He fills the longing soul with good things. Ps. 107:9

Daybook: September 17



::Outside My Window::
Grey - to match a bit of how I'm feeling.  The sun was glowing a little bit ago but it looks grey again.  But my autumn decorations look good against grey. : )



::I am Listening to:: 
Wasn't listening to any music yet this morning but I need some...so I just turned on some Richard Clayderman.  Probably should switch to something a little more peppy soon.  I really love Spotify.  But I am pretty uncomfortable with everyone seeing everything I listen to.  Not because I need to hide,  but because it just doesn't seem right for privacy's sake.  When David and I first discovered how Spotify posts everyone's listening, we just laughed.  You can't do anything - even listen to music - these days without it being public online, it seems.  I'm not complaining.  No one makes me use Spotify or any other thing.... Just thinking through it.  I know there are plenty other free music services out there (Pandora, for one), but I like the way you can listen to a whole CD from an artist without buying it.  From now on, I don't think there will ever be a time when we don't have to balance the wisdom of an online presence. 

::I am Thankful For::
A husband who helps me grow.

::I am Pondering::
The challenges of keeping home.


:: Some of what I've been reading::

Still not done with John Rosemond's book (prompting some helpful "discussions" between David and I...)

For devotions:  Simply Praying by Patsy Lewis (Thanks, Carrie!) It was so neat to discover that Patsy Lewis is friends with my mom's friend  Aletha Hinthorn.

and A Diary of Private Prayer by John Baillie

And I pulled out a stack of motivation/inspiration browsing from the home section of our bookshelves:

Organizing for life - declutter your mind to declutter your world by Sandra Felton (Scary how she understands my brain...)
The House That Cleans Itself by Mindy Starns Clark (sounds hoaky, but it's got some really helpful perspectives!)
The  New Messies Manual by Sandra Felton  (The title of this book ticks me off - we who seek to do better should not be branded!  But Felton just gets it...even if her title stinks.)
The Complete Idiot's Organizing Your Life by Georgene Lockwood (a reference read, not a cover-to-cover read, IMHO)

I still haven't been spending a lot of quantity time reading....just a bit at a time.

::From the Kitchen::
I enjoyed a crock pot taco soup last Thursday (my teaching day)....I put in a pound of frozen seasoned taco meat, a can of pork and beans, a can of black beans, some frozen corn, some salsa, water and tomato paste and turned on the Crock Pot before I left for work.  Stirred in some ranch dressing and served it with taco cheese and corn chips sprinkled on top with baked corn as a side.

::I am Thinking::
That I really hope I didn't ruin my keyboard or mouse just a bit ago when I dumped my beautiful teacup of hot chocolate all over it.  There was cocoa sprinkling out of it every time I shook it for awhile.  Now it won't let me click right.  Great. Wonder how much a new mouse will be.

::I am Creating::
I bought some burlap to make a burlap-and-twine autumn pennant banner.  I think I'm going to hot glue it instead of sewing.  Haven't totally decided how to do the lettering.  I think I might search for free stencils online or make my own in Word, then spray paint the stenciling.  I am going to have to actually schedule that little project in or it will get squeezed out by all of the daily stuff and I'll still have a roll of unused burlap come next March....


:: Towards raising hungry learners::
Ick.  I don't feel like answering this one because I'm currently - at the present grey moment - in "overwhelmed failure of a mother" mood.  This too shall pass. : )  I keep scouring my brain for something interesting about their learning development. I always come back to reading...Read, read, read!

But this morning my brain can't get away from my desperate desire to train kids who value kindness above themselves....who are scheduled and disciplined because I made it a way of life....who are able to persevere through hard things without complaint.  Just feeling the weight of all that I want for them and reminding myself that it's up to me, but not alone.  I am blessed to be working side-by-side with an amazing man of wisdom of character.  And of course my Abba.  Can't do a bit of this without Him anyway - remembering to lean hard.


