"And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong." ~ 2 Cor. 12:9-10
heart & soul :: I read that verse this morning, and thought, "That's just what happened to me yesterday." If only I could keep that perspective at all time. I also have been rereading this verse I wrote out, "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory..." ~ 2 Cor. 4:17. So, trying to give thanks for struggles around here.
mothering :: Being inspired again by Raising Godly Tomatoes to look at the heart of my children and think through what I say before disciplining. ~ Having a one year old is trying at times, but also hilarious and exciting with all the new things happening around here. And just yesterday I looked at my daughter and realized just how quickly she is changing.
home & kitchen :: I "finished" our bedroom - for now. I'm pleased with it. It's not perfect, but I'm not striving for that. Just pretty and practical. I hope to post this weekend when I can take some pictures, with good lighting.
rhythm :: Although things have been "busy," it doesn't feel busy. Each day holds it's own tasks and all is well in the evening. Even when we had the busy weekend with the bishop (which was wonderful), Monday morning just felt normal. And we left that following Wednesday for Pennsyvania to visit my sister-in-law and her family for the rest of the week (which was also wonderful). We got back Saturday evening, unpacked and had a normal bedtime, and everything felt normal come Sunday morning. I'm really enjoying having my husband home each evening (and the weekends, for the most part). We do little family things like take a walk or go to the library. I know I'm getting spoiled because come March, I'll be all on my own most evenings. But for now, I'm really enjoying the rhythm. Oh, and I've only gotten five things done on my list of 25... but it's progress.
learning & growing :: I planted bulbs Tuesday. I got them on freecycle, so I don't know what they are. Some of them had sprouted in the bucket they were in. I hope that's not a problem... Never done this before, so we'll see! My lettuce never got past sprouting here and there. Hubby and I dug up basil plants from my mom's garden and I potted them up. We'll see how they do. If they don't make it, I'll sprout some seeds and try that route. ~ And I've been learning a lot about living environmentally friendly and self-sustainable. I'll share more at the end of the month (and even more later on).
looking forward to... having a dance lesson with my hubby tonight (as in, leaving any minute!). It was his anniversary gift to me. Free lesson plus sales pitch. Should be interesting! And then visiting my friend Carrie in Ohio next week. She had her third little boy at the beginning of the month and I'm hoping to help her out some while I'm there. Even if it's just watching all the kids. And I'm looking forward to not traveling/spending the night anywhere until Thanksgiving! I'm sure I'll be ready for a trip by then, bur for now, I'm ready to be done.