FOR TODAY November 16, 2009
Outside my window... stormy, rainy weather again. But it changes and changes. (See the post below this one!)
I am thinking... I tease my boys on days like this by saying, "It's such a lovely day! ... to stay home!" Seems like we have so much to do that I really love the days we don't go anywhere.
I am thankful for... we celebrated Tate's and my mom's birthdays yesterday. Actually, their birthdays were over a week ago, but with Wyatt and my brother and sister all in CA, this made more sense. There were 13 of us at my sister's house for over 8 hours of "Pirate Party"! She had really decorated and made it fun for Tate... and my mom is very tolerant :0) It was all good, fun, delicious, etc. and I'm thankful for the work she put into hosting it.
And I was also thankful to get home, put the boys to bed, and have a QUIET house.
I am praying for... praying for more work for Kerry. God is faithful, I keep reminding myself, because I know it's true. But I do wish he'd send a LOT of work. Months and months worth. Rather than sending it a little at a time. (Hmmm, sort of like the daily manna...)
I am wearing... jeans, sweater, wool socks. Brrrr!
I am creating... I'm getting my sewing stuff out again. Not so much for Christmas stuff (probably too late for that) but I have two friends expecting in the next two months.
I am going... rehearsal tonight, Wyatt's piano lesson tomorrow, and a concert Thursday night.
I am reading... we're up to On the Shores of Silver Lake in the Little House books.
I am hoping... for inspiration for a few Christmas gifts I still need to get. I'd like to be done by Thanksgiving, but it isn't going to happen.
I am hearing... since we remodeled and put in all new windows I hear a musical sound when the wind howls outside. I don't know if it's to do with the windows (which is where I hear it) or the remodel in general. If I get near the windows I can hear two notes - a fifth apart, and low on the scale, sort of moaning. It's kind of cool.
I am remembering... things I need to do; better add them to the list.
From the learning rooms... King Phillip's War, adding and subtracting mixed numbers, making a magnetic compass from a sewing needle, drawing various leaves, Thanksgiving devotions, and writing Thank You's (Tate and Wyatt).
From the kitchen... when I go out to rehearsal, Kerry is on dinner duty :0)
Around the house... Tate is excited to put together his new lego kit and read his new birthday books, it's definitely time to implement my "chore plan" (which got sidetracked when Tate was hospitalized and then soccer season consumed us), and the laundry - *sigh* - awaits me.
On my mind... the Christmas season is coming closer, and mostly I love that! But I'm nowhere near meeting my goal of being done shopping by Thanksgiving. I really, really like to have all the presents bought/made/organized before December so I don't feel rushed or pressured and I can set a slower, joyful pace for the holidays.
Noticing that... no matter how much I do, the pile on my desk never seems to subside. *sigh*
Pondering these words... Gunnar, giving me a big, eight-year-old-boy, hug around the neck said, "Mom, I'm gonna strangle you with love!" Take that as it was intended :0)
One of my favorite things... crossing things off my list. Yes!
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...
Kerry really wanted me to show you the fungus.
We have a bumper crop this year.