Wednesday, July 31

tri a pup

Usually there are grandbaby announcements found here as each one arrives.  How about a grandpup announcement? My son and daughter-in-law recently adopted this sweet little pup into their household.
Welcome, Luna!


Since someone is sure to ask, I'll tell you right now that she's a tri-colored Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  Just a little handful of pup who always looks like she's smiling.  I love happy dogs :-) She's adapting very well into their household and I'm anxious to see if my son can actually teach her to look both ways when she crosses a street. 

Here's to happy puppy days!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Tuesday, July 30

choose the betters

"Better to love God and die unknown than to love the world and be a hero; better to be content with poverty than to die a slave to wealth; better to have taken some risks and lost than to have done nothing and succeeded at it." ~ Erwin Lutzer

Life is short and passing by quickly!  Make the "better" choices with the time you have been given.  You'll never regret it! 

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, July 29

Simple Woman's Daybook for July 29


For July 29

Outside my window.....the skies are completely blue with nary a cloud and the promise of a warmer day.

I am thinking.....about the fact this month is almost over and we're headed into August already.  Where has the summer gone?

I am thankful.....for God's wonderful protection over us with all the traveling we've done recently.

I am wearing.....capris, a long-sleeved running shirt, my bright yellow hoodie, and fuzzy socks to warm up my feet.

I am hearing.....the sound of a neighbor's lawnmower.

I am wondering.....if the summer will warm up enough to allow some of my longer-growing crops to mature in my garden.  Right now I can't imagine having watermelons or pumpkins because the plants still haven't taken off like they normally would have by this time.

I am creating.....a filing system for the piles of paperwork I have around here.  Of course, some of these papers are going directly into the round filing cabinet :::wink:::

I am going.....to travel today to attend a visitation for a favorite aunt who passed away before the weekend.  She was such a wonderful hand-written note writer through the years which is becoming a long lost art in today's world.  

I am continuing to read.....through the book of Esther as I get closer to finishing a Beth Moore Bible study I've been facilitating this summer.  

I am praying.....for my son's paperwork and God's favor so that he may be discharged from the army this week and move on with life with his new bride.  

I am remembering.....how God has been moving in my life through the years with specific events that have led to this moment in time.  It reveals how amazingly faithful He is and how He is a God of details.

I am hoping.....to keep picking hydrangeas for awhile yet. They are sooo pretty! 

On my mind.....are all the things on my summer to-do list that I really need to do before summer is over.

From the learning rooms.....it's time to start thinking about the fall and our curriculum that needs to be ordered.

I am learning....that God knows all the details I need to know.  I just have to trust His timing as He reveals them to me.

Noticing that.....the evenings are beginning to get dark earlier.  I will miss those late light nights of summer.

I am looking forward to.....spending time with family that I haven't seen in a long time even if it is under sad circumstances.

Pondering these words....."Christ's purpose in calling us to deny ourselves is that we'd deny our selfishness, ambition, pasts, or any damaged emotions the right to cheat us of His far higher plans for us." ~ Beth Moore

From the kitchen.....are lots of fresh raspberries from the garden.  We were going to bake a pie with them, but we couldn't resist eating every last one from the bowl.

Around the house....I'm finding remnants of children eating where they aren't suppose to be eating.  Hmmm, going to have to have a talk about that with them.

One of my favorite things.....are the smiles of grandchildren.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include today's visitation service for my aunt, a few days of work, running girls to work, finishing garden weeding, a visit to the chiropractor, meeting with a group of DAR ladies, and continued work on my summer to-do list.


Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
The fun of DIY bridesmaids bouquets at our recent family wedding.  Although I've often thought of my hydrangeas as being a hardy flower, they can be total wimps in a wedding setting.  LOTS of water surrounding their long stems before and after the wedding are essential to keep them looking amazing from start to finish.  

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

Blessings,
Tammy 

Saturday, July 27

glimpses of a wedding

After many miles of traveling back home, unpacking a packed up car, and quickly jumping back into our regular routine, I can finally take a breath and reflect on our recent family wedding.

A glorious beautiful older location was chosen for this event. The interior had wonderful decorating touches.


