Thoughts for Tuesday, June 16th

Outside my windows… it’s rainy today. We’ve had some beautiful weather too though. What a mixed bag the forecast is this time of year!

Inside my house… Little Guy has moved to a toddler bed, and for the first time in a lot of years, the crib has been disassembled and put away. It’s a very odd feeling.

Counting 1000 gifts… Cookout Season!

Prayers of the heart… the next month has a lot of stuff going on. Some of it seems really big and overwhelming. Praying for strength and peace.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… it’s pretty evenly split between LEGO building and coloring/drawing right now.

From my playlist… Cat’s in the Cradle. This song is always a bit of a reality check for me. It’s too easy to get caught up in work and let relationships slide.

From my reading list… A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer. I’m not typically a reader of “Westerns” when it comes to historical fiction, but Karen’s books are a must-read for me!

From my needlework basket… I’m finishing up a summer sweater for myself. Just because it’s warm, it doesn’t mean that you can’t wear something knitted.

In the learning room… We do school year round, but the summer months are a bit more laid back than the rest of the year. Of course, there is always plenty of nature study that goes on this time of year. Now’s when our field guides get a good workout!

Random ramblings… Is it possible to make Nutella from scratch? I’m trying to change some of our eating habits for the better, and that seems to include more cooking from scratch with real food ingredients. But I love Nutella! (You have no idea how good hot chocolate can be until you try Nutella hot chocolate…)

Profound ponderings… “And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me, he’d grown up just like me. My boy was just like me.” – Harry Chapin

Caught on film… my IT staff and me enjoying some ice cream!


Thoughts for Tuesday, May 19th

Outside my windows… it’s raining today, and things are really looking green around here.

Inside my house… I now have three out of four of my children sharing my tea-drinking habit, especially on days like this that are a bit chilly.

Counting 1000 gifts… thankful for good test results that came back this week!

Prayers of the heart… I’ve had a decision to make that I really wrestled with. Now that I’ve made it, I’m just praying that things turn out OK.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… creating stories, building with LEGOs, and cobbling together lightsabers out of paper towel rolls and tin foil!

From my playlist… Waiting for Superman by Daughtry.

From my reading list… Fusion Fire by Kathy Tyers. If you love space opera, then you must read Kathy’s Firebird series. It tops my list of favorite books!

From my needlework basket… a cotton sweater for summer. Of course, it may be finished just in time for the first snowfall…

In the learning room… I’ve been browsing field guides for the kiddos. They are always finding plants, birds, and other things that we try to identify, so it’s time to invest in a good, comprehensive field guide. Any suggestions?

Random ramblings… I was pondering last night why superhero stories appeal to me. I decided it’s because growing up, I wanted to save the world. I knew that no matter what I did with my life, I wanted to make a difference and help people. You know, my life has not exactly turned out the way that I dreamed all of those years ago! Along the way, I discovered that we don’t have to do something spectacular to make a difference in people’s lives. Little things can make a difference too! I’ll never find the cure for cancer, explore Mars, or argue a case before the Supreme Court, but that doesn’t mean that God can’t use the small things that I can do.

Profound ponderings… “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.” – Gandalf in Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Caught on film…


Thoughts for Tuesday, April 14th

Outside my windows… there’s still a bit of snow on the ground, but it’s melting because it’s such a beautiful day!

Inside my house… the kiddos and I are sipping on this year’s first batch of sun tea.

Counting 1000 gifts… sunny days, short sleeves, and sprouting seeds…

Prayers of the heart… there is something that has been weighing heavily on my heart. I’ve not felt very well since the beginning of the year. I’ve seen a few doctors, had tests, and still don’t have a diagnosis. Over the next couple of months I’ll be making decisions about what to try next. I am so thankful that I’m not seriously ill, but I very much want to get back to feeling like myself again! I’m just praying for wisdom to make good decisions.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… the kiddos have been enjoying the spring weather for certain!

