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Dare to be Different

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This weekend I went to the farmer's market with a dear friend.  Afterward, we stopped to chat over a cup of fall-inspired coffee.  Think vanilla-cinnamon and salted caramel.{sigh}  Among the various topics of conversation, we happened upon the subject of feeling judged by others for various reasons.  For me, feeling judged and being ashamed walk hand in hand.

What I didn't think to share in our conversation yesterday is that God has been at work in my heart over that very thing.  Interestingly, I was reading the book, 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart by Liz Curtis Higgs and the verse for chapter 3 is Proverbs 29:25.  Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.  Then, not too long after that, the scripture of the day on my bible app was the same verse.  For me, this amounts to God taking my face in His hands, looking me straight in the eye and asking me to focus on the heart work He is trying to do in me.

Then, my husband forwarded an articl…

Autumn Wisdom

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Home School is Supper Cool!

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In the midst of preparing for the new school year, my attitude is at times something other than joyful.  Schooling the kids at home is hard work and as I've said time and again, I don't like to work.  :[ I'm in the process of purchasing curriculum, making lists, balancing the schedule, choosing a few electives, creating a meal plan, making sure I've registered everyone for their extra curricular events, dotting the I's and crossing the T's.  I can get quite overwhelmed and when that happens it's only a matter of time until my attitude begins to turn from hopeful to dreadful.  Is this really the best thing for the kids?  Am I making the right decision to keep them home this year?
As I was rolling the tapes and letting the doubts fill my mind, I was perusing the photos on my phone and came across this picture.

This is Megan's dry erase board that sits on her nightstand.  I found this message toward the end of the 2016-2017 school year and it warmed my he…

Glad I Said Yes

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It was superhero night at Awana.  Mason informed me the night before(!) that he'd like to go dressed as Batman.  I did what any doting mother would do and told him it was too late to pull together a Batman costume.  Then, he looked at me with his beautiful blue eyes and said, "Ok". 
What?!  That was not the response I was expecting and it caused me to rethink my no.  Together we rummaged through the fabric drawer and came up with a black piece of felt for a mask and black material that would be perfect for a cape. 


Patrick and I ran out to the store that night and purchased a Batman t-shirt (because that is what doting parents do from time to time) then we made a few folds and applied duct tape to turn Bob the Builder's tool belt into Batman's.

Mason was thrilled.  He wore the cape all night and much to my surprise, the mask lasted all through Awana too.  He even wore the t-shirt to bed that night.
The next day we had sightings of Batman everywhere in the house…

A Change of Perspective

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This was the kitchen faucet on Sunday and most of the day on Monday.  Yeah, doesn't look so good, does it.  What started out as a simple repair, turned into an unrepairable wait.

I was walking the few feet to the laundry room sink for water to wash dishes and complaining (in thought) the whole time.  "I have to walk all the way to the laundry room for water."  "This is sooo inconvenient."  "Wonder how long I'll be doing this?!"  "This bucket of water is heavy!"

It was the last thought, that the bucket of water was heavy, that I thought of my sweet Compassion child who lives in Burkina Faso, Africa.  One of her FAVORITE things to do is get water!  My thoughts then turned to how privileged I was to be able to walk all the way to the laundry room for water.  How, when I made it to the laundry room in under 30 seconds, I could turn a handle and fresh, clean, cold water would pour out.

I appreciate the change of perspective.  When I showered…

simple woman's daybook

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For Today...March 27, 2017
Looking out my window... a pair of mallards are dabbling in the backyard.

I am thinking... of all those in the world who don't have access to clean water.
I am thankful... for the privilege to stay at home with my children.  They grow so fast.  I was just talking to Logan about a paper he could write for school and he reminded me that he only had two more years until he graduates.  :0
One of my favorite things... dates with my honey.
I am creating... piles and piles of clutter. :)  Not by choice either. 
I am wearing... jeans, Beatles t-shirt and a cozy cardigan sweater.
I just finished reading... A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck.  A delightful tale of the adventures of Grandma Dowdel and her granddaughter Mary Alice. 
I am hoping... to have a productive Monday.  The end result would be a clutter free clean house with dinner on the table.  I think I can, I think I can...
I am learning... how to eat that frog.  In his book, Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy provides…

In the Kitchen

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Patrick and I enjoy being in the kitchen together.  Whether it's baking pies or cooking dinner, it's something we look forward to, especially when we have the time.  I've been saving a chicken pot pie recipe for a few months in hopes of trying it out together.  Today was a chilly rainy day, a perfect day to try a new chicken pie.


I found the recipe on Allrecipes.com, one of my favorite sites because of the user reviews and ratings.  We made the pie as the recipe stated and served our family of six.  Most of us really liked it and we even had leftovers.  This chicken pot pie recipe is going into the recipe binder with a big Yummy! written in the margin.