Daybook for June 23rd


Outside my window… the sun is out today and the sky is clear.

I am thinking… about what a peek into my homeschool looks like… I’d have to say, it depends on the day!

I am thankful for… the opportunities that God keeps sending my way. The last few years have been a wild ride, but I’ve also been able to get involved in some really wonderful projects.

From the learning rooms… seeds are sprouting, and my jr. gardeners are so excited to see their plants grow.

From the kitchen… caramel apple cinnamon roll coffee cake. Whew, that’s a mouthful! Pretty good, but I think it needs a few tweaks if I make it again.

I am wearing… jeans, black t-shirt, and my TPCs. (Working from home has its benefits!)

I am creating… a summer sweater for me. Let’s see if I can get it done before winter.

I am going… to be working for Home Educating Family! Woo Hoo! I’ve loved their planners and magazine for years, and I am just over the moon excited to be officially on staff!

I am reading… actually, I’m in between books. So many good ones to read that it makes it hard to choose one!

I am hoping… that I remember everything I’m learning this week. I guess that’s why I have notes, lots and lots of notes.

I am hearing… our pet cockatiel chirping away.

Pondering these words… “Worry is a misuse of your imagination.” – Unknown

Around the house… all kinds of little bits of playdoh on the floor. How does that stuff make such a mess?

One of my favorite things… is visiting family out at the lake.

A few plans for the rest of the week: work, laundry, school with the kids, and all of the other usual stuff!

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Daybook for June 9th


Outside my window… I can hear the birds singing!

I am thinking… about how fast my not-so-little-ones are growing. Little Guy asked me to cover him up with his blankie, and it’s now too short to reach from shoulder to toe!

I am thankful for… the meaning of my name: Joyful & Thankful. It seems ironic for someone who has lived a life filled with anxiety. I’m going to look at it as a promise of the kind of person I can become through the grace of God.

From the learning rooms… lighter schedules in the summer are nice, and it’s easier to take messy experiments and projects outside!

From the kitchen… it’s getting too warm to do much baking. Time to stock the freezer with popsicles!

I am wearing… a grey t-shirt, denim shorts (since I’m not going anywhere today), and my TPCs.

I am creating… a skirt for me, in polka-dot fabric no less! Also still working on the knitted blanket.

I am going… to have to plant our beans and cucumbers soon. The packaging suggested waiting until June in our zone.

I am reading… One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp again. I need the reminder again.

I am hoping… to fit a little extra reading in today.

I am hearing… fans swirling.

Pondering these words… “In Christ, you’re a native of Heaven right now. You aren’t a citizen of here trying to work into Heaven. You’re a citizen of Heaven trying to work through here.” – Ann Voskamp

Around the house… there are plants sprouting in our garden! The peas look to be thriving, and I’m not sure who is more excited about it, me or the kids!

One of my favorite things… is the bright beaded jewelry that Munchkin makes for me.

A few plans for the rest of the week: A bit of writing catch-up for me, trying to fit in laundry during the cooler hours, and sorting out a warm weather menu now that summer is here.

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Daybook for May 26th


Outside my window… the dark thunderclouds have moved on and it’s sunny once again.

I am thinking… about a new little story idea that is being persistant.

I am thankful for… weather that changes. I enjoy the variety.

From the learning rooms… a week off! The kiddos will enjoy a break, and I’ll plan out our next six weeks.

From the kitchen… Grammy Lila’s whoopie pies are in the oven! Wish I could sit at her kitchen table with a tall glass of sun tea.

I am wearing… jeans, purple top, and TPCs.

I am creating… a bright knitted blanket. It’s not exactly blanket weather, but the simple knitting is soothing.

I am going… to make a batch of sun tea sometime this week.

I am reading… Five Glass Slippers. It’s a collection of stories based on the Cinderella fairy tale. Really brilliant takes on the concept in my opinion! A review is coming soon!

I am hoping… the sprouts in our little pallet garden keep sprouting.

