Monday, May 31

to honor by seeing

 "Ohhhhh, say can you see......."

As our nation pauses on this day to remember and honor those who have bravely died in military service, my own heart wonders if our nation sees?

"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty." - John F. Kennedy

Does our nation see?  Is survival, success, and sacrifice still the heartbeat of a country founded on liberty?  Or have the excessives that have come with liberty actually blinded our fellow countrymen to the necessary price as these very liberties silently slip away?


Perhaps my own heart is more sensitive as I see the willing sacrifice a son has made to go through grueling training, live in less than ideal conditions, and serve in hazardous parts of the world?  Sacrifices which he voluntarily endures courageously putting his life on the line for our country's liberty.


May your heart see, remember, and honor on this day!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 29

flower throwing again

Almost seven years ago this flower girl's dress was worn by one of my young daughters in her oldest brother's wedding.
Today this dress is being worn by my youngest daughter who we hadn't yetmet  at that wedding although she was certainly present (check us out at my post called the ninth tale where you'll see my two youngest back then wearing these pretty dresses) as she wears it at an older brother's wedding.  The sister who originally wore this dress will be a bridesmaid in today's wedding. 


And in between that wedding and this wedding this dress was also worn for a sister's wedding and a wedding that my granddaughter was in for her parents' friends.


This beautiful dress (and its twin which will also be worn today by my granddaughter) has certainly gotten good use and is still in beautiful condition waiting to be used again.  Who would have thought back then that these pretty dresses would have been such a lasting investment that would grace so many weddings?

Looking forward to a perfect day for a wedding and praying for many blessings upon my son and his wife to be!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 28

folded days

After getting way too many little slips of paper all over my desk for our upcoming wedding, I decided I needed to organize them into one place.  But where?  Too many notebooks were involved and I didn't want to use a large pocket folder.  So, I stretched my imagination a bit and pulled out some old calendars that I've been saving for a rainy day project.
I paged through them until I found a picture with pink flowers for our pink wedding.  How fun to find that perfect picture which came from May 2007 which was when my oldest daughter got married!
Carefully I removed the page, trimmed the bottom edge, and folded it up to a height that looked good.
Here's what it looked like on the other side after the fold.
Then I carefully glued down the outer edges and added a white liner inside.
Once the glue was completely dried, I tested it out and it works perfectly for my needs!  
Here's what it looks like from the outside.  It's just the right size for me!  I've since packed it full of all my little sheets of papers with times and places and directions and lists of lists.  Hopefully it will help me so I don't  forget a single thing for the weekend ahead.

I'm not a fabulously crafty person, but it's fun to come up with something in a pinch!

Enjoy a creative day in your garden today!
 

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 27

spacing

Since gardening is still on my mind, I thought of another gardening tip while we were busy planting.

One of the challenges of beginning to garden is figuring out the spacing between vegetable rows.  When planting it looks like there will be plenty of room until things begin growing and later in the summer you find that you can hardly walk between the rows.  What made it even more frustrating is all the young children that wandered in my garden through the years stepping on plants because there wasn't room to walk plus it made it difficult for them to do their weeding chores.  

So we finally figured out our rule of thumb which works well.
Two garden rake widths between standard rows.  Three to four garden rake widths between sprawling vegetable rows, you know, things like the different squashes with their vines and leaves or cucumber vines.

Perhaps that sounds like a lot of space, but it works well for anyone who will wander down your garden paths.  Plenty of space to set down a bowl when picking beans, room for someone kneeling and weeding between plants, runways for runaway toddlers, and roomy trails for moving hoses around within your garden.


Happy gardening!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 26

the garden secret

Spring means a busy busy time of the year for me and I enjoy every moment of it.  Being busy means I think about all kind of things worthy of a blog post but having very little time to sit down and actually type it out....which means I forget by the time I do have time to sit down and actually type.  Just part of being 50 something I guess.

My vegetable garden was planted over a few days last week and amazingly much of it was already peeking through the ground in less than a week due to this incredibly HOT May weather we've been having.  Yesterday I was able to finish up all my typical flowerbed and flower pot planting.  It feels wonderful to be done with this spring/summer chore so early!

