Outside my window......warming up to 16 degrees and snowing. It was absolutely frigid all weekend staying under 10 both days I think. It may be June before my toes thaw. I stayed bundled under blankets as much as possible -- I just can't get warm.
I am thinking......about the week ahead. Noah will go for a visit to the high school he will attend next year and sit in on classes tomorrow. It should be interesting to get his reaction. He's never sat in a classroom before (not since kindergarten!).
I am thankful for......my room heater. I think we might school in the family room today. Brrr!
From the lesson plans......Week 19: moving on to composition in English for Noah; a switch to Thinking Skills from Comprehension in reading; enjoying biology in science and plugging along in American History.
...Faith is enjoying reading, English and spelling; not so much times tables -- "I can't do it!" she cries.
From the kitchen......Cream of Wheat and toast for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, and Chicken Tortilla Casserole for dinner.
I am wearing......a khaki knit skirt, brown tights, brown turtleneck and brown wool clogs. Plus MM earrings.
I am creating......a scarf for my niece. Must finish up the quilt this week.
I am reading......Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.
I am hoping......that the dinner we are hosting for our pastor and associate pastor on Saturday goes well. I get so stressed about these things -- will dinner be good? will the children bicker? will I get the house clean enough? Something will go wrong, but it won't be the expected!
I am hearing......my space heater and house creaks -- Doug and Joshua left earlier and the other two are still in bed. I hate to wake them when it's so cold.
Around the house......a little bit of laundry. Must change the boys' sheets and wipe up the downstairs bath; heavy cleaning later in the week.
I am going......probably nowhere today -- too cold. I would like to get the kids out of the house; except for Mass yesterday they've been no where since Thursday. I'd like to pack up some books and head to the library, but every time we do that they are distracted (the library is so noisy these days!) and nothing gets done. What do you do to escape from the house to do school?
One of my favorite things......a weekend with no particular plans and lots of time to knit between loads of laundry.
I am praying for......my children, my niece, baby Joseph, and baby Avery, three (four? Jennie?) soldiers, in particular, and all of the babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion today.
A few plans for the rest of the week......school visit for Noah tomorrow -- maybe Faith and I will hang out at the library nearby, homeschool PE, drum lessons, and the priests for dinner on Saturday.
Thought for the day......from St. Francis de Sales, feast day January 24:
Be at Peace
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and everyday.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.