::Outside My Window::
It's kind of "grayish"--not as sunshiny as last week--but I hear some birds singing every little bit, so I still have the hope of spring!
::I am Listening to::
My older two listening to online stories.
::I am wearing ::
My white ruffled shirt and a flowered skirt I just got that is way too long. After tripping on it for the rest of the day, I think I will take it to my personal seamstress (aka my mom) to shorten some.
::I am Thankful For::
So much! My husband comes to mind at the moment. He sent me the sweetest text today just when I needed it. I love that man!
::I am Pondering::
How to get back into a routine after a few rough weeks of sickness and exhaustion.
::I am Reading::
I just finished Green by Ted Dekker last night. The kids and I are also reading Little Men as a read-aloud at night. I have a big stack of books to read, but I'm not sure what's next.
::From the Kitchen::Dishes are done--a big accomplishment lately! I'm planning on meatloaf and cheddar potato strips tonight with some veggies.
::I am Thinking:
Um....isn't this the same as pondering which I answered above?
::I am Creating::
I always hate this one because I'm not very creative. Other than blog posts, other articles and lists, I don't do much creating.
::On my iPod::My iPod isn't actually working right now. I usually just use Pandora at home or cds in the car. Old fashioned, aren't I?
:: Towards raising hungry learners::
I'm not sure how "hungry" she is about it, but Jessica is valiantly plodding away at learning her multiplication tables, and Jeffery is doing quite well reading the Bob books. Jerrod is learning to communicate a little more clearly. He said "pizza" at lunch today and helped me load all the silverware into the dishwasher.
:: Towards Rhythm and Beauty::
We did the 15 minute clean up in several rooms today in order to restore the rhythm and beauty of our house! Jessica has done better at practicing piano lately--she just started her second set of books which gives a little more motivation. I'm thinking of starting music class with Jeffery on our at-home days.
::To Live the Life ::
I'm trying to get out more and not be inside as much. Social life is hard for me because I'm more of a detail person than a people person. I'm trying to focus more on people, particularly my family, and friends as well.
::I am Hoping and Praying:
For a real revival in my heart and in my church. I don't want to play games or mess around with the superficial. Green has got me thinking again how close Christ's return could be!
:: In the Garden::Jeff has been doing some indoor gardening in hopes of getting some things ready for planting around Mother's Day. He is planning a rose garden for me--one of my dreams that I am totally inept at fulfilling for myself.
::Around the House::
The downstairs is picked up and toys are in a box waiting to be put away when the baby wakes up. (No, I will NOT wake up a child even for the sake of a clean house!) I have some laundry loads waiting to be folded when my quiet time is over.
::One of My Favorite Things:
Right now it's a good cup of hot tea! I was out of the habit of drinking it after guzzling morning coffee for so long, but now I can't get enough of Adagio tea!
::The Kids this week::
Jessica - After hearing Dave Ramsey on the Focus on the Family broadcast last week talking about teaching kids about finances, Jessica and I decided we had let the system slip a little. We clarified what jobs exactly are "being part of the family" jobs, and which ones she gets "commission" for. She's making plans for expanding her recycling "business": "I might hire Jeffery to help a little later, but I want to make sure he'll be a responsible employee first." Good thinking! :-)
Jeffery - Coming up from children's church at our church yesterday morning, Jeffery excitedly announced, "I did good at self control today---I kept my hands to myself the whole time!" As I congratulated him, he ran over and tackled his brother to the ground. I guess enough is enough! :-)
Jerrod - My little one has been loving on me a lot lately. He started a new habit of standing in his crib with his arms around me, patting my back for a few minutes before he lays down to sleep. And, when I go to change his diaper, he hold up his little chubby arms and says, "Hug?" Sometimes he even throws in a kiss. Ah!
Baby J - He/she hasn't been doing much but growing lately--at least not that I can report on. Online pregnancy sites are reporting that this little one is the size of a grape right now. Which means my extending belly must be from the cookies and pizza I ate this week instead of a growing baby. Uh oh!
::A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week::
Revival services every night, giving piano lessons one afternoon, zoo class for Jessica and play group at the zoo with the boys, gym and piano lessons for Jessica, and a party for a friend. We have to fit school in there somewhere, too. Whew! Just typing that makes me tired!
Hope you all have a great week as well! If you decide to do the daybook, please give me a link in the comments. I'd love to stop by and read yours!