Friday, November 20, 2009

Rainy Friday Daybook

Outside my window … pouring rain. I knew this unseasonably-warm, sunny weather would change. It reminds me that I need to enjoy each moment because life, like the weather, can change so quickly.

I am thinking … that I am finally tired of eating Halloween candy. I am in the mood for baking today.

I am thankful for … modern medicine and that my croupy baby slept a little better last night thanks to some oral steroids.

I am reading At Some Disputed Barricade by Anne Perry (one of my absolute favorite authors and a book I have had for almost a year now waiting to be read).

I am hoping … that Russell on Survivor actually wins the whole thing. I was anti-Russell in the beginning, but I have to admire that guy now - one of the best players in Survivor history.

On my mind … that Advent is fast-approaching. Shawn and I agree that we want a peaceful, joyful Advent season. No frenetic shopping, running around, or other general chaos.

We’re learning … subtraction patterns (Jamie), how to write our name (Clare), counting past 25 (Simon), and pulling up and cruising (Violet).

Noticing that … my house is getting neater and neater every day!

Pondering these words … "If God can work through me, He can work through anyone." --St. Francis of Assisi

From the kitchen … as I said, I am in the mood for baking. I am thinking banana bread and pumpkin muffins today.

Around the house … we're clearing out space for furniture. My dad is bringing us my old childhood bedroom furniture next weekend. It will eventually be in the girls' room, but we need some space for it!

One of my favorite things … my Keurig.

A picture I am sharing

Jamie in action in the classroom. He is so handsome in his uniform!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Daybook

I read about this idea on a blog I follow and loved it. I love having my Clare's Journey blog, but I don't have the time anymore to be as faithful as I used to be. (Geez, why would that be?) So this is an easy way for me to stay connected and keep on recording moments of our life as it whirls around us. I am going to try to do this at least once a week.

Outside my window … it's a gorgeous, sunny, crisp November day. I have not set foot outside this house for an entire week now due to recovering from my kidney surgery. I am looking forward to joining my sister Christina (who with her baby Casey has been helping out around here for a few days) on the afternoon school pick-up rounds.

I am thinking … how blessed I am to have this incredible support system around me who love me, Shawn, and our children so much that they will drop their lives for a couple days to pick up ours.

I am thankful for … a hard-working, family-devoted husband who got up at the crack of dawn this morning to fly to Philadelphia for the day, but arranged his flights so he would be home in time to put the kids to bed.

I am readingThe Virgin Queen's Daughter by Ella March Chase. I love my historical fiction (especially of the Tudor period).

I am hoping … there is some way I can finish my Christmas shopping before Thanksgiving. Nine days left.

On my mind … all those children with Williams syndrome who are currently fighting for their lives.

We’re learning … that the family can survive without Mommy being on her toes for a while, although it does put a crimp in the laundry schedule.

Noticing that … I will never be a bikini model. Unless it's Frankenstein's bikini model. Why did they have to put one of my incisions right through my belly button?

Pondering these words … “I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much.” — Blessed Mother Teresa

From the kitchen … my deep freezer is stocked with all sorts of delectable dishes to get us through the next couple of weeks without having to cook.

Around the house … oh my goodness, it is a mess! But I am so grateful for Shawn, Diane, Leslie, and Christina who have kept it together for me!

One of my favorite things … listening to Clare and Simon play quietly downstairs, their imaginations running wild.

A picture I am sharing

Those bright blue eyes, those cheeks, she is so lovable!