Our October is seemingly passing before our eyes. I keep marveling at the fact that it actually is October, and it will all too quickly be gone, sigh. We've had a mostly dry Autumn so far, at least the October part of it, thankfully, as daylight savings will overtake us soon enough and then we'll all just be in the dark again...not my favorite time of year at all....I am a summertime girl, what can I say?
There have been so many blessings traversing our lives these days in this Month of the Holy Rosary. We have been praying the 54 Day Novena for some very special intentions, and it is clear to me that Our Lord truly is merciful and good. Not that I ever doubted Him for an instant, but his Word never fails...never!
The month has been filled to the brim, without intending to do so, but life happens anyway :) Matthias is truly and unequivicably twelve, as much as I'd rather not admit it, he's a tweener, but without the attitude, thank heavens ;-) (I have enough of that myself to last a lifetime and then some). He's my mild, easy-going guy, ever the funny one, quick to forgive his little brothers and loves like a big lion, the best of the best!
We've enjoyed many beautiful autumn sunsets and outdoor time amidst our busyness, which has truly been good for the soul. We are blessed in this new house that our outdoor opportunities are much greater than when we lived in the city, even though there were parks everywhere and we truly took advantage of them, but where we are situated now, we have a little more breathing space between neighbors and we can let go a little whilst outside and not feel like the walls are closing in around us as we relax in our own yard. (And yes, I still pine for my 10 acres in Idaho....achingly so sometimes.)
Violet and I whipped up this delectable specialty for Matthias' birthday celebration. He loved it to say the least, right down to the miniature sheet music of the Canon in D that he's been playing with Seamus as a piano/cello duet for some time now. They have several different versions and think they've settle on the version in G to perform at a recital soon :)
Our daily routines are working out so nicely this year. I am so proud of how well the children are all taking to task each week and really trying their best. It's not to say that we don't have our melt-down days, there will always be those kind of days, but I still feel like maybe we're in a good groove.
Sean-Paul is gaining confidence and patience by watching his brothers in their daily work and starting to take charge of his own work without having to be told all the time, this is a nice by-product of having siblings :)
(Celebratory birthday pose after the game)
I imagine we'll be getting in to some pumpkin-y kind of activities later this week, not sure if we'll make it to our favorite Pumkin Patch or not, but we'll see.