Monday, March 30, 2015

Daybook ~ March 30th edition

For Today... March 30, 2015

Outside my window...  All of the snow from last week, except a stray patch or two has melted! It is supposed to be close to 50 today (yay) but it is overcast.

I am hearing... lots of birds out back.  There seems to be a large flock of Eastern Starlings who are passing through.

I am thinking... about how wonderful it is to open your home for hospitality.  I LOVE being able to share a meal, fellowship and encouragement with others.  I especially love to hear how God is working and leading others.  Sharing those testimonies is such an encouragement to me in my faith and to my children.

I am thankful...

*for the chance to sleep in a bit this morning.
*warm coffee and cream each morning
*my hard-working husband <3


I am wearing...  a jean skirt, white tank top with a deep purple zip up sweatshirt and my tennis shoes.

I am creating...  The afghan that I started a few weeks ago is still a work in progress but I've set it aside this week to work on a few knitted dishcloths.

I am going... to celebrate a friends birthday this week.

I am wondering... if we will really get our first thunderstorm of the year on Wednesday as has been predicted.

I am reading...  I am reading and studying the book of Philippians.   I am reading Living Virtuously and also picked up the first book in the Mitford series at the library this week.  I don't usually read or have much time for fiction other than read alouds to the kids but I thought I would give it a whirl.  ;)

I am praying for...
* the salvation of loved ones.
* the Tippetts family
*  healing for many
*Discernment for my husband in regards to a job offer
*New friends who are packing to move in the next few weeks
*My grandbaby.  <3

  In my kitchen...  Left overs for supper tonight.  :)
In the homeschool room...  Back to our normal school schedule this week.  Christopher enjoyed his time with his dad in the truck last week.  He just needs to catch up with his math lessons by doubling up this week.

Andrew and I started our Space unit study last week and are enjoying it.  

Next week we'll be going to see the play, King Arthur. 
A graphic to share... 

A Quote I'm Sharing... 

~ Mrs. Dunwoody's Guide to Living Beautifully ~

* Realize that each new day is a gift from God. Treat it as such.

* Focus on life's blessings, as this is continuously uplifting, and affects who you are as a person.

*Develop a keen appreciation for the little luxuries in your daily life ~ the smell of coffee, the bird's singing, etc. Pay attention to your life.

* Create a home you love to live in.

* Spend some time outdoors. Nature heals and replenishes the soul.

*Do something kind for someone at least every week; aim for every day.

*Everything in life is a choice. Realize that as you live your life, each moment you are either adding to or taking from the quality of your life.

*Strive to become the best version of yourself.

*To awaken mentally and become passionate about something, find the thing that moves your heart and stirs your soul. {Jesus!}

*Create something, whether it is a family, a meal, a painting, or a daydream.

*Never stop learning, through books, people, travel, and experiences.

*Listen to and enjoy another's company often.

*Focus on your love of beauty.

*Treat yourself well. Use the fine china for your cup of tea.

*Cultivate gratitude in all things and circumstances. Search for the good in all.

*Speak only kind words.

*Laugh every day.

*Give continual thanks and praise to your Creator, and ask Him to guide your heart and soul.
A peek into one of my days...  Almost every date includes a trip to Menards.  :)  I don't mind though.  I'll follow this man anywhere. <3


One of my favorite things... listening to others who can play piano and praying that someday I might be able to play as well.  :)

This post is linked at The Simple Woman's Daybook for March

Monday, March 23, 2015

MinneSNOWta Daybook

For Today... March 23, 2015

Outside my window...  Snow...  Lots of snow.  I shouldn't be surprised and I definitely shouldn't have put away all of our winter things last week.  I was a bit hasty in my desire for Winter to be over.  In my defense though it was almost 70 a week and a half ago!


I am thinking... about this Scripture today. 

I am thankful... for a chance to celebrate my daughter's birthday with her this last weekend and to have both my parents and Scott's here for her birthday lunch.  Here is a picture I took of her on Saturday.  Such a beautiful smile and baby bump.  :)


I am wearing...  capri's, a cream and pink t-shirt and my crocs

I am creating... this afghan, although I haven't worked on it at all in the last week. 


I am going... to try to stay at home as much as possible this week other than piano lessons later this week.

I am wondering... How long it will take for the snow to melt again. 

I am reading...  I read in the book of Ephesians this morning.  Andrew and I started reading the book of Galatians today.  I ordered this book today.  Living Virtuously and am looking forward to reading it. 

