Thursday, December 31, 2009

good bye 2009: see you next year...

From our family to yours...
Happy New Year!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

For today...Monday, December 28, 2009.

Outside my is cold and clear. Cooler than normal temperatures expected all week.

I am thinking...about all of the blessings of 2009. I am praising Him for all things ~ good and bad.

I am thankful for...a New Year, new beginnings and the anticipation of what God will do in 2010.

From the learning rooms...things are quiet. I need to figure out where we are and develop a plan and schedule for the remainder of the year.

From the kitchen...soup.

I am wearing...jeans a t-shit and clogs. I will need a jacket to leave the house.

I am creating...a knitted bib for a sweet little girl.

I am return and exchange clothing for children, to the office, and to deliver the remainder of gifts to friends.

I am reading...the Bible in chronological order, beginning January 1st.

I am praying for...a friend that needs healing in a relationship with a loved one.

I am pondering these words...For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

I am hoping...for some rest next month. It will begin here again.

I am hearing...a busy laundry room and a son whistling "Angels We Have Heard on High".

Around the house...things are messy and that is O.K.

One of my favorite things...the end of cookies after Christmas. Not that I do not like them, I have just had enough sugar thank you.

A few plans for the rest of the week: We are headed here for camping, family time. bonfires, oyster roasts, fireworks and ringing in the New Year.

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...You Go Girl, Christmas 2009.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...December 21st, Merry Christmas!

Outside my window...cold and bright.

I am thinking...that simple is good.

I am thankful for...for that understand the real meaning of Christmas, that know how blessed they are and that do not desire a commercialized Christmas.

I am wearing...jeans, undershirt, sweater and and birkenstok clogs (referred to as my hobbit shoes)

I am remembering...that many people are lonely and hurting in this blessed season.

I am finish my Christmas shopping, soon I hope.

I am currently reading...

I am stop coughing soon! And to make it to knitting tomorrow night.

On my thankful I am for a lot of business.

Noticing that...everyone managed to adjust to an artificial Christmas tree.

Pondering these warming is caused by the sun!

From the kitchen...peanut butter fudge.

Around the house...wrapping, baking, the sounds of Christmas music from stringed instruments and the piano, planning

One of my favorite things~ finding just the perfect gift~when I least expect it.

From my picture journal...performing in a nursing home a few weeks ago, a special thank you to our piano teacher, Mrs. H.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

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FOR TODAY... November 30, 2009

Outside my window... it is a foggy and partly cloudy Fall morning.

I am thinking... about not getting a Christmas tree this year. We are struggling quite badly with allergies and I am just not sure a tree would be a smart move.

I am thankful for... trials and tribulations. These are the times that I see so clearly that I am not in control.

I am wearing... jeans and a t-shirt.

I am remembering... the Thanksgiving that my little boys memorized Psalm 100 to recite at our family gathering while I interpreted in sign language.

I am going... to knitting on Tuesday night I hope. I have not been in several weeks and I miss it. I have finished a whole project even though I have not gone. The knit witch on youtube is a great teacher.

I am reading... read alouds to children and nothing other than books for gathering knowledge for myself.

I am hoping... that Jesus is coming back sooner rather than later.

On my mind... Christmas is three weeks from Friday.

From the learning rooms... we will be finishing William Bradford Pilgrim Boy, get back to out regular activities and the girls will be attending a Young Lady in Me Class at the end of the week.

Noticing that... we are exhausted and so much is a mess by the time the holidays are upon us.

Pondering these words...
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100

From the kitchen... black beans and rice with sausage and corn bread, potato soup, turkey casserole, chili, pumpkin log, cookies(?) and not necessarily in that order.

Around the house... yard work, animal pens cleaned and cleaning concrete are on the schedule for this week.

One of my favorite things~ sipping hot chocolate with marshmallows next to a bonfire.

From my picture journal... #10, that's my boy:)

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... November 23, 2009

Outside my window...the fog is really thick and I hope rain is coming.

I am thinking...about the next month, full of family and friend celebrations. Time sure moves quickly and I wish I had started making gifts three months ago.

I am thankful for...seasons.

I am wearing...capris with a hand-me-down t-shirt, and fit-flops.

I am remembering...Pilgrims that sacrificed much for the glory of God. And, how that sacrifice is being legislated away everyday. Remembering daily that we are living a spiritual battle.

I am keep de-cluttering and organizing. The boys drawers and closets are done and I have no idea how we had that many clothes in there.

I am Bible and health books.

