Sunday, January 25, 2009

To Sleep Like a Baby

I check on my children at least once a night. They sleep with such abandon! They embrace sleep as they embrace everything else in their life; arms thrown wide, legs still in motion. Their blankets are nowhere near their bodies. When do we lose that abandonment?

I sleep with my arms across my body, especially now, trying to keep warm. My husband scarcely moves at night and when he does, it's a slow and ponderous undertaking. We both hug the blankets to us. When did we start feeling the cold? Was it when responsibility came upon us? When these babies with their wide arms were given to us, did we stop abandoning ourselves to God?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Out of the mouth....

We were watching the "last-chance work-out" on The Biggest Loser tonight. My five year old asks me in horror, "Mommy, will I ever have to go to that place?"

This is my skinny-minnie child, so I told her confidently, "No, Sweetheart, I don't think you'll EVER have to go to that place."

She returned with, "How do you KNOW, Mommy? How do you know I won't be as you?"


Next in Line

As I peruse the long list of who's next in line for the office of the presidency, I find myself fervently hoping President Obama did not contract pneumonia by being too long in the cold today.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Periodic Bookbag

What I'm currently reading:

Acedia & Me; Kathleen Norris
Professionalizing Motherhood; Jill Savage
Kidnapped; Robert Louis Stevenson
How Your Child Learns and Succeeds; Cynthia Ulrich Tobias

I've put everything else on hold to read Norris: she describes something I feel beyond the seasonal depression I struggle against. A fascinating book about the inability to care.

Tobias is actually two of her works (The Way They Learn and Every Child Can Succeed) in one volume. As a homeschooling mom I'm looking forward to going back to this book.

This is where I am in my current personal reading. Mostly non-fiction; kind of in the self-help genre. Hhhmmmm. Why am I still so confused? Ah, there's no Bible Study in there. I'll have to find time to add that to still my soul.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Hearts at Home

So I registered for the Hearts at Home Conference today. I'm really looking forward to it. There's always good information and entertainment.

Last year my friends and I were able to stay at my friends parents' house. But this year that friend won't be going, so after several fruitless calls I was able to get a room in the area. Thank goodness. It always helps to anticipate something fun in the dead of winter.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Stop Searching Forever....

Since I was unwilling to cook on a cold winter evening, my dear husband picked up Chinese take-out for our supper. The paper in my fortune cookie read "Stop searching forever, happiness is just next to you."

As I sit beside my Beloved Bill, the smell of pipe smoke encircling us, I need not consider further. My "fortune" has come true. I am truly blessed. May you all have a wondrous night of blessings too.

Brief Update

So I'm still at home, teaching the kids. Bill works from home: we're very blessed. My eldest just turned 12; my baby is 4. She still won't speak in public, so speech therapy is one of her classes at home. It's hibernation time - just Mom's Group and Scouting to work into the schedule.