Thursday, July 31

flowered friendships

"Friendships are like flowers--some last a few days, some last much longer. The best ones will thrive if they're given tender loving care." ~ Author Unknown

May there be thriving friendships in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, July 30

are you sleepy yet?

From time to time we get a flyer with various information from the local medical clinics. This spring they had an article about sleep which was interesting to read. I've spent so many years getting up with nursing babies or children that I could not WAIT to get everyone in their own beds sleeping all night so that I could sleep all night. What a surprise to find that because of the long stretched out years of having my family, now that everyone is in their own beds sleeping I've reached an age where a full good night's sleep is more elusive :::sigh:::

Anywho....there was a separate chart of "How to Get a Good Night's Sleep" which listed the following:

1. Establish a regular bedtime and wake time.

2. If you nap, early to mid-afternoon is best.

3. Avoid drinking alcohol four to six hours before bedtime.

4. Limit or eliminate caffeine after lunch.

5. Reduce or eliminate the use of nicotine.

6. Exercise regularly, but not before bedtime.

7. Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.

8. Sleep in a dark, comfortable, and quiet room.

9. Create a relaxing routine at bedtime.

10. Do not stay in bed if you cannot sleep.

11. Chronic use of sleeping pills is not recommended.

12. Don't create a habit of eating, watching television, or reading excessively in bed.

Okay, most of these I already knew and made perfect common sense to me. But I've never heard of number ten, have you? Typically if I can't sleep I will try a number of things to fall back asleep like: covers on or cover off; roll to a different position; go to the bathroom; do a head to toe body relaxation; count backwards from 100; or the best one and often the reason I think the Lord has kept me awake - PRAY! But I've never considered actually getting up. I'm afraid that if I did that it would really throw my sleep patterns off.

So, now I'm curious. Have any of you ever gotten up in the middle of the night when you couldn't sleep?

"I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety." ~ Psalm 4:8

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 29

a virtual homeschool conference



The first Homeschool Virtual Conference is about to begin and it's not too late to sign up! Go quickly and sign up right HERE and enjoy a conference going on from tomorrow, July 30th through August 3rd, all without leaving your home! Not only will you hear some awesome speakers, but there'll also be an opportunity to get in on some freebies and door prizes!

Don't miss it!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

the corn update

After church on Sunday, I quickly grabbed my corn model girl for a garden picture.

Woo hoo! Look at how tall our corn is getting! And there's signs of ears of corn starting!

You can tell by my excitement that I lead a very boring life, eh? hee hee!

May you enjoy a bit of excitement in your garden on this day! :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, July 28

no giveaway here!

As I read recently that the summer bloggy giveaway was coming up, it only took me about one second to decide I couldn't do it during the week it was planned. I sniffled a few times, then moved on with life. It's a busy week ahead for me with travel, a day long seminar, baby hogging, travel, some writing, my first soccer practice as a coach - yikes!, and a long weekend of a son's girlfriend visiting. Now I'm sniffling again at the thought of missing countless HOURS on the computer commenting for bloggy giveaways. It is fun and I actually won one of the giveaways last time :-) But perhaps your summer is lazier and you can spare the time, so check it out HERE. And quite honestly, I think it's actually more fun to give something away....perhaps next time!

Have fun!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Sunday, July 27

the Son is shining

"Long ago God spoke in many different ways to our fathers through the prophets telling them little by little about his plans. But now in these days he has spoken to us through his Son to whom he has given everything, and through whom he made the world and everything there is. God's Son shines out with God's glory, and all that God's Son is and does marks him as God. He regulates the universe by the mighty power of his command. He is the one who died to cleanse us and clear our record of all sin, and then sat down in highest honor beside the great God of heaven." ~ Hebrews 1:1-3 LT

May God's Son shining in your life bring your heart to a place of worship today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, July 26

an annual ongoing summer event :::sigh:::

