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Monday, November 30, 2009
Outside my window... it's overcast again but supposed to clear up later! I think I'll hang up the washing inside just in case! Last week a few loads of washing took two days to dry outside - and besides that, we could use the moisture inside the house since the heat is on and we are all waking up with dry mouths.
I am hearing ... The Storyteller is telling me a verse he is trying to memorize, while his sister is trying to get him to get dressed and start on the day.
I am thinking... about all of the sewing projects that are floating around in my head waiting to get started or finished! Some are for Christmas, some are for the house, and some are for me - long comfortable warm skirts top my list of 'needs'!
I am thankful for... Mondays! Laundry, lessons, library and leftovers - all good!
I am praying for ... a heart of obedience to God - and the wisdom to know His clear direction.
I am remembering... the sweet time we enjoyed with my Mum and Dad and our friends over Thanksgiving!
I am wearing... long dark denim skirt, beige crew neck top, denim cotton sweater with beige blanket-stitch edge - casual, comfortable and ready for the day!
I am going... to take Dreamer to piano and ballet later. The Storyteller and I will take back a bunch of books to the library and hopefully run an errand or two before picking up Dreamer and heading home. The Historian has already gone to pick up our first winter citrus shipment - oranges and grapefruit! Yummy! I hope when he gets back to make a quick trip to JoAnn's for the lining I need to finish the two wool skirts I started for myself yesterday!
I am reading... my old hat patterns! Our Dreamer is really into wearing hats these days and I need some warm hats for winter as well, so I think it is time to get sewing something cozy for us both!
I am hoping... that this will be a productive week sewing and school - wise! That the Storyteller will get over his cold without sharing it with anyone, and that I can be an encouragement to others this week!
On my mind... my Mum's health - she is in so much pain with her back, hips and feet. I am praying that she will get to see a doctor soon and get some relief - even if it means surgery. Also, this morning we received an urgent prayer request for a friend who recently had brain surgery - she hasn't been doing well for the last two weeks and needs our prayers.
Noticing that... restful quiet weekends make for a better start to Monday!
Pondering these words... 'Sarah sacrificed Isaac in her heart before Abraham and Isaac ever made it to the mountain - she had to let him go.' Another challenging and thought provoking message from the life of Abraham - part of the 'Leaders and Losers' message series we are enjoying at Grace Baptist Church.
From the kitchen... Empty cookie jars and bread cupboard, but the fridge still boasts a few leftovers, so that's a good thing!
Around the house... Yesterday we pulled all the fall decorations down and began packing them away in their bins. I'm not sure when the Historian will get in the attic to get out the Christmas bins, but sometime this week would be good so that we can begin decorating the house. Of course, there is always dusting and tidying to be done on Monday, some vacuuming and the bathrooms need a wipe!
One of my favorite things... we live in a neighborhood of lovely homes - a few of which hire a 'service' to decorate for Christmas inside and out. Last week, the 'tree dancers' came with their long long poles and put lights around the evergreens and on the branches of the maples. Today they are there, taking down the fall wreaths and putting up the simple evergreen wreaths with red velvet bows that grace every shutter clad window. I love to watch the transformation!
From my picture journal...
These Maple Twists were fabulous - every last crumb was eaten!
I've been trying out some new sweet bread recipes thinking that this might be a good year to change things up a bit on Christmas morning since we always have Swedish Tea Ring! I have been informed by the family that they love the sweet bread experiments, but I best not mess with tradition!!!