Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
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Thursday, March 25, 2010
Friday, March 19, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
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So, things here are going well. School is coming along nicely and I really feel like we have accomplished a lot so far. Miss E is reading...and reading well. Miss O is plowing through second grade like it's old hat. It amazes me how much their minds are like sponges. I mean, really. I'm a teacher for crying out loud, I know kids can do way more than we ever give them credit for, but sheesh! Also, we have started receiving our postcards from the swap so the study of our great United States has begun. This swap will take us through the summer and well into the next school year. Some great things I expect to gain from this swap (for me and my girls) are: a greater appreciation for each state, some serious geography skills, an increased love of maps and map-making, and a massive list of must-visit places.
Also, we planted some seeds last week. We've got a variety of peppers, eggplant, and some flowers started in our little indoor greenhouse. I'm really trying to get a jump start this year so I don't have to wait so long to get some fresh veggies. We've got other seeds that have to be planted directly outside so we'll have to wait a few more weeks before we tackle those.
It's overcast and cooler these days but I know the warm days are coming back soon! happy monday! xoANG
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Yes, a gentle and quiet spirit, that is something that I strive to achieve. It does not come easily. Sometimes my own thoughts, my own will, my own ideas are loud and boisterous . Oh sure, sometimes that loud and boisterous spirit of mine is one of enthusiasm and excitement of what God can and is doing. But most of the time it's my stubbornness and lack of faith that is ringing in my ears, my heart. A quiet and gentle spirit...to be the wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend that God created me to be...a quiet and gentle spirit. I cannot do it on my own. I read, study, absorb, apply the Words of wisdom that in the quietness seem as though they were written just for me.
Earlier in the week I noticed something beautiful as we all hiked through the woods by the river. The sun was shining and it was quiet. An occasional bird song, the snapping of twigs, some squirrels rustling the dried leaves, the girls softly talking and giggling as they walked ahead of us hand in hand was all that I heard...and it was quiet. Quiet for me is often a state of mind, the condition of my heart, not sounds. I do enjoy those quiet moments when I am reminded just how blessed I am.
And don't forget to go here to enter my 400th post giveaway for a chance to win a knitting book.
Happy Thursday...enjoy those quiet moments. xo ANG
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The other book I am going to get (it was out of stock) is called Organic Body Care Recipes. I've checked it out from the library a gazillion times. I am really trying to use more natural products, not only to rid my house of unnecessary chemicals but also to heal and nourish my little ones with sensitive skin. It has so many great, natural, easy-to-make recipes for things like hand cream, lip balm, shampoo, and more. Some of the recipes have a plethora of fancy ingredients but most use common items that when combined are wonderful for your skin.
Now on to the celebration part. This is my 400th post!!! Woohoo! To celebrate I thought I'd have a little giveaway...and even perhaps share a little crafty inspiration. I picked up a book a while back. It's a great little book full of fun knitting patterns called New Knits on the Block. News Flash...I'm a novice knitter so just reading the instructions makes my brain hurt. I would hate for this book to just sit around collecting dust, feeling unloved. It's brand new and could use a new home where it will be loved. That's where you come in. It's yours to win if you just leave a comment on this post. I'll pick and post a winner on St. Patrick's Day, March 17th. So, good luck, happy spring, and share the love! xo ANG
Monday, March 8, 2010
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Our little bush has buds already. There is hope for beautiful green leaves.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
We all watched as the four does looked confused for a moment because they were in the middle of the city then made their way through our neighbors yard.
happy wednesday xoANG
Monday, March 1, 2010
The light green of the leaves with the soft, white, fuzzy coating is really quite beautiful. And, oh the smell. I wish you could smell it, so soothing and fresh. Just what a girl needs to get ready for spring. My plan, now that we're thawing out a little, is to continue to live in denial that we are probably going to get more snow this week and just enjoy the lovely lavender aroma. xoANG