Wednesday, February 25, 2009

And just to clarify

I was going to just leave this reply in the comment section of my last post, but I wanted to make sure I put this out there, so that I could be clear. I have four-leaf clovers all over my page. Most people probably associate that with luck, I know I used to. But I want to make clear that is not the reason I have them up there. First, I like green and I like clovers. I think they're pretty. Second, clovers are often associated with St. Patrick's Day, which is coming up, and if I'm not mistaken, is of an Irish origin (feel free to correct me!!). I am partly of Irish origin. I have no papers to confirm it, but from what I understand, my Iris ancestors are of royal blood according to some genealogy work a relative has done. But, again, I have no proof. I love things that are Irish and would love to visit the Emerald Isle someday. So, in conclusion, and in words that would have made this post much shorter, I just like clovers :)

So, tell me

What is the difference in a graven image or idol, and a lucky charm, seeing as there is no such thing as luck?

Idols in the pocket?

All three of the candidates are included.

You just put one foot in front of the other...

...That's all I really can do. I've stated my case, made my plea. Now I just have to have faith and keep going. Last week I mailed off the last $75.00 Penn Foster will receive from me. I suspect I will be resuming the course at the end of this week or beginning of next, whenever the check clears. I don't understand at what point the Scriptures or my own convictions meet the resistance of my husband's mind or heart. But I love him. I would die for him. If I ever lost him, I'm not sure what would become of me. And, if not for those reasons, he is my husband and I have an obligation to obey and submit, and to do so cheerfully. I'm still working on the cheerful part ;) But I agreed to at least try to finish this thing, so I will hold up my part and I know God will do His part. He is more faithful than I could ever hope to be. So I can at least try. I appreciate the prayers, and the thoughts. Sisters, I cannot express the way my heart swells when I go over comments left. Almost every time, that swelling makes it to my eyes, and it's like trying to see through fogged windows :) I do not know what I have ever done to deserve such a family in Christ, but y'all are good for my spirit. So, I'll just keep on keepin' on, clinging to Faith. Maybe Father has more in store than I can understand right now. So we're gonna wait and see :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook 2-23-09


Outside my window...the sun is shining brightly, making it appear warmer than it really is

I am thinking...I may not have to go to the doctor after all

I am thankful for...a husband who is so caring

From the kitchen...I will be baking bread today and 3 Bean Chili

I am wearing...the same pajamas I wore yesterday

I am creating...nothing new

I am be doing some serious cleaning. Being sick gets me behind :(

I am reading...a book I've borrowed from a sister at church, learning about my fertility and signs that go along with different phases

I am hoping...that I am getting better and my body isn't playing tricks on me

I am hearing...the washing machine, my Monday morning ritual

Around the house...ugh. This place is filthy.

One of my favorite things...the daffodils in the yard. I've always called them buttercups, but they really ought to be called "honey cups" because that's what they smell like.

A few plans for the rest of the week: not sure yet, just have to see how I am feeling

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

I love cute little animals with pretend lisps :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Just to pass the time

I don't have the desire to make a huge, or even a deeply thoughtful post right now. But one is coming...I can feel it a-brewin'. But I did find something that I thought was "cute" and doesn't take alot of time to do. And I just like Winnie The Pooh. Especially the "classic" Pooh :) Hope it brings a smile to your face, it sure did to mine.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


My time has run out. In order for me to continue my online course I will have to give them yet another $75.00 for another chance to finish this thing in six months. Again. I have been so lazy with it, I literally wasted 2 years. Now I don't know if I can finish it. I just don't know if I can run through the other courses. I don't want to waste anymore money. I'm afraid of sending them yet more money and then not finish, or even worse, fail the whole thing. And I simply don't want it. I'm so tired of feeling like I have to have some sort of "schooling" and I am afraid of my husband being resentful of me. Why can't it be good enough for me to be a real housewife and not a part-time housewife and a part time student all the time?? There is absolutely positively NO DOUBT in my mind, in my heart, that we are going to be FINE. Someone will buy my car, we will pay off these bills, maybe not right away (okay, definitely not right away) but it will be done. Jehovah Jireh will provide!! Am I just trying to "shirk" responsibilities? I am not seeking to just be a lazy woman. I have the desire to work, just not is the ways that others seem to think I should be. *sigh* I kind of feel odd that I have no fear, no doubt. It's like my complete faith and desire has crowded everything else out. There is no room for doubt. There is no vacancy for fear. But I do desire support. I can't do anything until after the 15th either way. I pray Father will speak to me. I need His answer. I am desperate for it. I am so torn. Please God, help me.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Simple Woman's Daybook 2-9-09

I got this from Ms. Peggy

FOR TODAY February 9, 2009

Outside my window...the sun is shining brightly, the wind chimes are singing and dry leaves are flying.