After downloading my planting pictures from the last week or so, I couldn't resist sharing a secret.  Well, it's kind of a secret between three of us and I suppose it's no longer a secret because I'm sharing it here, but you will only see and know part of it.
For you see, I did something rather frivolous in my garden planting.  Yes, we'll be short a few rows of beans this year which I may whimper about come harvest time especially since we ran out of canned garden beans late this winter, however I'm banking on this garden space hogging endeavor to grow to be worth the whimpers.   I'll keep you updated as it grows and in the meantime I'll smile every time I think about it!

Have fun with your garden and plant a surprise!  


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

P.S.  My garden cohorts have been sworn to secrecy so please do not try to bribe them....and you know who you are!  LOL!





Tuesday, May 25

watchful eyes a'followin'

"Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." ~ First Corinthians 10:1

Quite powerful words that Paul wrote to those he was ministering to, eh?  And to think....those words are for us, too!  Ohhhh, we'd love to use those words to our children on our *good days*, but what about those bad moments that come and go with our days?  YIKES!

How important it is to soak ourselves with God's Word so that we can more easily follow His example with the help of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives.  Our children are always learning from our example for much of who they become has been caught rather than taught through the years.   Don't let that thought scare you!  Commit your moments to Him knowing you can trust Him to guide and lead you as you guide and lead your little ones.


I've written more about this over at Heart of the Matter Online as I covered a familiar topic that my regular readers have heard about in my article called My Watchful Angels (And no, that isn't my picture with the article, but it is a very close representation of some of the singing that goes on in my house!  LOL!)


Have a great day in your garden!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
 

Monday, May 24

Simple Woman's Daybook for May 24

 For today May 24

Outside my window.....there was a bit of fog waking up, but the skies have since cleared to blue with anticipation of a day near 90 degrees  :::thud:::

I am thinking....that I won't survive warm summer nights accompanied by night flashes. 

I am thankful.....for a friend who recommended the perfect song for the mother/son dance at the upcoming wedding reception. 

I am wearing.....my black exercise pants and an old white Curves t-shirt.

I am hearing.....the birds singing in the woods. 

I am creating.....a list of things that need to be done each day of this week so I hopefully won't forget anything of importance. 
 
I am going.....to work on flower planting this morning before it gets too warm.

I am reading.....up on tips to help get through the early stages of menopause.
 
I am praying.....for continued work projects for my husband.
 
I am remembering.....watching The Cosby Show when I was young and can giggle even more watching it now as a parent sitting on the couch with my own kids as we go through our set of DVDs.

I am hoping.....for beautiful weather on the weekend.
 
On my mind.....is the typical excitement of EVERYTHING I want to get done this summer and how to keep that excitement motivating me to actually get it done!
 
From the learning rooms....it pretty much feels like school's out for summer, but we still have a huge pile of corrections to do....maybe some rainy day we'll get at it.

 
Noticing that....the lilacs are perfect and I need to pick them NOW!

Pondering these words....."I want to focus on what pleases God, not on what pleases myself.  This is the cry of my heart - that I would have no delight or desire on earth besides the Lord." - Cynthia Heald

From the kitchen.....celery and carrot sticks need to be my best friends for nervous nibbling.  I am not allowed to open the freezer and glance at the ice cream!

 
Around the house....are flip flops in every room.  Too bad we don't live close to an Old Navy store because I heard they were on sale for $1 a pair on Saturday.  Imagine how many MORE flips flops would be lying around my house....

One of my favorite things.....is SPRING!  I LOVE IT!

A few plans for the rest of the week.....primarily include getting ready to travel for our son's wedding this coming weekend.  I'll squeeze in a women's Bible study midweek, flower planting, and hopefully daily walks. 


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

My bleeding heart bush is in full bloom!  I love those pink hearts!

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating or write a journal yourself, please stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook

Enjoy this amazing May day!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
 

Saturday, May 22

a plant planting tip

Although most of my garden is planted in seeds, there are a few vegetables I pick up as plants from our local greenhouse because I have had poor success planting them directly into the garden as seeds.  Examples of these plants would be tomato, green pepper, broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.

When I was planting my last plants yesterday, I suddenly thought about taking a picture even though I was almost finished up when the thought struck.  Oh well, at least I can still share this garden tip.  