There are some summer events you look forward to and then there are some that make you cringe. This is definitely a cringer and after I had already begun cleaning it up, I thought I should snap a quick picture.Yes, it is the annual ongoing summer event of the dogs being driven crazy by chipmunks (better known as chippies around our house). These sweet cute little critters drive the dogs about to insanity as they chirp here and there causing our dogs to race all around the yard chasing them hither and thither. Now I don't mind that the dogs run hither and thither, but I don't like it when the chippies dash to one of their many holes and duck out of sight causing the dogs to DIG. And DIG. And DIG some more! Of course they could never dig deep enough to actually catch a chippie because I'm convinced these holes must go to the center of the earth! And of course, these chippies have the audacity to commonly put their holes in my flowerbeds and these dogs have the audacity to dig in my flowerbeds :::::sigh::::: They've dug in my front flowerbed with minor damage. They've dug up my shady impatiens flowerbed which was heartbreaking. And now they've dug up where my daylilies were growing with johnny jump-ups among the rocks. Rocks flew. Dirt flew. My temper flew!

Yes, *I* the main dog lover of the family have reached the point of wanting to wring the necks of my dogs! And to never have another dog ever again!

Okay, thank you for letting me write this out....I feel a tad bit better now....

May your garden be free of this kind of annual ongoing summer event!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, July 25

just a touch

There's not a doubt in my mind that Apple would prefer a better picture of promotion for their iPod Touch (which is why I'll add a link), but what can I say? The kid wouldn't hold still and just wanted to play!An older son walked into the house after work yesterday grinning from ear to ear. Finally he pulled something out of his backpack while grinning even more.

"Oh, you got a new iPod", his silly mother said casually as he grinned even more if that is at all possible. Then his wise mother had to scold him because he is notorious for spending money unwisely. He quickly informed her that it wasn't JUST an iPod, but an iPod Touch and that he hadn't spent a cent on it. His curious and concerned mother raised her eyebrows. "What do you mean you didn't spend a cent on it?" was her reply. "It was a gift", he simply stated.

Back in June after a young couple we knew got married, this son and the groom's brother made a trip half way across the country to pull a trailer load of furniture, household items, clothing, etc, to deliver to the newlyweds tiny apartment in a big city while this couple was on their honeymoon. It was quite an adventure for these two rural travelers! They did a great job with no mishaps, came home, and life returned to its regular routine.

Until yesterday when he received this gift in appreciation for his gift of helping them.

And while he was busy pinching himself in ecstatic joy still not believing that he had received such a gift - especially since his iPod had died quite awhile back and he just didn't have the money to replace it - I pondered upon just how amazing God is in His blessings. Really.

This son is much like his Dad...a very generous heart when there is a need and not expecting a thing in return. He did this favor for a friend not expecting a thing and enjoying the adventure along the way. And he ended up being blessed beyond anything he could have imagined. It makes me think of heaven...

"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~ Romans 6:23

Heaven is like that gift we really don't deserve, but it's ours by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior because He paid the cost for our sins. And right now we're just enjoying - well, sometimes life isn't all that enjoyable! - the adventure and not really thinking much about the gift ahead. Someday...someday we will fully grasp the gift of God as we enter heaven and I believe it will be more amazing than anything we could ever imagine! I just smile when I hear kids say that they think heaven is just about standing around singing all day :-) Hey, I like to sing - in my kitchen! - so I wouldn't mind the singing part, but ohhhh, I believe the sights and the sounds and the smells and the EVERYTHING will be much more amazing than anything we could ever imagine with our human minds. We'll start smiling and smiling some more and smiling even much more than we ever thought possible because it will all be so amazing.

Yup, I think God is pretty amazing!

May you ponder the gift of God in your garden today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 24

lazy summer reading

One thing I enjoyed while growing up was reading. I can still remember my mom taking me to the library and going through the huge children's section to find good books. Reading was a year around enjoyment, but nothing could beat reading on lazy summer days when there was nothing else to do.

Since becoming a mother, I found my time squeezed through the years. Reading was something I did while nursing a baby since I had no choice but to sit for a bit, however that tended to be more magazine type reading since it came in spurts. Much easier to read an article here or there than a book with longer chapters. And when getting books, the choices tended to be more serious Christian books or homeschooling books or health books or mothering books. Even those were hard to sit down and just read as my time was limited and were often being pushed to before bed reading. Well, I don't know if you could consider it actually reading since I always fell asleep within the first few sentences.

