Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Paws up for Milo

Even though we completed training almost two years ago, we finally have the bling to prove it.  Milo passed his CGC test and received this certificate from the American Kennel Club.

The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program started in 1989.  It is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.

Passing the test is the first step in training Milo to become a therapy dog.  This fall I plan to pursue further training so he can be a certified therapy dog.  I'm looking forward to serving our community in this way.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Summer Sunflower

Poem to a Sunflower

I see you there in glory shining bright,
Following the sun and its path of light.
Standing tall above all others in the field,
You grow, conquer, and do not yield
The little birds take great delight
In playing round you, from day to night.
With your petals of yellow and leaves of green
How very easily you are seen.
But there is more to you than first sight,
More than beauty and grander to delight.
Every beautiful aspect that appears,
Gives praise to the Father dear.
He made you a part of creation,
And you praise him in glorious celebration!
The beauty that within you is expressed,
Gives testimony to his greatness.
Sunflower, how I long to be like you!
Glorifying God in all I do.
Following the Son and His path of light,
To worship Him in His glory shining bright.
I can learn from you, my friend,
With every breath, praise to God, I might send.
With all of his creation telling the story,
Might I, with you, proclaim His glory.
~By Katherine R. Lane (April 19, 1995)~

Monday, July 28, 2014

I Found a Little Widget

I found a little widget that shows my goal for support to Burkina Faso.  If you haven't noticed, it's on the side bar.  Pretty excited that I'm so close to goal.  I have fabulous friends and family that are not only praying for me, but supporting me financially.  Thank you!!  Looking forward to sharing the trip with each and every one of you.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Finish

fin·ish verb \ˈfi-nish\
: to reach the end of (something) : to stop doing (something) because it is completed
: to be done with building or creating (something)
: to cause something to end or stop : to reach the end of something
There are some days that I wonder why I'm running this race.  I look in the mirror and see the concern on my face.  I wake up in the morning and just want to go back to sleep.
Parenting is hard work.  No one told me this.  Well, my mom did, but she was referring to parenting me and I thought she was joking. :)
There are times when I wonder if I will ever see the fruit of my labor.  Will the words sink in?  Will the actions speak?  Will the love cover all my mistakes?
Then I remember two things: 
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~Psalm 46:10
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. ~James 1:4
Be still and let perseverance finish the race.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

simple woman's daybook

FOR TODAY July 21, 2014

Outside my window... beautiful sunshine and not a cloud in the sky.

I am thinking... about my friends and how good it is to visit with them.

I am thankful... for opportunities to learn and grow.

In the kitchen... a collection of flowers in a vase.

I am wearing... gray tank top and plaid shorts.

I am creating... "butterfly bodies" out of clothespins that will eventually be used for a cute snack presentation.

I am going... room by room and purging all the stuff I don't need or want anymore.
I am wondering... what items to pack in a backpack for a child in Africa?

I am reading... just started Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter

I am hoping... my doctor visit goes well today.

I am looking forward to... talking to my mom.

I am learning... that my weaknesses aren't necessarily a bad thing.  They can be used for greater purpose.

Around the house... a few dust bunnies are romping around, a breeze is whispering in the windows and the kids are all still in bed.

I am pondering... my gifts and talents and using them in unexpected ways.

A favorite quote for today... "Kindness is just love with it's work boots on." ~unknown

One of my favorite things... green apple Jolly Ranchers. 

A few plans for the rest of the week: hosting friends tonight, bible study tomorrow, playdate Wednesday, free day on Thursday and then it's the weekend!

A peek into my day...
Relaxing by the fire on a beautiful summer evening.
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Monday, July 7, 2014

simple woman's daybook

FOR TODAY July 7, 2014

Outside my window... beautiful blue sky, summer flowers and birds flying here and there.

I am thinking... of my weaknesses.

I am thankful... for all the wonderful fresh produce that is available to me through various farmers in the area.

In the kitchen... clean countertops, clean dishes and clean table!

I am wearing... new earrings made from old silverware.

I am creating... a list of potential snacks to bring for the women of Dorcas House.

I am going... to run a few errands and enjoy the company of  good friends later today.

I am wondering... what pictures to include in my photo book that I'll be using as a source of communication with people in Burkina Faso.

I just finished reading... Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I am hoping... to put some new things into the kids morning routine.

I am looking forward to... treating myself to something special.

I am learning... to be deliberate, intentional, strategic and disciplined in my parenting.

Around the house... there is a dust bunny convention that I'm going to break-up today.

I am pondering... this funk I've been in lately.  I'm restless, can't sleep much and have a hard time concentrating or finding joy in the midst of it.

A favorite quote for today... "If things are tough, remember that every flower that ever bloomed had to go through a whole lot of dirt to get there." ~Barbara Johnson

One of my favorite things... is being at the Farmer's market and purchasing locally grown fruit, veggies and other treats like goat cheese and homemade pasta.  Yum!

A few plans for the rest of the week: laundry, bible study, doctor appt., softball game, possible landscape projects and play.

A peek into my day...

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Lost

lost adjective \ˈlst\
: unable to be found
: not knowing where you are or how to get to where you want to go
: unable to find your way
: no longer held, owned, or possessed

When reading the word lost, I immediately thought of the lyrics to the famous hymn by John Newton.
Amazing grace! (how sweet the sound)
That sav’d a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
I love me a good story and John Newton's does not disappoint.  On a homeward voyage, while he was attempting to steer the ship through a violent storm, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his “great deliverance.” He recorded in his journal that when all seemed lost and the ship would surely sink, he exclaimed, “Lord, have mercy upon us.” Later in his cabin he reflected on what he had said and began to believe that God had addressed him through the storm and that grace had begun to work for him.
What is your storm?  We all have them.  Maybe you are currently in a storm, being battered by waves over and over again.  Maybe you are drowning in your daily life, striving to do everything, and do it well.  Maybe you are on the ship alone, adrift at sea feeling lonely, depressed and isolated.
Friend, God is there with you!  He loves you, feels your pain and wants to help you walk on water.  You just have to believe that He is.  Surrender it all to Him, let go of that sinking ship no matter how much you want to cling.  Reach out and take hold of his hand and let him be your lighthouse.  He will carry you to shore and help you stand on solid ground.
 Five Minute Friday is a wild and wonderful flash mob of words.  Five minutes on one prompt. No overthinking or editing.  Please visit Lisa-Jo Baker and link up with Five Minute Friday to see more.