Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 31, 2012...

Outside my window...it's a gorgeous day!  The breeze coming in is refreshing, the clouds keep the temperature cool without being cold, and the sun peeks out to keep us warm.

I am thinking...of the brush fires that are popping up due to this weather.  Unfortunately we've gotten almost no rain, and the dryness causes fires which can be very dangerous.  Just this morning there were some not far from where my aunt and uncle live.

I am thankful for...pretty days when I can open the windows and let the fresh air and sounds of nature in my home.

In the kitchen...I'll be making tilapia for lunch/dinner.  I don't make separate meals for lunch and dinner, I just make enough for both so I don't have to cook twice.

I am wearing...a black and white top, black and white paisley print skirt, and red flats.  It's currently 70 degrees and breezy.

I am creating...a plan for our trip to Central Florida.

I am going...to start the packing process.

I am wondering...if our dog Molly is going through her cycle again.  There were some spots on the floor that would indicate it.  I intended on getting her fixed next month, but it looks like she may have gotten ahead of me.

I am reading...just my Bible and my devotions.  I haven't been reading as much because my eyes get tired quickly.  Time for new glasses.

I am hoping...to have a fun and relaxing time with my children this weekend, Lord willing.

I am looking forward to...sitting down with my older children, playing board games and enjoying time with all three of them.

I am learning...to be patient when I want something.  If I can't get it right away, it may be because there's something better yet to come.

Around the house...I've got everything pretty much under control ;).  It's clean and neat, just the way I like it.

I am pondering these words..."He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find Him the rest of the day." - John Bunyan.

A few plans for the rest of the week...I hope we can make it to Awana tomorrow.  It depends on how much I get done during the day.  We leave for Central Florida on Thursday and will be back home, Lord willing, on Sunday.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Some Random Thoughts

* To all of you who have called, emailed, texted, or in some way messaged me that you are praying for me, thank you.  You have no idea how much that means to me.  I love you all for your compassion and your understanding.  You have blessed me beyond words.

* To all who have taken the time to check on me and ask if everything is alright since finding out that my husband and I have separated, thank you as well.  Your concern warms my heart and reminds me that God has placed you in my life for a good reason.

* To everyone, I want you to know that I'm okay.  As a matter of fact, I'm better than okay.  It was difficult at first.  There were moments of distress, of sadness, of bitterness, of anger.  Thanks to counseling (I can't express my thanks enough to my pastor for recommending it to me) I knew that these emotions were normal, and that through prayer and leaning on the Lord I would move forward and find healing.  And I have.  I'm at peace now.  There's still an occasional moment of sadness, and moments when the anger begins to creep in, but those are fewer and far between.  I'm thankful that the distress is gone.  There were times I didn't know what would happen next, and it felt overwhelming, but I was never alone, and the Lord let me see that, through His comforting in my heart, and through all the wonderful people who reached out to me.  The bitterness has been replaced with contentment, because I know that "all things work together for good to those who love God." (Romans 8:28)  As terrible as things may appear on the surface, I know for sure that God will turn things around and bring good out of bad circumstances.

* To prove that I'm doing well, unlike some people who eat when they get upset, I eat when I'm happy.  During a trial I'm more likely to lose weight, because my stomach closes up and food just isn't appealing to me.   This summer I was fitting into size 4 clothes with absolutely no problem.  Since my husband moved out, however, our home has been so peaceful that I've been able to eat again and enjoy it.  Enjoy it a little too much I'm afraid.  I weighed myself this week and found that since Thanksgiving I've gained 10 pounds.  :P

* The first thing I did was destroy the bathroom scale.  No, I'm just kidding.  It's still there, in working order.  I only gave it a dirty look ;).  Then I went on myfitnesspal.com and started recording what I was eating so I would stay within my calories.  I knew what my problem was right away.  Snacking.  Too much of it, and not the best choices.  The first day was tough.  I desperately wanted some potato chips, or a brownie with ice cream, or a large handful of Goldfish crackers.  I had to be strong, and say no.  There's plenty of raisins and granola bars to munch on, I just had to exercise self control.

* I'm happy to say it's gotten easier, and I've gotten lighter.  I'm not craving snacks at all hours of the day.  As a bonus, I'm sleeping better too.  Especially when Molly doesn't wake me up at 6am to let her out or feed her.

