a few new things up in the shop this week.
My mind has been so preoccupied with the suffering of my dear friends Laura and Franco and the loss of their twin baby girls. Please keep this beautiful family in your thoughts and prayers as they navigate this breathtaking landscape of love and loss.
So the whole week has been a bit of a wandering. SuperBoy also has had a persistent cough/phlegm attack so he hasn’t been to his three times a week afternoon nature school. BabyLoves was up a few nights coughing (is there anything more sad than a toddler’s coughing?) so everything felt sideways.
1) Day in the Life linkup at Simple Homeschool.
Link here. I LOVE reading how other at home homeschooling mamas’ days go. I’m kinda a faker as he’ll go to Catholic school next year, but I’m still in the category technically! One of the big perks of blogger life is that your days are exposed in an intimate way (can be intimidating) that connects your hearts with other moms sharing those burdens and joys.
I’ve NEVER ever ever listened to Christian music. Sorry, bad Catholic here. Just not my thing. Ever. But this album by Audrey Assad, whom I’m privileged to work with at Blessed is She (Catholic women’s daily devotional ministry): wow. It’s called Inheritance and it’s on repeat. The kids love it and my heart throbs along with How can I keep from singing? especially. Buy // download // support a mama artisan!
3) A good notebook.
I don’t journal anymore but do try to keep my life in order in a notebook. As in, I make lists there. It’s not googledocs but it’s close. I’ve found that since I wrote my way through one I received at a conference, I’ve been on the hunt for a good one. Something not too thick. Paper has to have some softness. Lined is good. Spiral bound not a must. What you got, internet?
I’ve been making dinner early in the day and although it saves me in the afternoon when the kids want to read aloud and play and have me ensure no one kills anyone else, I really don’t like the kitchen smelling like onions in the morning. It’s an eternal conundrum. Gosh I like writing that word out.
5) The arc of making & blogging.
I’m seeing friends close up their etsy shops, bloggers dwindle out on their writing, and people’s kids get old enough so they don’t blather about them online anymore. It’s a weird feeling–this shifting of interests and time. I know there will be a place and time for me to slow down here or slow down at my Whole Parenting Goods work. But I kinda loved it when we were all talking and making together. That’s life, right?
6) Lent is almost halfway done.
I really can’t believe that’s the case. The only thing I’ve stayed true to this Lent has been our Waiting in the Word: a Mother’s Lenten Journey study (never too late to hop in with us!). The daily Scripture has really hit me. This week was one of mine and the verse I picked for the day: Romans 5:8. Blew me away. It’s short & sweet. And I needed it.
7) La Croix to the rescue.
Yes. I guzzle the berry flavored kind. I really don’t want to know what “natural flavors” mean in the ingredient list so don’t spoil it for me. Grace’s ode to it was fabulous.
Head to Kelly’s for other’s better funnier smarter stuff!