Monday, December 6, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday, December 6th, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...It's a winter wonderland!  Snow is covering everything and it is very cold.  Perfect for decorating for Christmas!

I am thinking...how wonderful it's been to have hubby off some extra days!  He's surprised me by taking some days off and we've enjoyed having him home.

I am thankful for...everything!  The Lord is so good to us.  He answers our prayers in ways we couldn't possibly have thought of on our own, His ways are the best ways!

I am remembering...a nice quiet weekend once again, we enjoyed watching the snowfall and got our tree and have it set up, we'll be decorating it tonight and then I can start putting presents under it!

I am currently reading...browsing Christmas magazines and Taste of Homes for some ideas for Christmas goodies.  (This was my answer from last week and still applies, love getting inspiration from the magazines)

I am hoping...to have all our decorating finished this week.  I bought our cards last week and will be getting those addressed.

On my mind...right now things are just muddling around in there, I need to get some lists made because I work much better with lists in front of me.

Noticing that...time is passing so very quickly, I'm enjoying this stage of life but can't seem to keep up with things, need to really concentrate more I think.

Pondering these words..."Judy, you have taught me to be very flexible".  This was what my mother said to me last week when I had to cancel our visit with them for the 3rd or 4th time, way too many interruptions right now to plan anything!  I believe my mommy was being nice but what she's really saying is "Judy, I never expect you to come when you say you will or be on time"....she's just too sweet to say it that way!


From the kitchen...Danny has a craving for cheeseburger soup so I guess that will be on the menu for tonight.

Around the house...Danny's on the couch playing a video game, Katie is finishing up in the kitchen and Christopher is playing his guitar, I'm getting ready to get ready to go run a few errands.

A Picture thought to share...

My sweet Katie holding her brand new second cousin Alyssa.  Her twin Charlie was last weeks photo, they are finally coming home today after being in the nursery for the last two weeks, they just didn't want to eat and weren't gaining enough weight.  They are so precious!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday November 29, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Lots and lots of sunshine today with warmer temps, they will be plummeting after tomorrow.  Trees are all bare and getting ready for their long winters' nap.

I am thinking...how exciting it is to prepare for Christmas, I'm looking so forward to it this year!  I intend to decorate the whole house and hopefully put some lights outside too!

I am thankful for...a family that pitches in and takes over when I am under the weather.  I had an adverse reaction to some meds and was literally in bed all last week missing Thanksgiving and all but they took over and had all the preparations taken care of to take to my moms.  What a blessing they all are to me!

I am remembering...our nice quiet weekend, everything was calm and peaceful.  The only thing missing was seeing my Tommy but I did talk to him each day.

I am currently reading...browsing Christmas magazines and Taste of Homes for some ideas for Christmas goodies.

I am hoping...and praying that the new meds will not give me any problems.

On my mind...making a list in my mind of some meals I want to prepare to have made ahead.  Also, want to get some soups made to freeze for quick meals.
Noticing that...feeling good changes how you feel about everything.

Pondering these words...As long as we resent a person, we live in bondage.


From the kitchen...Chicken sandwiches and fries, fresh from the kitchen!  Simple and Danny's favorite meal!

Around the house...Christopher and Katie are getting ready to watch a football (soccer to us Americans) game; Barcelona vs. Real Madrid.

A Picture thought to share...


My sweet hubby holding his brand new great-nephew Charlie.  Charlie has a twin sister Alyssa but she had to stay in the nursery for awhile.  They are so precious!!!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Simply Fall

It seems wrong to love one season of the year more than the others, we are so blessed with all seasons...but I love fall!!!  I love the beauty of all of nature in the fall, the trees, the crispy leaves on the ground that crunch under our feet, hot apple cider...so many things to love!!!
I always get a boost of inspiration as the seasons change and in fall it seems I want to get everything all cozy and homey...lots of pillows, rugs, candles, oil lamps...just kind of getting our home ready for the fall and winter.  It's kinda like spinning a cocoon and getting everything all closed up nice and tight to keep the chill out and the warmth in.  Years ago women would have been working on their quilts getting ready for the cold weather but these days it's not necessary to make our own bed covers (although I do love to quilt!) but I always feel the need to stock up on things just to be prepared for power outages or snow storms.   

