Saturday, May 2

shine



The verse for the merry month of May is — "Shine, because your light has come." ~ Isaiah 60:1  

How thankful I am to know Jesus!  Knowing Jesus allows you to shine His light wherever you go in whatever the season.  I personally think it's easier to shine His light in months like May because spring coming seems to make everyone smile and the warm weather and sunshine really does put a spring in your walk!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 1

slipping under the door


It's not only Friday, but also the first day of May! Yippppeeee! Time to write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Visit the link before yours and leave behind a word of encouragement. Today's word is DOOR.  Ready? Set? WRITE!

::door::

Last night while praying with my youngest, I heard some odd noises in the kitchen.  Stepping out of her room, I went over to the wall to turn on the lights in the kitchen and saw the cat pawing in the corner.  Coming closer, I saw that he was playing with a mouse and I responded as I usually do when startled — with a scream and a shout  — "MOUSE IN THE HOUSE!"

My youngest daughter's bedroom door slammed shut at my battle cry and another daughter came running to the kitchen. As we were quickly plotting a strategy to catch it, the cat's play turned into the mouse racing down the hallway....AND....miraculously slipping under the bedroom door of my youngest daughter which was followed by a continuous screaming.  

We launched into the room and immediately began searching every nook and cranny to find the mouse.  Absolutely no success.  We pulled out everything under her bed — a great reminder that THIS is definitely an area that needs spring cleaning! — and still no mouse. No mouse under the dresser. No mouse that could be spotted inside her closet.  A lost mouse making it a scary place for a little girl to sleep.  So, I gathered up a mouse trap to place in her bedroom, closed the bedroom door, and completely covered the space under the bedroom door so there could be no escape.  And we all went to bed with my youngest sleeping with mom.

Thinking about it this morning, there's a great spiritual lesson that has often proven true in life.  Don't slip under a door that God has closed in your life.  You'll find yourself lost and in a scary place.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 29

Daybooking in April


For today, April 29th

Outside my window....the skies are clear with stars popping everywhere, the spring peepers are peeping, and the moon is headed toward full.

I am thinking....about how to spend my summer vacation time.

I am thankful....for my children who I love to the moon and back.

I am wearing....an old t-shirt and jeans that were my after work raking attire.

I am creating....a quilt for a grandson that I'm cutting blocks and strips for and changing the design as I go.  It will be interesting to see what the quilt looks like when I'm finished.   

I am going....to look through my rubbermaid container that holds all my garden seeds to see what I need to purchase this spring.

I am wondering....how we will fit everything that my daughter took to college in the fall PLUS everything she has purchased throughout the school year back into our small car when she finishes up in a couple of weeks.

I am reading...."Your Beautiful Purpose" by Susie Larson

I am hoping....not to catch the nasty cold that is going around right now.

I am learning....that the battle is the Lord's and not mine.  

In my garden....the snow is finally all gone and it will soon be time for the first good tilling of the season.

In my kitchen....is a stack of dirty dishes.  Tis the season of more time outside than inside these days.

In the homeschool room....we are down to the last few weeks of schooling!

A favorite quote for today...."Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time." ~ Oswald Chambers

A peek into one of my days....


In the land of brown and dried leaves, a batch of daffodils were spotted today while raking which brightened my day.

One of my favorite things....is hearing my grands say "I love you, Bummy". 

From the board room....
Summer vintage floral gift tags
Source: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/121878733642238240/

Post script(this is where you will find a link that I found and simply wanted to pass along)....good stuff HERE about waiting. 

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating in the end of April daybook or write a journal yourself, there's still a couple of days left in this month to stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~






Saturday, April 25

rooting for flowers

Many years ago I tried the save your geraniums thing, but really had no idea what I was doing resulting in an epic fail.

This past fall a friend of mine shared about saving her geraniums and I was all ears.  I had already cleaned up most of my flowers for the year, but had six smaller geraniums still in planters and thought they'd work well for this experiment.

All the geraniums were pulled out of the dirt, all the dirt was shaken off their roots, and they were put upside down inside a covered box that I put downstairs in my food pantry for the winter.  About once a month or so, the box was opened up and I water misted all the roots.


