Saturday, August 1

no need to pick daisy petals


August has arrived in all its summer glory. One side of my house is currently filled with wild daisies growing everywhere. I love it! 

The Scripture verse on the calendar is a wonderful blessing and I am going to add to it with the next verse — "The LORD bless and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you....and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace." ~ Numbers 6:24-26

I think it's important to add to the verse as a reminder that with the Lord's blessing and graciousness comes His peace.  It would be hard to get through the crazy days of living in this world without that inner peace that only comes through knowing Jesus.  

His blessing, His graciousness, His peace all are yours because of His great love for you.  No need to pick daisy petals while sing-songing "he loves me, he loves me not".  

HE LOVES YOU with an unchanging love!

What a great thought to start a new month!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, July 31

just try


It's not only Friday, but it's also the last day of July!  How did the happen?  Time to take on the challenge of writing for five minutes on one word, posting it without editing, linking it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, and leaving a word of encouragement behind on the link before yours.  This week's word is TRY. Ready? Set? WRITE!

::try::

There is just something about that leap of faith that it takes to try something new.   Something that is outside your comfort zone.  Something that will s-t-r-e-t-c-h every single part of you.  Don't fear it!  TRY it!


My leap of faith of trying something new this summer involved that long skinny  streak that popped up on our horizon as we were driving toward it.

The Manitou Incline Trail.

It is only one mile long, but it is the longest mile I've ever experienced in my entire life!  This trail goes 2,000 feet vertically in that mile with about 2,000 unevenly spaced steps made by railroad ties.  

It was a upward journey with four other family members, three who went up the trail quickly as they knew the "time" they had to beat from when previous family members had done this feat.  My devoted committed trail companion was my sweet daughter-in-law and her dog as she too was taking on the challenge for the very first time despite living close to the trail throughout her life. We determined we were not doing it to compete in "time" like those other crazy family members; we just simply wanted to make it to the top.  


OH.MY.GOODNESS.

I wanted to die.  

The determination to try something new was physically going to kill me.

And then I began a recording in my mind - one step, Lord....one step, Lord....one step, Lord.....one step, Lord. And all those one steps took me to the top!


Not only had I made it to the top, but I had the additional blessing of a bonding experience with my daughter-in-law as she fought right alongside me from the first step to the last step.  We had conquered the trail - or was it trial? - together!

This challenge was such a good reminder to me about the times in life that are also so so sooooo hard emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. You think you absolutely cannot take another step in any direction.  Just keep taking one step at a time and you can completely trust that the Lord will help you do it!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy  ~@~

Thursday, July 30

Daybooking in July


For today, July 30th

Ahhhh, Pikes Peak!

Outside my window....I'm missing this view from our time in Colorado earlier this month.

I am thinking....about how I missed daybooking in June and am about to miss daybooking in July.  But hey, it's never toooo late, right?  The calendar still says July!

family enjoying lake time

I am thankful....for an incredible stretch of perfectly warm summer days to enjoy right now.  Wish we could save them and bring them back in the middle of January!


one of my new flip flops being used for hail size comparison this month

I am wearing....a green tank top and an old grubby pair of shorts as I'm headed out to the garden as soon as I'm done posting my daybook.

I am creating....a list of tasks for the month of August as that is always my "crunch" month of too many things to do with too little time and I really don't want to forget anything.

the acorn squash being invaded by an army of weeds behind it

I am going....to attempt to finally get all the garden weeding done this week. Our vacation time and then family home really threw off that task and it's taking forever to get caught up.   

I am wondering....where exactly the ground wasp's nest is after receiving a nasty sting last week.


one of my recent reads from the library

I finished reading two books this past month...."Dear Mr. Knightley" by Katherine Reay and "The Atonement Child" by Francine Rivers.

I am hoping....to get back into my daily walking routine. Fortunately there's been more swimming and biking to do lately which helps keep me moving.

I am learning....that if I pick one little spot in the house to work on cleaning each day, gradually it will all get done. After living in this house for over 35 years, there's just a lot of stuff that needs to be gone through and tossed out, especially as kids grow up and move out.

new yellow bean plants

In my garden....the veggies that I replanted came up quickly and are catching up to the rest just as quickly.

In my kitchen....the fan is going a lot more these days and the oven is being used a lot less.

In the homeschool room....our curriculum for the fall is getting ordered.  I'm going to try a new math program for my high schooler.

A quote I'm pondering today....and I don't know who it belongs to but I love it - "The Bible is meant to be BREAD for daily life and not CAKE for special occasions."

yummy goodness

A peek into one of my days....will find me starting the day with a smoothie each morning.

One of my favorite things....is a breeze blowing through the windows at bedtime on a summer night.

From the board room.... 

another great way to use scrap fabric  ~ pot holders

Source:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/121878733643030634/

Post script (this is where you will find a link that I found and simply wanted to pass along)....I am passing along a link from my daughter-in-law who made her own laundry detergent.  Everything has been purchased, so we'll be trying it, too!

