Outside my windows… The leaves have fallen off the trees, and the sun sets earlier now.

Inside my house… there is a new microwave. My IT staff was using the old one to heat something up yesterday and it decided to never quite turn itself off. Unplugging it and plugging it back in didn’t change this. We’ll try to fix a lot of things, but we draw the line at microwaves… A replacement was in order.

Counting 1000 gifts… extravagant grace. I don’t know why God chooses to show us such amazing grace, but I’m so thankful that He does…

Prayers of the heart… praying that I won’t become so caught up in things that do not matter, that I miss the things that do.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… finishing the morning tea break. Yes, all but one of the kiddos love tea!

From my playlist… the latest song from The Piano Guys. I still love good instrumental music!

From my reading list… An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield. I’ve been listening to the audiobook edition of this one. There’s some really valuable lessons in there for everyone in my opinion. I think this one will go on the high school reading list for the kiddos.

From my needlework basket… three out of four Christmas sweaters are done. There are advantages to using the same pattern for each sweater, but by the time I’m on sweater #4, I’m a bit tired of knitting it…

In the learning room… So far, Math U See has been such a help! I can’t explain the relief that switching curriculums has brought to both Munchkin and me! I still don’t recommend switching curriculums haphazardly, but in this case, it was definitely the right choice.

Random ramblings… Let’s not rush through Thanksgiving. I can use the reminder to slow down and be thankful for what I do have. We really do have so much to be thankful for, and it’s too easy to lose sight of this. I’m just as guilty as anyone here! Let’s slow down this year and appreciate all of the things we’ve been given, rather than focusing on all of the things we haven’t.

Profound ponderings… “Be thankful for what you have. Your life, no matter how bad you think it is, is someone else’s fairytale.” – Wale Ayeni

Caught on film…