Wednesday, September 30, 2009

No Regrets

I've been surfing the net today, looking at blogs and I just love to read about the homeschooling families, there's just something that pulls me to these blogs. We homeschooled our three and as I read these blogs it of course makes me think back to our homeschooling days, oh such sweet memories.
We pulled our kids out of their independent school back in 1999, their school was very small and we were happy with them attending there until we got to junior high, then the problems with the teachers and the politics at school began. I've talked about all this before, so I'm just stating how it began for us.
We continued to homeschool them until Katie (our youngest) graduated in 2008.
Reading the blogs today I actually started comparing my life to some of these other moms and seeing how their doing things the right way from the beginning. In thinking this I started to think why didn't I do this or that.....and then I stopped myself. My journey is not anyone else's journey and vice versa, nor would I want it to be. I've always said if I could do things differently I would have homeschooled from the very beginning so I guess when I see the families that HS from the beginning I start feeling regretful and start finding fault in the way I did things.
This kind of thinking is just so wrong, isn't it? If I feel that I'm following the path my Father set for me then I obviously cannot find regret with my decisions. In truth, I am so very thankful for the years we did homeschool and for my wonderful husband that although he wasn't for it, allowed me to start homeschooling because I was convicted to do so.
As I get ever so close to the age of ....50...(almost there)...I see things so differently and find myself being thankful for even the smallest of things, the Lord has blessed me abundantly. I have had some really, really bad years with things going wrong, but in retrospect most of those years I was not living for Him, I was living for self but somehow believing that I was living for him, how wrong I was. Today, I have problems, just like everyone else, being a Christian doesn't keep me from bad things, I simply have the promise that He walks with me and carries me through.
My point today is that none of us should regret the past, let's just learn from it and not make the same mistakes again. I had a friend in high school that got pregnant the year we graduated, she had the baby a few months after...the next year she was pregnant again, this time by a different fellow. She never had anymore communication with either of the fathers and raised her sons alone (the last I heard). I remember thinking that anyone can make a mistake once, but couldn't figure out how she could make that same mistake again, just a few months later. I'm sure if I knew her today she would say that her sons were not a mistake and of course that was just her journey but I do think that we should learn from the first mistake and try not to make it again.
We're not perfect and we're going to make mistakes but we should never dwell on the past and regret mistakes, that's simply not productive, what we must do is learn from it, live for today being aware of needing to be ready for tomorrow. Life is way too wonderful to live with regrets and unhappiness. God is good.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Randy Alcorn: Deadline....my thoughts

Well, I've finished this book, it's the first in a series so I'm waiting for the library to get the next one in.

Lately I've been reading a lot of Christian fiction, I've read:
Brandilyn Collins
Colleen Coble
Terri Blackstock
Mindy Stearns Clark
Hannah Alexander
Lorena McCourtney
Lyn Cote
Patricia Sprinkle
Christy Barritt
Linda Hall
Kathryn Mackel
Lori Copeland
I really love reading Christian Suspense, the first one I ever read was by Terri Blackstock, it was the Cape Refuge series. Now, I had never read a suspense book before so I was shocked when I started getting scared just reading a book! I have always been one of those people that can't watch scary movies, I still have nightmares from watching Psycho when I was younger!
I started reading Christian fiction after our homeschooling years were over, up until then it had always been just reading to learn. Since my years of teaching were over, I thought I would just start reading a bit of fiction but did not want to start reading books with profanity, etc. in them so I checked out Christian fiction and was pleasantly surprised.
These are just a few of the authors I have read, I decided initially I would try just the female authors, just to narrow down the authors a bit but have found that I'm just about through all of them so it's time I ventured out to the male authors. The Hannah Alexander books were written by a husband and wife team, that's their pen name.
Anyway, I also found that after reading Terri Blackstock or Brandilyn Collins I had to find some lighthearted fiction so that's when I started searching for some Christian humor mystery, you can only read so much Blackstock and Collins until you have to have a break and reading something lighter, their books can be very intense.
Christopher was researching some books he wanted to read and had Randy Alcorn on his list, he reads his non-fiction books, but he saw the fiction books and thought I would enjoy them.

Deadline was serious from the first word and I have to say that I'm a different person for having read this book, it is one of those books that should be a required read for every adult on this planet. I found that I couldn't put it down but then I didn't want to pick it back up, it would have been easier not to read it! Not only was it intense from the first but it also was very thought provoking, I found myself crying when I read about Finney's journey and then eventually very, very saddened by Doc's. This book is fiction but there is so much truth in it. I found myself thinking about things very differently and although Randy is quick to point out that his vision of Heaven/Hell is simply from pictures in his own mind from reading the Word, he opened my mind up to things I had never thought about before and made me think about what Heaven might be, it's a wonderful thing to think about isn't it?!

In my search for Christian fiction authors I really had to do some major research, I finally found that if I went to CBD.com it made things more simple because they've already got the authors catagorized. I then just go to our local library online and put the books on hold, drive over and pick them up at the drive up window, couldn't be simpler!
Unfortunately CBD does have some authors that might be Christian but their style is not necessarily for Christian readers, such as me. I have to weed through those and just send them back to library when I find these, there have only been a few but even though fiction might not be scriptural, I refuse to read garbage any more than I want to watch it on television. I want to have something to think about as I read these books. Also, I quickly found that it was best to go to CBD because then I could weed out the romance books, I don't want to fill my mind with a false picture of real life and I think these send you to a fantasy land that can give you the wrong impression of love/marriage.

