Thursday, December 31, 2009
I am thinking... of all the changes 2010 will bring to my family.
I am thankful for... a safe return from my parents house.
I am wearing... sweats, socks, and my glasses. It's early and we got home late last night.
I am remembering... how well all the cousins played together. They are good friends.
I am currently reading...my Magnificat. We finally finished "A Tale of Two Cities". Next up for literature is "Crime and Punishment". I read with Sophie and Olivia because I have never read most of the books assigned to the girls. For myself, though, I just bought "An Introduction to the Devout Life". I am eagerly awaiting to open its cover and begin.
I am hoping. Still.
On my mind... organizing the house. I am actually really looking forward to this day. I like having a place for everything.
Noticing that... praying for a specific thing to happen requires infinite patience, the virtue I struggle with the most.
Pondering these words... from the Magnificat.."Christmas is a season for song, for God's love reaches from heaven to earth and earth to heaven in the incarnation."
From the kitchen... truly bare cupboards! I used everything that would go bad before we left, so I will have to go to the Commissary today after I plan our weekly menu.
Around the house... slowly the children are waking after a long journey home yesterday. Finding the gifts from Christmas we did not take with us and getting excited all over again.
One of my favorite things~ The feeling I get when I walk into our house after having been gone for days. Home is good.
From my picture journal... the view from the window where I type.
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
For breakfast this morning, I decided to use up the leftover squash from the other night's dinner. Thank you Rebekah for this delicious recipe. I made the double batch like she suggested so our Christmas Eve breakfast will be just as scrumptious without all the labor (or the smoke that set off the detector! I tried to fit it all on one cookie sheet, which I wouldn't recommend.)
May God Bless you all this day.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Outside my window...the remnants of our snowy weekend. A crisp, cloudless sky. Trees with their last lingering leaves. The sun just peaking over the roofs.
I am thinking...that this is the most calm and relaxed I have ever been with Christmas just days away.
I am thankful for...a husband who can laugh after digging through the recycling in the freezing, dark night, searching for his keys only to have his wife find them in his jacket pocket!
From the learning rooms...quiet. We will tie up loose ends this morning and then school will be out until the new year.
From the kitchen...a tin delivered last night by our neighbors. Inside...delectable sweets. We are so blessed to live across the street from one of the best dessert makers in the world. Plus their family is as sweet as the goodies they brought over!
I am wearing...warm, fuzzy fleece pj's and slippers.
I am creating...Anna's sweater. Both sleeves are finished and I have started on the body.
I am going...to one of our favorite places...the library! Did you know I used to work in a library when Sophie and Olivia were little? That is when I fell in love with libraries. As a child, we almost never went, but my children are as comfortable there as if it were another room in our house.
I am reading...Christmas stories to my children.
I am hoping.
I am hearing...the television. Sad to say I have plopped Jack in front of it so I can finish typing this post.
Around the house...anticipation building for the birth of our Lord!
One of my favorite things...snuggling with Jack in the quiet of the morning, listening to his first thoughts of the day as he sleepily talks to me.
A few plans for the rest of the week: Christmas baking, wrapping gifts, enjoying time with my family.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing... because I am thinking of my sweet Ben today.
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Sunday, December 20, 2009
After: I think it makes such a nice difference, plus I can easily get in the cabinets!
Thank goodness Tony and I went out and found the tree earlier that day. As the flakes fell, my family decorated the tree in the cozy warmth of our new house.
This ornament was given to us the Christmas after Ben died. A beautiful poem accompanied the delicate blue heart and makes me cry each year when I read it.
My kiddos posing for the traditional Christmas photo.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Outside my window... a fog as thick as the tension in an awkward conversation.
I am thinking... of the busy day ahead.
I am thankful for...kids who cook dinner while my husband and I search for holiday items.
I am wearing... navy sweatshirt, polka-dot pj pants, and knee socks.
I am remembering... the message of last night's speaker at the Advent Mission at our Church.
