Sunday, September 25, 2016

FOR TODAY September 25, 2016

The Simple Woman’s Daybook   

FOR TODAY September 25, 2016

Outside My Window...It is still light and I can hear the sounds of talking and laughing of the neighbors.

I am thinking...That the Browns came so close to winning their game today.

I am thankful for...Tim and all he does around here. Today he planted grass seed and is getting the pool ready to close for the season.

From the the smell of pork roast with sauerkraut. This is a favorite of Tim's. He has this over mashed potatoes.

I am wearing...t-shirt, shorts and flip-flops.

I am creating...a ripple afghan with basic colors that were left over from Tim's afghan.

I am a meeting tomorrow, then I'll run errands.

I am reading...nothing right now. I have the time but not the desire.

I am praying...that Tim will have a job, but if not, I'm praying we'll be stress free and follow where God leads.

I am hearing...something my mom used to say...."If wishes were horses, we'd all take a ride."  I'm not sure when this was said. It might have been when I wanted something I couldn't have. Do you ever have things pop into your head at random times? This is one of those random thoughts.

Around the house...Phoebe is chasing a fly that got in.  It's the best entertainment!

One of my favorite swimming in the pool. I will miss it for sure.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:I hope to see mom Monday or Tuesday. Our Bible study is cancelled. Our dear friends, Maryanne and Chuck must go to Pennsylvania for the funeral of their niece, Hannah who was only 17. She was free from leukemia, but died from the mold that was in her sad....too young. However, God knows what He's doing so I don't question it.

Here are pictures I thought I'd share...

This was for the featured stamper last Sunday.  This stamp is so much fun to color.
 This was this week's featured stamper.
 Isn't this little guy a hoot?  I was trying to come up with sayings to go with his four mood.  This was the only stamp I could come up with.  Any ideas from you out there?
 This is my nephew, Jake.  He plays football for his high school in Florida. He is #1 in the green and white shirt, with the ball.

We all come to the end of our lives as naked and empty-handed as on the day we were born.
We can't take our riches with us.   Ecclesiastes 5:15

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Check it out! There actually was a song called, "If Wishes Were Horses...." One version was sung by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition.  Oh my, that was so many years ago!

Blessing of the Day: I got some cleaning done, some cards and some schoolwork. Tim got some things done around here too. So thankful he can do that.

Thank you for stopping by.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Nostalgia Time

Tonight I was looking through old pictures.  I found a few that I wanted to share on FB with family. The first picture is my twin Anne, then Molly, then me. Annie and I are probably 6 or 7 months old.
 This is the Community Center in my mom's home town.  It was called, 'The Comm House'.  It's where everyone went to get their mail. It housed meeting rooms, and other things for fun but I'm not sure what.  I just remember going to this place to get my Grandma's mail with her or my mom.
 This is my Grandfather, John Porto. He usually had a towel on his shoulder and food in the oven or on the stove.  He always fed anyone who came to visit. I'm so missing him tonight.  He's been gone 18 years now.  He died on his wedding anniversary. He was a real character.

I saw this on FB and had to share.
...enough said here right?

 This is the card I made today for the sketch challenge.  This WAS a challenge for me to get the top two layers correct.
This is the card I made yesterday with the colors mambo, denim, and mint. I stamped off once before stamping on the background.  Then I stamped and colored this stinkin' cute kitty.
This is for an almost 3 year old boy named Jack who will have surgery in two days. He lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Praying for you Jack. This is a card for the Tuesday Teapot Challenge. A person in need of cards is posted and we make cards and send them to that person.  Just another thing I love about Splitcoast Stampers Website.

Verse of the Day:The Lord gives wisdom. That's what Tim and I are praying for; God's wisdom with Tim's job situation.
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This is an amazing and upbeat song that just is so uplifting.  I needed this tonight after looking at so many pictures of the past.

