daily life, simple living

8 Gifts That Don’t Cost a Cent

The Gift of Listening: But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

The Gift of Affection: Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

The Gift of Laughter: Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. These are fun to put inside a card or letter.

The Gift of a Written Note: It can be a simple “thanks for your help” note. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life!

The Gift of a Compliment: A simple and a sincere “you look great in red” or “you did a super job” or “that was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

The Gift of a Kindness: Every day go out of your way to do something kind.

The Gift of Solitude: There are times when we want nothing better to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition: The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. It’s not really hard to say “hello” or “thank you”.

afternoon of life, beyond homeschooling, homekeeping, thankfulness

A New Change

As of February 14, I am working outside the home. When my oldest daughter was born in 1986, I left the working world to become a stay-at-home mom, then a homeschooling mom, then an empty-nester….grandma at home? I’m thankful for all those years at home; it was hard and required a lot of sacrifice but it has been worth it.

I’ve been looking for a part-time job that wouldn’t take me away from my home keeping duties or from serving in my local church. I took my requests to the Lord and left them there. A few job openings came my way and I applied but didn’t get them. Probably because I haven’t worked in 32 years! But at last one came up that I really wanted and felt like it was a perfect fit. After going in for the interview, it looked promising but the Lord had other plans. It was not to be! I admit that I was very disappointed. Very!

I took that disappointment to the Lord and also left it with Him along with my desire to serve Him. Through a friend I heard about a job opening for an administrative assistant at a local pregnancy center. I went for the interview and a few days later was hired!

I was nervous about getting back into the working world with all the new technology that is out there and because I have been on my own for so long. I’m used to setting my own schedule and working at my own pace.

The Lord answered the desires of my heart through this job. It is 2 days a week from 11 am to 5 pm. It was an adjustment at first but I am getting used to it all now. I have time in the morning to get things done around the house and am home in time to make dinner. While it is about a 30-40 minute commute, it is all highway. I’ve actually been enjoying the drive because I’ve been able to listen to audiobooks. Listening to “Jane Eyre” this past month has been a delight.

I love the people I work with, the volunteers, and the work that I’m doing. Every day it is something new but it uses my administrative and organizational skills. The best part is that I am working at a place that is changing lives and saving lives! I am so very thankful to the Lord for this opportunity to serve Him this way.

faith life, missions

The Gospel Changes Lives

I came across this short film on Tim Challies’ blog and wanted to share it with you all. It will be a blessing to you. “Hearing His Voice documents the story of what happened when a people group just like this encountered God’s Word for the first time. They were forgotten by the world in the jungles of Asia-Pacific until 20 years ago when a Christian pilot spotted them in the foliage below.”

You can watch the film here: https://accesstruth.com/media/hearing-his-voice-a-short-film

crafts, daily life

A Productive Day

I worked on some children’s greeting cards today to send to Card Care Connection. They are an organization that gives cards to adults and children who are facing cancer and they take donations of homemade cards to give out to cancer patients. This will be my second package to them. You can read more information and how to donate at their website.

I first read about sending cards to hospitals and patients from the blog, Jess Crafts, where I learned to make cards using a 6×6 paper pad. I enjoy watching her videos and reading her posts because she is very easy to understand and very encouraging. These cards were made using the Dino Friends kit from Echo Park.

Dinosaur Cards

blogging

Trying Again

A few weeks ago Tim Challies posted this on Twitter:

It got me thinking about this poor blog sitting here all alone and I thought I would try again to get into this habit.  I guess because I am no longer homeschooling or have kids at home I don’t have anything to say!  But that’s not true!

I do still have a life and I do miss writing.  I think getting back to doing this will help my focus issues.  So for anyone is still out there, I hope to be more active here.  Some of the things I will be posting will be: crafts, Bible study, hymns, quotes, grandparenting, nature study, and more.

Please join me!