Saturday, May 30

flowered with resolve

I may have to take it back....

I don't know if I can wait to plant.

For you see, I entered a couple of greenhouses yesterday and my resolve grows ohhh sooo weak.

The flowers!

THE FLOWERS!

Row after row of flowers just calling my name to be planted as the greenhouses are very full yet due to the lateness of spring. It wasn't much help either to have one of my daughters and my daughter-in-law along with me as we "ohhhhed" and "ahhhhed" over all the brightly colored flowers. "Oh mom! Look at this! It's in all your favorite colors!" is what I heard as we glanced at the baskets overhead that were overflowing with flowers.

But I remained strong and only bought my vegetable plants for now. They went into a little red wagon which can be pulled out into the sunshine during the day and back into the garage at night when cool frosty weather comes.

Today my husband will till the whole garden one last time as he's anxious to get the tiller attachment off his tractor and put the mowing attachment on for the summer as the field is shouting to be mowed.

We'll see what the weather does over the next day or two.

Guess I'll continue to wait....and dream of flowers.....

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 29

the waiting of spring

My garden of today looks much like the tilled garden of early spring. The only exception is that rich compost has been tilled into it a few times over the past month.

I wait.

Such an odd spring we've had this year. When will it get warm and stay warm? Someone told me that there's a chance of frost again this weekend. And with the full moon arriving late next week, again the possibilities of frost greatly increase.

I wait.

It's not like I can't find other things to do while it warms up outside. There's many tasks of spring cleaning to take care of as school wraps up for the year. Plus there's other yard tasks to work on in the meantime.

The first lawn mowing of the season will take place today as the task has been passed down from the youngest son to the oldest daughter at home. He'll be working more with my husband this summer and she has been waiting to earn money doing one of the rare paying jobs around here. I know I will never have to remind her to mow the lawn as visions of new clothing she wants to buy dance in her head!

I wait.

The seeds are here and ready in the gardening box. Perhaps I'll pick up the vegetable plants I need and put them in a slightly protected place where I can easily keep an eye on them. Soon we can do flowers, too, once the frost danger passes.

So while I wait, I'll continue on the "do the next thing" path. There's never a shortage of next things in this household!

May the times of waiting in your garden not find your hands idle!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 28

two more signs of spring

Ohhhh, how I love watching the woods become greener each day as spring arrives more fully! The rains we've had over the last couple of days have really boosted the process along.

However, I've also noticed a couple other signs of spring which are common to the area where we live.

**The grays of spring - You know when May has arrived because slowly our population changes as the *snowbirds* flock back to the northern woods. They've enjoyed the warm southern breezes over the winter months and return hoping for spring to be fully alive when they arrive. Unfortunately that hasn't been the case this May as it's been rather cool. For those of us who live here year around, suddenly we find the roads busier, the grocery store lines longer, and life in general feels a little more crowded with seniors who move slower.

**The pickup trucks of spring - After my early morning walk as I was driving home from the high school, I noticed another spring phenomena common to our area. Pickup trucks all over the place with supplies for the day loaded in the back. Often the drivers will be flannel-shirted and bearded. Popular sighting spots are at gas stations where the men stand talking with a cup of coffee in their hands, at the local hardware store, or in the parking lot of cafes. Now that the long winter is over, the local contractors are busily back to work yet they always have time for some jawing. I should know as I live with one of those guys :-)

Any common uncommon signs of spring in your area?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 27

a birthday of fabric

What a joy to note Randi's one year birthday of her Etsy shop Fresh Squeezed Fabrics! If you love crafts, quilts, sewing, and amazing fabric, be sure to stop by for a visit. All the fabrics available are bright, colorful, and fun. I love to browse her shop which is all I'm allowed to do at the moment while I'm on a fabric diet. HOWEVER, in honor of this special birthday she is offering THREE gifts and that is an opportunity I cannot resist! Do stop by her blog "i have to say" and leave a comment on her birthday post to be entered in her birthday gift celebration! Hurry as the contest ends on Thursday!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 26

all in pink


My crabapple tree in the front yard is LOADED with pink blossoms this year! I love it! My husband says that it means there's a hard winter ahead, but I've also heard that a hard winter will produce more fruit in the season that follows. I don't know who's right? But I do know it's not the hard winters that I mind; it's the LONG winters that bother me more. And really, at this moment, I can't even think about winter because the pink in my yard keeps a smile on my face!