Although this is something I always do with garden vegetable plants to give the roots good moisture to settle in, it is especially necessary this spring because our soil is so dry.  First step is to dig the hole for the plant and fill it with water.  Plop your plant down into the hole, water again, then refill the hole with dirt all around the plant.
 
Pat the dirt down around the plant and make a circle indentation all around it about the width of your hands.  It does not need to be deep, just enough to have a rim edge.
Water the plant one last time.  See how nicely the water stays right where you want it.  The water slowly sinks into the ground around the plant watering only the plant and not giving the wanna be weeds around it any help.  It's easy then for my children to go around the early garden and spot water the plants during their transition time into the garden.  


Happy gardening!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 21

it's all about heart

Recently one of my girls asked why I don't do those fancy quilts with all the hand stitching anymore like their baby quilts and the answer came easily....TIME!  But that doesn't mean that my heart isn't continually drawn to wanting to do some quilting and I've learned to satisfy that desire with simpler quilts that can more easily be put together and have a bit more heart to them since they seem to be created out of a desire to bless someone.  

Like the lap quilt I stitched together late last fall that centered around a heart and which had the stitches prayed over as I thought about the single mom who was due in the weeks ahead with a baby expected to have complications. 
Praise God for all those who prayed for this baby as the scenario was much better than ever expected.

Or like the lap quilt I stitched together during the winter for a sweet friend adopting a new daughter.  
Somehow a heart got thrown in the middle of the quilt at the last moment as I stitched and prayed for her adoption journey.


Or like my most recent lap quilt put together this spring for a beautiful young bride-to-be whose stress level kept increasing.  
Taking the excess fabric from the sewing done for the reception decorating, a large heart was crafted in the middle.

As I made each stitch, I prayed that she would be reminded of God's great abundant love for her which would provide her perfect peace and rest as she neared her wedding day. 
Each quilt simply sewn with plenty of heart and prayer!  Someday perhaps there will be more time for fancy stitching quilts, but until then I think I'll keep sewing quilts with love!


Thank you to all who have stopped by here to take a glimpse at my quilt.  If you are a quilter and are interested in entering a quilt with its story OR if you'd love to browse through MANY beautiful quilt links,  please stop over to visit Amy at the spring Bloggers Quilt Festival (or click on the link on my sidebar anytime)

Enjoy this beautiful spring day in your garden!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 19

almost scentable

Three years ago today we were abundantly blessed for my oldest daughter's wedding with an abundant supply of fresh lilacs which was uncommonly early for our area.  With our early warm spring this year I anticipated the lilacs to be opening up even sooner than that year and was surprised when I checked them today.
Not quite fully opened yet and the blossoms getting ready seem smaller than usual this year.  The picture was taken late in the afternoon and the lighting interestingly gave them more of a pink color.  Hopefully they'll be pickable in the next day or two as I can hardly wait for the lilac scent to waft through my home!

And before I forget....happy anniversary to my sweet daughter and my most favorite son-in-law!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

ahem....part 2

Ahhh, yes!  There's nothing better than digging around in the dirt.  The garden work has now officially begun.


The biggest task is always the first one we need to do.  My garden is located between our front yard and a large field, so plenty of grass and weeds encroach the fence line.  Because the tiller cannot get that close to the fence and before we can begin any planting, we need to go along the inside of the fence line digging and pulling all the weeds and grass.  It looks a bit like this when we're doing this job.  It tends to be a lengthy kind of job, however two of my daughters helped so it went a bit faster this time.  


Once that was done, we began our planting and got perhaps a third of it done yesterday.  I did do something different this year as the soil is dry and there's no rain in the immediate forecast.  Once I had drawn my planting trench into the soil with my hoe, I took my water sprinkling can and wet the area down. We then placed the seeds into the trench, lightly covered them up with soil, and gently patted them down.  I'm hoping that having a little bit of moisture with the seeds will help them germinate in this warm soil.  My hope is to complete planting a majority of the garden today and I'll try to remember to take my camera outside with me for some pictures.

I think though that one of my favorite tasks of spring gardening is cruising through the local greenhouses.  There are a few things I plant as plants - tomatoes, green peppers, broccoli, cabbage, and sometimes melons - which requires walking down the aisles with my girls and ohhhhing and ahhhhing.  It is a bittersweet kind of task now as it was always one of my favorite things to do with my mom and was saddened even further this spring when one of my favorite greenhouse ladies passed away.  I so fondly remember how fun it was each spring to visit her greenhouse and catch up with her on as we spent more time talking about life than gardening.  

