Saturday, February 28

a ray of sunshine

Ahhhh, a simple act of kindness by a friend during the long winter days!

Recently our local library was cleaning out their collection of older magazines. As my friend was browsing through them, these three gardening magazines caught her eye....for me! What a wonderful surprise! And how fun they are to page through during the winter days when everything outdoors is covered in white. The shades of green and the brightly colored flowers! Ahhhhh! It truly is a ray of sunshine to a gardener's heart :-) Thanks, Heather!

On this last day of February - woooohoooo! - think of simple acts of kindness you can pass on to a friend to bring a ray of sunshine into their lives.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, February 27

a frosty February face

"A February face, so full of frost, of storm, of cloudiness." ~ William Shakespeare

We had a winter storm move through the area yesterday. I don't think we got nearly as much snow as predicted, but it's hard to tell because there was so much wind that came with it in the evening. I tried to take a picture of the girls outside during the late afternoon in the blustery weather with snow madly swirling around them, but the snow effect wasn't showing up on the pictures. There must be a photography tip that I don't know! Our dog has a perfect February frost face on such a dark cloudy day, so he'll have to do as my representative of the quote.

I'm relieved that family and their friends made it safely here after traveling through nasty weather. It took an extra THREE hours of driving, but they were delighted to have arrived in the wee hours of the morning. A vehicle switch was made and their gear loaded up as they headed back on the road for another solid hour or more of driving to our cabin in the woods. They left behind precious cargo - our grands! - who will be spending the weekend with us. This is the first time for the one year old and I was thankful that he went back to sleep quickly with some rocking chair time before I snuggled him in our bed with us.

I'm not relieved that the weather that followed the snow is back below zero again :::sigh:::

SPRING, where art thou?!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, February 26

a provision of thankfulness

Yesterday as I sat down and paid all the current bills that were due, it was with a thankful heart for God's provision as I wrote each check. God has provided enough work for my husband to meet our family's needs for another month. Nothing more and nothing less with each need met. We are coming into the more difficult financial months ahead as we anxiously await the arrival of spring when my husband's work will begin again. Until then, we'll trust God and His faithfulness that always shows up at just the right moment and in interesting ways!

To follow other thankful hearts, please go to this week's Thankful Thursday

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, February 25

but who's counting????

One of the enjoyments of my internet vegging time is to visit the blogs of talented photographers because they're talented and I'm not! They have a skill which does not come naturally to me - just ask my family members about some of the pictures I've taken through the years! - and I greatly admire the creativity and gift they possess.

The other day I stopped by Know Myself to see what new pictures Elaine had up on her site. I was immediately touched by the picture of sweet grandparents who had been married almost 70 years and the recent loss of grandpa at the age of 92 years. What caught my interest as I read Elaine's post was that they had raised a family of nine children. And what caught my interest even MORE was the family picture with eight of the nine children as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren. I could not take my eyes away from the picture as I considered the enormity of how the generations had multiplied and were still multiplying!

It immediately took me back to all the round about conversations my children have had through the years about future children. It's a game they play - which I consider part of math since it's multiplication - "What if we each had five children? There's be 45 grandchildren some day!" OR "What if we each had nine children like mom? There'd be 81 grandchildren someday!" AND "Imagine how many great-grandchildren there'd be someday if each grandchild had nine children!" The numbers become staggering as their imaginations multiply! And it's been fun to follow the email conversations among my older ones once I sent them the link. Let's just say their imaginations are still vivid! LOL!

You know, it's only been a process of imagination until I saw Elaine's family picture and suddenly it became real. Someday we could have a REALLY BIG FAMILY! I mean, REALLY BIG! My mind went whirling! I'm already behind on grandbaby quilts. YIKES! How will I ever keep up with that many grandbabies? Where will everyone sleep when they come for Christmas? How many tents could we set up in the field in the summer? How will we all eat? Will we have to set up a food tent outdoors? How will I keep all those names straight? Will my husband and I be able to schedule that many trips to visit everyone and go to grandchildren's activities? Can my heart really stretch that much to love each one completely and fully?

