Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sewing Upgrade

I had great intentions of getting a blog post up early today. But, something came up that kind of trumped other plans.

Do you see anything different in these two pictures? (Other than the people in the pictures, naturally!)

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Yep, the difference would be this!

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Last night I joined some of the ladies from church for a Christmas recipe swap party. The fellowship was wonderful, as always, but then they went and made me cry by presenting me with this amazing Bernina sewing machine as a Christmas gifts from all of the ladies at church! (And, for those of you who don’t sew or aren’t familiar with machine brands, Berninas are amazing machines!)

Olivia fell in love with Berninas this summer when she took her sewing class. This was her response when I brought her in (eyes covered) first thing this morning…

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(Just ignore the mess in the background please. Thank you.)

Once we got the basics of the machine – or computer, rather! – figured out, this is what we started playing with…fun stitches! Are those not pretty?

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I am so thankful to have had my mother-in-law’s Kenmore for the past ten years. But, I have to say, I can’t wait to see what the next ten years of sewing will look like!

To the ladies of FBC Almyra – I can’t say thank you enough!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, November 28, 2011

Outside my window...a few dozen leaves stubbornly clinging to the peach tree in the front yard as the wind steadily blows it. It’s a cold, gray day. There actually were very random flurries this morning, but nothing really visible. I could just tell it was snow hitting my face, not mist, as I was walking this morning.

I am thinking...that I am letting this morning get away from me. I haven’t accomplished much.

I am thankful for...cold weather, school flexibility, music, Christmas decorations.

I am wearing...black sweatpants and a denim shirt. Definitely bum around the house clothes today!

I am creating...an extra week for projects. Okay, so that’s not exactly a creation, but that’s where I am right now!

I am remembering...why my planner is so wonderfully helpful. I work so much better when I don’t have to keep all of this stuff in my head!

I am going...to try to figure out what type of holiday treat I want to make for our women’s gathering tonight.

I am reading...Reclaiming Lily and the new Advent devotional my awesome hubby wrote. If you’re looking for one and would like to check his out, here are the links for the different formats:

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I am hoping...that much is accomplished and many projects are finished this week so as to allow the following three weeks to be that much more relaxed and enjoyable.

I am hearing...the dishwasher, Christmas music, kids playing – although I’m not sure the playing is entirely happy at the moment. Will have to keep an ear trained on that…

On my mind...people close to me in need of the closeness of our Savior, some for comfort, some for salvation, and some for a reminder of His hunger for intimacy.

From the learning rooms...the mathematical and scientific processes that contribute to the completion of a task; architecture; literary diversity. (Also known as, school is canceled again for this week and the children will be turning their patterns into finished projects, enjoying their Legos, and reading profusely.)

Noticing that...the bickering was short-lived. That makes me happy. Now they are trying to put the cats on the trail of the mouse seen in my bedroom this morning.

From the kitchen...getting all of the leftover turkey put away to be used in recipes. Monday is typically leftover day, but I’m thinking turkey rice soup sounds really, really good.

Around the house...Christmas decorations are up! I love it!

One of my favorite things...my children playing delightfully together.

A few plans for the rest of the week...sewing, digitally creating, reading aloud to the kiddos, writing. Tonight there is a women’s get-together, but I don’t think we have any plans for the rest of the week.

A picture worth sharing...the girls traded pajama tops.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

We are Thankful!

For the country life we learn to love more every day.

For the wonderful church family we have in Almyra Baptist Church.

For the chance to gather with family multiple times this week.

For our wonderful home.

For a full freezer and pantry.

For friends, near and far.

For technology that keeps us close to those friends who are far.

For spiritual hunger and growth among our children.

For the blessing that homeschooling has been to our family.

For the fact that even if all of the above things and the hundreds of other things I haven’t mentioned were to all disappear, we would still have an infinite wealth of blessing to be thankful for. We have been bought by the blood of the Lamb. The incredible power of God which raised Christ from the dead dwells within us. We are His eternally, and we will dwell with Him through eternity. I cannot wrap my mind around the truth that that gift alone is beyond comprehension, yet He gives us all the rest as well!

I am thankful for a day set aside to truly focus on an attitude of thanksgiving. But, I’m also thankful that a heart of thanks can be ours year-round.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Love,

                     The Hibbards

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What’s a Desk?

