Saturday, March 29, 2014

Diadem Planners

I love being a mom! But there is a very real frustration of the daily to-dos (laundry, etc) and then also all those demanding urgents stealing the day from me.

And many nights, as I put my littles to bed, I realize that what was MOST important - really loving on them, training them, teaching them, showing them the greatness of their Savior, just spending loads of time with them - all those things of most value to me and my children - felt as if they were just sqeezed into the day instead of being what my day was all about.

I absolutely hate that feeling.

Awhile ago I made a commitment to figure out what it would take - and then do it - to change things. I wanted to take control of my time - own it instead of being owned by it. I prayed A LOT. Thought A LOT. My husband and I discussed this A LOT. I needed a whole new way of doing life so that I could be the mom I so desired to be… focused on what’s most important and actually accomplishing it… more peaceful (instead of frustrated) because I am doing what’s of greatest significance to me… while proclaiming God’s truth to my children (Psalm 78:4... "We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.")

I finally organized a schedule that actually works for me. Not the one someone else says works. But the one that works for me. And I also started hunting for a planner that was designed to help me, as a mom, stay focused on my values and priorities...

And there were no planners like this. Not a one.

There are some that work well for people in 9-5 jobs with scheduled appointments (but mommyhood is 24-7 and most stay-at-home mommies don't wear suit jackets and fill their day with meetings - this just didn't need to be the greatest focus of my planner). And I looked at Christian ones... but they still had so much that just didn't apply and were also lacking so much that I wanted in a planner.

Also, I wanted to make dwelling in my identity in Christ, and remembering God's character, the foundation of my day. I didn't see planners incorporating that as I desired.

So how it finally turned out.... my friend and I, with our families' business backgrounds, decided to just make our own planner system and start
Diadem Planners
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. Isaiah 62:3

We realize there are a lot of moms in our same boat. Frustrated. Discouraged. Hopeless at times. Being controlled by our days instead of owning our days.

Our genuine prayer is that the Lord will work through this new business to encourage other moms (and all women) as we all walk each day with the goal of investing their time in what matters most.

We are very excited about these planners! Our business is set to launch in a few weeks. The website will be Check back soon for more info! Finishing the website and final details now!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring is Here!

Spring has come to Texas!  (Actually I think it has been here since about November when summer officially ended... does it ever actually get cold here?)  Nicky and Lizzylou decided it was a good day to play at the park so I agreed to take them.  (Well actually this mommy decided it was time for new photographs and playtime just worked our afterward... Nicky doesn't normally run around wearing a sport coat at a park!)