Small Successes...

I'm eagerly embracing the return of Small Success Thursday at CatholicMom. Here's the rundown...

List three things you are grateful for this week: 
victories over minutia, victories over the big stuff, blessings which you have received which reveal the breathing presence of God’s grace in your life. Then ask a friend to come and participate too (that would be you, dear reader).

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My Expanding Kitchen and My Successful Endurance.


This is kind of like a Where's Waldo page except it's more like Where's the salt? Where are the forks? and Where's the Table? We've been navigating this pretty successfully with the help of a very, very wonderful friend and handyman. I don't generally refer to human beings as angels (since they're not technically angels) but with this guy... the word just keeps popping out of my mouth. My gratitude exceeds words. See all those appliance and cabinets? He knocked out walls and moved them, electrical, plumbing and all, to where they are now with only the most minimal of household disturbances. He also prays for the Holy Souls every time we feed him. We are so blessed.

I didn't even know we had half of this stuff in our cabinets. All the good, the bad, and the ugly just came pouring out and threatened to permanently overwhelm me. But I'm getting a bigger kitchen, the blessing of a great friend and witness to the children multiple times a week, and I don't have a thing to complain about.

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 Connecting With My Best Friend Even Though We Share Seven Children and Endless Distractions.


The Chief and I both spent time writing this week and shared our successes with each other. We managed a couple walks together and talked about life and love and faith. This is wedded bliss. He's such a smart guy. I love it when he writes. I read and swoon... even when it's some kind of academic theology that confuses me. I just find his brain very attractive. The only way I can share him with you right now is to recommend his book (Scott Hahn wrote the forward so it must be worth buying) and point you to an interview he did with Lay Witness Magazine. I also look forward to sharing one of his fantastic articles with you soon.

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A Bit of Learning in the Heart of Distracted Chaos.
Love, love, love the RC History program!
In spite of the absolute disaster that is our main living area right now (see first pic for sample), we still managed to make a little academic progress and we didn't lose any Math books this week. Incidentally, can you believe that losing Math books is actually an issue for a homeschooling family? Let me give you a peek into our home:

Child: My Math book is GONE. 
Me: I'm sure it's around somewhere... it's not as if you actually leave the house with it.
Child: No. It's totally gone. Someone took it.
Me: You're trying to tell me that someone in this house took your Math book?
Child: Yes.
Me: Darling, nobody in this house wants your Math book. No one. Not even you.
Child: Well, it's still gone.
Me: You have 10 minutes to find your Math book or I'm going to order you another one and make you reimburse me.
Math book is miraculously found in about 3 minutes.

If you'd like to join me for Small Success Thursday over at CatholicMom, I'm sure they'd love to have you!
Posted on October 17, 2013 and filed under "small successes thursday".