We love to spend our winters making our crafts we sell in our store:
All Natural Soaps

 Country Signs





 More soaps!!!

 and some woodcrafts!!!
It's wonderful to keep busy during those long winter days, we make our items for ourselves, our home, gifts for family and friends and for our store.  It is a wonderful way to have a small cottage business and learn how to do things the 'old ways'.  Although these days modern technology works with such automation that we don't 'have' to make our things from scratch....but given the choice our family chooses to make them as natural as possible and make them ourselves, it helps to keep some of the old ways going even today so hopefully our grandchildren and on down will keep up some traditions.
Well, now I'm all set to go start some crafts!  Our weather is quite chilly today so it's the perfect time to get busy and try to warm up!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday October 18, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Cooling down after a slightly warm day.  The trees are pretty with their leaves changing and the sky is starting to darken.

I am thinking...
about our wonderful weekend.  Katie and I took off for our family reunion which is in Levi Jackson State Park in London KY.  We had so much fun, we shopped in Berea, Renfro Valley and spent the night in a pretty suite!  Sunday we had a wonderful day with all our huge family, it was an incredible weekend! 
 
I am thankful for...a sweet, fiercely loving and caring daughter.  At age 20 I know most daughters would rather be with their friends but Katie and I have always been best friends and we love spending time together!  How blessed am I?!!!

I am remembering...last year at this time, my depression was so bad I couldn't attend our reunion, I'm so thankful for feeling so great this year!  Thank you Jesus!!!

I am currently reading...browsing Country Sampler and Country Accent magazines trying to get a bit of inspiration for some crafts we can make for Christmas.

I am hoping...to see our Tommy this week.  He was on vacation and out of town last week so we didn't get to see him on his birthday.

On my mind...I'm always amazed at how good it feels to come home!  We had a lovely trip and a wonderful time together, then coming home was just as wonderful!  Home is truly where my family is and it was good to get home to our 'boys'!!!  
 
Noticing that...time seems to be going too fast right now, I wish I could just slow it down but I can't so I must enjoy every second!  So many blessings!

Pondering these words...Being entirely honest with oneself is a good exercise.  Sigmund Freud

From the kitchen...baked sweet potatoes, pork loin, stuffing and broccoli.

Around the house...Danny's at home with the couch, attempting to bond with the new couch, not going well, he wants his old couch back!!!

From my picture journal...
Our pretty bedroom in our suite.  the beds were so comfy, lots of fluffy pillows, a warm down duvet and beautiful bedspreads and bed skirts.  Perfect for us girls!!!
 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Call to Modesty

 Our sweet Katie all dressed up for an Opera that my cousin took her to.

There's a wonderful company called Christian Light Education that publishes some wonderful material.  We purchased some of our homeschooling material from them years ago when we were still homeschooling.  They really have some great resources whether you're homeschooling or not.
I was going through some papers the other day and found a pamphlet from them entitled 'A Call to Modesty' and wanted to share some of the information.

"We live in an age when exposure of the human body seems to be an accepted way of life  On the billboards, on the streets, at the office, on the job site, in the classroom - everywhere we turn men and women parade their bodies for anyone to see.
In view of such shameless immodesty, is it any wonder that in our society:
  • 65% of high school students have had sexual relations.
  • 43 million Americans have incurable sexual viruses.
  • Illegitimate births increased 400% from 1963-1993.
  • every 2 minutes an arrest is made for sex offenses.
Oh, you might say, immodesty is not all to blame.  Our society is filled with lust and perversion.  True enough.  But immodesty and lust are two sides of the same coin.  Has immodesty become so commonplace that we cannot admit what it does to us as men and women?"
Recently a young man at our local store was commenting to the question 'how are you?', he informed the person that he was having girlfriend trouble.  The person then said 'I hope it all works out'...he responded by saying 'I got a kid on the way'.  
So many times we find that young people are just shocked when they find out they have conceived a child, they say 'how did this happen'?  They seem to be mature enough to know how to have sex and yet can't figure out how a pregnancy happened.

