Sunday, January 31, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

For today: Sunday, January 31, 2010

Outside my window: It is sunny, clear and chilly.

I am thinking: how blessed respite is.

Counting Blessings:

35. my five senses

36. quiet moments

37. moments of great inspiration

38. appliances, functioning properly

39. a husband who graciously tends our foster baby

40. a husband who takes the time to hear my heart

41. the absence of pain

42. the opportunity to exercise

43. sweatshirts

44. respite

45. the encouraging words of a friend

From the learning rooms: We are continuing to catch up in grammar/phonics, reading, math and handwriting.

I am creating: Scripture Memory Books, with a monthly passage that will be read in unison by our family at suppertime.

I am going: to exercise and drink coffee shortly.

I am reading: Resurrection File by Craig Parshall and A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson. I am also listening to each day's date in Proverbs.

I am hearing: E practice the piano and I, M, J, and S playing with lego pirate ships that they created.

Some of my favorite things: lotion, painted toenails, music, watching movies.

A few plans for this week: continue homeschooling, spiritually training and loving on all my children.

Spiritual Motivation: Is the same from last week - to become increasingly aware of the nature and direction of my thoughts. It is to bring my thoughts into subjection to the truth of Christ. I also want to endeavor to remain on the same course of action, faithfully. I want to not be distracted by all the possibilities, good possibilities. I want to practice "A Long Obedience in the Same Direction." (taken from the title by Eugene Peterson)

My Memory Verse: If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:31-32

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook

For today: Sunday, January 24, 2010

Outside my window: It is sunny and warm.

I am thinking: how very blessed I am.

Counting blessings....
24. Respite from pain.
25. Falling into a routine.
26. Full bellies.
27. Appliances that work properly.
28. Good friends.
29. The hope found only in Christ.
30. Fresh inspiration from God's Word.
31. A wonderful vehicle.
32. Contented children.
33. Kind and thoughtful words.
34. Sunshine.
35. Respite from rain.

From the learning rooms: hoping that we are on the tail end of some mighty challenges, I am endeavoring to this week, just get back to the basics in grammar/phonics, math and reading.

From the kitchen: Chicken Bundles and Applesauce.

I am creating: a plan to incorporate monthly scripture readings at suppertime. Inspiration to try this was found at

I am going: to finish putting lunch together and fix coffee.

I am reading: a novel by Craig Parshall and am going to begin to A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson.

I am hearing: Ira and the kids digging through the lego box and S singing.

Some of my favorite things: reading, coffee, a massage.

A few plans for this week: Continue personal devotions, exercise daily, get back to homeschooling.

Spiritual Motivation: become increasingly aware of my thoughts, both the sum of them and the direction they are heading. Also, come to more quickly lay aside all thoughts and thought patterns that fall short of God's truth. I want to daily take on more of the mind of Christ.

My memory verse for this week: Isaiah 26:3-4
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Counting Graces

11. Newborn babies.
12. Music.
13. Digital Photography.
14. Sunny weather.
15. A school day completed.
16. An understanding husband.
17. A husband, who though weary, speaks tender words to the baby.
18. The availability of God's Holy Word.
19. Respite amidst chaos.
20. Sweet words from my children.
21. Seeing maturity emerge in my children.
22. Witnessing faith blossom in my children's hearts.
23. My children turning to prayer so naturally.
This project was created by Ann Voskamp at

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Counting Graces

holy experience
1. Salvation.
2. God's Holy Word.
3. The absence of pain.
4. Hearing clearly.
5. My husband.
6. A husband who is back home after traveling.
7. Each of my children.
8. Our foster babies.
9. Our home.
10. The promise of a new dishwasher.
This project was created by Ann Voskamp at

Monday, January 11, 2010

Daybook ~ January 11, 2010

For today: Monday, January 11, 2010

Outside my window: it is dark and cold.

I am thinking: about peace.

I am thankful for: a computer that works.

From the learning rooms: catching up on math and language arts. Continuing to practice reading skills and handwriting.

From the kitchen: pizza.

I am wearing: knit pants and a brown sweatshirt.

I am creating: school plans, scrapook pages and goals.

I am going: to drink coffee shortly.

I am reading: The Battlefield of the Mind.

I am hearing: the music from the blog playlist.

Some of my favorite things: hot showers, socks, journalling, hymn study with the kids,

reading to the kids.

A few plans for this week: Continue schooling, tend the baby, work on goals,

spend as little money as possible.

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Friday, January 8, 2010


I have just been struck with a personal blogging goal that is pure serendipity for me. Once a month, this year, I am going to endeavor to do a post, with pictures, which will include the following:

1. Pretty hairstyles I have tried on the girls
2. A recipe that the kids and I have cooked up
3. What we are studying in our Spiritual Training Time
4. A service project that we have done together
5. An art project we've completed

We enjoyed a lovely Christmas with our family and are getting back into the swing of things with our school work. We wish you and your family all the best in this New Year!