Saturday, May 31

hello and good-bye

Another very cool spring day here with overcast skies. My day will be spent learning to be a soccer coach as I attend a training. I've cheered from the sidelines for years, so it will be interesting to see how I do from the other side of the field. At least the weather is consistent with the weather of autumn when we'll be doing a bulk of our soccer playing. Brrrrrr!

My evening will be spent enjoying dinner with my husband as we celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. We will be meeting with another couple who were also married 28 years ago today. We found out about that fact several years ago on our anniversary when we ran into these friends at the same restaurant. Tonight as we meet there again, it will be a bittersweet evening. We will rejoice and celebrate the reason we are together, but are saddened, too, as they are all packed up to move several states away.

A day of saying hello to learning something new and saying good-bye to something familiar and loved.

What's your plans for the day?

Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 30


Although my garden hasn't been planted yet, there is always a special treat growing in the back corner as soon as the snow is gone and the weather warms up. Rhubarb! So last week for our Bible study treat, I baked a fresh rhubarb-strawberry pie. YUM! Here's the simple recipe I always use:

Fresh Rhubarb-Strawberry Pie

Pastry for a 9 inch two-crust pie
1 2/3 cups sugar
1/3 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel (optional)
2 heaping cups rhubarb, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 heaping cups strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons butter

Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare pastry. Mix sugar, flour, and orange peel (if using) in one bowl. In a separate bowl, stir the rhubarb and strawberries together and then put half into the pastry lined pan. Sprinkle with half of the sugar mixture. Place the remainder of the rhubarb-strawberries on top and cover with the remainder of the sugar mixture. Dot with butter. Cover with the top crust, seal, and slit the top with your knife. (you can lightly sprinkle sugar on the top crust, if desired). Cover the edge of the pie crust with foil to prevent excess browning, removing it the last 15 minutes of baking. Bake until the crust is lightly brown and the juice begins to bubble through the slits in the crust, about 40 to 50 minutes. ( I will typically put the pie on a small pizza pan to bake as the pie juices often bubble over onto my oven floor which makes a smoky oven for weeks to come!) Serve warm with vanilla ice cream! YUM!

Hope you are enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables in this early gardening season!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 29

r u ok?

A recent article in the newspaper talked about today's youth and how text messaging was affecting their literacy. Their spelling abilities were noticeably declining due to the abbreviations and acronyms they commonly used in today's communication via cell phones or computers.

Over the weekend we were talking about some of the abbreviations that youth are using and which I've noticed popping up on Facebook as I visit some of the high schoolers pages. YIKES! No, you won't find me repeating them here as I would have to censor them all with *beep* *beep* and *beep* But our conversation got interesting as my own youth talked about occasionally using these acronyms and justifying it because you weren't really saying the words that they stood for, and in fact, you didn't even think about the words they stood for as you used the acronyms. It was just something that everyone said. YIKES again! No, I'm not hearing them used in our conversations, but they apparently use them online. One son also stated that everyone who knows him knows he wouldn't ever use those actual words because of his testimony. Hello? Doesn't just using the acronyms say something about your testimony? Needless to say, we all went round and round in this conversation.

And I kept coming back to this Scripture: "You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I will tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken." ~ Matthew 12:34-36

For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. Period.

Another reminder for my youth: "Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." ~ 2 Timothy 2:22

For out of the overflow of the pure heart the mouth speaks. Period.

And it was a good reminder for this mom. Although I don't use many acronyms online, I can still speak careless words in my daily life. What's in my heart?

May your words be as pleasant as honeycomb in your garden today!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 28

the continuing cold

Last week I caught a cold. Others in my family caught a cold.

This week I still have this cold. Others in my family still have this cold.

Can I say UGH?!

Colds throw everything out of balance. Especially the kind of colds that require lots of nose blowing and coughing.

Can I say UGH again?!

My eating is off. My exercising is off. My sleeping is off. My energy level is off. And I just want it to go away :::sigh:::

I've been taking supplements in hopes I can shorten the life span of this cold, but they haven't been making much of a difference. I took naps over the weekend to get more rest, but only feel like I need more rest. I'm staying away from foods that bog down my system, well, except for that ice cream last night. I dunno.

Oh, wait a minute. I just thought of something. I haven't been praying specifically for myself and my health. I pray for everyone else's health, but mine?