* As an update on my mom, who had triple bypass surgery in December, I'm thankful and happy to say she's been given a clean bill of health, and her cardiologist says she can do anything she was doing before the surgery, praise the Lord!  Unfortunately, Mom has a different opinion.  She wants to milk this for all it's worth.  She enjoys using the "I just had major surgery" excuse to get others to do things for her, then complains that they aren't done to her specifications.  I guess it's true what they say, we regress to our childhood in our old age.  I'm sure my kids are looking forward to that ;).  I'm just glad she's home.

* Another happy note:  My daughter made the dean's list again!  She got straight A's last semester, and now is in her last semester and has put in her intent to graduate.  Most people would say the standard, "Time has flown these 4 years," but to me they've been the longest 4 years of my life.  Now she has to decide what to do next.  If the economy were better it would be an easy choice: come back home, find a job in her field, and save up her money for the future.  Sadly, our economy isn't in the best state, and South Florida in particular is in a slump.  There are fewer jobs than there are unemployed folks, and finding work is not a simple task.  She's gonna start putting her resume out, and see what's out there.  If she finds employment here, then she comes back home.  If the jobs are in Central Florida, then she'll be staying there.  I've laid this at the Lord's feet and will trust Him to lead her where she needs to be.

I guess that's it for now.  There's always random thoughts going through my mind, so come back sometime for more.  God bless.

Observing My Senses

For Today, January 28, 2012...

I am seeing...a kitchen that needs some tidying.  An Awana car that's halfway completed.  A blue sky on a day that's supposed to be rainy.  A tray with just a few brownies left on it.

I am feeling...lighter since I started losing a few pounds.  Happy because I got a good night sleep and Molly didn't wake me up at 6am to be let out.  Thankful that I live in the good ole US of A.

I am hearing...birds chirping.  The computer fan whirring.  The click-click of my nails against the keyboard.  And lots of quiet. :)

I am tasting...oatmeal, not the instant kind, the one you cook on the stove for 2 minutes.  I make it with unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a dash of salt and a little sugar, then I sprinkle cinnamon on top of it.  Not only is it yummy, it's nutritious and fills me up for the entire morning.

I am smelling...coffee on my right.  Oatmeal on my left.  Clean air coming in through the window.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Five Question Friday

*Sigh* Yes, I'm doing it again.  Friday questions on Saturday.  It was a busy day yesterday.  I wanted to get everything done early because the weather lady said it would rain.  But it didn't.  And it hasn't.  Oh well, at least I got a lot accomplished.  Now I can get my questions done!  Even if it is a day late...

1. Do you swim in the winter?
I can if I want to.  Typically, though, I don't.  I'm not much of a beach person anymore.  Not since I found out too much sun exposure causes wrinkles.  That kinda stuff didn't bother me 30 years ago, but I sure do care about it now.

2. Do you love or hate winter?
I have no reason to hate winter.  In South Florida, winter is more like spring.  As a matter of fact, we've had a very mild winter this year.  I've been able to keep the windows open for the most part, and with temps in the 60s and 70s it's been extremely pleasant.  Nope, I can't hate winter.

3. Do you put makeup/actual clothes on when you know you're going to be home all day with just family?
Makeup, no.  I don't even wear makeup to go to the grocery store or take my son to school most of the time.  I do change out of my jammies, though. You never know when someone my pop in unexpectedly, and I don't want to have to rush to get some clothes on.  Besides, clothes that are meant for sleeping make me feel lazy and tired.

4. How old were you when you had your first alcoholic beverage?
Hmm...probably about 13.  My mom would have wine in the house and she let me try it.  I should mention that's a practice I do not encourage, and have not done with my own children.  The idea that "just a sip" won't do any harm is, in my opinion, an erroneous one.

5. How many ill calls in a 12 month period do you think are acceptable?
For a normal, healthy person, I would say 6 should be the maximum.  Most working adults don't get sick that often, unless they are unhealthy and have some chronic malady, or have a very weak immune system.  If truth be told, many of the "sick days" people take are more about being "sick and tired of work" than of an actual illness.

Okay, now it's your turn.  Hop on over to Mama M's at My Little Life and answer your own five questions. Then have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 24, 2012...

Outside my window...is a day so beautiful the rest of the nation is probably green with envy.  My back patio looks amazing after giving everything a good cleaning.  It's warm, breezy, and tidy.  Just the way I like it!

