Outside my window…21 degrees, frost sparking on the ground, the first rose-tint of dawn visible on the horizon.
I am thinking…about Lent and how to make it meaningful each day for the children without giving them a sense of dread about what sacrifices we are making as a family.
I am thankful for…getting through last week's challenges without too much self-pity. It was a costly weekend: over a hundred bucks for the repair of the washer and more than twice that to get the heifer well. But how wonderful that the heifer is well and the washer is fixed!
From the kitchen...not much at 6 a.m. other than the coffee pot. I will make muffins for breakfast this morning, and I may do a batch of yogurt. Dinner tonight? Ugh...I don't know. I have got to get back to the practice of menu planning! I don't hate cooking, but I do detest the daily, "what am I going to cook tonight...?"
I am creating…several projects. Just finished my first baby cardigan last night (still needs buttons), and I want to get back to working on my embroidery project. I also must complete a little project for the redecorating that has been going on at Our Lady of the Caves.
I am hoping…that we will have a peaceful, uneventful week, and that I will get the things on my To-Do list accomplished.
A few plans for the rest of the week…work on making Stations of the Cross with the children, which we will put up around the house. For six years now we have replaced Friday's family Rosary with the Stations during Lent. In the past we have used printed and laminated pictures of the Stations, but this year I have enough big kids to color and make a version I found (more on that maybe later today). I also want to come up with a bit of a menu plan and cleaning schedule this week if I can find the time. I also want to schedule a haircut for myself. My hair has been pretty much the same for 20 years, and somehow being 45 and pregnant is making me want to DO SOMETHING!
The children are...all up. Una's light is on, which means she is reading in bed. Sebastian is here trying to draw robots from Wall-E, and the other three are on the living room floor building with MegaBloks. Bret is still in bed, as work is slow and he is home today. I need to rouse him now and get him to milk the cow.
A picture thought: It is a sunset from a year ago, but I love the drama of it...
I am off to dress and make muffins!
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