A few weeks ago it was rainy every day so I was in a card-making mode. It feels good to have a supply on hand for whatever occasion I need. I do realize, though, looking at these that I need to have some that aren’t quite so girly!
Below are my favorite pictures for the month of December.
The first is my husband and me on a mini-vacation in Sandbridge, VA.
Second is a shot from the movie “La La Land”. Easily my favorite movie of 2016.
Next is the prediction of snow that is happening right now. We are up to 6″ and still have a few hours to go!
The last 3 pictures were taken while on that mini-vacation. The condo where we stay faces the west so we are able to get some really nice sunset pictures. I always look forward to seeing how the day will end. While sunsets with clouds are spectacular, the ones without clouds can be beautiful, too.
I’m doing my Swap this month as a blog post. My favorite picture of the month is actually a series of pictures. One evening when I was leaving a nearby craft store (where else??), I stepped out into the parking lot and was greeted with this magnificent sunset. I stood in the parking lot and took this series. There was another person taking pictures also but there were also many who were not even looking up!
These were taken with my phone and I have not edited them in any way. I think this is one of those “once in a lifetime” moments and I’m glad I was able to witness it.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork–Psalm 19:1
I spent the afternoon at a friend’s house learning to make pot stickers. It was much easier than I thought and they turned out delicious. We had them for dinner tonight. It will now be in the regular rotation of my menu plan.
It was nice spending time working on something together while talking about parenting, politics, and discussing the Word and how it relates to those subjects and more. I’m thankful that my days are free and that I’m able to have time to invest in others’ lives. And that they are able to invest in mine. It’s what “one anothering” is all about.
Love one another. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Serve one another. Encourage one another. Spur one another on to love and good works. That only happens when we step out of our own little world and spend time with together. I’m glad I was able to “one another” today.
Monday is almost always laundry day. I try to get it started as soon as I get up and have it all finished before I go to bed. It doesn’t always happen that way but a lot of times it does! Years ago when I was homeschooling, I read about the Pilgrims and how they came ashore on a Monday after being in the harbor for a while. When they came ashore, they had lots of laundry from the voyage over and did their washing right away. That is why washday is always on Monday. I don’t know if any of that is true but I liked the idea and followed. I notice that “days of the week” towels always have Monday as laundry day so maybe there’s some truth in it after all!
Mondays are also for straightening up the house after the weekend. There are only two of us here now but it seems like we always have a lot of things out of place after the weekend. I’m not sure why that is because we’re usually out and about on the weekends.
I also like to spend some time at my desk planning for the week ahead; checking my calendar, planning meals, planning chores, etc. It makes the week go so much better when I know what I’m doing ahead of time!!
I’ve been working at getting the rest of my homeschooling books together to take to a used curriculum sale next Monday night. I did really well there last year so I hope to do the same. If I don’t sell what I take, I’ll bring them home to get ready for the state convention in June. Whatever doesn’t sell there will be donated. I don’t want them back in my house!
I read a great article this morning about setting the tone for the day. Our thought life can either encourage or discourage us even before we get out of bed. Thinking about the Lord and all His goodness to us and being thankful for Him can really make the difference between a good day or a bad day!
It has been a long while since I’ve been here and my posts have been few and far between. I think a lot of that is because I’ve been on Facebook. I’ve come to realize that I miss blogging and that I’m spending too much time on FB. Last week I remedied that. I added Chrome Nanny to my browser and have FB blocked for most of the day and evening except for a couple of hours. It has really helped! I also deleted the app from phone, which was a huge time waster.
I have debated whether to catch up everyone (those of you that are still here)or begin again. I thought I would add some highlights from the last few months and then begin again with, Lord willing, more regular posting.
Now that I have a lot of free time, I want to use it wisely. I especially want to help young moms. To that end, I have babysat the children of two moms while they went out (on separate days). One mom went shopping for clothes she needed for a wedding. Another mom went to the library and enjoyed the quiet. I hope to do more of this in the coming months.
I took over 1,000 books to our local homeschool used curriculum sale and our state convention’s sale. What a blessing to have those out of the house!! I still have many more to go but our “schoolroom” (I’m going to have to call it something else now) looks so uncluttered. A breath of fresh air!
Our ladies’ Bible study finished up The Afternoon of Life: Finding Purpose and Joy in Midlife. If you are in the afternoon of life (children gone, etc.), I highly recommend this book. It helps you navigate some of the changes impacting your life and it does it from a biblical perspective. The main premise of the book is pouring our life into others; now that I have time what am I going to do with it? Serve self or serve others?
I attended some weddings, graduations, showers, and parties; had lunches with friends and dinners out with my husband; went to the movies with my girls, and shopping with my son.
I also had many quiet days at home where I am in the middle of various organizing/de-cluttering projects. I’ve also been working on my embroidery. I’ve decided I want to embroider quilt squares for our bed but I’ve purposed that I will not start it until I finish ALL my other projects.
I went to Williamsburg for a weekend retreat with our Women’s Leadership Team. It was a time of planning for the fall. We had a great time of fellowship, prayer, devotional, discussion, and food!
Michael and I took a quick weekend trip to NJ. We went to Wildwood with my brother-in-law and his wife. We rode bikes on the boardwalk in the morning and in the afternoon walked around and had all our favorite foods. Good memories!
Well, that’s enough for now. Lord willing, this blog will not be too quiet anymore!