Using prompts today from http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/ - thank you to Sarah of http://carried-family.blogspot.co.uk for the inspiration!
Outside my window... It is dark. The curtains are pulled and we are shutting the world out.
I am thinking... About the course I went on today. It was a full day of Nonviolent Communication (NVC). It was intense but I loved it. I have so much to process, so much to learn, and I am so grateful for this opportunity to dig deeper into who I am and how I interact with those around me. Am actually quite proud of how much I use it already without having realised!
I am thankful... for good friends and new friends, beauty, rooibos with honey, and a husband who did an awesome job of looking after the children. He didn't just survive - he took them to the library, cooked lunch and dinner, went food shopping and hoovered!!! I'm very blessed. Thankful too for all three of my children and their sweet kindness and love for each other.
In the kitchen... Is the remains of dinner (veggie tacos), the birthday cake for tomorrow, and a whole lot of dried fruit and nuts for snacking!
I am wearing... My nightie. It's comfy. And also Elijah is lying on me feeding. He's snuggly.... Ok he just brought milk back up! I'm now in fresh pyjamas and so is he!
I am creating... A drop stitch cowl in chunky purple wool (Rowan drift) that was a present from my children for Christmas. I have also cast on a second one in cream to gift. I am drawing daily - Phoebe and I are doing a 30 day drawing challenge!
I am going... To flop on the sofa with a mug of chai (another Christmas present) and my new planner and start putting in birthdays and holidays! I love my new planner! In reality I will probably flop on sofa with baby and feed and feed and feed til it's time for me to go to bed!
I am wondering... If Phoebe will like her presents tomorrow! She turns six! SIX! How did that happen?
I am reading... A Funny kind of Education by Ross Mountney and Leadership Education: Phases of Learning by Oliver DeMille. Also the latest issue of Green Parent mag, which now has a column by my lovely friend Claire!
I am hoping...for some rest later. I have a headache from bad posture - holding Elijah all day. Though I would have put up with far worse - such a transformational day!
I am looking forward to... Phoebe's birthday tomorrow! Lunch out and bowling!
I am learning... NVC skills, about leadership education (also known as Thomas Jefferson Education or TJEd) and that I am feeling rather overwhelmed! Thank you to friends and kind GP mamas for your advice and reassurance!
Around the house... All is calm. The older children are playing in the bath while DH reads to them. Elijah and I are chilling in the bedroom. Phoebe's cake is made and presents are wrapped.
I am pondering... what to do in the coming weeks with my children when I have my arms full and we have an empty social diary! Again, thank you GP mamas!
A favorite quote for today... "Out Beyond Ideas of Right Doing and Wrong Doing, There is a Field. I'll Meet you There" -- Rumi
One of my favourite things... The Gormenghast Trilogy by Mervyn Peake. Russ bought me the DVD for Christmas and I hope to watch soon.
Oh and sending happy mail, which I plan to do this week!
A few plans for the rest of the week:
Birthday celebrations for Phoebe
30 day drawing challenge
Trying some jewellery making together
Reading new library books
HAMA beads - a new love of Phoebe and Ezra's
Adding to my bucket list
A peek into my day...