Not Quite Ordinary Observations

Something about Today…Tuesday, January 3, 2017

It’s foggy. We have had several days of fog this week.

Something about the Week

Routine is working well, two days in. We have always tended to be a rather scheduled family. But, when the schedule is interrupted on a regular basis, it’s hard to be scheduled. Through much prayer and trial and error, we’re finding rhythms and routines that work well for us. Those are more easily managed in the presence of interruptions. I think we’ve been heading this direction for a while, but this week it’s very intentional and conscious.

Something I Have Observed

We regularly do things and say, “We’re going to write about this!” Then we never do. The longer we wait, the less likely we are to write. I really need to “write about this” day of. When we get home. Make it intentional.

Something I Have Read or Heard

This is not a specific quote, but a thought that has been running around in my head as I read Heart of Revelation. In chapter three, Dr. Duvall talks about our comfort lying in the fact that we will never face the wrath of God, not in the promise of no persecution or suffering. I think sometimes we miss how great the wrath of God is. We might not consciously realize or admit it, but I think we fear persecution more. Persecution is nothing compared to the wrath of God. And as His children, we are protected from that wrath for eternity. Wow.

Something on My Mind

So many people losing loved ones right now. The most recent was yesterday – we woke up to the news that a friend’s husband, admitted to the hospital with pneumonia just a few days before, had passed away. He went from young and healthy to the presence of Jesus in a matter of days. Thankful that our friend and her children do not grieve without hope, because they know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is with Jesus. But, they and others we know still grieve. Death is bad. And goodbyes are hard.

Something I’m Thankful for

My wonderful family. Each day God grants us to be together.

The gift of wisdom, imparted to us from the Father Himself through His Spirit. That’s so huge! How many kings intentionally send out their messengers to ensure that their people – their common people – receive wisdom?

Something about My Kids

They are so creative! And as they grow older, they are learning the skills necessary to bring their creativity to life. I was going to put all of the most recent “evidences” here, but instead, I’m going to write a separate post about it. (That whole intentionality thing again!)

Something I’m Working on

Writing projects and a plan to get back to sewing regularly. Finishing up Christmas presents for our last Christmas gathering this weekend. And reading. Good grief, what have I done to myself?! I’m usually a one-book-at-a-time kind of gal. But, I currently have FIVE books going, one fiction and four non-fiction. No, this will not be a quick process (it will take months). Nor will I make this a habit. But, for right now, I’m seeing progress.

Something from Hibbard Academy

We had a great start back yesterday! I was pleased with the focus and the work put out by all three kids. We’re trying out a new routine, and day one went well. We’ll see how week one and two go, then see if there are adjustments that need to be made.

Something That Makes Me Smile

Well, laugh, really. Angie’s cat Rose is so funny. She hasn’t yet figured out that she can go out this cat door, probably because Smokey doesn’t like to go out that way anymore now that Cookie is in the back yard. She’ll come in this way door if she doesn’t feel like waiting for us to let her in the front door. But, she rarely goes out.

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Rose (or Fluffy, Monster, Death from Above, Cactus Slayer, Speedy Gon-cat-cat – her name changes regularly), on the other hand, has never been outside. But, she sits at the cat door and stares out at the birds and squirrels. It’s her personal window. Occasionally, she nudges the door as if she’s going to figure it out, but she never does. It’s hilarious to watch. (Why, yes, we do have lives – why do you ask?)

Something Coming

I just realized how ominous that starter sounds. It could be the title for a cheap horror flick!

Anyway…let’s see. We have to get a grocery shopping trip in, then our last Christmas gathering with a portion of the Browning side this weekend. Otherwise, mostly normal, routine stuff!


Happy New Year! Welcome back to the routine :D

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