Monday, January 28

Simple Woman's Daybook for January 28

For January 28

Outside my window.....there's patches of blue sky after a snowy yesterday. 

I am's time to get back into early morning walking (haven't I said this before?  :::sigh:::)

I am thankful.....that when I'm cold I can just keep putting on layers of clothes or blankets to warm up.  

I am wearing.....a pair of black exercise pants, a long sleeved maroon top, and my fuzzy clogs.

I am hearing.....through the grapevine that the very cold weather is going to return at the end of the week. 

I am my daughter will do with taking her road test for her driver's license later this week.

I am creating.....some new space in a room that was very cluttered with craft supplies.  

I am meet with a friend over a cup of tea this week. 

I am reading.....the book "unPLANNED" by Abby Johnson.  

I am praying.....for a friend who desperately needs full time work.

I am remembering.....all the time it took to bundle up a houseful of kids to go outside to play in wintry snow.

I am find the wood burning tool my sons had years ago (or maybe buy one if it's lost forever).

On my broken hearts and the inability of me to be able to do anything about it except PRAY.

From the learning rooms.....we have been catching up on our corrections as the holidays threw us off schedule.

I am let go and let God which is probably one of those lessons that everyone will need to practice until returning to dust.  Just sayin'......

Noticing that.....I'm accumulating a lot of birch bark as we go through our woodpile for the woodburner.  There must be a project on Pinterest that I can use it for, eh?

I am looking forward to.....having some time to work on a baby quilt or two in the days ahead.

Pondering these words....."Do you really want to look back on your life and see how wonderful it could have been had you not been afraid to live it?”―Caroline Myss

From the husband has been trying a variety of recipes that have not been well received since he likes to use a lot of odd ingredients.

Around the house....are piles of hats, scarves, and mittens as I've tried to sort out what we no longer need.

One of my favorite watching big fluffy snowflakes fall from the sky.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include play practice each day for a couple of the girls, some work for me, a couple of meetings, paying real estate taxes (ugh!), sorting through craft stuff until it's done(!), and maybe some sewing.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
Ice skating down on our lake while it was snowing like crazy late yesterday afternoon.

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

Tammy ~@~

Thursday, January 24

the "art" of who we are

Over a year ago, the oldest at home and I began the "what do you want to do after high school" conversation since he was finishing up his last year of homeschooling and really hadn't talked much about the future.  He wasn't quite sure, but was leaning towards going on to school for graphic design.  So, I encouraged him to talk to some people who were in that field and see what was available for college options.  

While he was doing that over the weeks, we'd find different wallpaper on our main computer desktop as he enjoyed playing around with design.  

A decision was made, a transcript to that point was completed, a college application was sent in, a college application was accepted.  

In June we traveled to the freshman orientation session and I was pleased to find out that there were sessions for incoming students to attend that were specific to their major area.  The course of study for freshmen wasn't strictly generals, but did offer a couple courses each semester in their chosen major and what fun it was to get a taste of what some of that would look like for graphic designers as they went through the four year program.  There was no doubt it would suit him well since so much of it was computer generated which is what he enjoyed doing.

Then we got his proposed schedule of first semester classes and my heart fluttered a bit.  A large bit.

For you see, early in our homeschooling years we did do "art".  We were blessed to have a local artist offer classes to homeschooling students and she taught them drawing, painting, and sculpting.  It was WONDERFUL!  But as with all things, after a few years she no longer continued that program and my kids went pretty much art-free from that point on.  So, looking at his schedule with a drawing class made me a bit concerned since he had never formally taken any art (drawing, painting, sculpting, etc.).  In fact, most of his early college years would NOT include computer "art", but hands-on art.  Oh dear. 

My heart continued its mothering fluttering as he struggled to adjust during his first semester of freshman year.  Being a son who never really cared much for schooling, my concern was that he would have a hard time figuring out good study habits. The flutters turned into prayer after prayer for him.   And then slowly but steadily he seemed to settle in and we'd see peeks of his art projects or hear about his speech class on our private Facebook family page. 

