Monday, September 20, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For September 20, 2010

Outside my window…a beautiful blue sky, no clouds, about 80 degrees. Just a few more days left of summer.

I am thankful…for being able to stay home to care for my husband and children.

From the learning rooms…study, study, study! We are now in full swing so the books are always open!

From the kitchen...leftovers

I am creating…working on a lap blanket for Julianne; napkins are finished and they turned out well.

I am reading…starting “Humility” with our Fellowship Group.

Scripture for the week: “But He gives more grace…..” (James 4:6a); what a wonderful phrase! It just doesn’t get any better than that!!!

I am hearing…not much; it’s very quiet at our house.

Noticing that…the trees have lost their lustre and some leaves are starting to fall.

Around the house...trying to keep all my garden plants alive; we are in a drought and now we have water restrictions. I can only water on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I can water my plants in pots on other days if I use a watering can.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Co-op on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; home the rest of the days. Saturday our fellowship group meets here.

Here is a picture I’m sharing.….this is a marker for a trail named after my dad.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

From Clutter to Clarity (Part 2)

Here are some excerpts from the chapter entitled, "Escaping the Technology Trap":

"The very devices that are supposed to simplify life often complicate things by placing even more demands on our time and attention.  Instead of freeing us, technology can actually weigh us down with the heavy burden of  trying to keep up with it all."

"We believe our lives will be simpler and less stressful, yet actually we have more stress as we deal with information overload." 

"....I think Jesus wouldn't let anything electronic stand in the way of what matter most--loving God and loving people."

"A major component of living with clarity is  learning to use God's gifts for His glory.  Technology is a gift, but how you employ it is up to you."

"Anything that interrupts communication and hinders family time is  a relationship barrier."

"Think about the time you spend with these conveniences.  How much of  that time is necessary?  And how  much would be better spent in talking with your spouse, playing with your kids, or having quiet time alone with God?

As you work through these questions, ask God for wisdom and discernment.  Invite him to reveal ways in which you may have inadvertently let technology get the upper hand.  The goal is not to throw technology away altogether and go back to the stone age.  You simple want to set limits so that it doesn't take over your life.  If you  ask, God will help you do that."

Some very good thoughts, indeed!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

From Clutter to Clarity

I finished reading "From Clutter to Clarity" by Nancy Twigg and thought it was very good.  It's not a typical get-rid-of-clutter-by-doing-this kind of book but it addresses clutter from a different perspective....from the heart.  The book is divided into four sections:  An Issue of the Heart, From Cluttered Thoughts and Attitudes to Inner Clarity, From Cluttered Lifestyle to Outer Clarity, and From Cluttered Money Matters to Financial Clarity. 

She starts out by giving a new definition of clutter:  anything that complicates your life and prevents you from living in peace as you live out your purpose.

Later she says:  When it comes right down to it, the source of much of life's craziness is clutter.  Clutter in our minds, in our homes, and in our finances.  Think  of  all the energy and effort you expend each day just dealing with clutter.  Think about the emotional stress and strain it causes you.  Just like bacon grease poured down the kitchen drain, clutter gunks up the works and keeps life from working well.

I was really challenged by the section on a Cluttered Lifestyle.  The five chapters were:  No is Not a Dirty Word, Too Busy for God, Making Peace with Our Possessions, Escaping the Technology Trap, and More is Never Enough.

Here are some quotes from those chapters:
"As with Martha's (of  Mary and Martha fame) cooking and cleaning, there's nothing inherently wrong with any of these activities.  The problem is when they become a hindrance and keep us from doing what really matters--spending quality time with our Lord and the people He puts in our paths."

"When you truly put first things first, all other things fall in line."

"NO is not a dirty word.  Let go of being a yes-woman so you can be a woman who truly knows how to put first things first."

"The truth is that spending time with God  is the most important thing we'll do all day!  Our spiritual health depends on it."

"He has infinite ability to work wonders with our time, and when we give Him the first portion of it, we put ourselves in a position to  gain ground."

"He is the one over everything.  Nothing is beyond His abilities; nothing is headed your way that He doesn't know about.  No matter what pressing needs or urgent demands are on your schedule, He wants to be included--not excluded because you think you cannot squeeze Him in."

"Unneeded possessions are clutter--clutter that robs us of space, time, and peace of mind."

"Because clutter is too much of things that contribute too little, it disrupts the equilibrium in your life."

Tomorrow I'll discuss the chapter on escaping the technology trap!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Junior year

This week Julianne started her junior year.  11th grade....that's so hard to believe!  Tuesday we went to orientation at Chesterfield Christian Academy for her Forensics/Anatomy class.  There were so many people there that she knew!  It was fun to see some homeschooling moms that I haven't seen in a while.  She will be going there on Wednesdays for one hour and while she's there I'll be able to sit in the cafeteria/lounge.

Today Julianne started her art class.  It's north of downtown Richmond and I wasn't sure how long it would take me to drive there but it turned out to be about 25 minutes!  It's in her teacher's home and it was really easy to get there.  Julianne will be there for 1.5 hours each Wednesday afternoon.  Her teacher said I could wait in her home but she also mentioned a nearby coffee shop.  It was lovely!!  It was very quiet and my lunch was delicious.  I look forward to going there every Wednesday afternoon.

Tomorrow is Julianne's first day at Southside Co-Op where she'll take Algebra II, College Prep Writing and Government/Economics.  Whew!  This year we're only doing Spanish and History/Geography at home. 

Tuesday through Thursday will be busy but we are home on Mondays and Fridays.  Also, Julianne is taking a break from karate so we will be home almost every evening except when she has ballroom dancing!

Exciting times ahead.....

Wednesday, September 01, 2010


This is the last weekend of summer!  As usual, it has gone by very quickly.  We officially start school here at home on Tuesday.  Julianne has art class on Wednesday and her Forensics/Anatomy class starts the next Wednesday.  The rest of her co-op classes begin on Thursday, September 9th.  We will be in full swing!

When she is in co-op this Thursday, I'm going to be taking a quilling class in the morning.  It is just for the one day for two hours.  I'm really looking forward to it.  I kind of know how to quill but not well at all.  I'm hoping this class will give me the confidence to do it well.  I think add some quilling projects to my cards will really make them pop!