Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Life on Hold

Sometimes you get a call that stops everything, that freezes your breath and makes you wonder if you can make such a recovery again.

In that moment everything moves slowly and sound disappears and you worry about the strangest things.

Where are the other kitchen towels?

Why is my floor so cold?

We've been here before: we call it the land of lay-off, a.k.a. all too familiar terrain.

We praise God for giving us the grace to deal with the news the day of the call, for reminding us to find our hope in Him, and we're especially grateful and humbled that He caught us just one day after the call with the opportunity for temporary work out of state. We do not know if it will last a week, a month or longer, but we praise Him for the work while we have it, and our prayers continue.

I'm beginning to think the true title for this place should be "On My Knees" as I perpetually find myself there.

Monday, September 13, 2010

September Daybook

Outside my window... At least 3 lawnmowers. Everyone is getting ready for fall. Our temperatures are already 10 degrees cooler and everything is changing accordingly.

I am listening to... a Blue Whale book on tape. Ender's Blue Whale project has hit week 6.

I am wearing... Jeans and a black button down blouse. I'm adding my shalom sweater later when I start to get cold.

I am thankful for...

The long weekend away with all of my siblings and their spouses and the little baby cousins!
News of a new little cousin joining us next spring
Quiet and adventure in the same trip
Trying something new and *loving* it

I am thinking... about a tiny re-vamp to one portion of our schooling that is taking far too long for a Kindergartener.

I am reading... The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola

I am creating... mittens (still in need of thumbs and lining), the shawl KAL (part way through section 4!), and finishing a sleeve on SOMETHING.

Always learning... We've been sticking strictly with phonics and math only for the last week and then heading outside for the rest of our time while the weather is pleasant. Ender is still firmly occupied with blue whales (though he is starting to branch out into other types of whales) and the most common game around here is "you be krill and I'll be the blue whale. Watch out or I'll eat you!!!"

Around the house... we are getting ready for a bit of a remodel. We have plans for new windows after some were broken in a storm, a new coat of paint for several rooms, and hopefully some new flooring for the kitchen if we have enough money left over after windows.

I am planning... for fall meals. Right now the plan is for 2 weeks of meals that repeat through November and make good use of the crockpot on the days I work later in the evenings.

I am hoping... for a bit of grace as we adjust to Brian's new work schedule, the beginning of the studio's full schedule, and a little change to our schooling.

One of my favorite things... playing Acquire and Settlers of Cattan into the late hours with my brothers (which only happens once or twice a year).

A few plans for the rest of the week... getting all the vacation laundry caught up, a room swap, getting back into the swing of a full time work schedule, and flag football for the boys (I'm pretty sure that is going to be a riot!).
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