Daybook at February's End


 Outside My Window

Is the busy main street of downtown McLean on a weekday afternoon. Michael is in Florida this week, so I'm back in my soccer driving and Starbuck's writing groove.


I am Listening to

a sweet girl at the table next to mine, trying to impress the socks off an Ivy League alum at a college interivew. They do these interviews at this Starbucks all the time. Very enlightening.


I am Wearing

Jeans, a cotton turtleneck sweater, and Elizabeth deHority cashmere socks in blue.


I am so Grateful for

an amazing week just passed.

I'm Pondering

One more thought on Simplicity: Contemplative simplicity isn't a matter of circumstances; it's a matter of focus.~Ann Voskamp 

{Next week, we take Small Steps, pondering sacrifice.}

I am Reading

through this list of "Best Homeschool Blogs." I've found several new ones there. Good reading.


I am Thinking

so many, many thoughts! My head is awhirl. It's been a week of inspiration and I'm processing. I think that God is mighty and His plans are perfect. I pray that I can walk in His will and truly take to heart the lessons He's allowed in my life in the last year.


I am Creating

washcloths. Lots of them. I'm also helping Katie with her mittens and Mary Beth with her hat. And I'm about to launch into some serious Becky Higgins retro-scrapbooking with a big box of photos in the basement and the three nearly grown boys whose childhoods are held there.


On my iPod

I am listening to Ann's book, One Thousand Gifts, read aloud to me, by her, as I knit. Follow this link to learn how to get a free 14 day trial and one book at If you are new to, you can download and listen to Ann's book for free.


Towards a Real Education

Looking into high school co-ops for next year. There are several well-established homeschool co-ops or small schools that allow part-time homeschooler involvement. Several of the girls in Mary Beth's dance school attend them. Unfortunately, most have very exclusive statements of faith--that is they exclude Catholics. It's hard to see her grapple with exclusion.


Towards Rhythm and Beauty

I'm ready for the rhythm of Lent. It's so late this year. Feels strange to mark these late February days in Ordinary Time.


We're having a Kind Conversation about

My sincere apologies to the good folks at Kind Conversation. I promise to check in soon. 


To Live the Liturgy...

pray the Hours. Go to Mass. Amen;-).


I am Hoping and Praying

for Elizabeth deHority. She is constantly on my heart and in my prayers. She needs you now. Please, please pray with me.


Around the House

My big kids did an admirable job of keeping the house from dissolving into disarray while I was away much of last week. We're in a pretty good groove. I really, really, really want to paint. Really. Oh, and the laundry? All caught up. Seriously.

From the Kitchen

It won't be long now: asparagus, strawberries, artichokes. I love to craft spring menus.

I've been really good about being gluten free in the last month and I do see and feel a huge difference. It will only get easier as the weather warms and everything can become a salad.


One of My Favorite Things

Learning to knit. Yes, indeed. Way too much fun. And highly addictive.


Sarah Annie this week

She refuses to answer to Annie any more. Or even Sarah Annie. This could be problematic very soon, because...


A Few Plans for the Week

Patrick comes home on Saturday! He's never, ever called her anything but Annie. Could be a showdown.

Lots of basketball--it's playoff week. We're going to be going and going and going and going.

Lots of work in the rose garden.

Did I mention that Patrick comes home Saturday? Can Hardly Wait!


Picture thoughts:


Who took my little boy and replaced him with a man who has tree trunks for legs?

In this game, the US played Major League Soccer's New England Revolution.