I am hoping...everyone is well for Thanksgiving. Colds are not good when there is fun all around.

On my mind...gratefulness.

From the learning rooms...a break. We have a couple of things to get done, and I can give fun things for them to do, if they need an activity.

Noticing that...when times get tough, we begin to see what and who people really believe in.

Pondering these words...Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16

From the kitchen...turkey tonight, family favorites to prepare for Thanksgiving, yummy leftovers and a pantry full without too much planning.

Around the house...purging and cleaning followed by Christmas decorating.

One of my favorite things~ the smells of Christmas.

From my picture journal...

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Monday, November 09, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...November 9, 2009

Outside my window...rain is coming, and we are so in need.

I am thinking...I have almost survived the Fall season. Not the lovely colors of trees, we live where there is no such thing, and not the yummy kitchen items, nor the

I am thankful for...this Simple Woman's Daybook. No matter how hard I try, this is often the only post I get to in a week. It is not that there is nothing to put here, just not enough time to do it.

I am pants and a t-shirt. (I wish I was actually doing yoga.)

I am many families that have made a sacrifice, this week Veteran's Day.

I am accomplish a high school transcript this week. Jacob needs to get an application for college in by Friday and Seth needs to get registered for next semesters classes.

I am reading...a great book on hypothyroidism and praying about going to the doctor.

I am hoping...that the labor of a friend this morning is moving quickly. Can't wait to know if it's a boy or a girl.

On my mind...Hannah, who has been away camping and playing over an extended weekend with Nanny and Poppy.

From the learning rooms...I need to schedule some field trips. We have been doing some neat local history the classroom and now need to go out and see and touch it; I love application.

Noticing that...everywhere I go there are mama's-to-be all around.

Pondering these words~ Determination vs. Faint-heartedness: Purposing to accomplish God's goals in God's timing regardless of the opposition. II Timothy 4:7-8

From the kitchen...a Birthday supper with friends, green beans from my Uncle's garden, fried rice, apples (they are just soooo good right now), and I don't know what else.

One of my favorite things~ the sound of my children laughing.

From my picture journal...

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Monday, November 02, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...November 2, 2009

Outside my window...there is thick cloud cover and possible showers later this afternoon. The temperatures for the week will finally be 80 and below, the break in the heat will be so nice.

I am happy I am to live where I do.

I am thankful for...that little camper that we have. All seven of us stayed in it for three nights and we did great!

I am wearing...p.j.'s, the weather has not helped me to get going.

I am remembering...that it was 8 years ago that we moved into our house, how do the years pass so quickly?

I am start cleaning and planning for the holidays. We have several opportunities for fellowship during the next month and if I plan ahead they will be so much sweeter.

I am reading...Southern Living, shared by a friend.

I am hoping...that we get a good report at the doctor tomorrow. Things are looking up in the sleep department; for one of us anyway.

On my to make our 20th anniversary memorable.

From the learning rooms...brand new books to start today. The came while we were away this weekend.

Noticing that...there are only a couple of weeks of football left. It is always fun when it starts, and I am always thankful when it ends.

Pondering these words...If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. C.S. Lewis

From the kitchen...spaghetti and meatballs, soup(the temperature dropped below 80), all my children will want chili, tailgating food for two football games at the end of the week.

Around the, yard work, decisions on when animals will be going to the butcher, cleaning out and putting up the camper.

One of my favorite things~ memories of road trips. Our trip over the weekend was to snorkel a reef. We saw all kinds of neat fish, lots of coral we studied about in school and all but Hannah had a wonderful time. She struggled with ALL of her equipment and while I did not think she was having any fun, she did tell me she was glad she went.

From my picture journal...

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

road trip

We are heading out, to camp in the woods, sit by the sea, and snorkel the reef. We have one with a cold and hope it stays that way. Praying you have a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...October 26th.

Outside my window...skies are gray and rain is expected later today.

I am children are not doing what the should be; it is far too noisy in here.

I am thankful for...the cover our camper is parked under. I was concerned that we may have had a leak, but is was dry to the bone, Yeah!

I am wearing...jeans and a t-shirt~headed to work concession at a volleyball game.

I am remembering...the trip I took 25 years ago, to the coral reef we are taking the children to next weekend.

I am going...camping at the shore this weekend. Preparations are under way.

On my mind...The next thing that must be done to

From the learning rooms...sea books, and waiting on a book shipment to arrive.

