Friday, September 19, 2014

Busy, Busy, Busy - Daybook 2014


What we have been doing:

Our days have been busy lately. Busy in a good way.

Honestly, most of this summer was hard for me. Losing my grandmother forced me to think about things that are better left forgotten. My anxiety reached an all time high, and them I had the pesky infection that kept me on the couch for almost a month.

Once I started feeling better, we jumped right into vacation mode and  enjoyed ourselves. 

First we had our trip, then we got together with friends that we hadn't seen in weeks. Then we spent most of our afternoons visiting with friends for talking (the moms) and playing (the kids), had lunch with our friends, and went swimming.

One day the boys and I went to a Back to Homeschool  field day and picnic at a local state park. Then I enjoyed a dinner out with a couple of mom friends.

Chris and I took the boys to a water park for the day, and I rode the one water ride that I said I would not. It was super scary. I prefer roller-coasters to water-slides.

I planned my homeschool year and a co-op with a couple of other moms from our homeschool support group. 

Finally, I met my new nephews. They are twins and super cute!

The last month has been so wonderful that it totally makes up for the spring and early summer that I experienced!

I am thankful for:

Chris and the boys
my new nephews
homeschool friends
old friends
cooler weather
better health
bigger kids that can help around the house

I am listening to:

the clean dishes being put away
my nephew Dan babbling to Thomas

I am praying for:

a private intention
George and Harry

I am pondering:

Edel 2015. It was announced a couple of days ago. It will be closer to me, but it is still really expensive. Initially, I had hoped that I would be able to make it work, but honestly, I can't justify spending that much money for a couple days away for myself. I know it will be just as wonderful as it was last year, and I am thankful that Jen and Hallie have created such a wonderful event for Catholic women. Maybe one day I will attend, but 2015 will not be the year for me. 

I am reading:
(Amazon Associate links)*

I just started both of these books, so I do not have an opinion on either of them yet.

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia

Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole

I finished reading:
(Amazon Associate links)*

Being OK with Where You Are   -  Sometimes life doesn't also take us where we expect it to, but thankfully, God knows where we need to be better than we do! I enjoyed this book, even though it was not edited well. It is set up like a Bible study, and I would have loved to discuss the chapters with girlfriends.

Girl on a Wire - Superstition, magic, and mystery meet in this young adult novel set in a modern day circus. I received this book for free from Kindle First through my prime membership, and I enjoyed reading it. It was quick paced and interesting. A good book for entertaining rather than educational reading.

Rain Girl - A murder mystery set along the shores of the Danube River. I received this book for free from Kindle First through my prime membership, and I didn't like it much. I finished it because the murder mystery was intriguing, but I had a hard time believing that everyone is as unhappy in their relationships as the author suggests throughout the story.

Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace - The title explains it all! Great book!

In the schoolroom:

School is going well. I am excited about this year. Now that my high schooler has graduated, and he is doing well in college, I only have a sixth grader and a first grader. School is fun again (I am joking, teaching high school was not a bad experience)! This year I made a couple of changes to our curriculum. For the first time, we are using Teaching Textbooks and IEW Writing Intensive. Plus, two friends and I have started a Classically Catholic Memory co-op. We had our first meeting on Monday, and it went well. 

In the craft room: 

No knitting, No jewelry making. Only cross stitching!  

Around the house: 

I need to combine the school schedule and the house cleaning chart. Then I need to add the times that we will be out of the house so I can manage everything better. I know there is time being wasted or not used in the most advantageous way.

Around the internet: 

How I Improved My Night Prayers and Exam of Conscience  @ Revolution of Love blog

Our Reversion Story @ a Catholic reversal 

When Prayer At Home Seems Lacking @ Fumbling Towards Grace  

The Great Skirt Debate and Why I Started Wearing Pants Again @ A Woman's Place 

"Modesty" and Assault @ jessfayette 

ONE simple trick to help toddlers and young kids to behave at Mass @ One Catholic Mama 

WIWS: oh, hey! @ My Clones In Action 

Pretty, Happy Funny, Real @ Catholic Fit Mom For Life

All of the links to Amazon are Amazon Associates links,  and if you click on them and make a purchase I receive a few pennies. Thanks for your support!


  1. Erica, thanks for the link! I am liking teaching textbooks although I have no reference since this is our first year homeschooling. So far, though my kids really enjoy it. I plan to look into your writing intensive link. I am happy to hear you are feeling better! I plan to email you soon with some questions about homeschooling.


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