Wednesday, April 2, 2014

My Daybook :: April 2, 2014


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Outside my window...
the sun is shining and the grass is looking pretty green on my side of the fence!  (Not that we actually have a fence yet... It's still on the to-do list... lol) After seriously thinking we would be selling our home and moving, I have been looking around and noticing all the little things I love about our home.  We still have many unfinished projects but it has sure come a long way since we purchased our little fixer-upper 14 years ago this spring.  I'm happy that we will be staying here after all, at least for now.

I am thinking...
that I need to email our oldest son's specialist at the children's hospital. He was sick again on Sunday morning, though it wasn't nearly as severe as usual (perhaps due to his medications, including the acid reducers) and only lasted a couple hours instead of six. It is so strange that it hits like clockwork every two months.  I did talk to the doctor last week and so far there is nothing to worry about from the test results.  She'd like to do an endoscopy next (which requires sedation) but Sean and I would like to look into more allergy testing first.

I am thankful... 
that even if I have fallen behind almost everywhere (house cleaning, grocery shopping, bookkeeping, blogging, emails, and even this year's Jesus Tree readings - God had his own Lenten plans for us this year) our school year is going really well and all FIVE of the children are right on track to complete their SAXON Math books before the school year ends! It was a difficult transition back to Saxon from Teaching Textbooks but, according to the learning curves following their recent required state tests, it has been an incredibly productive year too!  I am so proud of all their hard work.

Learning all the time...
This week we are wrapping up our third quarter of this school year and then moving into the final stretch before summer!

Celebrating the liturgical year...
It's time to update the book basket with saint books for April.  I'll try and compile our list soon to share with you all!

From the kitchen... 
Cara Cara Oranges. Our little "princess" loves them... After all, they are pink!


I am working on... 
our tax return. I still have way too many receipts to sort through from last year, and only two weeks left! Yikes... How is it possibly April already?!

I am creating...
my submissions for RTJ's Creative Catechist. I just submitted my first article for the September issue yesterday!

I am going...
to post another sponsor update at the beginning of May, but do welcome my new April sponsors, Saints 365 and Bridgie & Green, by visiting their blog and Etsy shop!  Be sure to keep all my awesome sponsors in mind, especially with Easter coming up, and be sure to tell them I sent you. If you happen to have a business and are interested in advertising you can download my media kit here or send me an email.

I am hoping...
to spend a little time this afternoon helping the children complete the Holy Week Banner they started making during the homeschool group activity on Monday.


I am praying...
The Holy Way of the Cross to be made by the Christian Mother for the Benefit of her Children found in The Christian Mother: The Education of Her Children and Her Prayer.

I am reading...
The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity again, along with Holiness for Housewives (and other working women) and Meditations for Lent.

Pondering these words...
from The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers on Why Mothers Need Solitude:

"Why do we need solitude (and silence, which often accompanies it)? We need it because solitude makes us more sensitive mothers. Removing ourselves from constant stimulation and noise actually sharpens our sensitivity. Also, solitude forces us to face ourselves. In solitude we learn to like ourselves better because we are faced with our own company. It helps us heal from old hurts so that we can be free to enjoy the present and it refreshes us in ways that the company of others can't. Finally, solitude centers us and brings about a deep peace that cannot be achieved while staying immersed in either the good noise of friends and family or the awful noise of raucous media. We must retreat into quiet aloneness so that we can learn to be the women we were meant to be."

I am listening... 
to lots of conversations about "selling and buying homes," "new jobs," and "high property taxes." We had a rainy spring break and the children spent lots of time building a lego town in the older boys' bedroom.  I am always amazed at their creativity and need to take some close-up pictures to share.


Around the house...
stacks of books that I need to sell.  I'm trying to decide if I should wait until August to host this year's Curriculum Sale Blog Hop (like usual), host it early (perhaps in May), possibly host two, or just forget the idea and list the books on Cathswap or Ebay... Any thoughts? Are any of you interested in participating in another link-up this year?

One of my favorite things...  
visiting the ocean.

This week's plans...
  • Monday: Stations of the Cross and Craft with other local homeschoolers
  • Monday: Dinner Date with my husband
  • Tuesday & Thursday: Tutors for a few hours in the afternoon
  • Meet with our Contractor about a couple projects we are hoping to begin this summer
  • Order a few more books and other little gifts for the children's Easter Baskets (you can find last year's list here
  • Make time for some solitude and another visit to the adoration chapel

A little peek at my husband's birthday...
It's a good thing my husband loves to fight wildfires. . . He had one on his birthday cake this year! 


It melted the frosting and the trees, but with a little help he was able to get the fire contained and extinguished!