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, July 11, 2011


Outside my window...
...hot, hot, sunny, hot. Praying for rain, for breezes, for rain, for clouds, for autumn. Alright, now that I have established that I'm not pleased with the weather...

I am thinking... 
...about my children's sore throats, first Faith and now Noah (and Faith still has hers). We are headed to the doctor today. And before you call children's services because Faith has had a sore throat for five days, know that she had no fever and was very active. I'm 99% sure it's not strep. Likely bacterial tonsillitis.

I am thankful for... 
...pain medicines for children

...good movies on Netflix

...printable coloring pages

...available medical care

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

From the lesson plans...
...we've done no lessons since Faith came down with a sore throat last Wednesday.

From the kitchen...
...Chicken Nachos for the kids and I, Doug has a golf outing. We'll eat some watermelon and Bing Cherries to round the meal out. And maybe I'll make some more Arnold Palmer Ice which was a huge hit last night. 

I am wearing...
...khaki crops and a blue top, Our Lady of Guadalupe earrings. 

I am creating...
...a wire-wrapped rosary with jasper and crystal beads, and a very sweet baby quilt in pink, brown and aqua for one of the twins expected next door this month. I'm over halfway finished piecing one, but I have a long way to go.

I am reading...
...The Distant Hours by Kate Morton the author of The Forgotten Garden. Not spending a lot of time reading this summer. It feels very odd.

I am hoping...

...to make some progress on the basement this week. I need to patch and sand walls, and paint, but I'm contemplating just doing one wall at a time. The whole house falls apart when mama is involved in a project, so I'm trying to prevent become all-consumed. I need to paint the walls, pull up the carpet (not alone) and replace the carpet with carpet tiles, paint a bookcase and move some furniture downstairs. This is all to create a space for Joshua because he is staying home and commuting to college this year instead of living in.

I am hearing...
...the blue-jays calling from the trees out back.

Around the house...
...laundry to catch up on, as always. That basement project.

I am going...
...to the pediatrician's office and probably the drug store.

One of my favorite things...
...hot strawberry scones for breakfast
...blue jays
...my iPhone for checking email and Google reader when I am stuck somewhere away from home
...Our Blessed Mother. Always.

I am praying for...
...my children, especially Noah who is giving me a lot of angst these days, and my husband

...my mother-in-law recovering from hip replacement

...Doug's Uncle Walt who is recovering from a wicked bad surgery due to bladder cancer

...young Emily (do you know of her?) who decided to discontinue treatment for leukemia

...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...
...I'll be going to orientation with Joshua on Wednesday and otherwise I'll be in the basement if you need me

Thought for the day...
from St. Benedict, feast day today: "Idleness is the enemy of the soul; and therefore the brethren ought to be employed in manual labor at certain times, at others, in devout reading."


  1. Great quote by St. Benedict!

    (Does leaving a friendly comment on a blog count as manual labor?)

    Keeping you in my prayers, Barbara. I am thankful for you!

  2. Do you actually have a "day book" journal? I would love one and think my kids would too. I am soooo happy I found your blog. I am a convert and have always dreamed og homeschooling my kids but haven't gotten the courage yet. It is so nice to read how your family works.

  3. Have fun in the basement! I finally went somewhere with my kids and was amazed the at the progress made on the "fire house" (home that caught fire in Jan.). I asked if it had really been 3 days since I left the house! I spent a lot of time in the basement!

  4. Thank you for your prayers, dear Margaret. You know St. Benedict's rule: ora et labora.

  5. Lexi, I do not keep a daybook journal, though it certainly is a nice idea.

  6. You did, Sara! It seems it's been weeks.


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