The air is officially cold and crisp here and though I dread having to turn the heat up for good, I just love this time of year. Our house is staying pretty cold since we're trying to leave the heat off or really, really low as long as possible. Today we stood in the sunlight shining through the windows on the back of the house and it was so warm.
I've been doing alot of Christmas shopping thinking. And I've been doing alot of Christmas knitting thinking, we'll see how much of that I actually get to accomplish! There is a stack of boxes in our closet with my start to Christmas shopping for the kids.
I've been doing alot of thinking period. lately. A dear friend lent me the book, "Loving The Little Years" by Rachel Jankovic. It has been such a great source of encouragement. I've been reminded of things I want to be better about doing, like the way I speak and having patience in the midst of daily chaos, I've also been inspired with new ideas on how to be a better mom. This quote from the book is my favorite, I just read it and stared at it as it ate away at my conscience, "Fat souls are better than clean floors." I couldn't read another word, just shut it after rereading it a couple more times.
I maintain the house and all it entails to keep this household afloat. Occasionally, like today, I somehow have a day where the clock seems to tick slower and I have energy to plow away at housework. It's wonderful to feel like I've accomplished more than picking up the house or holding back the flood gates. I love that awesome feeling of knowing all the dirt that no longer exist in tiny spaces or papers that will never sit around again, but I also know it doesn't last long enough to talk about. Trust me, the kids are already in from playing outside, clean house is gone! All that to say, I don't really spend hours a day keeping a spit spot house, I spend hours a day running in circles with very little cleanliness to show for it. Even today, on one of my rare "productive" days most people would look around and say, "Really? What did you do all day?"
So, my November is off to a great start, hope yours is too!