11.19.2009

Today.....




FOR TODAY.....


OUTSIDE MY WINDOW.... the leaves on our pear trees are trying to change colors.  We've had such a bizarre fall season with periods of insane amounts of rain and then the crazy flip-flopping between sweltering heat one day and arctic chill the next.  All of which have not done good things for good fall color.  Our trees are usually so pretty by this time.  They're trying. That's about it.

I AM THINKING.... about how much we have going on in the next few weeks.  All incredibly good things; some fantastically good things; but all requiring lots of traveling. And packing. And laundry. But all totally and confoundedly worth it.

FROM THE KITCHEN.... nothing is cookin' right this second, but Sawyer's deer is still sittin' pretty in my fridge waiting to be butchered up.  How's that for fresh meat?

I AM CREATING.....nothing at the moment.  I'm still hard at work on the quilt for my mama, but I am very excited about working on my family's new Muffin Tin Advent Calendar.  I've wanted one for a long time, but just have never taken the time to sit down and make one.   I've found lots of really cute patterns and ideas, and I can't wait to get started!  This one is my favorite right now....but I'm sure I'll change my mind once I sit down with all my goodies and get started.  And that I'm making one with a fantabulous friend of mine makes it even better!!

I AM GOING......to sit back and enjoy the lights of our Christmas tree and drink a hot cup of coffee.  We put our tree up last night, and I was quickly reminded how much I adore this season.  I love the specialness of the time with family, both close and extended.  I love the magic of gift-giving.  I love the smells.  And the sounds.  And the music.  And the clothes.  And the laughter.  And, of course, the way my heart smiles all over itself at the mention of our Dear Savior's birth.  It's just precious.  So today...I'm going to soak it up.

I AM WEARING..... plaid lime-green jammie pants and an old VBS tee-shirt. 

I AM READING.... What Difference Does It Make? by Ron Hall & Denver Moore.  My dear sweetie-pie friend, Elizabeth, sent me Same Kind of Different As Me a couple of months ago, and I loved every word of that dear story. (Speaking of...Elizabeth, I need to actually mail the package that has been sitting on my bar for a month now!)  Anyway, another sweet friend of mine, Ashley, actually sent me this sequel book all the way from Germany!!  And it is amazing, also.  Must reads, for sure.

I AM HOPING.... for peace to surround so many people who are hurting and wondering and waiting today.  So many friends are on my heart:  waiting for babies, losing loved ones, battling illnesses, enduring painful personal situations.  Today I am praying for each of them as they come to my mind and praying that the warmth of our Father's arms will just swallow them whole.

I AM HEARING..... my children cackle to dvr'd episodes of America's Funniest Home Videos.  Their laughter is so contagious.  I'm giggling, and I have no idea what I'm even snickering about.  If I would have to guess, I'm sure someone just got hit in the groin....tends to be what gets them riled up the most.  Boys.

AROUND THE HOUSE..... are legos.  And forts.  And hideouts.  And, my personal favorite, secret lairs.  And I wouldn't have it any other way.

ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS..... is that Homer Simpson is hanging amongst Scooby Doo and Santa and snowmen and the Nativity on our tree.  I love how hodgepodged and us it is.  I'll be talking a lot about my tree in the coming weeks, because I'm so in love with it, but if you want to get a sneak peek at some of our favorite ornaments, you can go here.

A FEW PLANS FOR THE REST OF MY WEEK..... Laundry. And packing. And laundry. And more packing.  We're heading out to spend the holidays with all the family, and somehow we keep wearing the clothes that we need to be packing.  I'm thinking about just taking big trash sacks full of dirty duds to my mama's and making full use of her laundry room. 

HERE IS  A PICTURE I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE WITH YOU....



Because I have been desperately awaiting the arrival of this movie!  I will see it.  Pronto.

And there you have it.  Today according to me.  Now...your turn.  Since we don't have time or space in the comments for you to list them all out....how 'bout you try this one on for size.