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." ~ Romans 12:12

Hmmm, this cold has kept me from being joyful, I'm losing my patience with it, and I haven't prayed about it. Nothing like God's Word to get a person back on track, eh? Time to capture the best remedy for a cold and return to Living Well!

May you be found joyful, patient, and faithful in your Living Well journey today!

To follow the lives of other Living Well women, please go HERE

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 27

it's all about coffee

Having spent the long weekend away with all our family, I was really looking forward to a cup of coffee while sitting at my desk doing my devotions as I woke up at my usual early time. ALAS! We had put our coffee maker on vacation and forgot to tell it we were home! We've been patiently waiting for it to work, but I don't *hear* it working like it usually does. I do hope it's just my lack of patience this morning and not a situation of a broken coffee maker as I am rather in the mood of saying, "hand over my cup of coffee and no one will get hurt".

Yes, it's been a few days away and I think I may need a good cup of coffee to kick into gear. Not just for the caffeine, but for the warmth. It's in the 30's and the house feels brrrr cold. I just checked the weather forecast and it doesn't look that great, so I may hold off planting the garden this week. Nothing will grow if the ground hasn't warmed up and I'm not sure it could have warmed up with the cold spring we've had this year. It doesn't even pay to plant in my flowerbeds yet as we are still under frost advisories which would mean bringing in plants or covering them every night.

Goodness, I'm starting to feel a little cranky as I sit here in the coldness. Time to check the coffee maker again.....

Tammy ~@~

P.S. It was a wonderful weekend :-) How was yours?

Friday, May 23

a good laugh

"A good laugh is sunshine in a house." ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

A long weekend is ahead and this particular long weekend is one which our whole family traditionally comes together. There will be some driving through the day, some driving through the night. But all with the same destination. HOME :-) I wish I could make the words jump up and down because that is how excited I am to have all of our family hanging out together for so many days!

Yes, sunshine will fill the rooms as laughter is a main ingredient of our gatherings. And I hear that laughter is good medicine, so I hope it will chase this cold right away!

Due to our family time, I am going to take a long weekend blog break and will be back here on Tuesday. I hope that you, too, have special plans for this weekend in your garden! Enjoy!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 22

a doozy woozy time


A couple of weeks ago my husband had a dry scratchy throat thing going on which never developed into much. He got better and that was the end of the story.


So when I had a dry scratchy throat start on Monday I never thought much about it. Never thought much about it on Tuesday either. Just took some extra vitamin C. Started thinking much more seriously about it on Wednesday as it began changing and by nightfall I had a raging cold thing going on. A real doozy of a cold. Headache, running nose, cough, scratchy throat, itchy ears, burning eyes. YIKES!


Feeling worse than I have in a kazillion billion years and realizing how prideful I was for saying that *I* never got sick, I broke down and took some cold medicine so I would be able to sleep through the night. And I slept well. All night. Until morning.


There's certain cold medicines I avoid because I don't like how they make me feel. The one I took I've never had problems with before. Until this morning. I was so woozy I could hardly walk to the bathroom. Not being able to tell which felt worse - the actual cold or the side effects from the cold medicine - I went back to bed until about a half an hour ago.


Yes, it was shocking for the kids to see mom in bed at such an hour. They knew it had to be bad!

But I just ate some toast while reading a bit online and I think I will attempt to take a shower and then see how I feel. There's too many things to be done today for me to be in bed. And if you are a mother you understand that......

Hope your garden day is sunny and WELL!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 21

only your hairdresser knows?

My initial resistance to getting my hair cut from long to short was two-fold. First, I was afraid that I'd have a hairstyle that would need a lot of daily putzing which I didn't have time for and instead preferred a wash and go style. That concern was immediately taken care of when my gentle waving long hair became the natural curly short hair which has been so easy to manage. My second concern was the need for regular haircuts to keep the shape of the cut which has been a minor thing to deal with since I can unprofessionally trim my bangs if they get too crazy in my face and the rest can wait until I see my hairdresser. In other words, when my oldest daughter and I get together and she cuts my hair :-)

While I was able to spend some time over at my daughter's place last week, she took some time and gave me a much needed haircut. But before we even got to that part, as we were walking from our cars outdoors to the door of the salon where she works, she made me stop. She ran her fingers through my hair. And a comment like, "Oh, Mom!" came out of her mouth. Goodness, I was afraid of what she was going to say next! She told me that she had to stop and actually look at my hair to see if what she was seeing was just the sunlight on many blonder hairs or if it was....actually....gray. Well, now more than just my hairdresser knows. You know now, too, that I have more gray coming into my hair.

