‘What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men …… That is what love looks like.’ - St. Augustine

Sunday, May 08, 2011

A Daily Snippet

Oftentimes I don't blog because I feel like my day to day life is so boring. Yet the blogs I most frequent are the ones that touch on the simple daily ups and downs that most families weather. I also love just hearing about what people are doing . Just made a trip to an antique hardware store? You made this reader's day! Your girls were caught washing the buffalo off your buffalo chicken? I'm riveted! And I'm not kidding!

So, in this vein, I give you a little check-in on the Cahill household. We are still purging. I think it's a combination of the adoption 'nesting' phenomena and my desire for a simpler life. This week we donated all our unneeded pet supplies to the local animal shelter. Then we cleared out all our CDs. We added all the music we love to itunes, and now we are bringing a hefty box to our local record exchange to make a little cash towards our trip!

I also got to meet up with Daniel S today, one of my former Shakespeare students, and passed on my 35mm film camera and lens to him. He is a really talented photographer and so deserving of this gift. He isn't even in high school yet and he's impressing the world with his work! His sister was the person who graciously travelled with me when I adopted Nastia, as I couldn't speak a word of Russian back then, but it was Anya S's native language.

I work really hard to live simply these days, and am trying to turn my very American daughter onto it as well -- no eating out, no movies, no more random trips to Target. Most days, we entertain ourselves with inexpensive past times. Nastia loves coloring and drawing, so this morning she was working on this design book...

And, of course, we always have these guys to keep us on our toes...

Tonight we begin the impossible task of filling our four giant duffle bags with all the items we hope to bring to the orphanage. We have to keep the weight under 50 lbs a bag. We easily have 200 lbs of stuff! Let's see how much we can squeeze in!

1 comment:

  1. I have the same desire to live simply....SO hard, and I don't even think of myself as having a lot of "stuff".


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