Gathering My Thoughts


I find myself:

::noticing God's glory

Something rather large had its way with my garden a couple days ago. From the trampling and the tracks and the height of the leaves that are gone, I suspect a deer. If you could see where I live, you’d know why this hard to wrap my brain around. It’s just not that rural at all. That was one very audacious (or lost) deer.

::listening to 

the ceiling fan. I’m in Charlottesville this morning, enjoying quiet in the morning before a really busy day.


::clothing myself in 

Today, I’ll wear a white eyelet shirt and a khaki colored skirt. I’ve packed a gauzy scarf that sort of ties it all together, but it’s going to be ninety degrees and humid. So, we’ll see about that scarf.


::talking with my children about these books

Let the book discussions begin in abundance. Tomorrow is our first official day of the term and it’s going to be a Storybook Year.

::thinking and thinking

About transitions.



"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." ~Audrey Hepburn

::carefully cultivating rhythm

I’ve worked really hard to plan for this school year. An actual schedule, subject-by-subject? That’s going to have to grow organically. I sense there will be undue demand on the two laptops we have and on the new iPad. Several of our planned subjects are computer-dependent. And there will be some demand on Mom, too. So, we’re just going to have to see how it all sifts out. The first day is always tricky.


::creating by hand

We did some back-to-school sewing—a couple of pretty notebooks covers and I finally got around to helping Kari finish a pillowcase she started long ago. I still need to make headbands for Karoline’s dance company before dance begins next week. And then there are draperies for the dance studio.


::learning lessons in

a new season of life.

::encouraging learning 

I have everything all keyed in Homeschool Helper. We'll see how it goes.


::begging prayers

for the repose of the soul of my beloved Aunt Ida, who died yesterday.

for all the intentions of our prayer community.

And yes, for that intention I was keeping quiet; it’s still very close to my heart.

::keeping house

I had hoped to have the basement perfectly clean by the time school started. It’s not. Christian’s room is perfect and the bathroom is very clean (and in need of a contractor), but the rest is still happening slowly. My new goal is to have it clean by the time Colleen visits early next month.

::crafting in the kitchen 

My freezer is nearly stocked. This “stocked” status is actually far fewer meals than when the same freezer was stocked previously. I’ve been freezing in glass jars because I’m trying not to use plastic. Zipper freezer bags laid flat are far, far more space saving. It’s a conundrum because this glass thing isn’t terribly efficient.

::loving the moments

when, after three and half hours wait time at DMV, Mary Beth got her driver’s license. Oh, happy day! She promptly scrubbed the spare car clean of all big brother evidence and volunteered to go to the grocery store and the dry cleaner and the hardware store and the ...


::giving thanks 

for a healthy heartbeat!

living the liturgy

Making plans to celebrate all those favorite feasts of fall (lots of links there).


::planning for the week ahead

I am in Charlottesville this morning, headed to Harrisonburg at noon, then back to Charlottesville for soccer tonight. Tomorrow, we begin our new term. There will be a visit to National Zoo. And then, there's soccer in Fredericksburg and Richmond at the end of the week. If nothing else, these litttle girls are truly getting to know Virginia.