Noticing that...many people around us are sick right now. Trying to ignore swine flu hysteria and yet this is the "normal" cold and flu season, get better all of you...for I could use a little tea time.

(Still)Pondering these same words from last week~Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58.

From the kitchen...camping menu preparations, red sauce (smells of onions and garlic right now), country style ribs, meatloaf w/ mashed potatoes and peas, and a trip to the market.

One of my favorite things~the way the camper smells (always the same) when we first open it. All things cooked in the woods...they just taste better there. (OK, that was two things.)

From my picture journal...Summer Waltz in the mountains, July 2006

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...October 19th

Outside my window...
it is a chilly October morning.

I am thinking...that I am so blessed. I can complain about a lot of things, but not many are valid in the light of eternity.

I am thankful for...God's provision in my life. I am not talking about financially, although I am thankful for that, but about answered prayer. Sometimes we think we have things figured out and God slams a door shut. I can get all in a quandary when this happens and as time moves on I begin to see that He closed that door simply because we were about to make a wrong choice. God is good, all the time...

I am pants and a long sleeve t-shirt (condo-clothes).

I am remembering...we (believers) are all sinners saved by grace. Teaching my children why you would want to do works and how they do not make us any more worthy.

I am CLEAN the girls room this week. We have reached the point that they can no longer manage and that's when purging, cleaning and organizing give us a fresh start.

I am reading...
my Bible and not much else.

I am hoping...
to start a Christmas list (OK, the prompt is hoping).

On my mind...what to do for our 20th wedding anniversary, any ideas?

From the learning experiments, a new read-aloud, a new book study, and the rest continues as normal.

Noticing family makes more Fall meal requests than any other time of year. chili, chicken casserole and pumpkin log just to name a few.

Pondering these words~Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58. Amen, this verse will be posted in my house by the end of the day!

From the kitchen...spinach salad, wedding soup, homemade sushi, beans and rice and I'm not sure what else.

One of my favorite things~anything apple being cooked in my kitchen. Cooked apple is not my favorite thing to eat, but the smell sends me straight to my great-grandmother's home.

From my picture journal...God the artist, taken last fall in Nashville.
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Monday, October 12, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...October 12th, Columbus Day!

Outside my window... it is still dark, the rooster is crowing and cats are waiting at the back door to be fed.

I am wonderful a restful weekend was. I have taken a nap four days in a row, I could get used to this.

I am thankful for... my mom's speedy recovery. She is doing great and I am thankful for all the prayers.

I am wearing...summer jammies with a sweater.

I am remembering...way too many things. I finally began a list of the loose ends that need to be tied. As I think of them I jot them down and hope I will have the time to get them done soon.

I am going...on a Friday night road trip ~ out of town football game this week.

I am reading...Julie of the Wolves, as our read aloud book.

I am make it to the ironing pile this week. I am guessing I have about twelve hours worth, I keep track and let you know.

On my mind...thyroid. I am researching tests, treatments and alternatives and looking for some answers.

From the learning rooms...books need to be ordered this week. We are progressing nicely, especially for this time of year, yeah!

Noticing that...things need to be de-cluttered, and a few more fallish items put out.

Pondering these words..."My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." Thomas Jefferson

From the kitchen...banana-millet muffins are coming our of the oven (right now) with smoothies for breakfast, egg salad sandwiches for lunch and that is as far as I have gotten into this weeks menu. Oh, lots of veggies because I went to market...that's all that matters anyway, right?

Around the house...regular chores and cleaning. This is always difficult this time of year.

One of my favorite things~ fall meals, now if the temperature would fall below ninety.

From my picture journal...sorry, will not upload this morning.

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Monday, October 05, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...Monday, October 5th.

Outside my is cloudy with a slight chance of rain. We need rain and I am hoping we are blessed with that today.

I am thinking...God is good, all the time! I have been spending a lot of time researching universities for Jacob to visit and see if he is interested.

I am thankful for...the speedy recovery my mom is making. She has been with us since the end of last week and all is going well.

I am wearing...jeans and a t-shirt.

I am remembering...what time medications were given, the last time exercises were done, that it is time for more ice , and that the world is still turning out there.

I am little as possible.

I am reading...only my Bible. I had begun a new book until Mom arrived and wanted it.

I am work on Jacob's High School transcript this week.

On my mind...slowing down and ministering to the "sick". This is truly a blessing and something I am always thankful to have the opportunity to do.

Noticing is much darker when I crawl out from under the covers each morning.

Pondering these words ~ "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

From the kitchen...yummy meals, prepared here or by someone else.