Ahhh yes, plenty to ponder. It makes me thankful to know that our family will grow at a pace that God will provide abundant grace and wisdom just as I need it. And the reality of the picture was also the reality to a call of prayer for future generations that will come from my husband and I. That they, too, may know, accept, and love the Savior who lived, loved, and died for them! Because someday I want to meet each one in heaven!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Tuesday, February 24

fine tuning seventeen

It's happening again! A birthday in our house today! Actually, our family has three February birthdays as a grandson was also born in this grand short month.

It is one of those birthdays that I've learned to take a deep breath with as we celebrate.

Seventeen.

As a parent you realize this is the last big year you anticipate your child to be at home. Other opportunities begin knocking at eighteen and they are anxious to test the waters. There's so much you want to be sure they learn and know in this final year - and it's always overwhelming if you take too much time pondering it - yet at the same time and having gone through *seventeen* four times already, I've come to know that most of their foundation was firmly laid in the early years and this final year is the fine tuning. Besides, they are at the age where they pretty know everything *wink* and will learn the most through mistakes of their own in the days ahead.

Acknowledging all of that leads to a heartfelt prayer that the Holy Spirit will lead and guide me with wisdom AND give this son a teachable heart in the areas which he does need to fine tune. I have no doubt that God will fine tune us both in the days ahead!

Happy birthday to my son in the middle!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, February 23

simple woman's daybook for February 23

For today February 23

Outside my window......we have clear blue skies and a big ol' orange sun came up at sunrise. It was also around MINUS twelve degrees when I went to Curves this morning. When will it ever warm up?

I am thinking.....about the next thirty days.

I am thankful......that I am not a Hollywood movie star.

From the learning rooms.....we are learning to measure with a ruler, reading about the Civil War, practicing writing skills using exact and vivid adjectives, using ratios in algebra, and scheduling an ACT.

From the kitchen.....I have to bake oatmeal bullet cookies for my Chums and a birthday cake for tomorrow.

I am wearing.....a long sleeved white top and my exercise pants as I haven't showered yet.

I am creating.....a slim photo album for my son to take with him to the army.

I am going.....to Wal-Mart this afternoon to take my kids shopping for a brother's birthday.

I am reading.....before bed each night Secure in the Everlasting Arms by Elisabeth Elliot.

I am hoping.....for sunshine and warmer temperatures this week.

I am hearing.....the clock on my desk tick as the children are all still sleeping.

Around the house.....we have winter snow gear scattered as everyone plopped things down as we got home last night.

One of my favorite things.....is a quiet house!

A few plans for the rest of the week.....shopping and AWANA Club today, a birthday celebration tomorrow, traveling for training on Wednesday as well as a Bible study early in the morning and one in the evening, and the arrival of grandchildren on Thursday for a long weekend.

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

Yesterday was a Winter Family Fun Day for our church hosted by a local Christian camp. There were a wide range of activities to choose to participate in such as tubing, ice skating, cross country skiing, broomball, snowshoeing, sleigh rides pulled by horses, or just sitting indoors by the fire knitting (how come I never get to do that one?!) At the end of the afternoon was a wonderful time of fellowship as we had a chili dump and a wonderful selection of other food to eat with it. This picture is of my littlest before she went down the tubing hill by herself =:-O

If you'd like to do your own daybook or read about others on this day, please go to Peggy's Place

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, February 21

prayer walk love

Today is a celebration within our home as we mark the 10th birthday of a daughter!

A decade of life!

A decade that began with one of my most favorite labors. My doctor at that time was one of my favorites who brought a wonderful spirit of relaxation to the whole birthing process and thinking back to her presence during the delivery brings a smile on my face.

Ahhhh, yes, that part was wonderful.

The next part was, ahhhh, challenging.

