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Friday, October 30, 2009

"Home-Focused"

Back in July I wrote a post about losing my focus for all things home. Even before my crazy summer, I felt that I needed to be home more. I can say that these few months of being "home-focused" have been wonderful. I do not feel overwhelmed at all and the days have been mostly stress-free.

I would say my days are full but not busy. Does that make sense? I have been working on sewing projects, rubber stamping, and baking. I have been keeping up with the housework and laundry. It is so nice to see the house clean and uncluttered. Such pleasure for my eyes!

Being home-focused on most days has allowed me time to do other things. I have been able to take several ladies out for lunch and for fellowship/encouragement. It is such a blessing to talk about the things of the Lord and of our roles as wives and mothers. I have also been able to concentrate on spending time with my family. We are not always scattered every day!

Since that post, we have started up with our fellowship group meeting here every other Satuday night. Our study of "Respectable Sins" has been deep, convicting and provided lots of good conservation. I look forward to these nights much more than I did last year. I was so busy with too many activities last year that I would have to do most of my cleaning/cooking on Saturday before the group came then I would be exhausted. Now I'm able to plan my meal ahead of time and since the house is usually picked up, there isn't a lot for me to do on Saturday except prepare the meal. So much nicer than being stressed!

I have also taken over as our church's bookstore manager. I like working the bookstore but I don't like getting home after 1:00 on Sundays. I was sharing the duties with another but she has decided not to continue. So, I'm looking for an assistant so we can switch off every other week. A request will be in the bulletin this week. Please pray that I will get a volunteer!

I have also taken on the duty of bringing flowers and a gift to moms who have their second (or more) baby. I really like this ministry and it doesn't take much time at all. Another ministry I have started is to write notes to the ladies at church. I know I have been blessed when someone has taken the time to write me a note of encouragement or just to say they were thinking of me so I have started doing the same.

I know it is not popular or politically correct to be a keeper at home but it is correct in God's eyes. I have not worked in the outside world for over 20 years and I am quite content to keep it that way. God has called women to be busy at home and I want to follow that calling with all my heart.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook (a day late)

For Tuesday, October 27, 2009...

Outside my window...it’s a cloudy, rainy day but the leaves are brilliant orange, red and yellow

I am thinking...that God likes variety based on the many different trees and their colors

I am thankful for...God’s faithfulness even when I am not

From the learning rooms...grading some tests and organizing some files

From the kitchen...I’m thinking of making some pumpkin cookies tomorrow

I am wearing...jeans, black sweater, white shirt, black shoes

I am creating...still working on my bibs; I’m almost finished one

I am going...to take Julianne to karate

I am reading...instructions to make some cloth coasters for Christmas

I am hoping...that the time between now and Christmas will go slow

I am hearing...my washer and dryer; a sound heard most days

Around the house...it is decorated for fall with lots of candles and jack o’lanterns

One of my favorite things...is fall foliage—a surprise every year

A few plans for the rest of the week: doctor’s appointment, getting Michael and Julianne ready for backpacking, and a baby shower on Saturday

Here is picture for thought I am sharing...I love the colors in this picture

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Third Day Concert





















Third Day/Charlottesville, VA

I'm laughing because we were just talking about how cold it was that night. Once the concert started who felt the cold???

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Where Is Your Treasure?

As I was doing errands one day, I passed a self-storage facility. There was a sign at the entrance that caught my attention. It read: Whatever your treasure, we will store and adore it.

That sign sums up a lot of the culture right now. We work all day to make money to buy more stuff. We don't like that stuff so we put it in a storage unit and buy new stuff. On and on it goes. One article I read stated that: "Self storage industry has gained from the popularity of the concept and it has grown so fast that in the last twelve years the use has grown from one in every seventeen households to one in every ten. Converted to percentage growth it comes to sixty-five." One in every ten households?? That's a lot of "stuff". And why is it in a storage unit and not being used?

I read another article in our local paper about a company that comes to your home and helps you de-clutter. The family in this article had TWO storage units full of "stuff"....not including all the things that were cluttering up their home.

I guess we have so much stuff we can no longer adore it ourselves so we take it to a storage unit were they will store it and adore it for you! But what does the Bible say about our treasure?

"Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21)

Christ is our treasure! "...Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knoweldge." (Colossians 2:2b, 3)

"He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure." (Isaiah 33:6)







Monday, October 12, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY
October 12, 2009...

