Out my window: a riot of color. Blue sky, red, yellow and green leaves. I love autumn.
In the kitchen: This week we’re having beef and mushrooms, Chicken Marbella, beef and vegetable chili, chicken pot pie, and pizza. And homemade bread. Jonah asks to make cookies every other day… I think he’s fattening me up for Thanksgiving. Very sinister.
On my mind: the difficult balance between doing and being. My friend Gina sent me this article on the conflict between a career and motherhood, and it has been rattling around in my head all week.
In the school room: autumn tree study, Guatemala, protozoa, The Penderwicks, James Herriott stories and Jean Fritz’s The Great Little Madison.
I’m reading: Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron. Educating the Whole Hearted Child by Clay & Sally Clarkson. IMPAC’s Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and Newborn Care: A guide for essential practice. And Gaudy Night, for the between-times, when I can’t take one more thing I have to focus on.
Grateful for: my niece’s safe arrival. Two dinners with dear friends… they came at just the right time. Yesterday’s worship. Last week’s overnight visit with a dear friend who gets me. That Sam is home. He had a wonderful trip, but… I am really, really glad that he is home.
Praying for: Mandy. Jerusha. Syria. Our government. (Apparently they need a lot more prayer than they’re getting.)
Rest. (We’re tired around here.)
All the people still displaced or affected by the flood. Patience. Courage to be real.