Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Monday, January 24, 2011

Daybook....Frozen January Monday


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.



  1. I do not miss Ohio or the North this time of year! Yesterday was chilly here, the morning started out at 25 degrees. The kids needed their winter coats, but not for long as it warmed up to about 57.

    I remember this time last year, I wore pants to mass, something I never do, three weekends in a row because it was SO cold!

    Of course, come May - September, you may feel free to remind me how wonderful the weather is up there!

  2. :-) He left for Fort Benning yesterday. Not a deployment, but he'll be down there until he retires in April 2012. Hopefully, he'll be able to get home once a month or so on long weekends.

    Thanks for the prayers!

  3. I have had luck staying warm with a corn bag - I just stitched up a sack about 8" x 24" or so (any size works fine) and filled it with field corn - of course rice works too. I heat mine for about 3:30 in the microwave since it's so big and it keeps me toasty for quite a while. Of course it works best when you're sitting in one spot, but if you're moving around hopefully that'd help keep you warm all in itself. :>)

  4. Love those earrings! I might have to make some since I have earring findings around here somewhere...

    Here's a story that will ease your fears about your priests coming over...something I never do because I'm scarred for life...

    We had our favorite priest over and I decided to serve tacos, something the kids love, and I had heard that they get tired of roast beef and mashed potatoes. To make it easy, I prepared all the shells in advance and placed them in a basket for serving. The kids were fairly young then (11 & under?) and it was always labor intensive to fix everyone's tacos at the table. Anyway, Don and Father went first, and then he handed the basket to Tom (5?) who dropped them all on the floor! Fortunately, Father had been served and the rest were mostly usable. But we've never been able to get the stain out of the rug!

    At least your kids are old enough that that shouldn't happen.

  5. We lived in Ohio for 6 years, about an hour SW of you Barbara, and that is probably the thing I remember most vividly about living in Ohio: Winters there are chilling to the bone!
    It is so terribly damp, and when those temps get to that certain point --- there is NO warming up.

    In fact, my parents came from MN to visit one winter, and left a few days early b/c they were too cold and could. not. warm up! They vowed to never visit OH again in the winter -- and never did.

    It may sound crazy, but I'll take my MN cold any day over Ohio cold! (It is cold enough here, that the humidity actually freezes out of the air.)

    Praying for warmth for you...


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