I'm now going to move on to reading some of the male Christian suspense authors, not sure if I can read a Ted Dekker yet but I'll maybe work my way up to it! There are some excellent authors out there and CBD is an excellent source for getting the books at a good price, but of course our local libraries are perfect for those of us who really need to watch those pennies!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook


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FOR TODAY...September 28th, 2009
Here in Kentucky

Outside my window... sunny!!!, we've had 9 straight days of rain after a dry spell. Today is cool and very breezy

I am thinking...how wonderful these cool days are, it just seems to energize us!

I am thankful for...constant laughter in our home


I am wearing...denim jumper, white top

I am remembering...??? not thinking back this morning I guess.

I am going...to finish up some of my signs today and tweek my lotion bar recipe a bit

I am reading...the scriptures, Randy Alcorn's book, Deadline

I am hoping...to get my home management binder updated

On my mind...I have two people sitting here keeping me from having a thought of my own, they're too busy answering my questions for me in some very odd ways!!!

From the learning rooms...I'm starting a Titus 2 study

Noticing that...the nights are very chilly, might be time to bring out the electric blanket soon

Pondering these words...weebles wobble but they don't fall down...it's those two people again forcing their thoughts on me

From the kitchen...still in question?

Around the house...need to cozy things up a bit for fall, pull out some covers and rugs

One of my favorite things~having these two here with me, they keep me laughing!!! (that would be Christopher and Katie)

From my picture journal...
Just a pretty Kentucky sky courtesy of Katie

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Randy Alcorn: Deadline

I'm reading this book and am fascinated with Randy Alcorn's writing. He has an amazing way of wording things and brings you right into the story. This is a fiction suspense and I'm finding it hard to put it down but I also find myself saying, 'I don't want to read anymore'. It's very rare that I find a book that's this intense and I'm just blown away with what I've read so far.
I want to post just a paragraph of it here, but first a bit of info on it:
Without giving any of it away this fellow named Finney, who was a Christian here on earth has passed away and is in Heaven now, he's met some of the people he knew on earth and is just amazed at how perfect everything is in Heaven, then he meets Jesus:
Finney gazed into those eyes that could have killed him with a look, but which instead conveyed unmistakable approval. But he could also sense something more in those eyes, something different than he would have expected. An then Finney's gaze moved to those carpenter's hands that had been placed on his shoulders. On them he saw deep and ugly scars. Flinching at the sight, he looked down at the feet. They too were torn in a ghastly disfigurement. How could this be? All was to be perfect here, was it not? The first of many surprises.
In a flash of insight, Finney knew what every child understands about heaven, that every body there would be perfect, unblemished, and unscarred. But now he saw that the scars of earth were not pretend or imaginary, but very real, and could only be gone here because someone else had chosen to take them on himself. The carpenter's scars would remain forever. The only one who would appear less than perfect in eternity would be the eternally perfect one himself.
Finney looked into the eyes again, knowing they saw every thought within him. The perfect and scarred one said simply, "For you, my son, for you."

Of course none of us know what Heaven will truly be like but what an incredible picture this is, I literally cried when I read this because whether this is true or not the image is still there. We know Christ died that painful death for us, for our sins, we sinners who are undeserving of even a little of His Grace continue to be showered with it, it's almost too much to comprehend.

Yes, He died for us. Such wondrous love!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Simple Rainy Autumn Days

Oh, we've been having rainy days lately and it's wonderful! The grass had turned a yucky brown because of a few weeks of no rain and now everything is just so green and beautiful. The humidity has brought the heat back so the AC is roaring again but I don't mind, the rain is much needed, although I know there is major flooding in some areas, we're praying for those folks.
We've had such dry weather that the outdoor plants were just drying up but things are looking so much better now and hopefully there weren't too many trees ready to drop their leaves, it's sad when the rain washes away the leaves before we get to enjoy the beauty of the leaves turning.
The rain has been perfect for us getting our work inside finished, perfect for cleaning the basement, it's nice and cool down there with the air on, then getting comfy to read for awhile during the breaks! We love to read here in our home and our Katie has been writing some stories for us, mysteries that are very good, she's got a very wild imagination and we're blessed to be her audience as she writes and reads to us! Christopher got some new books today from cvbbs.com, they have some excellent specials going on right now.
Well, we're off to a Dr. appointment and then home to make some soap and Katie's going to make some of her whole wheat bread for us...yummy!!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Simple Forgiveness