Blessing of the Day: I got a lot of things sorted today and emptied the last drawer of the 4-drawer file cabinet.  What a great feeling. Down-sizing isn't easy, but doing it little by little while I can, makes all the difference.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Trusting, Waiting, No Worrying Allowed

God we continue to trust in you and wait to see what will happen to Tim's job.  It's been so hard to know the company has been bought but be told nothing by the company.  The signing will take place Wednesday.  Perhaps that's the day they will announce it.
  Tim says it's so stressful to work there knowing that you probably won't have a job next month.
It's hard to come to terms that Tim may not have a job soon.  That means God has plans for him somewhere else.
  Please pray that we can be calm in the waiting and keep our eyes on God.

This really spoke to me.  It put a different spin on our love and compassion.  Did you ever think that you're making a difference in other's lives just by being with them?  You have been put here on this earth to make a difference for God.  He uses us to accomplish what He needs us to do.  Do you realize that only you can do some of the things you do? No one else can do what you do.  You were made with gifts from God.  He loves watching you use those God-given gifts!

I've loved this idea.  I pray that I am living a life pleasing to God. I want to encourage others by the way I live. I want them to see how I live and ask what's different about me.

Satan tries desperately to change our focus to upset you.  I am trying to stay focused on God so I can accept whatever happens with Tim's job.  That's not an easy task.
 Here's my clean and simple card for today. The challenge was to make something look like it's falling. The leaves were stamped with versamark ink then covered with copper embossing powder. The leaves were heat embossed then colored with water colors.
This is a new technique for me.  You took a stamp and inked up the back and stamped first.  Then you turned your stamp the right way and stamped again.

Verse of the Day:We desperately need love for the people around us.  We have come so far from communicating with even our neighbors, let alone others in our  city. The hate must end and forgiveness must be asked for from all who believe.
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This is a great song that's uplifting and has a great beat.  What's more it has a message of how his life changed after he found God.  Think about your life before God and after God. Think about your life now and then.  Hopefully you've changed and are showing the fruits of the spirit you were given.

Blessing of the Day: I saw Sarah today and she took the whole box of fall decorations. Continuing to down-size when I can.
Thank you for stopping by,

Saturday, September 17, 2016

100,037 Page Views

So it took a little over 9 years, but I hit 100,000 views.  Pretty cool huh?
I saw this funny post on FB and wanted to share it here.   It made me giggle. I hope you got a smile or giggle too.

A friend of mine sent this to me.  She said she thought of me when she saw this.  I have to say in this day and age you have to love teaching or you wouldn't do it.  There's such frustration in this occupation. There's so much against teachers it's a wonder they put up with everyone telling them how to do their job. When they finally get to teach, they have to teach to tests that do nothing but frustrate all who come in contact with them.  Some teachers are stuck...they have invested too much time in their career that they can't leave.  Many teachers who start out teach a few years then find something else to do that pays more and is less frustrating.
It's so sad that teaching has gone this way.  It's obvious the more government control, the less our kids learn.
Gone is the generation who were able to study poetry, art and extras teachers could do. My students used to read poetry or a story then do art projects to connect it to their general knowledge.  Then we'd write about it. The students were evaluated by me to see if they achieved their goals on their Individualized Education Plan quarterly.  Who better to test knowledge than the person who taught the kids?
Teaching isn't teaching anymore. Everyone wants to control it but not fund it.  Tell teachers to do more and more but not provide money for programs is insane.  I am thankful the great ones I know are still in the trenches doing what they love.  So many children will be fortunate for their connection with the kids they love. Once a child is in our classroom, they are 'our kids' and we love them enough to push them to do what we know they can achieve.  Many times we care more than parents.  That doesn't stop us though.  That keeps us fighting for kids and teaching them all we can while we have them.
God bless all of you who are teachers.  You are a special breed of people. So glad to know and have worked with many of you.

This is the image that was the inspiration for my card today. 

This is the card I made for today's Inspiration Challenge on SCS. The hat above was my inspiration. I stamped in versamark then added copper embossing powder. Next I watercolored the leaves with Peerless Watercolors.
Verse of the Day: No matter where we are in our life, we need to depend on Jesus. We may do things but it is not on our own. It is with the help of our Lord Jesus Christ.  We do nothing without Him.
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This is an old song by Brandon Heath but it still preaches a good story.

