Outside my window…you’ll find me.  We’re playing outside.  Looking in my window right now is pure pleasure.  We cleaned up every toy, every misplaced item.  I almost hesitate to take the kids inside.  I know the order is short-lived.

I am thinking…it is so easy to get caught up in my own little bubble over here, to forget that there’s a big world out there where life is moving along for everyone.  A nice long chat with a cousin in Maine this morning reminded me that life is happening, dear loved ones are growing older despite my tendency to keep everything stagnant in my mind.

I am remembering…Andrew’s reaction when Daxson walked out of his office a few days ago.  Andrew had just woken up from his nap and was out of sorts, crying, when he heard Daxson’s office door open.  Instantly he stopped crying, popped his little head up, and opened his eyes wide.  As soon as he saw Daxson, he clambered down from the couch and rushed to the window, exclaiming, “Da! Da! Daaaa!”

I am thankful…for well-behaved children at the grocery store this morning.

In the refrigerator…a peanut butter and pickle sandwich (because that’s what I crave at 10:00 at night) and lots of Thanksgiving food to prepare.

I am wearing…black pants and a pink t-shirt.  I’m not quite ready to pull out the maternity clothes, but I’m finding few things left that fit.

I am creating…beeswax candles with Joseph and William at William’s insistence.  He has such fond memories of making beeswax candles last year when we went to the Honeybee convention and luckily I had a beeswax candle kit in the closet.  A perfect craft for a fall day.

I am going…to get busy with my Christmas shopping soon.  I always try to finish all the gift shopping before Advent begins…it certainly makes for a much more focused Advent.

I am inspired…by Elizabeth Foss’ Advent and Christmas plans in Real Learning and I finally plan to follow the plans this year.

I am readingsadly, nothing in print.  I’m early to bed and early to rise and in my few spare moments, I’m poring over electric cooktop reviews and double oven recommendations.  Feel free to add your thoughts in a comment.

On my iPod…I honestly don’t know right now.  The last walk I took was before the morning sickness hit and that was the end of September.  Hopefully soon my energy will return.

I am looking forward to…Thanksgiving.

In our learning room…this week we will follow Five in a Row’s plans for Cranberry Thanksgiving (we have an old used copy, but I just noticed it must be back in print, because Amazon is offering it new)…one of our favorite Thanksgiving books.

Around the house…winter clothes are all pulled out, washed, and organized.  It always seems like such a huge task to sort clothes.  I’d love to hear how you store and sort your little ones’ seasonal clothing.

I am pondering…Jeremiah 29:11-14 and finding such comfort and joy in these words…“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope.  When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you.  When you look for me, you will find me.  Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord…”

I am praying…for America, for our leaders, for our liberties and for a sweet little five year old who is currently in Houston at the children’s hospital, still fighting for his life and for his mama and the pain she must feel each day as she holds his tiny hand.

One of my favorite things…crisp Autumn days and mulled apple cider.

A peek into my day

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