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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Our Backyard

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Snowstorm Pictures!

Some dogs are just too good for the snow. Spoiled!
Dasher, on the other hand, is much more adventurous!









Friday, January 29, 2010

Winter Storm Warning

It looks as if we are going to get the genuine thing: a real snowstorm!! It should start late tonight and continue into Saturday with very cold temperatures. Numbers like 10-16 inches are being thrown around.

So exciting!!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Snowstorm?

There's talk that this weekend will bring a "significant" amount of snow to our area. No mention of exact totals yet since it's not until Friday night but I'm getting excited!

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook



For Monday, January 25, 2010

Outside my window...a beautiful blue sky with white, puffy clouds!

I am thankful…for God's Word that is the guidebook for my life

From the learning rooms…that we are half way through school; already thinking about classes for next year

From the kitchen...fridge is cleaned out in preparation for grocery shopping

I am wearing...red nightgown and robe

I am creating...well, almost finished the baby bib and deciding on which project to start next: more bibs or work on a bird quilt

I am going...to Sam’s Club this afternoon

I am reading…not much these days other than the Word of God!!

I am hoping...in the Lord to continue to work in my children’s lives

I am hearing...the dogs whining to go out; be right back!

Around the house...is lots of mud; we had a storm last night and I slept right through it. It must have rained a lot because there are huge puddles in the back yard

One of my favorite things...vanilla ice cream with potato chips

A few plans for the rest of the week: grocery shopping today; Lunch Bunch tomorrow, visiting a new baby on Thursday and the usual homeschooling/homekeeping routine

Here is a Scripture I am sharing:
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Various Thoughts

I can't believe that it's Friday already....and that tomorrow is the 23rd of the month. Where does the time go? I haven't been particularly busy this week. There has been the usual homekeeping and homeschooling; working on my embroidery projects; Bible study; errands, etc. I think it's part of getting older!! I remember when I was younger having older people tell me how fast the time goes by but I didn't really think so. Now I do!!
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What you be done around the home in 15-20 minutes? Wash a sink full of dishes, fold a basket of laundry, scrub the tub and toilet, straighten up a room, clean out a junk drawer, read a few chapters from the Word, write an encouraging note to someone. I used to think I needed huge blocks of time in order to get things done around the house and would sometimes put off doing a project. I know now that I can get a lot of things done in a little amount of time.
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Homeschooling is going well. Julianne is really enjoying going to co-op twice a week and likes her classes. Well, most of them. She's not too keen on biology and is really struggling in that class. I know that science isn't her strongest subject so I will be satisfied with her passing the class! I know she studies very hard, works on all her projects and has even done a lot of extra credit projects. That's all I can ask. She's doing well in her writing/literature class and in algebra. And she's doing well here at home with history and Spanish.
On the subject of "time flies", she is starting to think of what she wants to do when she graduates. She's pretty sure she would like to go to college but that's about it. Her main passion right now is art and photography.
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Our pastor has challenged us to "keep the main thing the main thing"--that being loving God. He asked us to remember what it was like when we were first saved and how that looked in our lives. I thought about how I was when I was first saved in 1979. 31 years ago! I couldn't wait to get home from work to read my Bible and I was so excited to read it!! I would eat dinner and then basically climb into bed and read for hours and hours. I would sing and praise the Lord all the time! I loved listening to Christian music and would have it on whenever possible. I would tell others about Jesus whenever I could! It was so exciting to me that He would die for me and for my sins in order to appease God's wrath!! I was now alive where I was once dead in my trespasses and sin.....and I had to tell people about it.
I see now that I have lost a lot of that enthusiasm. I still read my Bible but not for hours at at time. Could I do that now that I homeschool and have other reponsibilities? Of course! There are other things that I could cut out of my day in order to make the time. I still listen to Christian music; that has not changed at all. I still tell people about Jesus but not with the passion that I once did.
How can I change those things to be like I once was? One of the ways our pastor suggested was to remember who we were (enemies of God) and what God has done for us. Here's what Ephesians 2:1-10 says about that:

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful naturea and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Studying and meditating on this passage causes me to remember why I love the Lord: because He FIRST loved me!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook



For Monday, January 18, 2010

Outside my window...a beautiful day in the high 50’s; so different from the arctic cold we experienced a few weeks ago!

I am thinking....that I love Him because He first loved me!!!!

I am thankful…for the warm weather today; I’m sure it won’t last long but it is a blessing

From the learning rooms…we are back on track after having missed school last week

From the kitchen...it is quiet; my hubby is taking us to Olive Garden tonight!!

I am wearing...jeans, brown sweater, and shoes

I am creating...embroidering more bibs

I am going...grocery shopping/weekly errands tomorrow and have no plans for the rest of the week

I am reading…Chronological Bible; reading about Abram now and how “he believed and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

I am hoping...that we are finished with sickness for a while

I am hearing...my “servants” at work (washer and dryer)

Around the house...I’m almost finished with organizing my sewing room; I bought a thread organizer yesterday and also hung some pictures

One of my favorite things...my quiet time in the afternoon.

A few plans for the rest of the week: finish sewing room, take some bags to Goodwill, work on menus for the coming weeks and also for Fellowship Group, going to a ladies’ game night on Friday night at church!
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Friday, January 15, 2010

Germs, Germs, Go Away!!

