Outside my window … are gray skies and plenty of puddles. November always brings a damp, dark, waiting for winter kind of feeling.
I am thinking … about my birthday girl. Sweet Juliette is turning 10 today. 10! If I can kick her out of the kitchen long enough, I’ll make her favorite caramel cheesecake this morning.
I am thankful for … an abbreviated school week. We’ve been working hard and a break is in order. Just two “official” days of school this week.
I am reading … Lisa Hendey’s new book, The Handbook for Catholic Moms. I find myself going back and leafing through again and again. Lisa is so good at sharing her wisdom in a natural, helpful, encouraging way. She’s also great at bringing lots of good ideas together in one place — what a wonderful resource!
I am hoping … for a light snowfall on Thanksgiving. I’m a romantic that way.
On my mind … my book project with Elizabeth. We’re nearly through and I can’t wait to share the results with you (coming in Spring 2010!).
We’re learning … about Squanto and the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving, of course. It’s review for many of us, but stories like these just don’t get old. I’m thinking of using some “vintage” recipes in our Thanksgiving this year too. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Noticing that … although I’m not a natural “planner” I do feel a lot better about my life when I make a plan and do my best to stick to it. Meal plans can be sketchy, but they should be plans. Work plans can be just lists jotted down at the end of each day for looking at the next morning, but they should be in writing. School schedules … well, those are already typed, laminated, and posted to my fridge. We’re pretty good on those. I guess that tells you what area of my life requires the most externally imposed discipline, doesn’t it?
Pondering these words … “God knows I am here. This is his will for me.” — Saint Jose Isabel Flores Varela This is a simple reminder that I need often. God knows I am here. This is not a mistake — it’s where I am meant to be.
From the kitchen … Pies, breads, turkey, potatoes, squash, and stuffing. I’ll share recipes at Faith & Family this week and hope others will be sharing too. I love this time of year!
Around the house … I am de-cluttering kids’ rooms and toy areas in anticipation of December. We need to make room for the “stuff” that comes with Christmas and having cleaner spaces during Advent is very appropriate, I think.
One of my favorite things … Daniel, fresh from a bath and in his blue fuzzy pajamas. He is my snuggly little bear.
A picture I am sharing …