Are we not teaching our kids about sex?  I really hate the word but it's what they understand and respond to so we might as well not beat around the bush and be all shy about it.  Of course we know that a child is not the only consequence, there are many, many sexual diseases out there.  Some will lead to death but others are something that they may have to deal with all their lives.  Not the best thing to have to admit to a future spouse...'Oh yeah, I have a sexually transmitted virus that I got from some fellow, it might flare up occasionally throughout our married life...hope you don't have a problem with that!!!'  
Beyond the person involved in the act there are others to consider, a child that might be born with AIDS or another disease, your parents that may have to watch you wither away in death when the AIDS virus kicks in and puts an end to your life.  Your siblings that will have to deal with your mourning parents after you die.  Yes, I'm being morbid but this is all around us, our society sees the answer in using 'protection', I see the only answer in total abstinence until marriage.  If you're not giving your body away and your future spouse doesn't either you will come into the marriage clean and sure of no future problems because of your bad decision in having sex with someone else.

I am a people watcher, I used to love sitting at the airport watching people walk by, wondering where they were headed.  I still watch people and regardless of what anyone says what you wear does make a difference.  I see the response if a girl is wearing very little and exposing too much skin, the fellows will turn around and gawk and then say something to their friends so they're all looking at the girl.  This is not the response we should see, the scriptures tell us to guard our ourselves against lust and lust is what these fellows are doing.  Their first opinion of this young girl is that she's 'hot', this is so wrong.  Of course being 'hot' used to simply mean you're warm, I despise it used in the context of describing a human being....I've heard younger children saying it!  
 Such vulgar uses of some words should be nipped in the bud immediately but of course if they're hearing from their own parents...we've all heard it from adults and it's just so wrong.  I was at the Dr. the other day sitting in the waiting room and there was a girl and her mother sitting there, the girl looked to be about early 20's and was very pregnant, she talked about naming her baby and in the midst of it I realized she was going to be a single parent living with this mother with her.  Suddenly the mother starts talking and uses language that I was shocked to hear, I truly can't imagine hearing my little mother using such language....ever!!!!!  It's not that the language is so shocking, I know all the words..have heard them all my life from others, it's the idea that by the time a person is middle age you would think they would have learned some intelligence and maturity.  I've always told my kids profanity and even using words like crap, sucks, etc. in the wrong context is not just morally wrong in my opinion....no it makes that person sound like a complete idiot!  Any respect you may have had for that person disappears in a 'poof' when they start using profanity, it just sounds so very 'stupid'!!!  I personally do not want to sound stupid...so why use those words!!!!  

Modesty and purity are huge issues for me, our goal should be to raise a child with strict values and decency, it's disturbing that so few understand that concept.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday September 20, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Sunny, but sadly everything is just sooo dry, we're in desperate need of rain.  It's also back to hot temps again.  Sooooo looking forward to Fall!!!

I am thinking...
hard to think right now, I've got Christopher and Katie here twisting words and realities to their own thinking.  Makes my head swim!
 
I am thankful for...These two crazy people behind me!!!  They might be a bit messed up in the head but they're all mine!!!  They're not really nutty, they're just funny, funny people...they crack me up!!!

I am remembering...visiting with my sweet brother Randy, his friend Elaine and Randy's sweet daughter Randi, on Saturday at my mom and dad's house.  Lot's of hugs, laughter and joy.  