It seems that every school year we start off at a table. We do have a beautiful small table that works well for groups lessons in school, but it’s a little too small for everyone to spread out for independent work. And, we don’t have a desk or table space for each child. So, as the year wears on, it seems we spread out…all over the house!

A few months ago I instituted the system that has been the most effective yet for our homeschool – crates. All of us have crates. Small ones for pencil cases, glue, scissors, crayons, etc. Medium sized ones for books. The larger ones are for storage and organization. All of the kids’ individual books are kept in their crates, so when it’s time for school they just have to grab them and go. When it’s time to clean up, they just put everything back in their crate. I have two crates. One has all the books we need for that particular day, and the other one has everything else that will be needed for the week. I just stock it up at the beginning of the week and make any necessary switches in the other crate first thing every morning. It has been awesome! And so flexible.

So flexible, in fact, that I have seen the kids working in all sorts of locations. I decided to start snapping pictures of some of the different places they work.

Olivia is pretty predictable. It’s typically either a couch or her bed.

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The variation comes when she has company. She usually works better alone, so she separates herself from the other two. But, occasionally she is in a mode where she can be with them and still focus well.

This was a cute day…they had all lined up their crates at the foot of the bed and chose to do math all at the same time. (Hmmm…I could have been a Horizons Math advertisement that day!)

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I never know where I’m going to find Steven and Angela. The one predictable thing with them is that they are typically going to be found together!

This is a pretty common sight – in the open space in Angie’s room.School1

This is what happens when they want to be in the same room but need a little separation. Here Angie is in the narrow space behind Steven’s bed on his bean bag. Steven’s on the other side of the bed on the floor (thought I had a picture, but apparently not).

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Other times, just being in the same room isn’t enough!School3

I’m sure there will be more locations and more pictures to come! My children are like their parents – they need regular change. If they can satisfactorily find it in switching up where and how they do school, that works for me!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, November 21, 2011

Outside my window...much water, both falling from the sky and gathering in the yard. I’m so greatly enjoying this!

I am thinking...about how quickly Olivia is growing, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Oh, and she is adding left-hand chords to her piano playing. I’m so thrilled to hear the progress she’s making!

I am thankful for...the rain; the fact that the rain held off this morning long enough for me to get home from my walk with Karlyn; the delight of watching Olivia’s boldness; a few days off of school to create with my kiddos; my amazing and thoughtful husband.

I am wearing...black knit capris and the lightest weight short-sleeve shirt I could find without digging into my summer tub. It’s WARM today!

I am creating...Thanksgiving napkins out of an adorable goofy turkey print! (We just don’t have the ability in our family to be completely formal for Thanksgiving!) Gifts with the kiddos for them to give to each other. Gifts for my sister-in-law and niece, hoping to have them done by the time we see them this weekend.

I am remembering...our wet spring. It had become a rather faded memory because of the dry summer.

I am going...to try to squeeze a good deal of writing in between sewing sessions with each of the kids this week.

I am reading...um, well, come to think of it, nothing right now! I just finished Remembering You by Tricia Goyer and A Plain & Fancy Christmas by Cynthia Keller, both for review. I think I have a children’s book up for review next week – a good thing since I won’t have much reading time this week!

I am hoping...for a productive week.

I am hearing...rain, thunder, the sewing machine.

On my mind…surrendering the above hope and my entire to-do list to the Lord, so that I won’t get caught up in what I think needs to be done but will instead be submissive to His leadership.

From the learning rooms...a week off!

Noticing that...Legos appear to be very appropriately named, at least for my household. Olivia told me this morning that she read that the name Lego is based on a Danish word meaning "playing well together” or something like that.

Pondering these words...So many Bibles, so many Bibles – and so little thoughtful reading of them. The next stage is the Bible as source of prooftexts; the stage after that is the Bible as quaint relic; the next, the Bible as antiquarian magic; the next, implacable ignorance – and all the while, a growing hunger for something wise, something stable, something intelligent, something prophetic, something true. And the hunger is not satisfied. The only answer is the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:17. ~DA Carson’s commentary on Amos 8:11

From the kitchen...leftovers today. But we’ll be eating well – maybe a little too well! – Wednesday through Saturday.