How did that happen? I still *feel* young. People tell me that I look like one of my kids. I can't be getting THAT old, can I? YIKES!

Of course, she enjoys working with hair and would LOVE to do some highlights or lowlights or whateverlights to make these grays a little less noticeable. But you know what? I'm comfortable with these changes in my hair. I believe that I'm taking good care of myself and by doing so hope to say I'm aging gracefully. Isn't that part of Living Well, too?

After all, it is not what is on the outside, but it is what is on the inside that counts. And that matter was confirmed to me this morning when during our devotions our Old Testament chapter was First Samuel 16. It tells about Samuel as he traveled to Bethlehem to find Jesse and to anoint one of Jesse's sons as the next king of Israel. Every son who was seen as a possibility by Samuel was turned down by the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel in verse 7b: "Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

Ah yes, the heart. The gray hairs are meaningless. What holds meaning to God is the condition of my heart. Is it actively seeking God daily? Is it spending time with Him in His Word, in prayer, in worship? Is it seeking to be so filled by Him so that He can overflow from my heart into the lives of others? Those are the kinds of words I need to meditate on regularly to be Living Well.

How about you? How's your Living Well journey going this week? Are the gray hairs bringing you down or is the Lord lifting you up?

To follow the journey of other Living Well participants, go HERE where Lori is hosting the day while Darlene is enjoying a cruise :-)

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 20

a new trick

Yup, this old dog is at it again. I'm learning a new trick.

It's called Facebook.

Yup, you're reminding me that Facebook isn't new, but it's certainly new to me!

Nope, I didn't actually sign up for it. My daughter and daughter-in-law conspired to sign me up. They had a picture and all the necessary information to make my profile. Then they sent me the password. They knew I'd have fun there, and, well, I'm having LOTS of fun there. Probably way more fun that a busy mother should be having when she has many many responsibilities to be taking care of at home! YIKES!

The surprising thing is that there's lots of older folks there like myself which shows how Facebook has evolved. My friends are a, people my age, people the same age as my older kids who know them and have asked to be my friend, and even junior and senior high kids from church. That variety makes it a fun social connection as we chitter chatter :-)

I'm sure the novelty will wear off and the boundaries I've needed to set for computer time will be able to be monitored less (yes, sometimes I need to police myself as this stuff does get addictive, doesn't it?!).

Ah, yes, you're never too old to learn something new......

Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 19

one year

One year ago today we were up and going in the morning as we had a mission to tackle. My husband and I plotted our trip to all the various people who had offered their lilac bushes to be generously cut of their bountiful flowers. Flowers which were an awesome answer to prayer!

Lilacs. Lots of lilacs.

For you see my oldest daughter was getting married on this day and had chosen a date in May because she had hopes to have lilacs for her wedding. The problem we foresaw was that the date for the wedding had to be mid-May which would be very early for lilacs in our area. Very early. As she planned her wedding colors around that theme, we began praying. Spring came early and we continued to pray. I watched the lilac bushes like a hawk as did my friends. As we got down to the final week my knees were weak as I considered the price we would have to pay to purchase lilacs if the local ones didn't blossom in time.

Lilacs. Lots of lilacs.

By the end of the week we were getting calls from people who said their lilacs were opening! I cannot tell you how glorious it was to hear those words! And our hearts and lips were praising God constantly!

Lilacs. Lots of lilacs.

So off my husband and I went on our lilac cutting journey. Each bush we stopped by had lilacs in just the right stage. Some friends even offered ladders to get those high perfect flowers. We filled large buckets and my husbands theme was "I think we have enough" and my reply was always "just a few more!" Then it began raining a bit which definitely ended my lilac cutter's enthusiasm, so we headed to church and filled several vases there. From there we went to the reception place and dropped off all our buckets of lilacs. Wonderful friends filled large vases for each reception table. The scent in the air at both the church and reception hall was absolutely gloriously fragrant!

But there was one final bush to cut from which stood outside my daughter's window through her growing up years. This bush had lilacs which were barely open. And these lilacs were given a special vase that was my mom's and were placed specially in the church up on the altar.

Lilacs. Lots of lilacs.

God faithfully answered our prayers with an incredible amazing abundance of lilacs!

As I look outside my window right now, I can see that big old lilac bush outside my daughter's bedroom. The leaves are barely opening and it will be awhile before we get to the flower stage. After Memorial Day weekend, for sure.