In the course of my life I've done many things that I've later had to go back and ask forgiveness for. There are times that we all just fly off the handle or say things that we would never have thought we would ever say, that's because we're human and try as we might it's impossible to be perfect, period, especially every second.
What do we do when the person we need to apologize to is no longer in our lives or maybe has passed away. The logical thinking is that we've lost that opportunity and will never get the chance. But, we know that God is God and any thinking we think is logical in this world might be completely illogical to Him. God is all about forgiveness, He sent His Son to die on that cross for us and what did Jesus say when He was suffering such excruciating pain...He said, 'Father, forgive them, they know not what they do'. Wow, Jesus was asking for immediate forgiveness for those that had done the most despicable things and He was at that moment suffering at their hands and yet He asked our Father to forgive them, such wondrous love!
There have been some times in my life many, many years ago that I have suffered at the hand of another person, I can assure you that my thoughts were not of their forgiveness, they were about fear, pain and hurt for myself. A few years later I realized that although the person had not asked for forgiveness I needed to give it, not for that person but for myself, how could I possibly obey Him if I was unforgiving and holding on to pain and fear.
Incredibly through His Grace alone I was able to let go of that fear & hurt and forgive that person, they may never know they were forgiven because I may never see them again but I know and most importantly the Lord knows.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY...Monday, September 21, 2009
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window... Cloudy but everything has turned green again after our rain all weekend. There's a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to turn.

I am thinking... too many thoughts going through my head this morning to tack it down to one!

I am thankful for... having our Tommy visit us and have supper with us yesterday, what a wonderful treat!

I am wearing... purple floral dress, bare feet

I am remembering... the days of homeschooling, fall was such a nice time to go on our little 'field trips' wherever we decided to go, all the other kids were in school so it was just us, such fun!

I am creating... some wood signs, need to start on more stitcheries today

I am going...just a trip to the grocery today, Dr. appt. on Wednesday, not sure about the rest of the week.

I am reading...the Proverbs

I am hoping...Tommy can make the decisions he needs to make

On my mind...lots of work with our business, have some finished but lots to accomplish still

From the learning rooms...lots of practicing and learning how to use our new bandsaw, it works so nicely to make our signs!

Noticing that...the days are so quiet these days, it's incredible how quiet things are with the neighbor kids in school

Pondering these words... bloom where you are planted...sometimes I need a reminder to be content

From the kitchen...homemade all wheat bread to make, kefir smoothies, start a fresh batch of yogurt, cheeseburger soup

Around the house...very quiet around our home, I love quiet mornings!

One of my favorite things~having Tommy here with us, just doesn't get any better than that!

A few plans for the rest of the week: still have the basement to finish, need to make a Christmas list and get working on more gifts, some cards to make

Sunday, September 20, 2009

ABC's of Me

Katie Bekah did it again!

A - Answer: ??ummm...huh??

B - Butter or Margarine: Butter

C - Chore you love: Hanging clothes outside on the line.

D - Dog's name: No dog, I have severe allergies to them.

E - Essential start your day item: Sharing with my Lord.

F - Favorite color: apricot & periwinkle

G - Gold or Silver: Gold

H - Height: 5' 4 & 1/2"

I - Instruments you play: I have a hammer dulcimer, haven't learned to play it well just yet.

J - Job title: Homekeeper

K - Kid(s): Tommy, Christopher & Katie

L - Living arrangement: A house with my little family.

M - Memories you favor: Too many to mention here.

N - Nickname(s): Mommy, Ma, Mootar, Jen, Jenweena, Mumsies....could go on and on

O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Three times when I gave birth!

P - Pet Peeve: Being tagged ;O)

Q - Quote from a movie: 'There's 15 people in this house and you're the only one who has to make trouble'...Kate, the mom on Home Alone!

R - I'm adding R because it wasn't there.....Rain or Snow - Both!

S - Single or Married: Married

T - Time you wake up: I actually wake up many times before I get up....long nights!

U - Underwear - umm....I wear it under, yes

V - Vegetable you dislike: Okra

W - Ways you run late: procrastinating :op

X - X-rays you've had: My babies.

Y - Yummy food you make: Cheeseburger Soup

Z - Zoo favorite: Elephants

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The End of Yardsale Season

Katie and I were up bright and early this morning in our quest for a good yard sale, sadly we found just a few and we were out for about 2 hours looking! The ones we did find were not worth the stop, lots of kids and baby items which are not what we're in the market for.
We're always on the lookout for good books, seldom do we find any that we like but every now and then we do. One time I found a Stillmeadow book by Gladys Taber, it was a hardback one that was in very good condition. I love all the Stillmeadow books, and she just has a way of describing their life that sounds wonderful to this country girl!
Well, now that yard sale season is over, it's time to get crackin' on those Christmas gifts, some are finished but there are plenty more to make....did you know it's only 97 days until Christmas???

Friday, September 18, 2009

Simply Fall! 98 Days until Christmas!