Enjoy this spring season whatever the color!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 25

simple woman's daybook for May 25

For today May 25th

Outside my window.....the skies are blue and the early morning promises a beautiful day ahead.

I am thinking.....about a birth I attended over the weekend.

I am thankful for.....the blessing of new life whether it be babies or the arrival of all new growing things in spring.

From the learning rooms.....the girls are done and I need to correct the boys' schooling as we ran out of time at the end of last week.

From the kitchen.....there will be busyness with meals as family have come home for the long weekend.

I am wearing.....my jammies and a bathrobe as I enjoy an unusually quiet morning to myself.

I am creating.....my "to do" list for the summer ahead.

I am going.....to sort through the girls summer clothes to see what fits this year and what doesn't.

I am reading.....nothing in particular at the moment, but certainly have a stack of books to choose from next to my bed!

I am hoping.....to work on projects this morning which require quiet and my focused attention.

I am hearing.....the happy spring birds in the trees outside my window.

Around the house.....things are still in relative order after last week's appraiser's appointment.

One of my favorite things.....is hearing my granddaughter say, "I love you, Grandma"

A few plans for the rest of the week are.....the official start of my son's baseball season, volunteer work at the pregnancy resource center, a meeting with an expectant couple, soccer coach training, and enjoying the company of my daughter-in-law and two grandchildren.

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

A picture of littles splashing their feet in lake water still too cold to swim in!

If you enjoy reading daybooks or would like to participate yourself, please stop over at
Peggy's Place

May you remember those who bravely served in our military forces over the years as they protected and preserved freedom.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 23

looking for the best

Here is my thought to ponder for the weekend:

God has a present will for your life.
It is neither chaotic nor utterly exhausting.
In the midst of many good choices vying for your time,
He will give you the discernment to recognize what is best.
~Beth Moore

Here's to the best!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 22

the eagle's eyes factor

If you wander around your house thinking that perhaps it's time to do some deep cleaning, can I share a tip that will put you into complete motivation to get the job done instead of forever procrastinating about it?

Get your home appraised.

See how simple it is?!

Trust me...it works!

For as you walk room by room with the appraiser as he measures everything and asks questions, suddenly you see every cobweb, every dirty window, every bit of junk EVERYWHERE!

:::THUD:::

Truly, it is an eye opening experience.....

Since the appraiser left late yesterday afternoon, I've been pondering this deep cleaning issue and trying to come up with a solution. I think I need to divide the house up into rooms or areas and each week this summer work on deep cleaning one. It will take me one week on one area because the reality is my life is full of interruptions. And the other reality is that we've lived in this house almost thirty years and there's LOTS OF STUFF. Perhaps by tackling it this way, at the end of the summer the house will have become simplified and it will be much more enjoyable to start school in the fall.

It works in theory....hold me accountable to see if it works in reality! LOL!

Enjoy spring cleaning in your garden with or without an appraiser's eagle eyes to motivate you!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 21

the line of purpose

Early this morning when I was walking at the high school, I detoured out of the fieldhouse and walked the labyrinth of halls. I noticed that in one section of the school, the flooring had a silver line that seemed to go right down the middle of the hallway. I doubt that most students even notice it as they walk the halls, but in the quiet of the morning it seemed to jump out at me.

As I walked, I kept focused on this silver line and could walk a straight line, but the moment I looked around me to see all the posters on the walls or notes on the lockers I was off course. Not badly off course, but definitely wandering a bit and needing to readjust my walk.

And as I thought about it, my mind went WHOA! If I compared that to my life, I would have been banging into the lockers yesterday!

For you see, when I got home yesterday afternoon after my volunteer shift at the pregnancy resource center our power was still out (it had apparently gone out after lunch). In fact, when I was on one of our backroads coming home, I had to turn around because the utility trucks were working on repairing a power line. It was EXTREMELY windy here and power outages aren't uncommon under those conditions. Hey, we live in the woods and there's lots of dead trees just aching to come down as soon as the wind blows :::sigh:::

Because I had seen the utility truck, I assumed our power would be back on soon which was what I needed. My "to do" list was quite extensive as we had major house cleaning to do in anticipation of today's home appraisal besides all the other things on my mind right now like planning for a big weekend ahead, being on call for a birth, AND having my hormones on a weird tumble right now.

