Sweet Life

Well, I completely forgot to take a single picture of our Thanksgiving feast and all my loved ones around the table (not that I would have posted a picture of their lovely faces…you’ll just have to take my word for it…all were happy, contented and salivating!) but,  I did remember, Friday afternoon, to take pictures of the table centerpiece.  dscn1809The cards in the foreground are Thanksgiving/Gratitude themed quotes that I printed on cream colored cardstock then mounted on autumn hued cardstock. The cards standing up in the back are Psalms 100 and 95.   I stamped an acorn flourish accent across the top of each card for decoration.   We all took turns reading the quotes during our meal.

The small parcels in the center front are little bundles of 5 corn kernels with an attached card stamped with the word “blessings”.  I read the story about the Pilgrims and 5 kernels of corn just to give us all  a proper perspective to how much food with which we’ve been blessed  for just  ONE meal.dscn1813And even Mimi got into the decorating spirit and made this little guy to grace the side board. dscn1812

He sure looked cute amid the stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, crescent rolls, butter and sweet potato muffins–did you notice the absence of any veggies?–well, I thought I’d be smart and cut up my broccoli on Wednesday to save time on Thursday.  Only one problem, I forgot to cook the broccoli (and the corn) Thursday afternoon–so no veggies!

And to really make our table shine I made placecards (actually, I made them 2 years ago and saved them…I just changed out the background paper from brown to green).dscn1814We had a delightful day…not much verbal thanks were given but I know our hearts…we are all thankful for ALL God has mercifully given us.  We deserve nothing and He gives everything.  We are so blessed.

Coram Deo,


FOR TODAY, Friday, November 20th…
Outside My Window… A picture is worth a thousand words…the tule fog rolled in about 1 hour ago and shrouded our yard in this smoke-like haze
I am thinking…”For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”~~Eph.2:8-9
I am thankful for…Ann at Holy Experience, for reminding that gratitude is necessary for life–without it we run the risk of losing sight of who we truly are in Christ
From the kitchen…Dutch Corn Chowder for dinner
I am wearing…jeans & a hoodie sweater
I am creating…Jesse Tree plans  and Christmas literature lessons (TLP’s: Dickens’ A Christmas Carol)
I am going…to endeavor, with the Holy Spirit’s help, to delight in my children today
I am readingPersuasion…again (Yes, I’m still on my Jane Austen kick)
I am hoping…that there is peace in this house today
I am hearing…the hum of the heater &  children eating breakfast
Around the house…a slow leisurely start to our day
One of my favorite things…afternoon read aloud time with all of us wrapped in cozy blankets and a mug of steaming tea by my side
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Weekend: Big girls are off to a friend’s birthday party this afternoon. The rest of us will just enjoy the remainder of the day.
A picture thought I’m sharing: This greets me every time I come in my front door
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We took a rare Sunday afternoon walk this past weekend.  Just the girls, Dear Knight and me–the Boy chose to stay home and get ready for his hockey game later that day.   We drove down to the river then slowly, purposefully, meandered along a trail for about an hour–well, us older folks were slow and meandering…three of the four girls chose to run most of the trail!  The air was warm but not too warm; the company was in high spirits and we were together.  We ended the all too short afternoon with ice cream cones from our favorite little ice cream shop just up the road from the trail head. Truly the Sweet Life.

“Great peace is found in little busy-ness.”
~Geoffrey Chaucer

I have been reading Jane Austen of late…and I mean reading…Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, and Pride and Prejudice all in the last three weeks.  Currently I am reading Emma…this is the first time I’ve read these books and oh! what I’ve missed!  My mind has been filled with thoughts of gentility, etiquette, reserve, propriety (or lack thereof).  I have made the time to read this much..I’ve made myself less-busy and am the better for it.  I used to read often and for long periods at one sitting.  Then with the arrival of children my time became occupied with other pursuits…but now as the older three find their own interests and the two littles begin to play more and more with each other I find that if I am diligent with guarding our time at home and diligent with using that time well,  I can afford myself time to sit and read…of course the laundry still calls–is it ever really done?  And meals need to be fixed…stomachs always need to be filled. As such, I don’t get long stretches of time to  read but even 30 minutes of reading  feeds my mind with thoughts enough to mull over as I go about my more mundane activities.  I think this is what Charlotte Mason desired for children to experience as they read many books for small periods of time…just enough reading to give one food for thought and a desire and eagerness to pick up the book at a later time to feast some more.

