Outside my windows… there are leaves changing color, but today has taken a warm turn. Warm enough that we have open windows!

Inside my house… we have a new set of gel pens sitting on the table. The kiddos have enjoyed using them for schoolwork and notetaking today. I’m glad that Amazon had them on sale last week!

Counting 1000 gifts… I’m thankful that we have a nice backyard for the kids to enjoy.

Prayers of the heart… that God would change minds and soften hearts… including mine.

What the (not quite so) little ones are up to… all four just headed outside to play. This may be the last day when they can eschew jackets outside for a while.

From my playlist… Howard Shore’s score for The Hobbit.

From my reading list… I’ve been listening to the audiobook version of a novelization of Hamlet. It’s interesting to experience the story in such a different format from what I’m used to. While interesting, this is one case where I think the play was better than the book!

From my needlework basket… mittens are my projects of late. The kids still enjoy receiving a pair of hand knit mittens in their Christmas stockings, and so I still knit them!

In the learning room… Math U See is working well for all four of the kids so far, though Little Guy is somewhat disappointed that his lessons are much shorter than his siblings’! I was having some trouble helping him learn letter sounds, so I signed up for a free trial of Reading Eggs. I honestly didn’t expect that it would help much, but I was pleasantly surprised! Even better, he is actually enjoying phonics now. You can find free trial offers for Reading Eggs all over the internet, so it’s worth giving it a try if you have a child struggling with phonics. The yearly subscription is not cheap, so do be sure to sign up for the trial first and make sure it’s a good fit for your child.

Random ramblings… My word for 2016 is “Story”. I’ve been somewhat frustrated because so far it seems that I haven’t made much progress with that. It was the strangest thing that prompted me to start writing one evening. The result is a beginning, and I’ll be publishing it here on Teish Knits later this week. I’m part excited and part terrified!

Profound ponderings…

I have known despair
I value hope

I have tasted frustration
I value fulfillment

I have been lonely
I value love

— Leonard Nimoy

Caught on film…