The power did not return all afternoon.

The power did not return all evening.

Can you see where I was headed? Banging into lockers big time! There were many things I could not do because they required water or electricity or light. All of that resulted in going to bed early in a bad mood - hey, it was pitch dark in the house! - and having a terrible night of sleep which unfortunately does not influence me to sleep later as my internal clock says, "GET UP!" around 5:30 A.M. every morning.

Sooo, I went walking which is a good stress reliever for me AND a good time to listen to my Heavenly Father who reminded me how I had taken my eyes off that silver line of His purposes in my life. It's not about me. It's never about me. It's about Him. It's always about Him.

Looking back I see now how I could have used that time without power to plug into his power. Because there were so many things I could not physically do without power, there were things I could do spiritually with His power.

What about catching up in my devotional journal? What about sitting down with my prayer list? What about starting the Bible study I want to work through this summer? What about writing a couple notes of encouragement to those I know are struggling right now? What about just resting in Him for a change? What about trusting Him for peace in a situation that didn't feel peaceful?

Yes, our power did come back on sometime during the night. And yes, the line of purpose has been found once again after spending some time this morning focusing on what I need to be focusing on. God's purposes.

Guess His purposes didn't include a spic and span house when the appraiser walks through the rooms this afternoon, eh? Perhaps a lesson in pride is also included with that silver line of purpose? More to think about as I walk through my day....

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Wednesday, May 20

a disheartened doggie

You know, as if it isn't enough to have a houseful of kids to figure out, then there's the pets.

It's been so nice having the weather change, the road limits lifted, and a husband back to work after a long winter. My husband loves his work and our dog Shadow is always eager to jump into the truck and go with him.

But that seems to be the extent of the dog's excitement. He's not his usual annoying self on the job sites. No barking at the backhoe. No biting at the rakes. No digging in the trenches. All he does is nose around a bit and then lies down. And if it's cool outside Shadow wants to go back inside the truck.

I thought perhaps once the boys were back working with Dad he'd cheer up, but nope!

By all signs, we're wondering if he's depressed? For you see he's primarily been the dog of one of older sons. The pooch loved hanging out with him on jobsites or riding in the truck with him. However, that son is currently hundreds of miles away at basic training and we think Shadow is missing him. Big time.

What to do? Anyone deal with a disheartened dog before?

All tips appreciated!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 19

a lilac remembrance

A glimpse at my lilac bush by the girls bedroom shows the leaves just beginning to come out. Hmmm, is our spring behind or perhaps more normal this year?

My mind goes back to two years ago and the necessity of all the area lilac bushes to be very early for a change. My oldest daughter was getting married on May 19th and had choosen lilacs as her main flower to blend with her lavender theme. Feel free to read about our lilac adventures which resulted in more fragrances than thought possible as God smiled upon us!

So on this day I wish my sweet daughter and her dashing husband a very happy second anniversary!

Who knows? Perhaps the lilacs will be blooming on my anniversary this year :-)

May you enjoy the fragrance of spring in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 18

simple woman's daybook for May 18

For today May 18th

Outside my window.....it's mostly sunny, very breezy, with a chance of showers later on today.

I am thinking.....about all I want to get done today and wondering where all the energy for the tasks will come from?

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

From the learning rooms.....our formal schooling for this school year will be finished up this week if all goes well.

From the kitchen.....
we had oatmeal breakfast baked in the oven this morning which is one of the kids' favorite recipes.

I am wearing.....
my exercise clothes from going to Curves this morning. My day is running way behind and I'll jump in the shower after I'm done typing this!

I am creating.....a fishing contest chart for the weekend ahead.

I am going.....
to get out to the garden today and check the rhubarb. Perhaps it's grown enough to cut and start baking some of our favorite recipes.

I am reading.....nothing in particular as life is keeping me too busy to linger over a book right now.

I am hoping.....a baby arrives before the weekend!

I am hearing.....
my girls chattering in the kitchen.

Around the house.....we are trying to get everything cleaned up and in order as an appraiser is scheduled to come this week.

One of my favorite things.....
is the lengthening of daylight!

A few plans for the rest of the week.....an adoption training session tomorrow, volunteering at the pregnancy center on Wednesday, women's Bible study, a house appraisal, attending a baby's birth (hopefully this week!), and getting together with family traveling home for a long weekend filled with traditions.

