enjoyed.
422. Best tip ever- Created my Homeschool only Binder. THanks to Sam as well!
423. Pink Champagne cupcake from a local bakery I did not even know was there (thanks to Sam for that one, too- maybe)- YUM.

 Relaxing fun day with my Home School Mentor and friend Sam.
Oh and her little Boy Bun in the oven.
Cupcakes by Patty Cakes. Yum. 

In an ironic twist of fate…(God loves to do that, ya know) I met her at the Boot Camp Class I teach weeknights. 

Sam stamped this page for me to add pics to. I have been wanting to scrap these pictures for the longest time. My sweet girl chasing a butterfly.
Precious memory!

I added the ribbon from the cupcake box!
That was also Sam’s suggestion.
Hmm. Can’t wait to boss her around again in Boot Camp, Post Baby, to thank her for all! 

Look WHAT I DID moment:

I made these Oatmeal Raisin Cookies last week.
The recipe is HERE. They were yummy to me.
Too healthy for my family.
Oh, well…Here’s to cookies for breakfast! 

Reviewed this book HERE and we are on our final week of writing to God together.
Wednesday Rachel will be making a visit for our final post and gathering.
What a wonderful journey it has been for myself and a few other sojourners!

My Bloggy BFF, Pam at In The Shadow Of His Wings has written a review for a Bible Study called Chase by Jennie Allen. Will you hop on over and check it out. The study itself looks great and Pam has done a thorough, well thought out and prayerful review of it! Check it out! 

Have a Wonderful Week, Friends!

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Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

10 thoughts on “Maxed Out on Monday

  1. Hoping you're having a grace-filled Monday! I use to scrapbook, but was quite the perfectionist so it would take me forever to fill a page. I did a review of Chase on my blog and I really enjoyed the study! Have a great Monday!


  2. Hi Barbie, I wanted to link your article as well from this morning but decided to share it today since I think I overload my Monday post! lol. Blessed by you, Happy Monday. I think I did read your review as well.


  3. Hi, I stopped by for the Ultimate Blog Party 2013 and enjoyed this post as well. Thanks for an interesting visit. 🙂 Have a blessed and beautiful week!


  4. It is important that we mothers find some time to do somethings “just for us.” Back in the days when our son was small, I decided to get my hair cut regularly–once a month. This was something very small, but I managed to work it into my time and my budget.


  5. Hope your week is blessed, my friend! Your photos make me miss the time I was able to spend scrapping. Thanks for linking today at UNITE, Jen


  6. Love seeing your face here, Dawn :). Beautiful you. We sang that song on Easter: Because he lives, I can face tomorrow…It's been on my mind ever since. Good thoughts.


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