I am joining in with the Catholic Woman's Almanac from Suscipio again this week.
The card I made for my sister - my wish for her and for all those I love
::Moments of Gratitude - I'm feeling very thankful for family today after a happy day celebrating my "baby sister's" 30th birthday, and as my husband returns home and we all reunite for a happy time of home educating and being together. I am so thankful I have a husband who took our five year old clothes shopping and let her try on outfit after outfit before coming home with two bags full of wonderful new clothes.
::Pondering - growing up and growing older: things that so many of us fear. As I've been getting closer to forty I am thinking of what I can do now to make my older years rich and useful. I think of those years as the "harvest years" when I hope to be able to be peaceful, contented, in love with my husband, secure in my relationship with God, busy but with time to stop and drink in those proverbial roses, treasuring old memories and making new ones, close to my children and wider family, and, God willing, enjoying my grandchildren. I need to prepare though - it won't just happen. I know of many older people who are anxious, fretful, full of complaints, estranged from family, still caught up in foolishness.
::Praying - for little baby Beatrice Howard who is sick with cancer, and for a friend.
::Cooking - on Saturday I threw some chicken thighs, red pepper, onions, tomatoes, chorizo into the pot and made a delicious casserole that the children and I loved. We're eating the leftovers for supper tonight! We also have half of my sister's birthday cake left - it is a citronella, with cooked lemon puree and almonds, damp and citrusy and delicious. So much of the food for today is already sorted, which makes it a very enjoyable day!
::Wearing - Jeans, soft angora socks, a heather coloured woolen shawl, grey cardigan and a jade green floral tunic.
::Creating - I'm between projects. I need to get something on my knitting needles, and I want to sew a new ironing board cover. But we are planning on moving things around in our bedroom which means my "sewing cupboard" (where I sew and store fabric, yarn etc) will be moving - I kind of want to get that sorted out first.
::Going - with Kitten to a new dancing class. It's all about creativity, imagination and playfulness rather than the wretched "good toes, bad toes" of ballet class, and I think she will come to love it.
::Reading - "Something is going to happen" by Charlotte Zolotow - I loved loved loved reading this to the children I used to work with at school, and I still adore reading it to our own precious darlings. Who wouldn't want to wake up to snow, freshly baked muffins and the fragrance of coffee and vanilla filling the house. Let alone that gorgeous dressing gown with hearts on it!
::Around the House - I am coming up with plans to find more things the children can help with. With two intense children, one going through the nine year change and one who enjoys drama, the emotional atmosphere here can be intense and some simple rhythmic tasks such as sweeping, polishing, scrubbing need to be an established part of our day to help soothe some of those itchy nerve ends!
::Looking Ahead - we opened up our nature journals and illustrated a recent encounter with ornithologists who let the children handle some birds they were weighing and ringing. It was quite the shock to me that the last time we formally nature journalled was in October! We're out and about daily, observing and discussing, and the children frequently do independent drawing from nature, but we need to go out and collect some twigs to draw this coming week for sure!
...we want to remember the raindrops as well as the sunshine, and the amazing colours that only a combination of both can bring - all the abundant beauty with which God has filled our life together. We are joyfully Catholic, we are busy being artists of life as we create ways of being and things of beauty to enjoy, we are on a wonderful learning adventure together at home and we love our life! I share my days with Oscar my true love and husband for 17 happy years, our creative son Pocket Mouse (9), our unstoppable daughter Kitten (6), our bouncy little poodle Coco and the family and friends God has blessed us with.
"And all who are in any way distressed or in need, let them seek me here in that little house you have made at Walsingham. To all that seek me there shall be given succor. And there at Walsingham in this little house shall be held in remembrance the great joy of my salutation when Saint Gabriel told me I should through humility become the Mother of God's Son."
a prayer to the guardian angels of our children
I humbly salute you, O you faithful, heavenly Friends of my children! I give you heartfelt thanks for all the love and goodness you show them. At some future day I shall, with thanks more worthy than I can now give, repay your care for them, and before the whole heavenly court acknowledge their indebtedness to your guidance and protection. Continue to watch over them. Provide for all their needs of body and soul. Pray, likewise, for me, for my husband, and my whole family, that we may all one day rejoice in your blessed company.