I am thinking...as I approach 50 (the end of next year as a matter of fact) I wonder if I'll have the energy to do all I do now?  I sure hope I have my health so that I do.

I am thankful...for the trials God allows in my life, because I know God doesn't allow more than I can bear.

In the kitchen...fried chicken tenders, macaroni and cheese, and fried green beans.

I am wearing...a bronze colored top, jean capri's and white flip-flops.  It's 77 degrees and breezy.

I am creating...nicer outdoor spaces.

I am going...to dry my hair after I finish with this post.

I am wondering...where the years have gone?  It's like just yesterday I was 25 years old.

I am reading...Morning and Evening Daily Readings by Charles Spurgeon.  I love Spurgeon's writings, and this devo for my Nook cost just $.99!  A ridiculously good bargain!  There's a devotion for every morning and evening of the year.  I'm getting more out of the Word, and that's always a good thing!

I am hoping...to get to the front yard this week.  It's looking dismal.

I am looking forward to...Family Fun Night at our church this Saturday.  Bounce houses, food trucks, fun, fellowship, and a movie.  They're keeping the movie a surprise, but I'd love for it to be Courageous!

I am learning...a lot from this new devotional.

Around the house...everything is pretty much in order, which is why I'm working on the outdoors.  The garage looks so neat and spacious!  That was a big task, but I'm glad I took it on.  The results are my reward.

I am pondering these words..."It is easier to build a boy than to mend a man."

A few plans for the rest of the week...Awana tomorrow, hopefully a trip to the library to return some books, Family Fun Night on Saturday, church on Sunday.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Think About It...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Move It Mondays

Happy Monday to all!  It's gonna be a busy one for me.  There's no school today; it's a teacher's planning day.  So E is home, trying to finish his math homework because he wants to go play with his friends this afternoon.  As for me, here's what's on the agenda:

*Clean up master bedroom

Mom's don't get a day off, LOL!  But I love it.  I'd rather be busy doing something productive, than sitting around watching the grass grow.  Speaking of which, if we don't get some rain soon the grass may never grow again!  This week I'll have to do a major clean-up of the back patio, and come up with something nice for the front yard.  That'll keep me even busier!  Have a blessed week everyone!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Words That Inspire Me

 "You never hear Jesus say in Pilate's judgement hall one word that would let you imagine that He was sorry that He had undertaken so costly a sacrifice for us. When His hands are pierced, when He is parched with fever, His tongue dried up like a shard of pottery, when His whole body is dissolved into the dust of death, you never hear a groan or a shriek that looks like Jesus is going back on His commitment."

  - Charles H. Spurgeon

Observing My Senses

For Today, January 21, 2012...

I am seeing...hazy sunshine to start off another beautiful day.

I am feeling...a bit tired.  Our smoke detector went off at 4:30 in the morning.  There was no smoke in the house, and I changed the battery on it last week, so that's not the problem.  I guess it's defective.  It's not that old either, only a couple of years.  Bummer.

I am hearing...sausages sizzling in the frying pan.

I am tasting...nothing yet.  Breakfast is cooking.

I am smelling...coffee, biscuits in the oven, sausages on the stove.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Follow Friday

I'm enjoying this "fill in the blanks" sort of questionnaire for a change.  I have to really think of my answers.  If you want to give it a try, visit Hilary at Feeling Beachie.

1.    I used to enjoy ______ but now I don’t really anymore except for when I____
I used to enjoy wearing heels but now I don't really anymore except for when I go to church.

2. My first job was ______
As a clerk in the international exchange department at Chemical Bank near Wall Street.

3. I am a bit obsessed with ________ at the moment
Get this - Little House On The Prairie.  I know!  I've started watching the reruns on Insp channel and I remember why I liked it so much.

4. If I don’t have my ___________ at night, I don’t sleep well.
Two pillows.  One is too flat.  I need two, though they aren't extremely fluffy.

Five Question Friday

Happy Friday y'all!  I don't know about the rest of you, but it's a B-E-A-utiful day here in South Florida!  The sky is true blue, the clouds are as puffy as cotton candy, and a sweet breeze is blowing in through the window. I wish everyday was like today!  I'm looking forward to another 3 day weekend - no school for the kiddos because it's a teacher's planning day.  My son wishes there were more of those!  Okay, here are my 5 questions for this week.  If you want to join in, visit Mama M at My Little Life.