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


We picked up this patriotic wind sock as we remember our son in basic training right now. Notice how we spring is just starting to come here. The trees are starting to bud which puts a red cast to the woods. Soon the green pine trees will be lost among the green of the woods. At least I hope it's soon!

If you enjoy reading daybooks or would like to participate yourself, please stop over at Peggy's Place

Enjoy this spring day in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 16

fishy changes

Last night my husband decided to take a chance on some fishing. It seemed the weather was changing which can be a good sign for fish to bite. The clouds were rolling in, the wind was blowing, and their were raindrops in the air.

And he was right! He came home with his limit in walleyes and my mouth watered at the thought of an upcoming fish fry.

But my mouth wasn't the only one watering. Our old cat Sophie has always sat right by her fish filleting master. And although her health is failing in many ways, she has not lost her love for fresh fish scraps.

Her purr could probably be heard in every part of the house as she watched her master's hands swiftly fillet the fish and her intentness was paid off well when the scraps came her way. Indeed, one would not have seen a more happy contented cat last night.

And my husband was right on another count. The weather has changed. We woke up to darkened skies, strong blustery winds, and snowflakes falling! YIKES! A definite disappointment in our mid-May weather :::sigh:::

My hope is that Sophie will not be my second disappointment this morning. May all the fresh fish scraps she gobbled up last night have stayed down and not caused problems on the other end either. 'Nuff said about that matter.....

May spring actually be alive and well in your garden this morning without any distracting disappointments!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 15

the quieter summer

I forgot.

And my memory was jarred yesterday.

When I watched the Matthew West music video, I noticed that he was left handed. That's always something I tend to notice because we have four left handed children. And then it hit me. One of our left handed sons had lost his voice for an extended time several years ago.

I can't believe I forgot about that!

My memory has been trying to come up with the *when* did that happen? I could get all my old journals and calendars down out of the closet and go through them I suppose, but I guess that part isn't really that important.

So, here's the story. He lost his voice in the early spring. We thought that perhaps it was a case of laryngitis and waited for it to resolve. But it didn't, so we took him to our family doctor who thought it may be viral and it would resolve on its own. So, as the summer days continued to go by and he still didn't have his voice, our doctor referred us to a specialist who did various testing which didn't show anything specific as the cause. His next suggested step was to do a more invasive procedure which would require needles on his vocal cords to test nerves, etc. Listening to the procedure was enough to make a mother break out in a cold sweat!

The appointment was set for mid-September.

My heart was set on prayer. And more prayer as the date approached.

A week before he was scheduled to go in to have this procedure done, his voice began coming back. Slowly and faintly, but each day his voice grew stronger. We concluded that we could cancel the appointment and called the office of the specialist to let them know our son's voice had completely come back.

God's timing. Never too soon and never too late. Always perfect :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Thursday, May 14

more than motions

Wednesdays are now my travel days as the pregnancy resource center where I volunteer is over an hour away. I love the quiet time of the travel as it gives me time to think and pray.

Sometimes when I am close to my destination, I'll turn on the radio as the Christian radio station comes in clearly unlike at home when it fades in and out. Last week I heard a song that I'm certain that I had heard before, but perhaps hadn't been able to really listen to the words. When I got home, I asked my boys if they knew the song, but of course by then the only words I could remember from the song was something about "give everything". "Ya, okay, mom", was their response as they kind of looked at each other with that look on their face (if you have teenagers, you may know what that look looks like....it's not disrespectful but rather a "poor mom" look)

Sooo, yesterday I heard it again, grabbed my notebook and pencil, then wrote down some of the lines. Yes, while driving. And yes, it was barely legible. This time when I got home and asked my boys if they knew the song, I could actually sing some of the lines as I read my scribbles for them. Yes, they knew the song. In fact, one of the boys grabbed his iPod and put the song on for me as he handed me the earphones.

The Motions by Matthew West


And this line from the song is what keeps going through my head....."I don't wanna spend my whole life asking what if I had given everything instead of going through the motions."

Perhaps it makes me ponder more after attending a funeral this week. Or perhaps it's just a continuation of what God has already been whispering to my heart.

It's so easy to go through the motions when you've been home raising your children for most of your life. Life becomes daily humdrum in all respects. There tends not to be a lot of God's "all consuming passion inside of me", you know?

