Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Simple Woman 9-7-10

For Today, September 7, 2010

Outside my window...   cool, cloudy and rainy.  Kind of sad to think that summer has left us,
but a lot easier to concentrate on school.

I am thinking...   September, not January, always seems like the beginning of the new year.
A fresh start.  High hopes.  A clean slate.

Same old me.

I am thankful for...   the boys' baptism two days ago, homeschooling, healthy boys (except for colds), and fun plans coming up.

I am praying for...   attitudes - the boys to get along with each other and be diligent workers.

I am wearing...   jeans, black t-shirt, blue sweater, faux-crocs (my slippers).

I am going...   to have a little back-to-school party with some homeschool friends after lunch.
We'd hoped to be out at the lake, swimming, and gloating about everyone else back at school,
but with the temp in the 50's this morning that doesn't sound quite as appealing as I'd hoped!
I think we're going to all go to a special dough-nut shop and then to a park, instead.

I am reading...   nothing.  Just finished several Bill Bryson books I got for my birthday.  Hilarious.

I am hoping...    oh the fresh start of September always fills me with (unrealistic) hopes.   

This year... I will finally make and use monthly menu plans,
take control of the clutter in my house,
help the boys excel in all their studies,
effectively manage my personal time,
and return this old body to a single-digit clothing size.
And stop laughing hysterically at to myself.

  I am hearing...  the boys playing in their bedroom.  We're easing into school today.

I am remembering...   a year ago, this week Tate ended up in the hospital with a ruptured appendix for a nine-day stay.  So glad that is behind us!

From the learning rooms...   not a lot scheduled for today.  History, which the boys love, and some reading and writing.

From the kitchen...   feels like crock-pot weather to me (!) but nothing bubbling yet.

Around the house...   I'm holding off on the fall decorations until after our campout, but a pumpkin spice candle did find its way into the living room... ;D

On my mind...   coordinating school, soccer, and chores.

Noticing that...   what is it about summer and boys?  Is it something in the air?
They've all grown over an inch in height and up a shoe size or two.  And a half.
They grow like dandelions on steroids.

Pondering these words...   on polishing one's character,
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (i.e. the fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23) don't just happen.  They are forged in the crucible of difficult circumstances.  Very little happens when everything is going your way.  The important stuff happens when it's not.   Michael Hyatt

One of my favorite things...   autumn.

A few plans for the rest of the week...   school, soccer practices, party today :D

Here is a picture I'm sharing...

The boys and their cousin Ben from a hike last week...
... more pics later.


Felicity said...

September seems like such a strange time to start the school year... but I suppose if you live with it it is normal ;-)
It's summer here now and hot already (like September usually is) and I can already feel the lethargic feeling that summer brings... hmmm, not so good!

Abi's Blog said...

WOW! Beautiful picture - Isn't God awesome to create such beauty for us to enjoy. Makes me wish I lived in that area - but of course we all have beauty right around us - Right now not so much in the heat of August/ September - the calendar says Sept., the heat and humidity say August!

Choate Family said...

I love new beginnings - and it looks like you guys will have a great school year!

Proud of the boys for publicly announcing there faith and for braving the cold water :-)

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

This is a nice post. I hope to do well scheduling my personal time as well. So far, I'm not doing too great!

melissa said...

Hello, can I copy the questions?? Kids start in Sept too, they returned 2day(most of them at least)

The dB family said...

It's so beautiful there! So some did get colds? Hope they're feeling better soon. You're hoping list looks very much like mine. It's been a year already since that frightening time with Tate. Wow! I'm so glad he pulled through and has been a healthy weed :o) ever since!


Herding Grasshoppers said...

We had the cold-bug going around before the baptism. Ugh. What a snot-factory! ;D

melanie said...

Great Daybook, Julie ~ Love the hopeful list. I suppose I should get back on this meme this month.
Sorry you didn't have swimming weather for your party ~ sounds like you all need some hot peppermint tea and a bonfire instead.
Hmmm, maybe we could start a new trend and ((wait)) to start a new school year in January?? No? :-( Fun-haters! j/k
Wow, I might have to search your archives for the story of Tate's appendix ~ I remember when my brother was so sick with his... long, long ago...