Category Archives: Today

Today. 4.15.12.

Outside my window…the sun has arrived and the pollen is lurking. Spring is here. I’m ready for summer.

This thought impacted me…Do what you can, With what you have, Where you are.

I am thinking…that a black Converse shoe on a one year old baby foot is a magical combination.

My heart is… heavy. It has been an intense week.

From the learning rooms…our tadpole, Roosevelt, died yesterday. Cause of death, unknown.

From the kitchen…bare cupboards are waiting to be filled.

I am creating…a makeover plan for the classroom and plans for my future business.

I am going…to ditch this funk I am in today.

I am reading…just finished, Kelle Hampton’s Bloom. Wow. New York Times Bestseller already.

I am hoping…for short lines at Costco today.

I am hearing…my precious boy who is apparently more interested in perfecting his spitting techniques rather than taking his nap.

Around the house…is a mess. It’s a sign that life happens here.

One of my favorite things….a drive through the country, with the music blaring, and the sun roof open.

A few plans for the rest of the week…school, dr. appointments, working out, working on organizing my pictures, getting ready to go the bay area with friends this weekend, and hopefully repainting the classroom.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing… it’s almost here. Sleeping in, lots of swimming, the fourth, late sunsets, popsicles, bare feet, and outdoor fires. Can’t wait.

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Today. 7.6.11.

Outside my window…the pollen is back. B LE H.

This thought impacted me… In the most unlikely places I will bless your efforts and reward your perseverance with small indications of your victory.

I am thinking… nothing. Is it possible to think nothing?

My heart is… hurting for those who have lost loved ones.

I am thankful for…air conditioning, chubby baby thighs, and unexpected visits from parents.

From the learning rooms…NOTHING, but there is lots waiting to be planned.

From the kitchen…fresh fruit and lots of it.

I am creating… my master plan.

I am going… to go to bed early tonight.

I am reading…leaders notes for Made to Crave. Would you believe I finally finished? It was so good I had to share and am now leading a class on it.

I am hoping…that my hubby had a great 39th birthday today.

I am hearing…the glorious sound of my air conditioner, after it was broken for 36 hours earlier this week.

Around the house…not a creature is stirring.

One of my favorite things….is Fourth of July and all my favorite people who come over and make themselves at home in my home.

A few plans for the rest of the week… NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING. This mama is T I R E D.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing… My husband thinks I avoid the camera. He’s obviously wrong.

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Today. 5.21.11

Outside my window…I hear birds chirping. I want a parakeet.

This thought impacted me… You have to risk going too far to discover just how far you can really go.

I found this fabulous blog… Wayfarer Studio by the adorable cousin and wife of my hubby.

I am thinking…what now?

My heart is… vulnerable.

I am thankful for…grace.

From the learning rooms…8 more days to go.

From the kitchen…a day of leftovers.

I am creating… a garage sale pile.

I am going… to the gym this afternoon.

I am reading…would you believe I still haven’t finished Made to Crave? It’s so good.

I am hoping… that someday…

I am hearing…absolute silence.

Around the house…are signs of a week that got a bit out of hand…domestically speaking.

One of my favorite things…is my sweet baby’s kisses.

A few plans for the rest of the week… much of the same.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing… she is now eleven.



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Today. 5.13.11.

Outside my window…pollen is waiting to attack me.

This thought impacted me…”Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7

I found this fabulous blog… Under the Table and Dreaming .

I am thinking…that 12 year old boys act in strange and disturbing ways.

My heart is...peaceful.

I am thankful for…tough days. They cause me to value the easier ones.

From the learning rooms…things are wrapping up for the year. 12 more days to go.

From the kitchen…menu planning, Costco shopping.

I am creating… lesson plans for next year.

I am going… to chose joy.

I am reading…teacher guides.

I am hoping… to be able to hear clearly again soon. Darn allergies.

I am hearing…my baby squeal, the swing rock, a lawn mower outside…

Around the house…furniture is begging to be re re arranged.

One of my favorite things…this quote by a FB friend…”Life is hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.”

A few plans for the rest of the week… Doctor appointments, gym, Awana awards ceremonies…

Here is picture for thought I am sharing… it’s too bad that fat isn’t cute on grown ups.

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Today. 4.10.11

Outside my window…twinkle twinkle little star.

This thought impacted me…God hears Amen wherever you are.

I found this fabulous blog… Kara’s Party ideas.