Blessing of the Day: Tim got a lot of things done outside today.  He also made frames for Ben's prints from Africa.  Now He can hang then in his new apartment.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Billy, Blessed, Birthday

This is an interesting quote, however, I'm not sure how to do this......
 Isn't this the truth? Most days when I'm on the back porch or in the pool I look out and talk to God. I tell Him I know I'm blessed. I don't know why, but I am.  I thank Him for blessing me with beautiful birds to watch and a pool to relax in.  I am blessed with the husband I married and the kids I have. I am blessed with the family I belong to and the friends I've been given.  I could go on and on about the blessings I have.  I know who it comes from and I thank Him for all He's done for me. He does it because He loves me and died for me.  It's amazing to think that the God of the universe made me and loves me more than anyone here on earth ever will............
 Repeatedly I am shown that God is with me at all times whether I can feel Him or not. How reassuring is that?
 Last night talking with Maryanne at Bible Study we discussed how important it is to have strong Christians around us.  Woman seem to need this more than men it seems.  Maybe it's because we're emotional beings who bond easily with other women. Whatever it is, I'm glad I have strong, Christian women around me.  Thank you God.
 This birthday card is one I colored for a little 4 year old with Autism. I printed the image out on the printer and colored it.  Drew's mom was in an accident and wants to make sure Drew has a great birthday and gets lots of cards.  How could I resist?  Happiest of Birthdays to you Drew!
 This is a card I made for today's sketch challenge.  It is a Crazy Cat stamp from Tim Holtz stamps. It will go to a friend who is single to encourage her.  She is the one who owns the stamps and let me stamp a few the last time she was here.

Verse of the Day:How about you, have you built your house on rock or sand?
I have built mine on rock.  That doesn't mean I don't struggle, I do.  In fact right now I'm struggling with getting my quiet time with God in the morning.  Other things get in the way.  I know it's all me. I just have to get up and get going with my Bible time before anything else.  Please pray that I will begin again to make that the first thing I do each morning.
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Listen to this and let me know what you think.

Blessing of the Day: Ben got his car back.  Ben and I had lunch together at Mom's Deli.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Sunflowers, Sadness, Savior, Song

I know I've posted this photo before, but I'm posting it again because a friend of mine and I went to this Field of Hope.  I was pretty excited when Jan asked if I'd like to see the field of Sunflowers.
We went Sunday and were so amazed at the number of flowers in the field.  It is so different when you witness it for yourself.  This sign is what greeted us as we arrived.
The flowers in the field were at different stages.  Some were looking right at us and some were bowing forward with the weight of the seeds they held. We were in awe of this field as we surveyed the vast array of flowers staring at us.
 Then the sadness began.  These beautiful flowers held tags from people who had lost loved ones to cancer.  They were heartbreaking to read.  This field held a multitude of prayers offered up for those who now had their wings and were in Heaven.
It got sadder....There were pictures posted of children who had lost their battle with cancer. This is Maria who the field was named after was the first picture we saw.  We also saw facts about childhood cancer which were very depressing.  Most kids who have a childhood cancer battle it but lost the battle.
On one of the plants was a Sunflower Prayer so I got a photo of it.

 Even after all of that sadness, the beauty won out. Jan and I photographed each other.  This was an amazing place and I'm so thankful I got to visit.  They have souvenirs, t-shirts and other things to buy as well as a 50-50 raffle to raise money for childhood cancer research.
I'm sure there were many prayers said in the field.  God you've created a peaceful place to pray, mourn, and bring hope to all who visit. Praising you for all you do!

This is my card for today's color challenge. I used coral, cantaloupe and saffron.
This is that huge woodpecker I talked about.  It is called a  Pileated Woodpecker.
This is the old table Brianna got from her mom. When her mom moved into a home in Maple Heights, this table was left by the previous owner.  It is a 1920's metal top table which opens up. Tim fixed this so Brianna could use it. It looks amazing!

We still don't know anything about Tim's job and how long he'll have it.  This is a great reminder to us.
Verse of the Day:
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Check out this song by the Afters called Battles.

Blessing of the Day: Ben and Rachel came to stay overnight. The brakes on their car needed to be repaired and it's easier to take Rachel to and from work from here.  House Guests!