Around the house...home health nurse visits, physical therapy visits, friend and family visits, school work and enjoying each others company.

One of my favorite things~pumpkin spice cake with my morning cup of coffee at the beginning of Fall.
From my picture journal...
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...Tuesday, September 29th. (finished Wednesday, September 29th)

Outside my window...the sky is cloudy and the forecast is for cooler drier weather, bring it on!

I am thinking...God is good, all the time! Our office was accredited, how?, by the grace of God. We know a couple of companies that have just decided to close the doors and quit. I am thinking, of them now, and how will their families be provided for?

I am thankful mom coming through surgery with only partial knees, not complete make-overs.

I am wearing...jeans, a life is good t-shirt and sneakers.

I am remembering...that the bread I just pulled out of the oven has no oil and no honey. Can you here the sigh of frustration? This is a clear sign I am too tired and distracted. I can make bread with the ease in which I breathe ~ how did this happen?

I am make a new batch of bread and deliver it to friends who just welcomed a sweet blessing into their family.

I am reading...knitting patterns, NO books, no time.

I am hoping...that these first few days pass quickly for my mom.

On my mind...4-H projects, the deadline for sign-ups is tomorrow.

Noticing children wish to live in a place where the season of fall happens...BEFORE Thanksgiving.

Pondering these weapon formed against me will prosper!

From the kitchen...a spirit of gratefulness to a friend who fed my family lunch and breakfast yesterday.

Around the house...bread is baking for the second time in two days. The 4 loaves I baked yesterday had no oil and honey in them, oops! This is what happens when my mind is elsewhere and my body is going through the motions.

One of my favorite things~hot coffee~in a freezing hospital room~with a bite of chocolate of course.
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Surgery Update

I am dashing out the door to the hospital.
My mom is having a double knee replacement today.
She is scheduled to go into surgery at 10:30, Please Pray.
Daybook to follow later today, with praise report!
Thank you,
Thank you for your prayers.
Our praise report... two partial knees ~ instead of two total knee replacements.
She is dizzy and extremely itchy, the Dr. is having trouble finding a pain medication that she does not have a reaction to. Please continue to pray this situation will get worked out so that the wonderful world of rehab can get going.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...Monday, September 21, 2009

Outside my window...the first sign of light is beginning to fill the sky. The weather is calling to scattered thunderstorms. Funny, I just heard thunder, followed by rain on my roof. Last night the air felt like the major heat has begun to let up slightly, when is the first day of Fall?

I am thinking...about how long it has been since I visited this spot. This is the place that allows for reflecting. I find myself constantly trying to catch my breath and seriously thought about giving up this adventure all together. But, who cares how long it is between posts? My original intent was for my children to have words and pictures to document the ordinary daily events on our family journey, if this is still the case, goal accomplished.

I am thankful for...healthy children.

I am wearing...brand new jammies ~ it is still dark out.

I am remembering...that I have a present hidden from a birthday celebrated on the 12th. Someone is going to be happy to get a surprise.

I am creating...a crocheted pumpkin to add to the fall decorations.

I am be getting things in order. My mother is having surgery next week and I hope to be organized enough to help her.

I am reading...very little, not time for this right now.

I am hoping...for a positive experience for my mom and as quick a recovery as can be expected.

On my mind...ENG1101 and the struggle my young men have with this class.

From the learning rooms...slow start to the bookwork with our trip this week taking our minds away from paperwork and pencils

Noticing that...I am way too tired on Monday mornings. This should not be the case, so something needs to be done differently.

Pondering these words...You do not have, because you do not ask God, When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures(NIV). James 4:2.

From the kitchen...menus and a few meals in the freezer. Due to the set up of my parents house they may need to come here for part of the recovery process ~ no stairs. Meals in the freezer will allow for greater ministry to my parents, my husband and our children.

Around the house...could someone please get out the fall decorations!!

One of my favorite things~listening to the rain falling on our metal roof. Working in the school room upstairs and watching the rainfall out the windows.

A few plans for the rest of the week: organizing, cleaning, school work, music lessons, football practice, helping with paper writing, weeding and yard-work.

From my picture journal...remembering last fall.

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Wednesday, September 09, 2009

30 Days of Happiness::7

Thrifting happiness...

This lovely picture is hanging above the buffet in my dining room.

Purchased at my very favorite thrift-store for pennies.

I like the sweet little cottage on the lake, maybe I could move there.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

30 Days of Happiness::6

Delight directed!