WHAT ARE YOU HEARING RIGHT THIS SECOND?

14 comments:

Jim said...

Amb,
It's ab.so.tive.ly quite except for the hum of the pc and the click of the keys. No wind but beau.ti.mus sun light and blue sky have a fan.taz.ma.gor.ri.cal sound of cool heat. Now the heat kicks on to cover the chill which tries to sneak into the house.

A.maz.ing.a.licious sounds when your attention is focused.

Thanks, my girl, for opening up my ears this morning. See you all in a few.

Jim-Dad

Jim said...

Did I say "quite"? That's quite incorrect. It's "quiet"! That's "e" before "t" as in "fly.it" not "sight"! Right?
Jim-Dad

Becca~TimeWellSpent said...

This sounds like lots of fun to do! Love what your wrote.
I also LOVED Same Kind of Different As Me, I'll go check out their other book!

The Bowden's said...

Hope you are enjoying the book! I LOVED it!

And I also love the the Muffin Tin Advent Calendar. That is not a method I had ever heard of before. How neat! I've got to get started on ours.

Cathy said...

I am hearing....Sid the Science kid that no one is watching, Lincoln asking for "more" breakfast, and Emma calling me to help her "wipe my poopoo"...gotta run.;)

Lovey your list. Lovey you.

lisa@littlesliceoflife said...

I am hearing...

Martha McCallum on Fox News interview Mike Emanuel about the health care bill...

My coffee maker perking (Peppermint Coffee!!!)...

and Caitlin's evil cats picking their claws on my good rug.

Tiffani said...

every bit of this post makes me smile to the fullest...

early Christmas tree arrival and holiday anticipation..

tiring albeit worth it travel plans...

ADVENT CALENDARS!

Hello, New Moon, be still my heart by this time tomorrow I'll be smack in the middle of Jacob and Edward.

Boys. Sweet boys. And lived in homes...

OK, maybe I love every bit MINUS the deer STILL hanging out in the fridge....you will NOT be seeing that in the fridge on Loumae Road...

But, I still love you like crazy!!

Ginger@From The Cocoon said...

I'm hearing...right this second...

...the sound of the fax machine warning me of an incoming fax..and insects (I have my office window open because it is a beautiful day)

Mich said...

Give Mom and Dad a big hug for me when you see them this weekend...

I'm hearing the kids run around "cleaning" and finding stuff to pack, in order to go to the big wedding.

So proud you already have your tree up. I haven't had time to put up at least one of my many trees up. :)

Love ya!

theelizabethhighsmith said...

i am hearing childhood calling and childhood wants to know if there are lincoln logs among the toy array at your casa and if so can she come over and play?

Jessica said...

Um, are you reading my mind, or what? I'm pretty sure it was not just a week ago that I posted on facebook that I wanted to make an advent calendar! Crazy!

I am hearing the sounds of the t.v. and the babe sucking on his bedtime bottle.

Jennifer said...

Right now, I'm listening to the big sigh of relief escaping my lips because my Christmas tree is up!!

Whew...what a task!!

Have a great Thanksgiving holiday!! We'll miss ya'll lots!!

Love ya!!

Sami said...

I'm hearing the whir of the washing machine...the tink-tink of the dryer (that apparently has a zipper or button doing a little dance in there...and the sounds of the Miami Dolphins. Or rather the cheers. And I could not care less about the game. :)

And I am so happy that you have your tree up!

Michele said...

Right now, what am I hearing? Absolutely nothing. My house is so quiet. . .as it is the wee hours of the morning and everyone is sleeping (which means I should be working and not reading blogs:)).

I loved your list. You have such a sweet heart.

I am currently reading Same Kind of Different as Me. I LOVE it!! Ron and Denver spoke at a church where my in-laws have a vacation home. . . my MIL said they were both great. . .and wow what a powerful testimony. I didn't know there was a sequel, but I'll definitely be getting my hands on a copy.

Hope you get all of your laundry and packing done!!!