I was going to participate in Small Successes today, I really was, but I’m not feeling so successful today. In fact, I’m feeling pretty discouraged. (That will pass.) So a daybook it is!

Outside my window: Crickets. Raindrops on screens. Ripening tomatoes.

In thanksgiving: For forgiveness.

Folded hands, bowed head: For safe travels.

Nose inserted: One of my new favorite books, which I’m flying through and will be reviewing over at CatholicMom.com soon, The Human Person According to John Paul II, by J. Brian Bransfield. I’m also plodding through Pilgrim’s Progress.

Recent reads: A great inspirational book that I may just have to review in length, because it put words to some concepts my husband and I have talked about, Going Public: Your Child Can Thrive in Public School, by David & Kelly Pritchard.

In my ears: One of the great lectures from the Tolkien Professor. It’s like going to college, but better. Next up, a Peter Kreeft lecture.

Around the house: We won’t be here long…the kids are up and about and we’re heading to Nanny’s to can some tomatoes. Then we’ll be back and I’ll think about packing, maybe have a friend over so I can finish writing this week’s chapter

A favorite thing: Stopping in at a local store and finding the PERFECT thing to take to Boston with me. A phone chat with a friend. Waking up dry-eyed after a stormy evening.

Plans made, possibly kept: Tomorrow I leave to attend the Catholic New Media Celebration in Boston. Just me. I’m excited…and yet I am going to miss my crew. This is a first for us.

Food for thought: (one I come back to again and again, and one I need today in a big way) “Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them — every day begin the task anew.” – St. Francis de Sales.

Worth a thousand words: Our fair attire (you mean not everyone dresses this way?)