What a baby! She began her life with a holler that continued strongly for the first year of her life. Sleep was not part of her life - nor mine either - as I tried every single trick in the book to help her settle, yet what often happened was that she and I ended up crying together. How could I not figure this baby out? After all, she was my eighth baby and I was experienced mother!

Humbling.

Totally humbling.

My life with her was one of prayer prayer prayer prayer walk walk walk walk love love love love. Not much different than what you do with any baby....I just did a lot of those three things with this baby. An excessive amount. And my heartstrings grew just as excessively.

She thrived and grew....as did I....as did her seven siblings at the time. (As a side note, it's interesting to look back and remember that her oldest sibling was a senior in high school when she was born and our first home school graduate. We took him to college when she was six months old and she cried the whole six hour route trip there! It was during this trip we FINALLY got her to somewhat accept a pacifier.)

Yes, she thrived and grew and is now ten years old. Still a tendency toward whining, yet with many other delightful characteristics that cause me to smile rather than cry.

So with thankfulness and heartstrings still firmly in place, I can say with joy, "Happy birthday, sweet girl!"

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, February 20

time to share some encouragement

Remember back at the beginning of September when you had started a new season of homeschooling and your kids were enjoying getting back into the routine.......

Enter the month of February. The winter doldrums have hit your homeschooling routine. The long winter days make you want to escape, but the current economy may prevent a vacation on a warm sunny beach. Next best option? Our favorite homeschooling blog stops where we are regularly encouraged! And it's time to share those favorites!

Heart of the Matter Online is putting together a listing of *Blogs That Nurture* and you can be part of the process. They are taking nominations through February 28th and the top ten favorites in each category will be included in their listing. Here are the categories of encouragement that are looking for your choices:

*Mom Of the Year Blog

*Dad Of the Year Blog

*Kid Of the Year Blog

*Most Vivid Blog

*Best Co-Operative Blog

*Most Informative Blog

*The “OH, We Have To Do That!” Blog

*Awe Inspiring Parenting Tips Blog

*Most Encouraging Blog

*All New Lessons Blog

To learn more about the categories, the rules, or to find the nomination form, please visit Blogs That Nurture

Even if you aren't homeschooling, I invite you to take a moment to drop by Heart of the Matter Online as they also have wonderful parenting and marriage articles as well as a regular weekly Bible study.

Enjoy!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, February 19

a sunny cure

It's starting to feel like the shortest month of the year is actually the LONGEST month of the year. And then in the midst of the winter doldrums, God sends a brilliantly sunny day! Woo hoo! Yes, deceiving a bit as the temps are maybe out of the single digits now and the brisk breeze makes it feel even colder, but sunny enough to take a quick break outdoors to catch some rays while lying on a snowbank.

Ahhhhh, sunshine! The miracle winter cure which we can never get enough of these days!

:::::sticking some sunshine into an envelope to send to Noel:::::

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, February 18

new fangled reading

It's not a surprise that an early morning distraction totally changed what I was going to write about today.....

When I went to Curves, the ladies were talking about books they were reading. Ahhh, books! One of my favorite topics!

The tech was trying to figure out a situation in a mystery book and then offered to read us the section from the book. Only it wasn't really a book she was holding in her hands, but a Kindle.

Have you heard about them? The newest technology gadget about to rock our world like the iPod or iPhone or the "insert the name of some other newer technology item which I'm totally clueless about".

When I was done working out, she took a few minutes and showed me around her Kindle which she simply loves to use. Quite amazing. Really. Talk about revolutionizing reading as we know it! And the newer version is set to be released in less than a week. Check out Kindle 2 which is even more streamlined, faster, abundantly full of storage, and improved in other ways as well.

As I drove home, I thought about how many books we have in our household. Shelves all over the house are full. Books are stacked on the floors, on desks, on bed headboards. They are everywhere!

Imagine eliminating all those books and accessing them in such a simple device. My house would be so much cleaner. I could get rid of all those bookshelves and have more space. I wouldn't have to worry about losing a favorite book. Or someone eating ice cream while reading and dribbling on the pages (ya, that would probably be ME!)

