Thursday, February 18, 2016

thursday morning

 (Eastern Bluebird pictures taken by Ian)

 By this time, it's mid-morning on Thursday. Lily has spent most of the morning sketching animals, using a You Can Draw Animals book she found on her Kindle. Ian has spent the morning looking through seed catalogs and playing with the dogs. I have spent the morning trying to work up the energy and motivation to attack the day. 

I have finally succumbed to this darn cold that I was so adamant in fighting off. 

So we'll get our grammar, math, and reading in this morning, and we will probably do some Netflix homeschooling after that. So many documentaries on there.  Good for a day like today when I'm feeling like going back to bed.

It has been a beautiful morning here in Western PA. Very cold, but beautiful. We have awesome views of the sunrises and sunsets up here on this windy knoll we live on. And this morning, the sun was actually out and the snow was glistening and glimmering. It was a sight. 

And we're warm here in our cozy little house, and I'm so thankful for that. I'm so thankful for my husband who faithfully works hard so that I can be here at home raising our kids. I remember my working days, and I don't miss those days at all. 

I spent time this morning really watching my kids, really soaking their personalities in, really seeing who they are growing up to be. Did you ever do that? Most of the time, I'm just going with the flow and too many times, I'm on autopilot. I read something this morning about a family that lost their 13-year-old son to an undiagnosed heart condition. It was completely unexpected and sudden. And as I watched videos of him in the days right before his death, I noticed how much he reminded me of Ian. You know, those awkward early teen things that boys do? I feel like that was a bit of a wake up call to me. Amber! Be more present! Cherish every single moment that God gives you with your husband and kids. 

Anyway, all of that has kept me quite introspective this morning. 

I want to live my life as God made me to live it. Free and full. Aware of the many, many gifts He has given me, given our family. Faithful to my calling as a wife and mother. 

God is good. He is faithful. He is the provider. He is Savior. 

I am so thankful for His presence in my life.

 Knitted Hat is The Vermonter (minus the purl rounds and the pom-pom)


Billie Jo said...

Love this!
Except the part about and the cold!
I feel the same...snug and cozy and safe here in my PA too...with my people.
I am making an effort to be mindful as well.
To live and be in the moment.
Takes practice!
Enjoy your evening...feel well soon!

harknessangels said...

Amen! I really needed to read this today! This week has been about homeschooling challenges and you have reminded to live in the moment and enjoy my children! Thanks! Hope you are feeling better!

Rachel E. said...

(( smile )) You have a life many would give for. :) It's beautiful and your family is beautiful.

Jill said...

Love all these photos, the snow ones are so pretty. The pictures of your dogs reminds me of our days here, 4 dogs and 2 cats keep us quite entertained, lol. Hope you have a great weekend.


Mrs. Chrissy T said...

Beautiful photos. Life is but a Vapor that is for sure.

karen said...

I am trying to be present daily. It's a struggle sometimes because I love to be a worrier...loved the photos and you have two beautiful children!