Nothing brings me more joy than to sit next to her. We create something sweet from a little machine and a few ordinary household items. For her, only paper. For me, fabric and thread. Now comes the creative part. ..

"How should I start?", she asks. "Do you spell dear, d-e-a-r?

"Yes, with a capital D.", I answer.

"I know. Mama" She is very sure of herself.

She is writing to a man we know that is in prison. It seems a grown up thing to do for an innocent little girl. I question if that is too much for her to bear at her age. I never knew people who went to prison when I was little. We pray that God will direct and lead us, show where to minister, and yet for her it comes natural. While she knows the reality of why he is there, she does not judge him for anything other than who she knows him to be. Sometimes I wish it were that black and white for me.

I do not know why God has aloud us to minister to this man, but I know it is what we are called to do and I pray that I can do it in love, for that is what He did for me.

So...she writes and I sew and we are happy...

Monday, September 07, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY Monday September 7, 2009 Labor Day...

Outside My Window...the sun is just coming up and their is a flock(6) of morning doves feeding in the freshly mowed grass. It is unusual to see so many, they commonly come in pairs.

I am thinking...that we are tired of being sick and I want so urgently to be well. I want to get everyones immune system built up before anyone gets something else, or worse than what we already have.

I am thankful for...the privilege to home-educate my children. Homeschooling was outlawed in Sweden this week and I pray that our country would not ever do this. I pray for the safety and courage of the families that are now schooling illegally.

From the learning has begun and everyone seems to be adjusting. We are enjoying read alouds again, something that the youngest three have not had enough of because life just gets to busy.

From the kitchen...chicken noodle soup and tons of it.

I am wearing...jammies.

I am creating...a baby cap, Hannah's quilt was just sandwiched and is ready for me to begin the hand quilting, a coffee cozy for my local coffee shop to offer in a drawing of some sort.

I am find the bottom of my ironing pile...soon I hope.

I am finished reading...the Yada Yada Prayer Group. I do not know why it took me so long. I did enjoy it, it was a quick and mindless read. If you are looking for a book for pure fun, without deep thought to plot, characters, or any major twists, this is a good book.

I am hoping...our piano teacher will not quit. We have not had lessons in a month. She was on vacation and due to her health she can not get sick ~ so she can't come to our house.

I am hearing...nothing but the ceiling fan and the clickity-clack of the computer keys.

Around the house...things need to be picked up and prepared for the week.

One of my favorite being able to completely stop when we are sick. Today is the fourth full day that Jacob has been completely down. He is doing better, I am just hoping this is enough for him to get well so we can begin to build up his system.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: going as little as possible. This might just give us a little extra time for read alouds and creative endeavors, that would be quite nice.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...a restful spot I would like to be visiting soon.

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Sunday, September 06, 2009

30 Days of Happiness::5

Basting a quilt, which means quilting is just around the corner.

Fall is my favorite time of year to sandwich a quilt, the days will be getting shorter and not quite so hot. Cooler weather invites me to curl up under a quilt to work away. Children's activities begin and I find great delight in having things to do while waiting for them at music and sports practives. Hannah is so happy that I am about to begin hand quilting her quilt, for her this means I am almost finished.
Pictures by Rebekah:)

Thursday, September 03, 2009

30 Days of Happiness::4

I saved for almost 6 months to get a new "want" instead of a "need". It arrived in July and on a good day I still can not get the results I want. I am learning and will not give up. It is a lot of fun when the image I have in my mind actually appears on the screen or in print. Hoping to improve with the help of a camera club and studying.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY August 24, 2009...

Outside my window...the sky is summer blue and we have had an unusual amount of birds in our yard.

I am is going to be a very good school year.

I am thankful for...Auntie M. being released from the hospital, thank you for your prayers...a fabulous last weekend before we begin school. OK, we could have done without the sickness, but a football game on Friday night, a trip to the studio to glaze some pottery, shopping at the outlet mall, dinner on the beach, all with a very fun Aunt, who could ask for more?

From the learning resumes and we are happy for new beginnings. Learning is so much fun.

From the sauce (I did just make this and it is gone already), homemade mayonnaise, sloppy joes, muffins, and not necessarily in any certain order.

I am wearing...denim capri's and a summer t-shirt.

I am creating...way too many things at one time. I have been having an overwhelming desire to do anything creative. I would like to paint, write, sew, knit, photography, etc...just something to release a creative feeling.

I am all things kids. So begins the school year and music, football, college, choir, 4-H...

