Snow Day!: My Heart's at Home Daybook

Outside My Window ...
It's a snow day! There are about seven inches of snow on the ground and it's still falling. It's very, very cold, so I think there will be much in-and-outing today.
I am listening to...
shovels scraping, children yelling,the dog barking, squeals of delight. I'm so, so glad for snow at last.
To Live the Liturgy...
Monday will be about reminding the children of Lenten resolutions after the Sunday "mini-Easter." I think that sometimes it's better to find some other way to make Sunday special and to maintain the Lenten resolutions throughout all of Lent.
To Breathe Deeply...
More T-Tapp Basic workout and the Walking Workout. It was great to get out on Friday and to walk with baby in the front pack. It's going to be cold in the early part of the week but I'm hoping to squeeze in more and more outside walking-with-baby time as the spring approaches.

Towards rhythm and beauty ...
Lent has a rhythm of its own and there is beauty in the sobriety of the season.

I am thankful for ...
a chance to start anew on Monday mornings.
From the kitchen ...
 Hot cinnamon tea and prayers for the gentle woman who introduced me to this particular blend.

I am wearing ...
 black knit pants, a white tee shirt with a gray cardigan. Fuzzy socks.
I am creating ...
a Lenten prayer corner--still.
  On my iPod...
Hail Mary, Gentle Woman. Ever since it came up on this thread (and this and this), I've been listening every morning, in order to get the song stuck in my head for the rest of the day, and so to inspire gentleness in myself.

Towards a real education ...
I have nearly finished the booklists through the end of the academic year. Colleen and I had a big brainstorm this weekend and are re-energized. Good thing, too, because it's not long until her wee one arrives.
Today, it's a snow day. I'm not even going to try to stick to the academic plan. We'll snuggle up and read books when they're tuckered out from the snow play.
Bringing beauty to my home ...
I am inspired by my friend Megan, who hosted us for tea last weekend. I'd like to set up a little tea table. I know it will be temporary--Karoline is just now old enough not to wreck it (I think) and Sarah Anne is too little to be a threat. We might have a season to enjoy it. 
I am reading  ...
For Lent
With Christian:
Before I Go: Letters to My Children About What Really Matters

With Patrick:
Because God is Real

With the others:
St. Patrick's Summer

For me:
The Gift of Faith, recommended on Faith and Family Live! This book very well may be the best book on faith I've ever read (I'm not finished yet).It's written simply enough to be readable even in translation. It incorporates Scripture,sacrament, Tradition, and the wisdom of the saints to offer a fresh perspective on the spiritual life. I started it during Advent and then lost the book. It "just appeared" on the theology shelf in my library closet yesterday when I was looking for something else. Perfect timing for Lent!

I am hoping ...
for good things for my husband who is looking at two unexpectedly extremely challenging months at work--all good things, but lots and lots of work to get there.
Around the house ...
the goal is to maintain our newly found sense of peace and order (still). This is the intention I bring to St.Anne every morning. She is such a faithful intercessor.
One of my favorite things ...
snow days, fireplaces, hand-knit afghans, picture books, popcorn, rosy-cheeked children, snow days, snow days, snow days! 
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
The plan for this week is to stick to the plan: the meal plan, the lesson plan, the housekeeping plan, the workout plan. In order to do that, I plan to stick closely to the prayer plan.
I think this is the plan for all of Lent. Hopefully, by Easter it will all be a habit.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing~
The ladies enjoyed a lovely tea on Saturday. Wings were optional.

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