We're so enjoying the cooler temps here in Kentucky, it's such a nice blessing to have a breeze blowing through, we live at the top of a ridge so we get incredible breezes.
I saw today that there are only 98 days until Christmas! I was wondering how many folks have the majority of their Christmas shopping finished by Thanksgiving...I'm not one of them!!!...but every year it's my goal. We make alot of our gifts so we have most of those finished early but then there's the question of what to get the rest of the folks. When our kids were little Christmas shopping was such an easy thing but at their ages now it's quite a bit more complicated. All of them love to read so books are always in abundance under the tree but after that it all gets a bit more difficult.
Our family is a bit different in that the things we like are not at our local stores, it's always been that way with us. The books/items we like are from places like:
Lehmans.com
Marmeedear.com
alifeoffaith.com
monergism.com
lamplighter.com
visionforum.com
even the patterns Katie and I use are not from the local stores, although we have been known to use costume patterns to make our skirts/dresses...that's just what works for us.
Dan is and always has been happy with anything that has Nebraska Cornhuskers or University of Kentucky Wildcats so he's very simple to please, I'm happy with anything I can use for the kitchen..etc., we're truly simple people.
Although I say the kids are harder to shop for they too are quite happy with the simple things, Katie loves dresses for her dolls...still, so sweet! and anything for her hopechest, journals, pens, etc.....the boys are happy with a swedish fire steel, flashlights and maybe some tobacco for their pipes that they smoke about once or twice a year.
Yes, we've always been simple folk happy with the simple things in life....our joy has always been in being together, homeschooling, homekeeping for us girls....the simple life!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Simple Fixes

Awhile back we lost some of our shingles in a storm, it's just one small patch over the garage but it definitely needed to be fixed. Checking out some of the roofing companies in the are it would be appr. $200 to get it patched up, actually that's the lowest, once they get up there it goes up.
Dan and Christopher decided that it would be a simple fix so we went to Home Depot and picked up some shingles, nails and that cloth you put down first. We paid $50.00 and will do it ourselves. The only problem is with the angle of the roof, it is pretty steep in that part but Dan feels he can stay there long enough to fix it.
We have found it to be amazing that we can save so much money by doing it ourselves. Christopher will sit and read online until he feels like he has the idea down and then he just starts fixing things, he can grasp concepts so quickly and fix things very quickly. I, on the other hand can fix things but I'll always want to do it my way, sometimes that's okay, other times it's no good at all! I'm a real rebel when it comes to following rules so I like to try my way, my way doesn't always work but I'm stubborn and like to try it anyway.
Well, there are plenty things to do today, I've got to stencil a few signs and get my soap and candle items together. We like to make our candles from pure beeswax so I've stocked up on it every now and then so I must put it all in one spot and start dipping those candles.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Simple Observations

We had a few errands to run this morning so we were up bright and early. We had to stop at a few places and one of the places was the mall....again, twice in one week is a record for me! Well, we started to walk in the main doors of the mall and there were two fellows in front of us, the fellow right in front of us went on in and let the door close right in front of Katie and I. Katie's usual response is 'thanks alot', of course no one can hear her but me. My usual response is 'you know these aren't our boys', our 'men' know to hold the door for a lady and wouldn't ever let that door close in a ladies face.
This got me curious so for the next couple of hours I purposely paid attention to the attitudes of those around us and waiting on us. According to my observations from here in our part of Kentucky, people are pretty miserable, or at least that's the way they show themselves to the world. I wonder how many of these folks know how their countenance appears to those around them? I like to think that as Christians we have plenty to be smiling about, not silly smiles, just sincere smiles because we have the peace of the love of our Father and the promise of Heaven, wonder why we don't show that to the world?
I've been around so many folks that will tell you that they are Bible believing, Lord lovin' die hard Christians and I believe that they truly believe that...but how can a Christian...turn their back on someone in need?, turn their back and snub their noses at gays?, snub their noses at other religions?, disconnect themselves from folks because of their different beliefs?
As Christians, Paul calls us all saints. We are to spread the gospel whenever we can and search out opportunities to do so, if we only associate with fellow Christians how can we spread the gospel, Christians already know it.
My prayer is that we can really pay close attention to how we present ourselves to the world, it might make an enormous difference to someone and isn't that what we're to be about?

Monday, September 14, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

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FOR TODAY...Monday, September 14, 2009
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window... lots of sunshine, a bit of a breeze. Sadly we've not had rain for awhile so the grass is turning brown on us but the trees in the woods are still beautiful.

I am thinking... how wonderful it is to have the cooler temps and breezes.

I am thankful for... our adult children and the special closeness we share with them.

I am wearing... jumper, top, sandals

I am remembering... so many answers to prayer this past year

I am creating... lots of wonderful memories...each day brings such joy!

I am going...just a few errands to run this week, love being at home!

I am reading...the book of John

I am hoping...for a dream to come true for us very soon

On my mind...lots of thoughts of organization that we want and need to accomplish this week, now to just transfer it from my mind to reality

From the learning rooms...trying to teach myself how to miter corners for some frames I want to make...always something to learn even though our homeschool days are over

Noticing that...the nights are just too chilly to not have the extra quilt on, with the windows open...and it's only September!

Pondering these words..."Our hearts are restless o God, until they rest in You",
St. Augustine

From the kitchen...homemade all wheat bread to make, kefir smoothies, reboot the kombucha, sour cream, buttermilk and start up a fresh batch of yogurt.

Around the house...always lots to do after the weekend

One of my favorite things~listening to sounds in the night when the bedroom windows are open...I'm with Peggy on this one, it's so soothing

A few plans for the rest of the week: lots of work in the basement and then our fall cleaning should be about finished

Sunday, September 13, 2009

John 14

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

14:1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”

8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.

12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17 even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21 Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.

