Saturday, March 28

the look of spring?


This is what spring looks like at my house.

Ain't nobody gonna sit on THAT chair!

Good thing there's plenty of things to keep me busy inside right now.

Rumor has it that it might actually begin to feel like spring once we get through this weekend.

We'll see.....

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Thursday, March 26

how small can you go


This could perhaps be considered a Throw Back Thursday picture because it was taken almost four years ago on a warm sunny beach.

Or this could be considered a 'woe to me' kind of picture as it seems like everyone living around here has gone to warm sunny places over the past several weeks.  In fact, I'm surprised there's any traffic in town at all with the number of people I know who are spending vacation time in places where sunscreen and shorts are needed.  

But no, this picture is here because I want you to think about sand.  More specifically, I want you think about one grain of sand.  Set this one grain of sand on the table in front of you and carve something into it.  A person or a car or how about Michelangelo's David?

Impossible, you say?

Not for Willard Wigan.

Have you ever heard of him?  

Honestly, when I first heard about him, I thought someone was pulling my leg.  Then I googled his name and was bedazzled by each picture I saw.

This man is an English sculptor whose artistic work fits on the head of a pin or through the eye of a needle.  You can't even see it with your human eye, but must view it through a microscope.  The detail is beyond amazing. You can check out the article about him in Wikipedia - Willard Wigan or check out the images  

You just never know what gift or talent God may bring forth from adversity, do you?  (Willard had undiagnosed dyslexia)

And yes, I hope that this snow will soon stop falling, the temperature will get out of the 20's, and spring will really come so I can find better things to do with my time.......

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~


Monday, March 23

Daybooking in March


For March 23rd

Outside my window.....it is sunny today although only in the 30's for a high temperature.

I am thinking.....about Kara Tippett's impact on those watching her die with grace and dignity as her faith kept her heart steady to the end.

I am thankful.....for a sense that spring is coming as the snow keeps melting in the warmness of the sun.

I am wearing....my flowered jeans, a navy blue t-shirt, and a white hoodie thrown over it.

I am hearing.....music playing in the kitchen while the girls are baking.

I am wondering.....if my grandson will like the quilt I made for him which should arrive in their mail any day.

I am creating.....another quilt.  This one is for grandangel number five.

I am going.....to have to do some Easter sweets shopping as it's coming up quickly.  Best to do it early to get the best chocolate bunny selection.

I am reading.....not much of anything extra at the moment. Focusing on my devotional and Bible reading.

I am praying.....for one of my sons to hear soon about a summer internship position.  All in God's timing, but I'm excited to see where God will take him this summer.

I am remembering.....how wonderful the spring sunshine feels on your face.

I am hoping.....to play a few more games of four handed solitaire before a son heads out on to begin his career in a different state.

On my mind.....is how incredible God's grace really is.  I don't think we really grasp the enormity of it.

From the learning rooms.....we are excited to be in the last quarter of this school year. 

I am learning....that stepping outside my comfort zone is survivable.

Noticing that.....the need to load the woodburner in the morning isn't as urgent as it was all last month.  Nice to have a bit warmer nights right now.

I am looking forward to.....getting outside and raking the yard once the snow is gone.  Really, I am!

Pondering these words....."Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time." ~ Oswald Chambers

From the kitchen.....a new oreo kind of cookie recipe the girls are testing out today.

Around the house....are bobby pins.  I find them in the most random places.

One of my favorite things.....is walking through a fabric store.

A few plans for the rest of the week.....include quilt block cutting, some days at work, sending a son off on his life adventure, a chiropractic appointment, some business bookwork, and watching some sweet 16 basketball games at the end of the week.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you....
The mourning doves are amazingly already nesting.  Seems way too early and way too cold to me, but what do I know, right?

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

As a P.S. - I just noticed there's new prompts for the daybook!  How fun!  I will have to use them next month.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, March 21

love well

(Our frozen heart-shaped pond that lost the point of the heart during the recent thawing days.  Currently looks more like a giant kidney bean as the temperature drops back to normal.)

My thought for the weekend:

"People grow when they are loved well.  If you want to help others heal, love them without an agenda." ~ Mike McHargue

As I meet with various women through work, I can think of nothing more important than this — that they feel unconditionally loved as I listen to their stories.  They can make better choices for their future when they feel loved, cared for, and supported without judgment.  It requires a gentle speaking the truth with love.

