Outside my window: Sun’s up, but hidden by clouds. Guess I should have checked the forecast before I washed all the sheets, huh?

Rambling thoughts: Last week, I had scheduled a pile of posts and I was on the ball with my blogging.  This week, not so much.  I’m still working out how this new rhythm of work and homeschooling will go, and we’re only in week two of riding in this saddle…

In thanksgiving: For five minutes with my brother.  For the bounty of tomatoes this year.  For family.

Folded hands, bowed head: For help with encouraging someone who needs my support.  For those special people who are overwhelmed.  For wisdom.

Nose inserted: I just started Saint Joseph: His Life and His Role in the Church Today, by Louise Bourassa Perrotta, recommended to me in the comments when I was blogging at Faith & Family Live back in May.  So far, loving it.

Recent reads: Since I don’t know how soon I’ll be able to share these, I’ve finished a few books recently that are well worth recommending (full reviews sometime soon):

  • Every Woman’s Journey, by Katrina Zeno – WOW! I wasn’t sure just how good this book would be, but WOW!  LOVED IT!
  • The Shadow of the Bear: A Fairy Tale Retold, by Regina Doman – I’m going to buy this book for myself.  I’m going to buy it for my nieces too (and maybe even my little sister).  It’s a FABULOUS book, well-written, and engaging.
  • The Side-Yard Superhero, by Rick D. Niece – Grandma let me borrow this book, and I really enjoyed it.  I have a special tie to the small Ohio town the author grew up in and writes about, and I knew some of the people he mentions, and maybe that helped.  But really, I think the story is what got me.

Around the house: The lingering silence won’t last much longer.  Pretty soon, my four-year-old will lose her patience and downright insist I read her that book I promised earlier.  My toddler will start thunking and singing from her crib.  And with all that commotion, it’s likely that my Sleeper-Inner Champ will awake to see his princesses in all their glory.  But right now, there’s still some silence, and I’m savoring it.

A favorite thing: My four-year-old pestering nagging asking me me to read her a story or a book or something.

Food for thought: “Most people use the analogy of God drawing a picture with you, but really that means you’re still doing something. This is much better. You did nothing. Your father gave you the gift of the money to give back to him in the form of a present. Dinner. Grace.” It makes more sense when you read all of Katie’s post for an analogy of grace that really hit home with me.

Worth a thousand words:

Thanks to Peggy for the inspiration on this daybook’s layout.