2. Today has been the best day all week, and not just because it is Friday. I know that my success in not losing it will not be so easy every day, but I plan to persevere even on the hard days. We did our morning hourish of reading, catechism, math (sandpaper number tracing), and then for writing practice the girls made birthday cards for two different "C"'s who have birthdays a week apart and are also 20 years apart in age. G (5) and L (3) worked on the cards for two hours, and F (22 months) and I worked on the weekly sheet and towel laundry along with the biannual-seasonal-clothing-dresser-swap.
3. The biannual-seasonal-clothing-dresser-swap is biannual, because it seems we only have two seasons in Minnesota: Winter and Summer. (We even have the furnace on today to keep the house from dipping to jacket weather.) For those of you not familiar with this, it means that I changed out all the summer clothes for winter clothes and checked the sizes of clothes to see what fits whom. Anyway, I used to think the whole changing sizes and seasons thing was a chore with just G, and now it takes a whole morning with three! I imagine that one day the older girls will be able to do more of it themselves. We also had a basketful of clothes handed down to us from a friend I had to sift through. As it is we have way to many pants and tops for the girls for the cold weather, and not nearly enough dresses and skirts. I did the skirt thing with leggings for them last winter, but they had holes in the knees by mid-February and that is not going to cut it. So, we are going the more practical pants route. Is it weird to put skirts over colored skinny jeans? Because I might just encourage that. They are so much cuter in skirts!
|The hungry hawk is in possession of this squirrel's sibling on the other side of the Ash.|
|The Circle of Life moves us all.|
5. I was nominated for the 10 book challenge, under the rule that I list 10 that have stayed with me. It is not meant to be a list of the *best* books I have ever read, but ones that have impacted me the most (off the top of my head):
- The Complete Works of Jane Austen (I cannot pick one.)
- Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales (Still the best spiritual book for lay people that I have ever read.
- The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (duh...)
- The Rule of St. Benedict (When M and I read it in college, we knew that we wanted it to influence our family life.)
- Kirsten Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (I love they way she presents motherhood and womanhood. And her insight into humanity is incredible!)
- After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre (Virtue Ethics are the best kind.)
- The Conservative Mind by Russel Kirk (An understanding of conservatism that I agree with.)
- The Complete Works of Laura Ingalls Wilder (They are even better as an adult.)
- The Rhine Flows Into the Tiber: A History of Vatican II by Fr. Ralph M. Wiltgen S.V.D. (This transformed my understanding of the modern Church, especially growing up post-V II.)
- Tess of the D'urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (I will never forgive Hardy for being so cruel to his characters, and I am scarred for life...)
|The pattern is called "Ozborne Slub." I am so glad the seam looks straight in the photo...|
7. I leave you with our blue hubbard watch:
|Has it grown since last week? I can't tell...|