I am currently reading...finally got started on my one year ESV Bible, started re-reading my Mysteries of Sparrow Island series again.  I had these a few years ago and then sold them all on ebay...well, I missed them something awful and bought them bit by bit on ebay.  I love all the series from Guideposts, Grace Chapel Inn, Mystery and the Minister's Wife, Heather Creek, Hope Haven and the Patchwork series.  These are all such good books and I'm bit by bit buying all the series.  Not only are they such an excellent read but the books are all hardcover and very pretty, they look so nice on my bookshelf!!!

I am hoping...to get some things settled in the next couple of weeks, we've got some decisions to make and I'm so ready for them to be over and to get back to normal again.

On my mind...so enjoying the music in our home, Katie plays the piano so beautifully and Christopher is really playing a lot on his electric guitar, thankfully he doesn't usually have the amp plugged in to it!!!  He plays very well and I'm amazed at both of them and how quick they learn.  Now, if I could just make the time to learn to play my hammered dulcimer I'd be a very happy girl!
 
Noticing that...the older I get the more the small things seem so insignificant.  Years ago I would hold a grudge against someone and not want to let it go.  Now, I wouldn't dream of wasting my time with such silly things.  There are so many joyous blessings to enjoy and I don't want to waste any time with such trivial things!!!
 
Pondering these words...one of my favorite sayings....If you want to burn our American flag, do us a favor and wrap yourself in it first!    This Kentucky girl is proud to live in the USA!!!!

From the kitchen...that's a very good question!!!

Around the house...kinda quiet but lots of things lying in wait, our hands will be very busy with all the chores to do, trying to get the 'fall' cleaning all finished!
 
From my picture journal...
 A rustic snow angel we made, I think she's so cute!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Simply Getting Back to Normal


Last Friday Christopher walked into my room and said 'Mom, why is your eye red?', I walked in to look in the mirror and couldn't believe what I saw, within half an hour my whole eye was totally red.  I called the Dr. and zipped up there and by that time it was really looking scary!LOL
Turns out it is simply a blood vessel that popped and was hemorrhaging into my eye.
I looked at some pics online and was going to put one up on my post but they're just disgusting, my kids couldn't even look at me it was so bad.  The white part was dark red and then there was this bright green glowing in the middle of my eye, my iris, it was so odd looking that I actually startled a young girl working at the store one of the days, poor thing!LOL
Now, I'm almost back to a normal looking eye, at least Christopher and Katie will look at me again and Dan has stopped promising to buy me an eye patch and parrot for my shoulder!!! 
Sot thankful that it was just a small problem and will fix itself in time.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Simple Book Review - The Butterfly Effect by Andy Andrews

I received a copy of The Butterfly Effect from Thomas Nelson publishers to review.  I've never read anything by Andy Andrews but definitely will after reading this book.
It's a short book and a quick read that will encourage you to not gauge the importance of your life by the worlds standards and to remember that everything we do, in every moment we do it will make a difference to many others along the way.  
The Butterfly Effect is in essence telling us that our actions resonate now and forever, the choices I make today will not only effect my life tomorrow but will affect many generations to come.  I, of course can't imagine anything I do today to be important enough to possibly change history, but after reading this book I see that others probably thought the same way and yet history was changed because of their choices.
The writer gives us prime examples of the changes in history due to the choices of such folks as George Washington Carver and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
We spend a lot of idle time these days because of the computer age, and technology does so much for us but we're challenged in this book to remember to weigh the choices we make so the future generations will be affected in a positive way.
Very good and inspiring book, can't wait to check out more of Andy Andrews books.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday September 6, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Sunny and very pretty, the humidity is down but we've got the air on because we've got lots to do inside and it was just too warm in here.

I am thinking...
how wonderful the weekend was, we didn't really do anything but we enjoyed being home and had the windows open with a wonderful breeze coming through.  Actually it was more like a wind tunnel!  We live at the top of the ridge and get some strong winds, it was wonderful!  Sunday morning the temps were around 44 when we got up at 5am.  brrrrrr!
 
I am thankful for...our family and extended family.  We don't always get to talk or see each other (although we are all friends on facebook!!!LOL) but we always know that they're there if we need them...or vice versa.