I am hearing… Pushing on a Pull Door by for King & Country.

Pondering these words… “When you’re upside-down, then you’ll see it all. That you spend all your time pushing on a pull door.” – for King & Country

Around the house… windows are open! I love the time of year when we can open up the windows.

One of my favorite things… is the fresh air making the curtains flutter.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Taking some time to relax, lesson planning, laundry, and all of the usual things!

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Daybook for May 19th


Outside my window… it’s raining today. Actually it rained all weekend too. Everything is looking really green out there now!

I am thinking… about ideas for organizing our homeschool supplies. That’s always on my summer project list, so I’m in planning stages right now.

I am thankful for… warmer temperatures at last!

From the learning rooms… we’re starting to wrap up some things, others we will work on through the summer. (The beauty of year-round school!)

From the kitchen… today is definitely a hot tea sort of day.

I am wearing… black pants, a Red Sox tee, TPCs, and a fleece jacket.

I am creating… a knitted blanket. I have no idea who I’ll end up giving it to, but I just needed some mindless knitting.

I am going… to go to the movies with my sister this week.

I am reading… Ether Ore. It’s a collection of science fiction short stories. Something fun and interesting, and I’ve read other books by the various authors.

I am hoping… that something sprouts in our pallet garden.

I am hearing… kids digging through LEGOs. The OCD in me cringes that they did not keep their kits separated neatly, but I must admit that I enjoy seeing them be so creative with their mixed up bin of LEGOs!

Pondering these words… “Eucharisteo always, always precedes the miracle.” – Ann Voskamp

Around the house… slowly going through things and paring down again. I think it’s something that’s

One of my favorite things… is walking out to the mailbox.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Making sure everyone’s winter clothes are packed away!

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Daybook for May 12th


Outside my window… the law is actually turning green. Amazing!

I am thinking… about where I should put my pallet garden. I want to attempt to grow some veggies.

I am thankful for… handmade cards from kids who won’t stay young for long.

From the learning rooms… math reviews make for a long week…

From the kitchen… I have a loaf of Hawaiian bread in my bread machine. The pineapple juice adds a nice flavor.

I am wearing… jeans, a light blue t-shirt, and my TPCs at last! (TPC = Trusty Purple Crocs)

I am creating… a knitted blanket. No particular reason, other than I needed something that would be mindless knitting to work on.

I am going… to have to finish pulling out the kids’ warm weather clothes soon.

I am reading… The Queen’s Handmaid. Actually, I’m starting it this week, so I can’t tell you how I like it yet. There will be a review later on though!

I am hoping… to make good decisions. Why is it that as an adult the decisions we are faced with become more complicated?

I am hearing… relative quiet, since Munchkin is working on her math review.

Pondering these words… “The possibility of being insane is interfering with my ability to relax.” – Jonas Quinn (Yes, I did just quote Stargate!)

Around the house… I did get to open windows yesterday! The fresh air was so nice!

One of my favorite things… is leaving the windows open all day.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Hopefully there are more sunny and warm days this week. I plan to enjoy them!

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Daybook for May 5th

Outside my window… the wind is a bit chilly, but boy is that sunshine nice!

I am thinking… about when would be the best time to plant the kids’ sunflowers. It’s been a strange year weather wise.

I am thankful for… good memories.

From the learning rooms… those new planners are sitting there so quietly, just waiting for July…

From the kitchen… we tried out a granola recipe yesterday with coconut, macadamia nuts, and dried pineapple mixed in. Delicious!

I am wearing… jeans and a purple ¾ sleeve top.

I am creating… the sweater… still. Though I did take a break and sew up a new dress for Munchkin this weekend. I’ll have to make a couple more for this summer.

I am going… to relax on the couch with a book and some chocolate once this post is finished.

I am reading… The Art of Relationship Homeschooling. I haven’t gotten too far through it yet, but I’m still enjoying what I have read.

I am hoping… that tomorrow is a little bit quieter than today has been.

I am hearing… brothers playing in the living room with cars and blocks. It always makes me smile to see my boys playing together.