When he came home at Christmas break, out came his art portfolio.  One by one he pulled the pieces out.  Some charcoal, some line drawings, some painting.  It was amazing!  My heart couldn't even consider fluttering because it felt so overwhelmed with delight!  Not only did he get an A in his art classes, he ended up with a 3.75 GPA for his first semester. God is good!

One of my favorite pieces of his art is a self portait that he did.....
Although it isn't noticeable from a distance, when you look at the picture up close you see the names.  

His self portrait was entirely composed with the names of his family.  Persevering steadfastly diligently lovingly he wrote the names of the members of his family one by one as he shaded in who he was.  

It was a reminder to me of the importance of family.  How our lives are shaped by family through the good, the bad, and even the ugly times.  How God takes all of that to mold us into who He has created us to be combining it with the gifts and talents He has given us.  What an incredible blessing to see this son growing into the purpose and plan that God has for him!  

At the same time, it is the reminder that God gives me with each child that leaves home as young adults.  That His grace is sufficient to cover all of our fumbles, mistakes, and missteps that we have while raising our children.  It is humbling indeed and makes me once again thankful for His faithfulness, His mercy, and most importantly for His love. 

If you are a homeschooling family who'd like some "art" suggestions, check out The Homeschool Post and their January Blog and Tell - Art Edition

Tammy ~@~ 

Monday, January 7

starting a new year

My new calendar with illustrations by Susan Winget has been opened and important dates have been noted.  Each month was photographed and is ready to be shared here in the year ahead.  

Soooooo, announcing January and the start of a new year!

What a perfect verse to live out for the entire year ahead!

"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." ~ Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do -  anything and everything - in word or deed, should be a reflection of Jesus Christ in your life and done with a heart of thankfulness. 

What if you consciously thought about that as you were going about your day?  What would your world look like? What kind of impact could you have on the world around you?  Would those around you come to know Jesus?  

Of course, all our words and deeds come from what is in our heart.  The place where our thoughts wander and ponder. So perhaps the first thing we need to do as we start the new year is a heart check.  Take some time to do a spiritual check-up.  

*Are you spending quality time with the Lord?  

  •      In His Word?  

  •      In prayer?  

  •      In worship?  

  •      In fellowship with other believers? 
  •      In serving Him wherever He places you? 
And more importantly, is it your heart's desire to do those things?

I can't answer those questions for you.  I can only look at my own life.  Having done a spiritual check-up over the last few days there are a couple areas that I believe God is showing me I need to be more disciplined in pursuing in my relationship with him.  My heart's desire is to be obedient.  

Actually, I'm looking forward to what God will do in the year ahead since He did so much digging and plowing and pruning in my life over the past year.  Time to grow in Him!

Tammy ~@~


Tuesday, January 1

on to thirteen

Happy New Year!  

There's a new calendar just waiting for me to write down birthdays, anniversaries, and important upcoming dates for the new year; however, I haven't had a chance to break it out of its packaging quite yet.  Instead, you must settle for a peek at our greeting on the info board in the kitchen.  And yes, our Jesse Tree was not a tree this year as the devotional pieces were hung as decorations in a spot where we are always checking for each day's happenings.  

There's great relief that 2012 has ended.  It was a hard year in many ways for me.  A learning, stretching, heartwrenching year.  A year full of teardrop puddles.  Of feeling lost, yet knowing in my heart I was completely found by a God who loves me abundantly.   Twelve challenging months that weren't detailed much on my blog or Facebook.  

On to 2013.  

That clean slate in front of me which began this morning with my favorite devotional My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers.  I think one of my favorite devotions of his is the very first one of the year as it provides an excellent challenge - "Let us Keep to the Point"   My hope and prayer is to be determined to live absolutely and entirely for Him each day of the year.  

Yes, a year ahead  to be lived fearlessly knowing God's perfect love will keep me.  

I'm up for the challenge!  How about you? 

Tammy ~@~
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