Outside my window...a dark and gray day with rain sprinkles off and on

I am thinking...that the Lord's love for me is truly amazing!!

I am thankful for...space heaters; it was nice to have one this morning while the house was chilly

From the learning rooms...helping Julianne with vocabulary words

From the kitchen...chicken and potato casserole for dinner; hot chocolate for dessert

I am creating...embroidery projects for gifts

I am going...nowhere today! I try to stay home Monday, Wednesday and Friday

I am reading...a biography of George Muller

I am hoping...that we get lots of snow this winter

On my mind…the daylight hours are getting short and it is time to “gather in” for the winter

I am hearing...a train in the distance

Around the house...we just a new dresser for Julianne so her old one is now in the family room holding most of our games

One of my favorite things...is decorating the house for Autumn

A few plans for the rest of the week: lunch with a friend, dinner with a friend, doctor’s appointment, Third Day concert on Sunday!

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…

This picture reminds me that these beautiful colors will be here in a few weeks!

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Friday, October 09, 2009

A Question to Ponder

If God stood in front of you right now and told you to do everything to His glory, what changes would you immediately make in order to make Him the center focal point of your life?


Thursday, October 08, 2009

In My Home This Week

“Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping.”- Henry David Thoreau

I'm having a slow and steady week here at home. How does that look? For me, it involves these things:

Cooking--daily cooking and also preparing ahead. I cooked a whole chicken and now have meat for future dinners and lots of broth for soups! I also made the best tiramisu and it's so easy!

Baking--brownies, muffins and various other goodies.

Cleaning--the usual laundry, vacuuming, dusting and more. It needs to be done every week but doesn't the house look nice when it is all shiny and clean. It pleases the eye and lowers the stress!!

Reading--taking the time to read the Word, slowly and with expectation.

Crafts--I organized what I wanted to work on for the next few months (Christmas is coming!!) and will start on some projects this weekend

Serving--having time to serve the homeless on Tuesday; writing e-mails and cards to friends who are struggling or to just say "hi!"; being available when needed

Enjoying--the cool weather; a windy Wednesday; my husband and children; God's creation; the time to do all of the above

Are all my weeks like this? No, some are filled with doctor's appointments, lots of errands and being away from home. But those weeks can be calm and quiet also. It's an attitude of the heart. One that I'm trying to cultivate more and more each day.

How is your week?

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Twenty-Five Years

Michael and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary yesterday. I can't believe it's been 25 years. It really doesn't seem that long ago. It gets better every year!


I love you, Michael!! xoxoxoxoxox

Monday, October 05, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

FOR TODAY...October 5th

Outside my window... a bright, blue sky

I am thinking... that I need to write a list of the projects to work on for Christmas

I am thankful for... my husband, who is my best friend

I am wearing... capris; it's still in the mid-70's here

I am remembering... 25 years ago I was getting ready to go to my wedding rehearsal

I am going... to take Julianne to the orthodontist and then run some errands

I am reading...still reading Respectable Sins; this week: ungodliness and unthankfulness

I am hoping... the leaves will start changing soon

On my mind... "while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us".....amazing love!!

From the learning rooms... feeling a little overwhelmed that I may never get this schoolroom organized

Noticing that... there haven't been many birds to my feeders lately

Pondering these words... "every true Christian life needs its daily 'silent times', when all shall be still, when the busy activity of other hours shall cease, and when the heart, in holy hush, shall commune with God"

From the kitchen... I am in the process of entering all my recipe clippings into my computer. It will be nice to have them all in one place

Around the house... it still needs straightening after the weekend

One of my favorite things~ pumpkin cookies, cake, etc. Yum!

A picture I'm sharing with you. This is the tree outside my window (taken last year). It will start to turn colors in the next few weeks:



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Sunday, October 04, 2009

Recent Pictures

This is a little kitty cat that has been coming around the house lately. I don't know if she belongs to anyone but I feed her and pet her (then wash my hands; I'm allergic). I would like to keep her but we're all allergic to cats. So I just enjoy her when she cares to visit.




This is my family at my birthday dinner at Bone Fish Grill. I had a great time because I was there with my favorite people in the world!!


These were taken at the Italian Gardens of Maymont Park in Richmond. Every year a local photographer takes school pictures of homeschoolers in these gardens. It was a beautiful day when we were there, although a bit windy.