I am going... to pick up the girls from their early morning workout and take breakfast to my husband.
I am currently reading... STILL A Tale of Two Cities, but I will finish!
I am hoping... to be a better role model for my children.
On my mind... so many things that if one could peek inside my brain, I am sure it would look like a whirlwind.
Pondering these words... "This is why I speak to you, so you can become aware of these people who are calling out to you....Are you aware that in your own family, ....there may be someone who is very lonely, who feels unloved or hurt?"--Mother Teresa
From the kitchen... a mess, and it won't get better til this evening!
Around the house... decorations are going up slowly. I like that we are doing a little each day, rather than trying to accomplish it all in one afternoon. I can reflect about each memento as I place it lovingly in it's proper spot.
One of my favorite things~ The Feast Days of Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe. They hold a special place in my heart.
From my picture journal...our home altar.
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Thank you, Mary my Heavenly Mother and role model, for helping me keep my mouth shut.
"Lord our God, you sent your prophets to call all people to abandon their unfaithful pursuits and to return to you with all their hearts in preparation for the day of your coming."
As I drifted off to sleep last night, I was thinking how I desire to change some habits of mine that I feel are preventing me from coming closer to our Lord as well as keeping me from being a better mom and wife. The analogy my drowsy mind thought of was this: I am driving life's roads. I can see the exit ramps that will lead me where I desire to be, but there are these barriers that block my way. They are labeled with these hinderances with which I struggle.
How does one take that "leap of faith" and shed the old ways? For that is what God is daily, gently calling me to do. This morning, I took a little "hop." I got up this morning before the children woke me and went downstairs to my home altar, where I read the morning readings in the Magnificat. I gazed longingly at Our Lady of Guadalupe, imploring her to help me this day. I have always felt a closeness to our Lady, but it deepened when Ben died. She understood this pain I had like no one else. She lost her son too. Then I looked at my picture of the Sacred Heart. There He is, beckoning me, wanting me to allow Him into my heart. It all seems so easy, sitting there in the early morning quiet, just Jesus and me. Why do I not do this every day? It is so nice and I always feel ready to face the world and all it will throw at me. Why do I choose to lay in bed for that extra half an hour until I hear little feet?
This morning is a start, my friend, but I need encouragement.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Outside my window...Frost on the roof of the neighbors house, which is sparkling in the morning sun.
I am thinking...about where I could have placed my Magnificat and the gift card from Target. Why, oh why do I feel the need to appear like an immaculate housekeeper and shove things out of sight?
I am thankful for...getting most of the presents bought while spending time with my husband.
From the learning rooms...school uniforms are on and morning prayers are being said.
From the kitchen...cookbooks will be opened and poured over to decide which cookies to make for Christmas. My mother is not fond of desserts (how is that possible?) so a tradition has been started. Each of the daughters brings some cookies when we all get together for Christmas.
I am wearing...my favorite jeans, a black fleece shirt and pink striped knee socks. Even if I always wear jeans and a plain shirt, my socks are usually festive!
I am creating...Anna's sweater, I am almost done with the second sleeve! I also want to knit up a quick little bunny blanket for a friend who is due on Christmas Day.
I am going...to lose my mind if I don't find that pile of papers that I misplaced!
I am reading...daily meditations by our dear Pope John Paul II. They are beautiful, but I am longing to put my hands on my Magnificat. I ordered another copy which should arrive in a day or two.
I am hoping...to be a good role model for my children. Lord, please send me the graces for this one!
I am hearing...coughing, sniffling, hacking children. They do seem to be on the mend, praise God.
Around the house...preparations for the coming of our Saviour! Advent wreath, calendar, and a countdown chain, plus the stable is empty and waiting.
One of my favorite things...coffee! I love the sound of the beans clinking as I pour them into the grinder. I love the whir of the grinder bringing me closer to that first delectable sip. I place my cup with a generous amount of half and half beside the coffee maker as I wait for the gurgling machine to do its job. I love feeling my cup warm up in my hands after I have filled it. Then, after a long, deep smell, I put the cup to my lips and savor my morning brew.
