Saturday, June 30

lingering a bit

"One of the attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve." ~ Henry David Thoreau

Ahhhh, one of my wild roses!  In their beautiful reserve as buds, there is the anticipation of the most wonderful scent ever once they open.  When that happens I will make sure I walk past them every time I go outdoors to catch a sniff or two of their fragrance.  

It's kind of how the last day of June feels to me.  I just want to linger and enjoy this day knowing that as soon as the calendar page turns the remaining summer days will be like running a 50 yard dash - short and quick.  

May you, too, enjoy this last day of June in your garden!(And I do plan to spend the entire day working in my garden doing some thinning, weeding, hoeing, tilling, and watering....that is a heaven on earth task for me!)

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~



Friday, June 29

the rhythm of random

Life this summer has been like living in a patch of clover randomness as I keep looking for that four-leaf clover of a perfect schedule.  

After about six weeks of trying to get the rhythm of this summer, I've realized that randomness is the rhythm.  No day will be the same.  Although my main schedule hasn't changed, my children's schedules seem to change daily.  

*The oldest at home works for my husband and that schedule changes daily depending upon the work that comes in.  This son has a special girl who lives in another state so his travels there or her travels here tend to alter our schedule.

*The next oldest at home also works for my husband, so he has that same schedule that may change daily.  He has an additional job helping at a catering company so the wedding schedule of the summer also stretches his hours.

*The oldest daughter is enjoying her first job this summer working at an executive retreat center and her schedule also varies from week to week.  She's also been going through three weeks of drivers education classes held at the high school.  

*The next daughter down is busy throughout the week alternating babysitting for two different families.  When she's not busy babysitting, she's alternating between our house and her best friend's house.

*Little diddle's schedule changes almost daily.   It's been a challenge with everyone coming and going figuring out where she will come and go.  Never thought I'd end up being so close to finding a babysitter for the youngest since the four older ones would be too busy or not at home to keep an eye on her for the couple of days that I'm working.  

Because that is what our summer has been like.  Everyone coming and going.  My taxi service is alive and well as there's always someone who needs to go there or someone who needs to be picked up to come home.  Meal making is hard since plans change and we may end up with everyone home or no one at home.  Keeping chores current around here has been impossible and I'm usually the one doing the daily dishes.  I've also mowed the lawn three times this summer after not mowing it for years since my lawnmowing kids haven't been around to do it.  My poor garden only has myself and my littlest tending to it this summer.

And yet...random feels regular right now.  

I'm guessing though after a couple more months of this type of schedule we will all be ready for a regular consistent schedule once fall arrives.  

Until then, we'll enjoy the longer daylight hours, the warmer temperatures, our work and play, and watching God's fingerprints on the details of life as He stretches all of us in new ways of living out our faith.  

May YOU enjoy the summer whatever it looks like at your house!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, June 27

turn your face

"There is a wonderful sense of release when we understand that we need never plan for ourselves, never try to twist circumstances so that our wishes shall come to pass.  We have only one thing to do, such a happy, peaceful thing that we can never be glad enough and grateful enough for it.  We have only to commit ourselves and our ways to Him who guides us by the skillfulness of His Hands."
 ~ Amy Carmichael

May your face be turned toward Him and your heart committed to His plans for you!  


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, June 25

buzzy flowers

Look at the treasure I ran across this weekend in some of my cleaning and sorting:
It's a set of five - all different colored flowers with bees that had been cross stitched by my mom.  She already had a backing on them so I'm assuming she was considering framing them.
I'd, however, love to put them in a lapquilt using flowered fabrics.  Yup, just add it onto the long list of quilts I want to do someday when I have time.....


:::dreamy sigh::::


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, June 23

shades of purple

There's been a lot of battles I've faced over the many years while raising children and I've needed to learn which ones were worthy to pick - or not.     Some I've chosen well as I look back and others probably weren't worth it.  

Here's a recent one.  A daughter and her friend wrote up a bucket list for the summer of 2012.  They are going to see how many things they can cross off their list over the next several weeks.  There's nothing outrageous included on the list, it actually looks quite fun, and it's something they'll be doing together.

This week they tackled the one thing that has been one of those "pick your battles" area through the years with almost grown up kids as it used to be an automatic NO. Perhaps back then it was a sign of rebellion by the kids who were doing it as they needed to make a statement of sorts and perhaps it was because they wanted to wildly color large portions of their hair. So when the girls brought up their hair dyeing idea, it was easy to say YES.


After all the giggling of both girls and those who were helping them, this is a peek at the result:


Yes, a simple strandful of purple hair.  It's actually a pretty shade and can be hidden away when they style their hair for work.  The two girls match, it's fun, and they can move onto something else on their summer bucket list.

Hmmm, and it's made me think about the fact that I've never ever had a bucket list.  Have you?  Maybe I need to stretch my wings a bit and make a summer bucket list, too? Hmmmm.....


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, June 20

live the secret

My thought for the day to share with you:


"If I am devoted to the cause of humanity only, I will soon be exhausted and come to the place where my love will falter; but if I love Jesus Christ personally and passionately, I can serve humanity though men treat me like a door-mat.  The secret of a disciple's life is devotion to Jesus Christ....." ~ Oswald Chambers

There is much truth to this....keep your heart and eyes on Jesus!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, June 18

unfavorably mulching

Finally....some rain!  Although I've been trying to water my garden a bit every day, it can't even begin to compare to how well God waters it from the skies.  It's amazing how quickly everything has perked up in the garden and the rows are filling out.  