STOP!

The whole thing leaves me with one thought.

INCONCEIVABLE!

Having loved reading since I began as a child, I cannot imagine reading without the pleasure of holding the book in my hand. Browsing through the pages of a new book I'm considering to read. Scanning through the pages of the newspaper. Strolling through the aisles of a library. Browsing in a book store. Smiling at the illustrations in a children's book.

Call me old fashioned and a fuddy duddy, but I'll just stick with books the way I know them. My kids and grandkids will know there's always a book or two to read on our shelves. The stack of books next to my bed will not go away. And the Hannah Coulter book I recently received as a blessing in the mail from a fellow blogger will be re-read and gently marked with a pencil as I find my favorite parts.

As the technology of the world leaves me in its dust, you'll find me in my favorite chair by the fire enjoying the pleasure of a good book that I pulled off the bookshelf and delightfully Iinger on the words as I turn the pages by hand...

May you be blessed by reading in your garden whether it be the old fashioned way or with the technology found today in the Kindle!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, February 17

do ALL things

The Bible verse for my devotional came from the book of Philippians. To get the full meaning, I backed up and read from the beginning of chapter two. As it talked about following the example of Jesus Christ and His humility as we live out the result of our faith in Him, I came upon a familiar verse often quoted by me to my children....verse 14 which says "Do all things......". The difference was this time I was reading it out of the ESV version which says, "Do all things without grumbling or questioning". I don't recall ever reading the word 'questioning' before.

Do all things without....

murmurings

disputings

complaining

grumbling

arguing

faultfinding.

Yup, those are all familiar sounding for that verse. But questioning?

How often do my children ask me why? And perhaps the bigger question is how often do *I* ask God why?

I suppose there are different types of questioning. Sometimes when my kids question me it is for a valid purpose and part of a fact finding mission. Their desire is to be obedient, however they need more knowledge to be effective. But often it can be a questioning because they don't want to do something and the 'why?!' becomes more of a whine.

So how do *I* question God? For more knowledge or as a whine?

And what would happen if I would do ALL things without questioning? Just trusted and obeyed? Every time? Took the step of faith? Even for the hard things....

Good things for me to ponder on this day! How about you?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Monday, February 16

simple woman's daybook for February 16



For today February 16

Outside my window.....
the skies are blue, the sun is shining, and it was below zero again this morning when I went to Curves.

I am thinking.....about how quickly babies grow up! MUCH too quickly!

I am thankful for.....
a little granddaughter who sings about letting the dogs out which will keep me giggling for quite awhile.

From the learning rooms.....
we are learning to measure with a ruler, reviewing the different forms of pronouns, doing a spelling review lesson, learning how the different glands in the body function, and writing a narrative essay.

From the kitchen.....there will be made a bowl full of buttercream frosting with pink and red decorating sugars for heart cookies.

I am wearing.....black exercise pants and a long sleeved white shirt. The shower is my next stop.

I am creating.....
one list which will combine all the little lists I have all over the place. Perhaps I'll get more done that way?

I am going.....
several places this week after staying pretty close to home all last week.

I am not certain what I am reading.....next as over the weekend I finally finished up the book I've been reading the past few weeks.

I am hoping.....
for some solid answers to come from a son's doctor's appointment.

I am hearing.....a bunch of birds chirping out by our bird feeders. I LOVE that happy sound!

Around the house.....we've organized everything back to normal after having family as guests for a week.

One of my favorite things.....chit chatting with the gals at Curves in the mornings. There's always a good story or two told that is worthy of a chuckle :-)

A few plans for the rest of the week.....
getting back to our regular routine, AWANA tonight, a couple different appointments this week, and a birthday at the end of the week.

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


LinkHere's a sampling of the cutter sugar cookies I mixed and baked yesterday. Tonight is "Give your heart to Jesus" at AWANA Club, so I thought these cookies would be the perfect treat for my Chums. I'll frost and decorate them later this morning :-)

If you'd like to do your own daybook or read about others on this day, please go to Peggy's Place.

