Outside my window...It's still dark right now, but today is promising to be warm and full of sunshine. Our trees are finally beginning to turn colors and the yard is about ready for the first round of raking. (Something the kids have been anxiously waiting for!) Out of the kitchen window, I can still see one set of coral-pink rosebuds s l o w l y opening up...one might even bloom today!
I am thankful...for our new deep freezer. I've been hoping and waiting for one of these, for a long time....and a few weeks ago, my sister-in-law passed this one on to us! I've been gradually stocking it up with frozen veggies, meat and other items from Costco, and already it has been so much help. I'd like to make some things to add to it, as time permits : a few homemade frozen meals, marinara sauce, pizza sauce, chicken stock, homemade bread, cookies and other baked items...
From the learning rooms...We've been spending a little more time than I originally planned for Our Tapestry of Grace units, but the kids are having a lot of fun! So I am not going to worry about keeping to a strict schedule :) We finished up our study of Ancient Egypt and will be moving along into a study of the Jewish faith and traditions. Meanwhile in Bible, we will be reading and studying about Moses as he led the Israelites through the desert, receiving the Ten Commandments and establishing the Law. I can't wait to delve into this part of the unit, because we'll be learning a lot about the Jewish festivals and holidays....which were the fore-runners of our Christian holidays and the liturgical Church calendar.
My kitchen...has been in need of a lot of TLC! Last week I cleaned out my cabinets and re-organized their contents to make things a little more efficient while I'm cooking...this week I am working on getting back into the routine of cooking whole-foods, baking bread, etc.
I am wearing...a yellow peasant skirt, white t-shirt and flip flops.
I am creating...a few costumes for Halloween...Or, I should say...All Hallow's Eve ;) November 1st is All Saint's Day, a church holiday since the 800's - a day set aside to remember all of the Christians who have gone before us...and All Hallow's Eve has historically been part of that celebration (like Christmas Eve is to Christmas Day). So, my challenge this week is to make a chinese robe-dress for Rose, who is dressing up as Gladys Aylward (a missionary to China)...General is going to be Sergeant York (a Christian soldier with a wonderful story!)...and I am still deciding what to do for Little Monkey and Peanut!
I am going...Friday we have a Harvest Party with our homeschool support group (weather permitting!). It should be a lot of fun...there will be a bonfire, a chili cook-off - and best of all, a Kid's Bake-Off (contest) where the Dads will be the judges! General and Rose are still deciding what to make ;) Sunday we will take a short trip to visit my family out in Indiana, to celebrate all of our fall birthdays...we're all looking forward to visiting with everyone again!
I am reading...Imitation of Christ (Thomas A Kempis), Story of a Soul (St. Therese of Lisieux), Nourishing Traditions (Sally Fallon)
I am looking forward to...the fast-approaching Holiday season...working on my lists and making plans!
I am hearing...Peanut (through the baby monitor) is making raspberries, gurgles and car sounds in his crib. He loves to just hang out and play in there when he first wakes up....I always know it's about time to go get him up when he starts saying "Bop...Bop...Bop" (bottle).
Around the house...I'm still working on getting all of the kids' seasonal clothing changed out. Little Monkey and Peanut are next on the list, this week....it's just a matter of boxing up what's in their drawers and bringing out the larger sizes, but I've been dragging my feet on this project!
I am pondering...what it means to "take up your cross" as a mother, wife, homemaker ... to love sacrificially
One of my favorite things... ginger tea with lemon and honey
Here is a picture for thought I am sharing...
moments that melt this homeschooling mama's heart!
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