Ahhh, but this summer I've allowed myself a bit of time here and there for some leisure reading out on the porch, more classical kind of stuff. Earlier I finished up "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell (no, this isn't the Civil War one....it's set in England) and last night I finished up "Northanger Abbey" by Jane Austen. I do have another book started, but it doesn't fit the leisure reading style as it's dealing with women's health and my current season of life (ya, that sounds like a hoot, doesn't it?! LOL!)

Soooo, what to read next? A classic? Anyone have any ideas?

Off to get my chores done so I CAN consider some leisure reading later today :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, July 23

more celery?

This past Sunday I read this short article in the newspaper which I clipped out:

"At last, celery gets some respect. University of Illinois researchers say that a compound called luteolin in the crunchy stalk may help dramatically reduce brain inflammation implicated in Alzheimer's disease -- they've shown it works in mice. Caveat: The chief researcher notes that the mice ate the human equivalent of about 47 servings of celery daily." ~ Jean Carper, USA Weekend

In this same section of the newspaper there was also an article about two recent diabetes studies whose results actually contradicted one another. The article concluded that the best thing for those dealing with diabetes is what has worked for a long time - consistent moderate activity.

Isn't that just like medical research?! One day coffee is good for you, the next day it isn't. One day this diet is good for you, the next day it isn't. Pick a food and medical research will definitely have something bizarre to say about it someday. Like...eat 47 servings of celery to get the best health benefit!

Actually, I think we could throw out all the medical research. Yup, bye bye! And just stick with basics. Eat a balanced moderate diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, lean protein. Exercise. Fresh air and sunshine. Adequate sleep. Drink plenty of water. Hard to believe it could be that simple and you'll feel great by following it. Hey, I'm not even a rocket scientist!

And then take the basics one step further. "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." ~ Proverbs 16:3

Here's to living well on this beautiful summer day!

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 22

missing my little boys

Having spent much time in the garden over the last several days as we catch up on the weeds that have enjoyed the rain and warmer temperatures, I suddenly realized something yesterday. I miss my little boys! That is a random odd observation, isn't it?

Yes, there are still boys around our household, but they are growing up. They come out, do their garden work, and then disappear to do something else which is usually inside these days.

It's those little boys of yesterday - or at least it seems like yesterday - that I'm missing while I garden. The ones you could hear playing in the woods or building a fort somewhere. Their discussions would travel through the woods as I was plopped somewhere in the garden and I'd smile as I'd hear their conversations. You know, the ones who'd race up and down the driveway as fast as they could on their bikes to dodge the *police* who were chasing them or stop at their gas station or restaurant along the driveway. Or what about the ones who'd play baseball in the front yard and I could hear the familiar bang as the ball would hit the downstairs door by home plate. And I mustn't forget the one sister stuck in the mix who could keep up with those boys like nobody's business and can still hold her own against them.

I was forewarned it would happen and now it has. Those various sounds of childhood which hold so much pleasure in my heart....I'm missing them!

Of course, I still don't believe for a single minute that I will ever miss the MESS of childhood. Perhaps because that is something that I still live with indoors with the children who are living here. "Pick up, pick up, pick up!" continues to be my battle cry. At least if I do start missing messes when my house is clean, neat, and wonderfully organized again - Will that EVER happen? A gal can dream, can't she?! LOL! - I can always invite some grands here to drag things out and leave them lying from one end of the house to the other!

Enjoy the sounds of children in your summer garden today for that season is short!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, July 21

blossoms

As I was wandering through my garden yesterday afternoon, I was struck by how many things are in full blossom at this very moment.....Pea blossoms

Bean blossoms

Tomato blossoms

Potato blossoms

Squash blossoms

There are many outside circumstances that could affect my garden blossoms either positively or negatively. The amount of sun, water, temperature, predators or bugs, and fertilizer will all play a part in whether or not these blossoms will set and produce fruit. As the gardener, I do what I can to produce a good harvest yet ultimately know it is in God's hands. After all, HE is the sunshine!

