August 26, 2010
I am really hoping to get back to this blog. It has been nearly a year since I have posted anything. So much has happened in that time, little of it seemed proper to share in such a public forum. I have ‘kept all these things in memory’. I do miss the creative outlet that blogging brings. I thought I’d ease back in with a new Daybook entry.
Outside My Window… It is a cool morning. We kept the windows open during the night and I had to rummage through the closet for a sweater this morning. It is still very dark and the stirring of traffic is just beginning.
I am thinking… I am going to have to do a big closet purge before long and pull out the jeans and sweatshirts for the children.
I am thankful… I have so much to be thankful for, though I oftentimes let that get muddled by my selfishness. Today I am very thankful for my husband’s job. A recent change of employer has given him the opportunity to work from home most of the time. While we are adjusting, it is very nice to have him here.
From the kitchen… Oh my. My kitchen. I have been ‘in transition’ for nearly a year, and now I am beginning to nest a bit. I am so frustrated with my kitchen. But, we must eat. So the pantry and fridge are full, as is the deep freezer in the basement, and the menu is posted on the fridge. Today we will enjoy some creamy oatmeal for breakfast and whatever is on the menu for lunch and dinner.
I am wearing…Pink and white jammie bottoms, white top that looks like a tent covering my belly, and a cozy brown sweater.
I am creating… A baby! I have been blessed to say that many times over the years. We are excited and blessed to be preparing for our eleventh precious little one, due to arrive in November. We have no plans on finding out the gender. Mama and baby are healthy and growing nicely. Deo Gratias!
I am reading… I am not doing much reading right now. I am in planning mode for the beginning of our upcoming school year. We have made a few changes to our typical plan. The three oldest children are enrolled in a great homeschool enrichment program in Ann Arbor. Two days a week my 10th grader, 8th grader, and 6th grader will be attending St. Augustine’s. It is the perfect hybrid of homeschooling and school – school in a solidly Catholic, academically challenging, Christ centered environment. What a blessing to be a part of this program. At home, I will have a 5th grader, 3rd grader, 2nd grader, K’er, and three little ones, plus a newborn in November. We be loosely following lessons plans from Catholic Heritage Curricula. CHC was the first Catholic homeschooling resource I was introduced to many years ago and it has been my ‘go to’ resource since. I have never been disappointed.
I am hearing… The buzz of the refrigerator, traffic just outside the open window, and the jingle of the dogs tags on her collar coming from the backyard. I am the only one up and the house is dark and quiet.
One of my favorite things…The challenge and blessing of having babies, teenagers, and every age in between in our family. I do stress that it is a challenge, and I do find myself complaining about that challenge. It is a blessing though, and I am treasuring it all that I can.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Hard to believe that the week is winding down again already. Today we are celebrating Mark Benedict’s third birthday. The girls have piano lessons this afternoon and everyone from the 7 year old on up have Cross Country practice tonight. Tony is looking at a house tonight that we both have some hope for. The local schools are back in session as of today – we will celebrate homeschooling tomorrow by meeting a few families for mass and then a picnic at the park.
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
Mama and Markie on a walk during a recent camping trip. I can’t believe this little guy is three years old already. He is a pure joy!
May God Bless the rest of your week!!