I am guessed it, the Yada Yada Prayer Group (STILL).

I am maintain a peaceful delight-directed school year. (O.K., it did say hoping:)

I am hearing...the hum of the A/C, 100 degrees forecasted today.

Around the house...we have had company and our once a year bug treatment. The "company" was not bugs, we really did have an Aunt, not ant, visit. Due to this, closets are straight, everything is clean and orderly, and we are beginning the school year somewhat stress free.

One of my favorite things...starting with a clean slate.

A few plans for the rest of the week: All our normal activities resume and that will be more than enough.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...last night at the beach...
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Saturday, August 29, 2009

30 Days of Happiness::3

Friday night, under the lights.
It is that time of year when tailgating begins and
it feels like last season just ended.
Already, this season seems like it will drag on forever.
He had a major cramp, from lack of fluids, and his Dad was there.
Go Lions!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

30 Days of Happiness::2

This is what I eat for breakfast almost everyday. I can not get enough of soft-boiled farm fresh eggs, homemade toast (yes, I like mine crunchy), and blueberry tea. Juice is nice, but not necessary. Breakfast will be very early come next week ~ 7:00am sharp and I am not ready. We added the last class to a dual enrolled schedule today. Just a few more books to aquire and they will be on their way.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

30 Days of Happiness::1

hanging on to Summer...

Monday, August 24, 2009

FOR TODAY August 24, 2009...Outside my window...there is a lovely blue sky. It is hot and sticky, and the sun is shining brightly.

I am thinking...about an Aunt that was put in the hospital. Family is on the way and it is not looking good.

I am thankful more week of summer. We have been squeezing all we can out of the last weeks.

From the learning rooms...we are still purging, cleaning and preparing for the coming year.

From the kitchen...fresh cinnamon rolls for breakfast, an abundance of fresh bread ( I made no bread last week )

I am wearing...yard work clothes. We are headed to do yard work for someone else.

I am and needing to sandwich Hannah's quilt.

I am the first football game of the season at the end of the week. I hope a couple of more beach days are in store and maybe a trip to our favorite bookstore ever.

I am reading...the Yada Yada Prayer Group (STILL). As you can see by my reading and posting in this space, there is not much time for reading or writing.

I am hoping...we lose no more chickens. We lost one yesterday without any signs of why. I am still hoping my husband will no longer be sleep deprived. He is still adjusting to sleeping with a machine, but things are looking better.

I am hearing...children up and going early ~ practicing a string quartet and getting chores done. We are getting up early this week to prepare for the coming week.

Around the house...laundry is going, the ironing pile is shrinking, and we are chipping away at the master project list.

One of my favorite things...laughing around the family table. We have been quite busy so these times seem all the more precious and obvious when they happen.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Getting up early and adjusting to a school schedule and working on plans and projects.

Here is picture thought I am sharing...this mornings practice

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY August 17, 2009...

Outside my is very hot and sticky, even at 7 o'clock in the morning.

I am can summer be ending and school be starting two weeks from today???

I am thankful for...the end of Spanish I and II. My two oldest boys spent their summer getting 8 credit hours, showing me their willingness to work hard and get it done. I assured them this would be the only summer semester I would require of them.

From the learning rooms...we are still purging, cleaning and preparing for the coming year.

From the kitchen...things are quiet with three children gone. The two here are willing and capable of fixing whatever they can find. I am just beginning to plan menus for the next month. With the transition to school, music, football, etc. they will need to be light, easy, and planned ahead.

I am pants, t-shirt and FIT-flops.

I am and needing to sandwich Hannah's quilt.

I am the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Party. This year the guest speaker is a friend who had her last chemo treatment last week.

I am reading...the Yada Yada Prayer Group (STILL). As you can see by my reading and posting in this space, there is not much time for reading or writing.

I am hoping...that after a couple of weeks my husband will no longer be sleep deprived.

I am hearing...chickens clucking and the A/C running.

Around the house...laundry is going, the ironing pile is shrinking, Caleb has gone fishing, weeds need pulling, and with just Seth and I home it is quiet.

One of my favorite things...crawling back into bed after breakfast (not today).

A few plans for the rest of the week: Regular football practice starts for us. This means we have survived two-a-day practices and the school that my boys play for is now in session. Delivery of school books to a friend that will sell them for me. Vacation days at the end of the week. The return of three children.

Here is picture thought I am a Summer wedding on the beach.

