February 23rd Daybook

For a long time, years actually, I have enjoyed reading certain Daybooks and I love how different writers make them their own. I thought I would try to begin keeping one. If nothing else, to force me to put my eye on the tangible, every day detail of the present and capture it a bit. Although, this captures Monday- it is being posted several days later. I think that will probably be how this rolls for me. 🙂

February 23rd Day Book
Outside my window-

cloudless blue sky, sunshine!, white snow. The many other houses in our neighborhood. The sweet “Narnian” street lamp in our front yard.

I am thinking.-

hard about this passage of Scripture- 2 Corinthians 3. This was something that was precious to me in my Young Life days and I sense a quickening life- the flicker of Spirit as pertains to ministry toward my children.

I am thankful-

for Mondays. They only come but once a week. 😉

In the kitchen-

A Beef Enchilada Bake. It is Discipleship Day today and the goal is to always try for a yummy, table-round meal on that day. More care and time is allotted toward that end, anyway.

I am wearing-

my brightest pink Lands End fleece pullover. Shocking, I know. I look shocking. You can’t miss me. Wool socks! Since January, I have worn socks almost every day. Maryland. Winter. I LOVE wool socks. This is nothing short of miraculous because, in general, socks and I do not mix, mesh, collaborate, whatever. It all started when I was a little girl….

I am reading-

too many things to list here…

I am looking forward to-

the weekend. A little boy at my house is turning 9 and there are all kinds of plans in tow. It is Talent Night with our homeschool group and my children have prepared many (many!) acts.  They have waited for this night ever since last year’s event (which was November 2013!). I am anxious for it to meet their expectation and I am really, really looking forward to watching their offerings.

I am learning-

Chemistry and Physics via Apologia Young Explorers with some of my kids

Around the house- 

a clean counter and a vacuumed family room. Sigh happy.

I am pondering-

listening to some talks via the Classical Academic Press website and a comment I just read on this blog
homeschooling high school, transcripts, course descriptions and extracurriculars
Nutrition and Eating Plans
that Beginning Discipleship Time (aka Morning Meeting) with our hymns playing in the background makes all the difference

I am creating-

I am trying to create a Chalkboard Poster Print on Zazzle. We’ll see.

I am grateful for-

the opportunity to share with my children about different Love Languages today- and truly feeling like what I shared sank in good soil. May it bear rich fruit!

I don’t ever want to forget-

their little voices “reading” Scripture at Family Bible

Some of my favorite things-

The Mamas and the Babies.
Here is a new one just from today:



The Things They Say:
(from last week- more of these coming soon…)

Little Boy shooting small basketball at little hoop suctioned to the door.

He shoots. He shoots! He jumps! He shoots!

Finally, it goes in.

High pitched, happy, six year old voice,

“I made a hoop Mommy! I made a hoop!”

The Things They Say.- Joshua

Discovering Blog2Print today. I had previously tried to deal with Blurb with no success. So happy about this!

Wool socks and Crocs.

A peek into my day-

Soon they will be too big for these chairs (those twinnies). Real life. They were watching a little movie on our kindle while they ate lunch after a busy school morning. Laundry growing on the couch behind them. A variety of peoples’ items on the largest hot spot in our house ( I think). Coffee, tea, works for me! Motivating to me to do better at keeping a visually peaceful space. Help me Lord!


100 Days

Last winter, my girl came to me and asked if she could work for a medal and play 100 days on her violin. I had no idea what she was talking about.

Beginning Day 51. Over “half-way” there!

Apparently she had been carefully and quietly observing students earning medals at Fall and Spring Recitals. She determined to earn one, too. Somehow, I happened to miss all of these recitals as Todd and I were tag- teaming and I tended to be the parent to “man” the dress rehearsal recital and stay home with the littles for the real thing. I would experience the recitals vicariously through recording. But I never saw the award ceremony.

Well, I printed a 100 Day chart off the internet, confirmed with Todd that they actually do award these medals, and Abigaile set to work. In retrospect, I should have reached out to her teacher but for some reason I didn’t! She only had to restart once. With a true 100 day chart, the student plays 100 days in a row and if they miss a day, they have to start right back at the beginning and begin again. She finished her 100 days just days after Spring Recital 2014.  We moved in the midst of this as you can see in one of the photos. She persevered through all the upheaval and packing/unpacking of a whole household move. Amazing. Through a variety of circumstances, she was not awarded her medal until the Winter Concert which took place in January of 2015.




