"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)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My Daybook - May 11, 2010

Outside my window... it is cool and rainy, and it looks like it's going to be that way for a while.

I am listening to... one of The Girls working diligently on her schoolwork. Otherwise, the house is still quiet this morning.

I am thinking... about houses. It appears that we will be moving into a transitional house provided for us by the University when we move to Bismarck in mid-July. Though it means we'll have to move twice (ugh!), it will be nice to not have to jump into a home-buying situation without being familiar with the area. As I look at the available houses on-line, I am prompted to ask you homeschooling mothers: What are the most important features/must haves for a large homeschooling family? I would love your input!

I am thankful for... a nice Mother's Day spent with my family. The kids (with Daddy's help) prepared a basket of my favorite goodies for my Mother's Day gift: chocolate doughnuts for with my morning coffee, Nonni's biscotti for with my afternoon coffee, Ferrero Rocher candies for with my evening red wine, a bottle of my favorite Tempranillo, a box of Merlot for everyday drinking, and Crystal Light raspberry ice on-the-go drink mix. I will be enjoying my Mother's Day treats for weeks to come.

I am praying... for my Dad's speedy recovery. He is at home now and his pain seems to be finally under control.

I am hoping...
to see sunshine and warmer temperatures soon. I'd like to take the kids for a walk in the woods on Friday.

From the kitchen... we went to Sam's Club this past Saturday and stocked up on a few things again. It was nice not to have to cook on Sunday. My DH prepared my favorite egg bake and caramel rolls for breakfast. We had pizza at my in-laws after Mass. And dinner -- tri-tip steak, roasted potatoes with rosemary and garlic, and roast asparagus -- yummy!

From the schoolroom... We are working hard to finish all necessary schoolwork by the end of May so that I have six weeks or so for packing and cleaning.

I am creating... order in the basement. again. This time I am packing things as I go. Is there one area of your house that tends to get out of control quicker than others? It seems that no matter where I live, there is always that one place where I throw things I don't want to deal with at the moment -- the Christmas decoration I forgot to pack away with the others, a shirt that needs a button sewn on, something that should really be kept in the garage but it's too cold to bring it out right now. Pretty soon, those things have multiplied and I have a huge task before me.

I am reading... When the Emperor was Divine -- it is the story of one Japanese family's internment camp experience after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Pondering these words... from the Mass -- what a great way to start a day!
Deliver us, Lord, from every evil, and grant us peace in our day. In your mercy keep us free from every sin and protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Noticing that... The Baby is awake and it's time to get in the shower and really start the day.

Around the house... just a few things to pick up before we have company tonight. I should also sift through the growing pile of papers on my desk.

One of my favorite things... the smell of a spring rain.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Today: a staff meeting this morning and a meeting with a student of my husband's and his fiancee this evening after the kids are in bed
Wednesday and Thursday: dance nights for The Girls
Saturday: a Blue Knights meeting for The Boy and an evening out with friends, adults only, to the Science Museum and then for drinks or dessert (yeah!)

A picture-thought I am sharing:

pink stirring sisters

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1 comment:

  1. we move a lot and my must haves are; a roomy open kitchen dining area (in this house we took down a wall and used the adjacent family room as a dining room)....a bit of earth for gardening keeps little hands very busy with important work)...and lots and lots of bookcases :-) Happy adventure!


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