Coram Deo,


FOR TODAY, Wednesday, September 24th…(I know these are supposed to go out on Mondays but Mondays are not a good blogging day around here!!)
Outside My Window…dew wet grass, leaves just barely showing sings of change
I am thinking…”For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this not of your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast”~~Eph.2:8-9
I am thankful for…God’s un-ending, mind-boggling, lavish Grace!
From the kitchen…Greek yogurt sweetened with honey and sprinkled with walnuts, orange juice, and coffee with milk
I am wearing…capris  and a blue t-shirt
I am creating…lesson plans and more lesson plans
I am going…to enjoy teatime this afternoon with my girls
I am readingSense and Sensibility
I am hoping…that Dear Knight enjoys his week away at a photography workshop…a birthday gift from me to him…guilt-free!
I am hearing…children talking as they wait for me to get off the computer!
Around the house…messes and more messes, slowly diminishing tower of laundry, beautiful sunlight stretching across the hard wood floors.
One (or three) of my favorite things…quiet mornings, cool autumn breezes, the patter of sock clad feet on wood floors
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:Heading up the raod to Apple Hill later this week with a good friend and her two daughters…I can hear the pies and cider calling my name already.
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FOR TODAY, Wednesday, August 27th…(a little late, but better than never!)
Outside My Window…Tomato plants wilting in 100’+ heat, trees not moving for lack of breeze
I am thinking…Autumn is just around the corner!
I am thankful for…central air conditioning and a north facing family room…baby, it’s hot outside
From the kitchen…Cream scones with jam and whipped cream
I am wearing…black capris and blue and white blouse
I am creating…a mess as I try to clean our my closet!
I am going…to try to get to bed earlier than midnight!
I am readingHow the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
I am hoping…the wee chicks drift off to sleep early as I have more lesson planning to do tonight
I am hearing…my son’s iTunes selections, kitchen being cleaned, toys being played with
Around the house…the after dinner lull–books being pulled out for night time reading, baths being taken and rooms being tidied
One of my favorite things…the early evening light wafting in through my living room window
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: The Boy helps coach a homeschool little league team on Thursday mornings as the girls play at the adjacent park…it even has a fountain play area so bathing suits (for the girls…not moi) are the outfits of choice
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
Babycake’s little pink shoes…yes, they came down the slide first…Babycakes followed with a smile on her face
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FOR TODAY, Monday, August 18th…
Outside My Window…Crepe Myrtle tree losing its blossoms, swinging garden gate, bird feeder needing filling having been ravaged over the weekend by house finches, 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…country apple and blueberry tart for breakfast, leftovers for lunch and creamy orzo pasta with tomatoes for dinner
I am wearing…light grey, knit, pull-over-my-head dress from many years ago…it’s comfortable like an old friend
I am creating…lesson plans, daily schedules, and decoupaged notebooks
I am going…nowhere today…this is a lazy day
I am readingBird by Bird by Anne Lamott, School Education by C Mason, Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson and For the Families Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay
I am hoping…Dear Knight will be home early–he’s been traveling alot lately…we miss him at the dinner table
I am hearing…the sprinklers, random notes from Amazing Grace from our wind chime-a gift from Dear Knight, birds outside, lawn mowers in the distance and the ever present traffic noise.
Around the house…the scent of apple blueberry tart, laundry waiting patiently for folding, fresh flowers on the table
One of my favorite things…greek yogurt and fresh, sliced strawberries for breakfast…Yum!!
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: the girls and I will be joining 4 friends and their mothers for a simple “book club” meeting near a creek to discuss Swallows and Amazons—and yes, we’ll be bringing pemmican, seed cake, grog (lemonade) and hunks of chocolate…that’s why I’m called the “Best of All Natives”
Here is picture thought I am sharing…
I see this each time I look at our mantle…the dried lavender is from our garden, the little book lover a gift from my mom and the love angel a serendipitous gift from a friend…she didn’t know that I don’t care for knick knacks but really am taken by these figurines from Willow Tree
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