Monday, January 25, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY... January 25, 2010

Outside my window...
we are in a tornado warning and the rain is coming down in sheets.

I am thinking... about all the people I would like to visit in the hospitals, nursing homes or their homes. I know this is not the season of my life, but I wish I could.

I am thankful for... God's provision and the timing of it.

From the learning rooms... the usual subjects and increased consistency in History and Science.

From the kitchen... turkey, pilau, ribs, and anything else in the freezer. Our cow goes to market next weekend and Dad thinks the freezer may not be large enough to hold him.

I am wearing... jammies.

I am creating... studio space and one gigantic pile to donate to a charity garage sale.

I am going... to miss having a cow in the front pen. We have had goats for more than seven years; and we buy, sell, trade and kid them, but they do not have near the personality of our cow and pig.

I am reading... Sign of the Beaver, with Caleb.

I am hoping... everyone handles the cow going to market OK. This is the first time we have raised large livestock and then sent it to market. They have helped work chickens and my little farmer man has helped slaughter pigs at a friends farm, but he has spent a lot of time taking care of Stew (the cow).

I am praying for... the children of Haiti. Orphans are especially heavy on my heart. Parents that were recently told the adoption of their daughter would take another year brought here home last Thursday. Yet others that are willing have been told everything is on hold due to the paperwork chaos created by the earthquake.

Pondering these words... Grace is the undeserved favor of God shown to those who deserve His wrath. Grace is what I am focusing on this year. The grace of God I experience and then extended to my children and those around me. Grace is sometimes very hard to work through.

I am hearing... viola practice.

Around the house... I'm beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most items are in the rooms they should be and, by this time next week, I'm hoping to have finished organizing and started some spring cleaning. I hope to also have a list made so that I can start a little thrifting.

One of my favorite things... when a friend asks, "What size does Caleb where?" without having any idea that he needs jeans and black dress pants for orchestra. They fit perfectly and he is so happy.

A few plans for the rest of the week: I will be making 10 sheet cakes, the end of this week, for a large church function.

Here is picture thought I am sharing... digging out.
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quilt-n-mama said...

Tornado warning.... that is a regular happening in the spring in our part of the world, our kids love to play "tornado" but something unusual there I bet!
We just picked up a whole beef from the butcher that my husband bought from a local rancher, I'm glad for my small town locker where we can rent freezer drawer because it did not fit in our freezer! Good luck on yours:)
I too have been thinking about Haitian orphans, friends just got their twin boys and to their shock a little girl that were just starting to process as well! They went from a family of 5 to a family of 8 overnight!
Praying for you and that you have a great week!

quilt-n-mama said...

When Lenna was 4 months old, we spent 5 weeks in Kenya at Tenwek Hospital, Shawn did a rotation there. We lived in an apartment on the mission compound. He worked hard but learned a lot. We have friends who work there long term. We had a wonderful time, it was challenging with a tiny baby, but I spent my days with her strapped to me walking to surrounding villages with my house helper to visit her friends, going out with the public health team in a land rover on cow paths to do well baby and prenatal appointments and general health education, etc. We also got the chance to spend a few days on a small safari and then in Nairobi before we headed home.
I learned to cook a lot of traditional foods during that time because our house helper was a sweet African lady who would come help me with laundry, taught me to buy fresh meat at the little market and how to cook. Chapatis were a staple for us, we would often eat lunch in the little hospital staff cafeteria and they served chapatis every day:)
I'd love to see your recipe for Native Indian flat bread too! We also make a flat bread here at home that our exchange student from Kyrgyzstan taught us to make 2 years ago. The kids love it too!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Thanks for sharing about your day. Very sweet picture.


A Gracious Home said...

We have warnings all the time here and a lot of thunder storms. I have vision problems and had trouble reading the white on black. I love the picture you shared. Doylene

Seasons of Life said...

A studio...what fun that will be for you! All that organizing and purging is going to make that light shine all the brighter, as you will have a place to work on photography. =)

Gosh, didn't know that we had tornado warnings this morning, although the sheets of rain & wind definately woke me up. I always think of the tornados a few years ago that ripped through and took the lives of some that we knew.

Life on a farm...oh the memories that will bring and the character it will provide opportunity for - Stew being one of those opportunities.

Blessings my friend ~