And yet....what if? What if you'd live your life giving everything with God's all consuming passion? What would your home life look like? What would the ministries you are involved in look like? And really, what do you have to lose?

It makes me think of the Bible studies I've been in over the past year and the life of Paul. He really lived with a single minded purpose and focus in his life. He was all about JESUS. He lived giving everything no matter what the cost and sacrifice. For Paul, it was all gain whether he went home to be with the Lord or he remained on this earth serving the Lord. The book of Philippians is all about his encouragement to press on toward the goal.

Just a few thoughts I'm pondering on this day.....

May life in your garden be more than motions!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 13

greeting the sunshine

From my gardening flip calendar:

"In spring, a friend is the first daffodil opening to greet the sunshine."



Hey, friend! It's so good to see your sunny faces smiling in my yard again!

May you have spring flower smiles in your garden, too!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 12

tapping into the bedrock

"The knowledge that God has loved me to the uttermost, to the end of all my sin and meanness and selfishness and wrong, will send me forth into the world to love in the same way. God's love to me is inexhaustible, and I must love others from the bedrock of God's love to me." ~ Oswald Chambers

Can we even begin to comprehend God's love for us? The enormity of it? Thinking about God's love always brings me to these verses:

"I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." ~ Ephesians 3:16-19

My faith in Jesus Christ gives me a bedrock to be rooted and established in LOVE. There is no limit to His love. None. And that love is mine. Not only is there more than enough love for me to show to my family who are easy to love....well, most of the time!....but God's love will and should overflow into the lives of others. Especially into the lives of those who don't know God's love, but are possibly in situations of needing it most.

Is that what we see happening in today's culture? In the world of ME? Even amongst Christians?

Ohhhh, what a difference we can make in today's world as we show love beyond ourselves and our families to those who need to know God's love! No need to do it on our own, but through the bedrock of God's love that is rooted and established in our lives. It's all about Him working through us. In love.

May you be challenged to share God's love beyond your garden gates!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 11

simple woman's daybook for May 11


For today May 11



Outside my window.....
the skies are mostly blue with a few clouds. It's rather cool now - in the 30's - but is suppose to get up around 60ish degrees.

I am thinking.....about all I want to get done today.

I am thankful for.....my sweet children. I do feel blessed by each one!

From the learning rooms.....we are completing more studies for the year this week! Woo hoo!

From the kitchen.....there won't be much cooking or baking happening until I get the countertops cleared off!

I am wearing.....my black exercise pants and a green hooded sweatshirt as I've been to Curves this morning.

I am creating.....a clean yard with the raking we are doing on the non-windy days.

I am going.....to do some shopping for things I can send in a package to my son.

I am reading.....a quilting magazine I received yesterday and daydreaming as I page through it.

I am hoping.....to get caught up on a few things. Is that even possible?

I am hearing.....my clock tick on my desk as the children are still sleeping so the house is quiet.

Around the house.....are clothes for ALL seasons. I'm wondering if it's finally safe to put away the winter warm gear and change over all the drawers and closets to lightweight clothing?

One of my favorite things.....is spring and FLOWERS!

A few plans for the rest of the week.....hopefully coffee with a friend, attending the funeral of a faithful servant of the Lord, a congregational meeting, early morning Bible study on Wednesday, volunteering at the pregnancy center, and an in-service training meeting later in the week.

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

Yesterday marked the 15th birthday of my youngest son. I can hardly believe he's that old already! How did those five boys of mine turn into young men so quickly?! I miss the days of sandboxing dump trucks, Legos everywhere, bike races, and fort building extraordinaire! How quickly time passes......

If you enjoy reading daybooks or would like to participate yourself, please stop over at Peggy's Place

Have a wonderful day in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Sunday, May 10

on my heart this day

On my heart this morning is not your typical Mother's Day post. Yes, this is a day filled with great joy as children honor their mother.

But it can also be a day filled with sadness as many remember a mother who has gone home to be with the Lord. A day filled with sadness as women struggle with infertility and long to be mothers. And it may be a day filled with heartache as indescribable guilt, shame, and pain flood the hearts of those affected by abortion.

