Friday, October 31

leave this month

Today's Five Minute Free Write is a part of the regular Five Minute Friday.  If you are a writer and would like to join in, it's really quite simple to do.   Write for five minutes on the word of the day.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday Read the post before yours and be sure to leave an encouraging note behind.  This Friday, Kate has a special giveaway - three different books are available so be sure to check it out!  The word for today is LEAVE.  Ready?  Set? Write!


Leave this month behind with a sense of accomplishment!

That is, *IF* you participated in the 31 Days of Writing in October and this is the 31st entry of the month for you.  It really is quite hard to believe that this is the last day of the challenge.  I hesitated even beginning this on October 1st knowing that it would definitely be hard to write here every day. And yet, the days have flown by.  The simplicity of using the word of the day chosen by Kate and only needing to write a minimal amount really was perfect for me.   It was actually enjoyable and I had fun checking out the word for the day each day. 

However, since I determined before I began that there's no way I could come up with my own theme for 31 days and did go with Kate's Five Minute Free Writes, I decided to give myself a specific challenge for each day.  Did any of my regular readers figure it out?

It has been a wonderful time of kindling some writing after a long spell of lifeless words, but it really is time to move onto the new essays of November as October takes leave.


Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 31

Thursday, October 30



First thing to do when your eyes open in the morning is to greet the Lord.  

It only takes a few moments to commit your day and whatever it holds as you place the day and your life into His Hands.  And often you only have a few moments to do that since many days begin fast and furious, especially if you have babies or toddlers or kids to tend to as soon as the sun is up (or even sooner than that in most cases!).

Why?  Because of this saying that has been going around the internet for quite awhile:  

Be the kind of woman who, when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, "Oh no, she's up!"

Yup, get your day going in the strength and might of the Lord so that at the end of the day — no matter what happened from the moment you got out of bed until you climb back into bed — you can thank the Lord for all of it.

It really is a great habit to get into - make the Lord first!

Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 30

Wednesday, October 29



Unite all virtues with love.

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothes yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."~Colossians 3:12-14

How much unity comes among people when the opposite virtues are present — mercilessness, harshness, pridefulness, hardness, restlessness, unforgiveness?  The suffix "ness" on each word indicates that the word is in that state or quality. Who would want a life filled with those qualities? 

Plus it seems it would be very hard to wrap love around those qualities with a desire to unite.

Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 29

Tuesday, October 28



Wake up early morning to the sound of the cat hacking up a hairball.  It's really earlier than you want to get out of bed, yet you don't want to turn on the lights to see exactly where it is because then for sure you'll be wide awake.  So instead you try to go back to sleep only you can't really go back to sleep because your mind is wondering exactly where the hairball is on your bedroom floor and you really don't want to step on it when you do wake up and crawl out of bed.  By this time you are busy trying to get your mind not to think about the hairball, so you start thinking about something else which really gets your mind busy.  Determining that you've wasted 45 minutes in bed with this whole silly hacking up a hairball episode, you finally throw off the covers and carefully step over to the bathroom where you can turn on the dimmer light switch so you peer back into the bedroom.  Aha!  Grabbing the hairball with a kleenex and  a bit of thankfulness that it isn't one of those sloppy gooey ones, it's swiftly tossed into the garbage and the dimmer light switch is now off with a quick dash back into bed.

Before you say a comfy ahhhhhhh, the clock tells you it's time to arise and wake......

Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 28

Monday, October 27



Free no more.

Ohhhh, he thought he was free as perhaps some of his former relatives did, too, as they roamed this new land with delights unheard of in their short lifetime.  But they were wandering in a land that did not welcome them because their freedom often left behind unwanted destruction.

Soooo, we leave for a few days and return home to his capture having missed the sound of the SNAP!

Yes, another mouse has met his demise within the house.  For the record, I believe the cat is up to four or five mice caught and I think my mouse trap is at two or three.  As you can see, I'm not a very good record keeper perhaps because I'm surprised by the number of mice in the house this fall.  I have no idea where they are getting in and am quite certain the cat and I will continue to be diligent in reducing their house population to zero.

Yes, the grass always looks greener inside the house, but if you're a mouse you need to stay outside in the green where the living is free.

Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 27

Daybooking in October

For October 27th

Outside my window.....the sun is setting somewhere behind all those clouds.

I am thinking.....about Christmas.  Is it really going to be here in two months?  The thought is overwhelming to me.

I am thankful.....for good traveling weather.

I am khaki pants, a light blue top, and a dark brown hoodie sweatshirt over it.

I am hearing.....water running as my youngest is doing the supper dishes.

I am wondering.....if I'm allergic to something in the fall air?  I certainly sneeze a lot.

I am creating.....a sketch of an office layout.

I am unpack everything from my weekend travels and get prepared for the morning.

I am still reading....."Grace" by Max Lucado

I am praying.....for a friend whose husband recently passed away.

I am much I dislike the darkness of night that arrives before suppertime.

I am send off a package to someone this week.

On my how we really don't understand grace to actually live in grace.

From the learning rooms.....I'm enjoying hearing all the facts my 6th grader likes to share at the end of the day. What a sponge she is!

I am learning....that we can live in the pit of brokenness forever OR we can claim the healing that God's redemption brings us and live as a new creation in Him.

Noticing that.....the woods looks so bare.

I am looking forward to.....see if I can pull off the "wintering geraniums" trick.  

Pondering these words....."Discernment is NOT knowing the difference between right and wrong.  It IS knowing the difference between right and ALMOST right." ~ C.H. Spurgeon

From the kitchen.....I'll be throwing the turkey carcass into a pot of simmering water and veggies to make some soup broth for the winter.

Around the house....we are slowly putting away the flip flops and shorts and  instead we're digging out boots and warm mittens.

One of my favorite eating warm fresh applesauce in the fall. 

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include work tomorrow, Bible study night, finishing up a pile of thank you notes, and working on cleaning up our toy room.

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

The pinks of fall.

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

Tammy ~@~

Sunday, October 26



Visit church when you are out of town.

It would have been easy to skip church this morning since we weren't home, aren't used to getting little kids ready to go anymore, and it would mean going to Sunday school where we didn't know anyone.  However, we were up for the challenge even though the night before had been a restless one and the morning came too soon.  

Running a tad bit behind, we managed to get everyone where they needed to be and we not only enjoyed worship with fellow believers, but the Sunday school time afterwards.  I'm sooooo glad we didn't choose one or more reasons not to go because it truly was a time of blessing.

So, if you find yourself in another location on a Sunday morning, don't let the enemy talk you out of worship because you are certain to come away encouraged by a local church visit!

Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 26

Saturday, October 25



Enjoy life before it passes by too quickly!

It's nice to take a break from all the busyness and just hang out. That's what I'm doing for a long weekend as I spend time babysitting for three of my grandkids.  The traveling to do this was well worth it as the weather is absolutely gorgeous here for this late in the fall.  We've done a lot of outside  time — playing in the sandbox, swinging on the playground, chalk drawing on the sidewalk, and we even took a walk over to the library for the children's storyhour this morning.  I love listening to the chitter chatter of these little ones and realize how much I miss this age of curiosity and their simple viewpoint of the world around them.  It's like a breath of fresh air and I feel blessed to have this special time with them.  

Make sure you take a break from all that keeps you busy in life to soak in some time doing things you enjoy!

Tammy ~@~

*Participating in Five Minute Free Writes
  October 2014 - Day 25
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