The final practice and …. the momentous placement of the last sticker!





It was so worth the wait. The instructors and leadership at her music school made it so very special. Abi very quietly did this all on her own. Even her teacher was surprised and so proud!

My heart is so full. How I love this girl… Her achievement has served to inspire all of our family and we now have children working on charts for all different instruments. Abigaile is working on her second chart and will receive a pin to add to her medal. One other child is working for the same place as she is, and will receive a medal at recital if he continues and completes.  He is well on his way!

The rest are charting for me. And I am planning something special to reward their diligence. When Todd and I discussed this and the worthiness of this goal, we both agreed that we have seen tremendous musical growth with this commitment. It is truly amazing the way doing this helps them leap forward in ability.

We have realized that the Spring semester- which moves through the Winter Season is the best time for our family to attempt a 100 Day Chart. Very minimal traveling and circumstances most favorable for completion!

Here they are- before their performances.

The sweetness of this moment still brings tears to my eyes.

The Mama and The Baby

The Mama and The Baby.

I find these all over the house. My heart.

These are just some samplings of the last many months that I happened to capture. All toys tend to be converted into ‘mamas and babies’ as exhibit dinosaur (and Thomas and trash can!) so tellingly presents. 🙂


I did find this alligator (it is actually a Caiman) exactly like this the day I took this photo. Baby all nestled up on ‘mama’s’ nose while little mother was hustled off to nap


They actually placed the “baby” trash can right there.


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And here they are, my darlings. Many, many are their precious ways.

Lately, they often take Mama Elephant and baby elephant and Mama Cat and baby Cat to naps.

Endless Gifts (January edition- published in February)

Endless Gifts

Micah, and this…


Being given a very stern speech at the eye doctor regarding a little girl’s need to patch. Coming home, and said little girl patching without complaint…and then her sister joining in. And they both patch (opposite eyes) and twirl and squeal together. Patch buddies. Patch twinnies.

(the curious large and small wastebaskets pictured here will feature in a post of their own 😉 )


100 Day Music Practice charts for six children and 100 Day Eye Patch Charts for two little girls. 😉

Her curls wisping against my chin, my face, caught against my mouth

My little dancer(s) (one sock gone missing…keepin’ it real)



The fact that the hardness of getting to this place is a compellingly strong push to change whatever I need to in order to more fully cup these days

A deliberate intentionality to be storyformed, to heed back to our roots and my heart priorities… and… they all start writing again. Well almost all. But it is a precious fruit to me. And I start to see little connections here and there that indicate robust life, ideas, creativity, words working.

Notebooks. Here are ours:


and we have been working with them for at least three solid weeks. (More now…) They work. Better than any expensive planner. Way better. (hopefully a link and blog post on these- later).

A little girl’s very unique choice of neckwear. 😉

A recognition that I need to turn my heart. Turn my heart.

A 100 Days Medal (a post on this coming, too! It’s here now!)


A glimpse of a StopMotion Movie in the works. O, it so blessed.

Coconut Sugar

An email from this summer’s Boy Scout Camp

Family Bible

Late Night Teen Talks

Early Mornings with Little Girls and I still haven’t managed to overcome this hectic morning rush when I have to handle all of my chores all at the same time. Help, Lord!

Pondering Circe and homeschool…

A brother, willing and eager, to watch a basketball game

A brother, willing and eager, to talk ‘shop’ (Legos)

My little girl, serving me cake and cookies

My little boy causing a mini crisis and me a bit distraught, and she, Mellie, running quickly to her toy phone to ‘call Daddy’ and she did

Making a mobile with my 6 year old and he, “that is SO awesome!”


Progress with my big girl and her books

In the midst of my third CS Lewis this 2014/15 school year- and my, I am laid low by the power of his mind. My brain works, reaches, stretches.

Klondike Success

Everyone expressing how much they loved our Winter Break Routine… and me, astonished.

The Mama and the Baby

The brightness of the 4 o clock sun slanting across my face, the house, the snow lit yard. Heart lifting.

Her little voice (very loud – A) That’s byuuuu-ti-ful!

And “That is awesome!” an echo of her little big brother

Choosing to rest in unrelenting grace… and my, how I need it-unstoppable.