"God made us for joy. God is joy, and the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us." (St. John Paul the Great)

Monday, October 19, 2009

My Daybook - October 19, 2009

For Today... Monday, October 19, 2009

Outside my window... it a mild autumn evening. The last couple of days have been beautiful -- sunny and sixties. The forecast is rain and snow for the foreseeable future again. ☹

I am thinking... about Father Humberto's homilies lately. Almost every day I am challenged to grow in holiness. I am thinking I should start writing down what challenges me in my prayer journal each day after Mass.

I am thankful for... a wonderful husband. We celebrated our ten-year anniversary on Friday. My in-laws came over to watch the three older kids for the afternoon and evening. My husband came home at about 1:00 after teaching. We drove to Stillwater, went out for coffee, walked through the shops (I know, he's great isn't he? What guy plans a window shopping trip to celebrate his anniversary, except one that knows his wife loves it and hasn't done it FOREVER? But we did find a really cool store with every kitchen gadget imaginable and he thought it was as cool as I did. And all we bought was a cross-shaped cookie cutter for $1.40!) We also had a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant. (We spent two semesters together in Italy and got engaged in Rome and, though neither of us has any Italian blood, we consider ourselves Italian by desire.) We brought The Baby home at her bedtime and went to another coffee shop for dessert, a game of Mancala, and some more time alone together. It was wonderful! I love you, Sweetheart!

From the school room... The Girls are really motivated this week. They finished almost all of their language arts for the week today! And The Boy's reading has really taken off these last two weeks!

From the kitchen... I went to Sam's Club yesterday and stocked up on meat, so today I was repackaging it into smaller amounts and vacuum sealing it for the freezer. I always feel stocked after the monthly trip to Sam's. I also still have two monster zucchini in the refrigerator that I need to shred for bread.

I am wearing... jeans, an orange long-sleeve tee, and my tennis shoes (that really need to be replaced, but I've already thrown away two pairs of shoes in the last three months that literally fell apart!).

I am creating ... hmmm ... can't think of anything right now ... a balanced checkbook? plans for the weekend? a clean desk? All of these are in the works right now.

I am going... to make myself a cup of tea and take some work up to bed when I'm done with this post.

I am reading... mostly work-related stuff.

I am hoping... that I don't get sick. Four of the six of us have drippy noses and/or coughs, including my DH and The Baby -- they have it worst and are absolutely miserable! I am also hoping that, despite said sicknesses, I am able to get a little sleep tonight. It feels like FOREVER since I got more than three hours in a row. Poor Baby!

I am hearing... The Baby, who is sitting on my lap, whimpering and coughing and trying to nurse, and my DH in the kitchen sniffling.

Around the house... kleenex boxes, Vicks, hot tea, hot showers, blankets, and slippers.

One of my favorite things... yet oft taken for granted ... HEALTH!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Survival. Little Flowers has been canceled -- one of the girls' families is recovering from H1N1. We're supposed to have a friend over for dinner tomorrow night ... we'll see in the morning.

Here are some picture-thoughts I am sharing... oh, how fast they grow!

The Girls at their first dance performance (April 2006)

The Girls at Oireachtas last year (November 2008)

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  1. I love the girls outfits! And yes, being out of a camera sucks. I see you are in Duluth. I'm in MN too! Woodbury area. Nice to meet ya!


  2. OK, I have to ask, is that their real hair? How did you get it that curly? (if it is)

    Fun to see the difference a couple years makes!


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