...we have received a break from the frigid cold, and have rain and it is moderately warm (for a January day in Ohio). It's very gray out, as was most of the weekend. In fact, I am not certain the last time I saw the sun. That's typical central Ohio. Don't come here if you have seasonal affective disorder.
In my thoughts...
...my big heavy sigh (in my post title) is more a physical thing than emotional, although it is a bit of an emotional sigh, too. This past weekend was the Rite of Welcome/Acceptance retreat for Taylor and I. I went into the retreat with a fairly closed mind, which wasn't fair. I didn't realize how much I was holding my breath about it until Saturday morning. I woke up feeling anxious and sick. We had been at the retreat on Friday evening so I knew what was coming. As a fairly introverted person, I dislike being put into a position where I feel forced to be outgoing (as all introverts do). Also, Taylor found out mid-week last week that her primary sponsor (the student the Newman Center assigned as her sponsor) was unable to complete her commitment, and the center was going to try to find another sponsor, which she was really feeling upset about. Fortunately, I had planned to attend the retreat and Rite anyway, and now the center director has agreed I can be her primary sponsor.
I am really pleased to be able to help out in this way, though I wasn't sure I would mix well with the team, and the other sponsors and students. I have realized now that I fit in just as I am, a mother figure, and one who can hopefully offer something that would have otherwise been missing. God, in His infinite wisdom has offered this opportunity to me. Now, I have to get my act together so I can leave my family every Sunday and be away most of the day for Mass and meetings until Easter.
In the school room...
...working around an orthodontist appointment, we got in pretty much a whole school day. I love Faith's science book this year. It's old (but updated recently) and I love how they are explaining the solar system. Good, good stuff. (OLD good stuff.)
On the table...
...Beef Daube Provençal, egg noodles, Brussel sprouts, and corn muffins for dinner.
Today I am wearing...
...a gray cashmere/cotton knit skirt, a navy turtleneck and my new shawl.
I am reading...
...Stella Bain by Anita Shreve on my Kindle, and listening to O Pioneer! by Willa Cather on my wireless earbuds.
A few of my favorite things...
Christmas tea with honey..I buy six boxes so I can savor it through the winter.
This darling little honey pot, I received from my aunt and uncle for Christmas. Love.
My new tea kettle...love, love, love. If you drink tea, this is a wonderful thing to have.
I am thankful...
...for my faith, for the freedom to practice and teach my faith
...for a warm home, food in the pantry
...healthy children and husband
Prayers sent heavenward for...
...my husband and children
...the homeless and those without good shelter and meals
...all those who are sick and alone
...my son, to learn his chemistry this semester
...our priests and religious, especially our parish priests, and Fr. Howe
...all the babies whose mothers are contemplating abortion this week, for a change of heart
Photo for the day...
counterclockwise, beginning at at 9 o'clock...remnants of a bad cold
a fingerless glove on the needles, now finished and onto no. 2
lesson plans on loose leaf -- ten a half years into homeschooling I have finally realized I hate writing in tiny planner boxes -- so freeing
wireless earbuds -- also freeing
loads of candy from the tree and candy dishes -- I guess my children are too grown up for candy (sad face)
above-mentioned Christmas tea -- yum