While sitting at an ice rink watching hockey practice and without any warning my mind wandered back to summer days as a child living in Maine and felt compelled to make a list of my unforgettable summer memories . . .

~ The slam of a wooden screen door at the farmhouse.

~ Catching fire flies with my cousins at my Ohio grandparents’  lakeside cottage.

~Snapping green beans with my grandmother

~Early morning fishing with my grandfather (grandma fried them for breakfast in cornmeal and my favorite part was the crispy tail — don’t think I could eat those now!)

~ Playing in the woods with my brother and floating things down the creek for hours.

~ Skunk cabbage

~ Whipporwills

~ Making trails in the tall grasses . . . spit bugs

~ Necco wafers and horehound candy

~ Strawberry shortcake suppers

~ Gramp perched high on the tall red tractor

~ Billowing curtains in the breeze

~ Winning an AM radio

~ Nights in White Satin

~ Sharing homemade rootbeer with our neighbors

~ Hiding under the covers when late night thunderstorms struck

~ Ice cold lake water

~ Rhubarb pie with ice cream

~ Bike rides on country roads

~ Pungent smells of bread & butter pickle preparations

June 20, 2011 . . . thankful for the rich childhood that I had.



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a verse of Scripture . . .
“Keep your behavior excellent . . .”
1Peter 2:12

 beyond the front porch . . .
the sound of  a robin ~  muddy yard

remembering the weekend . . .
welcoming husband and son back from their trip ~ procrastination ~ preparing favorite “American” foods ~ special gifts

 around the kitchen . . .
bookbag from son’s trip ~ hockey bag with stinky equipment ~ baby bottles from early morning feeding
sun shining through dirty windows

 lessons from the bouncy seat . . .
“new delicious taste of oatmeal!”

 home school notes . . .
spring cleaning desk ~ lots of catch up ~ pictures to upload

 the apiary . . .
removed winter covers ~ dead bees removed from hive (they did all the work!) ~ need to check honey supply

plans for (rest) the week . . .
skype with daughter ~ polenta ~ ebay items ~ find english pea seeds

 at the morning watch . . .
 Finally the truth exposed . . . by Rob Bell

one of my favorite things . . .
Yvonne’s Daybook

Please share or link to your daybook under comments!


beyond the front porch . . .
misty~ slushy~ snowy ~ gray

remembering the weekend . . .
Squirrel Hill ~ Trader Joe’s  ~ cross stiching ~ lingering at the library ~
Jesus in the Old Testament teaching ~ The Square Cafe ~
laughter & tears with a dear friend

 around the kitchen . . .
lonely hockey sticks & a stray puck ~ the pioneer woman cookbook ~ garden seeds ~
new composte pail, Feb Bee Culture

 lessons from the bouncy seat . . .
 grandmother judy (i must think of a shorter name for her) talks angrily to the TV when some man reads from his teleprompter.
hmmmm, maybe I shouldn’t listen to him either. 

from the study . . .
piles of books ~ section 1 of essay to proof ~ library books ~ dead computer

currently reading . . .
Bee Culture ~ Holiness, J. C. Ryle ~ Father Brown Mysteries

 the apiary . . .
spring cleaning activity earlier in the week ~ snuggled into the hive trying to survive
a few more weeks

 a verse of Scripture . . . Luke 13:24
“Strive to enter through the narrow door, for many,
I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”

at the morning watch . . .
The Daniel Plan of Rick Warren

 a few plans for the week . . .
dinner with a friend ~ preparing to refinish cabinet for the front porch ~ bottle homemade laundry detergent ~ clean out refrigerator
pickup horse feed ~ meet the farrier ~ watch wonderful old movies from the library

my favorite things . . .
kitchen table chats with friends ~ wind blowing ~ a new pen ~
gray, overcast days ~ fresh tulips ~ time with daughters


I truly enjoy savoring the weekends and planning for the week ahead, thinking out loud about discerning issues, pondering Scripture,  while encouraging my heart to be full of thankfulness and grace. I discovered a simple tool to that fosters order and humility into my life by pausing & preparing early Monday mornings for the new week. I invite you to use these prompts and leave your blog url or just add a few of your daybook thoughts as a comment for all of us to enjoy and be encouraged.


John MacDuff, 1818-1895

Well worth the use of 7 minutes to listen.



1.  Can’t tell the difference between black and navy socks (see #9).

2.  The ‘s-word’ is equally offensive as the ‘f-word’ regardless of how hard your teenager/young adult  tries to convince you otherwise.

3.   Reading movie subtitles (English)  are critical to your movie comprehension.

4.  Caring about mid-term elections.

5.  Locking up the house at night only to find the keys in the door the next morning.

6. Using Grandma’s vintage  mink stole to keep shoulders warm on cold winter evenings ~~ inside the house. AND you don’t care what PETA thinks . . .  Hmm, realizing that your own Girl Scout uniform can now be described as vintage on Ebay!

7.  Ordering hot WATER to drink at restaurants. Still holding out from ordering coffee with a hamburger at McDonalds — inspite of  receiving my membership kit from AARP.

8.  A pedicure requires the special knife tool  to ‘shave’ your heels.

9.  Not caring that you are wearing one blue and one black sock.

10.  Laughing when your granddaughter thinks she is starving.

BONUS (and my personal favorite):  Having a “happy place” and knowing how to get there in a moment’s notice.

 James Smith, “Nothing Impossible” 1861

“For with God, nothing shall be impossible!”
Luke 1:37

Difficulties often crowd the believer’s path, and trials line his way. Obstacles and opposition meet him at almost every turn. What to do at times–he scarcely knows, for he has been disappointed so often, and is now so completely baffled–that his way is hedged up with thorns! Look whichever way he will, or to whatever quarter he may–there is something to discourage him, and cast him down!

It is of no use looking any way, or to any one–but to the Lord; and while looking to Him, it will be well to remember what the angel said to the blessed virgin, to excite and strengthen her faith, “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.”

Full Aticle at Today’s Grace Gems!