From my playlist… There is a Fountain. I will always love the hymns that I grew up with.

From my reading list… I’ve got some great books on my reading list. But I’m taking a break for some fun reading. Star Wars. I need my space opera fix every now and then!

From my needlework basket… I’m doing the finishing on a cute cardigan for myself. Warm weather is here now of course, but Maine nights get cool enough that I’ll still get some use out of it this summer.

In the learning room… We are still chugging along on the 3 R’s, but I’d like to do a fun unit study or project that will take advantage of the warmer weather. I’m thinking maybe some sort of nature study…

Random ramblings… I found myself thinking last night, “Mom was so much better at this than I am.” I wish that I could ask her for tips and tricks! I have a feeling that she’d just hug me and tell me something like, “Just keep at it, Kiddo.” That’s good advice for just about anything in life I think. Just keep at it. Just keep making progress.

Profound ponderings… “Faith tells me that no matter what lies ahead of me, God is already there.” — Unknown

Caught on film…

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Thoughts for Tuesday, February 24th

Outside my windows… the snow has reached the window in the office. At least it’s good insulation!

Inside my house… my IT staff and Mr. Q are building a stand to put our mailbox on. Why would they be doing it in the middle of the winter you ask? Because three times last week the snowplow creamed out mailbox and the last time it cleaned it off the post and crunched it up nicely. The idea is that a moveable stand will allow us to move it out of the way. We have the worst luck with mailboxes.

Counting 1000 gifts… thankful that I have some great memories…

Prayers of the heart… I have a doctor’s appointment this afternoon. Those always make me nervous for some silly reason. I always pray a lot over doctor’s appointments!

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… Munchkin was quite excited to receive a magazine in the mail today! She’s reading it right now.

From my playlist… Time That is Left by Mark Schultz.

From my reading list… How to Catch a Prince. It’s the third book in the Royal Weddings series. Sounds like fluff, I know, but the books in the series all have a spiritual depth to them that I appreciate. This most recent book is my favorite though!

From my needlework basket… is it any surprise that I’m knitting mittens and wool socks?

In the learning room… I’m trying to come up with a fun book or project to break up the monotony of winter. Anyone have a great suggestion for me?

Random ramblings… Thinking about Mom this week. Her birthday was February 26th. I’ll always be thankful for that last birthday dinner and evening spent playing cards and laughing.

Profound ponderings… “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” – Ernest Hemingway

Thoughts for Tuesday, February 17th

Outside my windows… it’s very cold, and there’s a pretty frost pattern on the window by my desk this morning.

Inside my house… both coal and propane stoves are lit today. The wind has really been something else!

Counting 1000 gifts… co-workers who pray for each other.

Prayers of the heart… for friends who are traveling today.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… breakfast while wearing fedoras and marveling over how Mom can type without even looking at the keyboard.

From my playlist… Light it Up by for King and Country. This song spoke to me the first time that I ever heard it… it still does.

From my reading list… the most recent issue of Home Educating Family Magazine came! That always tops the reading list.

From my needlework basket… mittens for now, though I’m anxious to get back to the socks I was working on.

In the learning room… vacation this week, but I’ll still manage to sneak in a bit of learning. Someone recommended How the States Got Their Shapes on Netflix, so I think we’ll check it out this week.

Random ramblings… Winter seems to always bring chapped and irritated skin. I’ve been trying calendula oil on that this year, and it’s been working exceptionally well. You can buy it at the health food store or make your own by infusing the carrier oil of your choice with dried calendula. Just let it soak in a jar of oil for a week or two before straining the calendula out of the oil.

Profound ponderings… “Behind every successful woman, is a substantial amount of tea.” – Unknown

Caught on film… don’t forget to enter the Dear magazine giveaway this week!


Thoughts for Tuesday, February 10th

Outside my windows… there is a lot of snow. Really, a lot of snow.

