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.
 
 
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Don't Worry if Your Job Is Small

Don't Worry if Your Job Is Small
~Anonymous
(Taken from Poems to Learn by Heart by Caroline Kennedy)

Don't worry if your job is small,
And your rewards are few.
Remember that the mighty oak,
Was once a nut like you.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Oh My Glamorous Job

Being a stay-at-home mom is a pretty glamorous job.  My husband sometimes teases me that I get to sit on the couch, watch TV (specifically soap operas) and eat bonbons all day.  While I don't want to burst his bubble or spoil the illusion of what his wife does when he's away slaving at his desk all day, I do want to keep it real for all you parents who know what staying at home with your children is really like.  Once upon a time....

I was helping my in-laws at their house a few weeks ago.  The kids came with me and were amusing themselves in different ways.  Unbeknownst to me, Mason (the 3 year old) was amusing himself by throwing handfuls of dirt in the van.

I became aware of the wonderful job Mason did when it came time to leave Grandma and Grandpa's.  It was late and the sun was just settling on the horizon and the mosquitos chased us to the van.  I quickly got in and sat in a dirt covered chair as I was half listening to my oldest explain why there was dirt in the van.

(sigh)

The next morning while I was vacuuming the vehicle so we could use it without looking like we slid into home plate, I hear Mason crying.  I turned to see him standing in the driveway with his shorts and underwear down by his ankles.  I pressed the power button on the vacuum in time to hear him say, "I had an accident."

(sigh)

As I approached him he told me he had runny poops.

(gasp)

I began helping Mason get cleaned up and asked him what happened.  In his tear-filled voice he told me he pooped on the bathroom floor.

(eyes wide and dread sets in)

Friends, stop reading if you are easily grossed out.

I walked into the bathroom to see diarrhea all over the bathroom floor!

(No!)

Oh yes.  Isn't that glamorous?  Guess little Mason got into mum's Bonbon stash.

A Godventure to Africa

“Africa would not be on the top of my places to visit list.”  These words have crossed my lips.  I may even have said them to you.  My, how God has changed my heart!  The change has been gradually occurring over the last three years as I have had the opportunity to fall in love with Africa through children Patrick and I sponsor in Burkina Faso.  I now have the opportunity to participate in a mission trip to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in October of this year. 

There are so many reasons why I am embarking on this journey.  Building relationships with the Burkinabe people, ministering to young women and encouraging youth are the top three.  I am looking forward to the challenges that taking this step of faith will bring personally and the spiritual growth and refinement that are sure to come from this adventure.  It will hopefully allow me to make a difference not only on this mission trip but in my daily life.
While in Burkina Faso, our areas of ministry will be:
v  Showing and teaching about God’s love
v  Carrying out a 3-day camp at the Dorcas House (a ministry serving young women)
v  Encouraging youth and workers at a Compassion site (and spending time with my sponsored children!)
v  Participating in a retreat with the women of Central Alliance Church
v  Supporting a widow’s spice ministry
I am so thankful for the opportunity to go and I ask you to partner with me in whatever way you are moved.  I treasure your prayer support as I prepare my heart for this trip and throughout the journey.  If you are able to assist financially, please email me and I will send info.  The trip is being funded entirely through donations and by those going on the trip.
I will be posting my thoughts about Burkina Faso and words from my heart as I begin this Godventure.  Please visit me often at kim-grainsofsand.blogspot.com to follow my journey.  I thank you in advance for your prayers and your support.  May God richly bless you!
In Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think,
Kim

Friday, June 20, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Release

 
RELEASE
 
re·lease verb \ri-ˈlēs\
: to allow (a person or animal) to leave a jail, cage, prison, etc.
: to set (someone or something) free
: to stop holding (someone or something)
: to allow (a substance) to enter the air, water, soil, etc.
 
My grip is tight.  I want only the best for him.  I don't want him to fail.  I don't want him hurt.  And yet, through the years, I realize that I'm holding him so close that he can't spread his wings.

I pry a finger loose.  Oh, it's hard to let go.  Another finger and another until my hand is open.  He sits there at first, not knowing what to do with his freedom.  Then he carefully moves to the edge, watching me as he goes.  Waiting for my hand to close around him again.  It doesn't.

My hand is open still.  Open and raised to God.  Lord, I don't want to smother him.  I want him to fail.  I want him to hurt learn that every action has consequences.  I really do.  I know it's the only way he'll grow and learn to be on his own.  But Lord, it hurts so.  My fingers have been closed for so long.  I want to hold him close and protect him.

My fingers ache when they're open.  Yet, when my hand is open it is in a position to receive the blessings that God has.  The blessing of watching my baby become a man.  The blessing of seeing him make right choices without me.  The blessing of seeing him fall and pick himself up again.  When my hand is open, I can give him a high five for a job well done without me.

When I release my grip on the boy who is becoming a man, I am not only freeing him, but giving him to you.  Lord, hold my hand and soothe my aching fingers.  Put your arm around me as I wave goodbye to my little boy and wave hello to the man he is becoming.

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.