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.

 

 

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

January 18, 2010

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outside my window . . .
blackbirds fussing * patches of snow * mist
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i am remembering . . .
Sunday worship * productive homemaking time * the “Christian” bookstore
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i am thankful  . . .
when God interrupts my plans with His
(although not ‘feeling it’ at that moment!)
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from the kitchen . . .
lasagna soup ala Tastefully Simple * Ezekiel bread mix  ala Sister-in-Law * a complete week of menus planned
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I am thinking . . .
welcoming our daughter back home and its blessings
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around the learning rooms . . .
puppy crate * compound bow * spilled book bag * learning cabinet in transition
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I am reading . . .
Think Biblically!: Recovering A Christian Worldview
John MacArthur & Master’s College Faculty

 Already Gone: Why your kids will quit church and what you can do to stop it
Ken Ham & Britt Beemer
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my favorite things . . .
a day at home
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a few plans for the rest of the week . . .
eye appointments to schedule * catch up on Laundry
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simple solutions  . . .
15 minutes a day cleaning up the attic for our daughter
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a verse of Scripture . . .
“it is written”
Matthew 4: 1-11
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Here is a picture thought I am sharing . . .

The Simple Woman’s Daybook
December 14, 2009

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outside my window . . .
 warmer & wet
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I am remembering . . .
freezing rain on Sunday and the lovely gift of a simple day at home * breakfast and shopping with a good friend * cutting our Christmas tree with another family *
Bert’s hotdog shack * chocolate mint Cliff Bar * the Christmas play
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I am thankful  . . .
 how God’s surprises me
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from the kitchen . . .
cake ball recipe * roast in the crockpot with veggies & sweet potatoes *
remnants of caramel chocolate chip covered apples (a gift from Grandma)
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I am thinking . . .
simple decorations * clusters of pine boughs in containers by the doors
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around the learning rooms . . .
poinsettia charcoal drawing * book bags * History of US book set * the beginnings of the annual ‘gingerbread’ design * staging area for decorations
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I am reading . . .
Shop Smart (publication of Consumer Reports) a gift from mom
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my favorite things . . .
smell of fresh pine * rainy days at home * bread machine
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a few plans for the rest of the week . . .
Preparing a daily schedule to get everything done by Christmas 
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a verse of Scripture . . .
  “House and wealth are an inheritance from fathers,
But a prudent wife is from the Lord” Proverbs 19:14
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Here is a picture thought I am sharing of a favorite Story and Movie . . .

  

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook * September 28, 2009

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outside my window . . .
a lonely cricket, light wind
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i am remembering . . .
a lovely weekend in VA with my family, rainy afternoon, a nap, front porch coffee, car ride with our son, time to pause and think
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i am thankful  . . .
for the people I work with, father-daughter time, safe travels, God’s daily provision
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from the kitchen . . .
turkey-potato-squash soup, bountiful peppers and tomatoes from the garden
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I am thinking . . .
the apple festival this weekend & house full of friends and family
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around the learning rooms . . .
curriculum and books to give away, Saxon math test, book bag full and ready to travel
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I am reading . . .
Glenn Beck’s Common Sense
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
by Jeremiah Burroughs
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my favorite things . . .
quiet mornings alone
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a few plans for the rest of the week . . .
preparing yard sale items, food for the weekend, cleaning out areas of the home and garage, spaghetti sauce with garden tomatoes, snacks for the weekend

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a verse of Scripture . . .
I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content”
Philippians 4:11

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Here is a picture thought I am sharing . . .
 

 

fall wind 

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FOR TODAY . . . June 22

From the front porch . . .
cool, crisp morning

I am thinking . . .
how complicated life on the front porch has recently become

I am thankful for . . .
limitless energy * a supportive and helpful husband * my close friends

From the kitchen . . .
leftovers * fresh peas and broccoli from the garden

I am going . . .
to work! “outside the home” Will be living through this change more ‘on the front porch’

I am reading . . .
Morning and Evening, Charles Spurgeon

Around the house . . .
pet hair galore * trash from going through drawers and closets * parts of a weight machine to be assembled * rented movies from the weekend * clean dishes 

In the Garden . . .
healthy zucchini plants * more peas that need picking * fresh grass clipping to spread * and of course a week or two

One of my favorite things . . .
posting!

A Scripture to share . . .
“That these things which cannot be shaken may remain”
Hebrews 12:27

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week . . .
finish menu plans with corresponding shopping lists * clipping coupons * straightening office * laptop repaired * weeding flower beds

Here is picture thought I am sharing . . .

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calm

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 FOR TODAY . . . April 13

Outside My Window . . .
new leaves on the lilac bush * clumps of new day lilies * spring oak leaves on the ground

 I am thinking . . .
freshman year of college almost over * trip to Greensburg * water line expenses * preparing for women’s tea in May * squeezing pennies

 I am thankful for . . .
today tomorrow has its own worries

I am remembering . . .
chickens, rooster * freshly-laid colorful eggs * hay & horses * Sunday dinner with friends * Bible Study * standing our ground with college daughter (it was ugly) * forgiveness & grace *  C Me Dance — interesting movie that needs discussion

From the learning rooms . . .
spring break!

From the kitchen . . .
dirty dishes from busy Sunday * oodles of shoes (two seasons worth!) * leftovers for dinner * fresh bread ideas * whole grain muffins to make

 I am going . . .
restaurants for job applications with daughter * CVS * soccer practice

I am reading . . .
finishing Two Sons, by John MacArthur

I am hearing . . .
visiting Jack Russell affectionately called “Luna-tic” moaning by my side for attention

 Around the house . . .
afghans & lap blankets from chilly evenings together * 2 borrowed movies to watch * laundry to hang * fresh daffodils

One of my favorite things . . .
fresh Monday’s to recover from the weekend and prepare for the week

 A Scripture to share . . .
“That they will adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in every respect.”
Titus 2:10

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week . . .
work on Women’s Tea talk* plant beets, radishes, broccoli, and spinach * finish painting projects around the house * clean kitchen windows

 a picture thought I am sharing . . .

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teacup

 

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FOR TODAY . . . April 6

Outside My Window . . .
rain is hitting the window * stream of cars passing the house

 I am thinking . . .
so happy to be making this entry after a long (somewhat forced) break
selling laundry soap & what to name it

I am thankful for . . .
the family day we had yesterday * the Lord’s patience and His perfect timing
Sunday School Study on the Truth War by John MacArthur

From the learning rooms . . .
two full days of studies before spring break

From the kitchen . . .
tuscan sausage soup * a whole grain bread * oatmeal

I am wearing . . .
jammies and grey fleece

I am reading . . .
Moriel Quarterly Journal

I am hoping . . .
to clean the house * straighten the home office

I am hearing . . .
cat purring curled up on my desk

 Around the house . . .
vase of daffodils from the field * branches of forsythia on the kitchen table * quiet * clean windows * basket of clean laundry * remnants of the weekend * a cabinet to paint this week * clumps of pet hair

 One of my favorite things . . .
mornings of solitude

 A Scripture to share . . .
“Sanctify them in the truth; your Word is the truth.”
John 17:17

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
phone calls for the water line quotes * inside chores due to inclement weather predicted for the week * daughter coming home from college * alternatives for ‘Easter Baskets’ * repotting Christmas cactus * anxiously awaiting for asparagus crowns

Here is picture thought I am sharing . . .

daffodils

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