Pondering these words… “There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” – Aristotle

Around the house… my lilies and irises are starting to sprout this week! They are so beautiful when they bloom.

One of my favorite things… is seeing things start to sprout and turn green in the spring.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Just a typical week for us, with a bit of plant watching thrown in!

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Daybook for April 28th


Outside my window… it’s grey, brown, cold, and rainy. We may still be burning coal come May.

I am thinking… about the writing that I have to catch up on now that we are healthy and have running water again!

I am thankful for… the water in our basement being kept at bay by the sump pump. It’s been exciting around here the past couple of weeks between bouts of the stomach flu, three days with no running water, and a flooded basement.

From the learning rooms… I collected various dirt samples this weekend for an experiment. We’re getting close to done with our math curriculum this year too. Strangely enough we usually finish that first!

From the kitchen… Earl Grey Moonlight tea from Adagio. It’s a slightly mellow Earl Grey blend with notes of vanilla. I like it quite a bit!

I am wearing… black pants, green top, and lamenting the fact that it’s still too cold for my Trusty Purple Crocs…

I am creating… a sweater. Well, I’m still working on it. It’s the one I’ve been working on since the Rav Games back in February. I’ve got a sleeve and a half left to do. I’d be further along if I hadn’t goofed and had to rip out half a sleeve…

I am going… to try and plant some pansies this year. (If it warms up, that is!) Mom used to have these brick planters full of pansies, and I always loved them. Pansies always remind me of Mom.

I am reading… The Joy of Relationship Homeschooling by Karen Campbell. I’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” Karen online a couple of years ago. I’m always excited when a friend has a book published!

I am hoping… to build my own brick planter this year. I have no idea what I’m doing of course, but I’ll just figure it out as I go along. (Any tips?)

I am hearing… “Pushing on a Pull Door” by for King & Country. I discovered them quite by accident, and I’ve been listening to them a lot ever since.

Pondering these words… “It’s hard when you miss people. But, you know, if you miss them it means you were lucky. It means you had someone special in your life, someone worth missing.” – Nathan Scott

Around the house… I have a pansy plant on the dining room table. It’s still much too cold to plant anything outside, but I’m hoping that I can keep this little plant alive long enough to transplant once it warms up.

One of my favorite things… is painting my nails. I don’t actually wear makeup anymore, but I do love nail polish!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Laundry, studying, writing, and I’ll have to go to the grocery store sometime too. (How do these kids eat so much and stay skinny?!)

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Daybook for April 7th


Outside my window… there is still a lot of snow, but my driveway is partially muddy and I think this sunshine will melt some more snow!

I am thinking… my teen years. I’ll be doing some writing about being a homeschooled high school student this week.

I am thankful for… the fact that I am not longer a teenager. Seriously, being an adult has its own challenges, but I much prefer it.

From the learning rooms… this is our week off, and I think we can all use it! The weather has been making the kids stir-crazy. A week of fun projects and downtime will be refreshing.

From the kitchen… it was nearly noon before I was able to have my first cup of tea… this explains the eye twitch.

I am wearing… jeans and a black shirt.

I am creating… a knitted lightsaber for Little Guy’s birthday this week. And I just have to share that Munchkin sewed her first quilt this weekend!

I am going… to be waiting anxiously for my blog planner to arrive this week! I got the shipping confirmation today. I absolutely love my Well Planned Day and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in the blog planner!

I am reading… The Queen’s Handmaiden. At least, I’m going to be starting it. I finished up a couple of book reviews this week, so now it’s onto the next.

I am hoping… that it will feel a bit more like spring by the end of the month.

I am hearing… Rocketman. Probably an odd choice, but it fits in with a scene I’m working on in my head. I’m definitely someone who needs music to write.

Pondering these words… “Not my circus. Not my monkeys.” – Polish Proverb (Can I just say how much I love this quote? I need to remember it the next time I’m about to get pulled into something that I really should walk away from!)