And yet, my love for gardening keeps me smiling and after seeing the amazing stock of flowers in my current favorite greenhouse there is definitely enough incentive to want to get my vegetable garden done so I can move onto flower planting.  Ah, yes, the hours of the day seem much too short right now.


May your spring days be filled to the brim with your favorite activities!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 18

ahem....

This is just a notice to let you know we are going to interrupt our regularly scheduled life to plant the garden.  I haven't planted this early in many years, but the combination of a very early spring and extended forecast of BEAUTIFUL warm sunny weather makes the task irresistible.  Of course, digging in some new raspberry bushes at the of the garden last week was perhaps all the encouragement I needed anyways as there's just something about getting my hands in the dirt....ahhhhhh!  And yes, other gardeners will understand that feeling :-)

The garden dirt has been tilled a couple of times and all my seeds are in hand, so a quick stop at a favorite greenhouse or two this morning should provide the plants that I need to complete the task as we work on it over the next couple of days.

It would be nice to have the garden all planted this week which would free me up for wedding things next week.  Oh, and we'll need to squeeze in some end of the year school things as well.  This also means that our summer non-schedule is about to start in the next couple of weeks, so it's time to start thinking about projects that I'd like to get done over the next few months, too.  Fortunately puttering around in the garden gives me LOTS of thinking time! 

May you, too enjoy the tasks of spring!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, May 17

Simple Woman's Daybook for May 17

For today May 17

Outside my window.....the skies are blue with a forecast of incredibly warm spring weather for this week.

I am thinking....that perhaps I should plant my garden this week.

I am thankful.....for the surprising ways God shows me that He loves me.

I am wearing.....my denim skirt with a hooded sweatshirt until it warms up a bit.

I am hearing.....my girls chattering as they get their school day started.

I am creating.....placecards for our upcoming rehearsal dinner.
 
I am going.....to run a couple quick errands this morning to get my week started in the right direction.

I'd love to read.....but I keep falling asleep each night shortly after I open the book!
 
I am praying.....for safety for a son.
 
I am remembering.....the little girl with the smile and giggles who grew up to be a young woman who got married this past weekend.

I am hoping.....that these night "flashes" disappear again.
 
On my mind.....is the challenge of being a mom who has one of her children in the military and learning how best to deal with the emotions that come with that role.
 
From the learning rooms....it is exciting to continue wrapping up subjects for this school year.
 
Noticing that....our grass is finally about ready for its first mowing of the year.

Pondering these words....."To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble with man." - A.W. Tozer

From the kitchen.....will be light meals until I get to the grocery store.
 

Around the house....are bags of girls clothing that need to be packed away or given away.

One of my favorite things.....is watching spring burst with bright green around my yard and woods.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....are meeting with a possible doula client this afternoon, a library visit, midweek women's and home Bible studies, gardening, and daily walks.


Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
Feeling a bit patriotic these days....

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating or write a journal yourself, please stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook

Enjoy this gorgeous spring day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 

Saturday, May 15

the many little things

Here's a little saying that I saw posted outside a local church this past winter and jotted it down while I was at the stop lights:

"Learn to enjoy the little things because there are so many of them." ~ Author Unknown

On this absolutely beautiful spring day, may the Lord open your eyes to all the little things around you that can bless your every moment!  I plan on doing that very thing!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 14

the seasonal heart changeover

Living with a large family in a beautiful area of the country that has four distinct seasons has required a twice a year task commonly known as the seasonal clothing changeover.  It's like we all have two distinct sets of clothing - one is for when the winter temperatures submerge below zero for weeks which keeps our home very chilly and one is for when our Northern bodies sweat with a little humidity as the temperatures climb into the 80's.  

Through the years this task has varied.  It wasn't too bad when we only had a couple of kids and very few hand-me-downs from others.  And it wasn't too bad when the following four boys arrived because it just meant bumping clothing around between closets, drawers, and brothers (and purchasing new pants for winter because of the lack of knees in the hand-me-downs!).  We are to the tail end of boys now and their high school clothing requirements are pretty simple as their wardrobe consists of lots of t-shirts and a new pair or two of jeans when they grow a couple more inches which means there really is no changeover required of them.  But I tell you, these last three girls may put me over the edge....