I was startled recently by a statistic given by a speaker at a banquet.....one out of three people in this country have been affected by abortion. The woman herself, the partner whether a boyfriend or husband, the siblings and grandparents (who often don't find out until years later), the friends who were confidantes or the driver to the clinic. And many of these people are sitting next to us in a church pew on a Sunday morning unable to share this secret for fear of condemnation as they deal with what feels like a sin untouchable by God.

If you are one of those affected, can I share something with you on this day?

God loves you. He loves you more than could ever be measured in our human terms for His love is abundant and deep. With His love God paid the price for ALL sin through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. A death that was not to condemn the world, but to save the world. Every single sin can be brought to the foot of the cross and forgiven. Forgiven completely and fully. God desires to be reconciled with you through that gift of forgiveness and allow healing to come into your life.

If you are ready for those steps of healing to begin, can I share with you an online resource that can help through their love and compassion for you?

Abortion Recovery InterNational
is a Christian ministry that encourages and supports healing for those who are hurting from abortion. It is a place with information which includes a listing of caring programs and services around the country to help you heal.

May hope is that by sharing my heart on this day, someone will receive the gift of healing through God's great love. I can't think of a better Mother's Day gift than that, can you?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Saturday, May 9

fly by faith

"A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says--"I cannot stand any more." God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly. Trust yourself in God's hands." ~ Oswald Chambers

It began as a whisper.

I'm sure it is still a whisper, yet because I'm tuned in it feels clearer and louder.

Am I ready to fly?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 8

an unexpected find

Yesterday afternoon I had the usual errands to run in town - bank, post office, grocery store - but had one extra stop as we had a couple library books due that I needed to drop off. I was going to pull up and just drop them off at the outside slot, but the parking was all taken in that area, so I parked instead and walked the books in to the library. I easily dropped them off at the counter, turned around to walk out, and stopped immediately when I noticed a library cart by the door....Books for Sale. Fifty cents each or three for a dollar. There is not a single book lover in the world who can resist!

Within moments, I ran across a book that was a keeper! A book by one of my favorite people! SOLD! There were two children's books I picked up at the same time to get my three for a dollar deal. Such a smart shopper I am :-)

After I got home and sat down to scan through my treasured find, I smiled about God's timing for He gave me the perfect thing to read as lately I've been pondering this whole aging thing as I look in the mirror.

Tucking Ned in bed one night, I leaned down to kiss him good-night.

Looking closely at my face, a delighted smile spread over his.

"It looks like sunshine," he said.

"What looks like sunshine?" I asked

And his fingers gently touched the lines going out from the corners of my eyes.

With such an observation, how could anyone mind growing old?

~Ruth Bell Graham


May others see sunshine in your face each time you smile!

(After thinking about it today, I decided to come back here in case anyone misinterpreted my closing comment....NO, I am not wishing crow's feet on anyone! I think people's eyes shine when they smile even without those silly aging lines....)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 7

look for the green

Delighted in seeing an even brighter field of green outside my window this morning, I reminded myself that the earth was dosed well with nitrogen during the night.

For in the middle of the night I was awoken to loud claps of thunder and bright lightning. Surprised that my younger ones weren't awake, I tiptoed downstairs to unplug the computer stuff, thankfully acknowledged there weren't a bunch of windows to close, and crawled back into bed easily falling back to sleep.

Spring thunderstorms. Sometimes predicted and sometimes a middle of the night surprise.

Much like the storms of life. Sometimes forewarned as you can hear them rumbling for awhile before they enter your life and sometimes surprisingly arriving out of the blue with full force.

With any kind of storm, you have two options....you can worry, panic, and think you have to handle it alone OR you can completely trust Your Heavenly Father with His care. He'll help you take the necessary steps and He'll give you peace for all the unfamiliar steps. And as you begin walking on the other side of the storm, you'll notice the greenness of new life that could only come from stretching your faith through a difficult time.

May you plant God's peace in your garden through sunshine and storms!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Wednesday, May 6

clicking and dinging




Sometimes we think we need to spend lots of money on educational products for our children when simple things may be right beneath our noses which will allow our children to enjoy learning in a creative way. Check out my article at Heart of the Matter Online today!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 5

under or over paid?

Every time I've walked this school year at the local high school, the radio has NOT been on in the fieldhouse. The radio was always playing the couple of years before that, so I figured that perhaps there was a new janitor on the morning shift or something. No problem because I like quiet :-)

What a surprise to walk in this morning and hear "oldies" being played...."oldies" as in the music that I grew up with and am always shocked to really hear the lyrics. Yikes! But I digress....

