I tell you what, the more I think about my schedule in the new year, the more I’m starting to realize I may have over-extended myself a bit. Starting in January here’s what I’ll do every week, give or take some cancellations here and there:

Sunday: Church stuff all morning – free after 1 p.m.
Monday: Work, Women’s Fitness Group
Tuesday: Work, Band rehearsal
Wednesday: Women’s Fitness Group, Work, Small Group
Thursday: Work, Ace/Anthony visit
Friday: Work, free night
Saturday: Walk with Sharon, Women’s Fitness Group, free after 12 p.m.

Fortunately my weekends are relatively free – by noon I’m done with my commitments. But during the week that’s a killer. I have a feeling I’m going to crash hard sometime in March. I’m not equipped to have that kind of schedule anymore – especially not with two really young children that I hardly get to see as it is.

As for Small Group, after tonight I don’t think we’re hosting it at our house anymore. Our living room is just too small for 14 people to watch the tv all at once (we do video series studies) and it’s stressful to come home and quickly get things ready for the group to come over (cleaning, food prep, etc.). We’re going to have a pizza party in mid-December to keep the group in communication but come January I’m going to suggest we do it at someone else’s house, or at least swapping locations every other week.

As for the band, I foresee long nights ahead on Tuesdays. Obie is a great guy (he’s our band leader), but I could tell from my meeting last night with him that he’s more of a “let’s jam and see what we get” kind of leader, not a “let’s hammer this out and get it done” kind of guy that I need in order to get home at a reasonable time.

And we haven’t even talked about the nights that Denis will have to do his real estate thing. Ugh. I may have to rethink my priorities a bit here. I love my church, but I also may need to take a step back from how much I’m doing with them. It’s starting to cut in one the precious few minutes a day I get to spend with my kids during the week. I don’t want to be a weekend-only Mom just because I’m doing so much with the church. CootieGirl goes to bed at 7 p.m. now – and most nights I get home at 6:30 p.m. But come January I’ll be going straight from work to Women’s Fitness on Mondays, band rehearsal on Tuesdays, and prepping for Small Group on Wednesdays.

I’m getting tired just thinking about it.

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