Inside my house… I’ve been enjoying the electric kettle that I got for Christmas. Considering how much tea I drink this time of year, it’s getting a lot of use.

Counting 1000 gifts… the gift of a written language. I can’t imagine a life that did not include reading and writing. I’m so very thankful that mine includes both.

Prayers of the heart… “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… a lunch/LEGO break!

From my playlist… Cassandra from Thomas Bergersen’s new album Sun. If you are looking for some great instrumental music, definitely look him up!

From my reading list… working my way through The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett. Still not completely sure what I think of it…

From my needlework basket… mittens and cowls are both on the needles at the moment. I did finish Munchkin’s birthday sweater, and I can’t wait for her to see it later this week!

In the learning room… Decimals, Barbarians, and astronomy! We read about Charlemagne yesterday, and I have to say that I’ve been learning a lot about this period of history along with the kids.

Random ramblings… my favorite kind of characters to read (and write!) about are people who are completely flawed. People who live through the hard, and even if their ending isn’t storybook-perfect, something good comes out of all of the bad. Because that’s the kind of thing that God does in our lives, and sometimes I need the reminder.

Profound ponderings… “The purpose of literature is to turn blood into ink.” – T.S. Eliot

Caught on film… the circuit board from the old toaster that the boys and I disassembled. (Taking stuff apart can be fabulously stress-relieving!)

Thoughts for Tuesday, November 18th

Outside my windows… the ground was mostly bare again when we got more snow. It’s definitely here to stay.

Inside my house… I turned the thermostat up because even 70 was feeling a bit chilly. I must be getting old.

Counting 1000 gifts… people to send Christmas cards to.

Prayers of the heart… good decisions. I have one that I’ve been struggling with for the better part of the year, and I’m at the point where I really do have to decide what I’m going to do.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… math and Mario Kart!

From my playlist… Saturn by Sleeping at Last. The first half of the song is beautiful instrumental music, and the lyrics of the second half will make you stop and think.

From my reading list… Tears of the Sea from MaryLu Tyndall. I’ve really been enjoying her novels lately!

From my needlework basket… I actually took a 20 minute break to sew today. It was a good distraction and I was able to get back to things with a fresh mind.

In the learning room… the Middle Ages and early missionaries are on the list for history over the next few weeks.

Random ramblings… I’m so tired right now that I can’t think of anything random to ramble about… does that ever happen to you?

Profound ponderings… “One of the happiest moments in life is when you find the courage to let go of what you can’t change.” – Unknown

Caught on film…


Thoughts for Tuesday November 11th

Outside my windows… there’s lingering snow dusting the ground. I suppose I’ll have to get used to that again!

Inside my house… yellow caution tape… It’s the perfect party decoration for a little boy requesting a “construction” birthday.

Counting 1000 gifts… So thankful today for Camo. He arrived seven years ago today!

Prayers of the heart… it’s been such a hard month and a half. Not because of any one big thing, just a lot of little things that keep piling up. I’m praying for strength and rest this week.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… since birthdays around here mean LEGOs, the kids will be happily occupied all evening!

From my playlist… Angry Birds from The Greatest Video Game Music album. (It’s the London Philharmonic. You know it’s going to be good.)

From my reading list… When Treetops Glisten. It’s a Christmas themed novella collection. I’ll be posting a review here after I’ve finished the book. Since we have snow, it seemed like a good book to pick up.

From my needlework basket… I need to knit nice, thick wool boot socks for kids. I’m trying to wing it, but sock #1 didn’t exactly turn out.

In the learning room… Munchkin had requested books about airplanes a while back, and I came across an interesting used book with lots of photos that I picked up for her. Yesterday, she surprised us with her knowledge of stealth aircraft!