A few plans for the rest of the week: return the shirt I bought for Tony for the correct size, take Sophie to the fabric store so she can finish her homemade gifts, and to do a week's worth of school in one week!
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...one of my favorite photos from this summer. I am not a cold weather kind of gal, so I am praying that the cold days pass quickly.
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Saturday, December 5, 2009
At least we are ready for the Second Sunday of Advent. We did do the meditations a few nights this week, but somehow it was not the same without the candles.
Friday, December 4, 2009
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009
We are using this wonderful series from CHC as our reading program. Today we were playing the name game on the back. Anna is supposed to pick a letter and add it to the end sound to make words. She sounded out C-O-T. I asked her if she knew what a cot was. She replied, "Of course. Like "caught" up in a rope."
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
The day after Thanksgiving, we avoided the shopping craziness and went to the Museum of Natural History in DC. The kids decided to check out the dinosaurs first...
After 3 full days of fun and excitement, I can honestly say that there is truly no place like home!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Lemon squeeze, lemon squeeze,
How many lemons?
How many bananas?
Ice cream, ice cream
Melt in the sun.
Ice cream, ice cream
Who will eat the ice cream?
Meanwhile, Jack discovered the Hokey-Pokey today. He is a cute dancer, I must admit.
Rainbow, rainbow, after the rain
Rainbow, rainbow, rain.
A Winter Poem
Snowman in the sun
You will melt like ice cream in the sun.
A Summer Poem
Summer, summer, sun is up
Summer, summer, wear some summer clothes
Cold, cold, cold
Not summer anymore
Wear a warm long-sleeve shirt
Or you will get shivering cold.
Summer, summer, don't wear long sleeves
Wear some short sleeves.
Did you pick up on the theme? She is unhappy that summer is a long way off and she must wear warmer clothing. This all comes from living in southern Georgia for the past 7 years, where there are not distinct seasons. One can wear short sleeves year round. Sorry Anna, we are not in Georgia anymore.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Outside my window...gray skies and damp, trampled leaves.
I am thinking...about all the food I will prepare for family this week.
I am thankful for...the soothing quality of a favorite song.
From the learning rooms...a shortened number of days to work with.
I am wearing...an old, comfortable sweat shirt, jeans and socks on my cold toes.
I am creating...a gift for my mother-in-law for her 80th birthday.
I am going...to the library!
I am reading...A Tale of Two Cities
I am hoping...to be a source of encouragement for someone close to my heart.
I am hearing...the gentle, swirling water and the hum of the spin cycle in the washing machine.
Around the house...children scattered about in various stages of morning chores.
One of my favorite things...the picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was gifted to me by my most thoughtful sister-in-law.
A few plans for the rest of the week: to be truly thankful for each moment, to take a meal to the neighbors who just welcomed a new baby into their family, to not stress about our travels.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing... Jack and his friend.
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Friday, November 20, 2009
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Monday November 16...
Outside my window...The sun is finally back, and the sky is so bright and blue.
I am thinking...of the busy week ahead and praying for the extra energy I will need.
I am thankful for...my children, who always keep things lively and interesting.
From the kitchen...are slim pickin's, the commissary trip is today!
I am wearing...jeans and a t-shirt with a light cardigan to keep the early morning chill away.
I am creating...a sweater for Anna, though it seems like it might be small.
I am going...to register at our new parish.
I am reading...the Magnificat.
I am hoping...to keep all students on task today.
I am hearing...Anna making up a song while she plays in the other room.
Around the house...laundry to fold and puzzles on the floor.
One of my favorite things...the cozy, comforting feeling I get from looking at my walls with their fresh moss green paint.
A few plans for the rest of the week: daily Mass at least twice, college applications for Sophie, and school.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing...the new green room!
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