I am not a shopper. I get very little joy from buying new clothes, shoes, jewelry, accessories but the things I am a sucker for are things like journals, notebooks, pens and planners. I could spend hours and lots of money in a stationery store. For me there's nothing like starting a new planner or writing on the first page of a new journal. So when I stumbled upon erincondren.com it was love at first sight! This company sells, amongst many other things, personalized notebooks and planners. I have been trying to find the perfect planner so when I saw the 2012 Life Planner, I really wanted it (I know it is February and I probably should have had something for the beginning of the year but hey, better late than never!) I was so excited to place the order... it cost me an arm and a leg for shipping but my hubby agreed to let me splurge a bit (Thanks Babe!)
And then I had to wait for the package to arrive. I am not the most patient person so I obsessively checked the Fedex tracking site until it landed!
I knew the package would be delivered on Thursday and in my perfect world this is how it would go:
The package would arrive and my lovely, well behaved children would be busy with their school work, Marcus would be napping, I would whisk the package away from the Fed ex guy (thanking him of course) sit down with my freshly made caramel latte, put my feet up and enjoy ripping open the package. I would spend the next ten minutes exploring my beautiful new Erin Condren 2012 Life Planner and another 30 minutes filling in all of our appointment, birthdays, soccer practices, ballet lessons...you get the picture...
This my friends is what really happened. It was Thursday, so that meant my father in law was over to give music lessons to the kids. One child who will remain unnamed had decided that today was not a good day for music lessons and then proceeded to go to their room and slam the door. The next child was called for their lesson. I went to deal with the door slamming stubborn child while leaving the third child to keep an eye on Marcus who was now 20 minutes late for his nap but needed to have a diaper change. In the midst of the disciplinary session I hear "Mommy! There are 3 people at the door!" being shouted through the house. I wondering how big this life planner is that it takes 3 people to deliver it...I know my life is busy but the planner does need to fit in my purse! I leave a "now crying, not so stubborn, sorry he slammed the door" child in room to think about his behaviour. As I walk briskly through the kitchen towards the front door I notice that the child who was supposed to be keeping an eye on Marcus had dumped a cup full of flour on the counter and was now proceeding to sweep it everywhere with a pastry brush (did I mention I was making cookies in the midst of this all?) Marcus was at the door, ready to greet the three people with a sagging diaper, now 30 minutes past his naptime. My father in law has thankfully made it to the door ahead of me and nicely let them know I would be right with them. As I get to the door there is one Fed Ex guy and 2 ladies carrying oversized purses... yes, Jehovah's Witnesses. Anyway I deal with the Fed ex guy first. I have to pay customs duty for the package (it has now cost me the other arm and leg) so I ask him to excuse me while I go and get my purse. I need to pay with a card as I never have cash... the Fed ex guy needs to borrow my phone to call in the payment... is he serious? Has he ever tried to find a cordless phone in the middle of a chaotic household...especially one that is not ringing?! Back to the kitchen, child with pastry brush is still sweeping away, locate phone, payment is authorized, sign the slip, accept the package. The 2 nice ladies are still on the step and want to give me a booklet titled "The Happy Family" or "Raising a Happy Family" or something like that... They must have seen I looked a bit frazzled! I tell them thank you but that I probably won't read it so I won't take it. They then ask me if I homeschool... I felt like saying "No I run a circus, can't you tell." But I didn't, we had a quick chat about homeschooling and they were on their way. I close the door try to restore some order to the chaos, get Marcus to nap, clean up the flour, and then I crack open the box and take a peek. My Life Planner... it looks perfect...
And opening it in the midst of chaos was a perfect reminder to me that although I may find a perfect planner, life will still be chaotic and unexpected at times but if we keep our eyes on the Master Planner HE will give us peace! HE is the Perfect Planner so I pray that as I use my new planner I will remember to rely on God and trust in the perfect plans he has for me.
Psalm 119:133 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.