Just a reminder that God still is in the business of performing miracles, even if it is in such a simple thing as the timing of flowers. Always remember that....

And happy first anniversary to my daughter and her wonderful husband!

Tammy ~@~

new or old

Whether you are a new homeschooler or an old homeschooler (I don't mean in age, I mean in years of homeschooling!), stop over at Heart of the Matter today to read my article about encouragement :-)

Tammy ~@~

Sunday, May 18

praising on this day

"Praise opens the window of our hearts, preparing us to walk more closely with God. Prayer raises the window of our spirit, enabling us to listen more clearly to the Father." ~ Max Lucado

May this day of worship be one of lifting both praises and prayers up to God!

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 17

many things

Home :-)

Although it's only been a few days, it seems like I've been gone a long time. Much has happened in that short time which I'm still processing and pondering.

Exciting things. Challenging things. Tearful things. Cheerful things. Baby things. Daughter things. Son things. Happenings.....

There are important things I need to tend to now that I'm back home - yes, the Mount Everest of laundry is shouting my name - but it's wonderful to be back.

My first task of writing, however, is polishing a rough draft of an article for Heart of the Matter which is overdue. Then perhaps there'll be time to write more here. Or maybe not. Early to bed for an exhausted mom sounds like the best thing of all!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 14

a twist on living well

As I post my Living Well journey today, it has nothing to do with me living well. How about that?!

Instead my journey today is waiting on a mom in early labor. A phone call very early this morning put me on the road for a four hour drive. Once here, they were doing well on their own and I've been blessed to hang out with my oldest daughter for a good portion of the day. Now I wait by the phone.

It is an honor to be part of another woman's labor journey as she brings forth precious life created by our Heavenly Father. In a sense, it is helping her to begin motherhood in a living well way!

More on my journey's ups and downs next week!

To follow the journey of other Living Well participants, please go HERE

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 13

it is time

How does it happen? My most beloved spot in the entire house tends to be a collection place for stuff! Yes, you guessed it. It's my desk. The hub of all my life. Everything of great importance is kept here - calendars, addresses, stamps, bills, books, journals, pictures, devotional materials, stationary of all sizes and shapes, varieties of pens and pencils, my computer. Oh, and all those little notes I write myself. LOTS of little notes.

It's time I clean my desk!

Of course, the main problem with cleaning my desk is that most everything on my desk fits the criteria of yesterday - useful or a thing of beauty. I just need to organize all these useful and beautiful things. Maybe I'll do that on the next rainy day......

Can you tell I'm a desk cleaner procrastinator? Hee hee....

Enjoy your day!

Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 12

this stays....this goes

Here's a quote to ponder for your day....

"Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful." ~ William Morris


I think I may be in trouble. There's a boatload of stuff abounding in my home that would not meet that criteria! Yikes!

How about you? Have some clutter in your garden path that doesn't pass this test?

Perhaps that is what spring cleaning is all about, eh?

Off to wander through my house with new eyes!

Tammy ~@~

Sunday, May 11


"A mother is not to be compared with another person--she is incomparable.
~ An African proverb

As I thought about this proverb, I thought about how true this was about my mom. How could I ever compare her to anyone else? No one else has ever loved me like my mom did! And I'll treasure that thought forever as I remember her on this special day :-)

Happy Mother's Day to all the dear women who stop by my garden for a glimpse! Enjoy this special day :-)

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 10

singing heart

"My heart is like a singing bird." ~ Christina Rossetti

Oh, another morning of glorious sunshine! It is a tad bit deceiving though as I woke up to frost and a temperature at the freezing degree. Yet the day holds promise of warming up and becoming very enjoyable before the forecast of rain moves in for a few days.

Truly my heart is singing! It's been enjoyable to be outside raking and working and checking flowerbeds to see what is popping out of the ground. And after thinking about it, I think I figured out why it is even more special this year....I never did this work last year. That early spring was busy working on another glorious project - my daughter's wedding. All the yardwork was left to my children - oy! - which meant a whole lot didn't get done. And after recovering from the wedding, I just kind of jumped into getting my garden ready for planting. I never raked or worked or checked out flowerbeds last spring which is something I really enjoy. Really. Really a lot.