My children are much like these garden blossoms. Each one unique and different from the other. There is a large number of things which can affect them positively or negatively such as their diet, sleep, exercise, or outside elements like friends or media. As the mother, I can do what is within my power to raise responsible young adults, yet ultimately I know it is in God's hands. After all, HE provides the SONshine for their lives.

But wait a minute! Remember back when I got my tomato deal? I have a bottle of blossom set spray! By spraying my blossoms, I'm suppose to have better success in flower production, blossom setting, and fruit production.

And you know what? I trust and believe that God's Word regularly sprinkled into the lives of my children - combined with some worship and prayer - will also have an affect of setting God's blossoms in their lives and enhancing fruit of the spirit production.

Now how exciting is that?!

May your garden be filled with blossoms that hold the promise of wonderful fruit in the days ahead!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, July 19

a bit of rest

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~ John Lubbock

The birds were chirping and singing early this morning. My husband was up just as early and off with a friend for a long motorcycle ride on such a beautiful perfect summer day. The kids are all lazily and slowly waking up. I've already done some necessary bookwork and check writing this morning and quite honestly I feel like being idle the rest of the day. It's not so much idleness that is calling me, but rest. Throwing a blanket on the grass and just closing my eyes. Not thinking about anything. Rest. I'm weary of doing and thinking and moving. Rest. My mind wants it. My body wants it. Rest. Refresh. Renew. Recharge.

We'll see how far I get on this plan of no action for my day.....

Enjoy this Saturday in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, July 18

my camp girl

Last Saturday afternoon after watching her brother's LONG baseball game, we dropped our daughter off at camp for the week. Does she look excited to say good-bye to us and hello to camp? :-D

She had gone to camp for her first time last year and came home with an address list of new friends who she wrote back and forth with throughout the year. Since she was one of the younger ones last year, most of the girls she knew would not be back to the same camp session but were moving up. After talking to friends at church this spring, she found that they wouldn't be able to go either. So we talked a bit about going to camp this summer and probably not knowing anyone again. Well, look at her face...didn't seem to bother her one bit!

Having had campers before, I know the routine when we pick them up. They'll talk non-stop all the drive home with camp stories galore, unpack all their grungy stuff as we walk through the door at home, and then they'll crash on their beds for the rest of the day :-) Ah, yes, could there be anything sweeter when you're a kid?!

Time to do a girls bedroom check before we leave to go and get her this morning as the younger sisters have had a party in that room all week long with the commander-in-chief gone! LOL!

Have a great Friday in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 17

then and now

Last night before bed I was reflecting on the fact that it was my firstborn's birthday. Although it was 27 years ago - no, that isn't a mistype! - there are details that I still remember oh so clearly. Amazing how labor and birth create such powerful memories, isn't it? And as I was thinking back, I was struck by how young and inexperienced I was at that time. Babies were a mystery only rarely experienced when I babysat during high school and I basically made sure I wasn't available to babysit those scary creatures very often! And then I was handed my firstborn and life suddenly changed. It was a day by day learning experience filled with plenty of blunders but all accomplished with a heart full of love. He survived, we survived, and eight more babies followed as our family grew.

Last night before bed I was reflecting on the fact that it was my oldest daughter's firstborn's one week birthday. I wonder what my daughter will remember someday of her labor and birth when her firstborn turns 27 years old. Babies were not a mystery to her when she was handed her firstborn as she had held and loved seven younger siblings as babies. Life has changed as she's learning day by day about breastfeeding and catnapping and sleepy baby smiles all with a heart full of love. They, too, will survive this newborn stage as they begin their life as a family.

Last night before bed I was reflecting on the fact of how good God has been to me. My heart was full of love as I thanked Him for the gift of children and grandchildren. Whether inexperienced or experienced in all that comes along in my life, I know that I will survive because God is with me and His love will keep me forever.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." ~ Psalm 118:1

May God's love fill your heart along the garden path today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, July 16

do you live here?

