Menu Plan Monday and One Thousand Gifts...

A new week on our new schedule {prior year's here} for this school year.  Thankful for the Lord's blessing and mercy thus far as we enter our second week of school.  Lessons were planned for the year before our start date last week {although it the last thing I finished}, chore charts and menu rotation plans were all printed and started prior to that.  Our home has been in a continually state of readiness as we spent the summer working on a backyard makeover, inside maintenance room-by-room, baby preparations and paper/book managing ~ out with the prior year and in with the new one.

Menu Plan Monday

I have chickens baking in the oven as I type, that's what's for dinner tonight.  Fresh asapragus substituted for the mixed veggies and rice.  I'll probably add some homemade chicken gravy to top the chicken and rice before it's all said and done.  The rest of the week holds:
  • Tuesday ~ Salisbury Steaks, mashed potatoes w/beef gravy, buttered corn & rolls
  • Wednesday ~ Poppy-seed chicken over buttered bow ties, peas n' pearl onions
  • Thursday ~ Spaghetti n' meatballs, Texas toast, applesauce
  • Friday ~ Mexican chicken over rice
Click here for a pictorial recipe post

This year {as with last}, I have a weekly breakfast menu, bi-weekly lunch menu and a four week rotation menu for dinner.  I took our snack menu from last year and added a morning snack time for our younger children then an afternoon snack time for all our children, both of which are weekly.

Today is a good day ~ all has gone well, with school work completed, beautiful {although hot} weather enjoyed this afternoon in the pool, meal times according to plan and even some time fit in for blogging.  A good day...with much to be grateful for.  Today I am also participating in Ann's Multitudes on Monday meme for posting an ongoing list of things we are grateful for...a place to cultivate a thankful heart.  I hope to add to my list often...1000 shouldn't be difficult for someone who's life has been redeemed, right?

Multitudes on Mondays ~ one thousand gifts @ a holy experience

1. fresh baked cookies

2. laughter of children

3. kind words on the other end of the phone

4. gentle movements in the womb from one who will be coming soon

5. worship songs from the lips of babes

6. prayer

7. blessing of a new school year and schedule…at HOME

8. clothes drying in the sun

9. family meals gathered all together around our table

10. a husband who’s home most Mondays

Blessings ~

From Ann:  "Will you join us? And happily change everything by keeping your own crazy list of One Thousand Gifts? Please, jump in, make your life about giving thanks to God! — Just add the direct URL to your specific 1000 gift list post… and if you join us, we humbly ask that you please help us find each other in our refrain of thanks by sharing the community’s graphic within your post. Give thanks to the Lord! His Love Endures Forever!"

To view this year's menus, click over each one to pull up my scanned master copy.  To view other menu plans, hop over to Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura at organized junkie.

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