Ever since last week there have been sick members of this household. Jessica was diagnosed with mono, Julianne and Michael both have very bad coughs and colds. Julianne missed co-op this week but has been able to keep up her work here at home. Her teachers have been e-mailing her with assignments also.

Michael went back to work the other day but came home each night and went right to bed! He won't get a chance to rest tomorrow either because he's working on our governor's inauguration. He's been there each day setting up.

Please pray for our daughter, Jessica. The Lord is really using circumstances to gain her attention and her need of Him. She recently moved back home, was diagnosed with mono and was let go from her job.....all in the space of a few days.

This week has not gone as planned for any of us but it has reminded me to hold my plans loosely and to be open to what the Lord brings my way.

"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."--Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

WinterFest 2009












These are kind of dark but these are from WinterFest 2009 at Liberty University. Good times!



Monday, January 11, 2010

Christmas 2009

The Aftermath
Sudoku freak!

My handsome hubby


Jessica

Jared

Happiness!

More Happiness

Julianne

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Monday, January 11, 2010

Outside my window...a dark and cold night

I am thinking...about the sermon on Sunday; not forsaking my first love--Jesus!

I am thankful....that I am not sick since all other family members are down the colds, coughs and one with mono

From the learning rooms...taking a break until everyone is well

From the kitchen...it is shining; dinner dishes are all cleaned, counters are cleared

I am wearing...my pajama's, I usually put them on right after dinner

I am reading...Daily Readings from the Life of Christ by John MacArthur; my devotional for this year

I am going...no reals plans to go anywhere this week except picking up medicine for the sick ones

I am hoping...that these sicknesses don't linger and that everyone will be better soon!!

I am hearing...the space heater at my feet keeping me warm. The temp's will be in the teens again tonight

Around the house...laundry is done; we had Fellowship Group this weekend so the house is picked up :-)

One of my favorite things...Goldfinches, which showed up at my feeder this morning. It was a nice surprise

A few plans for the rest of the week: errands tomorrow; organizing my sewing room, taking care of the patients!

Here is a picture I am sharing...my sister and her youngest daughter; I wish they lived closer, they're in Nevada

Friday, January 08, 2010

Busy at Home


This week has been a busy one! School started back and so did carpooling. I'm so grateful for the other mom, Kathy, who shares carpooling duties with me. I only have to drive to Powhatan (about 22 miles round trip) once a week. That really saves on gas; which I just noticed is creeping higher each day.

Michael finished painting the spare room for Jessica and I have been getting it ready. I'm about to go upstairs now to vacuum and steam clean the carpet. I bought curtains yesterday so those will go up tomorrow. I thought I would have a couple of months to get this room ready as a guest room and here I have only a few days to get it ready for Jessica. The Lord definitely had other plans than the ones I thought! :-)

One of my least favorite things about our house is the dust. I don't know if it's just us or if everyone has this problem, but our house is so dusty! Now that we have wood floors it shows up even more. I sweep and I also "swiffer" but it seems like it's right back the next day. I've started using a very slightly damp sponge for dusting furniture. It seems to have helped but I was still getting frustrated with all the dust bunnies floating around on my floor. It seems they appear hours after I've done the floors. Well, yesterday I bought a steam cleaner for my floors. I'm hoping this will help. I haven't used it yet but I'll give a review when I do.

Tomorrow night we get back into the swing with our Fellowship Group. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone and discussing our current study. We are still reading "Respectable Sins" and this week's study is selfishness. Oh boy! Did that chapter really hit home! I decided to make a vegetable beef soup for tomorrow night and it turned out really well. You can find the recipe at my other blog, Serving Recipes at Home.


We have been very cold here as has the rest of the country. I wonder what happened to global warming?? Haha! We even had a dusting of snow this morning which prompted the public schools to give a two-hour delay. I'm not sure why they did that since our streets aren't even covered.....it's barely a dusting. I guess the kids and parents are happy to sleep in!

I would love to hear about your week......would you care to share?

Monday, January 04, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Monday, January 4, 2010

Outside my window.....a partly cloudy sky and a cold, cold day.....I am very thankful for a warm home

I am thinking......of the lyrics to MercyMe's "God with Us". What a powerful worship song. It was great singing with 8,000 other people at Liberty University's Winterfest on New Year's Eve.

I am thankful for....a husband who provides for our family

From the learning rooms.....slowly getting ack into the routine after Christmas vacation

From the kitchen....geting ready to make vegetable beef stew for dinner tonight

I am going.....nowhere today! I love stay-at-home days.

I am reading.....The Chronological Bible

I am hoping....for more snow this weekend; I'm crazy, I know!

I am hearing.....the ticking of a clock

Around the house.....it is brown; brown grass, brown trees, brown dead leaves. Some might say it is depressing but I love how the trees look without leaves.

One of my favorite things.....watching National League Football, although it was hard watching the Eagles lose to the Cowboys.

A few plans for the week: getting the spare room ready for our oldest daughter to move back home; perhaps lunch tomorrow with a friend; getting back into the routine of carpooling and errands.

Here is a picture I'm sharing....my oldest at Christmas, Jessica and Jared:


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