LIVING WELL WEDNESDAY

For whatever reason, Blogger is being rather funky about putting up my Living Well picture, so I guess I'll give up for now and try again later.....

So, here we are at mid-summer already! It's flying by, isn't it? And I find myself in the usual place at this time of the summer when it comes to summer weight loss.....holding my own and sticking to good eating habits for the most part. You'd think that with all the activities, more daylight, etc. that it would be a dynamic time of working my weight down, however it never works that way. Perhaps it is the more relaxed schedule. Oh, wait a minute! I really don't have a schedule. And perhaps that is the problem. I don't have a scheduled time to exercise, so therefore I tend not to do it. Even my Curves days don't necessarily always happen. Instead through the summer I tend to live in "The Land of Good Intentions". Do you live here, too? Or am I all alone?

Perhaps I need a strong motivating factor to push me out of this land. In the past an anniversary trip to Hawaii and a family wedding were STRONG motivators in two different years. But there's nothing big like that on my horizon right now which keeps me in a comfortable place. Of course, I could do what ALWAYS works....go try on some clothes in a store and see myself in their mirrors! :::::THUD::::: I guess I haven't even done that in a long time because I haven't had the money to shop for extras. Oh well....

For myself, I know that once fall comes we'll be back into our schooling and regular activities schedule and exercising suddenly will become a five days a week thing. And most likely I will be able to lose the last few pounds. So, I'm not stressing too much about this land that I'm living in during mid-July.

So for now, I'll just enjoy puttering in my garden and working on other household projects that DO keep me moving enough to keep my weight stable. For our summers are far too short to not enjoy and truly are a gift from God :-)

Enjoy your day in your garden in whatever land you live in!

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 15

sniffing over spinach

Just look at that beautiful wonderful patch of spinach! :::sniff sniff::: The picture was taken right before the Fourth of July weekend as the spinach was almost to the point of perfection. AND THEN we went away for a long weekend. AND THEN my daughter started having some pre-labor signs which kept me in the house preparing to leave. AND THEN I did leave to spend a few days with her. AND THEN when I came back home there was camp to pack for, baseball to go to, laundry to catch up on, housework to tidy up, church to go to (how's that for a midwesterner using a bunch of prepositions at the end of phrases -classic!). AND THEN everyone went out to the garden yesterday to weed and hoe and work only to see that the spinach had gotten tall and gone.to.seed. :::sigh::: Still a little bit usable, but the flavor won't be nearly as good as when Lovey was nibbling on the leaves in the picture. I'm hoping to quickly plant another crop and maybe get another fresh batch of spinach yet this summer.

All that to say....I was only reminded of my sad sniffing spinach saga when I saw that my article was up this morning over at Heart of the Matter. Go over and read about our generations of gardeners :-)

It's raining here today, but at least it's warm. Paperwork to catch up on while stuck indoors.

Enjoy the day in your garden whether rain or shine or filled with perfect spinach!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, July 14

a prayer focus

"Let this be a day of prayer. Let us see that our highest ministry and power is to deal with God for men. Let us be obedient to all the Holy Spirit's voices of prayer in us. Let us count every pressure a call to prayer. Let us cherish the spirit of unceasing prayer and abiding communion. Let us learn the meaning of the ministry of prayer. Let us reach people this day we cannot reach in person. Let us expect results that we have never dared to claim before. Let us count every difficulty only a greater occasion for prayer. And let us call on God, who will show us many great and mighty things which we know not." ~ A. B. Simpson

When I read this paragraph this morning, my heart went, "wow!" Pick a line, any line, and let it be your focus of prayer today. Or better yet, take the whole paragraph seriously and watch what God will do with it!

Too often it seems that prayer is a neglected part of our spiritual life which only receives a line or two when we are in need. It's time to look at prayer as a tool that God gives us that has power and might beyond anything we can imagine. Doubt it? Talk to a prayer warrior some time and be amazed!

