Friday, September 28

you say I say

TOMATO!

My kitchen has been busy the last couple of weeks as pounds and pounds of tomatoes have been canned.  There's plenty of plain tomatoes on the shelves of the food pantry ready for chili or hot dishes.  And there should be plenty of salsa ready for the weeks ahead although that stuff tends to disappear in no time.  

Next up for processing will require pulling all the carrots and beets to peel, slice, and can.  Not together mind you. Carrots.  Pickled beets.  

Before that though we need to dig the potatoes up, pull the pumpkins off the vines since they've been frosted, eat up some of the kohlrabi, and see if we can save some of our flower seeds.

It'll feel mighty wonderful to wrap up the garden work for this year and turn back indoors to all the things left undone for the past few months.....

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, September 18

being and listening


"When I am constantly running there is no time for being.  When there is no time for being there is no time for listening." ~ Madeleine L'Engle

Lives that are too busy. Doing this.  Doing that.  Running here.  Running there. Meeting this deadline.  Accomplishing that task.  All quite possibly important things.  And yet.....

So busy and so easy to get lost in living for God's purpose and plan.

Stop and take time to listen.  Let His Word speak to your heart.

Listen.  Be.  Live for Him.

Simple, right?

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, September 17

Simple Woman's Daybook for September 17



For September 17

Outside my window.....the skies are gray with rain showers in the forecast for today and all week. 

I am thinking.....that this weather matches my mood right now and the need to slow my pace for time to think through a few things.  

I am thankful.....for the support and care that special friends provide when I need it the most.

I am wearing.....a pair of jeans, a favorite blue t-shirt, my bright hoodie, and warm socks.

I am hearing.....the rain falling outside my window.

I am wondering.....how everything will fit into my car that I need to take to my daughter's house?

I am creating.....some fun decorations for the new bulletin/white board that we put up in the kitchen yesterday.

I am going.....to purchase a new vacuum cleaner today as our vacuum of many many years finally bit the dust.  (Isn't that an appropriate way for a vacuum to end its life?  Biting the dust?)

I am reading.....the book "Wheat Belly" by William Davis, MD.

I am praying.....for God to do some life changing work in our family.

I am remembering.....those days of thinking my kids would all be little forever.  How quickly they grow up and leave home!

I am hoping.....to finish sorting through and organizing all the school materials and books we no longer need so that we may sell some of it.  

On my mind.....is my never ending list.

From the learning rooms.....our schooling has started and we're working on getting a new rhythm to our days.  

I am learning....to extend grace to myself.  

Noticing that.....there's much to harvest and clean-up in my garden.  Unfortunately the weather doesn't sound like it is going to cooperate this week to get it done.

I am looking forward to.....spending some time with my oldest daughter's family and babysitting the grands.

Pondering these words....."Hope has two beautiful daughters;  their names are anger and courage.  Anger that things are the way they are.  Courage to make them the way they ought to be." ~ St. Augustine

From the kitchen.....there will be more jars of tomatoes canned for winter chili this week.

Around the house....are signs of a birthday yesterday.

One of my favorite things.....is watching the woods turn brilliant bright colors.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include tomato canning, some work, a meeting, soccer practices, coffee with a friend, and traveling to my daughter's house. 

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
A peek at the patch of zinnias in my garden.  I think having flowers mixed in with the vegetables are the highlight of my garden each time I walk through the garden gate.

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

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, September 14

charting the year

It's officially a welcome back to school kind of day here. Slightly delayed due to our busy schedule from summer which lingered into September.

This is probably the latest I've ever completed them for a new school year, but the school charts for my three students are finally done.  Fortunately we've been homeschooling for so long that my kids know the routine.  They had their books and could start working without much guidance. There's always around a certain number of pages that need to be done in certain subjects and the extra activities, quizzes, and tests correspond with the pages.  The high school level is already set up through the DVD program so it's only a matter of writing out the lessons for our new school calendar year.  

Today we'll find out how close they were in guessing what to do without their charts as we begin our schedule of checking school work on Fridays.  Of course the thing I'm most excited about is getting back into our routine of giving spelling tests on Fridays which means my baskets of ironing will begin getting caught up a bit.  Bonus!

Off to get busy correcting!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Wednesday, September 12

a solid step


Nothing before, nothing behind;
The steps of Faith
Fall on the seeming void, and find
The rock beneath.
~John Greenleaf Whittier

Steps of faith are sometimes so very hard to take.  And yet, when you obediently take a step - even when it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere - God provides a landing place that is solid.  Why is it solid?  Because God is more than a rock:

"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;  my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn (strength) of my salvation, my stronghold." ~ Psalm 18:2

There!  Knowing all of that can only give you more courage to take the step of faith the Lord is asking you to take.  Go for it!  He's solidly there for YOU!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~  

Saturday, September 1

never changing

One of my favorite verses to cling to as we begin a new month:  "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." ~ Hebrews 13:8

Knowing the God whom I've come to love through His Word the Bible and through personal experience, this verse is calming to me.  Knowing the world around me that is constantly changing and often negatively as its moral structure moves further and further away from God, this verse is calming to me.  Knowing my own daily life that brings forth challenges from sunrise to sunset, this verse is calming to me.  

Because He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, I can trust Him completely.  I know that He will be with me no matter what comes my way through the world I live in.  He is faithful, loving, just, merciful, forgiving, and full of grace. Those things will never change.  

I hope that knowing that calms you, too!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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