On My Bookshelf

The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman
I am convinced that birth order influences our personalities and relationships.  There were a lot of a-ha moments for me in this book.  I learned a lot about why my brother and sister are the way they are. :)  And why my husband (the baby in the family) and I (the oldest) get along so well (most of the time).

I Choose Joy

Even as the cardinals flit from tree to tree outside and the day begins as usual, my heart is heavy.  I have been surrounded by sorrow and loss lately.  In November my cousin took his own life.  I marked the 5 year anniversary of my dad's passing on March 15th.  I received word on Friday that the sister of a friend died unexpectedly at the age of 36 and on the very next day my aunt passed away.

With so many close to me leaving this earth, one of the questions I ask is why?  Why him? Why this way? Why her?  Why now?  I don't really expect an answer to those questions because they are not my answers to know.  I think in my grief, why is the first question that arises out of my sorrow.

I took the book, A Grace Disquised by Jerry Sittser off the shelf again and opened it where I left off five years ago.  This paragraph stood out.  Thornton Wilder suggests in "The Eighth Day" that we should understand our lives as a great landscape that extends far beyond what the eye of…

Miss You Dad

Five years ago today my dad left this earth.  He left behind scarred lungs, a frail heart and oxygen tubes and tanks.  Today he is breathing heaven's air and fully restored.

After five years the grief is still with me.  So strong at times that tears roll down my cheeks and my heart literally aches.

After five years the grief is still with me.  So light at times that I smile and wonder at when we'll meet again in heaven.

I am forever changed because of my dad's life and especially after his death.  Miss you dad!

Dad and Mason

On My Bookshelf

There are a lot of parenting books out there.  A lot of good parenting books.  If you are a proactive person who is considering having children, you have probably read many of them already.
I haven't been very proactive in my approach to parenting.  Patrick and I are not planners and didn't exactly plan our firstborn, second-born, third-born or our fourth-born. :)
The problem with my approach is that when I wanted to read books on parenting, I was already entrenched in the land of sippy cups, Cheerios, diapers and re-directing.  With one baby on my hip I was chasing another and wondering when I'd find the time to shower, let alone read.

If you are more like me than you care to be, Parenting with Scripture by Kara Durbin is for you.  I have pulled this off the shelf frequently and also used it "on the fly" for those teachable moments.  I found the ideas for discussions and the activities to be very helpful.  I have used this book for my teens and my toddlers.  If…

simple woman's daybook

For Today March 13, 2017
Looking out my window... fresh snow has blanketed the ground and the wind is sculpting drifts in the driveway.
I am thinking... spring seems to be a long way off.  However, the robin in the tree is telling a different story.
I am thankful... for my husband who tirelessly works to provide for our family.
One of my favorite things... a backyard busy with birds.
I am creating... May day baskets.
I am wearing... a purple-ish fleece pullover and black pants.
I am reading... Unashamed by Christine Caine
I am hoping... I recover from daylight savings time quickly.
I am learning... how to parent a 16 year old who has many questions.  Patience would be the fruit I am personally growing through this adventure.  However, love, peace, kindness, gentleness and self-control are also in the running.  Yay for refinement.  :D
In my kitchen... one piece left of Butterscotch Pecan dessert

In the school room... we are nearing the end of unit 3.  Next week is our unit celebration in which w…

Butterscotch Pecan Dessert

This is one of Patrick's favorite desserts and I'm making it for his birthday treat.  Thought you might want to tempt your taste buds too.  The butterscotch layer in this dessert just makes your mouth say yum!  ♥
Butterscotch Pecan Dessert½ cup cold butter1 cup all-purpose flour¾ cup chopped pecans, divided1 (8oz) package cream cheese, softened1 cup confectioners’ sugar1 (8oz.) carton frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided3 ½ cups milk2 (3.4oz.) packages instant butterscotch or vanilla pudding mix
In a bowl, cut the butter into the flour until crumbly; stir in ½ cup pecans.Press into an ungreased 13x9” baking pan.Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.Cool.In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy.Fold in 1 cup whipped topping; spread over crust.Combine milk and pudding mix until smooth; pour over cream cheese layer.Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes or until set.Top with remaining whipped topping and pecans.Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.Enjoy!

A Little Love Note

Sometimes motherhood can be very tiring.  As Steven Curtis Chapman puts it in his song Do Everything, "Your picking up toys on the living room floor for the fifteenth time today,
Matching up socks, Sweeping up lost cheerios that got away..."
And then there are times when you receive surprise love notes with gifts attached.

Young Mason had to go traipsing and digging through snow to find those rocks.  Dad wrote the words for him and he drew all the hearts.  Warms my heart. ❤