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The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simplewoman1

FOR TODAY…
Monday, February 7, 2010

Outside my window
tall buildings, helicopter landing pad,
construction of a new hospital wing and an atrium.

I am thinking…
that once again God reveals Himself so clearly
in HIS timing that we could not have
planned out any better.
I am amazed at the details He really cares about.

I am thankful for
God using doctor’s, nurses to better my daughter’s health this past week,
and for those helping our children at home with meals, errands, diapers & compassion.

From the [hospital] learning rooms
learning all about gallbladders, how our daughter’s was longer than normal
and in a different position, which is now understandable why her pains were
in a different area, previously not making sense to the doctors why it hurt
where it did..

From the kitchen hospital cafeteria . . .
Jessica ordered her breakfast ~ bagel with cream cheese, bacon, sprite

I am wearing
comfortable clothes!

I am creating
with God’s help, disciples for Jesus.

I am going
home from the hospital today with my husband & daughter!

I am reading
Love and War: Finding the Marriage You’ve Dreamed Of
by John & Staci Eldredge
(EXCELLENT BOOK . . . review here this week)

I am hoping...
a normal blood thinning level for Jessica so we can go home from the hospital today!

I am hearing…
too much activity in the hospital – tv’s, nurses and doctors making their rounds and discussing,
food carts being pushed down the hall, phone’s ringing, medication monitors going off, babies crying, etc.

Around the house Hospital…
more of the above, along with doors slamming, children walking as they push their
medication poles, charts hanging by each door, more alarms going off, the smell of
bleach (disinfecting after a child leaves); paint and waxing the floor fumes.

One of my favorite things…
this past week is seeing the genuine care of my children for each other,
and their being servant-hearted.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
to go home and get things back to our “normal”.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…
missing home . . . can’t wait to love on my kids at home.


This is in participation with

The Simple Woman’s Daybook.
I invite you to visit the link and be encourage by other women’s
thoughts on these same thought ideas
.

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The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simplewoman1FOR TODAY…
Monday, April 13, 2009

Outside my window
the grass is finally beginning to green

I am thinking…
of all that I need to get done this week – a little overwhelming!

I am thankful for
Jessica’s continued healing and rarely any post-op night traumas anymore.

From the learning rooms
I hear the sigh from children who were spoiled having last week off and would rather be outside again.

From the kitchen
Christian music playing.

I am wearing
blue capris & a blue top

I am creating
Thank You cards to give for a Bridal Shower

I am going
with my husband to his echo heart stress test and
praying this all turns out well
.

I am reading
Riven by Jerry B. Jenkins
&
Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren
&
Shame Lifter:  Replacing Your Tears and Fears with
Forgiveness, Truth and Hope

by Marilyn Hontz
(EXCEPTIONAL MUST-READ book ~ reviewing & giving a copy away soon)

I am hoping...
and praying for answers to my husband’s health concerns we’ve had for past two weeks.

I am hearing…
spoons clunking in cereal bowls.

Around the house…
things that need to be decluttered (again) and spring cleaning that needs to be done.

One of my favorite things…
is hearing and seeing my children sing and praise God.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
doctor visits and medical testing for hubby, homeschooling, cleaning, laundry, AWANA,
making whole wheat bread from scratch, finishing a wedding shower gift

Here is picture thought I am sharing…
(by my daughter – can you see the heart shape on the leaf?!?!?)
heidiheartleaf

This is in participation with
The Simple Woman’s Daybook
.
I invite you to visit the link and be encouraged by other women’s
thoughts on these same thought ideas
.

Posted in Faith, Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simplewoman1

FOR TODAY…
Monday, February 23, 2009

Outside my window
the ground is purely white from the freshly fallen snow

I am thinking…
I should change the baby’s diaper – but I have a headache!

I am thankful for
that Jessica’s MRI results came out “stable”
and she will not need neck surgery for awhile.

From the learning rooms
I hear soft counting over mathbooks, paper being torn from notebooks
and children asking how to spell words.

From the kitchen
is cinnamon oatmeal in the crockpot.red-envelope3

I am wearing
my pj’s

I am creating
empty red envelopes to send to President Obama.
You can join too.

I am going
to take two of my daughters to the dentist today.

I am reading
Deadline by Randy Alcorn &
Pathway to Purpose for Women by Katie Brazelton

I am hoping...
to at least see the sun peek out for a moment.

I am hearing…
children doing schoolwork.

Around the house…
are books, books and more books.

One of my favorite things…
is hearing and seeing my children sing and praise God.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

homeschooling, cleaning, laundry, AWANA, AWANA boat races, dentist appts.,
Bible/book study class, homeschooling, cleaning, etc.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

A dozen roses & lillies from my husband for Valentine's Day
A dozen roses & lillies from my husband for Valentine's Day

This is in participation with
The Simple Woman’s Daybook
.
I invite you to visit the link and be encourage by other women’s
thoughts on these same thought ideas
.

Posted in Family, Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simplewoman1

FOR TODAY…
Monday, February 9, 2009

Outside my window
the driveway is a sheet of ice,
and a muddy moat around it!

I am thinking…
that we need to get our taxes together for our Tuesday appointment with our tax accountant.

I am thankful for
a generous, anonymous person who gave us a gift.

From the learning rooms
are these cutouts from Totally Tots webpage as reminders about love.

