Saturday, July 31, 2010

Washington, DC Youth Trip

Hard to believe this flew across the Atlantic
Taking pictures of taking pictures..

Air and Space Museum Sculpture
Playing frisbee on the Mall
Washington Monument and the Castle

After we visited a few museums, we went to see a Washington Nationals game.  After the game, we rode the Metro back to the station and then drove home.  We arrived at 3 am.  I slept until 11:30 the next day!!

Around My Yard

The heatwave has finally broken. Thursday night a cold front came through and it caused a lot of damage in our area.  Thankfully, we were spared but we do know of friends who suffered damage to their trees. 

We supposed to be in the 80's for the next few days!!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Stop Worrying

I don't know where I found this but I have it written down in my commonplace book. I hope it will be an encouragement to you.
To squander the grace of God, that is meant for the real trials of today, upon the mirage of impending trouble that might happen tomorrow is foolish, and betrays a wrong perspective. God is sovereign, we are not, and thus, we have no business seeking to do His job by worrying about what might come our way. The best way to prepare for what might come tomorrow is to faithfully fulfill our obligations towards Him today. Even if tomorrow does bring a trial our way, as it very well may, we can still rest assured that tomorrow morning, just like every other morning, the grace of God will be sufficient to meet that new challenge, for it is from Him. As Jeremiah proclaims, "[His mercies] are new every morning, great is Your faithfulness!" (Lam. 3:23). The distracted man worries, but the wise man makes his plans and forms his strategy with the object of impacting eternity. The future is securely in the hands of Almighty God and cannot be changed. Armed with that knowledge, we must find our reward in the eternal rather than distractedly scrambling after the temporal. Stop worrying, and start serving your Master from an undivided heart!

We're Having a Heat Wave

We are still in the middle of our heat wave. The temperature is now 104* with a head index of 109*. I've been watering as much as I can and everything seems to be doing ok. We put a small fountain out front and I've noticed that a lot of bees and wasps have been visiting it daily. I've also put out some bowls and saucers of water for other creatures who may be thirsty.

We have two outdoor activities next week and I hope this heat wave will break before then. Tuesday I'm going with our youth group to a trip to Washington, DC to visit some museums and go to a Nationals game. The game is in the evening so hopefully it won't be too hot! Thursday we were invited to go a Richmond Squirrels game. This is the team who took over when the Braves left town. This is their first year and we haven't been to a game yet. There will be fireworks also! A little late for Independence Day but that's ok. Fireworks are good anytime of year!

Tonight Julianne and I and some friends are going to see Alpha Theatre's production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". Last night was the first performance and we've heard only good things about it. We know a lot of the cast so that always makes the show better.

That's about all from here. I haven't been taking pictures lately but I will remedy that next week. Have a blessed Lord's Day tomorrow! Worship the Lord with gladness!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For July 20, 2010

Outside my window…another hot and sunny day; the heat index is supposed to be 110 by this afternoon. One bright spot is that we have had some awesome cloud formations. I’ve enjoyed them while watering my plants….everyday!

I am thankful…for the few rain showers that we have received lately.

From the learning rooms…all the books I’ve ordered are in and now it’s time to start working on lesson plans.

From the kitchen...anything cool! Salad, sandwiches, etc. I don’t want to heat up the kitchen too much.

I am creating…not so much creating but I have been organizing.

I am reading…still working through “A Praying Life” I’ve also been finding some free books on Kindle.

I am hoping...that this heat wave will break soon. It isn’t as bad as it could be because our humidity is low but we could really use some soaking rain.

I am hearing…the dogs whining to go out. Be right back!

One of my favorite things…sitting in my recliner, reading or watching TV, with Dasher snuggled up by me.

Around the house...I am in the process of selling off a lot of my homeschool library. We want to (some day) change the school room into a family room but with all the bookcases we can’t do that right now. If you would like to see what I have for sale, you can find my listings here. I will be adding books for the next few weeks.

A few plans for the rest of the week: I’m having lunch with some friends tomorrow and going to a play on Saturday night but other than that I’m home. There is always things here to keep me busy!

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Thursday, July 15, 2010


One of the books I'm reading "From Clutter to Clarity" has a chapter on living a worry-free life. I wanted to share some of that with you. I know a lot of ladies struggle with worry and fear and I hope that this will be a blessing to them.

"Often when problems come, we run around wasting time and energy reacting rather than concentrating on what we can logically do to deal with the situation."