Now girls aren't difficult when they are little because their mom just dresses them totally in pink with every outfit after having so many boys in the house.  But those little girls tend to grow up and their tastes develop in a totally different way than the boys of the house.  Clothing suddenly becomes about color, style, feel, fit, and a host of other things which I'll never understand.  And I've handled that pretty well so far with the two girls who have totally different tastes in color, but as we began this task yesterday I noticed a new shift.  My littlest who has been so easy going about clothing and simply adored every item of clothing she had plus every item her older sisters had been wearing, well, she suddenly has become a little more particular.  I almost didn't notice that shift as I was feeling sooooo sad about how much she's grown and all those wonderful clothes from last summer that will definitely not fit this summer.  Pretty dresses, matching sets of shorts and shirts, little sandals...all being boxed up for my granddaughter.  But then when I was piling up all her older sister's things in anticipation of boxing it all up for when she gets bigger, she suddenly spoke up and told me all the things she didn't want passed down to her.  She didn't like the color of that shirt or the buttons on that skirt or the neck on that sweater. YIKES!  I was totally unprepared for her to already start becoming opinionated about clothing. Fortunately she is still quite girly so my heart calmed almost as quickly as she is keeping a majority of what her sister passed down.  Whew!  

It does make me wonder how much listening to her older sisters influences her likes and dislikes of clothing since she's typically a pretty easy going little girl.  And it does make me wonder even more how much the world around them influences my girls in general when it comes to their looks.  They are growing up in an entirely different culture than what I grew up in as a young girl.  The crazed media is full of airbrushed beauties whether in print, in movies, on the internet, or basically everywhere!  As females we are quick to compare ourselves with the thousand of images that we see daily.  Images which appear real but in fact are unreal as photography takes on a whole new dimension through the use of computer photography techniques and 'actions'.  


Oh how my mother's heart aches to spare them the pain of comparisons!  How my heart longs for them to discover how meaningless all the outside stuff is and how meaningful all the inside stuff is since the heart is the only thing God our Creator seeks!


"Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." ~ I Samuel 16:7b


It is God who our hearts should seek to please, not man. How important it is as a mother to model this before my young daughters.


"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes.  Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." ~ First Peter 3:3-4


As a mother I need to daily seek that which is of great worth in God's sight for that is where the unfading beauty lies and where only true peace and contentment can be found.  With His help, may I instill that same seeking in the hearts of my daughters!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Thursday, May 13

a flowered delivery day

Every once in awhile this old fashioned mom is yanked into the reality of life in the world of today.  

Like today.

A friend has asked me to do a favor for their family which I'm honored to do for them.  They are busy decorating the church and reception hall the next couple of days for their oldest daughter's wedding which means they won't be at their home much.  Since we live around the long corner from them, she asked if I would be willing to be the delivery location for all their wedding flowers.  There are three shipments arriving today and the bride's bouquet will arrive tomorrow.  As soon as the flowers arrive, I will call their cell phones and someone will come from their family will leave the decorating to come and pick the flowers up from our house.  

Welcome to my introduction to online flowers! 

Although I've heard of online flowers for quite awhile - even have a comment left here now and then from an online flower business - I don't think I've actually known someone who used this service.  I'll be fascinated to see the quality and freshness of the flowers when using this option.  And, of course, I hope they come in CLEAR packages so I don't have to tamper with their deliveries (just kidding! but it's hard not to be tempted when you are a flower lover!)

It's no secret that I love freshly cut flowers and I'm reminded of my oldest daughter's wedding almost three years ago.  The bouquets were done by my favorite local florist, but all the tables and church were blessed by an abundance of lilacs cut personally by my husband and I just hours before her wedding.  H.E.A.V.E.N.L.Y!  And I don't use the word heavenly lightly as it was quite amazing to have so many gorgeous lilacs available so early in the month of May for our area.  God is good!

So, I'm now curious about online flower deliveries.  Anyone use them?  Love them?  Hate them?  Enjoy the variety of flowers offered? Have a favorite company to use?  I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 12

the way to walk

Passing on my pondering from Bible study this morning:
"I want to be sure that I am delighting in God's Word, that I am reverencing His name, and that I am walking in obedience.  For when my heart is set on walking blamelessly before the Lord, then my delight is only in what He wills."  ~ Cynthia Heald

Enjoy your day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 11

simply sudsy

How exciting to find out this morning that I won a giveaway!  YIPPEEEEE!

