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If Our To-DO List Was a To-BE List

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Guest post from Lisa of True and Faithful

I have a confession. I’m not an organized, work down the list kind of gal.

I’m the second-born child and I’m pretty sure my older sister got every Type-A gene in our family. The hand-me-downs from her boys are spotless, birthday cards arrive early and she has Christmas presents bought and wrapped by Thanksgiving. (Best of all, she never makes her Type-B sister feel bad!)

While I’m learning routines to organize my time and house, my to-do lists and I still struggle on many days. As I added to my to-do list today, I thought, you know what I really want? I want to make a to-BE list.

What if my days were governed by a to-BE list rather than a to-DO list? I began to imagine what that list would look like.

To BE present.

One of the things I like least about a busy schedule is that it keeps me from savoring moments with my kids. I say “hurry” too often and brush past the day’s simple treasures with my children.

I want to soak in Annalise’s expressions as she shows me the insect she found outside. I want to pause my agenda and listen to my college girl’s heart when she calls. I want to forever imprint the scene of boys playing basketball barefoot on the driveway.

To BE content.

Oh how this would change my days. To be satisfied, not striving. To be content in this house with its quirks and flaws and in this season right now.

To be at peace with the kind of mom I am rather than wishing I was the fun mom, the energetic mom, the crafty mom, or the (imaginary) mom that has it all together.

To BE kind.

How about a day where one of my chief goals is to be kind to every person I deal with? Those in my house, first of all.

To instruct and discipline in kindness looks much different than instructing and disciplining when it affects me and my tasks.

My to-BE list would include being kind to the cashier who mixes up my order and patient with my elderly neighbor’s conversation.

To BE grateful.

How different my days would look through the lens of thankfulness. When picking up books or shoes left out, I want to be thankful for curious and healthy kids rather than irritable at the mess.

Instead of begrudging the scratches on my stovetop, I want to be grateful for a full pantry and working kitchen.

To BE brave.

Some tasks on my to-do list never get done not because of time, but because I’m scared to tackle them. Maybe it’s a hard phone call or financial decision. Or that big, hairy audacious goal that seems overwhelming.

I want courage to do the hard things, to get off go, and to take manageable steps today toward those big goals.

What about you?

What would be on your to-BE list?

Lisa Appelo is a single mom to 7 and recent widow writing about the faithfulness of God and the crazy good lessons she’s learning everyday at True and Faithful.

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Gretchen’s $59 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Aldi

The milk from Dillons accidentally got put in this picture. 😉

2 pkg Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 pkg Roma Tomatoes – $1.19

1 loaf Bread – $0.99

2 cans Green Beans – $0.49 each

1 Grape Jelly – $1.45

1 pkg English Muffins – $0.99

1 Half & Half – $1.89

1 dozen Eggs – $1.29

1 pkg Rice Cakes – $1.29

Total with tax ($1.01): $13.66

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1 gallon Milk – $2.24, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $2.04 after rebate (This is pictured in the Aldi picture.)

2 Yoplait Greek Yogurt – Marked down to $0.49 each, used $0.30 Ibotta rebate – $0.34 each after rebate

1 Knudsen Juice – Marked down to $0.99

1 Santa Cruz Juice – Marked down to $0.59

1 pkg Driscoll’s Raspberries – $2.50

1 Green Leaf Lettuce – $0.99, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $0.79 after rebate

1 pkg Blueberries – $2.99

1 pkg Kroger Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts – $6.99

1 Green Pepper – $0.89, used $0.20 Ibotta rebate – $0.69 after rebate

3 pkg Gevalia Coffee K-cups (18 ct each) – Marked down to $2.99 each (I was so excited to find a whole shelf of these marked down to only $2.99! I was almost out of coffee so it was perfect timing!)

Total with tax ($2.14): $29.67

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Homeland Trip #1

Homeland only doubles 1 like coupon a day so I went two days in a row to take advantage of some of the best deals. 

1 Sure Deodorant – $2, used $1/1 coupon from the 5/3 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Cocoa Puffs Cereal – $2.50, used $1/1 printable (no longer available) (doubled) – $0.50 after coupon

1 Multigrain Cheerios – $2.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $1 after coupon

2 cans Hormel Chili – $1.25 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.25 each after coupon

2 pkg Glad Snack Bags – $1 each, used 2 $1/1 coupon from the 5/3 SmartSource insert (1 doubled) and $1/1 Ibotta rebate – Free plus overage after coupons

1 Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal – $3.05, used $1/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1.05 after coupon

1 Colgate Toothpaste – $1, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 (5 lbs) bag Potatoes – $2

1 pkg Kraft Shredded Cheese – $1.66, used $0.30 Ibotta rebate – $1.36 after rebate

3 Kraft Salad Dressing – $1.48 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.81 each after coupon

1 Sargento Balanced Breaks – $2.50, used $0.75/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1 after coupon

1 Angel Soft Toilet Paper – $1.59, used $0.45/1 coupon from the 5/17 RedPlum insert (doubled) – $0.69 after coupon

Total with tax ($1.65): $11.19

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Homeland Trip #2

1 Sure Deodorant – $2, used $1/1 coupon from the 5/3 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Multigrain Cheerios – $2.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – $1 after coupon

1 Quaker Oatmeal Squares Cereal – $3.05, used $1/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1.05 after coupon

1 Colgate Toothpaste – $1, used $0.50/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Sargento Balanced Breaks – $2.50, used $0.75/1 coupon from the 5/17 SmartSource insert (doubled) – $1 after coupon

1 Carefree Liners – $1, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Super Snack Pack Pudding – $2.89, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – $0.89 after coupon

1 Wheat Thins – $1.67, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free plus overage after coupon

Total with tax ($0.95): $5.13

Total for all grocery stores: $59.65

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches x 3

Toast & Eggs, Fruit x 2

Cereal x 2

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Rice Cake Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies x 2

Cheese/Crackers/Veggies x 2

Baked Potato Bar

Macaroni & Cheese, Steamed Peas

Leftovers

Dinners

Oven Fried Chicken, Butterhorn Rolls, Tossed Salad

Cereal and Fruit (My husband is out of town this night and I just decided to do a super easy dinner.) :)

Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Crackers

Chicken Fajitas, Steamed Corn (from the freezer)

Venison Roast, Potatoes, Green Beans, Tossed Salad

Homemade Pizza, Tossed Salad

Date night (Out to eat)

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