I am thinking…how happy I am that this morning I became a member of a gym! I have 6 a.m.-8:15 a.m…..M-Th for MOMMY time, ME time, a little SOME DOWN TIME FOR MYSELF time, a little LET’S DITCH THIS DANG BABY WEIGHT time, ….I’m a bit excited. Now if I only had some workout clothes that were appropriate for public use. Hmmm.

My heart is…smiling.

I am thankful for…my parents.

From the learning rooms…tomorrow it’s day 2 of our chocolate download ‘n go, after we finish our usual studies.

From the kitchen…Friday is pay day and my empty fridge is looking forward to it!

I am creating…a life full of memories for my kids. What an amazing responsibility.

I am going… to be embarking on a new blog series tomorrow, 10 for ten.

I am readingMade to Crave…..still. I love it.

I am hoping…that gas prices lower…and SOON.

I am hearing…my baby snoring in my lap. He’s five months old today. How is that possible?

Around the house…is everything and everything in it’s place as a new week of chaos, fun, challenges, and life begins.

One of my favorite things…is my freshly bathed baby, smelling like Johnson’s baby lotion. You know the yummy~ness out of the pink bottle?

A few plans for the rest of the week… the GYM (did I mention, I am a member?), my daughter received a spot in a local theatre workshop this weekend (YAY), a big grocery shopping, and the dentist.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing

if you listen real close you can actually hear Disneyland calling my name.

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Outside my window…is dark, its bedtime, sleepytime….yay.

This thought impacted me…strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.

I found this fabulous blog…I have mentioned her before, but for all things homeschool…check out Confessions of a Homeschooler.

I am thinking…why didn’t I become a wedding planner? David Tutera is workin’ his magic on my t.v.

My heart is…blessed. I spent some time this week looking through pictures and pulled out some that made me smile. Life is what you make of it and I have a lot to work with.

I am thankful for…the fact that our identity and value is found at the foot of the cross. In Christ alone.

From the learning rooms…teacher in service day! Taking a day to go curriculum shopping with a friend and no one under 5 feet tall is coming with us. I am certain a fabulous lunch somewhere will happen too.

From the kitchen…I have a 2 week menu plan and big shopping calling my name.

I am creating… April’s chore chart and still working on last year’s school album’s for the kids {almost caught up}.

I am going…to enjoy these last 12 weeks before I turn the big four zero.

I am readingMade to Crave.

I am hoping…for one more big rain storm before spring fully commits.

I am hearing…my dog eat her dinner loudly. It’s completely grossing me out.

Around the house…The clean out the cupboards bug has bit me again. Honestly, sometimes I get confused on where the stuff all comes from because I clean up and organize constantly.

One of my favorite things…my fireplace.

A few plans for the rest of the week… I have a decorating client who needs a living room makeover and a bunch of laundry to do {I am a bit behind}.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing

this little guy can live with me as long as his cute little self wants too …


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Today. 3.27.

Outside my window…Spring is coming…so is the pollen.

This thought impacted me…I lift my eyes to the hills. Psalm 121:1

I found this fabulous blog…my sister just started to blog @ The Husailey Bunch

I am thinking…it takes me longer to get myself and four kids to church then church itself lasts.

My heart is…still.

I am thankful for…Possibilities. Without them this soul that longs for creativity would wither away.

From the learning rooms…Paper Mache this week. Pure fun. Pure crazy.

From the kitchen…I tried THIS recipe for salsa. I put it over grilled chicken and white rice. YUM!

I am creatingmuscles.

I am going…to actually exercise 5x’s this week, since last week I only did once due to do a house full of the flu.

I am readingMade to Crave.

I am hoping…that my ten year old daughters allergies and mine will magically be gone this year.

I am hearing…David Tutera’s voice on t.v.

Around the house…is some amount of order. We cleaned last night.

One of my favorite things…watching my baby attack the spoon as he figures out this new world of “solid” food.

A few plans for the rest of the week…dinner out with some of the most fabulous women I have ever known, getting my hair done, being with my littles.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing

Life should never be dull. It just shouldn’t. It if is, please fix that…IMMEDIATELY.

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Today. 3.20.


Outside my window…RAIN and lots of it.

This thought impacted me…Make God your audience, NOT PEOPLE. Words I heard years ago. Words to live by.

I am thinking…I love fireplaces and I hate the flu.

My heart is…determined and strong.

I am thankful for…my husband. Over and over again.

From the learning rooms…I am teaching a 6 year old how to tell time. A lot harder then it seems. Research papers, salt paintings, a study on chocolate, hand written books on the Civil War….plus all the essentials.

