31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: Country Mouse Visits The City

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

We finally got a consult at the Autism Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital today. It’s near the UW so Mom and Dad tagged along in case we were going to make a stop at the bookstore. (Unfortunately, we didn’t.) Thankfully, Mom drove because the streets likely would have confounded me. I can drive around the towns in my area just fine but Seattle is psycho. It also feels positively claustrophobic because of the tall buildings.

The appointment was good and I now have some more people who are focused on making sure Daniel has what he needs to succeed and grow, but traffic on the way home was crazy and I definitely now understand why I don’t make the effort to take Daniel down there to do stuff on a weekend!

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: Kyrie

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

When the news first reported the mass shooting in Vegas early this morning (before the death toll climbed above 50), my words on Facebook were “Kyrie eleison. Christe eleison.” (Translation: “Lord have mercy. Christ have mercy.) Now that the death toll is at 58 people, I echo this even more strongly…

The priest of my church in southern California reminded me of this prayer attributed to St. Augustine of Hippo today and I think it is incredibly fitting with everything going on in the world.

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 1, 2017

For Today… October 1, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny now though it was raining earlier and we’ve had a few days of good rain. Weather.Com says it’s 50F and I believe them.

I am thinking… about my Doodle assignment this week.

I am thankful… for classes I like this quarter.

One of my favorite things… when my sports teams win. My Giants beat San Diego and I’m hoping my Niners can beat Arizona.

I am wearing… a grey heather long-sleeved shirt and jeans. Church clothes this morning were a blue-grey long-sleeved shirt, black slacks, and black flats.

I am creating… various Doodle polls.

I am listening to… classical music on a DISH Network channel

I am hoping… Daniel’s appointment with the Autism Center at Seattle Children’s Hospital this week goes well. We’ve been waiting for this appointment for a very long time. (The waiting list for an appointment is over a year long.)

I am learning… about email best practices.

In my kitchen… coq au vin is cooking.

In the school room… Daniel continues to love school.

Post Script… Tesla’s aid to victims of Hurricane Maria.

Shared Quote… “The four sayings that lead to wisdom:
I was wrong
I’m sorry
I don’t know
I need help”
— Louise Penny

A moment from my day… Our anthem today.

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31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

31 Days of My World As It Is Sung: Beginnings


31 Days of My World As It Is Sung

My life is crazy with school, parenting, and church so I decided that adding a blog challenge made *PERFECT* sense. 🙂 Rather than try to be topical this year, I am just blogging about life and trying to post daily for the next 31 days.

The picture was taken of the tulip fields at RoozenGaarde during the Tulip Festival this past April. The title of “My World As It Is Sung” is in reference to the land of Narnia being sung into existence by Aslan in C.S. Lewis’ book, The Magician’s Nephew.

Day 01 — The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 1, 2017
Day 02 — Kyrie
Day 03 — Country Mouse Visits The City
Day 04 — The Visit Itself
Day 05 — 7 Quick Takes on ADHD, Greek Food, and Other Fun Things
Day 06 — Joffrey Elite
Day 07 — Autism and Changelings
Day 08 — The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 8, 2017
Day 09 — Hasidism
Day 10 — Pouring From My Empty Cup
Day 11 — The Current Baseball Playoffs
Day 12 — Autumn Quick Takes
Day 13 — Pumpkin Spice Latté
Day 14 — The Rose Ensemble
Day 15 — The Simple Woman’s Daybook for October 15, 2017
Day 16 — Overcoming One of My Fears
Day 17 — Things That Make Me Feel Alive

7 Quick Takes: Homework Break Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

Baseball take #1. Kind of bummed that Matt Cain is retiring but it sounds like it’s for the best. He’s got some injuries and he’s had a really good run with the Giants.

— 2 —

Because I *OBVIOUSLY* don’t have enough on my plate right now. I’m doing Write 31 Days again. I’ll have a sticky page up on Saturday with my details.


— 3 —

School take #1. My CDSP class on church finance is fascinating and has led to some interesting conversations with my Vestry. I may end up as the church treasurer at some point in the next 10 years so I’m glad I’m learning about fund accounting.

— 4 —

Divorce-related take. I’ve largely kept the divorce off of this blog because I don’t want to air my dirty laundry. However, the final judgment has just been submitted to both attorneys for signatures. Please pray we can get everything signed off in the next week or so and also pray for Jon’s heart and my heart as this is a very painful process for both of us.