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating in the July daybook or write a journal yourself, stop over at Peggy's at The Simple Woman's Daybook

Blessings,
Tammy

Saturday, July 25

top ten

(This was written yesterday, then life interrupted before posting.....)



It's been a long time since I've done this, so it's time for a quick write on one word for five minutes, no editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, and leave an encouraging word behind on the fellow writer before you. This week's word is TEN.  Ready?  Set?  WRITE!

::ten::

I have one primary thing on my mind right now and that is catching up on a garden that has gotten out of control.  Oh, the vegetables are all doing much better now that the weather has warmed up and the rain has fallen, but the weeds?  Ohhhh, good golly, they are going crazy.  At least they are big like the vegetable plants making them easier to pull out right now.  So, here's the top ten things that grow the best in my garden (in no particular order) with the climate and shorter growing season that we have here:

carrots

beans

peas

spinach

kale

beets

cucumbers

squash

tomatoes

potatoes

YUM!  I cannot wait to be eating lots of fresh veggies from the garden.  In the meantime, we are enjoying fresh produce that comes in to our local farm market.  


This past week I picked up 20 pounds of fresh blueberries! They were plump, flavorful, and beyond amazing!  I hope you, too, are able to enjoy the fresh foods of the season!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 23

the days of July



A new month!  Wait a minute.  It used to be a SOOOO BUSY over the past few weeks with vacation time, family time, garden time, work time.  These longer daylight summer days keep me GOING!  

Let's look at the verse for July: "A friend loves at all times...." ~ Proverbs 17:17a  

Friends.  There sure are a lot of categories of friends, aren't there?  They range between those who you know at a surface level to those who are deeply part of your heart with lots of them in-between.

This verse instructs us to be the kind of loyal friend who will be there not just during the sunny times, but will stand with you through the storms of life, too. They don't go running when your flaws are revealed, but their devotion remains strong during those critical times of learning and growing.  It requires living the hardest kind of love out there - unconditional love.  

How thankful I am for JESUS who is the perfect example of a friend!  His love is beyond our comprehension abundant as He walks by our side through every step of life.  May His love for us overflow into the lives of our friends!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Friday, June 19

be that tree


Reading a bit out of God's word tonight, I ran across this passage in the middle of the chapter I was reading:

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.  He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit." ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8

Having written this morning about how not to fear, here was the confirmation tonight of the key ingredient so that you do not fear - TRUST IN THE LORD.  It may feel like the very hardest thing to do at the moment, but He's there.  He isn't going to leave you.  Take a deep breath and trust Him!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

fear not


Seriously, this month is busy and flying by!  Time to catch my breath by a little writing this morning.  Write for five minutes. No editing or changing this or that.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Be sure to visit the link before yours to leave behind a word of encouragement.  The word for today is FEAR.  Ready? Set? WRITE!

a deer without fear as she grazes on delicious clover right outside my window

::fear::

Years ago I learned an acronym for 'fear' that has stuck with me and I've used  it over and over again:

F - False
E - Evidence
A - Appearing
R - Real

Realize that 99.something of things you fear and worry about never happen.  So when something comes us in your life that makes you feel fear — whether big or little — it's best to address it immediately with a few questions:  

What do I fear?

Why do I fear it?

Is it a valid real fear?

What is the worst that could happen?

AND, could I handle the worst that could happen?

We often don't like to look straight into the face of the worst that could happen, do we? However, the reality is that when we know Jesus, we know we have someone who will walk through it with us no matter what it is or how bad it could be. He will never leave us or forsake us.  He will be there.  And that's better than any pinky promise EVER!  Knowing that fact deep down in your heart replaces the fear of the moment with His peace.  

Once you've done that, then witnessed a scenario play out involving whatever the fear was, and what you thought may happen didn't even come close to happening, then you'll be glad you addressed the fear quickly and spent more time resting in God's peace.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, June 1

find the still


"He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul." ~ Psalm 23:2b-3a

This struck me as an interesting Scripture for this month. Why?  Because June  is always such a busy month of the year for me.  The outdoors has come alive in green all around with garden and flower planting the main time consumer.  School is wrapping up.  Other outdoor activities become a priority with the increased daylight increasing ALL activities.  It's a go go go kind of month.

Ahhhh!  That is perhaps why we need to more intentionally seek still waters during this month. It's easy to squeeze Him out during a time of packing our schedules to the fullest.  But how important it is to be spiritually refreshed and to have our souls restored in the midst of a busy time.  We need His strength and guidance for our days to follow where He leads because it is so easy for us to go where the world is pulling us which tends to be all over the place as everything looks inviting this time of the year.  

Take time to seek the still waters....He's leading you there if you just take a moment to listen!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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