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For Today...Tuesday, November 3o, 2010
Outside my window...mostly cloudy skies with an occasional clearing and a cold biting wind – it really feels like winter out there.
I am thinking...about Christmas presents, especially the few I haven’t quite figured out yet.
I am thankful for...a miraculously full freezer. We have not been on a “real” (aka full or big) grocery shopping trip in two months, yet we have an abundant supply of meat. Also thankful for a paid mortgage payment, also a miracle. God is faithful!
I am wearing...jeans, green long-sleeve knit top, hair down.
I am creating...still secrets and surprises. And also neckties! Yes, I’m one of those strange mamas who likes to see her little boy in ties. I don’t make him wear them every Sunday, but now and then. He’s outgrowing his clip-ons, so I decided to see if I could find a pattern for “real” ties. The pattern I found was a very basic guide, but after making one that was way too small, I succeeded on the second try! Steven now has a Christmas tie (and Harvey puppy has a matching one thanks to the one that was too small) and he will get more for Christmas.
I am remembering...my first venture into homemade Christmas gifts. Ten Christmases ago. I’ve learned a lot.
I am going...to catch up on all of the blogging I intended to do last week. Over the next couple of weeks I should be making up for last week’s silence!
I am reading...whatever I feel like picking up in brief moments when I get a chance to read.
I am hoping...to get quite a bit more done on Christmas presents before we head back into school next week.
I am hearing...Christmas music, crackling fire, the dishwasher running.
On my mind...Jacque Synco, a church member and friend who has been very, very sick. It looks like they’re finally getting a handle on what’s going on, and we’re praying for speedy recovery with no need for surgery.
From the learning rooms...reaping the benefit of year-round schooling. When I didn’t get school planning done last week, we just decided to take a second week off for Thanksgiving. It does make those summer school days worthwhile!
Noticing that...the kids seem to have been getting along well the past few days after a couple of weeks of regular fights. It’s nice.
Pondering these words... “When I begin praying Christ into someone’s life, God often permits suffering in that person’s life.” ~Paul Miller (Also, when I suffer, I can take comfort in the thought that someone is praying this way for me.)
From the kitchen...inventory and menu planning.
Around the house...it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I love Christmas decorations!
One of my favorite things...evidence of spiritual growth in the lives of my children.
A few plans for the rest of the week...dinner and planning visit tonight with some friends, school planning, working on Christmas gifts, grocery shopping, and probably a cooking day.
A picture worth sharing...Steven & Harvey with their matching ties.