Monday, June 16, 2014

Daybook 2014

I am thankful for: 
~ my husband
~ my boys
~ the time I spent with my family this weekend
~ the warm weather
~ sleep

I am listening to:
~ the coffee maker gurgle
~ birds outside my window

I am praying for: 
~ guidance for our family  
~ friends in crisis 
~ my son Holden, my sister-in-law Abby, and her friend Angela and their outing this weekend

I am pondering
My sister-in-law Emily was confirmed on Saturday. I was her sponsor. During our Bishops homily, he encouraged the youth to talk about their faith with their friends , to talk about Jesus openly. He reminded them that they should meet Jesus at Mass at least once a week for the rest of their life. He told them to go out in the world and do three things: pray, serve, and smile. 

It was an excellent homily. I have been thinking about how I can incorporate more prayer, service, and smiles in our day to day life. 

I am reading: *

~   Brideshead Revisited   My Kindle tells me I have finished 34%.

~   The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home  I am starting chapter two. 

~   Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead  I am finishing up chapter three.

In the schoolroom
We have finished school, but we will keep up with reading aloud and with quiet reading time. I have almost finished planning next year's curriculum, but I will wait until after I attend the upcoming homeschool conference and talk with a couple moms from my homeschool group about starting a small co-op before making a final decision. 

In the craft room
I have been stitching away on my bird's nest cross stitch. I have done very little knitting, although I plan on starting a new lightweight scarf today. I had been knitting baby dresses, but I need a break from baby items to work on something for me to get back the joy of knitting, I think. 

Around the house
We moved around the furniture in several rooms last week. Now I am focusing on getting rid of clutter and general cleaning.  

Around the internet

~ If healthy pregnancies were treated like special needs pregnancies   

~ If It's Good Enough For Dorthy Day, It's Good Enough For Me 

~ How can Catholic moms balance work and family?  

Linking up with Jenny at The Littlest Way for Daybook

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  1. pray, serve, and smile...I love that. That will be my mantra as I go about my daily chores and routine. Thank you for sharing your Bishop's wise words.

  2. The coffee maker gurgling has got to be one my favourite sounds. And the smell of freshly brewed coffee that goes with it...yum!!

    1. Yes! The smell of freshly brewed coffee is wonderful!

  3. I definitely need to put more effort into prayer. I go through phases. I get a burst of energy and keep to a strict prayer routine for a week or two and then I get lazy and fall back into barely praying at all until I get another burst of energy. Sometimes prayer seems overwhelming. I have so much to pray for and I feel guilty when I forget to
    Pray for something that I intended to pray for. I need to realize that prayer is about just being with God. I realized I need to do a lot more listening in prayer instead of so much talking.

    1. I totally understand what you are saying. Is there something that you have to do every day that could set aside as prayer time? Like I pray a decade or two of the rosary when I water my garden. And I leave my prayer book by my computer to help me remember to pick it up and say a prayer before I start clicking around the web. I have heard several women talk of having a kitchen Madonna to remember to pray while they cook and do the dishes. :)

  4. I read Daring Greatly earlier this year. It's not my typical sort of read, but I am glad I picked it up. It gave me some things to think about!

    1. I am glad that I am reading it. It is making me think about myself and being vulnerable.

  5. I just got The Little Oratory in the mail and can't wait to start it! Love the pic of strawberries! Do you grow them?

    1. Yes, those strawberries came out of my garden. We do not have as many strawberries this year because my patch is too crowded, and I haven't had a lot of time to spend out there this year.


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