I am thinking...that I'm gonna be heartbroken when February returns

I am thankful for...the peace I have in Jesus, in spite of the world

From the kitchen...some bread, we are eating on the last loaf from the freezer

I am wearing...a pretty pink button up shirt with a pink tank top under and a khaki skirt with pretty pink and purple flowers on it. I am so ready for spring :)

I am creating...lots of plans for the spring!

I am check out a church sister's chicken coop and see the few chickens she has so generously offered! God is SO GOOD!!

I am 1 Samuel, God's chosen people were rejecting Him and begging for a human king so He handed them over to themselves and appointed one for them....sounds alot like today.

I am hoping... this weather is a sign of things to come soon and maybe the wind won't blow my sheets off the line!

I am hearing... the wind chimes and the washing machine. We bought the wind chimes on our honeymoon and they bring back wonderful memories of our first few days as husband and wife

Around the house...there is some cleaning to be done and floors to be swept, as soon as I finish this!

One of my favorite things...the smell of warm air and waking up to birds singing

A few plans for the rest of the week: plan out a coop for my gift chickens, grocery shopping

Here is picture thought I am sharing...

My mother's parents (Granpappy and Grannie Annie) and me, circa 1982
I remember staying up late watching "boogie" movies with him and women's wrestling in the summer. He's been with the Lord since the early 1990's and I miss him alot. I love them both, Grannie is such a prayer warrior and a sweet sweet woman.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I know it's kinda late, but I wanted to share the little extras I have that I am so thankful for. Nothing real big or fancy, but something that brings me great joy (when I'm not fixing my mistakes, that is). This week I am thankful for the simple joys I get from my new favorite hobby: cross stitching!

And this guy, ain't he sweet :)

This past week my sweet mother-in-law came by and brought me all her cross stitching paraphernalia. She used to do it all the time, but she says her eyes can't stand it anymore and found out I enjoy it, so I guess you can say I inherited a few things :)

Among the things she brought over were these lovely pieces, I just love them! The scenic pieces are just precious, and I'm trying to find the perfect place for them on our bedroom walls. The little cowboy is one she stitched for DH when he was a boy and it was in his room for a while. I like to think we can put it in a son's room someday, if the Lord sees fit :)

And books! She gave me over $30.00 worth of patterns, and this was back in the '80's, so I don't know how much they'd be worth today and I can't express how tickled I am! Funny how my tastes are obviously antique-minded, lol! Classics never go out of style ;)

And extras! I feel like I have a goldmine now! And so much thread, I may not have to buy any for a while!! And fabric! And bibs :)

These are actually some that MIL's late cousin stitched, she loved bibs and its nice to think I might get to pass these on. She was a sweet lady who was loved greatly and is missed even more

And a frame-thingy (still learning the lingo, sorry), I also have a round one now that I am using on the piece I'm doing right now.

And an authentic White House bag. MIL's (actually should say FIL) cousin who passed on, her husband is still alive and was actually a member of the secret service for President Reagan, I believe. I could be wrong, but he did work for a president at one time.

And this is what I'm working on. I've had it for 3 years, as long as we've been married, and now I finally have time to do it! Yay!

I am so thankful for the little things that brighten my day. God gave me a heart that feels full with simple things and it doesn't take alot to amuse me. As silly as it may sound, I am thankful for that :)

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Playing Catch-Up

Hello! It's been a while since I've posted anything on my own blog, although I've posted on almost everyone elses, lol. So, I have lots of pictures to share, though it certainly doesn't include everything. But, so to spare everyone a marathon post, I'll have to make two :) And now, on with it!!

We got snow last week! And not just a few flurries like we had been having, but real accumulation! It was so lovely to see, it certainly is a treat to see the white stuff around these parts. I'm thankful I didn't have to drive in it.

These first few pictures are of the snowfall the day it occurred. I couldn't get any good pictures, but we have a family of squirrels in area that seemed to be enjoying the snow as much as I was because they were all over the place! Their dark coats really stood out against the bright white precipitation and it was an added joy to watch them scurrying and jumping from tree to tree

DH got a sweet little picture of some little footprints, I thought they were darling :)

And the fast falling snow couldn't deter some hungry little creatures from a free meal!

And what could be better than homemade pancakes on a snowy morning? Recipe to come!

And it seemed to disappear just as quickly as it came, here are a few shots from the next morning

And every now and then we have a brave critter come to call. I was quite surprised to see this guy, though! He was amusing to watch, I just wanted to scoop him up!

Nevermind the garbage bags, they're full of leaves and I have about 20 of them on the porch!

And at choir practice week before last we played a little game for prizes (we usually do this when our director has old music to get rid of, LOL) and I was the lucky gal who won these pretty-hued eggs. I have greatly enjoyed them :)

Well, I guess that's about it for this evening. I already have more to share, but it's getting late and I would like to have at least something to share next time. Hope you all have a blessed rest of the week, and may you feel His love and grace in all things.

Love and hugs,