I am praying for...
* the salvation of loved ones.
* the Tippetts family
*  healing for many

  In my kitchen...  We are eating from the cupboards and freezer this week.  I'm not buying anything except some fresh fruit and veggies.  I need to make bread tomorrow.  I have been cutting down on coffee consumption over the last few month.  I was having just two cups each morning but this week have cut it to 1 and a half cups now.  I drink decaf because my body cannot handle much caffeine.  I'd like to just cut to one cup each morning and then switch to water or tea.
In the homeschool room...  Christopher went with Scott in the semi this week.  He packed up all of his school except his Algebra which he needs internet connection for and will do his schooling as they travel this week, checking in with me each evening.
Andrew and I started our Space unit study today.    We are planning a trip to the MN Science Museum but I think we'll wait until we are about halfway into our study before going.  I found a Cursive app for my iPad and purchased it for Andrew to use for practice.  
A blog link to share...  Yearning for Biblical Motherhood

A Quote I'm Sharing... 

"It is probable that God lets every human being that crosses our path meet us in order that we may have the opportunity of leaving some blessing in his path, and dropping into his heart and life some influence that will draw him nearer to God." ~ A.B. Simpson
A peek into one of my days... 

Bananagrams with my parents this last Saturday afternoon.

One of my favorite things... last week it was sunsets, this week... sunrises.  :)  This one was from last week.  Notice no snow!  ;)

This post is linked at The Simple Woman's Daybook for March

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March Daybook

For Today... March 19, 2015

Outside my window...  The dusting of snow that fell this time yesterday has melted.  The sun did make an appearance today but it was still pretty chilly with the wind.  Andrew and I spotted 3 Robins in the side yard while doing school this morning.  Our first sighting this Spring.  There was also a Mourning Dove ground feeding under the feeder when I was cleaning up in the kitchen after supper.

I am thinking... that I should get up and walk on my treadmill for a bit tonight since I didn't get out for a walk this afternoon while we had company.

I am thankful... for long walks, long talks, new friends, discovering signs of Spring, Andrew's excitement over the littlest of things, and for a clean, quiet house and a free evening to do whatever I want.

I am wearing...  a jean skirt, blue & white long sleeve shirt, knee high socks and my tennis shoes.

I am creating... another new afghan.  I forgot to snap a finished picture of the afghan posted in the last daybook.  It is already gifted to a newly married couple. 


I am going... to a ladies tea tomorrow afternoon.  I'm looking forward to a few hours of fellowship with some sisters in the Lord.

I am wondering... at how quickly time seems to pass by.  Our daughter turns 21 this week and the years seem to have flown by.

I am reading...  I am currently reading through the book of Romans in my quiet time.  I have a stack of books waiting for me to start but I haven't had time to start a new book recently. 

I am hoping... to see my daughter this weekend.  <3  I hinted at some news I had to share in my last daybook.  I'm going to be a Grandma!  <3  I've so enjoyed adding this special wee one to my prayer time over the last 2 months. 


I am learning... piano!  I started in February and am having a blast!  Finding the time for practice can be a little tricky though.  It is also giving me a mental workout to learn all of this in my 40's. 
{Christopher helping me with my flashcards}

In my kitchen...  currently everything is cleaned, swept and lights off, except for two little lamps.  We hand hamburgers, homemade mac and cheese and corn for supper. I would like to make some freezer meals to bring to my in laws though and am hoping to tackle that on Saturday now that our plans for the weekend have changed.
I made this yummy Spring Strawberry Salad for my lunch yesterday.  So yummy!  Spring salad, strawberries, shredded carrots, seasoned croutons and poppy seed dressing.  I will occasionally also add snap peas in the summer.


In the homeschool room...  We are in a transition week.  Andrew is finished with his Shark unit study and we'll be starting a new Space unit study on Monday.  We are almost finished reading through Prudence and the Millers during family worship time.  We have just 3 chapters left. 


A favorite quote for today... 
“When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

A peek into one of my days...  My days are not very predictable lately.  I've been having trouble sleeping at night, not necessarily falling asleep but waking up around 2-4 am and being fully awake.  Some nights I struggle with it and fight to fall back asleep but I usually just end up frustrated.  Most often I get up, read my Bible and study a little and then journal.  Around 5am I'm back in bed and fall asleep quickly for a couple of more hours.  I'm thinking it might be hormonal changes but its very hard for me to tell because I had a hysterectomy so I do not have the normal gages of a monthly cycle.

One of my favorite things... sunsets!  What a glorious display of God's creation!!!

This post is linked at The Simple Woman's Daybook for March