"How much time do you spend each day fretting about things over which you have no control? And even with those things you can control, do you often worry whether your best efforts are good enough? Worry is the ultimate freeloader. It takes so much out of us yet gives back nothing in return. No onlyis worry unproductive, it's actually counterproductive because it drives us to do the opposite of what we need to do. Worry causes us to focus on ourselves--what we can do to fix the situation--rather than on God and His infinite ability to handle whatever challenges come our way."

"Guard Your Mind Against Worry. Be aggressive in not allowing your mind to wander down the path of worry. Just like contentment thieves, thoughts of worry can sneak back in when you don't expect them. These thoughts can quickly and easily shatter your trust and steal your peace of mind. When worry tries to sneak back in after you've let it go, be ruthless. Stop worry dead in its tracks by replacing thoughts of worry with thoughts of trust."

I like that last sentence because I can replace those thoughts of worry with Scriptures that tell me that God has everything under control. Nothing that happens to me (or will happen) are beyond God's control. In fact, they are ordained by God for my good. I rememeber reading in another book that not trusting God is like saying He is a liar! He has said in His word that He can be trusted (and has proved it over and over in my life) and when I worry or don't trust, I'm calling Him a liar.

Trust God. Give every situation over to Him. Memorize Scripture about trusting God. We have the power of the Holy Spirit within us to overcome the sin of worry. We just need to appropriate it!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


The last two evenings we have had thunderstorms and rain. It is most welcome! My new flowers and plants are rejoicing. It is always amazing to see how much they perk up after it rains. Watering them from the hose just doesn't produce the same kind of reaction. It's only God's storehouse of rain that causes them to flourish.

I have the same kind of reaction when it comes to God's Word. I can read books or blog posts and listen to sermons or podcasts and I will be refreshed. But it is only from reading God's Word that I am truly able to flourish. Why? Because only God's Word is alive and able to change.

"For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Sunday, July 11, 2010


This is an Asian Tiger Mosquito. She bites. A lot. Even during the day. I do not like her.

Friday, July 09, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For July 9, 2010

Outside my window…a bright, sunny, hot afternoon. It’s only 95 which is a lot cooler than the 104 we had earlier in the week!

I am thankful…for family and friends

From the learning rooms…Julianne is still working on school during the summer months: art, Spanish, history and algebra

From the kitchen...making tacos tonight!!

I am creating…not much creating these days. I bought some material to make a tote bag for grocery shopping and I hope to get to that soon

I am reading…still working through “A Praying Life”. I'm about halfway through!

I am hoping...that the rest of the summer will go by slowly. I’m working on enjoying each day and making them as simple as possible

I am hearing…Julianne and her friend, Morgan, playing video games

One of my favorite things…is watching the birds that come to my feeders

Around the flowers are growing and doing well but I have to water every day. We haven't had any significant rain since the end of May
A few plans for the rest of the week: no plans outside the home this week. I need to finish cleaning up the school room and getting some of my books listed on Amazon

Here is a picture I am sharing...a beautiful sky

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Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Various Updates

We are on our second (or is it third) heat wave of the summer. Last week we had a break and it was so wonderful. It felt like early autumn with warm days and cool evenings. Yesterday we set a record of 103. Ouch! Today is it much cooler at 96....break out the sweaters! We just had a storm go through and that's the first rain we've had here at our house since the end of May. I get a day's break from watering my flowers.
I have been enjoying my Kindle! I take it everywhere and I've been reading a lot more than usual. It's so lightweight. Today I ordered "What is the Gospel" by Greg Gilbert for free!! This is only for a limited time so order soon! (HT: Tim Challies)
There hasn't actually been much going on these past few weeks. There are the usual homekeeping duties that keep me busy; Julianne is still doing history, algebra and Spanish through the summer but the heat has been keeping us inside for the most part.
Next week it's supposed to be somewhat cooler so I'm planning on going blueberry picking at a nearby farm. I hope to pick enough and freeze them to last until next year. I've got room in my freezer and I will definitely use them. I make a lot of blueberry muffins through the year and cobblers during the summer.

I haven't been cooking a lot but I have been grilling: Italian sausage, hamburgers, corn, chicken, etc. Yum and more yum. :-)
Here's a quote that I read last night from A Praying Life that really encouraged me: "The name of Jesus gives my prayers royal access. They get through. Jesus isn't just the Savior of my soul. He's also the Savior of my prayers. My prayers come before the throne of God as the prayers of Jesus. 'Asking in Jesus' name' isn't another thing I have to get right so my prayers are perfect. It is one more gift of God because my prayers are so imperfect."

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy Independence Day

I'm thankful to live in a free country but I'm more thankful that I am free in Christ. No longer a slave to sin and to this world. Thank you, Lord!!
Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:34-36)