Thank you Peggy for hosting this sweet reminder of graciousness and contentment. You may read more Daybooks here if you like.

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today...August 10, 2009
Outside my window... the sun is just coming up.
I am thinking...I need a breather this week. I have been extremely busy with things that must get done BUT, we all need to breathe now and then.
From the learning shelves need to be purged, curriculum needs to be ordered, schedules need to be created so that our year can run smoothly.
I am thankful for..."real joy", that kind that comes only through rejoicing.
From the kitchen...homemade bread, cookies, lasagna (promised to an April birthday, boy is he patient), patty-pan squash on the grill, and something with kielbasa in it.
I am wearing...jammies, a tank top with thrifted old navy bottoms.
I am reading...The Yada Yada Prayer Group and hoping to finish before next week
I am clean the girls bedroom from top to bottom. How do they end up with all those clothes? I don't buy them and yet they appear.
I am creating...a market bag, dish rags, a knitted baby hat or three, a rug for the girls bathroom Hannah's quilt top was finished yesterday and now needs to be sandwiched, and I want so badly to make a little umpire cover up things that are all the rage now.
I am praying...for a young couple that began their journey as one on Saturday. And for our business. This summer we have re-done the office (the bathroom was finished this week and it was gutted to the floors and ceiling) it looks so nice. And for the accreditation process that is down to the little things that I think about at the most random moments, "Oh, we need to get and eye-wash kit". We have only one policy left to go in the book, it is the biggest one, but who's counting after 60 pages? A couple of signs need to be hung, employees only, treatment room, restroom, that should be easy ~ it's finding ones I like that is the trick.
Around the house...weeds need always, laundry is piled high and so is the ironing...I feel a movie marathon day in my near future.
One of my favorite things...a Sunday afternoon with children and grandparents complete with cookie baking and quilt layout. YUM!
A few plans for the rest of the week...Packing for a few of the children that are heading to the mountains, football practice starts and he is capable of driving himself there, a doctors visit that is LONNNNGGG overdue, summer school ends for two young men that can now speak a little Spanish and have racked up 8 college credit hour ~ way to go guys, you made it! My Daddy's Birthday tomorrow.
No picture thought for sharing today...

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Monday, August 03, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today...August 3, 2009
Outside my window...a sweet summer mist is hovering.

I am thinking...the next three weeks will pass too quickly and there is so much to be done before they slip away.

From the learning rooms...still cleaning out, throwing away, and selling. Does anyone know of a place to donate used curriculum? I would love to send books to someone that needs them or to someone who would be thankful to have them!! Paper work for children's activities must be completed in the next day or so.

I am thankful for...time away to rest and relax, Policy and Procedures Manual that is almost ready for the shelf, a man crew that remodeled the office bathroom from top to bottom (without me and while I was away playing over the weekend). They gutted, painted, tiled and installed all new fixtures. All that is left for me to get done are the finishing touches. These include art, toilet paper and paper towel holders, a small cabinet to hang on the wall and anything else I can think of. Thanks guys!

From the sauce, (no, it's not done yet) and I do not know what I will prepare this week.

I am wearing...jammies from the consignment shop and fit-flops I found for half price (I hope they work).

I am Bible, and The Yada-Yada Prayer Group.

I am hoping...this little cold I have is almost gone.

I am creating...a market bag and another knitted baby hat.

I am praying...for the person that will survey our facility (Please Lord, send someone that is kind and ethical), for baby Noah, a young couple getting married, for children~as they finish summer school and decisions are made about schedules and activities for the fall.

Around the house...things are lacking attention. Chores need defining and assigning. Schedules need to be made and preparations for the coming season of school and busyness need to be hammered out.

One of my favorite things...empanadas! A Spanish pastry filled with a ground beef mixture. I have eaten these since I was a child. I was able to share one with a sweet friend this past weekend.

A few plans for the rest of the week...finishing and shelving the P&P Manual, cleaning my mother and father in-laws house, starting and finishing paperwork for school and sports.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

homemade laundry soap

Please Note: this post is supposed to have pictures. I can not get them to load from my file onto blogger. Because this post was promised a couple of days ago, I am posting without pictures. I will come back and add them later.

Here it is....
Gather your supplies:
2 cups Baking Soda
2 cups Washing Soda (sold in grocery stores on the laundy soap aisle)
1/2 cup liquid castile soap (I use a very concentrated tea tree oil soap, but the recipe will work nicely with Bronner's liquid castile)
1 cup white vinegar

The above order is exactly how I place in my mixer.