From the kitchen…my pantry is stocked! I hit Target, the grocery store, and Costco yesterday. Now I need to do some organizing. Big time.

I am wearing… thinking of deleting this one because my answer is always yoga pants, slippers, or a t shirt. That’s sad.

I am creating…balance.

I am going…to exercise 5 x’s this week.

I am reading…curriculum catalogs.

I am hoping…for a drama free week. Hey, I can hope right?

I am hearing…the silence of Sunday morning.

Around the house…is a mess!

One of my favorite things…is malted milk eggs.

A few plans for the rest of the week: sleep school for my 4.5 month old. I think that will about fill every free second I have!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing

What are the odds of snapping a mid sneeze picture of your six year old son?

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Today 3.13


Outside my window…is darkness, the calm wee hours of morning.

This thought impacted meI was trying to fly, but I couldn’t find wings. It perfectly describes a time in my life, that thankfully is over.

I am thinking…I am going to be tired today.

My heart is…heavy and sad. A lot going on and sometimes it is hard to shake that cloud.

I am thankful for…our health, the roof over our head, the still ground beneath my feet. For God’s provision in the form of a nice size tax refund. For my husband’s dedication to our financial position and for being almost 100% debt free and having a savings account. Our hard work and sacrifice is paying off.

From the learning rooms…I am thankful for workboxes. It’s amazing how such a “small” concept literally changes the whole flow and tone of our day. I am finishing up my curriculum choices for 2011-2012 school year.

From the kitchen…it’s meal planning time for the next month. Pay day is Tuesday and that means a month of planning and shopping needs to be done this week.

I am wearing… yoga pants and a comfy black long sleeve tee.

I am creating…more scrapbook pages. I will get caught up, I will get caught up, I will get caught up.

I am going…to press on until I weigh what my drivers license says I do.

I am reading…not much. Looking for a new Bible Study to do personally.

I am hoping…someone gives me a big giant hug today, for no reason at all.

I am hearing…my baby breathe. One of the most precious sounds on earth.

Around the house…all is peaceful, all is quiet, all is still….for now.

One of my favorite things…is my kids. These couple weeks have been challenging and filled with arguing between them, over E V E R Y T H I N G. However, I love them with all my heart. They are worth both the trying days and the good days.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Spend time with my in laws who are visiting from out of state, celebrate my daddy’s birthday, go to my babies 4 month old check up.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…I love this girl who is now 6.5 years old. Here she is at 10 months old. She lives life thoroughly and it always shows..always.. It makes me smile.

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Today. 3.6.

I love blogland. Thanks to Janet leading me to The Simple Woman which leads me to my new Sunday Posts.

Reflections in list form. Then a party on top of that? I’m in.



Outside my window…is a storm. That’s California speak for rain. It makes me turn the fireplace light switch on and cozy up.

I am thinking…of a friend who lost her brother yesterday as he was serving in Afghanistan. Another friend who met her birth mother today. Another friend who’s daughter is having unidentified health issues.

I am thankful for…my Jesus…who loves me.

From the learning rooms…I will quietly prepare for the week ahead. I am moving back to workboxes. I question why I ever left. Sometimes I am not so bright. I am preparing for our chocolate unit study which will end in a chocolate walk. I am silently praying for strength and wisdom.
From the kitchen…we ate a yummy lunch of Cranberry Chicken, baked potatoes, and homemade crepes with butter and cinnamon sugar for dessert.
I am wearing…yoga pants, an orange and white hippy lookin’ tank, and the rattiest most comfortable white t shirt on top of that you have ever seen.
I am creating…more pages in the scrapbooks that I pour my heart into to give to my four littles. It’s my perfect hobby. Relatively inexpensive, creative, and meaningful.
I am going…to get up soon, I swear. I just finished a 3 hour nap and my little man is sleeping on my chest. He’s still in dreamland.
I am reading…inspiration. I love blogs.
I am hoping…for this week to settle. The last couple days it seems there is drama drama drama.
I am hearing…Sponge Bob thanks to my six year old.
Around the house…is evidence of  a large family living and enjoying life.
One of my favorite things…is diet coke. I know its not healthy, but it’s true.
A few plans for the rest of the week: educate four young minds, re find my motivation to repair my 3 month postpartum body, do all the regular things that fill my day in and day out. My calendar is E M P T Y. yay for boundaries and sanity.
Here is picture for thought I am sharing…first time in a swing can be exhilarating.

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