God is active and always moving. Join with Him as you pray in your garden today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Saturday, July 12

pick one

From my flip calendar:

"The surprise gift of a single handpicked flower can change the tone of your entire day." ~ Author Unknown

When we were last up at our cabin, our *yard* (very loose term!) was covered with daisies. Quickly I took some pictures and then picked some flowers to enjoy on our table
before my husband began mowing the daisy laden grass. It is amazing how much even a single flower can brighten your day. Now is the season to pick a flower to surprise someone....so just do it! :-)

A busy day ahead for our family. We are traveling for a son's championship baseball game and right after that will be back on the road to drop a daughter off for a week of camp. So, I'm off to finish up some laundry for her as she finishes packing this morning.

Don't forget to pick a flower!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, July 11

princess baby


Here she is...my sweet little princess baby grandangel :-)

Since I don't write birth stories on my blog from babies that I've witnessed come into the world, I won't do that this time either. Instead I'll give you a perspective that comes from the buzz question before this particular baby arrived...

*How do you think you'll do as a birth doula AND a grandma when your daughter is in labor?

And the answer. Well. As a birth doula it always takes me at least a few days after any birth to process the birth. What went well. What I could have done better. All those things I didn't think of at the time that might have helped. What the mother's impressions were. The staff at the birth. Etc. And I'm still doing that at this time.

Only this time my viewpoint might be biased as I've held, sniffed, kissed, and adored this baby and allowed my heart to immediately dream dreams for her since she's in my life as family. Truly, a grandbaby does something to your heart that none of your children ever did. Can't explain it. It's a different kind of love. A tenderness that is hard to describe. It's like God takes this incredible love you have for your own children and turns a knob which enhances it a zillion times over when your grandchildren arrive. Sappy and sentimental, aren't I?

Back to the question....

Yes, I did use birth doula skills from start to finish, but hardly at all. It was mainly the tool of observation. Watching, listening, knowing. Watching her face and body. Listening to her sounds change. Knowing when to leave the house or change positions or be firm in my encouragement. Nothing came out of my birth bag and my hands were not used. Pretty lazy birth doula now that I think about it.

And yet really, why did I not expect this? She had attended three of my births missing the last one while she was in Mexico on a mission trip. When considering her own upcoming birth, she said she had no fear or anxiety about labor but rather more of a relaxed anticipation. There was a clear vision for her of what labor was all about and how you needed to go through it. And that is exactly what she did. She found her rhythm, she focused, she desired quiet, she brought forth her baby. It was simply amazing and my heart overflows with, I don't know, joy or pride or something, every time I think about it.

The grandma part? I don't think it was a conscious thing until the baby was making its arrival and I couldn't wait to see if it was a boy or girl. As soon as I knew the answer, I quickly ran to get my camera to take some pictures. And I stayed until they got settled into their new room, then headed back to their place to get some sleep with the usual birth high feeling as I closed my eyes.

The next morning I had a mission to pick up a few basic pink things for this sweet princess baby before I went to the hospital. Easy enough only I wasn't prepared for the emotions that would come with this mission. The first stop was a bookstore to get a couple books good for new moms and I couldn't resist going into the children's department. And there was the perfect book - Princess Baby by Karen Katz. The tears started there and continued with each store I stopped at every time my hands picked up something pink. Perhaps it came from a deja vu kind of moment of remembering when this particular daughter of mine was born and how it seemed to take forever for my mom to get to the hospital. When she did arrive, she had all these wonderful pink things for my new baby and her granddaughter. Oh, how she would have loved this moment of welcoming a new great granddaughter! And now I'm crying all over again!

Yes, being a birth doula AND a grandma is a sappy sentimental experience which is a perfect fit for me! :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 10

home :-)

There is no sweeter feeling than to do so much traveling and then arrive home safe and sound :-) God is so good to watch over this mother who is NOT use to city driving. Truly I can almost feel His hands protecting me as I go from lane to lane constantly praying He has my blind spots covered!

My pictures are downloading, so I hope to update my blog soon with a princess baby picture. Of course, that part will be easy...putting the birth into words will be difficult. But maybe not. AMAZING pretty much covers it! :-)

Until then.....I have supper to get going and unpacking to do!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, July 9

a Living Well walk



My Living Well post is a tad bit late today. My update for this week is that I took a two mile or so walk yesterday. I think that is the first time I've walked any distance since I went walking at the high school back in May. Yes, that is sad, isn't it? Walking is such a wonderful exercise with so many benefits and I really do need to get back on track with a regular walking time.

