Outside My Window ...it is an absolutely beautiful autumn morning.
Towards a daily rhythm ...
I've ditched the block plans
altogether. Unexpected doctor's appointments and a myriad of crises have pushed those organizing strategies out of my realm of possibility. Instead, I sit down on Sunday evening and pull from each of the Serendipity
topics I'm using for each child, cutting and pasting straight from the blog onto a Word document.This takes about an hour, in total,to finish all seven individual plans. Then, they each have a checklist for the week. I know which lessons I need to present to them all together and I make sure to get those going early in the week. The children who are old enough transfer the list items to their plan books and plot their time for the week. It's working well enough. I'm sad that we haven't been able to co-op at all, due to the amount of time I'm spending out of the house, but I'm grateful that I'm still able to virtually co-op as we plan. The lesson plans themselves have been an enormous blessing. I'm so grateful for the hard work and the camaraderie of the women working on Serendipity.
I am thankful for ...Margie Brandquist, my midwife
. It's becoming increasingly doubtful that I'll have a low-lights, quiet room, low technology labor and delivery that we midwife-lovers like to have. But what I've found is that a Certified Nurse Midwife with hospital privileges becomes one's greatest medical advocate and dear friend when things threaten to become complicated. She might not actually catch this baby but she'll be there, along with the excellent team she's assembling. I'm thankful I can trust her.
From the kitchen ...The Refrigerator is Fixed at Long Last
Leftover Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes
and for dinner:
Penne Rustica (Christian's request--his first name is Matthew and I owe him a feast day dinner)
I am wearing ... denim capris, camisole and sweater, hair clip, crocs.
I am creating ..
.a St. Anne chaplet
, rosaries for my girls, and a new rosary for me.
I am going to breathe deeply ...Absolutely, positively no exercise allowed, so I'm just going to sit outside and smell fall.
Bringing beauty to my home ...we've begun to reflect the new season around here--Mary Beth will post pictures later, I'm sure.
I am hoping
... for a healthy, happy, peaceful delivery.
Around the house
is coming four days a week, beginning today. She'll bring with her good cheer and lots of practical help. I am so grateful for her friendship and the abundant love she lavishes on my children.***One of my favorite things ...
my husband. Seriously, this man is a total rock. He's traveling like crazy and then when he's home, it's a little nuts. We've been thrown more "stuff" in the last week than we could have imagined. But he is steadfastly calm, optimistic, and faithful.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: This has become both the plan and the prayer these days
. More practically, I thought this was going to be a week free of doctor's appointments, but Paddy knocked his shoulder and needs to go back to PT. Michael broke his nose on Wednesday and his foot (?) yesterday (still waiting for confirmation on break or sprain), so it's probably going to be a bit more complicated than I had hoped. And apple picking. I think I will try to take the children apple picking. I'm finding silence
a really good thing, so you'll hear more from Mary Beth this week than from me. Many thanks to those of you who have written to encourage her.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing~