Daybook For September

Outside my window... It is a hot, sunny Sunday afternoon, probably one of the last hot days of summer. I'm soaking up the heat before it vanishes for a long, long time.

I am thinking... I need to go through all the girl's clothes and decide what we can hand down and what we need to buy for this fall/winter season.

I am thankful... That our family has been so healthy this summer and we've been able to do all the fun summer things! We've been at the beach and to parks, played in the pool, gone out for ice cream and popsicles. So much fun! I do love summer.

I am wearing... A teal skirt with huge pink flowers on it, a white shirt, and the tree of life necklace Jonathan bought me for mother's day last year.

I am creating... I am still working on my knitted cardigan, and making progress on it! I'm excited to be able to wear my own hand-knit garment!

I am going... to a friend's house later this week. I am excited to visit with her again as it's been quite a long time and I have some homeschooling questions for her! :)

I am wondering... 

I am reading... Holiness by J. C. Ryle

I am hoping...

I am learning... to enjoy my children. I think it sounds strange to some people that this is something I have to work on, but I want to wake up in the morning excited and happy to spend another day loving, nurturing, teaching and training my children; not dreading another day of drudgery. Mothering is very hard work! But it is such a joyful task, and I want to enjoy it.

In my kitchen...  We made this mustardy chicken for lunch today. It was delicious! Instead of baking it, we threw it in the crock pot so it would be ready when we came home from church. Add some fresh veggies and dressing and you've got lunch!

In the homeschool room... I feel like yesterday I finished the first week of a new phase of my life: being a homeschool mom. And it was great! I want to share more about our homeschool routine in another post, but here I'll just say that it was a crazy week with 2 in school plus a toddler and a baby, but it was wonderful too.

A favorite quote for today... "But God who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved;) and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus." (Ephesians 2:4-6)

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Yarn Along

It seemed impossible yesterday, sitting knitting in the hot August sunshine and watching the children play that it will be freezing outside and I will want to be wrapped in purple wool. But fall and then winter always come sooner than I want it to up here in Michigan.

I am loving knitting Tea Leaves, my first adult-sized cardigan in this purple heathered yarn. I am dreaming of wearing it this winter, but I am not a very fast knitter so it may have to be next year. Hopefully I will get lots of knitting in on our vacation next week! I am finding knitting very relaxing right now.

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An August Daybook

For Today... August 11, 2015

Outside my window...I think it is the most gorgeous August day I could imagine. The sun is shining brightly, the sky scattered with a  few puffy clouds. It is warm and breezy, and the birds and crickets are singing happily.

I am thinking...about our trip up north next week and all that we need to pack and bring along. We'll be spending a few days in a cabin with Jonathan's parents and his sister and her little family. I can hardly wait!

I am thankful... That we have a Church family!

I am wearing...A teal t-shirt and grey and white striped skirt with a teal medallion necklace

I am creating... A new knitting project that I hope to share tomorrow

I am going... grocery shopping this evening! Must get food for a dinner with friends later this week and groceries to take along for my cooking day on our vacation.

I am wondering...What the weather will be like while we're up there? Just like today would be perfect! We're planning on spending lots of time outside! But I don't think
 I would mind a rainy day either. Sitting on that covered porch with my knitting, chatting with my dear sister-in-law and watching the children play sounds pretty nice too.

I am reading...Yesterday I read the first chapter of A Woman After Good's Own Heart, and I am looking forward to reading more. I also have Holiness by J.C.Ryle in my book pile.

I am hoping...We will be able to pick blueberries before the season is completely over. Maybe we can squeeze it in one evening this week?

I am learning...To be more Christ-like in my mothering.

In my kitchen... We are desperately low on groceries! Last night I created a dish out of chicken breast from the freezer, two old zucchinis, an onion, and two cans of beans. I seasoned it with plenty of salt, garlic and Italian seasonings. It turned out to be very good!

In the homeschool room... I am very excited to be starting our first year of "real home-schooling"! I am using  a lot of resources from Ambleside Online.

A favorite quote for today...But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy,  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. (James 3:17&18)

Ice cream cones are the very best treat on a hot summer day!

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Some Thoughts on Motherhood

"The days are long, but the years are short". Older moms have told me this so many times since I had my first baby girl almost 5 years ago. But until just the last few months, I couldn't see it. I was so busy and overwhelmed with motherhood. The first three babies came in less than three years and we had only been married four. There was always a diaper to change, a mess to clean up, laundry to fold, dishes to wash on top of teaching, training and loving on my little girls.

I think having my fourth baby, our fourth daughter, opened my eyes to how fast time really does go. When I'm in the middle of the newborn days and nearly blind with exhaustion, it seems as though I will be there forever. Days with no naps, evenings of cluster feeding, and multiple night wakings drain out every bit of sense and I feel quite sure things will never change. But this time around, I kept reminding myself that it goes so fast. And it really does! Baby Emma is already a roly-poly three month old that smiles and squeals with joy when she sees me.

Children grow so, so fast. Elsie is well past four, and she is growing so tall and beautiful. When I bought her clothes for this spring I was shocked by how big they looked. Shouldn't she still be a baby? I want to snatch every moment I have with all of them while they are still small. I am learning that leading our children to Jesus is so much more important than having a clean house. Just soaking up time playing in the dirt with them like we did this morning is priceless.

Some days being a mom is so hard. Last week when I was sick a dear friend texted me this verse. "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9) Christ is glorified when we look to Him for strength! I have been praying that Jesus would be my strength and that I would stop trying to live this life of motherhood on my own. God answers prayer! He has been showering our days with grace and I am so thankful for that blessing.


Five MInute Post Day Three~~New

A new tiny heart beating. New arms and legs, long and slender, feeling and kicking. New round head butting into my bladder. New little body rolling, somersaulting, growing.

Tiny new clothes hanging in the closet, waiting to be worn. Many more hand-me-down's packed away in boxes, outgrown by older sisters or bigger boy cousins waiting for a squishy new babe to fill them.

A brand new baby coming to our house! We can't wait.


Five-Minute Post Day Two~~View

Trees of golden yellow and red
Blue sky dotted with puffy clouds
Vee's of geese flying overhead
Dark water slowly flowing

Apples ripening on the trees
Pumpkins growing heavy and orange
The orchard buzzes with lazy bees
As our wagon we are filling

October sunshine, mellow, warm
Cornstalks rattling in the fields
Full hearts, full hands in our joyful home
Thanks to our Father raising

This month I am joining my friend,  Kate in 31 Days of five-minute Free Writes, tapping out blog posts in only 5 minutes.  


Five-Minute Post Day One~~Peace

This month I am joining Kate in 31 Days of five-minute Free Writes, tapping out blog posts in only 5 minutes.  

I want our home to be defined by love and godliness, joy and peace.

I want it to smell like homemade bread, candles, and the fragrance of peace.

I want people to remember our family by smiles on faces, open arms, and peaceful hearts.

In the middle of toys on the floor and little girls art projects all over the table. In the middle of my own sewing and craft projects and the piles of dirty dishes, I want to feel the current of peace. The peace and joy and love that only knowing Jesus Christ can bring.

The peace deep in my heart even when  I've been up since five o'clock in the morning, and children are spewing bodily fluids where they never should be. Even in the deep, dark moments of mothering when I'm groping for the light, I know there can be peace.