But yesterday afternoon I wasn't really thinking about the benefits that I would receive from the long walk. After a long drive to my daughter's place, it was time to get her moving. She had very obediently kept a low profile during her early stages of labor while waiting for her mother birth doula to arrive. And once here, it was time to get things going! It was really nice to walk and chat which confirms to me that if at all possible, find a walking partner. Of course, a laboring walking partner can suddenly get more quiet and serious and focused and then you know it's time to head back.

That walk was a turning point in her labor.

And I believe that regular walking can be a turning point in a woman's Living Well journey as well. It's a low impact exercise which burns calories, relieves stress, firms muscles, aids flexibility, provides energy, and is enhanced by fellowship with a walking partner. I'd say that all those benefits are almost as wonderful as holding a sweet brand new grandangel in your arms. Almost :-)

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 8

which to do?

"I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day." ~ E. White

HA! This would fit perfectly for my post yesterday. It speaks of my dilemma exactly when wonderful warm sunny summer days arrive. Do I work or do I play? hee hee! Truly, the other three seasons are so long and keep me indoors that it is quite hard to resist playing in the garden. I could easily be in my garden every day for long easy moments. Perhaps because it is a quiet place and gives me much time to think.

Yesterday I did work on improving the world. My laundry was sadly very behind. I kept busy for the majority of the day washing clothes, drying clothes, ironing clothes, putting away clothes. The job is not finished and my plan is to get back to it again today.

Maybe.

As I type this I can look out my window at my garden and see the weeding that still needs to be worked on.

Should I improve the world or enjoy the world today?

Actually weeding the garden is both, right?! A win win situation! Woo hoo!

Enjoy your day no matter what you choose to do on such a wonderful summer day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, July 7

the second half of the season

It happens every year and I've learned to accept that it's just who I am. We finish up our schooling in May and then I spend a month puttering. A whole month of wandering from this to that to the other thing. It's not that I don't accomplish things in that month, I do. Lots of little things and this year the big things were the garden and the garage sale.

Then the fireworks come. You know, the fourth of July :-) And that seems to be the marker date stating the second half of the summer is about to begin and I need to kick into gear and get FOCUSED. It's amazing how a date on a calendar can turn the switch to the *ON* position. My days suddenly have more determination and my lists are present and active.

Of course, this year I get to throw in a baby whose due date is this week which steps up the intensity a bit more. Not only do I have lists to work through, but I also need to prepare my household a bit for when I suddenly take off to hopefully arrive in time to watch a new grandbaby come into the world.

Yes, life is full.

And yet in all its fullness, I don't want to compromise the most important thing which is spending time with the Lord each morning. My heart is full of so many people and things to pray about right now which I don't want to neglect. It certainly makes my days go better if I've done my business with the Lord first thing in the day :-)

So, is there anyone else that senses that summer is fleeting now that we are past the fourth?

May your garden days be full and productive with a bit of enjoyment in the mix!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Sunday, July 6

a holy worship

"If we could see God as He really is, not only would we know Him as a God of compassionate love, but we would see Him as a God of holiness, quite apart from anything we have even known. Why is it important to see God as He really is in His holiness? Because only then will you see yourself as you really are." ~ David Jeremiah

There can be only one response to this as we consider ourselves in contrast to God's holiness....falling on our knees to worship HIM!

May your day be worshipful!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Saturday, July 5

flowers always

"More than anything, I must have flowers always, always." ~Claude Monet

My sentiments exactly! I love the fresh flowers of summer and have been enjoying bouquets of wonderfully scented peonies in my house this past week.

Flowers always, always!

