The Simple Woman’s Daybook – 05.18.2010

Outside my window…the sun is almost up.  I the weatherman is to be believed, we could be in for some big storms this afternoon.

I am thinking…about what I'd like the possible family photo shoot we might do this summer to look like.  I'm so over the black or white shirt and jeans thing.  I want color!  My first thought was turquoise and browns, with a bit of red and maybe some cheetah print thrown in.  Tom was a bit horrified surprised by that.  I'm thinking perhaps turquoise, a bright green and browns now.  Thankfully, I've got time to plan.

I am hearing…Caleb and Hanna sniffling.  All of our allergies seem to be going nuts this week.

I am thankful for…two more weeks of school, less than a month until Mom and Dad get here for a little visit, 5 weeks until I see my nephews again, options…knowing that God is always there, leading and preparing us.  And that even though we walk through trying days, we do so as a strong family seeking God's will.

I am praying for…God's will – clear and strong.

Toward a healthier me….six days of exercise this last week and two were at the gym.  And yet, my weight was up (less than a pound) and my measurements didn't change at all for the first time.  A little frustrating, but I know I wasn't eating as well as I need to be last week (stress!).  I've also become convinced that my green smoothies are vital – not sure if it's the concentration of fruits and veggies or the coconut oil, but weeks where I drink them every morning for breakfast are weeks that I feel better and lost more consistently.  Even if it's not in smoothie form, I do eat a lot of fresh greens (and other fruits and veggies), so I'm sort of leaning toward the coconut oil.  Still working on a blog post on it's wonders.

Inspiring me this week…this quote:

We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them.
~Charles C. West
I am feeling very much "on the cusp" right now.

From the learning rooms…two more weeks to go.  History is, well, history.  We're working on some techniques to help Caleb with writing control.  Hanna has finally taken her area and circumference of circles test.  I'm ready for a rest.

From the kitchen…this week's meal plan can be seen here.  I'm also planning a couple of baking/fill the freezer days for this weekend.  Check back Thursday to see what I'm hoping to accomplish.

I am wearing…pajamas still. 

I am creating… a list of photos from the past four weeks to edit and get ready for printing.  If I can do it every month, I feel so much more on top of it!

I am going…to hit the gym at least twice again this week, and add one more weight machine.

I am reading…still reading Dangerous Wonder by Mike Yaconelli and my One Year Bible.  I'm also working on a list of books I'd like to read this summer.

Toward a lifelong education… thinking a lot about internet safety and the line between responsible parenting and helicopter parenting.

On keeping home…I'm feeling the need to pare down and clean out.  I know I won't be able to have it all done before our trip to California, but I'm making lists of what all I want done to keep me on track. 

One of my favorite things…hearing a word of confirmation in times of shaky foundations.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  gym, school, a bit of work on layouts, a doctor's appointment or two, a bit of organizing, a haircut.  It's been far, far too long on that last one!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

Caleb Shuttle 
Watching the last launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from our front yard.

Have a blessed week!

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3 thoughts on “The Simple Woman’s Daybook – 05.18.2010

  1. I’m always thinking about protecting vs. helicopter parenting! I’ve specifically been thinking about this in regards to Emily in play dates. When do I protect her when a child is mean and even hateful towards her, and when do I let her work it out and practice peacemaking? Sounds trivial, but we’ve had some “instances” and I’ll just leave it at that! 🙂
    Then I think that I will find myself in the same situation daily with the twins when they are older. I don’t want to be the mediator between the two, so I think I should figure out a balance now when its just Em with her weekly play date! 🙂

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