They had a news blurb on about some online salary site that estimated what the average wage of a mother would be if you figured in all the various jobs she did as part of her "job".

:::::drumroll:::::

$130,000!

Ummm, where do I go to collect? *wink*

Have a good day in your garden where the pay tends to be in kisses and hugs!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 4

simple woman's daybook for May 4



For today May 4th

Outside my window.....there was frost on the rooftops when I woke up! Right now the skies are blue, the sun is shining, and it is suppose to get up into the 60's today.

I am thinking.....
that I'm sad that the bloggy giveaways are no more. They were always fun to participate in and I was looking forward to hosting a giveaway during my favorite season - spring! - until I read that she made the decision to close the site a few weeks ago.

I am thankful for.....good health in our family right now.

From the learning rooms.....
we are down to the last three weeks of our school year! It is so so nice to be finishing things up.

From the kitchen.....we are going to bake enough cookies for each man to eat three cookies in a group of around 53 men. You can do the math! *wink*

I am wearing.....a warm green hooded sweatshirt over my exercise clothes.

I am creating.....a quilt which will have its starting pieces from a maternity dress I'm taking apart.

I am going.....to no doubt experience fuzzy brain with all the information I'm trying to keep focused on right now.

I am still reading.....
Saved by Angels written by Bruce Van Natta

I am hoping.....
for warmer weather!

I am hearing.....a variety of birds singing outside my window as they welcome this spring day.

Around the house.....
all the remnants of unexpected long weekend visitors have been put away EXCEPT changing the sheets on the bed since the little sisters love to sniff the lingering scent of their older sister. I know, they're strange, but they've also been known to sniff my pillow when I'm not home. Yes, we're a bunch of sentimental sniffers apparently....

One of my favorite things.....is freshly tilled garden dirt.

A few plans for the rest of the week....
getting together with a friend, Bible studies, training at the pregnancy resource center, possibly a getaway at the end of the week with my family, and if the weather is nice I'll travel to the cemetery to leave some flowers on my mom's gravesite.

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


Recently when I was going through a box of things from my old desk downstairs, I found my old fountain pen. It was my favorite pen to use to write letters to friends years ago. Last week when I was out running errands, I made a stop at the local office supply store to see if they still carried ink cartridges for fountain pens and they did! What fun it will be to use this pen once again!

If you enjoy reading daybooks or would like to participate yourself, please stop over at Peggy's Place

Have a wonderful day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 2

from zero to ninety

Flexibility is often the name of the game around here and it once again played out toward the end of the week as my oldest daughter and her baby decided to head home for an unexpected spring visit. It caused a flurry of activity as we quickly got the house ready and did as much schooling as we could before they arrived on Thursday.

And when I noticed the scissors I had placed on my bathroom sink as a reminder to trim the bangs of my littlest one, I was delighted to know that now I could ask my daughter to do the trimming and to catch my bangs as well.

Little did I expect when I brought the scissors out for the bang trimming job that another daughter would suddenly want the use of the scissors on her hair. Not for a trim. For a major cut! The dramatics of this reminded me of those old car advertisements that timed a car going from zero mph to NINETY MPH in a matter of seconds.

Yes, that's how dramatic and quickly this all happened!

She went from her long layered styin' look:





To this short cute bob length!

Yup, just another lesson for mom to learn to be flexible, that is, once she picks herself up off the floor after being blown over from the winds of the quick decisions of her children! LOL!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Friday, May 1

organizing activities and hearts

We've come to the end of the carnival and it's been a delight to participate! This week is actually a combination of two themes - organizing your homeschool activities such as field trips, co-ops, sporting activities, etc. AND organizing your heart by keeping priorities in order, having a good attitude, etc. Be sure to check out all the links for ideas on both themes by heading over to the last entries of the carnival over at Heart of the Matter

Every carnival does have wonderful prizes - ever bring home one of those JUMBO stuffed animals that cost you many bucks to win? - and Heart of the Matter also offered the opportunity to win a wonderful prize package to all those who participated in their Organized Homeschool Carnival. Let's just say that the winner has been dancing, singing, jumping, and feeling mighty blessed to say, "I WON! I WON!"

Have a happy first day of May!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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