1. Where do you hide the reeeally good snacks?
I giggled reading this, because I remembered my mom putting them on the highest shelf of our upper cabinets, and me getting up on the kitchen counter while my sister was the "look-out".  Only problem was, the minute I was standing on the counter she'd go running to tell my mom what I was doing and I'd get in trouble.  How is it she's my favorite sister?

Anyways, I don't hide any snacks.  Whatever I like my kids typically don't care for.

2. Do u keep your vehicle clean or am I the only one who has things falling out of their van?
I do keep it clean, but my kids will tell you it's because I'm OCD about cleanliness.  They exaggerate.

3. Have you ever been to Vegas?
Nope, and I don't care to.

4. Warm room light blankets or cold room warm snuggly blanket?
I like a snuggly blanket myself.

5. What is the worst airplane/flying experience you've ever had?
Other than a little turbulence, I've had no bad experience on an airplane.  Sorry.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

It's been a busy and productive day today.  Here are some highlights:

 - Went to the post office this morning.  It took 30 minutes to get a package and letter sent out.  And you know what?  I wasn't irritated by it!  Isn't that great?!

 - I got lots accomplished in the garage.  I was able to take 3 boxes and one bag filled with clothes, toys, CD's, DVD's and more over to Goodwill.  The garage is starting to look so much better!  There are still some things that I need to find proper homes for, and another box for Goodwill that didn't fit in the car, but I think I'll be done with it before the weekend.  Yay!

 - Awana was fun last night.  I love those kids!  I found out we're having Family Fun Night the last Saturday of this month at our church.  Bounce houses, food trucks, and an outdoor movie (the perks of living in South Florida!).  The movie is a surprise.  I'm hoping it's Courageous, though someone mentioned it will most likely be a children's film.  I really want to see Courageous.

 - I did have one unpleasant episode today.  A couple of Jehovah's Witness ladies came to my door.  Since I was raised JW, I know the teachings, and after having read and studied my Bible I've come to the conclusion that they don't teach sound biblical doctrine.  I wasn't even going to open the door, but the Holy Spirit prompted me to speak with them.  One of the ladies was very respectful; the other woman was so extremely rude!  She had the nerve to tell me my church can't possibly teach me the Bible because they don't have the Holy Spirit!  When I told her that I'm quite sure the Holy Spirit is there and that His presence is felt, she looked at her companion and said, "You hear that?" very sarcastically.  Little did she know it was only by the power of the Holy Spirit I didn't slap her!  I try always to be kind and respectful of the Witnesses because my mother is a Jehovah's Witness and I don't like anyone to be disrespectful to my mom.  I speak the truth in love and treat them as I would like to be treated.  This woman had such a bad attitude, as though she alone is righteous because her way is the only right way.  It was exasperating and very troubling.  I felt the agitation of the Spirit within me because she was being so rude, almost doing it on purpose to see my reaction.  Her companion seemed embarrassed at her responses to me, and said she'd come again another day to speak to me some more.  If she brings Pharisee lady I won't open the door.

 - It reminded me of my Bible reading this morning.  Noah spent 120 years telling his neighbors a flood was coming, and all they did was laugh at him, mock him, disrespect him.  He never quit, though, never wavered in his faith, and for that he was rewarded.  No matter how upset I might get, truth is I don't have it as bad as Noah did.  I just have to keep that in mind.

 - Oh, I got some really good deals at Winn-Dixie today!  I needed to get Molly her dry dog food; she's a big dog, so I feed her a can of wet food in the morning and another can of wet food with a cup of dry food in the afternoon.  Winn-Dixie has the large bag of Pedigree for $15.99, and along with it a pouch of Pupperoni, a pouch of Cesar snacks, a pouch of Dentastix and 2 small cans of Cesar dog food for FREE!!  Now Molly and I are both happy!

I better get going; E is complaining that he's hungry.  Have a pleasant evening everyone!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Something To Think About...

"There were ten lepers healed, and only one turned back to give thanks, but it is to be noticed that our Lord did not recall the gift from the other nine because of their lack of gratitude. When we begin to lessen our acts of kindness and helpfulness because we think those who receive do not properly appreciate what is done for them, it is time to question our own motives." - Leaves of Gold.