25 “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30 I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,31 but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Simply Thankful for A Finished Job

Well, we have been trying for weeks to get our garage all cleaned up, the heat was keeping us from getting it completed, no air flow makes it an oven out there even in the cooler temps. Well, today Christopher and I worked very hard and got it all finished and tidied while Katie kept very busy working inside, now to start our woodworking, candle dipping and soap making in our brand new space. We've always made our soaps in the kitchen but I really hate to make the mess in there because Katie works so hard keeping it tidy and neat and the soap things just make such a mess....although clean up is easy since it's soap! Well, now it's all going to be out of her way so she can keep it just as tidy as she likes.
Keep in mind while looking at the photos that this is a garage so won't look perfect, but at least it's tidy and things are in their place, we do still need to paint the lamps and bring in the house and put a few other things elsewhere but we've got plenty of area room around the table.
Here are some pics of the finished result:

Some of the wood and stencils we will use:


More of the stencils:

Finally some tidied shelves:

The work area, still need to bring out all the fixins for the candles and soaps:


Friday, September 11, 2009

Simply Fall!

As I've said before, we've been incredibly blessed with cooler weather this summer, it's been wonderful! I am a huge fan of the cooler weather and welcome fall with open arms!!! Poor Dan on the other hand loves it in the 90's and 100's so he's been very disappointed with the cooler temps, he works outside at Delta and also climbs in the belly of those planes and loves it hot, hot, hot...I would say I feel sorry for him but I can't help but love these cool temps!!! There's always next summer for him to look forward to!

The temps right now are cool and there's a bit of a chilly breeze blowing in the window, it's been perfect weather for working in the garage today...we've just about got our new work area ready to start making the next batch of signs, can't wait to get started.

I've been busy making stitcheries and dishcloths and really am ready to start on some new woodworking projects. Katie and I also bought some more Christmas gifts this week so I need to get some things wrapped so I won't be doing that at the last minute, I hate having them all piled up. I also found a calendar at Hobby Lobby for 2010 for my kitchen, it's a Gooseberry Patch calendar, I just love all their cookbooks, items and calendars! Such a great country feel to everything! Hobby Lobby also has all their Christmas items out and we had such fun looking through everything!

Well, it's almost 9pm and we just brought the rest of our things in from the clothesline, it's been a very, very busy day! I know all the old instructions for being a homekeeper say you should never have your clothes on the clothesline past 4pm, I try really hard to follow that but today just got away from us!

I'm really enjoying reading all the blogs about folks getting ready for fall and winter, there's just such a wonderful cozy feeling about preparing for the cooler seasons!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Simply Embracing Change....why is it so difficult!!??

I had an interesting day today, Dan decided that he really wanted a new pair of tennis shoes, he's had his for awhile now and didn't really like them when he got them so we were off hunting for the perfect shoe.
Well, first of all Dan is a jock, you'll always see him in shorts and tennis shoes unless he's going to work then it's uniform and work boots or church which is suit and brown shoes. Yes, he's one of those people that only needs three pair of shoes and those will last him for years and years and years! His work boots do wear out quicker so he has to replace those sooner but otherwise his shoes literally last him a good 3-5 years and that's with daily wear. Well, he's the kind of fellow that likes to wear high tops, he's been wearing them for over 25 years so why stop now. He just recently stopped wearing tube socks, the kids had told him for years he needed to not pull them up to his knees but that was what he was used to...lol...he did start pushing them down a couple of years ago! Didn't really matter to me, we're not folks that are concerned about being in style or caring what the next person wears, to us clothes are just necessary...we're totally not in style with our fashion, we just like the classics.
Well, what he wanted was a pair of simple leather white high tops with a good amount of blue on them (think University of Kentucky blue...yes we bleed Blue!!!!...Go Wildcats!!!)...you know, the kind he bought back in the 90's...imagine his disappointment when we couldn't find those.......we saw pink (for men!!!), light blue, neon, yellow and blue plaid, red and black plaid..you name it they have it....except that is for those old faithfuls that he loved so much. Our fellows would never wear anything pink....they are manly men and believe that pink is for girls only!!!
After going through the entire mall....the Florence Mall, which is a place none of our boys go to unless it's the very last resort and then they go kicking and screaming but this was the last resort for Dan! We looked in every store that had 'gym' shoes and in the last store...the Finish Line..he found a pair of just regular low top Nike's that he decided to try....he walked around for a bit and decided he might as well get them since he wasn't going to find what he really wanted...LOL.
He now has them on and likes them pretty well, I hope they work well for him because he'll be wearing them for the next few years on a daily basis!!! He spent $50.00...which he thought was just absurd, he's still clinging to buying tennis shoes for less than $20.oo...yeah he really doesn't like going shopping very often!!!!....so he definitely will get his money's worth!

