Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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FOR TODAY January 20, 2015

Outside my window... a gray sky and fresh white snow.

I am thinking... of new beginnings and changes.  I've been making little changes ever since my trip to Africa and it feels good!

I am thankful... for my husbands words of love.  Something I tend to take for granted.

In the kitchen... coffee brewing!

I am wearing... gray tights and a purple tunic.

I am creating... Pinterest boards for decorating inspiration because January is the month for change around the house.

I am going... write letters to my Compassion children this week.  They are long overdue!

I am wondering... if Milo the dog might have an ear infection?  We're going in to check today.

I am reading... Fearless by Max Lucado.

I am hoping... I get over this pesky cold soon. 

I am looking forward to... turning the living room into a den complete with built-in bookshelves and comfy chairs.

I am learning... all about the 1800's right along with the kids.

Around the house... winter snowflake decorations are scattered here and there, along with a snowman or two.

I am pondering... the age old question, "What should I have for breakfast today?"

A favorite quote for today... "Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease." ~ Max Lucado, Fearless.

One of my favorite things... is the company of an old friend.

A few plans for the rest of the week: run to the library, order a few books, attend book study, bring Milo to the vet and enjoy each and every day. 

A peek into my day...
Mustache mischief.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Walking in Woods on a Snowy Day

Beautiful snowy day.

We grabbed our cameras...

and strapped on our snowshoes.

Trail through the snowy trees.

Covered in a snow blanket.

Breaking trail.

Snow dog!

Natures own birdhouse.

Surprised the river was still open.

Heading back.

The quiet that surrounds us while deep in the woods never ceases to amaze me.  So peaceful.  Every now and again we could hear the chickadee's singing to us from the woods and the wind whispering in the trees. 
It always reminds me of Robert Frost's poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   
My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   
He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Five Minute Friday : Welcome

wel·come  verb \ˈwel-kəm\  

: to greet (someone) in a warm and friendly manner
: to receive or accept (something) with happiness or pleasure
Welcome.  It's such a big word when you start to unpack it.  It's full of hospitality and warmth.  It is an embrace.  An embrace of acceptance.
To make someone feel welcome is not an easy task.  I feel it is a gift that some have more abundantly than others.  When I ask the question, 'Who makes you feel welcome?'  You will quickly think of one or two people that overflow with hospitality and warmth.  They put you at ease with a few quick words or a warm hug.
Maybe it's a place that makes you feel welcome.  The cozy overstuffed chair in a quiet corner of the library is one such place for me.  How about your friends scarred kitchen table with the nail polish stain and the bite marks from the dog.
As I ponder welcoming people and places, I can't help but think of my God.  His arms are forever open.  His hands are scarred; proof of His love for me, for us.  His words are gentle and He accepts me just as I am with pleasure.

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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FOR TODAY December 30, 2014

Outside my window... glorious sunshine and a temperature of 2 degrees Fahrenheit.  Brrrr.

I am thinking... this morning did not start out great.  Mason woke me up with a little diarrhea accident to clean up, then when I was getting him all clean there was no hot water.  Finally, I went to make a pot of coffee and spilled the grounds all over in my haste to feed my addiction.

I am thankful... for on demand hot water, my husband and my children.  Not necessarily in that order. :)

In the kitchen... oh if I were brave enough to take a picture of the kitchen right now.  There are presents on the counter waiting to be wrapped, gifts we received waiting for a new home, a stack of mail waiting for me to go through and one of the kids hairbrush.

I am wearing... a cozy plaid flannel shirt and yoga pants with bare feet.  I need some slippers.

I am creating... a new business?  Through a conversation with my sister and some late night brainstorming, a plan is forming. 

I am going... to take down the Christmas tree soon.  Dragging my feet because I love the lights and don't want to say goodbye just yet.

I am wondering... why pajamas can't be worn all day?  Or can they?

I am reading... Tidings of Comfort and Joy by Davis Bunn

I am hoping... my day will end better than it started.
I am looking forward to... having a few more days off with my hubby.  It's always good to have him home.

I am learning... everyday!

Around the house... laundry, suitcases, presents, kids, me and the dog.

I am pondering... the new year.  What will it bring and how will I change?

A favorite quote for today... "I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." ~Charles Dickens
One of my favorite things... watching the snow fall while warm and cozy by the fire.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  enjoy our Christmas break and celebrate the new year.

A peek into my day...
Winter wonderland!
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior,
 who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11, ESV)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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FOR TODAY December 16, 2014

Outside my window... mild temperatures and rain.

I am thinking... only NINE days 'til Christmas!

I am thankful... for friends who laugh with me, cry with me, walk through valleys with me and scale mountains with me.

In the kitchen... recipes for Christmas treats, grocery list of items needed to make Christmas treats and hopefully, Christmas treats later this week.

I am wearing... jeans, gray turtleneck sweater and my silver earrings I purchased in Africa.

I am creating... many photo projects.
I am going... to bake cupcakes for Mason's class today.  He is super excited to be bringing cupcakes.

I am wondering... if I'll have all the presents wrapped and under the tree by the end of the week.

I am reading... Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman.  One of my favorite devotionals.  It has encouraged me through many trials.

I am hoping... for a fruitful shopping experience today.  Finishing the last of Christmas shopping.

I am looking forward to... redecorating after the holidays.

I am learning... to be a better planner which in turn makes me more organized.  The key phrase is I am learning.  I certainly have a long way to go.

Around the house... Christmas music is wafting about the house, kids are doing schoolwork and the washing machine is kindly washing my clothes for me.

I am pondering... grief.  There are days that I miss my dad so much.  Sometimes it feels like he died yesterday and not two and a half years ago.

A favorite quote for today... "To reflect the heavens above, the surface of the lake must be calm." ~ quoted from Streams in the Desert by L.B. Cowman. 

One of my favorite things... cleaning out.  I've been getting rid of a lot of unused items and it feels really good.  I even think my thoughts are more organized because of it.

A few plans for the rest of the week: taking care of the 'to do' list before Christmas, run to the library and post office, plan for co-op, start labels for a project and organize photos for another project.

A peek into one of my days...
A snowy morning.
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