I put baking soda and washing soda in mixer and turn on low. You will create a small chemical cloud, do NOT breathe it in.
Next, add the soap slowly and mix until blended.
Add vinegar slowly, so it bubbles only slightly.
As most home-schooling mothers know, vinegar and baking soda makes a nice volcano.

When it is mixed, the consistancy will be anything from pastey to mashed potatoes.

I can tell you from experience, know matter what you end up with, you will be able to use it. No waste here. I have used mine, when I did not blend the powders together well and had pebbles; to this time which is too wet, and still I always use what I have made.

Once mixed, allow to dry a little. At this point it wil be all in one clump. I use a pastry cutter and crumble it up. You could also use a fork, wooden spoon, your hand, whatever you want.

Place in glass jar for storage.
I use 2 Tablespoons for a front load washing machine, my mom uses 3 Tablespoons for a top load washer. We both have very soft water, I am sure if you have hard water you would need more.

I hope you enjoy your soap, and the money you save by making your own.
Please come back and share any tips you have, and how much you use for your washer.
~Jarnette, I am sorry this post took so long.~

Monday, July 27, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today...July 27, 2009

Outside my is cloudy and likely to rain this afternoon. I love this summer pattern of afternoon storms we are in. A little less lightning would be nice.

I am thinking...I must post the laundry soap recipe and instructions today.

From the learning out, throwing away, and selling. Does anyone know of a place to donate used curriculum? I would love to send some books someplace that needs them or to someone who would be thankful to have them!!

I am thankful for...friends that come to my rescue. Thank you Tara for helping.

From the kitchen...pilau (Minorcan rice and sausage dish) for the boys to take and share in Spanish class, homemade red sauce. I am going to post red sauce until I get it done.

I am wearing...jeans, t-shirt and flip flops. Jeans in the summer, it's been a lot of summers ago that I did this.

I am Bible, and The Yada-Yada Prayer Group. I wish I was reading for enjoyment. Right now I am mostly reading policies and procedures.

I am get another section of the policy and procedures manual completed for our business.

I am creating...A Policy and Procedures Manual for our business, patient exit survey, fire exit plans, etc, for accreditation.

I am praying...for the person that will survey our facility. Please Lord, send someone that is kind and ethical.

Around the house...much of our conversation is focused on the fall activities that we know are just around the corner. How will we make this work, seven people working, playing, eating and being together, all the while grasping to remain connected and a family?

One of my favorite things...the sound of music, created by my children, filling my house.

A few plans for the rest of the week...meetings, writing, purchasing textbooks, knitting and...The Beach!

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you...In The Still of Night.
Peggy is on vacation, but you can visit Grandmother Wren to see more Daybooks. Thank you ladies, for causing me to stop and reflect on what and where I am spending my time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

knitting and coffee

...During our beach trip last week.
Knitting seaside, while children laugh, run,
dig, and splash about.
A sweet relaxing time, no doubt.
Now, off to knitting at the coffee shop...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

For today, Monday July 20, 2009

Outside my is pitch black, raining, and I can hear the train in the distance. It is the wee hours of the morning, nearly 1:00 and I am sleepy but too many thoughts are racing through my mind.

I am thinking...about a first time Mama whose baby is in NICU on a ventilator (born Sunday, July 19th), friends that are getting divorced, a new Christian struggling with awful doctor reports. Life feels very heavy and yet the message from the pulpit was joy. The Lord new that "real joy" would be necessary this week.

From the learning rooms...closure is needed from the last school year and the rush of the new year is nudging it's way in.

From the kitchen...this week will include girls baking cookies, homemade red sauce (it must get done) and a check of the fig tree.

I am wearing...a denim skirt and sweet cotton top.

I am reading...The Yada Yada Prayer Group.

I am hoping...sleep will come soon!

I am creating...a knitted baby hat for Katie S.

I am praying...for all the people I am thinking about and several others I did not mention. I am asking God to keep me focused on Him and the work He has called me to in this season.

Around the house...children's dressers, closets, game cabinet, video cupboard, etc need purging and organizing.

One of my favorite things...when the piano tuner makes a visit to our house, the piano sounds better and the children stop complaining about how bad it sounds.

A few plans for the rest of the week...scheduling, accreditation preparations, ironing, cooking and resting.

Here's a picture thought I am sharing with you: a summer fruit salad served at a party I hosted this weekend and a second fruit salad served in the same bowl at Church Supper. Now, that was easy, and easy is good for the day of rest.

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