Yes, Dan and I have a rough time dealing with change, we're not the first ones to have the newest thing, I still have some casette tapes that I listen to...although I will say that an ipod might be in my future...having a small little thing that is portable, you can listen to it through the tape player in the car and park it on the speaker base at home and load it with tons of my favorite songs without going through the whole tape to find your favorite song....sounds good!!!....although it's modern technology the idea of less clutter and it being compact is truly in keeping with our 'simple life'!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Our Simple Journey

When our kids were young we lived in a small little house on a very hidden street in a nice little town. Although we were in the middle of town our little street was a small dead end street that most people didn't even know existed. There were only about a dozen homes on the street and everyone knew everyone else and we visited on front porches with the elderly ladies on the street, it was such a great place to raise our children. We had woods in our back yard so the kids could make forts, run, play hide and seek and we had huge trees that they loved to try to climb, they were pretty small so those trees were a bit beyond their climbing abilities. We had total privacy so I hung my clothes on a clotheline and we had a nice little flower garden out front which is where we learned to grow certain flowers. Our little house had two bedrooms, one bath, kitchen, dining room, living room and a finished room downstairs, it was very small but I truly believe that loves grows best in tiny houses, you really have no place to go so you just enjoy your family!
Our kids started their school years going to the independent school in that town, it was a very small school going from K-12 in one building and we were happy with the teachers etc. until we got to jr. high years when we decided to pull them all out and homeschool them. The decision to homeschool was something I had been considering for a couple of years but it was completely foreign to Dan so I waited until he gave the okay. He really did not want to pull them out of school and didn't understand at all my desire to homeschool so I finally just asked him if he would give me one year to homeschool them, if he wasn't happy with it we would put them back in school, he finally agreed and the kids and I were elated!!!!! I had read everything I could get my hands on about homeschooling so I knew what I needed to do etc. and was soooo ready to start them in homeschooling, what a fun time we had through the years!!!!
In our desire for change and now that we were homeschooling the families we had been friends with started to pull away from us and slowly we were led to move further out in the country. Our church also started having problems and since we were very involved in our church we felt the desire to move away from the town and the church and try to find a place where we could have a bit of a fresh start. Although not everyone would want to make such a drastic change it was definitely the best for us, we found our house and were so ecstatic about having two bathrooms and three bedrooms but the funny thing is we still seem to all stick together on the main floor, guess that closeness just never left us.
We did find a local church and started attending but as soon as we became members there was a controversy when the pastors wife sued for divorce and then the church was divided and we quietly left that church and have never had a visit from them since!!! That by the way, was over 8 years ago, they still send us mail but have never, ever called to ask why we don't come to church anymore!!!
We did visit some other local churches, I've thought about writing a book about how we were treated in each we visited. In one of the churches the pastors sermon was about how his members think he needs to draw new people in but he doesn't think they need new members (that was very welcoming to us visitors now wasn't it????LOL), at another church, although it was packed with people only one couple came up and spoke to us, they were so nice, but the rest of the congregation obviously wanted nothing to do with us, guess they figured they had enough members so they didn't have to welcome us. We never visited a church twice because of the lack of warmth and welcome, kind of puts a bad light on some Christians, don't you think???
Our desire for like minded and hearted friends has left us a bit alone at times as there just don't seem to be a lot of homeschooling, conservative families like us....this is where the internet has been wonderful for us, we've found friends that live like us and have the same objectives and rules, what a blessing!
Our journey continues and we are hoping to move again sometime soon, not sure where just yet but we know the Lord led us here and are just waiting for His guidance once again! He is that one constant...where would we be without Him?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Simply Watching the Fog Burn Off

Oh it's a beautiful morning here in Kentucky. It's been extremely foggy, at 5am they said the visibility was almost zero for the folks going to work. Now at almost 11am it's still lingering in the woods in the back. I love a foggy morning, they remind me so of being at my Grandparents house as a child, they lived in southern KY and had a farm so we spent many a weekend running through the meadows, picking wildflowers, being amazed at the June bugs, and running, running, running, seems we never walked because we were having so much fun we wanted to enjoy every second!
As is sit here looking out my window at the trees with the fog still lingering I just feel a wonderful sense of peace and calm. The peace is not a peace of this world, it's a peace that only comes from knowing the Father and allowing His love to shower down on us every minute of every day. If we waited for a sense of peace in this world we live in, I fear it would never come. We have the news pounded at us 24 hours a day now courtesy of cable TV and CNN, MSNBC...etc. When I do turn on the TV, which doesn't happen very often to view the news I always turn it to Fox News, I appreciate their reporting style and feel that I'm hearing the truth, which you don't often hear these days.
We have a full day ahead of us, a soap/candle making station to set up in the garage, also making sure to have room to make my wooden signs, lots of cleaning but it's a beautiful day so far so we'll just open the garage door and appreciate the cool breezes coming through!

Monday, September 7, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook


For Monday September 7th, 2009
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...it's dark because it's already evening, it's been humid and warm here today but we are supposed to be getting cooler temps.

I am thinking...how strange it is for someone to bang into your mailbox and knock it off leaving their side view mirror lying on the ground, sometimes you just wonder what is wrong with people!

I am thankful for...no headache!!!

From the Kitchen...we had steaks on the grill, baked potatoes and salad with my sweet little mama and daddy and visited for a nice while...such a blessing they are!!!!

I am Reading...My ESV Bible and still working on the Above Rubies magazine

I am wearing...yellow and white ruffled top, floral skirt with my hair up in a pony tail, I know at my age I should not wear a high pony tail but I don't care!!! I let my gray pony tail just fly in the wind!

I am Hoping...to get our soap/candle making station all set up tomorrow with Christopher and Katie's help...also guess we should put that mailbox back on!