May you find something in your garden to sing about today, too! You know where you'll find me :-)

Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 9

a perfect gift for mom

Today my daughter-in-law sent me a link for the perfect Mother's Day gift! Truly, it is the neatest thing and would be invaluable for a person like me who can't remember things and has little scraps of paper with notes on them all over the house! LOL! If it ever comes down in price, trust me, it will be mounted in my kitchen :-)

Here's the link: Smart Shopper


Tammy ~@~

a random date

As I flipped my calendar, I immediately noted the date - May 9. Funny how certain dates trigger memories. Back when I was, I don't even know, like eight or nine years old? our dog gave birth to five puppies. I will never forget watching those puppies being born. It held me in fascination.

And here I am today, forty years later, waiting on the birth of a sweet baby. Birth still holds me in fascination! Miracle of miracles!

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." ~ Psalm 139:13-16

Yes, all my days have been ordained and in those days He's given me a passion to work with birthing mothers. It makes my heart full :-)

We just don't know what experiences our own children may have in our homes that may trigger a passion in their lives someday, do we? May it be a passion that will bring praise and glory to our Heavenly Father!

Enjoy another spring day in your garden!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 8

a gentle spring

"Nature's harshness has melted away and she is now beaming with the smile of spring, and everything around us whispers of the gentleness of God. This beautiful fruit is in lovely harmony with the gentle month of which it is the keynote. May the Holy Spirit lead us these days, beloved, into His sweetness, quietness, and gentleness, subduing every coarse, rude, harsh, and unholy habit, and making us like Him." ~ A.B. Simpson

Spring has a way of softly, quietly, and gently arriving each year. The change is gradual, yet noticeable day by day.

God, through His Holy Spirit, often works that very way in our lives. Softly, quietly, gently. The changes He makes are so gradual that we hardly notice them. Yet take a moment to reflect back a month ago, a year ago, five years ago, or more. Are you the same today as you were in any of those moments in time? If you are walking with Jesus every day, my guess is that you are not. God has been busy transforming you as He softly, quietly, and gently renews your mind.

Just as the buds on the trees are gently growing and opening to the sunshine, so are you gently growing and opening your life to the Sonshine.

May you be open to all God is doing in your life as you bloom where He has planted you!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 7


I LOVE spring! It is my absolutely most favorite time of the year. After a long winter of being indoors to now be able to walk outdoors without a coat and flip flops on my feet is so ENERGIZING! I feel like I'm walking two feet above the ground as the spring air has a buoying affect on my spirit. Fresh air and sunshine are the name of the game as yard work abounds giving plenty of exercise as well as blisters on my hands! Walking the dogs with a children in tow becomes part of my day. Definitely, spring invites Living Well at its finest :-)

My hope is that perhaps my metabolism will get a boost right now to take off the last few pounds I'd like to lose. My weight has been stable and maintained for several months now which is a good thing in itself. But you know how that elusive perfect number has a way of hanging out there in front of us? Just dangling there whispering our name? It's those final pounds which take the most perseverance and hard work which I can only do with the strength that comes from the Lord, especially since we are coming into ice cream season!

May all be going well on your Living Well journey during this delightful season of spring. To follow the journey of other women Living Well, please go HERE

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 6

the end

Every winter with the help of a front end loader - an advantage most kids don't have...hee hee - the kids build up a big mound of snow at the top of a nice incline into a large field next to our home. This big mound of snow provides many hours of entertainment as the kids use it to snowboard, ski, sled, and generally play on for fun as they climb the ladder to the top.

This is what it looks like this morning. Almost gone. The last of the snow. And I hope that once it is gone we can finally say "the end!" to winter! And I may even throw in a "good riddance!" and "don't hurry back!"

Time to get my gardening catalogs back out :-)

Have a great day in your garden!

Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 5


I flipped my garden calendar page this morning and this is what it said:

"Planting jasmine outside a guestroom window is a perfect touch, but be warned, your visitors are bound to stay all season."


Since I have no idea what jasmine looks like or smells like I can only assume it is something that does not grow in cold climates? Maybe a tropical warm location? Anyone? Tell me, please! because....

I WANT SOME OF THIS TO PLANT IN MY YARD *if* it will assure that my daughter-in-law will come to visit in the summer and spend a couple of months with her littles here. OR that my daughter will come home soon to visit and decide to stay here to have her baby born in the hospital she was born in and recover under the tender loving care of her mother.

Oh, you're asking about their husbands? My response would be that they'd be welcome to come and visit on the weekends :-) I just wanna play with the big girls for awhile. You know, like for the summer or however long the scent of jasmine would keep them here. They could go back home in the fall when school starts back up.

