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Monday's Daybook

Outside my window...

It is 4PM and the sunlight is fading fast.  It has been a beautiful day here.  The sun was shining and the weather was really nice for a November day.  There is snow in the forecast tomorrow . . . I will believe it when I see the snowflakes fall.

I am thankful...
Sunset over the harbor.  The view from our room.

For a nice weekend in Baltimore. My hubby is there for meetings and the boys and I decided to go up for the weekend.  While we did not get to see my hubby a lot, because he was in meetings, we did enjoy every moment we got to be with him. 

I did not get to me Cardinal Dolan while there, but I did get to meet Cardinal DiNardo, Cardinal George, and Cardinal Wuerl (again).  Cardinal George got on the elevator we were on.  He was so nice.  We were supposed to get off just one floor after he got on, but I quickly said, "Oh, let's go to our room (on the 27th floor)!"  He engaged each and every one of our boys and was just so friendly.   I am so thankful to be in a position to meet so many of the leaders of our church.  At a time when so many people criticize the Bishops and Cardinals, I feel thankful to meet so many of them and know that they are men striving for holiness and working to do their best for the Church.

In the kitchen...

Leftovers for tonight.  My hubby is still in Baltimore, so dinner will be uncomplicated tonight.

I am wearing...

A purple v-neck tee, my long black sweater (which I wear almost every day during the winter!), a scarf, and jeans.

I am creating...

An adoption fundraising tee.  I am not creative AT ALL, so I am calling on many other people who are talented in that area.  I think it is important to know what your gifts are, and are not, and to focus energy and time on those things that your are gifted at, and ask for help in those areas in which others are more gifted than you.

I am reading...

Kingdom Woman by Tony Evans and Chrystal Evans Hurst
33 Days to Morning Glory by Michael Gaitly, MIC
Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride
The Master Puppeteer by Katherine Patterson (Reading this to the boys)

I am looking forward to...

My hubby coming home tomorrow.  I miss him so much!  He has been gone a lot lately and it will be so nice to have him home for a while, with no travelling.

And I am looking forward to starting the T25 workout this week.  I have been unable to workout for about two months now because of the strain to my ribcage when we had croup, but now I finally can workout again! Wohoo!

I am learning . . .

To let go of my own timeline, my own expectations and to take everything one day at a time.

Around the house...

The boys are outside playing, trying to squeeze as much fun as they can out of the fleeting daylight.

From the learning room . . .

We are studying Korea right now.  We are combining geography, history and current events to soak in all we can about the amazing culture in North and South Korea.  It is interesting to see how just a few decisions in World War II, most likely, shaped Korea's current situation.  I think it is important to recognize that EVERY ACTION or INACTION has an affect that we might not even realize.

A favorite quote for today...
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.
He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” Blessed Pope John Paul II

I am praying  . . .

For our adoption process.

For all the orphans around the world.

For my boys.

For a friend's special intention.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

Swim practice, occupational therapy,  a meeting with another homeschool mom who is a mentor, meetings with clients . . . . just a normal week.  On Friday I head out for an Adoption Retreat.  I am so thankful to have found it.  I now get to connect with adoptive moms in the area.  And I am super excited about the writer's intensive workshop that will happen on Friday night at the retreat.

A picture thought I am sharing . . .

We are still dryer-less.  Today was the perfect day to get three loads of laundry done, and dried. 


  1. Hi, Katie! So glad you got to join Pete this trip, if only for a bit. Might I suggest you look into buying a used dryer? Before we moved we had to sell our dryer because it was electric and our new house had gas. We practically gave it away even though it was in great shape. Maybe you could catch someone in the same situation. I am still in shock that even Dad couldn't fix your old one! He must have been so disappointed. He is usually a miracle worker! --Trisha Aglialoro

  2. Let me know how the T25 workout is, I almost bought it while pregnant!!


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