Be sure to 'love well' the people in your life!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Friday, March 20

the real 50's


How wonderful for this Friday to land on the first day of spring!  Time to write for five minutes, no editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, visit the link before yours and leave a note of encouragement behind.  The word for today is REAL.  Ready?  Set?  GO!

::real::

The fact that the calendar says it's the first day of spring here is not real at all.  The snow covered ground is a strong reminder that we haven't shed the days of winter yet.  A confirmation that the signs of real tend to be on the outside.

Much like one of my favorite childhood stories - The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.

The signs that the velveteen rabbit had become real were the fact that his hair had been loved off, his eyes dropped out, his joints got loose, and he was shabby.   Good grief!  That describes a mom of many who is swiftly traveling through her 50's!  Okay, so my eyes haven't dropped out yet, but I do sense the need to get back to the eye doctor for an updated eyeglass prescription, I'm definitely losing hair, joints are getting more loose and achey every day, and new wrinkles add to the shab.  

But this is real, folks.  AND I hope and pray that the velveteen rabbit was right in saying that real can't be ugly, except to people that don't understand.  Because the people who DO understand, who have loved you through the years, who don't notice the hair, the eyes, the joints, and the shab.....those people will continue to love the REAL you especially since they helped you become the real you through all their love!

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, March 14

the only place


Here's my heart felt thought for the weekend:

"This physical, created world, with all of its sights, sounds, locations, experiences, and relationships, has no capacity to make your heart content.  The physical world was designed by God to be one big finger that points you to the only place where your heart will find satisfaction and rest.  Your heart will rest only when it finds its rest in God, and God alone." ~ Paul David Tripp

As you look around you and ponder all the 'if only, then....' things in your life that will actually never bring contentment to your heart, may your heart instead travel to the only place where true peace is found — in God.  

Blessings,
Tammy  ~@~

Friday, March 13

forget the plan


End of the work week already.  Time for one last task before the lights go off.  Write for 5 minutes on one word.  No editing.  Post it.  Link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday. Leave a word of encouragement at the post before yours.  The word for this week is PLAN.  Ready?  Set?  Write!

:::plan:::

When I saw the word, the first thing that came to mind was the saying - "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray."  That thought was quickly followed by the verse from Proverbs - "The heart of man plans his way but the LORD establishes his steps." (from chapter 16:9)

The longer I live, the more I've learned to write all my plans in pencil because they are certain to change.  The changes usually aren't because I've changed my course, but rather due to all the changes around me.

This has been especially true as a mom.  My early days with babies and toddlers rarely had more of a plan than making sure everyone was fed, clothed, and tucked into bed at night. If anything else got accomplished, it was a bonus.  Amazing how that is still true with children that are older, particularly when they are teenagers. Their plans constantly change and often while they are in the midst of doing something they planned.  

Then throw work into the mix and it's the same thing.  I have a schedule when I enter the door and a sweet to-do list in my hand.  By the end of the day, I realize that not much actually happened that I had planned for despite my best efforts.  But often a lot has happened that was much better than what I had planned.  I planned my day;  God took me on His plan.

It all comes back to writing your plans in pencil and seeing what the Lord has in mind for establishing the steps of the day.  When you go with His flow, suddenly your plans weren't so important after all.....

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~~

Thursday, March 12

in a hurry for spring

After surviving the previous month of so much below zero weather — I heard it never got above freezing all month! — it's nice to see a bit more sunshine, warmer temperatures, and the snow melting like crazy. 

Spring is definitely in the air!

Of course, we know there'll still be some of those super duper spring snowstorms yet.  But apparently not everyone knows that.

Like her.......


I was so very surprised to look out my window at work and see Mama Mourning Dove sitting on her nest! WHAT?!?!?!?!?!? 

Oh dear!  Way way way too early to be thinking about laying eggs and starting a family.  I mean, yes, it's almost the middle of March, and yes, spring is almost here according to the calendar, but NOOOO, spring never comes this early and stays!

