Not Quite Ordinary Observations
For Today...Monday, October 17, 2011
Outside my window...streaks of morning sunlight shining through the trees and across the mostly shaded yard. I love morning and evening light! There’s also a haze, though – the sky is brown, not blue, thanks to the lack of rain and the dust stirred up on the dirt roads and during the harvest. We’re praying for rain.
I am thinking...about how much fun it’s going to be to see the Choates when they return for furlough next summer. Hard to believe it’s been 3 1/2 years since we saw them last, but so thankful for the technology to have kept in touch through those years!
I am thankful for...the love of our church family. They shower us with love and blessings week in and week out all year long, but this entire month they’ve gone over the top to make sure we feel loved and appreciated (October is Pastor Appreciation Month). There will never be a way to truly show them how much we appreciate them!
I am wearing...my workout clothes. Haven’t gotten to the shower yet.
I am creating...a plan for creating Christmas gifts with the kids. I love that shopping for gifts and supplies and making those gifts is all part of teaching my children! I love that learning doesn’t end when the school books are closed, but continues through every aspect of learning to truly live, give, and serve one another.
I am remembering...cold mornings in front of a warm fire place. We should have one of those this week! Starting tomorrow, the temps that have been in the upper 80’s and lower 90’s should be dropping to the 60’s! The lows are supposed to get into the 30’s! I’m giddy with excitement!
I am going...to get back to menu planning. Life works so much better when I do.
I am reading...Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson. Captivating! I’ll also be reading The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy this week. I love it when I have a fiction stretch in my review schedule. Non-fiction is awesome, but fiction is my haven!
I am hoping...that we have seen our last stretch of heat for the season.
I am hearing...the clanking of dishes as Steven unloads the dishwasher, the cuckoo clock sounding off the hour, cars on the highway, the whir of the fan, water from Doug’s shower.
On my mind...the hunger to respond to God’s prayer nudgings well. So often I don’t really pay attention, and I end up fighting anxiety in those times. When I do pay attention, the peace is awesome. You’d think I’d learn.
From the learning rooms...The Great Depression; microscopes; ordinal numbers and days of the week (Steven), fractions (Angela), lowest common denominator and reducing fractions (Olivia).
Noticing that...my kids are big. I love them at these ages! We’re having so much fun. But, I will admit that there are times when I look around at the little kids at church and miss having little ones.
Pondering these words... “But, I’m not saved.” A statement from Steven while listening in on our morning Bible discussion one day last week. The signs of spiritual awakening in my children is a precious, precious thing to me.
From the kitchen...leftovers for lunch; the need to finish up the pumpkin task.
Around the house...fall decorations are out! The kids took down the eagles and Arthur Court pieces on Saturday and decorated the mantle, kitchen shelf, and piano with fall décor. They did a wonderful job!
One of my favorite things...the laughter of my children.
A few plans for the rest of the week...school; definite progress on Christmas gifts; a Pampered Chef party; and a homeschool party on Friday – we’re finally getting connected with the local homeschool community. Yeah, it’s only been a year. We work so quickly, don’t we?! Oh, and if I didn’t get an invitation to you for the Pampered Chef party but you want to come, it’s at 6:00 on Thursday night at my house. We’d love to have you! (Let me know if you’re planning to come so we can know our head count.) If you can’t come but want to place an order, let me know.
A picture worth sharing...I can’t imagine what this child would do if she couldn’t wear dress-up clothes to school.