Outside My Window
Cool, gray baking kind of day.
I am Listening to
a rowdy bunch of children doing something morning-ish upstairs.
I am Wearing
A new haircut. This thyroid thing has had my hair falling out by the handful. So, I went and got it layered a whole lot more. And I like it :-).
My girls are wearing Missoni for Target. Apparently, these are hot items that sold out in moments. My sister Krysti scooped up three full outfits for each of the little girls and a skirt for Mary Beth and just happened to have them on hand when we just happened to stop by unannounced yesterday. Pretty sweet.
I am so Grateful for
an aforementioned impromptu visit with my sister.
St.Thérèse never founded a religious order;
she never performed great works and never went on missions,
but she understood that what matters in the Christian life
is not great deeds, but great love,
and that anyone can achieve the heights of holiness
by doing even the smallest things well for love of God.
"All is well," she wrote,
"when one seeks only the will of Jesus."
St. Thérèse is a reminder to all of us who feel we can do nothing,
that it is the little things that keep God's kingdom growing.
I am Reading
I am Thinking
that I overthink things.
I am Creating
some oh-so-darling patchwork tiered skirts--still. Mary Beth kicked off the sewing bee with skirt for Sarah, usingSoul Blossoms from Amy Butler. I was in a little slice of right-brained heaven the other day as I moved squares of Terrain fabric all over my dining room table to get just the right combinations. I thoroughly enjoyed the process and I think I might really like to quilt. Today, we lay out some Ruby squares to begin Karoline's skirt.
I'm still working on last week's projects..
Speaking of handmade Christmas, we picked apples yesterday and I had some apple/craisin/pecan jam in mind to make as gifts for Mike's office. I cannot find this recipe for the life of me! Anybody have a pretty apple craisin jam recipe to share?
To live the liturgy:
Towards a Real Education
A is for apples today, in a very big way.
Towards Rhythm and Beauty
It is truly autumn, isn't it? Try as I did to stretch summer a bit longer, fall has come and it's time to embrace the season that is.
I am Hoping and Praying
for Elizabeth deHority
In the Garden
We're harvesting basil and putting tomatoes by. My tomatoes haven't done well all year. There is a farm nearby that usually has good picking this time of year. I'm counting on them for our freezer stash.
Around the House
I'm heading out to cut vases and vases of roses. This place needs some brightening right now and that's the quickest way I know perk up whole rooms at a time.
From the Kitchen
how about a dinner meal plan for the week:
baked sweet potatoes
cinnamon apple bread
pork and snap pea stir fry over basmati rice
Stuffed butternut squash (stuffed with apples and cornbread and bacon or something...?)
Stir-fried garlic green beans
One of My Favorite Things
Weekends when Mike is home.
A Few Plans for the Week
I'm sharing some thoughts on early childhood education tomorrow night with my neighborhood homeschooling group.
Some more cleaning and decluttering in advance of the great painting and tiling and carpentry adventure to come.
Here on the blog, I've got some great sponsor giveaways planned.