I am remembering...the joy of being with Christopher and Katie all day long, I know those times will not go on forever and I absorb every moment of the joy!  Christopher does an incredible impression of Bill Clinton, he didn't purposely set out to make it sound like him but it does and simply cracks me up!!!  Katie is...well Katie is Katie...she has voices for her fav 'football' players and nicknames for them.  I never know who's going to be talking to me next, will it be Bill Clinton, Nani, Ronaldo, Fabio, Chris, Katie.....jim, fred, dorean, chrls....you'd have to live here to understand!!!!

I am currently reading...finally got started on my one year ESV Bible, am finishing up the Patricia Sprinkle series.

I am hoping...for the strength, endurance and comfort to deal with the changes we'll be going through, we're a close family and changes are sometimes very, very difficult for me!

On my mind...the wonderful comfort that He gives us 'just enough', I ask for nothing more.
 
Noticing that...it's getting dark earlier in the evening!  I love that, we love to light oil lamps and have a nice cozy atmosphere.
 
Pondering these words...'Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid it will never begin' Grace Hansen    
The older I get the more I see that we have to step out of our comfort zone and take some risks and chances, we never know what will be on the other side!!!

From the kitchen...Katie is going to make us meatloaf, broccoli casserole and roasted potatoes for supper.

Around the house...Christopher and Katie are in here with me so the rest of the house is very quiet.  Can't say that for this room...full of nonsense and weirdness!!!
 
From my picture journal...
 One of Katie's pics of the clouds, she loves the sky (just like her mama!).
 

Friday, September 3, 2010

Simple Inspiration

I desperately needed this list today, I can't seem to stop procrastinating.  I've always been bad about it but right now it's ridiculous!  Maybe I'll keep reading the list until it sinks in!


27 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

  1. Get started.
  2. Be realistic about the time it takes to do something, never as long as you think.
  3. Work with time available.
  4. Use small amounts of time.
  5. Carve out time.
  6. Don't always start at the beginning - just do some part.
  7. Do worst first.
  8. Set small deadlines.
  9. Small reward for each deadline met.
  10. Do things as they occur to you.
  11. Is there a simpler way?
  12. What's the worst thing that will happen if you do it?
  13. Do nothing - try looking at it for a full 15 minutes.
  14. Clear work area of everything else.
  15. Make workplace convenient.
  16. If I don't make deadline no treat.
  17. Listen to your mood.
  18. Plan a reason to get motivated (invite someone over).
  19. Seize opportunities.
  20. To do is must do.
  21. Tell someone else your deadline.
  22. Expect problems to come up that will keep you from getting it done.
  23. Don't stall - expect to do a GREAT job.
  24. Get back to people - even to say 'I don't know yet'.
  25. Ask for help.
  26. Use leisure time for leisure.
  27. Maybe procrastinating means you really don't want to do it at all.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Delight in the Simple Things


Delight in the Simple Things

Learn to like what doesn't cost too much.
Learn to like reading, conversation, music.
Learn to like plain food, plain service, plain cooking.
Learn to like fields, trees, brooks, hiking, rowing, climbing hills.
Learn to like people, even though some of them may be different from you.
Learn to like to work and  enjoy the satisfaction of doing your job as well as it can be done.
Learn to like the songs of birds, the companionship of dogs.
Learn to like gardening, puttering around the house, and fixing things.
Learn to like the sunrise and sunset, the beating of rain on the roof and windows, and the gentle fall of snow on a winter day.
Learn to keep your wants simple, and refuse to be controlled by the likes and dislikes of others.

Lowell B. Bennion

Monday, August 30, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday August 30, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Sunny and hazy from the heat, we have a smog alert from the 90's to 100 temps.

I am thinking...glad to have some things checked off my to do list, plenty more to do.  We're preparing our home for Autumn, lots of fall cleaning, cozying and fluffing!!!LOL
 
I am thankful for...a clear mind and joy in my heart, it all comes from my Savior

I am remembering...all the laughter in our home yesterday, Danny was really on a roll and had us all laughing!!!  Also, talking to my Tommy, this mommy just loves to see his name on the phone when it rings.

