Outside my window.......cold and dark. There was a real chill in the air today. The leaves are really changing now. It's so beautiful. And the evening skies have just been awesome! I LOVE this time of year.
I am thinking.......about how we haven't done a Teatime in a long time! Ugh. So hard to do it all. The kids really love those, though, so I need to get on it ASAP.
I am thankful for......Taylor's math program. She's using Teaching Textbooks and she is loving it. Well, she's loving it as much as she could possibly ever "love" math, which isn't very much. But it's the best we've used, probably ever.
I am wearing.....pj pants and a long sleeved cotton shirt, white socks and my most favorite comfy robe in the world! I've had it for years, but it's so warm. And brrrr it's chilly in here.
I am remembering.....my big brother, Jack. We are coming up on the 10 year anniversary of his death on November 1st. Can't believe it's been that long. We miss him so much.
I am going....on a trip to see my dad and his wife, in the near future. My siblings and their families are meeting us up there, so we are still working out schedules and trying to pick a good time. I'm looking forward to it!
I am reading.....many wonderful stories about Africa with Sky and Alexa. We are working along with the Serendipity lesson plans and are really enjoying it. I'm not reading a book just for myself right now, though. *sighs*
I am hoping....that Evan sleeps well tonight. He has a cold. He's fine during the day, his usual spunky, superhero self. But at night he has trouble sleeping and really gets fussy.
On my mind.....just trying to figure out how to be the best "me" I can be for those that need me most. I have spent far too much time comparing myself to other Catholic, homeschooling families we know. And in doing so I am doing a disservice to myself, my husband and my children. My parenting, my actions and my life are for no one but God to judge.
Noticing that....Evan speaks so well and comprehends so much. He's got a great sense of humor, too. Alexa is so compassionate and sensitive to the needs of others. She's a real peacemaker. Skylar is growing up right before my eyes. She's becoming a young lady, but very much still Skylar. I sort of wish I could slow her down a bit. Taylor has so much talent. She really does. Her drawing class is going well. You should see some of her drawings! Amazing! And she's sewing Alexa's Halloween costume, too. It's looking so cute, already. And lately she's been cooking some really great dinners! She's so helpful to me!
Pondering these words.....Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. ~Dr. Seuss (might not be "deep", but it's what I need right now).
From the kitchen....meals planned for every day! Yay! I've been sticking to a menu with lots of yummy, nutritious foods that the kids love! Well, they don't all love everything, but the menu has something for everyone. Each child looks forward to a different day. Although they ALL seem to love the Stuffed Pepper Casserole.
Around the house.....the laundry is almost caught up, thanks to the help of Taylor. And Alexa and Sky help by folding towels, too. Evan even likes to fold washcloths! We're starting him young! The house is really in decent shape, considering how much schooling has been staying on track. Usually it is so tough to balance. The kids' helping out makes all the difference.
One of my favorite things.....coffee in the mornings...with my french vanilla creamer. Love it.
From my picture journal....
the pure joy of childhood...and I am holding on to hers as long as I can.
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