For Today...January 18, 2010
Outside my window...partly cloudy skies with occasional bursts of sunshine.
I am thinking...that I need to pull out my planner and actually look at my to-do list for today.
I am thankful for...my parents' safe trip home last week.
I am wearing...jeans and a blue knit top (yep, I changed things up a bit this week!)
I am going...to have a pretty “ normal” week this week.
I am reading...Tea with Hezbollahby Ted Dekker and Carl Medearis. Just starting it – book review to come next week on Ann's Thoughts.
I am hoping...that Upward practice will go well tonight – that the kids will learn, and that this weekend's game will be smoother than last weekend's.
I am hearing...praise music from iTunes, Olivia whispering as she looks over her dictation work for today, and quiet as Steven and Angela nap.
On my mind...some writing thoughts I'd like to take care of and two friends that I need /want to email (while dreaming about nice long visits with them instead!)
From the learning rooms...the final years before the American Revolution, Paul Revere, Insects, and more work on Olivia's research paper. (She did much more research than the curriculum guide established, so this is turning into a bigger project than planned – it wasn't finished last week as anticipated. But, I'm not complaining! She's doing a great job, and I'm more than willing to give a few extra weeks to something she can take such pride in!)
Noticing that...I feel much more peaceful and relaxed now than I did first thing this morning. That can only be the work of the Holy Spirit within me. Wow – how incredible to be His beloved child!
From the kitchen...lasagna for lunch today, cake leftover from Dad's 60thbirthday celebration, and an attempt to once and for all get back to increased diligence about our eating habits.
Around the house...catching up on chores that had fallen behind a bit.
One of my favorite things...encouragement, whether given or received.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Helping a friend with a couple of projects, and then regularly scheduled activities – Upward practice and game, church prayer time and midweek service, dessert night, menu planning and grocery shopping for the next month or so.
A picture worth sharing...the Browning clan, together to celebrate Dad's 60thbirthday. Back: sis-in-law DeAnn & brother Tim, my parents Charles & Nancy. Middle: Doug, Steven, me, sis-in-law Ashley, brother Ben. Floor: Angela, sister Allison, and Olivia. One member of the family is just weeks away from being “visible.” My niece Abigail is due two weeks from tomorrow – we can't wait to meet you, sweet little one!