Random ramblings… So, I got a new cell phone. My old one wasn’t ringing through about half the time when someone tried to call me. As much as I dislike change, this one was necessary. I have a pre-paid phone because I honestly don’t use it enough to justify an actual monthly plan. Transferring the number and minutes from the old phone to the new one was not quite as easy as they make it out to be… After going through the transfer process on their website, three times using the automated system, and twice with real live CS reps, they told me that it could take two business days for it to “finalize”. In the meantime, I had no phone. Ah, technology…

Profound ponderings… “We cannot start over, but we can begin now, and make a new ending.” – Zig Ziglar

Caught on film…


Thoughts for Tuesday, November 4th

Outside my windows… sunshine and snow. We were rather surprised that our first snowstorm of the winter turned out to be a rather nasty blizzard!

Inside my house… are three boxes of books to take to the thrift store. I’m surprised by the number of duplicate books that I still had on my bookshelves from back when I merged Mom’s books with mine.

Counting 1000 gifts… thankful for heat and electricity this morning! We lost electricity for about 18 hours over Sunday and Monday. We have a propane heater that we can use when the power is out, but it doesn’t keep the house quite as toasty as the coal stove does.

Prayers of the heart… so many things heavy on my heart lately that I’m not free to share publically. Praying for myself and for friends.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… LEGO club magazines arrived today, so the older kids are engrossed in those! Little Guy has taken to drawing and tracing stencils lately, so he is busy at the table with paper and (washable!) markers.

From my playlist… We Dream of a Kingdom by Greg Long.

From my reading list… I just picked up the kindle edition of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I’ve heard a few recommendations, and it sounds like a book I’d find helpful.

From my needlework basket… more Christmas knitting going on!

In the learning room… I’m deciding what to do this year that’s Thanksgiving themed. We’ve done the Amanda Bennett unit study in the past, and it’s a great study. I think it’s a little more than I want to tackle this year though. A good read-aloud and gratitude journals might be just about right.

Random ramblings… I ordered a Melissa and Doug “playdoh” set as a Christmas gift for Little Guy. It arrived in the mail today and my IT staff’s comment was, “You’ll regret that. He’ll love it, but you’ll regret it!” He’s right too! I’ll wonder what I was thinking when I’m peeling little bits of dough off every chair in the dining room!

Profound ponderings… “Write hard and clear about what hurts.” – Ernest Hemingway

Caught on film…


Thoughts for Tuesday October 28th

Outside my windows… there has been a lot of rain this week, but we had sunny skies today.

Inside my house… is a working printer on my desk. I didn’t quite realize how much I print until the previous printer bit the dust a month and a half ago. I did quite a bit of research trying to find the best printer in the price range that I had in mind. The new printer arrived last week while my IT staff was off teaching a workshop. I actually managed to get it set up and printing on my own. Will wonders never cease…

Counting 1000 gifts… so, so, so, thankful that my IT staff is home at last! I sure miss my Aaron when he’s gone.

Prayers of the heart… asking for perspective lately. There are so many things in a day that call for my time and attention. I want to make the right things my priority.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… Munchkin has discovered the Grandma’s Attic book series, and the boys have been working on a LEGO fort recently. Naturally, the fort includes cannons!

From my playlist… the soundtrack to Space Pirate Captain Harlock. If you know what that is, you are definitely a geek!

From my reading list… A Lady at Willowgrove Hall by Sarah Ladd. I’ll be posting a review here later this week.

From my needlework basket… Christmas vests for the kiddos. I’m making up the pattern as I go along since I couldn’t find a pattern I liked to go with the yarn I wanted to use. There’s a lot of math involved in pattern design.

In the learning room… multiplying fractions for Munchkin. She seems to take to fractions far better than her mother did, which is another thing I’m thankful for today!

Random ramblings… I went upstairs to grab a cable. Got upstairs and couldn’t remember why I was there, so I started back downstairs. Halfway down the stairs, I remembered the cable and had to turn around and go back for it. I really thought I’d be a bit older than 34 by the time stuff like this started happening…

Profound ponderings… “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Caught on film… because I still can’t believe that I get to write for my favorite magazine…