Thursday, November 29, 2012

{pretty, happy, funny, real} The Back In The Saddle Edition

I feel like I've been playing catch up for the past three months or so, but the truth is it's been more like I've started the race after it's already over.  Does that make any sense? 

Anyway, our Thanksgiving visitors are gone, and I've had a slight lull in activity this week as we prepare for my mom to come visit this weekend.  Tuesday came and I looked around my house (and felt inside my heart) and thought, it's time for the chaos to end!  It's so easy to become discontent when the state of ones home is in disarray. 

And so I've pushed through this week (which is saying alot, considering I'm battling a cold that refuses to relent).  The bedrooms have been cleaned, the bathrooms have been scrubbed, and I've done so much laundry I can't believe my washer is still functioning.  And still this morning I felt that dread.  The dread that comes when I just want to say, "I don't want to!"  Again I dug in my heart and found that what I've been searching for has been here all along.  Contentment.  Peace.  I just needed to open my eyes and look for it.

round button chicken

You can't see it yet, but this is Ladybug's quilt I've been working on for, oh, forever.  I wasn't sure at first how it would turn out, but it's actually quite pretty if I do say so myself.  And if you click on the picture you can see that my beginners quilting book tells me that the step I am now on, binding, means, "The End Is Near!"  I can't wait to put this on her bed.
There are days where the shear amount of noise in my home makes me second-guess our decision to homeschool.  I tell myself that if I sent my kids to school like everyone else my home would be quiet.  Now the truth is that is partially true, but I'm not sure how much I would like it.  Especially when I glance over during school time and have the grace to see my studious boy quietly doing his math.  Nothing could make this momma happier. 

Also, today I managed to find a moment for a quiet cup of tea...

...and an episode of Pride and Prejudice.  I am very blessed.
Ok, so this picture is actually quite cute.  But it's funny that I considered this to be her preschool education for the morning, while her big brother was busy with his work (see above).  She's learning matching, coordination of colors and styles, fine motor development, creativity, and a little bit of science (they are magnetic dress up dolls).  We're a well rounded school.
This could be in happy too, but I'm putting it in real, just because I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.  I have empty laundry baskets!  Hurray!
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1 comment:

Kate said...

Ah,yes! Empty laundry baskets are SO WONDERFUL!!!!I think that I could just sit and gawk at them all day long.....if I had the time to sit and gawk. Right now mine are filled to overflowing, but I hope to change that. Soon. (My Knight's sister came out for Thanksgiving week with her husband and eight children, we celebrated two birthdays, and then everyone in our house came down with the stomach flu excepting far anyway. So LOTS of laundry:) Glad to hear things are going so well for you! And I love little Miss Ladybug's preschool lesson!;)Can't wait to see her finished quilt too. I am sure it is lovely!