::Towards Rhythm and Beauty::
Feeling on one hand excited and motivated that I'm still pressing on towards more simplicity.  But feeling like a doofus that I have to work so hard at it.  Keeping home is a great joy and challenge and I really enjoy the progress.   Just ask my friends - I love to talk and whine and scheme about scheduling and decluttering and managing.  But it is certainly not easy for me.  I have to study it and work and learn.  And why does that make me feel so dumb?  I have chosen this profession so purposefully, putting aside other things that I love and sometimes feel I am better at.  So when I have to work so hard at this, it makes me wonder if I'm doing it all wrong.  I read once that "just because it's hard doesn't mean you're doing it wrong."   

I have a huge yard sale planned in a couple of weeks and although there are few things David and I despise more, I feel it is a good choice.  I am faithfully squirreling away my craigslist/yardsale money for some good used furniture (someday).  And I get rid of more stuff if I know I'm going to be selling it.

::To Live the Life ::
You have probably heard me write about my strong feelings about speaking kindly about others and avoiding gossip and how God has worked on me.  But I have recently been reminded that I need to choose sometimes just to not say negative things - even if they don't fall in the gossip category.   Don't like a particular thing going on or don't prefer something just so?  I don't necessarily have to voice the negative thought - even to my husband.  This is not some kind of rule or weirdness, just another layer to this habit of bridling the tongue.  It feels good to choose not to say something negative.  

"Lord, keep busy with me! Don't let me off easy."

 
::I am Hoping and Praying::

That God be glorified in everything.  

It sounds so cliche-ish.  But you know when a cliche just all the sudden becomes so clear and sharp and pertinent to you?  And you realize why it became a cliche in the first place.  Well, lately it is especially clear to me that I have no desire for things to happen in my life unless God be glorified...In my home-keeping, in our child-raising, in the things I say yes and no to, in our present and future ministries and activities.  The only way ANY of if makes any sense is if God is glorified.  Not a new thought, but a desperate cry for me lately as I go about my days.

 :: In the Garden::
Enjoying the mums, goards, fall colors and scarecrows.  Can't wait until the pumpkins come out for sale and I can get me some corn stalks and straw bales to complete the autumn splendor!

 ::Around the House::
We are officially ready for  baby Christian to arrive by January 9th!  His clothes are sorted and washed in in their little canvas bins ready to be put on his tiny little hiney.  His blankets and bibs and burpers are washed and stacked.  The bassinet is it at the foot of my bed with teensy diapers underneath.  I don't usually prepare this early, but it just seemed right this time.  We have always planned our babies for summer births and I'm a bit nervous about a holiday/schooltime baby.   Plus....I'm pretty sure 5 kids is more than 4.  So I'm feeling the need to be as prepared as possible.

We have a woodworking friend making bunkbed/loft plans for us that will sleep all 4 kids.  In the meantime, we moved in some beds that were given to us.  Everyone is happy and sleeping well.

 ::Some of My Favorite Things::

Crawling into fresh, white sheets pulled tight.

Dawn Olay Hand Renewal dish soap.  This was truly a splurge last week for me away from the off brand, but the smell and the feel and rich bubbles were so worth it.  I wash a LOT of dishes and this makes me happy. : )

White dishes and clear glasses stacked neatly in rows in my open cupboard. (and the handsome man who helped me wash them last night.)
 
Clean white towels folded on the shelf.



::The Kids::

Kayla:  Gave her first speech this past week.  She ran for member-at-large of our school's student council.  She worked very hard on her 2 minute speech and Daddy helped her to practice and mark her pauses.  She knew that there was a good chance someone else would get the vote, but was okay with that.  I was still a bit nervous.  Disappointment is good for kids, but not fun for a mama to watch. : )  She would have been fine either way, she carries most things pretty lightly.  But she got the vote and some good practice.

Karissa:  We are enjoying some progress in the attitude department.  She's like her mama and has to learn to control her mood/emotions on purpose.

