For Today…January 20, 2009
Outside my Window…I see my favorite kind of light, that late afternoon, amber light that follows a blue-sky day. It is beginning to look like Spring in our neck of the woods.
I am thinking…that friends will lose interest in my blog if I don’t do a post fairly soon!
From the learning rooms…We were privileged to watch the inauguration of President Obama today. Some of the sixth-grade students didn’t know what an ‘inauguration’ was. Some thought a speech a boring thing. Some seemed mildly interested. I wonder how many families talk honestly with their children about the very real challenges facing our country, and the monumental tasks that face our new president, and all those who serve in our government.
I am thankful for…what the Lord says to His people in Romans 8:28:
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose. (emphasis added by me)
The special comfort I take from this verse at this time is the consideration that even my natural temperament and weaknesses, the things that I find most challenging and hindering in myself, are used by God for my good, and the good of God’s people. I can get so disappointed in myself, but this is an encouragement.
From the kitchen…We’re having leftover lasagna tonight. I think I’ll steam some broccoli to go with that. We had such a feast last night for Rebecca’s 17th birthday, including Cocoa Fudge Cake with Creamy Cocoa Frosting and vanilla ice cream. We had a wonderful build-your-own-salad buffet for the main dish.
I am wearing…a cozy red sweater with long sleeved red T under, black skirt and black leggings, and a cozy neck scarf my friend knitted for me.
I am reading…Well, I’m looking at my old Betty Crocker Cookbook and thinking about including the cake recipe in this post.
I am hoping…to rejoice in the Lord more, and be weighed down by myself less.
I am creating…nothing other than this post at the moment.
I am hearing…our old dog snoring, and the tip-tap of computer keys, both mine and my husband’s.
Around the house…it is extremely quiet. We have some sickness here, with two members of the family being ill. Seth and Lydia are both playing in basketball games tonight. I believe Rebecca is relaxing in her room for a bit before beginning her homework. This quietness is in marked contrast to yesterday, when all nine children were home for Rebecca’s birthday, plus two spouses, and two grandchildren. It was lovely, this mother’s dream-come-true.
One of my favorite things…is being surrounded by my family, knowing that they love and wish to benefit one another.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…I recently mentioned being too busy. Tomorrow is one of those days:
- Go in early to the middle school to receive some training and give some training.
- Get Seth out of school a bit early to take him to a dental appointment.
- Pick my husband up from an appointment with the accountant.
- Dash back in time to get Seth to a basketball game.
- Miss the first meeting of our Ladies’ Book Club.
- Make (probably a late) dinner.
Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…
Lydia drew this picture of Rebecca and herself and wrote loving sentiments all around the edge as a birthday present for Rebecca.
Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!