Saturday, June 29

about tears

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.  They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues.  They are the messengers of overwhelming grief...and unspeakable love."  ~ Washington Irving

Having been in the midst of a long and difficult season of life over the last several months, the last line speaks eloquently and honestly about tears.  Tears truly are often bittersweet as they mix grief and love together.  

Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, June 25

the bite of the party

Ever present in our culture - peer pressure.

Even for adults.

The pressure is unbearable at times.  

So after having my daughter go to a variety of extravagant birthday parties and planning her very simple birthday party, I caved in a little bit and looked on Pinterest to see what I could see.

Oh, there were a ton of ideas for our beach party theme, but I decided to keep it simple.  I used an idea that didn't come from Pinterest - a sand pail and shovel for the "goodie bag" - and I attempted one creative food idea:
A watermelon shark!

It really was kind of fun to do and the girls loved it.  

Want to make your own?  Here's the step by step link:

Watermelon Shark Tutorial

Have fun!

Tammy ~@~

Monday, June 24

How He works

Pondering this poem this morning realizing it also applies to a woman who God is shaping and the need we ALL have to trust Him as He works in our lives:

When God wants to drill a man, and thrill a man,
and skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man,
to play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart,
to create so great and bold a man,
That all the world shall be amazed,
watch His methods, watch His ways.
How He ruthlessly perfects whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
and with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying,
and he lifts beseeching hands!
How he bends but never breaks
when His good He undertakes.
How He uses whom He chooses, and with every purpose fuses him;
But every act induces Him to try His splendor out.
God knows what He's about. 
~Henry Lyte

Tammy ~@~

Friday, June 21

give us

Using this rainy first day of summer to clean off my big old rolltop desk.  Sooo many scraps of paper with this or that or the other thing jotted on them.  Sharing one with you to ponder on for a bit today:

"Give us, O Lord, steadfast hearts that cannot be dragged down by false loves; give us courageous hearts that cannot be worn down by trouble;  give us righteous hearts that cannot be sidetracked by unholy or unworthy goals.  Give to us, also, our Lord and God, understanding to know you, diligence to look for you, wisdom to recognize you, and a faithfulness that will bring us to see you face to face." ~ Thomas a Kempis

Tammy ~@~

Monday, June 17

Simple Woman's Daybook for June 17

For June 17

Outside my window.....the blue skies we woke up with are now gray with a chance of rain.

I am thinking.....about running my little tiller through the garden to loosen up the soil again after the hard rain we've had over the weekend.

I am thankful.....for supportive friends who care for me and are my prayer warriors.

I am wearing.....light gray exercise pants, my new turquoise blue 5K t-shirt, and flip flops.

I am hearing.....the sound of one nearby chirping bird.

I am God will work out a couple of situations that look impossible at the moment.

I am creating.....a new weekly chart to keep up with all the crazy summer schedules around here.

I am maneuver through road construction to get to our local library today.

I am reading.....through the book of Esther as I lead a Bible study through the summer. 

I am praying.....for friends who are heading to Haiti to minister and support those serving in an orphanage.

I am faithful God has always been.

I am finish all my flower planting this week.

On my mind.....are all the things I need to do to prepare for our upcoming family wedding this summer.  

From the learning rooms.....there are still a couple books that need correcting to complete our studies.  Let's hope I finish that up before summer is here and gone!

I am learning....that I can trust God as I take some new steps in my life.

Noticing that.....the month of June is already half over. How did that happen?

I am looking forward to.....finishing up all my thank you notes from a recent ministry event.

Pondering these words....."You cannot control what happened in the past, but you can control your current responses and attitude.  Harboring blame or resentment promotes disharmony and bitterness.  Worse, it harms your testimony and fellowship with God.  So far as it depends on you, forgive and allow God to handle the rest. " ~ Charles Stanley

From the kitchen.....are lots of cookies as the result of a cookie bake-off for Fathers Day.

Around the house....are bobby pins everywhere.  I'm quite certain they multiply faster than rabbits.

One of my favorite things.....will always be hugs from my children no matter what their age.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include engagement pictures for a son and his fiance', running girls to work, working a couple of days myself, mowing the yard, planting flowers, and a bunch of sorting, cleaning, and reorganizing within my house.  

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
This was the winning all-around cookie for the Fathers Day cookie bake-off - a delightful butterscotch chip recipe.  

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

Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, June 12

the start of the season

Finally!  The full moon and its frosty nights are over.  The days are warming up with sunshine.  'Tis garden planting season!

My littlest has joined me this week as we've gone through the process of getting the garden ready for planting which entails going around the entire interior of the garden fence to dig out anything that is encroaching from the field or yard.  We then rake out all the tilling furrows to get nice level spots to mark our rows.  

Finally!  The whole garden and my willing assistant are ready.  She knows the routine with the seeds.  She knows the routine with the plants.  And she's also developed a routine with the random spider walking by a row or finding a toad under a clump of leaves.....SCREAM!  Now THAT keeps ME on my toes!

We've only planted about a third of the garden so far, but with the forecast of some pretty great weather for the rest of the week we should be able to complete it.  Then we can work on the flowerbeds which is the next favorite task of myself and my sweet assistant. 

Oh yes, how I love the planting season!


Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, June 4

sniffing the air

Ohhhh, how I wish lilacs bloomed from the beginning of spring until the end of summer!  Their scent is one of my very favorites in all the world.  Our lilac bushes sit on the corner of our house and when the windows are open their scent wafts through out our entire household chasing away all the smells that are part of a home that has been closed up for way too many months.  Our purple lilacs open first and are the most heavily scented.  In a week or two our pink lilacs will open which are just as pretty but only lightly scented.  And then, alas, they will be done for the season.

While they are still here, I will enjoy every sniff!

Tammy ~@~

Saturday, June 1

go forth in peace

Welcome to the sweet month of June!  

The verse for the calendar this month is:  "For you shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace;  the mountains and the hills before you shall burst out in song."  ~ Isaiah 55:12

Actually, this isn't the actual verse on the calendar page as my calendar says...."and be led BACK in peace;..."  When I looked it up in several translations, none of them used the word BACK.  Most of them used the word FORTH and one translations used the word OUT.  

All that to say....this verse is perfect for the month.  It is SPRING here!  There is joy as the greenery around me continues to fill out in the woods.  My lilacs are about to bloom.  The garden is being tilled for the last time so I can begin planting.  Annual flowers have been purchased for planting.  There is joy in my heart with all of these things in this season where God's creation is new and alive.  It easy for me to imagine the mountains and hills bursting out in song. 

For me, it is a season where God's presence is most evident.  After a long season of white and the lack of life outside my window, the newness of spring is such a strong reminder that God is still here, still in control, still moving. And with that comes great peace. Peace which leads me forth knowing He is with me and will never leave me. Peace that knows that no matter what happens in my life or the world around me HE is still in control and nothing surprises Him.  Peace even when it appears nothing is happening in a variety of situations knowing He is always moving things in His perfect timing.  

May you, too, go out in joy, be lead forth in peace, and break out in songs of praise! 

Tammy ~@~

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