Her very cool teacher has a neat classroom incentives system and Karissa was very excited to get to "pop a balloon" today after her 6th 100%  for the year.  She spent quite a bit of time this morning trying to decide how to pop it....Should she sit on it?  Stomp on it?  Roll around on it like a wheel on the floor?  Funny. 



Caiden:  I am noticing a little extra fearfulness creeping back in....he has worked very hard at controlling his little mind.  So my ears are perked to see if he is dealing with normal 6-yr-old stuff or if we need to do some more "speaking the truth" work.  Some of you know that his brain has OCD tendencies and we have found some amazing tools (and good counseling) that have helped us work together on it.

Corin:  David and I were cracking up the other day as we described him as a little whirling dervish.  It's like his little short 3-year-old self walks through the house and leaves a wake behind him.  He's not quite ready for the same "strike system" the other kids are on, so it's just vigilance and making him clean up after himself.    It helps to motivate me in my seemingly constant process of decluttering.  I am considering putting away most of the toys that survive the purging process and just getting out certain things at a time.  His toys are already in bins, but unfortunately he can reach the bins, and he thinks more is more....especially if it's all on the floor!!!


:: The Man of the House ::
He is wonderful and frustrating.  And usually right - but PLEASE don't tell him!
 : )  We had one of "those" discussions last night and I feel a bit hung-over from it. But I am so thankful for a man who I can discuss things with and who holds us all to a high standard.   He is so very involved with our home and our children and I don't take that for granted.



::A Few Plans for the Rest of the Week::
Revival week!  Enough said?  It is challenging to fit everything in on a normal evening...so Revival week is extra challenging.  But I am looking forward to it, as well.  We also have a field trip on Tuesday.

:: Love this Quote! ::
Actually...3 favorite quotes...all from "The Silver Chair" of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia. The three quotes are unrelated, but all delightful in their own way, word-crafted as only C.S. Lewis can.  All three deep reminders to me...




“You would not have called to me unless I had been calling to you.”
 “Than you’re the somebody, Sir?”
 “I AM!”

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 “I see”
 “Child, perhaps you do not see quite as well as you think”

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Jill: “Eustice , We’ll never make it across that!”
Puddleglum:   “The bright side of  it is, that if we break our necks falling down the cliff, then we’re safe from being drowned  in the river.”


:: A Picture from our world::
Our Harvest Tree
(Yay!  Solved my picture problem.)   This word-dump-of-a-post desperately needs the beauty of some pictures.  But I am Having some technical difficulties...hopefully not hot-chocolate related. (!)  My cocoa-drenched mouse is not happy with me.  Nor I, with it.  I have found that it responds to a bit of slapping and smacking now.  Mercy me.




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5 comments

Jennifer Mims said...

Hey Saraha,
I was given your blog by an mutual friend a long time ago since you are a photographer also, and I never even looked at it. I just happened to look tonight, and read your post on WHEN PEOPLE HURT YOU and I must say Thank you .. I have been in a recent situation and your writings were very helpful.. In a world of such sad, mean, hurtful, people I found your post to be the answer I needed tonight.. Thanks again.. Jennifer Mims

Charity said...

Enjoyed your post, as always. Your last quote made me laugh. I affectionately call Nathan, "My Puddleglum."

Cheryl said...

I just saw your blog posted on fb a few days ago. It has been such a blessing. Thank you.

Raylin said...

I have decided that most (if not all) good things take a lot of work... keep your chin up! Thanks for being "real"... it's an encouragement to me to keep fighting this fight of faith (and being a mommy/homemaker) :) Blessings to you!

Carrie said...

Hope you like Simply Praying--it's my very favorite. I'm almost to the end and I'm afraid I'll never find another devotional that I like as much.

If you like Aletha Hinthorn, she has a Come to the Fire conference coming up the second weekend in October. It's free registration and in Bourbonnais, IL (just south of Chicago). www.cometothefire.com (It's the best women's conference EVER--hands down!)

If you're interested, I have an extra motel room on hold for another couple days. Give me a call (or text, or email, or fb message. ;))

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