Around the house...projects, laundry, and the need for some cleaning before Thanksgiving celebrations and Christmas decorations.

One of my favorite things...rain.

A few plans for the rest of the week...the aforementioned sewing Monday through Wednesday, church Thanksgiving celebration Wednesday night, our immediate family Thanksgiving Thursday, Browning Thanksgiving in Judsonia Friday, Hibbard extended Thanksgiving at our house Saturday. Didn’t I say something about eating a little too well? Oh, and cheering on the Razorbacks against LSU on Friday while still marveling at the way this season has turned out for not just our favorite team but for our favorite conference! I try not to be too fanatical about football, but this is just fun stuff, folks!

A picture worth sharing...field goal!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thankful

Leading up to Thanksgiving, we’re working through a little booklet put out by Family Life ministries a while back. We’re going through the story of the first Thanksgiving a little at a time and drawing from each aspect of the story one thing to be thankful for. It’s been fun to hear what each child comes up with for each topic.

Yesterday we were supposed to be thankful for something related to health. We talked about how lacking in health does not mean God loves us or is caring for us any less and that we can always find a reason to be thankful, even if we’re sick. But, we are a pretty healthy family, and we definitely wanted to be thankful for that!

Angela’s thankful statement was straightforward, as fits her personality. She was thankful for our shelter that keeps us from getting sick.

Olivia was thankful for parents who set guidelines to keep her from making herself sick by eating too many sweets (spoken with a huge grin and a reminder of how much she likes sweets!)

And Steven was thankful what we have fried chicken legs to eat so that we can stay healthy by eating good food!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Girl Time

Monday of the convention, Mom left Dad with the IMB booth while she and my sister-in-law Ashley took the girls to the zoo.

Naturally, since I wasn’t there, I can’t really share much commentary, but Mom did let me swipe her pictures. Here are a few of them!

Olivia definitely would be the one in overalls and Angie in a dress.

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The three girlies.

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Farmer Angie and her two flowers.

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Nanny and her girls. (I love Abigail’s grin peeking out from the back!)

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Ashley and the girls watching the animals.

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This – as well as the dinner visits we were able to have with family on both sides and the fact that next weekend we’ll have Thanksgiving gatherings with both extended families – makes  me thankful for the fact that we now live relatively close to most of our extended family. But, seeing how comfortable all three girls and Steven are with my parents makes me thankful for another thing: how wonderfully possible it is to maintain relationships even across many miles.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Fun We Have

It’s hard to believe it’s been two weeks since we returned from the annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have been able to attend these past four years. One year was without the kids, and I admit that was nice. But, I was thinking today about the things we’ve gotten to do with the kids the other three years, and that’s been fun, too.

This year we originally intended to leave the munchkins with my parents while we attended the convention. But then Mom and Dad were asked to help man the missions booth at the convention! A few changed plans didn’t bother us, though.

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Sunday afternoon the girls and I went to help set up for Monday morning’s Minister’s Wives Luncheon while the boys checked into our hotel and ran a couple of errands.

Then we were off to meet Stephannie and cousin Morgan for dinner.

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Monday morning we took Steven to child care while Mom took the girls off for their adventure of the day with Ashley and Abigail. (I’ll post about that tomorrow!) We hung around the convention a little more Monday afternoon, ran an errand or two, met my parents, Ben, Ashley, and Abigail for supper, and then settled in for the night.

Tuesday morning Doug headed in early with Mom and Dad while the kids and I had a slightly more relaxed morning. Then Steven and I dropped the girls off at Ashley’s for another fun girls’ day of entertaining their sweet cousin Abigail. Steven decided he’d rather go to convention child care and play with the boys!

We picked the girls up for a quick lunch, and then headed back to the convention for the afternoon. The sweet child care ladies invited the girls to stay for the afternoon, so we dropped all three kids off while Doug and I went to the afternoon sessions and visited with a few people.

Then we had a break for the afternoon. So…we headed off to give Olivia her “big” Christmas present a little early. Pierced ears! She got her gift early because we were in a good place to do it and because we wanted her ears to be totally healed before Christmas. She thinks it’s just so she can wear some Christmas earrings. But, we happen to know that she’s getting a few new pairs of earrings for Christmas! We got pretty big hugs that afternoon from our excited munchkin!