The thing that makes me smile a tad bit is the little thought dancing in my mind that perhaps she knows something I don't know.  Maybe spring will actually come early and stay. Maybe all these big high snowbanks will melt and the snow won't return again this winter.  Maybe the weather will be warm enough for her to raise her first batch of babies.

Time will tell....and I guess I better get busy on a bunch of indoor projects in case she's actually right!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Saturday, March 7

the last to iron

Because I'm light-years beyond highlighting the firsts of my first child, instead you get these random firsts of my last child.  It seems proper to highlight these events since I'll never remember them any other way.  Of course, this won't be my most popular post because there are so many people out there who hate this task.  Yup, ironing.
  

I come from a long line of ironing women.  I can remember my grandmother ironing and her love for starching everything back in those days.  I can remember my mother ironing while she watched the "soaps".  So it was not unusual for me to love ironing as well and I can even remember my first ironing experiences.  Ironing socks.  Thinking about that now makes me giggle because I suspect the iron wasn't even turned on while my mom kept me busy ironing a basket full of socks.  


Ironing seems to be a necessary art form for me since I've never been good at catching clothes still warm from the dryer and folding or hanging them up to avoid ironing.  Nope, by the time I remember there's clothes in the dryer they are usually full of wrinkles extraordinaire.  


All that to say....today I finally took some time to teach my youngest the fine art of ironing.  We went through the laundry baskets finding good samples of various types of things we needed to iron as she put her new ironing hand to the test. She passed with flying colors!

Of course, I do realize that once my kids leave home, the ironing skill is probably left behind, too.  They are more of the wash and dry and go generation.  But at least I wasn't negligent in teaching them the fine art of ironing just in case they may need it someday.

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~




Friday, March 6

take time to gather


We come to the end of another week.  Time to write for five minutes, no editing, post it, link it up at Kate's Five Minute Friday, and bless the link or five or more before yours with a visit and an encouraging comment.  Today's word is GATHER. Ready?  Set?  GO!


::gather::

It's been a recent season where I have needed to gather lots of information.  Numbers upon numbers for our business and personal tax work.  Statistic upon statistic for an affiliation renewal for work.  Detail upon detail for a grant application for work.  The gathering process is tedious and frustrating at times because it requires digging, but so worth it when you see the final product.

Shifting gears a bit, yesterday I met with someone for a long lunch.  She was unexpectedly presented with a crisis situation a few months ago that has been quite a trial to walk through and has brought with it several layers of grieving a life that was changed in an instant.  Support of several people was initially present, but as time has passed that has decreased. What's perhaps more notable are the comments that are heard by her now that indicate people really don't know the facts of the situation.  They have surmised a lot of things about her life without gathering the details and information that come from relationship to draw the correct conclusion. And the result is not support, but more pain.  

Bottom line......if you care, please take time to gather information so that the final product is healing.

STOP!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Wednesday, March 4

time to go winter


Oh so very carefully I've been grinding these coffee beans since Christmas time to make them last as long as I could. But, alas!  The last beans shook out of the bag, were ground to perfection, and brewed.  But, alas!  The blessing was even better this morning.  For you see, while I was gone at work yesterday my daughter was experimenting with a special chai tea recipe that needed to go through our coffee maker for the first step complete with spices.  So, there's an extra special flavor that has mingled in with the coffee.  Mmmmmm!  Such a wonderful way to start the day!

However, take note that if the Collectivo Wonder Land Winter Blend coffee is gone, it's perhaps time for my outdoor winter wonderland to leave as well!  You've been given notice, winter!  No more below zero temperatures or snow storms!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Monday, March 2

always shouting



As we begin a new month, the picture of the happy flowers is a delight to see even if it isn't close to reality for my month ahead when spring is suppose to spring but never does this early.  

Doesn't mean I can't still follow the verse for the month: "Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth!" ~ Psalm 98:4  

You know, we can shout for joy to the Lord anytime of the year no matter if it's winter, spring, summer, or fall.  We can shout for joy to the Lord anytime of the day no matter if it's morning, afternoon, or evening.  Better yet, we can shout for joy to the Lord anytime during life's circumstances no matter if they are easy, hard, challenging, happy, or devastating.

Why?  Because He showers us with His grace and mercy no matter what the season, day, or circumstance, and that alone is reason to shout for joy!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~
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