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, February 14

homemade love

So many verses and sayings about love on this Valentine's Day, but none of them sweeter than the homemade expressions of love from family :-)

May your heart be overflowing with love on this day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, February 13

talking heads

Each morning this week I have been able to get a post started, but it never ever gets finished. Wonderful sweet distractions which send my posts back to the draft folder for another day.

But just in case you thought I've spent the week fooling around holding a baby all the time, I'm here to prove you wrong. I've been busy working and today was no different. After school corrections were done, we began an important project. A very important project, I might add. For I've been frustrated with a large Rubbermaid container in the girls room which is impossible to get the lid on anymore. And today we dumped it out on the kitchen floor.

Barbie things everywhere! YIKES! We sorted the items into piles - furniture, shoes, clothes, heads, bodies, complete Barbies, animals, kitchen - and then began the pile of broken and discarded items.

In the pile were the following Barbie heads......

My oldest daughter recognized a couple that were most likely hers at one time and had been left behind in the collection in case there were ever younger sisters.

As I placed them out for a picture, I had to smile. Boy, would these Barbies ever have a LOT of stories to tell if they could talk! Not only have they lived through adventures in the girls bedroom, but they've even done some traveling their day. The clothing they've seen has ranged from brand new gowns to mom's old Barbie clothes to scraps of fabric made into dresses held together by tape. They've been lost found tubbed and driven all over the place in their cars. And the hair styles have been dramatic. Ahhh, yes, the life of a Barbie :-)

On to the next project.......

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, February 12

a thankful teacher

This week I've been able to experience something every public teacher regularly gets the blessing of having present....a teacher's aide!

Years ago my mom would randomly stop by once in awhile and do a little school with the kids, but other than that, I've been the main teacher. Nope, I'm not complaining and learned to accept my role a long time ago.

However, this week my oldest daughter has been visiting and has taken great relish in using mom's coveted red pen on her siblings schoolwork (insert an evil grin!) In fact, between her and I, we already have a major portion of the children's schooling corrections done for the week which is wonderful. Of course, she does have an ulterior motive in being so helpful....she REALLY wants t
o do a major cleaning/tossing in the bedroom of her younger sisters tomorrow.

How can I not be thankful? A teacher's aide and a cleaning specialist in one! Woo hoo!

Is your heart thankful? Be sure to share a glimpse of thankfulness with others on this Thankful Thursday!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, February 11

like a piece of candy

"Say the word 'daughter' slowly, prolong its gentle sound. Notice the way it lingers on the tongue like a piece of candy." ~ Paul Engle

It's been a week of sweet distractions which keeps me away from my computer. My oldest daughter and little granddaughter have been here while back at their home baby proofing and house finishing projects are worked on by the man of the house.

There is no doubt in my mind that I absolutely love having my oldest daughter around to hang out with all day long. The only way it would be even sweeter is if my daughter-in-love were here, too!

Truly, it is such a treat to chit chat all day long about every topic possible. The downside is that when I come here to blog I find that I have nothing to say! LOL! Hopefully I'll be able to think better next week after she's left!

In the meantime, I'm going to continue to enjoy these sweet distractions of conversation and baby holding, although I'll have to find the willpower of a giant to avoid the things around the kitchen that feed the sweet tooth of this oldest daughter. YIKES! There's many desserts being baked this week. No wonder she's so sweet! :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, February 10

a simple note

"A handwritten, personal letter has become a genuine modern-day luxury, like a child's pony ride." ~ Shana Alexander

Recently I had a surprise from the post office....a REAL handwritten letter! It is a rare treat nowadays, isn't it? It came from a faraway friend who wrote in response to our family Christmas letter as well as catching me up on life in her home. It truly was a blessing to receive a letter that I know took precious time by the author.

