Monday, March 12, 2012

Late Night Musings

What I'm thinking: That it is a hard thing to be a good woman. Well, OK, it is impossible. I have struggled all day and all last week with not  being a particularly great women, wife, or mother. I have been quick to anger, fast to speak, and slow to listen. It was a hard day today and it makes me realize all the more how very much I need my Savior. Create in me a clean heart oh God, and renew a right spirit within me!

What I'm reading: A lot of history resources today. I am in planning mode for next year so I spent some time in my new TruthQuest book, Age of Revolution III. I am impressed by the resources found in this book and by the zealousness of the author in sharing His-story. TruthQuest is new to me, but I already like it. I also spent some time reading Notgrass' Exploring America that I reviewed here. I appreciate being able to read two different explanations for historical events. These books handle history in varying ways and I like that.

What I'm listening to: The quiet that comes from late night blogging. My keyboard is very loud.

What we're learning: This week we are reading the March Celestial Almanack and watching Venus and Jupiter get closer and closer. It is something to look up in the sky and actually know what you are looking at! We will be studying several early American pieces of art this week. I will post later on and share them with you. In our Apologia, Who Am I? study, we will be learning if we can trust our feelings. I am guessing the answer is no. :)

What I'm watching: The sky, my children grow up before me, and a new dog learn his place.

What's cooking: Chicken and more chicken and beans, and blah. Until Saturday!! Saturday is a big special family day for us with Great Grandma (who is 93!) and a special aunt and uncle. Think Irish. :D

What I'm buying: Corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, brown mustard, Guinness, and all the ingredients for Irish Soda Bread. That recipe is golden, but don't use margarine! Use real butter!

What I'm thankful for: A longsuffering Savior.

What I'm creating: Lesson plans for next year's co-op history. I don't really like lesson planning because I get so distracted by stories I find and want to read them. LOL

What I'm praying: That I would be a better woman--and what all that means. That the Lord would make me into His vessel. That what comes from my mouth, my heart, and my mind would glorify Him.

What I'm planning: For this Saturday!

What we did this last weekend: Had a great Saturday of volleyball, great food and fellowship with friends as we send off a dear young man to boot camp. May God bless and keep him, make His face to shine upon him, and give him His peace as he faces unknown people, places, things, and orders!

What I'm looking forward to: Saint Patrick's Day! I have linked to this old post before, but for those of you new to this blog, and my love of all things Irish, here is a neat post about an ancient Irish treasure that I saw in person over 20 years ago. It is just gorgeous!

A picture to share: There are so many beautiful photos of the Book of Kells out there, but here is another one of my favorites, the Four Evangelists.  Clockwise from top left: a man (Matthew), a lion (Mark), an eagle (John) and an ox (Luke). The link above will enlarge the manuscript. It is just beautiful.

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Have a beautiful week.


Charlotte said...

I am so there with you; trying to be that perfect woman, but failing every day. It is so hard in our tangible lives, to not feel the guilt and pressure from living a certain way and doing certain things, especially with and in front of our children. May God give us both grace!

And you must know that it is your family that inspires our family to celebrate St. Patrick's day.

I love you, dear friend. :-)

Kate said...


I am blessed to be rowing the same boat you are. You bless my life and our family--truly. :+)

I am so glad to know I have inspired the Irish in you!! :D

hee hee

Love you!

Raspberry Leaf said...

Your Irish blessing was sung at to all the 8th grade graduates every year at the school I attended years ago. I remember singing it to the 8th graders when I was in 6 and 7 then having it sung to me in 8th. It is beautiful when it is put to music.

Kate said...

I have loved that saying since I was a child. My grandmother is 100% Irish and it was something I knew from her house. Precious memories. :)

Thanks for sharing yours!