Monday, August 29

Simple Woman's Daybook for August 29

For today August 29

Outside my window.....the weather continues to be amazing!  Temperatures in the upper 70's and sunshine are the forecast.

I am thinking.....about how quickly the month of August has passed.  I cannot believe there's only a few days until September.

I am thankful.....for this unusual opportunity to spend a little extra time with my two youngest grandchildren.

I am fuzzy pink socks this morning as the house is chilly.

I am hearing.....
the sound of my husband's dump truck running as he gets ready to leave for work.

I am wondering.....if the wood ticks will be bad again this fall.  I need to get some preventative tick and flea on the dogs while I'm thinking about it.

I am creating.....a folder with folders of pictures to download onto a flash drive.  I've never done that before.

I am going.....
to mail a son his iClick which he left behind by accident and needs it ASAP for college.

I am reading.....Improving your Serve by Charles R. Swindoll
I am praying.....for a calm and peaceful heart for the days ahead.    
I am much work little ones can be and am surprised by how much I've forgotten from those days.

I am hoping.....
that all our schooling boxes arrive this week.  

On my how to best meet the financial needs we have for a college student.
From the learning rooms.....the new school year calendar is planned out, but I still need to wait for the rest of the books to arrive so I can write out each course for the school year.

Noticing that.....
the mornings have a fall crispness to them.  

I am looking forward to.....the long upcoming Labor Day weekend.

Pondering these words.....
"Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." ~ Corrie ten Boom

From the kitchen.....
will soon be a batch of this year's salsa!  Yippeeee!

Around the'll find
 a cleaner laundry area with the ironing decreasing daily.  What a wonderful blessing my oldest daughter is!

One of my favorite seeing the variety of sunflowers growing in my garden.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include work projects, attending an Arbonne party that a friend is hosting, soccer games, tomato canning, school charting, and preparing for a weekend with family.

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

Here's one of my garden zinnias.  Such a beautiful deep pink worthy of picking and enjoying indoors!

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

Enjoy your day!

Tammy ~@~

Friday, August 26

my non-followers

You never know what facts you may learn by playing Jeopardy.  I never realized until this week that there's a whole group of people who will NEVER be followers of my blog.....they are people who have anthophobia.  These people suffer from an abnormal and persistent fear of flowers even though they may realize that flowers will do them no harm.  Could be the petals.  Could be the stems. Could be the scent or color.  Could be an allergy to the pollen.  Could be the bees that swarm a flower patch. Could be any of these things which send this person into an anxiety ridden state of mind which may include physical symptoms.

It made me sad to think that flowers which bring me such joy and happiness could bring such panic and fear to others. Imagine how difficult it would be to have this phobia as flowers are all around us and found especially at celebrations of life like weddings and at the end of life at memorial services and funerals. 

On that note as a non-anthophobia person, let me just say that my annual garden zinnias are blooming in full force right now......

Tammy ~@~ 

Tuesday, August 23

little or great

A prayer of encouragement for your day:

"Lord, help me to do great things as though they were little since I do them with Your power, and little things as though they were great, since I do them in Your name." ~ Blaise Pascal

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength." ~ Philippians 4:13

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" ~ First Corinthians 10:31

Knowing these two things allows you to do everything the Lord has for you on this day! Just do it! 

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, August 20

getting on the right side

From my devotional this morning that went along with Second Chronicles 15:1-15 - "I do not boast that God is on my side.  I humbly pray that I am on God's side." ~ Abraham Lincoln

Challenging days in my household.  When the majority of household residents are teenagers, there are no lack of discussions and testing of the ways and rules that have been established.  As much as my mother's heart would love to have peace and give each child everything their hearts desire, that is not the wisest path to follow as the consequences in their future would be disastrous.  At some point there has to be a recognition of authority in their lives - dad and mom - in order for them to grow into adults who recognize an ultimate authority in their lives - God.  

It is a time when only God's wisdom can guide a parent in saying what needs to be said and making the hard decisions. Even if it means slammed doors.  Even if it means the extremely rare occurrence through the years in our home of having to "ground" children who are struggling to become young adults (which is quite different than when I got "grounded" as a you know how many electronic things need to be taken away?!?)

Yup, welcome to my world.  

My heart's desire is not to be "right" in all things, but to be seeking God in all things.  I want to walk humbly and be on God's side. 

Also a part of my devotional reading this morning -  "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." ~ Second Chronicles 15:7

May you be as encouraged by God's Word as I am when walking the difficult paths!

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, August 18

forgetabout self

My thought for the day:

"Yourself, yourself, yourself.  We're up to here with self! Do something for yourself or with yourself or to yourself. How very different from Jesus' model and message!" ~ Charles R. Swindoll

Yes, how very different from the example Jesus sets for us and His words found in the New Testament.  Yet how our culture feeds into everything contrary to Jesus.  It certainly is a challenge to get children who are growing up in this culture to not think the world revolves around them.  And just as difficult for adults!  Imagine if believers really lived this out on a daily basis.  World changing for sure!

Off to see how I can do with this challenge today....

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, August 17

full of beans

Last week I was overwhelmed with beans!  Time to get canning!  The first picking of the season is always the best picking with the most beans which means a very full day from start to finish.  I was thankful to have many helpers in my kitchen to assist me in the various steps of canning.
It certainly was quick and easy to mark the date on the jars this year.  The fun part was looking at all the jars before putting them away in the food pantry since the date "11" looked like bird tracks all over my jars.

