I was going to try and write a well-composed post about the many thoughts, ideas and feelings that have been skipping through my head this week, but I am a little sleepy and so…..my fabulous Cherry Tree Lane’ers……
You get post in list-format.
1.) I made my first lasagna this week. It was GOOD. Scratch that off my list.
2.) My daughter is really good at obeying our rule of “no touch” on certain things in our house. I was not about to rearrange all of my home once Miss K was born….We have all kinds of knick-knacks and decor that is eye level that I wasn’t willing to shove in a closet….so Miss K has learned what she can and can’t touch. Done and Done. She gets it and I love her for it. BUT…there is one basket that catches her eye everyday. It is hilarious. And she wants to touch it so badly. So, instead of following through on disciplining one day….I decided to take pictures of the guilty party. Parenting at it’s finest.
(Can you see the culprits sticky fingers? Inching towards the basket…..)
3.) I have been enthralled with the subject of “etiquette” lately. I think that it is spurred by the LACK of etiquette in our society. Rules are gone and it seems like everything is permissible. I really am unwilling to raise Miss K like this. At this point you may be laughing at me for getting all “fired up” about a subject like this when there are things that are much more important. Well, that’s ok. You can think I’m crazy/uptight/over-compensating/over-bearing/perfectionist etc. At least my kid won’t be throwing food/tantrum/forks in restaurants and will actually write a thank you note for a birthday present THEMSELVES instead of a “fill in the blank” thank you card (and yes….i saw these at TARGET the other day….sorry if you have used them, but I assume that if your kid is old enough to fill in the blanks, they are old enough to write a note in it’s entirety….). I feel like proper manners are important, don’t you??
HOWEVER….my faith in the old tradition of etiquette was renewed twice this week! Huzzah!
I had some friends over this weekend and afterwards, I was given an actual hostess gift with a thank you note from a friend that came. This same friend actually was the first to RSVP, contacted me ahead of time to ask if I needed anything for the evening, came on time and followed it up with not only the said gift but a gracious thank you email! I was so happy! A nice return to the “old school”.
The following day I received another thank you note from one of my best friends for lending her some plates. I have let her borrow things before and talk to her all the time. It was not big deal at all, but that is the POINT. She still thought to thank me and send a handwritten note. Making something small, special. It was great!
I am trying to find an inexpensive copy of Emily Post’s 17th ed. “Etiquette”. Perhaps I will start a “Miss Manners teaches etiquette” for little kids….I already have two friends that said they will sign their kids up IMMEDIATELY.
4.) My basil has sprouted outside! I just saw it today but didn’t snap a picture. I will as soon as possible! Still waiting on my parsley. I was SO excited. I’m on my way to my own herb garden.
5.) This is my space:
This is where I pray, journal and do my devotion. It is a wonderfully therapeutic thing for me. My quiet time each day (I try to do it first thing in the morning, but sometimes it is pushed back to during Miss K’s first nap) has become something sacred. I get a cup of coffee (or diet coke depending) and curl up. It’s making me a better person. WHY did noone tell me how beneficial spending daily time with God was? Oh wait….they did. I was just too “busy” to listen. Silly Rachel.
6.) My fabulous friend MAA sent me a vintage date book. So I can log all my special days of the year. It is from 1941. To log birthdays, anniversaries and other special events. So antiquated, but so fabulous. Thanks MaryAnn…for thinking of me, always.
7.) I can only give you a sneak peek, but I am making a fun treat for my neices birthday. Here is a small part….
8.) And finally…..a great verse.
“Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
Those that seek….will never be left. The Lord is always there for us. He is so faithful.