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We then met another friend of ours for a quick dinner Tuesday night before we had to rush off back to the evening session.

Each year the kids always come to the Tuesday night session with us, whether there is child care provided or not. Typically the Master’Singers and one of the two state Baptist university choirs sing during the Tuesday night session. The business for the evening is usually of the more interesting sort, and Emil Turner, our state executive director, preaches that message. So, it’s a good session, and it’s one we like the kids to attend.

The Tuesday night session doesn’t end until 8:30, but if we’re going to be up late, why not just go ahead and make a party of it? Last year we started what looks like will become our Tuesday night convention tradition: late night dessert at Crackerbarrel!

Yay for Coke cake and a huge dish of apple cobbler!

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Obviously, both were very much enjoyed!

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Wednesday morning the kids and I stayed at the hotel so they could sleep in while Doug went and finished up his last bit of convention business.

Another good year to be an Arkansas Baptist! I’m so thankful to be a part of the ministry that goes on in our state, and I’m thankful for the amazing team at the state office that works so hard to serve Arkansas churches and give us a joint platform for ministry.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Silly Steven

All of my kids have their silly moments, but Steven seems to have had more than his fair share recently.

  • My friend Karlyn teaches the preschoolers on Wednesday nights, and she’s been working on music training with them recently, including some basics of reading music. Last week she suggested they all take a bit of a rest, and Steven said, “I think we need a quarter rest!”
  • Steven has developed a love for tic-tac-toe recently. One day Doug walked into the bathroom and noticed some crayon markings on the wall. Now, for the record, writing on the wall is something that I have had very few issues with – we have had some, but very few. But, this one just took the cake.On the wall we had a nice, big tic-tac-toe grid. Can you see the “x” and “o”? (And yes, he did a fantastic job of cleaning that wall!)Misc3
  • When life just seems overly pitiful for one of our children or cats, we comment that “life is hard for ___________.” Recently at the dinner table, we were discussing who had a hard life (all three kids and all three cats had had their moments that day!). Suddenly, with a very straight face and mournful tone in his voice, Steven piped up and said, “Life is hard for the cuckoo bird. He just has to sit there (in the clock) and wait to cuckoo.”
  • After church one recent Sunday, Steven went to change clothes for the afternoon. Halfway through the process, he ran into our room, cackling all the way. He just had to show us his most recent fashion statement – Sunday shirt, tie, and…camo pants! Misc5
  • And finally, the wind-up. Our convention hotel had those vinyl hot-dog pillows that are just so much fun. Steven was having a great time standing the pillow up on one end and boxing it down. But, the funniest antic was when he was faking out his “opponent” by winding up his right arm before coming in with a surprise left jab.

Yes, I would have to say he is almost 100% silly.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Monday, November 14, 2011

Outside my window...sunshine and muggy warmth with dots of clouds in the sky. Perfect conditions for the forecasted stormy night.

I am thinking...mid-November? Really?

I am thankful for...clean water, the Spirit’s strength to be disciplined, answered prayer, and the hope of answered prayer even while we’re still waiting.

I am wearing...lightweight black knit pants, maroon short sleeve top, bare feet, hair down

I am creating...plan B for a Christmas project that wasn’t working using plan A. I think plan B is going to look much better anyway!

I am remembering...to make granola bars today. My son is sorely upset with me for forgetting over the weekend.

I am going...to attack the mighty pile of laundry and get it conquered before the next pile hits the baskets.

I am reading...Remembering You by Tricia Goyer.

I am praying…for marriages. So many under attack. It seems to never end, and I’m so ready to see Christ’s victory shine through!

I am hearing...Christmas music. Yes, I’ll admit it. I just can’t help it. As soon as it starts to get chilly, I want to listen to it! It’s not that I look past Thanksgiving – I love Thanksgiving. But, I just love Christmas music, and one month out of the year just isn’t enough time to thoroughly enjoy it!

On my mind...writing that I need and want to do.

From the learning rooms...I honestly don’t know beyond the fact that we’re still in World War II and will be enjoying our Thanksgiving books and devotional activities this week. School planning this afternoon.