Except for one spot.  My tomatoes.  Lost the cherry tomato plant first, and my other two regular tomato plants have hardly grown at all.  It was a mystery to me.  So today I stopped at one of the local greenhouses to see if they had any tomato plants left and thankfully they did have some nice sized beautiful plants just waiting for a garden to call home.  As I was chatting with the guy checking me out about my odd tomato dilemma, he asked me if there was anything different added to my garden this year.  Thinking for a moment or two, I remembered that my husband had added some cranberry leaf mulch into it that someone had given him.  Aha!  THAT was my culprit.  Apparently that type of mulch would be very acidic and most likely making my tomato plants unhappy.  So we'll need to mix a good dose of lime into the soil when I replant these new plants into the garden.  

Yup, always learning something new each year I garden!


So how doth your garden grow these days?


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, June 13

originality

"The saint realizes that it is God Who engineers circumstances, consequently there is no whine, but a reckless abandon to Jesus.  Never make a principle out of your experience;  let God be as original with other people as He is with you." ~ Oswald Chambers


Love that last line....."let God be as original with other people as He is with you."

Just as we are all original one-of-a-kind creations of His, so will our experiences be original one-of-a-kind as He works in and through our lives. The key is  to abandon ourselves to Him and watch Him work firsthand realizing it isn't about the experience.  It's about faith.  And trust.  And love.  

We may think we have the answers for other people due to our own experiences, but we need to let go realizing that they need to be willing to do the very same thing.  Trust their lives to God and watch Him work firsthand.  They, too, will learn about faith, trust, and love.  His abundant love.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, June 9

willingly



"In the path of following Him and always learning to know and love Him better, we will willingly sacrifice all—including self with all its life—to make room for Him who is more than all."  ~ Andrew Murray

Sacrifice.  A word not used much anymore.  A word not practiced much anymore.  Just do it....because He is worthy and you'll never regret doing it for Him because you'll find He truly is more than all!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, June 4

Simple Woman's Daybook for June 4


For today June 4
Outside my window.....the skies are cloudy and gray with a chance of rain. 

I am thinking.....that a rain shower would be a very good thing now that the garden is planted.

I am thankful.....for those who love the Lord who challenge me in my walk with Him.

I am wearing.....denim capris, a t-shirt with flowers on it, a fleece over it, and fuzzy socks.

I am hearing.....the birds outside my window although they are quieter than usual.  Must be the gray skies.

I am wondering.....if I should call my eye doctor AGAIN as my second pair of progressive lenses still aren't quite right. Maybe I should forego progressive lenses altogether and use two pairs of glasses?

I am creating.....a quilt for my grandson.

I am going.....to run a multitude of errands today.

I am reading.....my Bible and trying to catch up on my daily readings for the year.

I am praying.....for a young woman who is struggling with a very difficult decision.

I am remembering.....how much I love having my hands in the dirt as I finish up my gardening work.

I am hoping.....the medication my daughter-in-law has now will get rid of her itchy rash which has been so bothersome for weeks.  


On my mind.....is my "to do" list next to the computer which is a mile or two long.

From the learning rooms.....I need to find time to finish up our final corrections so I can say we're DONE!

I am learning....that God always has a better plan than me so I need to let Him work things out.

Noticing that.....the woods is completely green now.  It's been a slow process of leafing out this spring.

I am looking forward to.....next week as this week is sooooo busy!

Pondering these words....."Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day." ~ Sally Koch

From the kitchen.....is a new season of rhubarb desserts.

Around the house....are flip flops here, there, and everywhere.  


One of my favorite things.....is picking fresh flowers around the yard.  My peonies are just starting to open!


A few plans for the rest of the week.....include a bit of work, teaching a training session, sewing goodie bags, traveling for a college orientation day with a son, finishing up the flowerbeds, and a golf classic at the end of the week.  

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
I love my Johnny Jump-ups that spring up with their cheery faces.

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


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, June 2

time to grow

Whew!  After using a lot of time and energy over the past two days, my garden is now completely planted!  Yup, it happens every single time....once my hands are in the dirt, my heart starts smiling again  :-)  To make things a bit more manageable this year there's wider rows between fewer vegetables.  My hope is that by doing so as our household shrinks, we'll actually do a better job of keeping up with all the vegetables that are growing and ready for harvesting.  

Now to finish up the annual flowerbed clean-up and do my flower pot planting.  Looking forward to the days of enjoying a task well done which is done! 

BTW, behind this cute little green pepper plant is the white wire fence which is holding back the garlic plants which are growing like crazy!  Yippeeee!

Enjoy YOUR garden!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, June 1

BEHOLD!

What a wonderful reminder for the month of June - "Behold, I make all things new." ~ Revelation 21:5

Whenever I hear the word behold, it always feels like it should be said with emphasis and exclamation...like the words  HARK!  PAY ATTENTION!  LOOK!  FOCUS! IMPORTANT! NOTE!

BEHOLD!

This verse comes at the end of the Bible in the chapter where God revealed the new heaven and new earth and new Jerusalem.  It also says that God will wipe away every tear and death will be no more.  Neither will there be crying or pain. Those are all big important pay attention noteworthy things, don't you think? 

BEHOLD!  

God will make all things new!  Can you imagine that day?

Until then....I'm going to enjoy this season of so many new things growing and changing as well as some new activities coming across my path.  May each of those things keep my heart praising and thanking as I remember my Creator who makes all things new!


Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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