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, June 27, 2011

Daybook...post birthday weekend

Outside my window...
...blue skies, a lot of clouds, slight breeze, coolish temps -- a perfect summer day thus far. It's only 9 a.m., however.

I am thinking... 
...that I hope I don't get paved into my corner of the street today. The city is sealing the street and I am on the closed end of a court -- can't see the end from our house. I hope I hear them start before it's too late to move my car. I need to pick up Noah at 10:45. I should just move my car off the street, but where's the excitement in that?

(Noted later -- I did not get stuck on the street and they paved while I was gone. Good timing.)

I am thankful for...
...my grandma. We traveled this weekend to help her celebrate her 95th birthday on Saturday. We share a birthday so it was a wonderful way to celebrate (or not) my own. I don't think I've ever had a birthday when I thought less about my own birthday. Not a bad way to go. By the time we got home from our day trip it was 7:30 in the evening. We ordered pizza for dinner, I drank some lovely red wine and opened a few gifts. Low key all the way. We can party next year (for the big 5-0).

...my husband, who tries very hard to make birthdays special, even when the situation makes it difficult

...hot, (strong) black coffee, always

From the lesson plans...
...some fun new online math for Faith, which renewed some interest in times tables (thanks Suzie and Charlotte).
Listening to The Penderwicks on CD in the car and reading Little House on the Prairie at home.

From the kitchen...
...some chicken hot dogs with chili sauce for dinner, watermelon -- an easy summer dinner. The kids sampled the dogs at Trader Joes and said they were really good.

I am wearing...
...khaki crops and a blue top (do you think I'm boring yet? If you think that's all I ever wear, you'd almost be right! I'm the kind of person that finds a pair of pants I like and I buy them in three colors -- or three pair in the same color!).

I am creating...
...some more rosaries this week, just for fun, and pajamas for Faith. I'm starting baby quilts for my neighbor who is having twin girls this summer. Pink, aqua and brown are her nursery colors -- the fabrics I chose are too cute!

I am reading...
...The Distant Hours by Kate Morton the author of The Forgotten Garden. Having a harder time getting into this one -- the characters are not quite as interesting.

I am hoping...
...for some sewing time today, and a quiet relaxing evening -- trying to keep my expectations low  ;-)

I am hearing...
...Mario Galaxy on the Wii -- Faith woke up and turned it on first thing. Ugh.

Around the house...
...laundry to catch up on, as always. Picking up. I need to do a big clean in the basement, but not today. Tomorrow's another day. ;-) Haha, I wrote that last week and the basement still needs a big clean, but it was at least swept last week by one of the boys.

I am going...
...to go get Noah for the lunch break and maybe go to Target to kill time. Probably not a good thing.  (Later noted that I only spent about $60, which is good for me and Target.)

One of my favorite things...
...starting (and finishing) rosaries

...little girl baby doll pajamas

...birthday cake -- baked by moi

...Our Blessed Mother. Always.

I am praying for...
...my children, especially Noah, and my husband
...my mother-in-law recovering from hip replacement
...Doug's Uncle Walt who is having surgery on Wednesday
...Joshua's girlfriend, who is in Spain this week -- returning home on Friday
...my grandma, who I learned last night was taking an chronic overdose of aspirin and became very confused a few weeks ago -- the family needs to do something about her meds and her access to them
...our priests and all religious
...several soldiers
...all of the babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion this week

A few plans for the rest of the week...
...some sewing, some reading, some organizing, some relaxing -- I've got a pattern going here

A photo thought...
My grandma at her birthday party. And just so you know that a baseball-themed cake is not such an odd thing for a 95-year-old-grandma -- she's a huge Reds fan.



  1. I love your grandma's birthday cake! What a hoot! My oldest son shares a birthday with his grandma. Maybe one of these years they will get to celebrate together.

  2. Happy birthday to you and your grandma! Our Bun shares a birthday with his grandfather and they are blessed to be able to celebrate it together every year. They call themselves The Birthday Buddies. :)

  3. Lucky kids you have, both of you, to share a birthday with a grandparent. It's a great gift, and I guess, not so rare. :-)

  4. Happy birthday!!! I JUST started The Distant Hours last night. And I really hope you share a picture of the baby quilt!!

  5. Didn't know it was your birthday! Sorry I missed it--glad it was happy :)

    Your grandma's cake is not so weird. In my family that could very well have happened too. You're lucky to still have your grandma around.

    I truly enjoyed The Forgotten Garden. I'll wait to see what you think of this next one before I dive in. Those books are BIG!

  6. I'm glad you had a relaxing birthday! I hope this is your best year yet!

  7. I'm 51 and my grandma is 103 1/2 ! Still not quite half her age. We are so blessed.

  8. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like it was nice and low-key! How wonderful that your grandma is still living! That is such a blessing!!

    P.S. We are trying to plan a mini-vacation with the kids. Anna keeps asking if we can go to Ohio! I wonder why? =) She doesn't understand that the two of us can't just up and go on a road-trip! Besides not being able to just invite ourselves, I asked her, "What about the other 5 children?" She didn't seem too concerned! LOL!

  9. Sarah,
    You and all of your children are welcome at my house any time! Unfortunately there is this thing called 750-some miles between us.

    Maybe Faith and I can make a trip to Minnesota some day!

  10. Thanks, Barbara!! I just think it's so cute that she doesn't think it's a big deal to just invite herself (ourselves) over. Too cute! Oh!! And if my children were a little older, I might just take you up on that offer. It would give us something fun to do for a few days. But I can't imagine driving those 750 miles with all six of them. It would take us FOREVER! You and Faith are always welcome here, too. You'd have lots of friends to visit, that is for sure :)

  11. P.S. Although it would be fun to just come with Anna, too. It would be dreamy, actually! Ha!! But finding help with the others for that long would take more planning than I think I could handle at this point. Oh well. One can dream, can't she?!


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