Around the house… we set up a small tent in the living room and the kids went “camping” last night. S’more snack mix and the fireplace video on Netflix contributed to the ambience.

One of my favorite things… is red nail polish, even if it will be chipped by tomorrow.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Birthday party for little guy! There will be cupcakes!

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Daybook for March 31st


Outside my window… is a ton of sleet on top of the snow. Heavy stuff to shovel!

I am thinking… about ideas for blog posts. Anyone have any suggestions or requests?

I am thankful for… all of us being home during the storm yesterday. I’m always thankful when Aaron doesn’t have to be out driving in bad weather.

From the learning rooms… some of our curriculum for this fall should start showing up in the next week or so. My Well Planned Day planner is here, and my blog planner and the kids’ student planners have been ordered.

From the kitchen… I tried out a recipe for peanut butter cookies with nutella swirled through them. The kids have declared them delicious.

I am wearing… black pants, a red sox t-shirt, and blue fleece jacket.

I am creating… a knitted light saber for Little Guy’s birthday. He loves the ones I made for his siblings, so I’m confident that he’ll be happy with one of his own.

I am going… to be drinking multiple cups of tea today.

I am reading… actually, I’ve finished up a couple of books and I’ll be wrapping up the written reviews this week. So I’m deciding what book to pick up next. I have a number of interesting ones in the stack!

I am hoping… that the stuff on the roads melts and dries up quickly.

I am hearing… kiddos playing with Little Guy. Always makes me smile!

Pondering these words… “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” – Dr. Suess

Around the house… projects, cardboard boxes, books, and all sorts of signs that children live here.

One of my favorite things… curly blonde hair and blue eyes! (Because that’s what my Aaron looks like.)

A few plans for the rest of the week: Just a typical week for us. Hopefully with a few days that are nice enough for the kiddos to play outside!

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Daybook for March 24th

Outside my window… it’s sunny, so maybe some of this snow will melt? The kids and I all have a healthy dose of cabin fever at this point.

I am thinking… about writing projects. (Of course!) I’m also trying to nail down my curriculum plan for the next school year. I think I’ve just about got it sorted.

I am thankful for… fuzzy pink owl slippers.

From the learning rooms… Ancient Egypt, air pressure, and decimals are all on the slate for this week. I’ll have the chance to try out a brand new spelling curriculum soon. I’m really excited about that!

From the kitchen… sandwiches for lunch!

I am wearing… jeans and a cream sweater of Aaron’s that he hasn’t had a chance to wear for a few years!

I am creating… a sweater for me. Actually, I’m still working on I watch British TV for the sweaters! from the Rav Games challenge. The idea was to knit the whole sweater during the Olympic Games. That was probably a bit too ambitious a goal.

I am going… to be getting my new Well Planned Day in the mail soon!!! I’ll be ordering student planners for the two oldest kids again this year too. I wasn’t sure whether or not I should try out the blog planner, but after hearing from a few friends I’m pretty sure I’ll order one. The planner sale is going on through the end of March, so you can still snag the planners at a great price. (Note: All planner links are my affiliate links.)

I am reading… The End Came with a Kiss
by John Hileman. Or rather, I just finished reading it. I’ll be honest, I only read it because I’ve read all of John’s other books. I am not a fan of the “zombie” stuff that’s popular today. This book puts a spin on the genre that makes it so much more than just another “zombie book”! If you enjoy a good thriller, then this is a book worth picking up. I’ll definitely be reading the sequel!

I am hoping… that it warms up a bit. The kids love playing in the snow, but we’ve had a lot of days where it’s just too cold to be outside for long.

I am hearing… Jo Blankenburg’s album Elysium. Excellent writing music!

Pondering these words… “You can do anything, but not everything.” – Unknown

Around the house… well, snow is certainly surrounding the house.

One of my favorite things… is hot tea. I’d never survive Maine winters without lots of tea!

A few plans for the rest of the week: Just the usual, studying, writing, laundry, and keeping the cabin fever at bay.

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