Finding that we have some common interests like homeschooling, gardening, quilting, sewing, reading, older kids growing up, it was easy to become a reader of Randi's blog I have to say. I have no idea how long I've been stopping by there, but I know it's been over two years.

I was excited when she launched her etsy shop Fresh Squeezed Fabrics awhile ago offering a beautiful selection of fabrics for quilting, sewing, crafting.   And recently she announced a soap giveaway as part of her grand opening as she launched a new etsy shop named Meriwether Essentials  which carries beautiful hand crafted soaps.  

AND I was the winner of a muslin bag filled with assorted soap bits!  Yippeeeee!  I'm so thankful!  Not only can I hardly wait until it comes, I'm looking forward to one of her upcoming soap products - Gardener's Lemon Verbena Bar Soap.  Doesn't that sound heavenly?!

Do take a moment to stop by Randi's blog and her etsy shops :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~ 



Monday, May 10

Simple Woman's Daybook for May 10

 For today May 10

Outside my window.....the skies are blue with nice weather predicted for the day.  Tomorrow sounds like a different story though with a cool rain/snow/wind mix.

I am thinking....about how my youngest son turns sixteen years old today and wondering how all those sons of mine grew up so quickly!

I am thankful.....for the good health our family has had throughout the winter and spring.

I am wearing.....my flannel flowered bathrobe as I'm typing this before my morning shower.

I am hearing.....a sleeping household at the moment.  Ahhhhhh!

I am creating.....a list of tasks I need to get done for our upcoming family wedding.
 
I am going.....to send off a lap quilt today.

I'd love to read.....but life keeps getting in my way lately!
 
I am praying.....for a son as he adjusts back to life on base after being home on leave.
 
I am remembering.....when my boys randomly broke out in song recently as their deeper voices belted out a verse of "A Mighty Fortress".

I am hoping.....to get at the girls seasonal clothing changeover which didn't happen last week. 
 
On my mind.....is how to weave through difficult relationships.
 
From the learning rooms....we are looking forward to finishing up a few things this week.
 
Noticing that....our crabapple tree has had very few blossoms this spring.

Pondering these words....."Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize." - Elizabeth Harrison

From the kitchen.....will be some more strawberry rhubarb pies this week.
 

Around the house....are many dog fur dust bunnies as the dogs are shedding their winter coats.  Argh!

One of my favorite things.....is listening to my littlest granddaughter call me grandma in her sing song voice.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....are a church meeting, hosting Bible study midweek, some spring cleaning, and a wedding on Saturday.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
My grandcat peeking out the cabin window after losing interest in sniffing the branch that was caught while fishing.


Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating or write a journal yourself, please stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook

Enjoy your May day!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 8

a mother's song

"Because I first overheard my mother's praise and prayer in the rhythms of her song, and because I first overheard the praise and prayers of others like her, I was later able to hear the voice of God." ~ Kenneth L. Waters Sr.

A wonderful thing to ponder as we come upon a day to celebrate mothers who bless our lives daily with their song or to remember those mothers who have gone on to sing in the heavenly realms on this day.

Happy Mother's Day to those of you who are mothers.  May the rhythm of your song be one of praise and prayer to our wonderful God!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, May 7

think grander


"God is waiting this morning to mark the opening hours, for every ready and willing heart, with a touch of life and power that will lift our lives to higher pleasures and offer to our vision grander horizons of hope and holy service." ~ A.B. Simpson

What a great thought to start your day!  Keeping your eyes focused on beginning your day with God helps to keep your eyes not focused on the, um, inches of snow predicted for later in the day!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, May 6

beware the fire

This was my before bed reading....