I am creating...some little prim saying stitcheries, some new kinds of soap (have a wooden soap mold coming in the next couple of days so I can make larger quantities)

I am Praying...for an extended family member going through chemo, for a sweet cousin that hurt her knee and had to have surgery, praying for swift healing for her, also my sweet niece that was bit by a brown recluse, she's doing okay now and we're praising the Lord!!!!!

Around the House...busy work in the kitchen, Dan watching TV and Barlow Girl on Katie's ipod playing in the kitchen.

One of my favorite things...just being with family, I have loved every second of being married to Dan then having our babies and still love being with them all the time even though they're 24, 22 and 19...now we have the blessing of having them as our best friends!!! Such Joy!

A Few Plans for the rest of the week...a few errands here and there, lots of crafts to be made as we begin making Christmas gifts!

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...
Just a couple of the stitcheries I'm working on. I write out what I want it to say with a water soluble ink, stitch it and use a damp paper towel to erase the ink....gotta love those disappearing ink pens!!!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Praise the Lord! The Pain has subsided!

You know to have a headache for 4 days is just a little much I think!!!LOL I am used to sinus headaches occassionally and a tension headache every now and then but I really hate having a headache that I can't diagnose, therefore don't really know how to treat so I just have to live with it. I've always said that I can handle any pain but a headache, it just knocks me for a loop and there's just no getting away from it or easing it, with a sore knee or pain here and there you can just rest that part of you and feel some ease but it doesn't work that way with a headache and I just hate something getting me down like that! It truly makes me have such compassion for anyone that deals with chronic headaches, I can't imagine living with that.

We are having an odd kind of day here, it's warm outside and humid so the air conditioning is on and it's kind of dark and cloudy with some rain here and there, I'm so ready for the cool temps!!!

Katie looked out our front window this morning and discovered that someone had knocked our mailbox off it's post, actually even took some of the wooden post with it! When Dan got home he checked it out and someone had actually hit it with their car and left their side view mirror behind!....it's fixable so we're just gonna put it back on, you just wonder what people are thinking! It actually must have happened this morning because when Dan left at 5am it was still on, you just never know!

Well, since my headache has become just a bit of a dull ache I'm going to run a few errands, it's amazing that we were able to survive this many days without needing something from the store but now we do!

I'm so thankful to have the pain almost gone, sometimes I think that we have to be knocked flat on our backs to appreciate the blessings of feeling 'normal', I just thank the Lord for normalcy...it's such a blessing!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Knocked Down with a Headache

Oh, we've had some beautifully cool weather here but the heat is back. Sadly with it comes a monster headache, I have had it for three days now and am getting pretty sick of it! Nothing seems to take it away and I'm spending way too much time laying down but have no choice.
The problem with a headache is you can't do anything, these really knock me for a loop and leave me exhausted. It's not a migraine but just pain and I can't even do any reading or stitching while resting, it's mainly just keep my eyes closed.
Well, I do feel a bit better today, keep waiting for it to go away!
Guess I'll get back to resting before I'm fussed at by my sweet family!!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Embracing Technology in My Simple Life

Lately I have been putting off typing up a letter I need to send to all of my family. Katie and I are putting together a recipe book full of recipes from our family and I need to type up a reminder letter and get it sent out. Well, this involves sitting down at my computer; typing it up in Works word processor; printing out 40 copies on my printer; typing up addresses to print out on my envelopes; putting them together and taking them to the post office. For some reason I just keep putting this off thinking that it's just gonna take too much time.
Now, let's step back 27 years to when Dan and I got married.....we had a very small wedding but sent out invitations to the few that would be there. This meant I had to find some invitations and since I wanted to personalize it I wrote a poem with all the info and typed it up on a manual typewriter, about 10 times because that's how many invitations we needed and then address all of them by hand, all of this took almost a week to get it all typed on the invitations while manually white outing the mistakes...y'all remember white out don't you?
Well, my letter could be typed, printed, envelopes printed and to the post office by tomorrow if I started on it now and it would actually only be about 1 hour of typing and printing and putting together.....so now I wonder why I dread that so much???!!!!
We have come so far so very fast, haven't we? I never thought I would have a cellular phone, ever!!! and now I never leave the house without it, or Katies or Dans or Christophers...we all have them and it's so very commonplace isn't it???!!
To even have a home computer, color printer and I can even print out the postage if I want and put them in my mailbox for the carrier to pick up....it simply boggles the mind!
I embrace technology because of what it can do for me but I never want to let it take the place of 'doing' things myself...I love the old ways and still learn so much about how simple things really are to do ourselves. Yes, I will use technology as time savers and necessities but I will never give up my love of doing things by hand the old way, there's always that chance that we will lose power for awhile and I want to know that we know how to do what needs to be done...and do it well!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Wow! Post #100! I Simply didn't know I had so much to say!