This week I brought the box of geraniums up to the kitchen and snipped all the tops off the plants.


Then I took all the roots and soaked them in water for around 24 hours.


All six were planted in their own little pots and I'll keep them by a sunny window.  There was quite a bit of green inside of some of the stems so I'm feeling kind of optimistic that it will work this time.

The one lesson I've already learned doing this is the next time I need to tag each plant with the color of the flower since I have no idea what color each one of these is.  Oh well, I guess I'll find out sooner or later.

Stay tuned!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, April 24

hide the calendar

Friday always arrives with a rush, but I'm not complaining.  It feels good to have the weekend before me.  But first it's time to write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it. Link it up with the community of writers found at Kate's Five Minute Friday  And be sure to visit the link before yours leaving a word of encouragement behind.  The word for today is HIDE.  Ready?  Set?  GO!

::hide::

Thinking back to my younger days, I recall all the things that were planned and put on a calendar.  There was a definite sense of how I saw the days playing out as well as a solid idea of what the future held.  Events yet to come already had a sense of the possible memories they'd hold. 

Then life happened.  

As I look back, all the time spent planning and envisioning the future — in my mind — were changed during specific events that changed the course of my life story.  Of course, I didn't recognize any of that at the time, but can see it more clearly now.  Hindsight.  There's the sense of "if only I had known then what I know now".  Then again, all of those life course changes made me who I am today as well as establishing a faith in God that wouldn't have happened any other way.  

"Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that will prevail." ~ Proverbs 19:21

It reminds me of the saying about writing all your plans in pencil remembering that God has the eraser.  Better yet, hide the calendar and ask Him to lead your day.  Be open to the moments He has for you with a flexibility in your plans for His purposes.  All the details of our life stories really are part of His sovereign plan and He'll provide the grace to live through them, especially when life isn't happening the way you envisioned.....

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, April 22

eight is only a date

a cupcake from my grandson's first birthday

Today marks a blog anniversary - EIGHT years of writing in this space!

However, that is all the hoopla you'll hear this year with no cheers or giveaways as it only feels like a date on the calendar like any other day.

As life has gotten busier and in many ways more complicated, finding time to write and maintain a blog has become a challenge.  Less writing here means fewer readers here.  My outlets for writing are in different places now and when it comes to pondering,  I find myself journaling in a notebook with a favorite pen or pencil.  

Blogging will still randomly happen here.   However, it won't be because I feel like I should or have to write something in this space, but because I want to write something that seems worthy of sharing with others (or is perhaps just plain fun to talk about!)

Instead, I want to focus on connecting with my family, having coffee with my friends, serving compassionately in ministry, and loving my Jesus as He grows my faith every day.  Life is short and precious and needs to be lived to the fullest every moment.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, April 17

tomorrow

A week ago the weather was a'strugglin', but this Friday I can say with a bit more confidence that spring has sprung.  Time to spring into action with some fast writing.  Write for five minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday.  Take a few minutes to visit the link before yours (or several of the links before yours) and leave behind an encouraging comment.  Today's word is TOMORROW!  Ready?  Set?  Go!

::tomorrow::

Spring has arrived which means I can travel again! Yippeeeee!  And I can hardly wait to hit the road.  Tomorrow I will be four hours away from home as family and friends gather together to celebrate my youngest grandchild's first birthday!

What?  First birthday?  

It's seems like yesterday that I was with family running a 5K race at midnight when I received a text that my daughter-in-law was in labor.  Suddenly this early bird was no longer challenged by running in the dark at such a late hour.  In fact, it was hard to attempt to sleep after the race knowing the newest family member was about to arrive.  What an absolute delight it was to hear that my grandson had arrived safe and sound and wonderfully healthy!

I wish I lived closer to be able to spend more time with him, but have been blessed by the times I have seen him plus today's technology brings with it  all the pictures and videos that warm my heart.  Tomorrow, however, I will be watching him smile and toddle and climb and eat birthday cake in person and will finally get to kiss those little cheeks again!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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