Before the internet, letter writing was one of my favorite pastimes. Upon receiving this letter from a friend, I realized how I much I needed to restore this long lost art of mine as it has definitely faded from my life. And once again it comes down to how I use my time. Priorities. Besides, I am a stationary-a-holic and really have no excuse NOT to be writing notes and letters using my stash of papers, notecards, and awesome pens :-)

Take a moment today and write a note to someone! Such a simple way to share a blessing!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, February 9

simple woman's daybook for February 9


For today February 9

Outside my window......the skies are mostly cloudy with temps in the 20's. The forecast is for weather in the upper 30's and RAIN!

I am thinking.....about a strange bad dream my husband told me about a few minutes ago when he was getting a cup of coffee.

I am thankful for......the gift someone blessed us with so my husband and I may attend a Valentine's Day banquet at the end of the week.

From the learning rooms.....will be a bit of catch up early in the week as I missed a couple days of school at the end of the week. Corrections on a Monday - ARGH!

From the kitchen.....there will be some baking this week as my sweet tooth daughter is visiting :-)

I am wearing.....a big white t-shirt and my black exercise pants. Time to jump into the shower!

We am creating.....evangelism bracelets for a church mission team to take to Peru this month.

I am going.....shopping for the AWANA store this morning.

I am still reading.....the book Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry.

I am hoping.....that the predicted weather all goes south sparing us of icy conditions on top of our snow.

I am hearing.....my husband getting ready to meet a friend and a baby waking up.

Around the house.....there are signs of a baby visiting :-)

One of my favorite things.....is my new camera card that holds 1500 pictures! Woo hoo! My old camera card only held 100 pictures which meant running in frequently to get pictures printed.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....setting up the AWANA Club store for tonight, a chiropractor appointment tomorrow, two Bible studies on Wednesday as well as a training session at the pregnancy center, a Valentine's banquet on Friday, and my son-in-law arriving for the weekend to pick up his girls.

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


Sunday evening suppers are typically popcorn and ice cream. We've been popping some multi-colored popcorn that we received as a Christmas gift. YUM!

If you'd like to do your own daybook or read about others on this day, please go to Peggy's Place.

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, February 7

the rest of be still

"There has hardly been another time in the history of the world when stillness was needed more than it is today, and there has surely not been another time when there was so little of it or when it was so hard to find." ~ A.W. Tozer

So true, eh?

Yes, the verse is well known..."Be still, and know that I am God." ~ Psalm 46:10a. But have you ever taken time to read through all of Psalm 46? Take a moment to do that and ponder whether it was any quieter then? Mountains quaking and falling. Waters roaring. Nations in an uproar. Kingdoms falling. Desolations upon the earth.

Sound like today? About the only thing left out is all the technology in our faces all day long from computers to cell phones to iPods to game systems. It all keeps our minds ever going and swirling and pondering.

Yet it in the midst of it all, the psalmist calls upon us to cease striving. Cease striving so you can know God and who He is as you read the rest of that verse...."I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10bc)

Knowing the rest of the verse is enough to keep me from striving when I consider our nation in the current fear driving uproar.

Just keep repeating....God will be exalted....God will be exalted....God will be exalted.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, February 6

be kind

Since my week has been busy with little computer time (which is the case again today), I leave you with a quote:

"You may be sorry that you spoke, sorry you stayed or went, sorry you won or lost, sorry you so much was spent. But as you go through life, you'll find--you're never sorry you were kind." ~ Herbert V. Prochnow

Spread a little kindness around in your world today. You'll never be sorry!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, February 5

an empty place

"A mother is....one who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take." ~ G. Mermillod

Four years ago today my mom passed away.

As I reflect upon that, I see what a tough emotional week I've had for a multitude of reasons. And yet perhaps what has made it perhaps more challenging was knowing this date was coming up on the calendar. I felt like I was counting each day as the calendar turned to February...."One, two, three, four....now five."

