Monday, September 15, 2014

Daybook: 09.15.14


Outside my window... brisk weather at 59°.  I love it - feels so invigorating.

I am thinking... about when I first got the internet on my computer and a chat program I came across:  ICQ. Anyone remember that?  I think of it in my mind like this:  I seek you. At that time, I was looking for friends to talk to, but now it occurs to me that I can think of it as "I seek You, my ultimate Friend." My aim is to seek Him in every spare moment of thought. "ICQ JESUS 24/7" Wouldn't that make a great bumper sticker? Or a cute chalkboard sign ... hmm....

I am thankful...beyond measure for the life I've been given. Yes, there have been uncomfortable days, struggles even, but for the most part it's been a joy and a blessing I don't take lightly.

In the kitchen... how far I've fallen from the "menu-planning domestic goddess" I was last week.  I do not know what I'm making for dinner today.  *Sigh ... 

I am wearing... navy pants and a coral long-sleeved drapey kind of tunic.  I don't know how to describe it but it is comfy and cute and I've been waiting for months to get to wear it.  I purchased it when I was in Colorado.

I am creating...a haven for those cold blustery days that come this time of year.

I am reading... the Nester's book, "The Nesting Place:  It Doesn't Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful." Love it.

I am looking forward to... making my first batch of Chipotle-Pumpkin (with chicken and barley) soup.  I love this stuff!  I've already made my first batch of chili for the season. ;)

I am learning how much I love pinning recipes to Pinterest so I can find them again!

Around the house... the fragrance of baked cinnamon buns in my wax burner.  Smells divine.

I am pondering... what I can do to make Christmas special this year for our twin grands. They will only be 6 months old ...

A favorite quote for today...

“See a need, do a deed”
… Sarah Knackal
Seen on the blog “Morganize with Me.”

One of my favorite things... getting out my dress jeans, boots and scarves to wear.  I love fall wardrobes!

A few plans for the rest of the week: board meeting Thursday and another free day on Saturday. I foresee a road trip in my future.

A peek into my day...

Look at those cool bottles!

Peggy Hostetler is the creator of the Daybook. If you'd like to link up, visit her blog, The Simple Woman.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ready for anything!


Each day I start out the day's activities with making out my to-do list. Sometimes it feels a bit overwhelming...

I list each thing I know that needs to be done - everything I can think of to list. Then I put stars by the ones that need to be done that day. For example, today's list is 18 items, 10 of which really need to be completed by day's end.

I take a deep breath and choose one and get started right away. I'm ready to conquer my Mt. Everest list of chores.

It's bad form, perhaps, but I like to tackle first the most do-able of my items. The satisfaction I feel when an item is checked off is motivation to continue.

However, some days just don't go like you plan.  In fact, most days don't. You have to be flexible. The tyranny of the urgent needs to take over.  

Sometimes, God just has other plans for my day. His plans need to come first, because as long as I'm breathing, tomorrow will be another day.

Another to do list with clean un-checked boxes.

Another day to be ready for anything!

5 Minute Friday is now hosted by Kate at the blog "heading home." This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. 

Just write.

Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.

So, are you READY for anything? Your words are important, so please leave a comment and share.

F.F.F. - 09.12.14

It has been a good week here on the Journey.  I hope you've had a productive satisfying week as well.

I like to re-cap my week by recounting the highlights of the week that I can remember.  Because the brain cells? They don't have as great short-term memory as they used to have. It's very easy to lose count of the days ...

1. Last Saturday was one of my favorite days.  We did not have worship team practice and I had managed to do the bulletin ahead, so there was no trip to Missouri needed.  I can't tell you how many times that has happened before. Like almost never! A free Saturday!  What to do ... what to do ....