I am currently reading...the Patricia Sprinkle series 'Thoroughly Southern Mystery Series', I've read all of her books now and finally had to buy this series from ebay because our library didn't have them, they are really good.

I am hoping...for things to go as planned in September, we have some things happening that are kind of new territory for us and some things that will be an adjustment for Christopher, Katie and I but we're looking forward to this next step.

On my mind...my sweet little mama that had a fall last week and is hurting still from it.  She has had severe rheumatoid arthritis for over 20 years and a fall really flares up pain and she has to up some meds, just praying she's 100% again soon.  She's my hero, I've always wanted to be just like her, I love her so very, very much!
 
Noticing that...I'm feeling the need to stock up and prepare, I'm not a doomsday person but it seems that it just makes sense to be prepared for any possible time of need.
 
Pondering these words...Your are either a dasher or a dancer, sad to say I'm a dasher...I think I might work on that and try to turn myself into a dancer!!!

From the kitchen...Banana bread for breakfast, beef stew with Katie's bread for supper.

Around the house...music is playing in the kitchen while Katie goes about her baking, air conditioning roaring away!!..come on cooler temps!!!

From my picture journal...
Last week wash Tasha Tudor day, since I  missed it on my blog I want to pay homage to her here with some of her artwork, she has been such an inspiration to me in living simply and enjoying the simple things.


She was a wonderful lady, she bloomed where she was planted!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Simple Recipe: Homemade Pure Vanilla Extract


We're kinda vanilla snobs in our home, we use only pure vanilla and usually get a bottle from Watkins.  Well, the bottle is about $17.00 but we think it's worth it because we like to have our ingredients as pure as possible and as few ingredients in it as possible.
Well, I found a recipe for making our own vanilla extract and it's an amazing thing!  
We took a bottle like this:




Bought some vanilla beans from here bulkfoods.com, used a bottle of vodka that we keep on hand for homemade cleaning products and make our room sprays, must be at least 40% alcohol content.
Split 4 vanilla beans in 1/2, stuck in the bottle, filled with vodka, put the top on and leave for 8 weeks.  Shake daily or when you think of it.  The beauty of this is that when you use some you just top it off with vodka again and it will be ready for the next time!  I think this would make great gifts for Christmas and the vanilla beans will last a long, long time so you just pull one out and replace as needed, they should last a couple of years!
Ours has been in the cabinet for appr. 1 week now and it smells wonderful, we do remember to shake it every other day or so.
We love these homemade recipes!  We especially love knowing exactly what's going into our products!

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Simple Read


I received this book from Thomas Nelson publishers to review. I had a bit of an advantage because I've read every book Dave Ramsey has ever written.  I've been a follower and reader of his since his first Financial Peace book came out.  Dave isn't just some financial guy telling you how to manage your money, he's a guy that has been at the bottom and worked his way back up.  He was a millionaire, a business man at the top of his game and then it all came crashing down, he lost everything and knows how to do things the right way.
Initially I started reading his books because he is a Christian and I love to learn things from a Christian perspective, he pulled me in from there.
Dave has come a long way, having his own show on Fox News Channel, he knows his stuff.
This book gives some quick answers to questions that you will also find answered in his other books, this is a great book though, especially if you've never read anything by him and want to get a feel for his style of teaching and writing.
I recommend this book and even learned some things from it that I had not learned from his other books, great read!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Beautiful Music



