Monday, July 20, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook for July 20th

Outside my window…61 degrees and the sun just breaking through the mist. We've had a lovely streak of unseasonably cool weather. This is the coolest weather we've had in this area since 1897 or something like that.

I am thinking…about a number of things, and trying to fight some anxiety. Every year I come up with a lesson plan, and it seems no matter how simple I try to keep it, it ends up being more than we can handle and we wind up doing just the core subjects, which is a bore for the kids. I am hoping to concentrate on living the liturgical year first and foremost and hoping that God will help me find the time and place for everything else. I look to the blogs of lovely ladies like Marilyn, Ruth and Allison for the inspiration and guidance I need.

I am thankful for…Gemma's birth. Last Monday I was told by my OB that I was still at 1.5 cm. and only 50% effaced. Bret canceled my 39 week appointment for this morning. I am also incredibly grateful for the care of my midwife, my family and all my lovely friends. And a decent night's sleep last night.

From the kitchen...blueberries with yogurt and granola.

I am creating…still working on the second wool soaker. I haven't found a way to knit with one hand yet, and I haven't made much use of the baby carrier either.

I am reading… Consecration to Mary according to Louis de Monfort and another old book on the Blessed Mother.

I am hoping…that the sudden descent of chaos in this house is merely "growing pains" and that everyone will adapt to "the New Normal" soon...

I am hearing…Gabriel making sound effects as he plays, Dominic shouting in the house somewhere, Una clanking about in the kitchen making hot cocoa (I told you it is cool here!)

A few plans for the rest of the week: I still have some beef to cook up from last week's freezer mishap; my basil is going to seed, so I really would love to make pesto--I've used up the last of last year's frozen stock of pesto, and I use it in so many things! And on Wednesday we are going to have Gemma baptized on the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen.

I am praying...for some calm in this house! And for more work for Bret so that he can remain close to home. And, in this period of re-consecration to Mary, for a deeper devotion to her and to her mother, St. Anne, whose novena I am praying.

A Picture Thought: Pooh and Owl are friends. Peggy is still on vacation apparently, but Grandmother Wren is filling in for her. Check out some of the other Simple Woman's Daybook entries.


  1. You are achieveing some lovely things already. I pray you do not overdo it (as I tend to do) after Gemma's birth.
    God Bless

  2. Love the caption for your picture thought! Too cute!

  3. The slideshow of Gemma's arrival -
    I'm speechless. This is so beautiful, I have tears in my eyes.
    Thank you for sharing something so special.
    God bless you and your beautiful family.

  4. I just found your blog from the Simple Woman's Daybook. I am in Southern Middle Tenn. We are having beautiful mild weather as well. Wish it would stay all year!


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