I enjoyed a morning at home, doing laundry and printing out photos of the grands.  Then later that day, we headed to the lake for a little road trip. The only thing was ... it was colder than we thought!  Here we were in shorts and sandals when arriving at the lake.  It wasn't long before we were wishing for jeans, socks and tennis shoes and a light jacket.  I guess fall truly is on the horizon. I still enjoyed being there and getting some new photos to add to my collection.

2. Easy-peasy meals:  I did very well on meal-planning this week.  So nice to come home every night knowing exactly what we are having and being sure I have all the ingredients!

3. Cooler weather all week.  It's almost time to pack up the capris ... but I'm waiting a week or so to be sure.

4.  I switched out some decorations to bring a touch of fall to my home.  I love fall decor and am anxiously awaiting lighting candles.

5.  Quote of the week:  I saw where Mary DeMuth tweeted this scripture on twitter:

"Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut." Proverbs 10:19


BONUS:  The twins are now three months old, so I'm sharing a couple photos:

Is he about ready to crawl?

Love this onesie on Baylee!

And so ends another week on the Journey.  How did YOUR week go? Leave a comment, or consider linking up at Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

No Dessert Tonight

I'd always lived with my parents until the day I got married. Learning to live on my own also included learning to live with another person.  I found that sharing my personal space was harder to adjust to than being away from mom and dad.

Oh, there were issues! For instance, what kind of person takes his feet and kicks out the nicely-tucked in top sheet, night after night? Why must he sleep in the middle of the bed leaving me no room to curl up in the fetal position - as any sensible person would!

Beside the sleep issues, a major adjustment was regarding food.  First, the preparing of food.  I only knew how to make three things when I first got married:  banana chiffon cake, cheeseburgers and Texas Rice Casserole.  Before marriage, my husband assured me he was a big eater and could eat anything.

He exaggerated greatly.

After marriage, he informed me he did not like casseroles or rice.  Well. Now I was down to two things I could make.

Living on cheeseburgers indefinitely would work fine for me but I realized it would get old to him pretty quickly.

Never one to give up, I spent all my energies on learning to cook.  God had smiled upon us and seen that I was given two different cookbooks at our wedding shower.  I perused them daily and tried out new recipes almost every night. Unfortunately, I found out almost every night something new the Big Eater did not like.

However, I learned two important things during this trial and error period. First, I could make only those things I really liked!  If I was not fond of something, why should I go to all the effort of cooking it? The end result was weight gain.  It's not good to eat every day lots of your favorites. We are supposed to eat to live, not live to eat.

Secondly, I learned that if I made a dessert then even if my husband was not crazy about the main dish, he was happy anyway.  Sounds like a win-win ... but no.  I found out if I made a dessert, he would eat the WHOLE thing and be ready for a new one the next night. It got old coming up with a new dessert every night.

I decided to outsmart him and hide the dessert so there would be some left over.  Let's see ... where would be a good place?  I decided on hiding some pudding behind the lettuce in the crisper.  He never eats raw vegetables. Why would he look in the crisper?

Later that night, I heard rummaging in the fridge.  "Hey honey, why is there pudding with the lettuce?"


Marriage is a learning experience.  I learned to not get upset when the sheets were un-tucked and we bought a king-size bed with room to curl up.  He learned he was not going to get dessert every night.

I also learned not to hide anything in the crisper!

Mama's Losin' It

This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 3.) Write about what it was like to live on your own for the first time.

What was it like the first time YOU moved away from home?  Leave a comment and share, or link up at Kat's blog, "Mama's Losin' It" and tell us all about it.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Daybook: 09.08.14

FOR TODAY, Monday, September 8th

Outside my window... sunny and 63°. I love a day like this!

I am thinking... how things go much smoother if you take time to plan first.

I am thankful... for color.  Think how boring our world would be without it!

In the kitchen... crockpot chicken cacciatore.  This is a new recipe, so hoping my picky ones will eat it.

I am wearing... white capris and white tunic with a coral cardigan.

I am creating... a testimony.  Let me never forget that!

