Monday, March 16, 2009

A Simple Woman's Daybook, March 16

Outside My Window...
It is a dreary, moist, March day. Michael recently noted to me that he really doesn't like March. I'd have to agree. Wet, still cold weather, and those tantalizing few warm days that fool you into thinking that spring is really here...sigh. Although since we've moved to an area where there are more patches of woods here and there, there are many more visible signs of Spring! Gabriel and I look for "robin families" while we're walking now. He also likes the little black-capped chickadee who keeps visiting our bird feeder, mostly because the name is fun. So there are a few up-sides to March too.

I am thinking...
about how to have a more compassionate heart with my children, my 2.5 year old in particular.

I am thankful for...
the welcome we have received at our new parish and our new neighborhood after our big move last month. So many people have been approaching us with invitations to join groups and do things I am overwhelmed! We actually have to pick and choose what we will do. I'd rather have it this way than the other way, though.

From the kitchen...
Crockpot beef stroganoff, egg noodles, and frozen veggies.

I am wearing...
An almost-FOUR-month old baby in a moby wrap (oh how I love all these baby carriers!). Underneath, jeans and a nursing top.

I am creating...
a bit of order in our still chaotic home after the move. Is it crazy that I want to organize all our books by genre?

I am going...
with all my boys to Mom & Dad's for St. Patty's day dinner on Tuesday. Got to love the Green!

I am reading...
Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI
On the Passion of the Christ by Thomas A Kempis
Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis (for my book group)
Letter to Families by John Paul II (for my couples' group)

I am hoping...
to institute some more enriching educational practices in the rhythm of our days, in particular, classical music instead of just "silly songs" on the CD player.

I am hearing...
blessed quiet from Gabriel's room, and breathing from the little one wrapped up in the Moby.

Around the house...
we only have 6 more boxes hanging around! I counted!

One of my favorite things...
maple syrup. We all went to Cunningham Falls State Park last Saturday for their annual sugaring festival and had loads of wonderful pancakes and sausages with maple syrup, around a roaring fire pit. Gabriel, I'm afraid, ate just as much as Michael and I did!

A picture thought I am sharing
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1 comment:

Erin said...

How fantastic that I check your blog and you´ve JUST updated! 2 things stood out to me: yes, Maple syrup is one of those pure joys of life, as I discovered last summer in Vermont, and what a coincidence, we just had it on our made from scratch sourdough french toasts (an instructor from Vermont brought the syrup down, what a treat). Secondly, I´m reading an amazing book on compassion by Henri Nowen and others, which I think you´d find very enriching...and I´d love to hear your thoughts. So if you get to it, let me know. Much love from here in Costa Rica...pura vida, Boogs