It's probably time to check the garden again as the second batch of beans may have grown enough to be ready for canning.  

And let's not talk about the abundance of everything else growing in my garden at the moment......YIKES!

Enjoy your gardening season!

Tammy ~@~

Friday, August 12

the daily part

Thought for the day:

"There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis, when we do our human best;  it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely.  If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break in our confidence in Him." ~ Oswald Chambers

Don't wait for the storm to hit to cry out to God.  Develop a habit of walking with Him daily.  Be in His Word.  Pray to Him during moments of the day.  Sing His praises every opportunity you get.  Be His hands and feet wherever you go.  Then when the storms of life hit,  your confidence and peace will be with Him knowing you can completely rely on Him.

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, August 11

hiding from the sun

My sunflowers are starting to open up and bloom.
Well, except this one who is still hiding!  I don't think I've ever noticed a sunflower in this stage before.  They are either totally closed or totally open when I see them. Looking forward to seeing those yellow petals stretching out to the sun!

Enjoy the sunny days of summer while they are still here!

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, August 10

the color of corn

Here are the three rows of corn I planted this year:
Notice anything different about them?  The left row is MUCH taller and bigger than the two other rows.  That's because after enjoying the mini pumpkins as autumn decorations from last year's garden I decided to plant a decorative corn in this year's garden.  I could only justify the space of one row, but what a towering row it is!  Can't wait to see what it produces!  Stay tuned!

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, August 9

sewn for life

As I saw Randi's post last night about her first quilt, it totally triggered a memory for me from Sunday.  My husband had emptied things out of his work truck so that he could clean it and the items were lying on the ground by the garage.  My eyes quickly spotted something dear and I immediately grabbed it out of the pile.  The first quilt I had ever done by myself!
Unfortunately the poor thing which was sewn almost thirty years ago looks nothing like Randi's, but instead is on its last legs.  I still recall cutting the squares and lying it out on my mother's living room floor as toddlers walked on my rows before I sewed them together.  
The printed fabrics were a collection of many of my own scraps as I dug through my mom's plain colored fabrics to put in the alternating rows.  The quilt was sewn to be used by my family.  A quilt to throw down on the grass for babies to roll on.  A quilt to teach colors to toddlers.  A quilt to snuggle under while watching a movie together.  A quilt to go on a card table for a fort.  And in more recent years it was a quilt used up at our cabin until it finally landed in my husband's work truck for the dog to lie upon.
The striping from a shirt I had sewn for a high school boyfriend still held its true colors, but the sharp browns and oranges of some flowers had drastically faded.
The dark blue background from this flowered print has totally disappeared as has the bright colors of the flowers which are barely visible.
Yet the fabric from a romper sewn for high school (yes, I was around when rompers came out the FIRST time) is still fairly bright and cheery with sunshine, flowers, and butterflies among the trees.
Although the solid colors have literally disappeared with batting barely in place, there's still evidence of a plaid from a blouse I had sewn, a plaid from a pair of drawstring pants I had sewn, the plaid from a hand sewn smock top, and the strawberry fabric from another hand sewn smock top.  

Looking over the faded fabrics of such a torn quilt were multiple reminders of how much I used to sew.  I remembered how much I loved to sew clothes in high school and was even quite talented as I could always call on my mom to help me if I got stuck.  

At the moment I can't even remember the last time I actually sewed an item of clothing from a pattern.  Quilts? Yes.  Clothes.  No.  A lost art indeed.

It makes me sad to say goodbye to this family artifact, but it has lived a long happy life for almost thirty years as it played with children through the years.  Farewell, dear quilt!  

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, August 4

the star life

My pondering thought for the day:

"The people who influence us most are not those who buttonhole us and talk to us, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven and the lilies in the field, perfectly simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mould us." ~ Oswald Chambers

So many people look at the movie stars and idolize them, but those who live their lives like the stars in heaven are the kinds of stars we need to seek as examples for our lives. They will influence us by pointing us to Christ with how they live their lives. Do you have someone like that in your life?

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, August 2

the wisdom of eight

Last night as I was tucking my youngest into bed and we were getting ready to read her Bible story, one of her older sisters came in and started chatting away to us about random things.  After a few minutes, this sister left the bedroom as quickly as she came in.  

I looked at my little one and she calmly said, "She sure is complicated!"

I replied with a knowing smile on my face, "You are wiser than your years, sweet girl!"

Oh, how I love the sweet innocence of children who see things as they really are and wish they'd stay that way instead of growing into young adults who do think they really do know everything and need to set everyone else straight. I'm hoping that maybe, just maybe, this youngest one will skip that stage.....

Tammy ~@~ 

Monday, August 1

remember the solid nouns

Whoooooosh!  The last month of summer has arrived and it always seems to be the busiest summer month.   The garden starts becoming abundantly fruitful which means lots of canning.  School books need to be ordered, plotted out for the school year ahead, then opened for use.  Outdoor summer projects need to be completed before the fall days begin.  Soccer practices and games begin.  The annual church picnic is held.  And our daylight hours shorten dramatically.  What a perfect verse to keep some stability and give me strength in the month ahead:

"The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer." ~ Second Samuel 22:1

If those aren't enough solid nouns to encourage you, the next verse gives more solid nouns to describe the Lord:

*My rock 

*My shield

*My horn of salvation

*My stronghold

*My refuge

*My savior

Nothing to fear when God is on your side!

Have an awesome August!

Tammy ~@~
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