Kara’s Journal: looking back, looking forward.

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Outside my window … the day was a frosty, cold one and as I type this the sun is setting and we are settling in for a cold night of snow and wind. It’s our first real storm of the season.

I am thinking … that summer just wasn’t long enough for me.

I am thankful … for this post of Tsh’s over at The Art of Simple. I felt myself exhale mentally while reading it because she says many of the things that I’ve been feeling in my own heart. The internet has gotten very loud and I don’t want to just be a part of the noise. I want what you read here to be something that’s real, comes from my heart, and isn’t written for numbers or sponsors or with the goal of having a post go viral (not that those things aren’t nice, but that shouldn’t be the endgame). Or even because I’ve got this simple parenting thing all figured out (uh, because I don’t).

So, I guess what I’m saying is that I’m thankful for quiet, old-fashioned blogging and for this space to do it for all these years (next month will be five years for me at SimpleKids). And I’m thankful to all of YOU for making Simple Kids a small part of your lives, too.

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 12.15.14

Kiwi Crate gingerbread house from cardboard | SimpleKids.net

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Outside my window … the sun is up, but it is a foggy and grey day here in central Indiana.

I am thinking … that judging by last night, this is going to be day three of my son max being sick. Poor little guy was miserable all weekend.

I am thankful … for a household of people I love all safe and sound.  I’ve had an eye on the news in Australia ever since last night and I just can’t stop thinking about what it must be like for those being held hostage and their families.

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 12.1.14

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Outside my window … the skies are dark, but this house is lit up with Christmas lights in red, white, blue, and yellow. There is a soft rain falling and I’m enjoying the quiet and the calm.

I am thinking … that it cannot possibly be that there are no more pages after this one in the calendar. December, already?

I am thankful … for being an auntie again! My brother and his wife had their second child yesterday and all are happy and healthy. I’m also thankful for all of these beautiful faces around my table and spending a lovely Thanksgiving at home.

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 11.11.14

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Outside my window … the skies are dark and the only sounds are our neighbors’ car doors and engines turning over as they head out to work and school.  (the photo above is actually last night’s sunset)

I am thinking … that if it weren’t for these quiet early mornings where I can move slowly and ease into the day, I don’t think I could handle just how long the days have been lately. We’re going through lots of transitions plus a few of the kids have colds and it it taking a lot of energy for me to guide the kids gently through our days.

I am thankful … for an AMAZING thirteen year old daughter!  Also for hot coffee, warm blankets, and wool socks.

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Kara’s Journal: Daybook 11.4.14

Halloween 2014: Anna, Spider-Man, the Little Mermaid, and Sophia the First | SimpleKids.netLinking up to The Simple Woman’s Blog. Note: there may be affiliate links in this post.

Outside my window … the skies are blue-gray and we are expecting rain later that should last most of the rest of the day.

I am thinking … that there are three more days before a teenager lives in this house. In my mind’s eye I can still see my oldest daughter as a newborn, all chubby baby cheeks and long slender fingers. And yet, as nostalgic as I am for those baby days, I’m really proud of the young lady Jillian is becoming and I’m excited to see what this next phase of her life brings.

I am thankful … for fresh starts. Yesterday was a long one and I didn’t parent as well as I could have or should have. Here’s to fresh starts and a brand new day.

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