And the quote perfectly expresses it for me in this moment of time as I feel quite strongly that no one can take the place of my mother. My mother who would have gladly sat and listened to me ramble about several things as I talked them through. Ah, she may not have agreed and perhaps even thought I was being a rebel (!) as my heart yearns to take a strong stand, but there would have been no doubt of her unconditional love. None.

"I began to know my story then. Like everybody's, it was going to be the story of living in the absence of the dead. What is the thread that holds it all together? Grief, I thought for a while. And grief is there sure enough, just about all the way through. From the time I was a girl I have never been far from it. But grief is not a force and has no power to hold. You only bear it. Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark, or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery." ~ From Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry

Although I don't understand why the sense of grief has suddenly hit me harder than I've experienced in a long time, I do see the gold stitches of love which carry me. Love for my family. Love for my dear friends. Love for those who need the hope of the love that flows from my Savior. And it is because of God's unconditional love that I can take another step forward on this day.

And do me a favor today....if she's nearby, hug your mother. If she isn't, give her a call and tell her you love her!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, February 3

tipped over

As if it isn't bad enough to wake up with a raging headache that definitely canceled plans of walking early this morning, then to sit down with that first cup of coffee hoping to ease the pain only to be thrown back into thoughts of life.

Wrestling with life. Not with God.

And I've written out my thoughts several times, but can't get it right here - perhaps due to this headache - so the wrestling will continue to wrestle in my draft folder.

Instead I leave you this day with what seems like purposeful rebellion on the part of the cat, but most likely is nothing more than typical cat curiosity. Any cups or glasses left on the kitchen table or countertops during the night are subject to the following:

We have caught him dipping his paws into the cups as he tests for water. Fortunately these two cups were empty, but frequently they do have water in them and a large puddle of water is left behind.

Seems my life right now is full of tipped cups and some spilled water left behind.

So, I do "the next thing" as EE would say by picking up the cups on the table and beginning our schooling for the day.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Monday, February 2

you can't win.....

As I scanned the morning news headlines, I read this article about how thriftiness was hurting the economy.

Excuse me while I roll my eyes....

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C'mon, Americans! Start spending like crazy to help our economy!

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Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


simple woman's daybook for February 2

For today February 2

Outside my window......there are patchy overcast skies with some light snow in the air and a bit of blowing.

I am thinking.....about what cleaning I'd like to get done today once our schooling is finished for the day.

I am thankful for......fairly good health....at least for the moment.

From the learning rooms.....we are learning about nickels and counting by 5's, reviewing processes with fractions, learning about predicate adjectives, looking for an "information" type book for a book review, and learning the words for household items in Spanish.

From the kitchen.....I'm going to bake pink cupcakes for my Chums.

I am wearing.....my black exercise pants, an old white t-shirt from Sanibel Island, a pink sweater thrown over for warmth, and my purple crocs.

I am still creating.....workspace on my desk as I go through and sort piles of papers.

I am going.....to the library to pick up a movie and to AWANA Club tonight.

I am still reading.....the book Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry.

I am hoping.....to be able to make all the connections this week with scheduling to get my daughter back home. Having a good streak of nice weather would be very helpful!

I am hearing.....my husband get ready to go outdoors.

Around the house.....are messes from two girls who have been going from one thing to the next all weekend. Time to clean-up, I say!

One of my favorite things.....is having a nicely warmed up car when I need to go somewhere.

A few plans for the rest of the week include.....going to AWANA tonight, doing some extra cleaning as we begin hosting Bible study in our home again beginning this week, a session of training at the pregnancy resource center, and getting a daughter home from my oldest daughter's home :-)

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

Pray tell, doesn't EVERYONE keep catnip in their spice cabinet?!?!?! I wasn't too happy to see things rearranged to make room for this product amongst my cooking things! I just hope that when my husband decides to do some cooking that he has his glasses on so we don't end up with catnip instead of oregano in a recipe! YIKES!

If you'd like to do your own daybook or read about others on this day, please go to Peggy's place.

Have a great day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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