For post 100 I thought I would share 100 things I love about living the simple life:
  1. Peace
  2. Time for family
  3. Time with my Lord
  4. Creating
  5. Wondering
  6. Simple joys
  7. Katie and I crocheting together sitting in our rockers on the front porch
  8. Katie and I breaking fresh green beans in our rockers
  9. All of us sitting on the porch chatting, sharing our dreams and hopes
  10. A full clothesline blowing in the breeze
  11. The smell of fresh baked bread
  12. No need to hurry
  13. Visiting my sweet little parents anytime
  14. Kindred simple living friends
  15. Homemade cards
  16. The pretty scents when we make our soaps
  17. The feel of a fresh lotion bar straight out of the mold, so silky and smooth
  18. Handmade napkins
  19. Watching Katie fill the big pottery bowl with her bread making ingredients
  20. Dan walking in the door from work
  21. Candles poured by our hands
  22. Scobies!
  23. Homemade buttermilk
  24. Learning from Christopher and Katie
  25. Enjoying family members dropping by, we have a huge extended family
  26. Dreaming
  27. Always enjoying the change of seasons
  28. Globby homemade laundry detergent!
  29. Avonlea! Our favorite series! (we have it on DVD)
  30. Lot's of hugs
  31. Very frequent trips to the library (love that we can put books on hold online and pick up at their drive thru window!)
  32. Sending goodies to my sweet mother in love!
  33. Sending out a daily family prayer list email to my family, I have a huge extended family and love that we can keep in touch through email
  34. Throwing all the windows open and enjoying the wonderful breeze
  35. Freshly cleaned windows!
  36. Bare feet!
  37. Handmade quilts
  38. Kefir smoothies
  39. Chemical free homemade cleaning products (we started this years ago because of sensitive skin issues and are so glad we did!)
  40. Fresh cut grass
  41. My sweet little sister
  42. My very precious older brothers
  43. God's grace and mercy
  44. Homemade sour cream
  45. Homemade cream cheese
  46. Simple hairstyles
  47. Cutting our own hair
  48. Embracing my gray hair, no chemical fake color for me!
  49. Listening to my sweet mama play her hammer dulcimer
  50. Appalachian music
  51. A rare treat of going to Cracker Barrel, my favorite restaurant, love the atmosphere
  52. Listening to crickets
  53. Chasing lightening bugs
  54. Campfires in the back yard
  55. Sleeping in tents in the back yard
  56. Viewing incredible things that Chris finds through his telescope
  57. Tommy visiting!
  58. Handmade skirts and dresses
  59. Embroidering handmade hankies
  60. Lehmans!
  61. Fresh herbs
  62. Simple meals
  63. Beeswax candles dipped by our hands
  64. Finding a source for local honey in bulk
  65. Reading aloud
  66. Katie's giggle
  67. Christopher saying 'mother!' when I sing loudly with Brandon Heath!
  68. The beep of Dan's car doors locking, letting me know he's home!
  69. The blessing of the availability of prescription drugs, wish we didn't need them but am so thankful since we have ongoing health issues
  70. Glitter!
  71. Filling Katie's hope chest
  72. My daily Mary Engelbreit calendar pages
  73. Homemade crocheted dishcloths
  74. Birdwatching
  75. Spider webs - don't like spiders but I'm amazed by their webs
  76. Daily inspiration from so many sources
  77. Hearing 'I love you' so many times through the day
  78. Tommy's voice on the phone
  79. Houseplants
  80. My big round kitchen table...this table was my in-laws for all the years they lived in their house and it was actually there when they visited their relatives in that house when they were young. When they sold their house they gave us the table, it's close to 100 years old and I cherish it, so very special!
  81. Visiting my sweet mother-in-love
  82. Starbucks! We don't go out much but when we go by a Starbucks we just have to get a Cinnamon Dolce Latte, yesterday we were out and tried their Pumpkin Spice latte..yummy!
  83. Family Christian Store
  84. Hobby Lobby
  85. Farmers Markets
  86. Our favorite vacation spot - Gatlinburg!
  87. So many happy childhood memories!
  88. Christopher so eagerly painting when I get a nudge to change a wall color, he's good and thorough
  89. Hearing Dan call me by so many nicknames, can't remember the last time he called me Judy!
  90. Hearing 'mommy', I love it!
  91. Christian suspense fiction, so many good authors....so little time!
  92. Prayer time
  93. Blogging - a wonderful outlet for my need to write
  94. Hand sewing
  95. Sewing machines for those big projects!
  96. Freshly ironed clothes
  97. Coffee percolating in the morning
  98. Making little prim sayings stitcheries to frame
  99. Watching Christopher working with wood
  100. Simple joys in everyday!
  101. An extra one!!!!! Online friends found through blogging!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Memorizing Scripture

Eight Steps to Memorizing Scripture

  1. Set aside fifteen minutes per day for scripture memory.
  2. Choose verses that address your weaknesses, that way you'll have a vested interest in remembering them.
  3. Read the passage aloud over and over.
  4. Break the verse down into logical parts, learn one phrase; then two until you've learned the entire passage.
  5. Repeat the reference often.
  6. It's better to learn a few verses really well then many poorly.
  7. Underline difficult terms or keywords, look them up in the dictionary or concordance.
  8. Write out the verse from memory.

These are great for learning scripture, it really helps to have a set of rules to follow. I personally have a terrible time remembering things so scripture memorization is a really tough thing for me but I do believe it helps to do things like saying them out loud and writing them repeatedly.