“Peace – that was the other name for home.” ~Kathleen Norris
We had some snow yesterday afternoon and the children all came home early from school. Jacob took the opportunity to take a long nap on the couch, I wondered how he could sleep with friend Dog so close?
And then, later on, the boys called to me to “come quick! and bring your camera!”
They had found our cat, Spot, curled up in the sink. He loves to drink water from the faucet and sometimes gets tired while waiting for someone to turn it on a trickle.
This poor boy cat has an appointment with the Vet this afternoon. He’s been getting so thin, yet eats and drinks like he can’t get enough. I’m concerned, and hope to get some advice today.
O U R M O R N I N G
After the children left for school, Seth and Sarah played with homemade playdough. I helped them roll it out flat so they could draw and make designs.
Then, Seth asked if he could take a bath in my deeper bathtub. He filled it with bubbles and kept busy with an empty plastic bottle.
I took the opportunity to snap a couple pictures of Sarah, because she was having a good hair day. (it might be her very first)
Her front hair is almost long enough to stay tucked behind her ears.
She ends up wearing crazy matched clothes because she’s being potty trained. Sometimes she has an accident and runs upstairs to her room to take care of herself so I don’t notice. It ALMOST works, but the clothes she puts on give her away.
She begged to wear one of my necklaces, and this one is just costume jewelry so I put it on her.
I pulled out my STASH OF PRETTY from under the bed.
A “stash of pretty” begins with an empty box, drawer, basket, or what have you. Then, throughout the year as I open packages and things, I put any ribbons (often used as bag handles–I cut them off and save them), tags, stickers, pretty papers, all together in one place. This way the children and I always have little bits ready to play with, and be creative with.
I keep glitters and ink pads in the box, too.
I got it out today, thinking about Valentine’s Day.
I’m hoping to make some small cards for some of the people I care about.
I like to cover old clothes-tags with designs or quotes, too. They make nice little things to tuck away into letters.
But, even if I don’t get abundantly creative making cards or tags, it’s still nice to have a stash of pretty…..for the girls’ hair….
This brown bow came from a Stonewall Kitchen candy bag!
Also this morning, we read books, they played with toys, raced around the house, Seth went outside, and we also mixed up a big bowl of Buckeyegirlie’s hot chocolate mix.
Sarah is wearing some of the powdered sugar (thanks, Seth).
Now we have enough mix for another month or more.
I’m currently reading both Anna Karenina AND Charles Dickens’ BLEAK HOUSE, but I still couldn’t resist ordering these two books. In Bible Study last week, our speaker mentioned a few testimonies from the book Miraculous Movements, and then this other one (I Dared to call Him Father) was recommended to me, as well. I think they will prove to be very spiritually uplifting.
I currently have the dishwasher going, a fire in the fire place, dinner in the crock pot, a cup of hot coffee next to me, the dog curled up on the other end of the couch, and the small ones napping.
I think I’ll get busy reading, and rest up for another crazy and busy afternoon (life really picks up when the other five get home from school…I love it!).
“I no longer feel that life is ordinary. Every day is filled with mystery. The things we know are only a small part of the things we cannot know but can only glimpse. Yet even the smallest of glimpses can sustain us.” Naomi Remen, M.D.
“It is so essential for us to be mindful of the humble and deep rather than the flashy and the superficial.” Fred Rogers