Friday, April 4, 2014

A Simple Woman's Daybook

My own version of the Simple Woman's Daybook for today:

Outside my window...
The snow has finally melted. Today is rainy with strong winds forecast this evening. I don't like the storms we get in spring, especially when there is a chance of tornadoes.

I am thinking...
I think our family has somewhat recovered from the passing of my mother-in-law and the funeral. In some ways it is a relief to be past what we knew was inevitable these past few months but she is missed.

I am thankful for...
Technology. In recent years I've been tempted to just go off the grid from the Internet, but our new grandbaby has changed some of that. With them in California and us in Indiana I've come to appreciate the marvel of Facetime and instant photo updates.

From the kitchen...
The ingredients are waiting to become homemade pepperoni, mushroom and olive pizza.

I am reading...
I've Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark.

I am creating...
Still working on the Peter Rabbit theme cross stitch birth sampler for Tilly. You would think knowing she was coming for the past nine months or so would have given me plenty of time to get this done but between procrastination, decluttering projects, and the situation with my mother-in-law, it just didn't happen. They are coming to visit later this month so I hope to have it done by then.

Around the house...
I'm aware of so many things that need remodeled. We've lived in this house for 30 years, having bought it as a fixer-upper, and did many renovations along the way. The first ones we did are now in need of another, especially the kitchen.

On my MP3 player this week...
Various classical selections.

One of my favorite things...
Salad and veggies. Well, not really, but I'm trying to talk myself in to LOVING them as my main meal choice.

One of my least favorite things...
The return of bugs with warmer weather.

A Simple Grace Note...
Our son Nate is doing well in college. Music is his passion and it shows in his devotion to study as he works toward his degree in music education. Last night he performed in a recital on campus that was fun to watch.

My simple devotion...
"It is good to admire others who walk with God, serve as an example, and encourage you in the faith. But neither the world nor the church needs any more fan boys and girls. What people need is humble worshiping theologians who are more passionate for God and gospel than they are for personalities." - Joe Thorn in Note to Self

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Friday, March 14, 2014

A Life Just Beginning...as Another Ends




This is a bittersweet time for our family. On the one hand we have this precious little granddaughter blessing our lives even though we haven't officially met her in person yet. But even photos and video chat bring so much joy. There is nothing like a brand new life when it comes so beautifully packaged!

But with all this happiness comes sadness as my mother-in-law died today. She had a series of strokes and was quickly declining over the past couple of weeks. We knew this was coming and for the most part were prepared and said our goodbyes, but it doesn't take away the sting of loss.

We are thankful the Lord gave us this sweet new life to serve as a welcome distraction amidst the saying goodbye to another loved member of our family.