Noticing that...the more I drink water, the more I want it. But, if I get out of the habit, I get to where I don’t want it at all.

Pondering these words... We’ve all learned to multi-task so well that sometimes it’s hard to be single-minded for any amount of time. ~Lisa E. Nelson, from a discussion on meditation in A Woman’s Guide to Fasting

From the kitchen...leftovers today, but better meals to come this week like peachy chicken, lasagna, and chicken bacon quiche.

Around the house...school crates in nearly every room, indicating independent work being done and the week’s prep coming soon.

One of my favorite things...Christmas music (hmmm…might I have already mentioned that?)

A few plans for the rest of the week...school, possibly a homeschool gathering, more Christmas creating.

A picture worth sharing...Lego fun. I am convinced that no greater toy has ever been invented.Misc6

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Just Gabbing…

It seems that our life has two extremes when it comes to blogging: I either have so much to blog about that I can’t even find time to blog it all, or I can’t seem to figure out what to blog about!
Lately I’ve felt as thought I’ve been in the “what do I blog about?” phase. It’s not that there hasn’t been anything going on. We’ve been pretty busy! But, it’s hard to figure out how to blog about some of it.

So, I’m going to try to figure out how to be more creative with blogging on here. We’ll see how this goes!

I’ll start with something rather random today…

In our not-to-recent past, farm equipment on main thoroughfares seemed to us to be an inconvenience and frustration. But, not any more. Now that we live among friends who depend on this equipment for their livelihood, being stuck behind equipment is almost a delight to us. Crazy, I know, but we really do like it.

We were on the back road to Little Rock Sunday before last, on our way to set up for Monday’s annual Minister’s Wives Luncheon when we came across this…
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We just smiled, watched for a little while, and then slipped on around the combine on the left.
I never dreamed we’d love living in farm country so much. But, we really, really do.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day!

I know quite a few veterans, but there are two who hold a most special place in my heart.

First, my paternal grandfather, Russell Browning. Mom posted this picture on Facebook in his honor today.

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And he’s still the handsome man even today, many decades later!

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The other of the two is my father-in-law, Larry Hibbard, who served a short time in the Army and then joined the Air Force several years later. The more I learn about my own husband, the more I see the imprint of his father on his life – and the more thankful I become for him and his parenting and influence.

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Thanks to Grandpa, Dad H. for serving. Thank you to Grandma for waiting for Grandpa, and to Mom H, my amazing husband, and Stephannie for living the military life. Thank you also to my uncles and many, many friends and their families who have served.

Happy Veterans Day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Three Trees: A Traditional Folktale

I posted this review on my personal blog yesterday, but I thought I’d go ahead and put it on the family blog as well, since it’s a children’s book.

I cannot remember the first time I read the folktale The Three Trees. But, I was immediately captivated by it. Such a simple story that so beautifully captures not only the life of Christ, but also the way His presence fulfills hopes, dreams, and desires in ways we could never imagine. It has long been among my favorite children’s stories.

This year a new version of The Three Trees was released, written Imageby Elena Pasquali and illustrated by Sophie Windham. Pasquali’s version of the story is simple, a perfect length for reading aloud to toddlers and preschoolers. But, it is not so simple that older children would not be equally captivated by this precious story.

I think, however, that the strength of this version of The Three Trees lies in Sophie Windham’s beautiful illustrations. At first glance they seem extremely simple, their two-dimensional nature almost over-emphasized. A longer look, though, illuminates the precious detail in each picture, enhancing every word of the story.

There are times when a new release of an old story is unnecessary at best. This is not one of those times. Pasquali and Windham have produced a precious version of The Three Trees, one which I am delighted to own.

This book was sent to me in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

For Today...Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Outside my window...warm, muggy, gray day – the kind of day that ushers in thunderstorms. I haven’t really checked the weather for other locations lately – praying that there aren’t any major storms tearing through the South right now.

I am thinking...about the fact that it’s truly quite easy to delight my children. It just takes a little bit of intentionality and planning. It has been amazing how delighted they have been by our meals lately, all because we took the time last week to truly menu plan.

I am thankful for...every convenience that is making my life easy today; my amazing husband; the way my children find joy in one another, sometimes without even thinking about it.

