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FOR TODAY – October 12, 2009

Outside my Window….gray skies obscuring the sun, splashes of pink and gold amongst the green leaves of the maples, the soy is being harvested leaving a neat expanse of golden stubble…39 degrees.

Thinking…about this school year.  Week 5 and the momentum remains, despite illness and the occasional grumpy scholar.  God has so graciously answered my prayer…and educating my children has become my joy.  Not knitting, not crocheting, not writing or nature walks.  Those things are pleasurable and still have a place…but one of lesser importance.  School is no longer that “obstacle” to be overcome, but is, instead, an adventure that I am privileged to embark upon daily with those whom are dearest to me.  After months of tossing about in a storm of doubt and angst, a “still, small voice” reminded me to “seek first the kingdom of God”, encouraging me to remember that “where your treasure is there will your heart be also.”

Does it surprise you that a veteran homeschooler still struggles with doubt and has fears of inadequacy?

I am inadequate. Without our Good God’s grace, I can do nothing.  Self-reliance is a lie, and yet I continually find myself in that place.  Undertaking everything as though all depended on me.  Ha.  Ha.  Ha.  I’m such a silly child, and our Lord loves me so well.  He never tires of teaching me in the midst of my foolishness!

Thankful for…see above.

From the kitchen…yummy-delicious hot coffee.  Eggs and sausage.  Cold morning, hot breakfast.  Soup and sandwiches for lunch.  Dinner:  spicy chicken wings, baked applesauce, fries and a salad.

Faith and learning…I’m excited to begin reviewing Latin Roots of the Catholic Religion for In the Hands of a Child.  Lapbooks are such a great hands-on tool.  On Tuesday, we’ll attend the Miracles of the Eucharist at our parish church, Holy Family, presented by Bishop Athanasius Schneider.

Creating…a veil for Charlotte…

Planning…little Miss Charlotte’s First Holy Communion takes place on October 25th, the Traditional Feast of Christ the King.  Readying home and hearth for family and friends.  Readying Charlotte’s heart to receive her King…

Wearing…cream corduroy trousers, cream turtleneck, orange baby-cable sweater…and my pearls.

Reading…no time, really…

Praying…that this mysterious malady finishes its work and leaves me alone!  My face remains terribly swollen…you never know how vain you are until the way you think you look differs greatly from that image in the mirror…I thought I was done with vanity…sigh…

Hearing…the crowing of two roosters, each competing for supremacy.  There can be only one…

Around the house…the upstairs is…dare I say it…CLEAN!  Nearly four and half weeks of off and on sickness took its toll.  I’m still recovering from Saturday’s efforts.  My energy level is way, way down…

One of my favorite things…family.  Yeah…most definitely.  They’re the best teachers I’ve every had…

Here’s a picture thought I am sharing with you


Aren’t big brothers the best?

Blessings,

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