Our home has become one of beautiful music!  I’ve always thought that having a piano just makes a home seem very cozy.  Last month Katie was gifted with one from my sweet little sister.  It’s a console Baldwin and has a beautiful sound to it.  At just the same time that we were looking for lessons for her a small music store opened in our little town and she’s taking lessons from a wonderful teacher, she calls him her piano professor!
She’s been taking lessons for three weeks now and I am so enjoying her playing.  She plays very well and although the songs are repetitious while she’s learning I don’t mind at all.  The sound is just so soothing and I find myself just daily walking around our home and thanking the Father for always providing.  His timing is always perfect, she’s wanted to take lessons for many years but I think that as a mature young woman she is so thankful for the piano that she is totally dedicated to practicing.  It’s almost as though when she sits down at the piano she is finally able to expend some of the creative energy that has been just waiting for those piano keys!
Christopher also has been blessed with the gift of a guitar, it’s an electric guitar and he has been practicing almost daily.  He actually doesn’t turn the amplifier on, truly I think he’s more an acoustic guitar kind of guy but he’s just thankful for the guitar.  He’s also been helping Katie with her practicing and setting the metronome for her.  Actually the metronome is the laptop, he just went to a website and downloaded the metronome for it for free.  He just sets the laptop on the piano and has it clicking away keeping time for her.  It’s just another way the internet is a wonderful thing.  Metronomes can be expensive and this works perfectly for us.  Christopher also borrowed an accordion from my little mama, she’s had it for over 50 years and it works like a charm, he’s becoming interested in playing it from some of the music he enjoys.  He loves to listen to Andrew Peterson and enjoys the instrumentals in his music.  Both Christopher and Katie get their music talent from my parents, both of them can sing and play multiple instruments.  I can neither sing nor play any instrument very well, guess that passed me by.  Tommy has a violin that he’s had for a few years, now that he’s on his own I don’t think that he practices it but maybe down the road he’ll decide to play again, I think they all have the talent and an ear for music.  I like listening to music…LOL and can play a mean ‘Little Johnny Jones’ but that’s as far as it goes!
We’re looking so forward to fall, these 90 degree days are getting very, very old and we’re ready for some cooler temps and being able to throw those windows wide open!
Life is very simple here in our home and that’s just the way I like it!

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook


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My Daybook for...
Monday July 5, 2010...
Here in Kentucky...

Outside my window...Sunny and already hazy from the heat at only 7am.

I am thinking...how nice it is to be back on my blog and posting again, so much to say....


I am thankful for...my family.

I am remembering...a nice weekend with my little family, we didn't leave the house and enjoyed every minute of it!

I am currently reading...waiting for my new ESV daily Bible to come!

I am hoping...for lots of energy this week to accomplish all we have to do. Want to get some soap going and get a Christmas list made so we know what needs to be created.

On my mind...the closeness we have with our grown children and how close they are to one another.  Such a blessing!
 
Noticing that...when I get my lowest the Lord seems to pull me closer.  Such wondrous love!

Pondering these words...
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.  Franklin D. Roosevelt

From the kitchen...Egg on English muffin with fruit for breakfast.  Cheese, crackers and fresh veggies for lunch with iced water.  Supper might be roast with veggies, not quite sure yet.

Around the house...very quiet as it's early and I'm the only one awake. 

From my picture journal...no photos yet, we have a new computer and as Katie's digital camera broke and her new one is not here yet we have no pics.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Simply Blessed by Him, through 'Nana'!

For many years we've wanted to get a piano for our Katie.  She has lovely long thin fingers and can play so gracefully.  We've searched Craigslist, etc. but have never found one in good condition that meets the budget.  Today I got a call and found out that Katie will be receiving a wonderful piano in excellent condition, plays beautifully....all for free!!!  What a wonderful gift!  My sister, whom our kids adore and call 'Nana' (her name is Rhonda) has a piano that her sweet hubby got her awhile back and she has decided that she needs the space in her home so she's gifting it to our Katie!  How sweet is that?  Years ago Rhonda used to take all the kids to her apartment (when she was still single) and keep them overnight, they played video games, watched movies, rode around in her cute little red convertible, etc.  She holds a very special place in their hearts, she and my sweet little mama were the only babysitters they've ever had in their lives, if they weren't with them they were with us.  We're a wee bit selfish with them!!!
Anyway, tomorrow she gets her new piano.  Now all we need to do is find a teacher for her.  Years ago I took lessons from a sweet little lady that was in her 80's, she's been gone for many years now.  I didn't learn enough to teach Katie but hopefully we can find some good Christian music teacher for her close by.
Isn't God incredible???!!  He is using Rhonda as a tool to answer a prayer.  How blessed we are!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Simply Thankful

 The above image is in Kentucky, this Kentucky girl loves the beauty of our state! 
There's so much beauty all over the USA isn't there?