I am wearing...jeans, short sleeve hot pink sweater with a white collar; brown clogs still on from our morning Wal-Mart trip.

I am creating...a lap desk. That’s what the girls want to give Steven for Christmas. We were going to buy one, but we’ve decided to try to make one, just because we’re crazy like that. We’ll see how it goes!

I am remembering...that I need to drink water today. I haven’t had much so far. Not good!

I am going...to finish Christmas calendars soon. This week would be nice!

I am reading...A Woman’s Guide to Fasting by Lisa E. Nelson.

I am hoping...and praying…recovery goes smoothly for two of our church members who had surgery today.

I am hearing...one of the girls – probably Angela – practicing piano; my squeaky chair.

On my mind...the reminder that the only way I can truly keep cover loved ones in prayer is to stay in tune with my Savior all day long. I let my mind wander so frequently. If I’m not in tune with Him, I can’t respond to His nudges and reminders.

From the learning rooms...microscopes and magnets; World War II; review in both math and language arts for everyone right now.

Noticing that...Steven’s reading is improving daily, it seems!

Pondering these words...
What if you woke up this morning and had only the things you thanked God for yesterday? ~Max Lucado (on Twitter today)

From the kitchen...ham and broccoli quiche. Like I said – delighting the kids doesn’t take much!

Around the house...quiet. The kids are calm today, something that has not been true of the last few days.

One of my favorite things...the fact that my husband misses me when we are apart, even for just a few hours. I miss him too.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Christmas crafts and writing. Oh, and we have to go to the library on Friday. I think that’s it for our “out-and-about” obligations, though! YAY!

A picture worth sharing...I’m all out. I think there might be some new ones on the camera. Need to work on that!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Not Quite Ordinary Observations

We left Sunday afternoon to head to LR to get ready for this year’s state convention meeting, and we got home Wednesday in time to collect our thoughts a bit before church. I meant to have blog posts scheduled before we left, but I ran out of time. So, I thought I’d just post the Observations today!

For Today...Friday, November 4, 2011

Outside my window...a cloudy, rather gloomy-looking (but dry) day; leaves all over the ground (ours are mostly just brown around here due to lack of rain, but we did see some gorgeous colors when we were in LR this week); Steven and Angie outside enjoying the delightful fall chill.

I am thinking...about how quickly the weeks are passing.

I am thankful for...the chance to take it easy the last few days of this week to recover from being away for four days.

I am wearing...jeans, blue knit top

I am creating...order from chaos so I can get back to working on Christmas presents. The kids and I are supposed to work together this weekend.

I am remembering...convention trips in other states. For the record, Arkansas is an awesome state to be in Baptist ministry.

I am going...to get caught up. Really I am.

I am reading...just finished The Doctor’s Lady by Jody Hedlund. Makes me want to read a real biography of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman. A book entitled A Woman’s Guide to Fasting is next on the review list.

I am hoping...for a cold winter. I like cold winters. And the kids really want to see more snow this year.

I am hearing...the washing machine and dryer. So thankful for both of them!

On my mind...a children’s story I’d like to write for my children to give to them for Christmas. Anyone out there who can draw cartoonish ducks to illustrate my story?

From the learning rooms...the week off for convention.

Noticing that...when I face the computer, I can pretend there aren’t massive piles of laundry and other things behind me demanding to be put away.

Pondering these words... When God becomes the means to the end, unity is never achieved; when God Himself is the end, the glorious byproducts of unity and peace are never far behind. ~D.A. Carson

From the kitchen...a full menu plan – with the grocery shopping and some of the cooking done as well! – covering the rest of 2011! Finally! I hate doing the menu planning, but it always helps so much when I do. It is such a relief to have that done and posted. Ahhhhh….

Around the house...clutter. I left a mostly tidy house on Sunday, but not completely tidy. And I haven’t gotten everything completely back in order.

One of my favorite things...getting chilly at night and burrowing under the covers (not to mention the warm snuggles!). I so miss all of that in the summer.

A few plans for the rest of the week...work on Christmas creations, tackle the clutter, get next week’s school prep done early so we can enjoy company on Monday.

A picture worth sharing...enjoying a chilly day a few weeks ago – they were watching their science DVD. Yep, school can be rough, can’t it?

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