Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, November 25, 2014

In the great outdoors...just what would be expected for Thanksgiving week – chilly, some leaves still clinging to trees, other trees bare, the ground covered with leaves.

Within our four walls...a bit of a late start, but getting going nonetheless.

A heart of thanksgiving...for the cool weather, for a flexible week, for perfect provision.

A heart of prayer...for peaceful family visits this week. It seems that every family has something that causes a challenge over the holiday season. Praying for many friends this week, that those challenges will instead become opportunities.

Random observations...The road between us and the new co-op was paved yesterday. On the day that Steven’s friend Read was over here. Talk about excited boys! I moved the round table from in front of the big window, and the boys moved their Legos in so they could both play and watch.


My silly children...are tired this week. But they’re still silly.

Thoughts from the kitchen...Doug is making ham and potato soup today. Yum! I love it when it’s cool enough to really enjoy soup. Meanwhile, Angie is mixing up the first of two batches of challah dough. Thanksgiving rolls need to be a little extra special, after all. Oh, and Steven requested caramel pecan sticky buns for Thanksgiving morning. No better dough for those than the sweet challah dough!

On my bookshelf...some non-fiction that I really need to read. I so very much prefer fiction.

Projects...Christmas! ‘Nuf said. 

Sounds of the moment...something pounding or banging in the background. Not sure what those kids are doing. (I did mention they’re silly, right?)

From Hibbard Academy...the week off. Olivia is finishing up a few things, and I’m working on some planning for the coming weeks. But, otherwise, we’re enjoying the break.

A favorite thing from last week...flexibility that resulted in a good Saturday with the Hibbard side of the family. And shopping successes.

The planner...work, Christmas projects, and school prep the first part of this week. Read spent yesterday with Steven and will be back tomorrow, so they had fun. We haven’t quite decided yet how we’re spending Thanksgiving Day, other than putting up Christmas decorations in the afternoon. Then we’ll do Browning Thanksgiving in Judsonia on Friday.

Because visuals are fun...my pretty girls.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In the great outdoors...beautiful, wonderful, invigorating COLD! (Okay, so it’s so wonderful because I like winter but I get to enjoy it from the comfort of my warm house. Yes, I’m spoiled.)

Within our four walls...a renewed dedication to getting up and going in the morning with diligent exercise. Ugh. (We WILL feel better. We WILL feel better. We WILL feel better…if we just go back to bed. Oh, wait.)

A heart of thanksgiving...for my incredible husband and precious children. For the cold. For a working heater. For the sewing machine sitting beside me and the inspiration to sew that hit me last week. For a real week off from school next week. (It’s been a while since we’ve had time off that hasn’t been tied up with something.)

A heart of prayer...it seems there are continually health and relationship needs all around me (and right here with me). There is need for wisdom. There is need for clarity of mind and open hearts. And I know I’m being vague – we can always pray for these things. But in this moment I can think of specific ways to pray these prayers over a dozen people – and more come to mind with every word I type. Oh, the needs are so real. Will I be diligent to pray?

Random observations...growth spurts. Angie has officially hit her big pre-teen one. Big time. She could potentially catch her Aunt Alli by Christmas. This is her first height goal. Her second will be to pass her mommy.

My silly children...are pinging. They have been for a couple of weeks. Now I realize why it is that people in the north hate the winter so much. It has nothing to do with the cold, really. It has to do with the children who cannot be sent outside to work off the massive amount of energy pent up inside them. But, we don’t really want to grow calloused toward our sweet children, now do we? So, we determine instead that we hate the cold. I could see that happening to me, too. Yes, even cold-loving and heat-hating me. But I still love winter.

Thoughts from the kitchen...today will be Spicy Orange Chicken, a Chinese dish. With Angie’s help. Yum! Almost makes me excited about cooking. Almost.

On my bookshelf...oh yeah, I did plan to be reading. Oops! I started sewing instead.

Projects...I have the cutest projects going on! But, I can’t show you yet. Not until after Christmas. All I can do is share pictures of the first few stacks of fabric. Think maybe I’m doing some girly sewing first? I’m still waiting for a couple of notions for the project, so I’m not 100% if my idea (I would choose a project without a pattern!) will work. But, it looks promising! And cute!

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Sounds of the moment...quiet. The kids are finishing chores. There is music in the background and the tapping of keyboards. But otherwise, it’s just quite. For now. The pinging will resume as soon as chores are done, I’m sure.

From Hibbard Academy...conversions for Olivia. Thanks to Steve Demme and Math-U-See, I now can remember how to convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius and back again. In fact, I can now do it in my head. It’s amazing!

A favorite thing from last week...the freedom to spend Saturday indoors because all of the yard work was done.

The planner...busy week. Doug has a meeting tonight, and I will hopefully dig either into writing or sewing while he’s gone. Church tomorrow night, providing a meal and childcare for a foster parent meeting on Thursday, and our Hibbard Thanksgiving celebration on Saturday.

Because visuals are fun...Let’s see. Should I share this one?

All ready to hunt…or maybe not QUITE all ready.

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Or this one…cowgirl keeping warm on a cold day (even though there is a heater right under her – I think she just wanted the coziness).

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Or maybe even this…learning to use flint and steel to light a fire.

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Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Miracles of This World

by Olivia Hibbard

I often ponder the miracles of this world;

How the sun doth rise to glory

Arcing over us, from east to west it races.

How the eagles soar

And how dedicated to each other.

The purring of a soft cat

As loving claws insert and green eyes plead.

The beauty of the bending tree

In gusts of wind so ferocious.

The way of a dog with its master,

His viciousness at any invaders.

And how they happen I cannot say,

But I praise God for these wonders.