A bounty of natural light poured in through the windows with sunshine just as bountiful throughout the event.


The chairs were set up to face a simple altar area in the front of the church.


Simple flower balls were attached to the end of the rows with pink ribbon.


Vases of flowers lined each window.


A picture of the celebrating couple graced our presence as we awaited the ceremony.


A sweet granddaughter took her flowergirl duties very seriously right until the very last moment before the bride made her way up the aisle while the bridesmaid silently stood with their hydrangea bouquets.



The bride's bouquet was a bounty of pink roses.  She's already won my heart with her love for PINK.

And the minutes passed swiftly through a ceremony, a dinner, a dance, and onto the departure.

It is a collection of simple meaningful moments like this that a mom treasures in her heart forever!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 18

traveling through beauty

On a little road trip....
....covering a lot of territory.


Visiting places we've heard about but never saw before.


Taking in sights I've seen before but my girls haven't.


It's possible I have a similar picture somewhere at home from when I was around their age at this very place.


Being blessed by a very patriotic evening program as the presidents were brought to light at Mount Rushmore.


And seeing unique parts of creation that could only be made by a creative God.


The best is yet to come as we look forward to a family wedding in the days ahead.  

What a wonderful summer trip as we enjoy the places and people God has created!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, July 11

don't maneuver to failure

It happens all summer long.  The dock competitions.  Who can run, jump, spin, dive, leap - you name it - off the dock the best.  It's all about timing and maneuvering yourself in just the right way to have a satisfying outcome.  Belly flops don't stop them from trying the same things over and over again.  It seems the best off-the-dock outcomes are when there is no competition and they run off the end of the dock in relaxed form to cool off.

This dock scenario went well with my devotional from this morning:  "Fear is really the natural by-product of an anxious spirit.  An anxious spirit is the by-product of living under the false assumption that you can manage life by yourself, and that with effort you can maneuver circumstances into a satisfying outcome.  This lifestyle, one of performance-based acceptance, is a sure prescription for feelings of failure." ~ Charles Stanley

In this world of micro-managing, everyone is trying to maneuver things just right so things will turn out the way you want them.  If you do each step right, the outcome will be right because you are in control, right?  If things suddenly go wrong, you just put more effort into it correcting the course to get the outcome you want.  YOU keep trying and trying and trying until you end up in a puddle of tears from failure.  

Why?  Because the reality is....you are not in control.  

God is the one in control.   

It's when you give up control and stop trying to maneuver things the way YOU want them that God can actually begin to work in your life.  When you turn to Him to lead you, guide you, turn you, move you, suddenly you can relax. You'll find that He truly does have you covered.  You can trust His plan each step of the way.  He isn't going to leave you or desert you anywhere along the way. 

It isn't about your performance because He loves you more than you can ever imagine even if you keep belly flopping. There is no competition because you are already His if you've given your life to Him which makes you a winner.

Trust Him.  It's a win-win lifestyle....or you could say, the perfect swan dive every time.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 9

dog daying it

Yup, we've hit the dog days of summer.  Spring was short and jumped right into hotter temps and humidity.  The dog sneaks down to the lake every chance he gets with the kids right behind him.  Even *I* make my way down there which is a definite sign that the summer is heating up.  The fans are running constantly and once again we wish we had air conditioning until we remember that this season is so short for us that it isn't worth it.  

It also seems my time is so short for blog writing as well. It isn't that I can't find anything to write out - trust me, there's plenty! - but the days are so full that by the time I can sit down to write at the end of the day I'm honestly too tired.  

All that to say....hope you're enjoying the busyness of summer as well!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Tuesday, July 2

who He is


The verse for the month of July is:  "He made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding." ~ Jeremiah 51:15

This verse reminded me of verses at the end of Job where God speaks and reminds Job of who God is.

Our God is the Maker and Creator of all the heavens and earth.  He is mighty and powerful and holds all wisdom.  He is Holy.  Put Him in a box?  We should daily be falling before Him on our face as we consider His awesomeness for HE is GOD and we are not.

Live the month of July in the beauty of His creation - flowers abundant everywhere! - which reminds us of who He is and who we aren't.  When you do that, it's impossible not to worship and praise Him!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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