Words for a Busy Day (Like Today)

"Thank God every morning when you get up that you have something to do which must be done, whether you like it or not. Being forced to work, and forced to do your best, will breed in you temperance, self-control, diligence, strength of will, content, and a hundred other virtues which the idle never know." - Charles Kingsley

The agenda for today:  So far I've

*given Molly her much needed bath
*washed all her bedding and toys
*did more major cleaning in the garage
*made lunch/dinner

Here's what's scheduled for the rest of the day:

*pick up E from school
*help with homework
*shower and do my hair
*go to Awana

Thank God for busy days!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 17, 2012...

Outside my window...it's a bright sunny day, blue skies, a few wispy white clouds, and the temps are back into the upper 70s.

I am thinking...of different ways to spruce up my home.

I am thankful...for God's Word and all it teaches.

In the kitchen...oven fried chicken wings, parmesan noodles and salad.

I am wearing...a black and white baseball style top, black and white skirt and red flats.  

I am creating...an organized garage.

I am going...to work on the garage an hour or two each day, rather than try to get it all done in one day.  It's less overwhelming that way.

I am wondering...how my older kids are doing today.

I am reading...The Vigilante's Bride.  I'm just over half way done.  

I am hoping...to make at least one trip to Goodwill this week.  Otherwise the garage will never get emptied out.

I am looking forward to...Awana tomorrow, and being with the children.  I love them so much!

I am learning...patience.  It's a good thing God is patient, because I'm a slow learner ;).

Around the house...I vacuumed today, and really everything is neat and clean except for the garage.  That's why I want to tackle it this week.

I am pondering these words..."When I let go of things in this life, into my open hands God places Jesus, who is enough." - a friend sent me these encouraging words from her devotional.

One of my favorite things...finding something pretty, out of the ordinary, and inexpensive. 

A few plans for the rest of the week:  Awana tomorrow, and a birthday party on Saturday.  Church on Sunday.  Molly needs a bath, and that garage is gonna take up a good chunk of my time, but I know the results will be reward enough.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Move It Mondays

Happy Martin Luther King Day to all!  My son and I were discussing Dr. Martin Luther King and what would appear to be his untimely death.  Untimely to us, because we look at him as a man too young to die and who had so much still left to do.  But as I see it, his death brought incredible change to our nation.  After Dr. King was assassinated, many people realized how unjust racism is, how abhorrent to kill a man simply because he is of a different skin color.  I think folks looked at Dr. King's life, saw the injustice in his death, and were ashamed.  I believe it was necessary for Dr. King to die as he did, so that people would come to their senses.  Not all have, unfortunately, but we've learned much from Dr. King's life because of his death, and so neither his life nor his death were in vain.

Because of this day of observation of Dr. Martin Luther King's life, there is no school, which makes my young son very happy!  I think I'll take advantage and play some board games with him.  I have one load of laundry to put away, then the housework can wait till tomorrow.  Enjoy this special day, everyone!

The Full Armor of God

Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Welcome Change

For some time now I've wanted to change the light fixture in my dining room.

Now keep in mind, this is the fixture I bought in 2000 when we first moved into the house.

Oh, who am I trying to kid?  That light fixture was already going out of style when I got it.  But it gave off a pretty amber glow, and at $54 it was very affordable.

As the years passed the brass part of the fixture stood out like a sore thumb.  It didn't go with anything else in the entire house.  I wanted something with a bronze finish, similar to what I already had in the master bedroom and kitchen, but I couldn't find one I liked at a price I was willing to pay.  Sure, there were some nice light fixtures at Lowe's and Home Depot, but they were either too fancy, too plain, the wrong color, or much too expensive.  I actually saw a small chandelier at Home Depot before Christmas that had 3 lights and cost $80, but I decided to wait till after Christmas and see if there was a sale or something else that appealed to me more.  Boy, am I glad I waited!  Here is my new chandelier:

 Isn't it beautiful?!  It's a dark bronze finish, and the glass shades are an amber color which I like because it gives off a soft glow.  The finish matches the detail on the dining room table and china cabinet, and also on the wall hangings next to the china cabinet, on the left.