A number of weeks ago I stopped posting for awhile, I'm now back and looking forward to posting again and reading all my dear friends blogs.  I will be posting bit by bit about our journey these past weeks, it has been quite a ride and although we had to go deep in the depths of a storm we were able to survive and thrive simply because the Lord was with us.  Actually I would have told you weeks ago that there was no way to get through this without some major repercussions, but God didn't have that plan at all apparently.  He was able to blow each problem we faced right out of the water, right before we would have crashed into them, allowing us to sail right through unscathed.
It amazes me that folks don't want to hear about God or read His Word.  I am nothing, period, I am a sinner through and through and as far from perfect as you can get....but, through Christ I am a new creation.  He shed His blood for this lowly sinner, I am so undeserving and yet He loves me that much.  Unfathomable!
I praise His Holy Name today!
I hope you know my Lord.  If not email me and I will tell you about Him and His precious love!


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hello!! It's so good to be back!....also I'm 50 today!


Well, thank you all for the birthday wishes!!!  I am 50 years old today...yeah I said 50!!! 

These things were invented the year I was born: halogen lamp, lasers, felt tip pens.

These things were invented in the 60's and are now obsolete: 8 track cassettes for music, which are now replaced by CD's. Typewriters, replaced by computers. Pagers replaced by cell phones. Records replaced by iPods.

Thankfully I've not been replaced (yet)!!!  Dan tells me it's just a number and not to worry about it...but then he says....'hey, now you can pay attention to the commercials that say "If you're between the ages of 50 and 80..."!!!!  He can say these things because he's 8 months younger than me and will turn 50 in Feb. 2011...yep I married a younger man!!!  Thanks again all my sweet friends and family!  Birthdays mean nothing to me, I'm just thankful for God and His Grace!!!!  So Blessed!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Out of commission for awhile

Hello my sweet friends!  I'm simply not able to keep up my blog right now and I'm finding myself feeling stressed because I don't feel I can blog right now.
We are headed into a storm right now and I don't know the outcome, but He does.  Dan and I are fine and so are our sweeties but there are things happening in our lives, outside of the family that need our complete attention.  We appreciate your prayers as we make some decisions.
If you want to email me my addy is joyfulkeeperofmyhome@yahoo.com.
God bless and I hope to return someday.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Simple Hymn


My Hope is Built
My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.

Refrain
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

When darkness seems to hide His face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

Refrain

His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my Hope and Stay.

Refrain

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh may I then in Him be found.
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain

The homes of this world are temporary, our bodies but a shell; our houses but a temporary resting place; school, jobs, buildings...everything is temporary.  But...Jesus is not!...He is a constant that never changes, His sacrifice was for us, His Father the ultimate foundation.
Jesus paid it all for us...we can do nothing to repay that debt, it was paid for us and is now 'free and clear'.  

What do we do every day to show our faith...to show the hope of Heaven...to show someone with no hope that being a child of God is a hope that never ends?

My faith cannot be disturbed by the things of this earth.  I sometimes sway a little bit because of depression but I will never, ever falter, nor will I fall...all because of Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for me....a lowly sinner unworthy of even a small morsel of the mercy He showed by dying on that cross.  Such a horrible, terrible, painful death and He did it for me.  To say I'm unworthy is not enough, I know I'm undeserving but He withstood the pain and agony...
for me...and for you.
Do you know Christ?
I would love to tell you about Him....Jesus, the sweetest name I know!