Outside my window…these three are playing happily.  {Enter sigh of gratitude here}october-2016-023_1_1

I am remembering…a quick visit with friends this weekend.  We were honored to be invited to watch Hannah and Rebecca at their swim competition and then we drove out to the beach to splash around for a bit.  Dax and William were thrilled to have the opportunity to learn and play Cricket thanks to Tim’s brilliant idea of bringing along his cricket bat and wickets.october-2016-106_1_1 october-2016-108_2_1 october-2016-109_3_1 october-2016-111_4_1 october-2016-116_5_1 october-2016-124_6_1 october-2016-128_7_1 october-2016-142_1_1 october-2016-157_1_1october-2016-007_1_1 october-2016-010_2_1 october-2016-015_3_1 october-2016-027_4_1 october-2016-043_5_1 october-2016-054_6_1 october-2016-055_7_1

I am thankful for…the week we had along a creek that was tucked into the side of the Mark Twain Forest in Missouri.  My heart is joyful, my memories are beautiful, and my hard drive is full of incredible photos that I want to share with you.  I just need a moment to catch up with my thoughts and reflections.  missouri-october-2016-399_1_1

I am watching…Joey use the stencils I had as a kid.  I remember many rainy afternoons in my childhood with my stencils and my handy crayon box by my side. october-2016-020_3_1

I am listening…to the MacGyver (clarification: the original MacGyver theme song…not sure what the new MacGyver theme music is but the show is certainly not the same so we’re skipping that and still watching the original on Amazon Prime) theme as Katie climbs up and down the playset.

I am wondering…which of my kids had my camera and took this silly shot.october-2016-005a_1_1

I am laughing…at the contradiction in this picture.  A bathing suit with an umbrella?  september-2016-015_1_1

I am reflecting…on gratitude and how it’s woven into the inner seams of my life as I ponder my next post for Corpus Christi Moms Blog.  (Did I send you over here yet?  My picture on there?  An excuse to pick up a new shirt during Talbot’s huge shirt sale!)

In the schoolroom…reordering my way of thinking as I journey through Charlotte Mason’s 20 principles.  I never realized what a Herbartian educator I am!  Changes are afoot.

Around the house…well…the washer had an issue in the middle of the night on Sunday.  The repairman just made it out today.  That’s a lot of laundry stacked up and waiting to be run.  Hate to admit just how reliant I am on that beast of a machine.  Shhh, please don’t tell it I called it a beast…I really need it to cooperate.

In the kitchen…gluten free sugar cookies.  I hardly ever buy gluten free mixes (they’re so pricey) and I rarely ever buy anything from Immaculate Baking (cause they’re, well, pretty pricey) but for some random reason (which I am not about to question) my grocery store had a blow-out sale on Immaculate Baking’s gluten free cooking mixes…as in $1.24/mix.  That’s cheap in the gluten free world!  I stocked up and we are enjoying our stash.

I am wearing…today it’s black shorts and a red faded Gap shirt.  BUT last week, I was impressively dressed with this beautiful skirt my sister made me (although sadly for the skirt, I paired it with the same faded red Gap shirt I’m wearing today…it really didn’t do the skirt justice, so I’m keeping my eyes peeled for a different shirt to wear next time).  missouri-october-2016-573_1_1 missouri-october-2016-578_2_1

We are preparing for…Halloween.  Decorations are out.  Costumes are being assembled.  Now I just need to turn their minds toward the meaning behind the celebration as we should be spending our time preparing our hearts for All Saints and All Souls Days.

Someday I am going to miss…conversations like this:

(in the car on the way to Yaya’s)

Katie:  Mommy, I NEED you.

Andrew: No, Katie, you don’t NEED Mommy.  You need water and food.

Joey: And air.

Mommy: And shelter.

William:  Oh yeah, you definitely need shelter.

Andrew: Why?

William (sounding extremely serious and looking like the perfect know-it-all): Because without shelter, you could die from exposure.

Joey: Oh no, what’s that?  Exposure?

William: I have no idea.

I am listening…to The Little Paris Bookshop.  I love the idea that books can heal our souls. 

One of my favorite things…Katie’s heart touches.  Ever since she quit nursing (on her 3rd birthday), she always asks if she can give me a heart touch.  She kisses me just below my neck and then covers it with her hand as if to seal it.  I am going to be so sad when our heart-touching days end.

A peek into my day…caught these two loving each other during Bible time the other day.october-2016-016_4_1

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One thought on “Daybook

  1. Oh my gosh! As always I love the pictures and comments. I will have to say that I too will miss the heart touches. She gives me one every now and then and I love it.



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