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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”.

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Exciting News

Our first grandchild, a girl, was born almost a month ago.  We are thankful to the Lord for her safe delivery.  She is a tiny little thing, weighing in at 5.15 lbs.  Michael and I call her “The Bean”.  Ever since we saw the first ultrasound that has been her name.   Michael is Grandpa and I am Grammie.  I don’t know if those names will stick or if she will choose something of her own.  I’m fine either way.

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I’m thankful that she is close by!  My daughter-in-law is very sweet and sends me pictures several times a day.  I can’t get enough of that lovely face and I look forward to every visit I have with her.  It has been fun to see my son in the role of “dad”.  He is very gentle and loving with her as I knew he would be.

In other news, I’ve decided to bring this blog back to life as it first started out:  a journal of my life here at home.  When I first started, I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom.  Now I’m a stay-at-home wife…and now a Grammie!  I’m no longer homeschooling but my days are full, although much quieter.

I hope you’ll join me as I try to be more consistent here.  I do miss writing and I feel like Facebook has really taken away a lot of what I used to do here.  So, Lord willing, I hope to visit here more often!

 

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ESG: My favourite picture of the month September

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 

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An Evening on the Reservoir

Last night we went out with friends on their little boat to enjoy the sunset.  We went out around 7:00 so the heat of the day was mostly gone.  We had dinner on the water and then spent some time watching the sun set.  The Lord certainly knows how to show off His creation!

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One Another

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.

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Here at Home/Monday

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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!