— 5 —

Having just said all that…This song came up on YouTube and I think it’s definitely where my heart is at the moment.

— 6 —

School take #2. My other three classes are going well. I want to immerse myself completely in Sage50 for my Microcomputer Accounting II class and play but I need to be diligent and finish things up for my Electronic Communications class in the next day or so.

— 7 —

In closing…

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.

The Simple Woman’s Daybook: September 24, 2017

For Today… September 24, 2017

Simple Woman's Daybook

Looking out my window… sunny and in the low 60’s. We will probably have rain tonight which is lovely.

I am thinking… about money and faith for my CDSP class on church finance.

I am thankful… for my amazing parish and how they welcomed Daniel this morning when he came to church with me for the first time in 3 years. (I was one of the readers and had choir duties so I had to be there.) I brought his tablet and headphones and he largely chilled while I was up front. Everyone was also really respectful of whether or not he could handle crowds and greeted him warmly.

On his part, he didn’t have any meltdowns, didn’t race up and down the aisles, and was reasonably quiet. It was such a nice change from 3 years ago when I wanted to be anywhere with him EXCEPT church.

One of my favorite things… a calm Sunday afternoon.

I am wearing… a black fitted tee and jeans capris. Church clothes were a long-sleeved black shirt, jeans, and my running shoes. (I didn’t know whether my kiddo would need a walk during the sermon or not ad my black flats are not conducive to that.)

I am creating… discussion board posts for my classes.

I am listening to… various High Kings songs on YouTube.

I am hoping… to stay caught up on everything this week.

I am learning… some of the national and diocesan canons that have to do with money and finances.

In my kitchen… had some Kashi cereal for lunch.

In the school room… Daniel continues to do well and his writing is improving.

Post Script… I recommend this amazing piece on Rich Mullins.

Shared Quote… “When God created each of us, he tucked a little bit of his divine imagination into our souls. He did this, I think, so that we can conceive of the fact that our world contains so much more than we can see, feel, and touch.” — Hallie Lord, On the Other Side of Fear

A moment from my day… Our opening hymn…

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7 Quick Takes: First Week of School Edition

7 Quick Takes

— 1 —

A bootylicious bone broth recipe. Because I completely spaced on it being Thursday and had nothing better to do tonight before this than download accounting software or talk on the phone to boys, my Quick Takes are late and I saw what Kelly posted beforehand… which means I can *TOTALLY* share her recipe for bone broth. Apparently, it’s guaranteed to make my loser liver into one that’s bootylicious. Score!

Oh… a memo to my liver: remember our deal! I don’t drink alcohol and you don’t crap out on me before I turn 40. You better not die before May 19, 2020! I don’t want to have to depend on the Evil Twin to keep his liver pristine enough to give a piece!!!

— 2 —

Back to school again. In case you missed my *AWESOME* daybook post this week with a fabulous photo of me with freshly-washed hair, I started school again on Monday and I’m all online this quarter. I’m taking a class on electronic communication (basically Outlook/Skype/business apps), a class on Sage’s accounting software, an online PE class, and a church finance class through CDSP.

— 3 —

Wait, Jen. Online PE??? Yep… online PE. I have a book to read, a discussion board post weekly, and a report to send to my instructor weekly of my exercise logged (30 minutes of something physical x 5 days/week). In theory, I could lie through my teeth about getting all that exercise but I would end up screwing myself over because my aim this quarter is to incorporate some movement into my day.

— 4 —

Geeky linguistic fun. Here’s a map of the most common surnames in Europe by country. Why is it geeky linguistic fun? Well, the blogger follows it with an explanation of what each name means and mentions that in Iceland, there is still a patronomic system in place. Duuuuude…

— 5 —

Prerequisite baseball take. My Giants are unfortunately at the bottom of the National League. 🙁 (Can we say bad trade decisions?) Even worse news: the Dodgers clinched a playoff spot. At least the Cubs are in and if I have to root for the American league, I can root for Boston.

The match-up that would guarantee me boycotting the Word Series: Dodgers vs. Indians. Because Cleveland teams are horrible (other examples: the loser Cavs and the Browns who are consistently at the bottom of the NFL *EVERY* year) and the Dodgers are the archnemesis of my Giants.

— 6 —

Music take #1. This is one of my favorite hymns and I love the setting by Michael Card.

— 7 —

Music take #2. I’ve loved this song since seminary and I used to sing it to Daniel as a lullaby.

For more Quick Takes, visit Kelly at This Ain’t The Lyceum.