I am reading... "The Revealing" by Suzanne Woods Fisher (another Amish fiction book)

Around the house... a few bits of fall are here and there - my fall welcome signs are on both doors ...

I am pondering...
Psalm 134, one of the shortest chapters in the Bible, was written to priests on the graveyard shift: "Behold, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who by night stand in the house of the LORD! Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD. The LORD who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion!"
… David Jeremiah, Turning Point Devotional 09/03/14
Are you in a graveyard shift in your life right now?  Are you putting in hours of worrying in the darkest hours before dawn? Instead of counting sheep, count ways to praise God.

A favorite quote for today...

FIFO, not GIGO - Rev. Tom Yates

Instead of garbage in, garbage out, fill your heart and mind with faith.  Faith in, faith out.

One of my favorite things... chilled grapes.  

A few plans for the rest of the week: kind of the same as last week, "... finishing up the file system and doing some end of the month reports for my part-time church."  I didn't get too far last week ...

A peek into my day... the day was almost over at the lake last Saturday ...

The daybook is a concept created by Peggy Hostetler.  You can link up at her site, The Simple Woman.

Friday, September 5, 2014

God Whispers

The end of the day is a good time to listen for God whispers
The other night we were sitting around the dinner table and Liss, our daughter who is a high-school math teacher, was describing her struggles with getting students to listen. 

I shared how I had read that if you really want to get someone's attention, just whisper.  They have to focus on listening in order to hear you whereas yelling just disappears into the cacophony of sound that is already in the room.

It's kind of like what God does with us.  I, personally, would prefer that God would speak to me in a loud booming voice whenever He wants to tell me something.  "Jerri, thou shalt serve as the worship leader this next year."  Wouldn't that be cool?  No questioning or struggling but you would just know.

However, that is not how He chooses to do things.  The prophet Isaiah learned that God speaks to us in a still small voice, not in thunderous tones. He wants us to seek, to quiet ourselves and to focus on Him. He takes joy in whispering to us and then seeing us respond.

It takes focus to hear whispering.  It's another way we can show our love for God - by taking the time to listen for God whispers.

5 Minute Friday is now hosted by Kate at the blog "heading home." This is meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. 

Just write.

Also, the most important rule is that you visit the blog of the person who linked up before you and leave some encouragement.  That’s the most fun of all, and the heart of this community.

So, have you heard any God WHISPERS lately? Your words are important, so please leave a comment and share.

F.F.F. - 09.05.14

It's almost here - fall only has 17 more days until the autumnal equinox!  In my area, the forecast shows today as being the last day in the 90s for awhile.  The next two weeks are supposed to be high 70s or low 80s, so you know what one of my favorites next week will be!

However, right now it is time to reflect on the blessings this past week brought.

1.  Sometimes, it is the little things.  My vincas looked so pretty in their bucket planters.  I knew you'd want to see them!

Still loving my Welcome Bench - a yard sale treasure!

2.  Saturday was a good day:  Lunch with our youngest and things accomplished at home.  I love days like that!

3. Monday, of course, was Labor Day here in the United States. I was off work and spent the entire day at home. We grilled out and had our oldest daughter over for dinner. One of my favorite kind of days!

4.  Thursday was our middle daughter's birthday.  While we didn't get to be with her, I enjoyed pictures of her and the babies.  I am thankful for the wife and mother she has become.  

Sometimes it is hard to believe that this girl:

was once my little girl!

Well, she will always be my little girl ...

5. Quote of the week:

I love Zephaniah 3:17 where it talks about God singing over His children with joy, but it also says this:

"... He will create calm with his love ..." Zephaniah 3:17 (Common English Bible)

What a blessing that whenever all seems chaotic we can focus on His love and we will become calm. After all, we know if we are His child, He loves us, everything will work out.

And so ends another week on the Journey.  How did your week go?  Leave a comment, or consider joining the group who links up at the lovely Susanne's blog, Living to Tell the Story, and share your favorite five.