From the kitchen
is our local Christian radio station playing

I am wearing
my pj’s

I am creating
valentine cards with my kids.

I am going
to take my daughter to her MRI appointment today,
which was canceled two weeks ago
.

I am reading
Deadline by Randy Alcorn

I am hoping...
and praying that Jessica will not have anxiety or pain
during her 45 minute long MRI this morning
and better than expected results.

I am hearing…
quietness – a rarity.

Around the house…
are stacks of newspapers and coupons
yet to have gone through and sorted.

One of my favorite things…
is watching older siblings love and care for the younger ones.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Jessica’s MRI, getting our taxes done,
making Valentine cards with the kids.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Frosted Spiderwebs outside our window (photo by daughter Heidi)
Frosted Spiderwebs outside our barn (photo by daughter Heidi)

This is in participation with
The Simple Woman’s Daybook
.
I invite you to visit the link and be encourage by other women’s
thoughts on these same thought ideas
.

Posted in Family, Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simplewoman1

FOR TODAY…
Monday, January 26, 2009

Outside my window
the temperature is -1 degree – ohhh, so cold!

I am thinking…
that one month from today, my baby boy will be two years old and am wondering where the time went.

I am thankful for
caring doctors and nurses, personal and professional, in my life.

From the learning rooms
my daughter is cutting out coupons and comparing to ads,
finding the best deals for the week and learning how to save money.

From the kitchen
I hear the clatter of dishes being washed, dried and being put away.

I am wearing
warm blue fleece pants and top

I am creating
with God’s help, disciples for Jesus.

I am going
to a Chris Tomlin concert this week.
Make-A-Wish which gave our daughter four tickets.

We are excited!

I am reading
and reviewing Questions from Little Hearts
which I am giving away a copy of on my blog this week!

I am hoping...
and praying that Jessica will not have anxiety or pain
during her hour long MRI Tuesday morning
and better than expected results.

I am hearing…
the news on TV, rustling of newspapers and dishes clattering.

Around the house…
are those same endless projects and crafts to be finished.

One of my favorite things…
is watching my older children interacting,
laughing & caring for each other.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
planning meals, sewing more diapers, getting some organization done.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…
my daughter who was with us during
Jessica’s emergency open heart surgery drew this.

heartf1

This is in participation with
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I invite you to visit the link and be encourage by other women’s
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Posted in Family, Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simplewoman1

FOR TODAY…
Monday, January 19, 2009
writing late night before to post for today

Outside my window
crispy white snow sparkles on the lawn and trees

I am thinking…
of the almost 25,000 babies that were aborted in just my state of Michigan alone (that is 200 aborted babies for every 1000 live births) in 2007 and am very concerned about FOCA passing.

I am thankful for
our children having a healthy winter with no serious colds or flus.

From the learning rooms
oldest son is working on his biology college class.

From the kitchen
is a sink full of dishes from our leftover deluxe chips and cheese
and our yummy homemade guacamole bowl that was wiped clean.

I am wearing
brown skirt, burgundy top with soft brown sweater . . .
still in my Sunday clothes

I am creating
memories.

I am going
to continue praying for our new president.

I am reading
and reviewing several books which I will be giving away on my blog,
starting this week

I am hoping...
and praying that Jessica has less pain
and anxiety when going to sleep.

I am hearing…
the falling blocks from the Jenga game.

Around the house…
there are endless projects and crafts to be finished.

One of my favorite things…
is the innocence of little ones, such as my baby this past week, trying to share his pacifier with me while I was trying to nap on the couch.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
writing a blog post remembering our stillborn daughter who died on the 25th anniversary of Roe vs Wade
and remembering the aborted babies.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…
thankful for making memories

tea-party-hair

This is my second time participating with
The Simple Woman’s Daybook
.
I invite you to visit the link and be encourage by other women’s
thoughts on these same thought ideas
.

Posted in Family, Simple Woman's Daybook

The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simplewoman1

FOR TODAY…
Monday, January 12, 2009

Outside my window
snow is once again dancing in the sky

I am thinking…
that four years ago at this time our grief was so deep
and that it’s been replaced at the same time this year with
JOY and renewed LIFE.

I am thankful for
a day in the House of the Lord,
after missing going to church for almost a month
because of our daughter’s open heart surgery.

From the learning rooms
books are scattered about; older siblings are helping younger ones.

From the kitchen
comes the warm smell of freshly baked bread

I am wearing
blue snowman jumper

I am creating
memory bracelets

I am going
to take Jessica to our family doctor for follow-up appointment

I am reading
Heaven by Randy Alcorn

I am hoping...
and praying that Jessica continues to have less pain

I am hearing…
the click of keyboards & muffled music from earphones

Around the house…
there is lots of catch-up with laundry
& cleaning that needs to be done.

One of my favorite things…
is hearing my children sing – from the littlest making up his own words, to the oldest ones singing praises.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
is finding our “normal” and getting back into our school schedule.

Here is picture thought I am sharing…

Our first time back to church after Jessica's surgery - and am so thankful that we do not have to endure another empty place in our filled pew.
Our first time back to church after Jessica's surgery - and am so thankful that we do not have to endure another empty place in our filled pew.

This is my first time participating with The Simple Woman’s Daybook.
I invite you to visit the link and be encourage by other women’s
thoughts on these same thought ideas.