Ya, ya, if only it were so simple and real life didn't get in the way, eh?

Hmmm, I wonder if lilacs work as well.......

Tammy ~@~

Sunday, May 4


"Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him!" ~ Psalm 147:1

The sun is shining! The birds are singing! What a beautiful day to worship our God and King!

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 3

drama or not

Our daily Bible reading from yesterday had us in the book of First Samuel (chapter 8) and Revelation (chapter 4). On Fridays, I always get to read both selections and they were such cool passages to read. When I got done reading, my older teenage son looked at me and said with all seriousness, "Mom, I don't think God is a drama queen."

Nothing like a male teenager to bring some calm reality to the picture, eh? He obviously didn't like the creative flair I added to my voice in reading those chapters.

But take a closer look in your Bible. In the First Samuel passage, Samuel was getting old and didn't have sons who were walking in God's ways to take his place. The people wanted a king instead and it upset him. He brought it before the Lord for counsel, then went back to the people to tell them what it would be like having a king - very unpleasant - and STILL the people wanted a king to rule over them. And at the end of the chapter God told Samuel to listen to them and give them a king. Drama or not?

And in the Revelation passage, there is John standing before the door open to heaven as he witnesses the throne of God. The sights. The sounds. The four living creatures covered with eyes. Everyone worshiping. What an image it brings to mind! Drama or not?

Perhaps God isn't a drama queen, but you can certainly find a lot of true life drama in the pages of His Word. I challenge you to read it out loud and see if you, too, end up putting a little drama into your reading! Enjoy it. Learn from it :-)

Off to another gray day....we woke up to snow falling this morning. Yup, it is MAY! Enjoy your day!

Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 2

it's happening

It has begun and it's my favorite part of our school year. Early this week one of the kids did their reading in science for the week and was the first one to complete a book for this school year. Today - which is our main day for school corrections - there were be several more books completed for this school year by various kids. I LOVE IT! wOOt! When they complete the book, mom does the last red cross-off mark on the chart and hands the chart to them. They are free to do with the chart what they want. Some just toss it in the garbage, some rip it into itsy bitsy pieces, some go outside and burn it.

We are down to a few lingering snow piles and the rain predicted for today and the weekend should take care of those. And quite honestly, once the snow is completely gone, so is their mother! I will want to be outside working in the yard every nice moment there is available. I love to rake. I love to dig in the dirt. My garden will be calling. Spring at its very finest! Ahhhhhhhh! :-)

So on a gloomy rainy day like today, I say, "Let's pound the books and get them DONE!" And a great big BRAVO for each book which has a completed chart for it takes me one step closer to more time in the great outdoors!

Have a great Friday in your garden!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 1

now a meadow

It was only a mere couple of weeks ago that God was taking me around a mountain...again. As I worked through that with a bit of fear and trembling and some heart searching, God faithfully showed me a few things about myself. He's pretty good about that, isn't He? Especially when it's stuff that makes you go blech and ugh and "I hear you, Lord!" And then I thought that perhaps He was done for me awhile and He'd go and work on somebody else, right?, because I thought I was going in the direction He wanted me to go.



And there I was on the ground.

You know how people often say they wish God would leave them a note or write on the wall what He wants them to do? Well, I can say with certainty that there are times when He makes things so so SO obvious that you'd have to be deaf, dumb, and blind NOT to see what He's saying.

I lay there stunned on the ground by His NO. I cried. It hurt. I didn't understand.

And the next morning after my time spent in His Word, I cried. I hurt. I didn't understand.

As I went into my favorite private prayer closet (better known as the shower), I cried out to Him to clearly show me what He wanted. That my heart's desire was to be obedient to what He wanted me to do, to change, to minister, to whatever. Just show me so I know. Show me clearly.


It began unfolding that afternoon as I was running errands about town on a mission to find some packing peanuts to ship off my giveaways. And it continued through the afternoon and evening as we spent time with a couple who invited us to a dinner and banquet.

When you know God, you know nothing happens "by chance" or "by coincidence". God appointed meetings. In His timing.


Now I stand before a beautiful meadow. It's a familiar meadow. And I have no idea how He wants me to weave my way through it this time. But I do know that I'm keeping my hands off the whole journey ahead and allowing His fingerprints to lead me. And I know He will. He is faithful. He is loving. He is trustworthy. He is the author and the perfecter of my faith.

And in the meantime, I think I'll stay on my knees and just hang out in His Word which I love so much!

Tammy ~@~
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