Outside my window :: It is cold!! The temperature is in the teens right now, with a wind chill of 5 degrees. There is snow on the ground. We have been having a lot of fun with that snow. With all of the leaves gone off of the trees you can really see a lot of the landscape. It is breathtaking to look out our back windows and see red barns and silos dotting the hills. I still can’t believe we live here.
Around the house:: Lots of laundry. I have about eight loads to run through the machines. Folding will not happen until this weekend I’m sure. Two bathrooms to be cleaned today. The rest of the place is not in that bad of shape.
I am thinking about:: How quiet and slow our Advent has been. We have been so sick here, since before thanksgiving. I believe it is mostly gone expect for a lingering sinus infection for some of us. At least we don’t feel like we’re going to die. Which is how we felt a couple of weeks ago. So, our preparation has been slow. Everyday we add to the decorations. We still don’t have a Christmas tree. I still have a lot of shopping to do, just not motivated to do it. That never happens!! We’ve been reading our Advent/Christmas books. It has just been very low key. And that is probably how it should be.
I am creating:: Mary Jane and I are going to work on making peppermint foot scrub today. We are going to package it in mason jars and they will be teacher gifts and gifts for her ballet buddies. We are also pulling together some crafts for tomorrow. We are having some homeschooling friends over to celebrate the feast of St. Lucy.
I am thankful for:: our parish. Sickness and bad weather has kept us from our home parish for weeks now. We have been attending the local parishes by us. But oh how I miss the Latin and incense and heavenly organ music and seeing fifteen altar servers assisting with Mass, and our Priest!! A couple of the kids have commented how we are missing Advent at our church and how sad they are and “when are we going back?!?!”
I am praying for::
~ Joe and Julia and their success with midterms coming up this next week.
~ Our continued health. So thankful that we don’t have anything major going on. I think of those with terminal illness and how they suffer. I pray for them.
~ Pregnant mamas and their babies. I know of a lot of expectant mamas right now. It is wonderful!! ~Private intentions. Lots of private intentions.
~The Lost Tools of Writing teacher DVD’s. My goal is to have these finished by January first. Mary Jane uses this program in Challenge A. It is totally different from anything else we have done, so there is a bit of a learning curve. But so far, we really like the program. It really helps you to dissect a book and pick out themes and conflicts.
~The Gospel of Luke with this study guide.
From the school room:: Homeschooling kids are on official break from Classical Conversations. Mary Jane had midterms and finished this past Tuesday. She has work to finish for her return in January. Everyone else is still working. Our goal is to work one more week and take a break for Christmas. We are a tad bit behind because of our illnesses. That’s okay, we will make adjustments and go on from there. It’s all about being flexible.
A few plans for the rest of the week::
~A planning meeting with some homeschooling friends, aka mom’s night out!
~A party for St. Lucia’s Day
~ A Christmas tea party for my ballet girls
~hopefully we will get that tree this week
A picture thought:: Amelia was giving the little boys an art lesson. It was to precious. They had a big think tank going on!