And you know what the best part is?  The price!  I wasn't even looking for a light fixture; I was at Costco buying some stuff I needed, and I remembered we were out of AA batteries.  I get the Costco brand because they're just as good as Duracell for a lot less money.  In the same aisle I happened to catch a glance of this lovely light fixture, and noticed that it was everything I'd wanted - 5 lights, antique bronze finish, not too fancy but not too plain, with the right color glass shades.  I figured it must cost anywhere from $150 to $200, since that's the price I'd seen similar ones at the home improvement stores going for.  Imagine my absolute delight when I read $69.99!!  I almost couldn't believe it.  I snatched it up quick!  It was really easy to install.  I was doing it by myself, when J showed up to see E and offered to help.  It made the installation go quicker, but anyone could do it.  The instructions are clear, and as long as you go step by step it's a breeze.  I am so happy with my new chandelier!  It's just what this space needed to make it cohesive with the rest of the house.  I think I'll go admire it now for awhile!

Observing My Senses

For Today, January 14, 2012...

I am seeing...a bit blurry lately.  It may be time to go to the eye doctor for some new glasses.

I am feeling...the chill in the air.  It was 49 degrees this morning, is probably up to somewhere in the 50s, and our high is supposed to be 69.  Quite a change from the upper 70s we've had the last week or so!

I am hearing...the fan my daughter attached to the computer.  I can also hear my son playing.

I am tasting...the syrup from my pancake.

I am smelling...coffee, and dog.  Molly's clean, don't worry.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, January 13, 2012

Five Question Friday

Happy Friday folks!  This week Mama M is in Mexico, and I hope she has a wonderful time!  Kate at Kate's Life is hosting Five Question Friday, so if you have the time, give her a visit!  Here I go with my 5:

1.  What's the last thing you bought for yourself?
I had to think about this, because I've done some shopping but I couldn't remember buying anything that was strictly for me.  Then I remembered:  it was an outfit I found at New York and Company, a skirt and matching top that I treated myself to for my birthday last month.  I've worn it once, and it's really pretty!

2.  What is your favorite meal on a cold winter day?
Seeing as we don't get very many "cold" winter days, I'll just say either soup or chili.  I like my southwestern-style chicken and vegetable soup best.

3.  Have you started looking at swimsuits for this year, and do you buy a new one every year?
Our beaches are open year round, and yet if I visit the beach once a year it's a miracle.  Isn't that funny?  So no, I don't buy a new swimsuit every year.

4.  If you could be any candy what would you be and why?
I did a double take on this question.  I thought for sure the question was If you could buy any candy...but no, it says be any candy.  Um, okay.  I'll say Reese's minis, because it reminds me of my first pregnancy when I craved the little things like a fiend.  My son loves Reese's pieces, which doesn't surprise me one bit.

5.  What are you most passionate about?
Children's ministries.  I so want to teach children about the Lord Jesus Christ from a young age.  Instill in them a love for Christ, and the assurance that God loves them so very much.  Children are our future.  We need to prepare them, to teach them, disciple them.  They are depending on us, and I don't want to let them down.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 10, 2012...

Outside my window...I could not ask for a more beautiful day.  The sky is perfectly blue, the trees are swaying in the breeze, there's a cool breeze coming in through the window, and there's no humidity to speak of.  It feels more like spring than winter.

I am thinking...of my daughter, who is on her way back to Central Florida for her last semester of college, and what the Lord has planned for her next.

I am thankful for...our dog Molly, who keeps me company now that my older kids are away and my little one is in school.

I am going...to pick up E from school, then take a trip to the library.

I am wearing...a light blue top, blue prairie style skirt, and flip-flops.  It's currently 76 degrees and sunny.

I am noticing...a few pounds left over from the holidays that need to come off.

I am hearing...the rustle of palm fronds in the wind, and Molly behind me taking a nap.

I am praying...my daughter has a safe trip back to Central Florida.  She should arrive there before 2pm.

I am hoping...this last semester of school is a good one for her.  I'm also hoping my son can finish up school and find a job in his field.

I am pondering these words..."Yes, God is absolutely sovereign and knows all.  Yes, human beings are called to make a genuine decision to place faith in Christ unto salvation.  These two facts seem contradictory to us, but in the mind of God they make perfect sense."

From the learning rooms...kinetic energy and decimals.

From the kitchen...burgers and fries.  I love these grill pans that work right on the stove, since our barbecue isn't working.

