Monday, August 4, 2014

simple woman's daybook

FOR TODAY August 4, 2014

Outside my window... Hazy sun with scattered thunderstorm's forecast.

I am thinking... Of my Aunt Lissa.  It's her birthday month.  Happy Birthday month Aunt Lissa!

I am thankful... for fresh produce from our garden.  The tomato plants are so heavy with fruit that the tomato cages cannot hold the plants up anymore and two of the three fell over!  That's a good problem I think.

In the kitchen... tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, zucchini and Muddy Buddies.

I am wearing... my walk/running clothes as I finally motivated myself to get moving this morning.

I am creating... lists of things to do. Packing lists, grocery lists, household chores lists; the lists go on and on. 

I am going... to be productive and efficient this week... I hope.
I am wondering... how a friend's sister is doing.  She is heavy on my heart.  She was in a car accident at the end of July and broke a lot of bones in her arms and legs.  I am praying for an upbeat attitude for the sister and that her healing would progress with no setbacks.

I am reading... Wonder by R.J. Palacio with the kids and When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.

I am hoping... to walk or run everyday this week.  Crossing my fingers!

I am looking forward to... vacation! 

I am learning... French.  I have talked to quite a few people that have gone on trips to Burkina Faso before me and they all wish they knew more of the language.  So, since I have the resources and four years of high school French, I do not want to kick myself when I'm there because I didn't learn more.

Around the house... well, if I'm being completely honest, there are a lot of things around the house that are not in their proper places.  We enjoyed a fire last night instead of picking up and I woke up to a messy house this morning.  Picking up is on one of those lists I mentioned.

I am pondering... how to fix my fallen tomato problem?

A favorite quote for today...
One of my favorite things... a clean house! :)
A few plans for the rest of the week: visit with friends, a few doctor appointments, softball, get the boys packed for their canoeing/kayaking trip and then enjoy some rest & relaxation.

A peek into my day...
The garden.
Link up to read other daybook entries with Peggy at The Simple Woman's daybook.  Thanks for stopping by! ~Kim

Thursday, July 31, 2014


I say to Mason, "Mason, did you put your cereal bowl away?"  To which he responds, "Aww!  That's so lame!"

I must have a three year old going on thirteen.  :)

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.

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.

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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