August 2009


I’ve blogged before about my Gratitude list…but today I thought I’d show you a few things for which I’m thankful.

marshmallow torch--yes I like my roasted mallows burnt slightly!

marshmallow torch--yes I like my roasted mallows burnt slightly!

backyard campouts

backyard campouts

rootbeer floats instead of birthday cake!

rootbeer floats instead of birthday cake!

a swirl of rainbow colors

a swirl of rainbow colors

surprise flowers in my garden

surprise flowers in my garden

Visit Ann for if you’d like to start your own Gratitude list!

Coram Deo, Lola

I actually put up a post at my homeschool blog, Coram Deo Academy–wonders will never cease!! So, if you’ve wondered what is going on in our life read it there–be forewarned–it is brief!

Coram Deo, Lola

FOR TODAY, Friday, August 21st…
Outside My Window…Roses, fading in the summer heat, swinging garden gate, bird feeder needing  to be re-hung after a marauding squirrel knocked it down, apple tree heavily laden with fruit
I am thinking…that I want to bottle this lazy summer day feeling in order to revisit it when burnout from homeschooling threatens to overwhelm me
I am thankful for…this home, this cool morning, fresh coffee in the morning courtesy of Dear Knight, long, languid day stretching before me
From the kitchen…BLT’s with juicy, fresh from the garden tomatoes, on country french bread
I am wearing…blue t-shirt, denim skirt–worn-in and soft like butter
I am creating…lesson plans, daily schedules, and messes everywhere I go!
I am going…nowhere today…this is a lazy day
I am reading All Jane Austen’s novels: up next, Persuasion
I am hoping…My Dearest friend will enjoy the satisfaction of seeing  Jesus  grab hold of the hearts of her wayward son and daughter-in-law
I am hearing…The lulling hum of the dishwasher and the soothing sound of the fountain.
Around the house…quiet…a rare thing in this house
One of my favorite things…Sweet kisses from 3 year olds!!
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
late summer tomatoes

late summer tomatoes


If you’ve enjoyed this glimpse into my day and you’d like to join in, Please visit Peggy at The Simple Woman
Coram Deo, Lola

A new school year, that is.  And with the new school year  comes my new school planner/journal.

cover shot

cover shot

I started with a  7.5 x 10 inch, lined,  Moleskin journal.  Then I added the picture to the front.  I covered the spine with a piece of scrapbook paper from my stash and edged that in ribbon, front and back.

inside cover and title page

inside cover and title page

On the inside front I place small sticky notes with recurring events; in this case, our weekly steps in the writing process (ala Bravewriter) and our “Friday Freewrite” reminder (for those weeks we are not working on a month-long writing project).  I move those sticky notes to the Monday of that week in the process, ie. the first Monday of the first full week of the month I place the sticky note that reminds me to have the bambinos choose their writing topic.  The following Monday I place the sticky that lists step 2 in the writing process: narrowing the topic using the “Topic Funnel”,  I do this for the 4 Mondays of each month.  If there is a 5th Monday it is a freebie!  I keep using the same stickies until the no-longer stick or I loose them!

Inside pages

Inside pages

Here, I’ve divided up the 2-page spread into 7 columns.  One for each weekday , one for the weekend with space for notes, and one for reminders of things I need/want to accomplish daily (quiet time and my morning walk) or weekly (1x a week school subjects with the kids).  This is the first year I’ve used a column for those reminders.  I am hoping this year it will encourage me to be consistent with those activities!

I’ve previously posted about my journals here and here.  I am still using the Gratitude Journal…

And lest you think I am the “oh-so-creative-one”, these little books do not stem from my original idea.  That distinction goes to Ann at Holy Experience, one to whom  I owe much!  If you truly want to be inspired, challenged, and refreshed you simply must visit Ann…really!

Coram Deo, Lola