Thoughts on Tuesday


I find myself:

::noticing God's glory

The wave petunias are taking off--hooray! And we have tomatoes and zucchini in the garden and an abundance of basil. Nicky has been a huge help to keep the garden healthy through the intense heat.

The weeds are super healthy, too, Maybe tomorrow I'll tackle them again.

::listening to 

Katie, Karoline, and Sarah playing together. They are so blessed to have one another. I have to smile at God's plan for these three little girls in a row at the end. Great idea, that one.


::clothing myself in 

a white blouse and denim clam diggers.


::talking with my children about these books

The little girls and I are reading The Twelve Dancing Princesses over and over again. I don't know why--they're just obsessed with it.


::thinking and thinking

about weddings, particularly about small weddings. Did you have a very small wedding? Have you been a guest at one? Tell me about it, please. We've got a wedding to plan.

::giving thanks for

electric power, internet, cell phones and landlines, running water, open gas stations, ATM --all things we unexpectedly learned we can't depend upon a couple weekends ago.

Oh, and what a nice break in the temperatures today, too. It's not even going to hit 90.


::pondering prayerfully

"Intimacy with The Lord is achieved by cheerful readiness to do the will of God."
~ St.Basil the Great

::carefully cultivating rhythm

 my plan this week is to write absolutely everything in my planner. I've gotten out of that habit and I think I create stress for myself by not committing it all to writing.

::creating by hand

These sundresses are taking a ridiculously long time to finish. I was hit by a whopper cold on Friday and have barely moved ever since. But I am determined to have them done by needle & thREAD on Thursday.


::learning lessons in

Paleo diets. I've been surfing lots of paleo sites while I wait for this cold to leave the premises. I've managed to sketch out some detailed menus plans and to dispatch a teenager to the grocery store. We'll see if I can muster the energy to actually cook today.


::encouraging learning 

I always think we're going to get so much accomplished during the summer. And then we don't. But it's still early in July. Perhaps we will?

::begging prayers

for all the people who have joined our weekend prayer community. I carried your requests with me to Mass and I will keep a candle lit for you throughout the week.


:keeping house

I keep reminding people to do laundry as I hang out horizontally all day. The best I can hope is that the laundry is indeed happening. As the laundry goes, so goes the rest of the household.


::crafting in the kitchen 

I have been following these dietary guidelines for treating hypothyroidism. It's pretty much a Paleo diet. Now that I've spent so much time clicking around the web, I feel more hopeful that one can eat like this and still be a foodie. I have yet to actually try to bring it to life in my kitchen, though. And I'm still unconvinced that I really need to give up tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and mushrooms, too. Time will tell.

::loving the moments

when my little girls are so excited about going to Grandpa's that they beg to pack a week in advance. Well, I don't exactly love the begging, but I do love that they're excited to go to Grandpa's.

::living the liturgy

Look for a "prep post" for the feast of St. Anne real soon. Friday, I think.


::planning for the week ahead

I don't know. I just want to feel functional. Mike comes home tonight from an extended trip to Chicago and then Dallas. I would dearly love to be chipper and cheerful by then.