Outside my window… the ground is bare and we’ve been getting rain. This has been one weird winter to date.

I am thinking… about how spoiled I am to have a washer, dryer and dishwasher. Especially when I realize that my grandmother had five children without any of those things.

I am thankful for… small (and not-so-small) miracles in the midst of it all…

From the learning rooms… back to more formal lessons this week. The kids jumped back in with little trouble, and I must admit that it is nice to have something of a routine back.

From the kitchen… home-brewed herbal iced tea to go with the leftovers for lunch. Part of my attempt to cut out the soda and corn-syrup sweetened drinks again. (Of course, we will totally disregard the double-serving of Earl Grey tea that I had for breakfast. Don’t ask me to completely give up caffeine.)

I am wearing… black knit pants, a striped turtleneck and a fleece jacket. I’m saving the nice clothes that are still clean in case I need to leave the house…

I am creating… socks for me! I finished up a pair of nice wool socks and started on another. January is the month for me to work on knitting something that I can wear!

I am going… to be repairing a washing machine. The internet is a wonderful resource, and if I get stuck I can always call Dad!

I am reading… All Wound Up by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. It’s not a book about home education, it’s not a novel, or something that I’m reading to review. It’s just a book that is funny and I’m enjoying reading! Stephanie’s books never fail to make me laugh. There is also a very timely chapter in which she discusses a broken washing machine, New Year’s Eve, and a sawzall.

I am hoping… to get back into the habit of doing the Motivated Moms checklist. If you’ve never heard of it, then check out the website. You can purchase the printable PDF or an app in the iTunes store. I have the app and it really does work when I’m consistent to follow it! For me, it’s so nice to have a checklist written up for me. That way I don’t waste a lot of time trying to decide where to start.

I am hearing… Amazing Grace. Still my favorite song of all.

Pondering these words… “Contentment isn’t a state of organization, a weight on the scale, a state of better: better kids, better marriage, better health, better house. Contentment is never a matter of circumstances; contentment is always a state of communion — a daily embracing of God. A thankfulness for all the gifts – and moments and life, just as He gives it.” Ann Voskamp, from today’s blog post

Around the house… you may have guessed that my washing machine is currently out of order. It broke on New Year’s Day. I’m not superstitious or anything, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s a sign! At least we can order the parts and fix it ourselves. And honestly, if a temporarily broken washer is the worst of my problems, then I really do have so very much to be thankful for!

One of my favorite things… listening to my kids read! I’m so glad that I get to be there for those moments.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Hopefully getting back to more of a regular routine and writing more regularly too!

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