Enjoy this season of flowers in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, July 4

by the fourth 08

Hey, I can call this a tradition as this is the second time I've taken a "knee high by fourth of July" picture! Yes! My corn has surpassed the knee of my corn model who has indeed grown from last year's picture. It is a relief to see the corn this high as the garden has been progressing more slowly than usual due to the cooler weather. Hasn't stopped the weeds though! :-p

Enjoy your fourth of July however tall your corn may be!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 3

summer is here

"When spring green turns deeper, summer has just arrived." ~ Author Unknown

Walking around the yard yesterday, I noticed how full and deep green our woods had become. Our spring was so slow coming with the cool weather that summer so quietly crept into the woods without any notice. The weather is predicted to warm up over the rest of the week which would complete the sense of summer actually being here.

Walking around the garden yesterday, I noticed how scattered and random the vegetables had become. Our spring of cool weather hampered the growth of many of the plants with some not even fully germinating leaving spaces in the rows. The weather is predicted to be sunny and dry the rest of the week which means more watering will be necessary to keep those plants which are growing well to continue to do well.

Walking around the house yesterday, I noticed how relaxed and carefree the children had become. They were completely immersed in the season of summer as noted by flip flops here, wet towels there, and a lawn chair in the sun with a book still left in it. It really doesn't matter what the predicted weather is as the children will find things to do in their untroubled state of mind often needing a mother's prompting to do their chores. Sometimes needing a LOT of prompting.

Summer. A season of indescribable beauty. A season of growth. A season with a rhythm different than the other seasons in our household. And for all of those reasons I am thankful on this morning :-)

Enjoy summer in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, July 2

a treasure

By last night I already had my Living Well post of the day drafted, but this morning I changed my mind.

When I looked down on the floor by my desk, I saw an index card turned upside down. I picked it up and realized it was a handwritten Scripture card that had blown off the wall by my desk. The verse was:

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us." ~ II Corinthians 4:7

For my regular readers, you'll know that God has been impressing on my heart this week that I am God's valued treasure. That thought has come up each day. I don't know why it is a continual reminder and it puts a little trembling in my heart to think that perhaps God is preparing me for something. And if that is so, I want to allow this very thought to sink in even deeper. Because I just may need it.

BUT.....maybe somebody reading today through our Living Well group needs to cling to that very thought, too. That as believers in Jesus Christ we are valued treasures of His. Just the way we are. Whether overweight or lean. Whatever our size or shape. No matter if we exercise or don't. Despite what we eat or don't eat. Think treasure! Of God's! And because we are that treasure on this earth we also have the power of God in our lives. Think power! Of God's! Doesn't that just take your breath away when you consider it to its fullest?

Tremble? Yes! Not from fear but with God's power!

Tap into it, you valued treasure of His!

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 1

Ahhh, yes.....

Ahhh, yes, my many errands were going so smoothly. Every stop was quicker than expected and traffic wasn't even bad this afternoon perhaps because everyone was enjoying the lakes in the area. My kids were at our lake with older brothers supervising while I ran my errands.

Ahhh, yes, one last stop to get the ice cream that was decorated for my son's birthday. Perfect! And homeward I went.

Ahhh, yes, the house was quiet as I was walking up the steps. The kids must still be at the lake and perhaps I can get a few moments of quiet time to myself.

Ahhh, yes, it only takes a moment for a cake to slip out of your hands and land upside down in its box on your porch by the door.

Ahhh, yes, I could almost hear Donald Trumps infamous words...."YOU'RE FIRED!"

Ahhh, yes, I'm back to my post of yesterday reminding myself that I'm a valued treasure of God's!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

P.S. Smashed ice cream cake tastes just as wonderfully as the perfectly decorated kind! *wink*

the summer blink

Beware! Blink your eyes and summer will be fleeting!

This morning I will flip my calendar with an unwilling spirit as we enter the month of July. It always seems that once June is over, the rest of the summer will fly by. Does anyone else feel that way? And wouldn't it be nice if once January was over, the rest of the winter would fly by? HA! It never works that way, does it?

The first of July also marks a birthday in our household. Still a teen, but one who is wiser having completed his first year of college. The boy with the smile. And now a first girlfriend who makes him smile more. His time left at home will be as fleeting as a summer day.

Enjoy this summer day in your garden before...blink!...it's gone!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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