"Of all the false philosophies now prevalent in American society, none promotes a relationship with the real God of the universe who will judge the living and the dead and grant those who have embraced His redemption a literal eternity with Him.  It is as though modern culture has determined what people were created to experience and then designed if after their own notions." ~ Joseph M. Stowell

Perhaps it caught my eye because earlier in the evening we had finished a Bible study lesson covering Second Peter 2:1-22 where the topic of false teaching and our adversaries were discussed.  There are those in our world today who would like to ignore eternity, but God's Word clearly speaks about it and the judgment that will come.  Deception is rampant in our culture and I am reminded of the verse Galatians 6:7 - "Be not deceived; God is not mocked."  When reading about the judgment that will come by God's Hand to those who have deceived and mocked Him, well, all I can say is....Be afraid...Be very afraid.   It was a good reminder to stay in God's Word hiding it in your heart, worship and fellowship with believers, and hold everything you hear and read up to the Truth with a discerning heart. 


Okay, that was my fire and brimstone post for the day.  Back to rejoicing over my little granddaughter who went potty in Grandma's big toilet just moments ago.  Yes, welcome to the randomness of my life :-)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, May 5

May shadows

In the busyness of life, the month of May fluttered into our days with a whisper.  I'm feeling surprised to see it's already the fifth of the month and am reminded that time indeed waits for no one, not even for mothers wanting to treasure particular moments in time.  
As I turned through the pages of my Bible to find the entire psalm, I was blessed to find that the heading for this one was "In the Shadow of Your Wings" and felt the comfort of God's active protection as I read each line.

"Hide me in the shadow of your wings." - Psalm 17:8b


Perhaps the key verse makes more sense in the spring while we watch birds flitter flying around our yard as they work on nest building.  Someday soon there will be little peeping peeking birds in these nests who will feel protected under the shadow of the wings of their parents until they are strengthened and ready to fly.

And my life feels much the same at the moment.  Hidden under the shadow of God's protective wings as storms pass through my life knowing that during this time I am being strengthened through His Word for flight in the days ahead. 

Feeling May storms in your life?  Seek refuge under the shadow of His wings as He will keep you in a place of safety and peace as He nourishes your soul and strengthens your heart as His beloved.  

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, May 4

Simple Woman's Daybook for May 4

 For today May 4

Outside my window.....the skies are blue with temperatures expected to rise close to 70 degrees today.  It'll be the last nice day before a cooler trend ahead.

I am thinking....about how I really don't enjoy typing on this keyboard.  It's too clunky.

I am thankful.....for God's Word and how powerfully it speaks at times when we want to listen.

I am wearing.....a pair of black exercise pants, a white t-shirt with flowers, and a fleece thrown over it right now since the house is cool.

I am hearing.....the birds singing spring songs outside my window.

I am creating.....an extension on my rock flowerbed to add a new rose bush.
 
I am going.....to finally get my giveaway package off to Elaine today!

I am attempting to read.....a variety of things right now, but opportunities to read seem rare at the moment.
 
I am praying.....for employment for a friend's husband.
 
I am remembering.....the years of my little boys building forts in the woods.

I am hoping.....that I can squeeze in some seasonal clothing changeover tasks with the girls this week.
 
On my mind.....is my laptop and what to do about it not turning on or working.at.all.
 
From the learning rooms....we will attempt to get some schooling done perhaps today, but it will be another light week.  Fortunately we are already finishing books so it will be easy to get back on track next week.
 
Noticing that....my grape hyacinths are up and the rhubarb is about ready to pick.

Pondering these words....."The real secret of perfect rest is to be jealously, habitually occupied with Jesus." - A. B. Simpson

From the kitchen.....have been favorite meals for my son.  Tonight I think I will make pepper steak.

Around the house....are multiple messes since we returned home yesterday from our cabin in the woods.

One of my favorite things.....is getting a hug from my hugging son.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....are hosting Bible study midweek, hemming a quilt, the arrival of my oldest daughter and granddaughter and their pooch, a visit to the chiropractor, saying goodbye to a son as he heads to the airport later in the week, some outdoor work, and a wedding. 

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
Here are the cedar chairs stacked on our cabin deck as they wait for summer to begin.

Thank you for stopping and visiting my daybook on this day. If you'd like to visit others who are participating or write a journal yourself, please stop over at Peggy's at Simple Woman's Daybook

Enjoy this wonderful day of May!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, May 1

don't get tired

"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraodinary.  What we need is to love without getting tired." ~ Mother Teresa

This is my battle cry for the next eight days.....don't get tired, don't get tired, don't get tired....just genuinely LOVE during each moment! 

May you enjoy this spring weekend in your garden!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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