Thursday, January 21, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

OK, this picture is not at all like me... I love looking at pictures like this, but with my waistline it just wouldn't be the same :)   I am currently seated at my computer at work leaning back in my "executive-looking" comfy chair with jeans, t-shirt and workboots and typing away.  That's what I look like doing this activity. And if I wasn't at work then I'd look a little like this - minus the pink robe, hair rollers and fuzzy bunny slippers.

I'd probably still be in jeans and a t-shirt.
Wouldn't I be a great candidate for a "makeover" on one of those shows where they take frumpy-looking ladies and turn them into over-dressed frumpy-looking ladies?

I came across this super cool idea on:
so stop by and join the fun!

January 21, 2010

Outside my window... The sun is shining off the snow making it even more bright and after days of grey this is a welcome change.
I am thinking... There is something more that I should be doing to help my family financial situation. I know I work full time and if I take on anymore it will take me away from my sweetie even more hours, but we want to get out of debt and it seems this is the only way to accomplish the task.
I am thankful for... My wonderful Sweetie, for my precious family, for God keeping me healthy and able to work when so many around us are suffering because of the financial problems in our country. For the Lord giving us a little patch of ground to plant with seed and raise chickens and for good friends too and for lots more
From the learning rooms… OK, I don’t home school, but I do teach Sunday School. We are learning the books of the Bible by singing a little song. They especially like the minor prophets.
From the kitchen... We always have lots of veggies and last night we ate pork/a stir fry of mushrooms, pepper, green onions and snap peas and some steamed brussel sprouts. I have leftovers for lunch today. Tonight it’s time to make more banana bread.
I am wearing... Jeans, long sleeved t-shirt (blue stripped) and a fleece vest and work boots… in the office
I am creating... I am working on a sleeper for a friend who is expecting in February. We’re having a shower for her next week
I am going... Home tonight in the dark… yuk… soon it will be light enough for me to get home before dark.
I am reading... The Bible chronologically nothing else at this time, but I do love to read.
I am hoping... That this summer we’ll get into our home and be able to have people over for fun times.
I am hearing... Fellow workers talking quietly on the phones taking orders, typing on computers and the tap of my own keyboard.
Around the house... We’re getting about 22 eggs/day now. We sold all the ones we had in the fridge… 7doz… yesterday. For neighborhood people $2.50/doz and for church folks $2.00/doz. Seems that business is picking up and that the chickens will be paying their own way soon.
One of my favorite things... I love to sew and have been able to do a little. Friday we’re getting together at Betty’s to sew… yea!
A few plans for the rest of the week: Sewing night on Friday night at Betty’s. Moving furniture out of the storage unit Saturday (if the trailer is fixed). The weekend is coming… yea!!
At the end here I'm supposed to add a picture for thought...

This is one of the pictures off the BBC website from Haiti.
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger;
and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. "
John 6:35

Love ya all... have a great weekend!!!

Friday, January 15, 2010

A Maine Christmas Celebration

On January 16 we traveled to Maine to get together with Mr. Doug's family.  We had lots of fun, but most of the fun stuff didn't get into pictures because this picture taker would rather be part of the fun than stop to take pictures.  The girls each got their own "flying saucer" and after the gifts were opened we took off for the hill.  We spent most of the afternoon out there sliding and blazing some new trails for future use.  It was lots of work and I think we were all exhausted afterwards... but not too exhausted to eat and play board games.

Gifts from Washington, DC... gifts from Oregon... from New Hampshire and Vermont.... so much fun

Interesting books and toys and later we'll go sliding!!!

Looks like the kids have worn out all the adults.

I haven't done much on my study, but have resumed my chronological reading of the Bible.  I let that go a little over the holidays.  I have some sewing to do this weekend because a friend of mine is expecting a little boy and we want to give her a little gift.  I picked out some nice soft knits to make some jammies out of.  It's a little warmer this weekend too, so I won't freeze while I sew.  We were able to get some of my containers of sewing materials out of storage this past week.  It's like Christmas seeing all those fabrics again.  I'm so excited to have a place to sew again.

Hope you have a great day in the Lord.
I won't be on the computer this weekend 'cause I'll be sewing :)

Mrs. D

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

New Quest

Lead me, Lord,
Lead me in thy righteousness;
Make thy way plain
Before my face.
For it is thou, Lord,
Thou, Lord only,
That makest me dwell in safety.

James 2:23 (“he was called the Friend of God” - Abraham)
Genesis 5:22,24 ( “walked with God” - Enoch)
Genesis 6:9 (“walked with God” - Noah)
Acts 13:22 (a man after God’s own heart - David)

What were the qualities that each of these men had that caused them to special to God? Were they superhuman? Did they live a “practically perfect” life? Did they give lots of money to the church? Were they martyred for their faith? Did they devote their life to feeding the hungry and giving to the poor? Obviously it wasn’t all those things. What was it that God saw in these men? I thought perhaps a little study of these guys and others like them might give me some insight into what it means to “be a friend of God”. What does God expect from me? What is important to him. I have read the stories of people’s lives and feel so small when I think of all they have sacrificed for their Lord. I admire those people, but where do I fit in… I go to work every day and come home in the evening and prepare a nutritious dinner then do dishes, maybe watch a little TV while I work on some craft or paperwork. On weekends clean the house or help with something that Mr. Doug needs help with. I set goals for cleaning and meal menus and try to accomplish larger projects. I prepare my Sunday School lesson and I spend time thinking about the Lord reading scripture and short devotionals during the day and spend time in prayer. I pray that the Lord will allow me to be a good testimony to others I come in contact with everyday. I have raised 2 lovely daughters. I work hard everyday, but I’m not sure my work is the kind that counts for anything. Lately I’ve been feeling a little concerned about that. When I was teaching I thought then I was really “doing” something that counted for eternity. In my head… I know that God is looking for faithfulness, but I wonder if I shouldn’t be “doing” more. Am I too caught up in the routine? Am I allowing God to use me to full potential?

OK… I’ll let you know what I find out in the days ahead. It’s going to take a while to do this study and I might add a few more people to this list as I go along. I hope this will help me see what God expects of me and that it will be an encouragement to you as well.

If you have something you would like to add to my study… just add it in the comments. I love to hear from you all. I’m on a quest!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Little Spot's Accident

Some of you heard about little Spot and her accident a few weeks ago.  She's doing really well, I think she's getting much better because she got into the trash the other day... after a butter paper... her favorite.

She has all her stitches and tubes out now and wants you to rub the areas that were injured 'cause they itch terrible.  Of course she's not allowed to scratch them or they would open up again, so she still has her cone.

Here are a few picture... not for the faint of heart.

They called the injury a "degloving".  It took all the skin off her head and laid it bare and then her front paws too and broke her jaw.  She little so Doug thinks the truck just went right over her and rolled her over underneath.  She probably jumped which at least spared her skull from being broken.  Either that or she just has a "thick skull".  We are so happy that the Lord spared her life and that we were able to bear the expense of having her stitched up.
God is good!
Hope you have a good day.

Mrs. D