I am reading...I'm ashamed to say I'm still reading The Vigilante's Bride because I just haven't sat down to finish it.  I'm busy doing research on Calvinism vs. Arminiansim for our Sunday school class.

On my mind...my children, and the future.

One of my favorite things...a cool springtime breeze.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Awana tomorrow, and hopefully I can get to that garage so I can do some cleaning and then a trip to Goodwill to make a deposit.  I've been saying that since last week, and I need to get it done.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Move It Mondays

Happy Monday folks!  It was a really great weekend.  We had a fellowship dinner at our house with several of the youth group leaders, and it was such a wonderful time had by all.  I'm glad we were able to share with some great folks from our church.  Now a new week starts, a bit bittersweet because my daughter goes back to Central Florida tomorrow for her last semester of college.  We're gonna miss her terribly, but we also know the Lord has plans for her future and we're excited to see where He leads her.

It's the start of the week, and today my plans are simple.  I've got to color my hair because the grays are taking over.  I've also got to pack some of my son's clothes that he's rapidly outgrown and take them over to Goodwill.  It'll help with getting the garage organized as well, something I want to do this week.

I've got an assignment for SS that I'll be working on, a comparison of Calvinism vs. Arminianism.  It's a deep subject, and I'm up for the challenge.  I've started working on this already, and I hope to work on it more today.  Have a blessed  and productive week everyone!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Year's Thought

Good Morning, and welcome to Flight #2012. We are prepared to take off into the New Year. Please make sure your Attitude and Blessings are secured and locked in, in the upright position. All self-destructive devices should be turned off at this time. All negativity, hurt, and discouragement should be put away. Should we lose altitude under pressure, during the flight, reach up and pull down a Prayer! Prayers will automatically be activated by Faith. Once your Faith is activated you can assist other passengers. There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this flight. The Captain has cleared us for takeoff -- Destination - GREATNESS!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, January 7, 2012...

I am seeing...the bluest of blue skies.  Not one single cloud.  It's such a lovely color, I could stare at it all day.

I am feeling...excited, because we're having our youth pastor and some of the youth leaders over for a fellowship dinner tonight.  I hope everything goes well, and everyone feels appreciated and encouraged.

I am hearing...some cartoons in the distance, and the computer fan.

I am tasting...nothing right now.  I had oatmeal for breakfast, which I like to have when the mornings are cold.  It was 54 degrees when I got up, and for us South Floridians, that's cold.

I am smelling...homemade marinara sauce slow cooking in the crock pot.  No "jar" sauce for my friends!

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings.  Won't you join me?

Friday, January 6, 2012

Follow Friday

Hilary over at Feeling Beachie comes up with 4 statements to be filled in.  Here are my fill-ins for this week.

This week’s statements:
1. ________ is not my strongest virtue
Generosity, or lack thereof, I think is my weakest character trait, but I'm working on it.

2. _________ is my favorite meal of the day
That would be breakfast.  I'm a morning person.

3. ___________ is my ____________  
Scrapbooking is my favorite hobby.

4. Whenever ____________ happens, I always _____________.
Whenever tragedy happens, I always turn to the Lord for comfort.

Five Question Friday

Welcome to another edition of Five Question Friday!  I'm still trying to remember the year is now 2012.  WOW!  It seems like it was just the end of the millenium, yet here we are already into the 2nd decade.

Well, I've got lots to do preparing for a fellowship dinner at my house tomorrow, so let's get this going.  To join in, visit Mama M at My Little Life.

1. What is the weather like where you are and do you like it?
It's currently below normal, according to the weather lady.  We are in the low 50s in the mornings, and up to the mid to upper 70s by late afternoon.  Here in South Florida, that's chilly.  It was in the 40s at the beginning of the week, which for us is downright frigid.  But I do admit, I like the change.  I don't like anything under 50 degrees for too long, though.

2. When you're sick what do you seek comfort from?
Hot drinks.  Tea mostly.  I find them to be very soothing.  That, and rest.  As much rest as possible.

3. What do you need to do before the end of the month?
Get another prescription from the vet for Molly's heartworm medicine.

4. Have you ever served on a jury?
Yes, a few years ago.  It was interesting but stressful at the same time.  I'm glad there was a taped confession by the plaintiff.  I'd have a hard time if I had to weigh different testimonies and try to determine on my own who was lying and who was telling the truth.

5. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
I would like to be an owl, because they can turn their heads around 180 degrees.  How cool is that?!  It's any mother's dream come true, better than eyes on the back of my head (blocked by my long hair!).  I could really keep an eye on everything that way!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year, New Look

In my home, that is!  I've put away all the indoor Christmas decorations, including the tree, and put all the furniture back where it belongs.  There's still plenty of cleaning up to do but I'm taking that one day at a time, one room at a time.  I did go over to Kirkland's (my favorite store for home decor) this morning and found some incredible deals!  I think right after Christmas is the best time to find great stuff at greater prices.  Take a look at my stash:

This plate rack was what I needed in a spot in the dining room where I previously had a much larger flower arrangement.  I decided it was too overwhelming, and I put a smaller plant in its place, but then the wall looked bare.  I'm so glad I found this plate rack, complete with 3 plates depicting coffees (mocha, cappuccino, and espresso) for just $9.97 in the clearance rack.  But wait!  All clearance items also had an additional 25% off, so I ended up paying just $7.98.  What a bargain!

This arrangement is tall, about 3 feet tall, and I got it for $19.99, reduced from $29.99.  Again, perfect for the dining room.  It has to settle, since it was wrapped in plastic, but I can just picture how nice it'll look once the branches open up and the flowers can be better appreciated.  There was a statue there before that belonged to my husband which I'd never liked.  This is more to my taste.

From the moment I saw this I fell in love.  The words say, "Wisdom...ask and it will be given, seek and you will find."  It's at the entrance of the house, on the right of the front door.  For $10.99 I couldn't go wrong.

This sweet little plaque almost jumped out at me.  I've always wanted a plate or plaque with this Scripture, and I found this one, with the stand, for $5.  AND it was the last one!  I guess that means it was meant for me. ;)

Lastly, found this lovely vase, and with the clearance price and additional discount, I paid - get this - $2.98! Seriously!  I'm one happy camper after getting all these bargains!  Fixing up my house and turning it into a home is one of my favorite pastimes, and today was a successful day.  Now to enjoy it!

Words to Live By

Here are 12 words to quench a hot situation:

1: "Please" and 2,3: "Thank you": Like water, these words refresh the listener.

4, 5: "I'm sorry." These two words quench the flames of heated arguments.

6, 7, 8: "I love you." These words carry tremendous power. They are the Niagara Falls of words.

9, 10, 11, 12: "I'm praying for you." These words let others know that you will ask God to give them the living water of Jesus and the Word. They will hydrate a dry and weary soul.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 3, 2012...

Outside my window...it's C-O-L-D!!!!  Well, cold for us anyway.  It's 55 degrees and windy.  The sun is out but it isn't helping the cold.  All Christmas break it was in the 70's and 80's everyday.  Here it is, first day of school, and we finally get some cold weather.  AND there's more to come!

I am thinking...of the year gone by.

I am thankful...for kind, loving people in my life.  Family members near and far, friends old and new, and even those I've never met face-to-face.  All are greatly appreciated.

I am going...to finish packing up the Christmas decorations, then think up some new decor around the house.

I am wearing...a long sleeved white shirt under a short sleeve button down teal blouse, jean skirt and flip-flops which I'll change to some really cute animal print ballet slippers before I go out.

I am noticing...how attached our dog Molly is to me.  She follows me around just so I'll pet her.  Such a sweet companion.

I am praying...for my daughter.  She goes back to Central Florida next week to finish her last semester of college.

I am hoping...this nice weather continues for awhile.

I am pondering these words..."You can acquire much knowledge, but true wisdom comes only from God."

From the learning rooms...school started up again today.  It'll be interesting to hear how it went for my little boy.

From the kitchen...soup of course!  What else would anyone have on a blustery cold day like today?!

I am reading...The Vigilante's Bride, still.  Maybe, once the house is in order, I'll have more time to sit and read.  I miss it.

On my mind...friendships, and how fragile they can be.

One of my favorite things...bundling up under the covers on a cold evening while the wind howls outside.

A few plans for the rest of the week...Awana starts up again tomorrow.  We have a library book to return today.  More organizing around the house, and hopefully a trip to Goodwill to make a deposit.

Wanna join in the fun?  Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook.  God bless.