The Simple Woman’s Daybook ~ July 21, 2015

Here is my Daybook entry for today ~

Outside my window. . .a hot summer day! Cicadas are buzzing, a slight breeze is blowing, and the pool looks very inviting from my window, although it will have to wait until later in the day. The girls (chickens, not humans) are scratching around the yard, looking for a tasty morsel.
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I am thinking. . .about a plan for dinner tonight.
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I am thankful. . .for the cool air-conditioning on these hot days.
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In my kitchen. . .still deciding what to cook tonight, but Michael has requested cake for dessert, so that’s a starting point!
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I am wearing. . .lavender polo and navy capris.
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I am creating. . .finished the quilting on my small lake quilt – ready for binding today.
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I am reading. . .still reading Tumtum & Nutmeg, although I haven’t picked it up in the last few days. Perusing the new McCalls Quilting magazine – there is a beautiful red & white quilt in it called “Strawberries and Cream”.
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I am hoping. . .to get by several local quilt stores this week and check out their lovely new offerings.
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I am wondering. . .how Rowan is going to get along with his little doggy cousin, Bruce, who is coming to stay for a few days this week – it will be quite interesting, I’m sure!
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In the homeschool room. . .I am assessing which Math books I need to get ordered for the coming school year.
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Around the house. . .rather quiet for the moment – youngers watching a movie, playing Minecraft on the computer, laundry is running, I am in my room getting ready to enjoy some time with my quilts with Macey kitty (my little quilting buddy), who is settling in at the end of the bed to nap.
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In my garden. . .lots of watering is needed these days to keep what’s left alive and well.
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A favorite quote for today. . .“A soul redeemed demands a life of praise.” – Cowper
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One of my favorite things. . .My friend Lisa’s homemade dill pickles (pictured below). These are the best pickles I have ever tasted and I always get several jars from her each year when she sells them to raise money for church mission trips.
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A picture thought for today. . .

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Lisa’s delicious pickles ~ we have already finished off 3 of these jars!

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Thanks to Peggy at The Simple Woman’s Daybook for this wonderful meme. Visit Peggy to find the list of participants in The Simple Woman’s Daybook.

Have a lovely day!

Blessings,
Nancy

It’s National Ice Cream Day!

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There are a few hours left in the day, so you still have time to grab a cone or dish of your favorite flavor! We ran into Braum’s this evening and picked up three of this family’s favorites – Rocky Road, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, and Mint Chocolate Chip, as well as a box of waffle cones, and we are enjoying our Sunday night treat!

Blessings,
Nancy

Congratulations to our Graduates!

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Well, it’s taken me a little while, but I’m finally getting around to posting about our graduates! We are so proud of these two sons as they have achieved two important milestones in their lives – graduating this spring from college and high school!  Ryan completed his Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership from Moody Bible College and Tommy has earned his High School Diploma from our home school.  They have both worked so hard and a special dinner celebration was in order.  We took them out for a nice steak and Mexican dinner and were joined by our family, which made for a lovely evening.

I decorated the long main dining table at the restaurant, as well as a side table with framed pictures of the graduates, and another which held dessert and gifts. On the main table, I used a burlap runner, sprinkled with Hershey’s kisses, and then added candles, green plants, and an assortment of wisdom/advice quotes.

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Jeff gave a nice speech with teary eyes and Ryan spoke for a little bit too. We presented Tommy with his high school diploma and took some pictures (all photo credits to our daughter Sarah!). It was a very wonderful and special evening!

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We’re so excited to see where the Lord takes these two in the coming years. They are quite a blessing to our family!

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Blessings,
Nancy

Summer S’mores

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The other night after a nice swim, Jeff built a fire in the fire pit and we brought out the S’mores ingredients.

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Pretty soon there were marshmallows roasting over the flames –

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I like my marshmallows completely charred.

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Final result – at least one happy camper! Yummy!

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Make some fun memories with your family today!

Blessings,
Nancy

The Simple Woman’s Daybook ~ July 13, 2015

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Here is my Daybook entry for today ~

Outside my window. . . the early evening shadiness is creeping over the yard.  The kids are swimming in the pool while I sit and watch while writing.  Rowan (the dog) is playing frisbee with the kids in the pool – he drops it in the water and then waits for them to throw it  – he lives for this game!  It is cooling off a little from the upper 90’s of the day, and a nice gentle breeze is blowing, making it possible for me to stay out of the pool for the moment.
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I am thinking. . . about possibilities for fun places to go while on vacation next month.
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I am thankful. . .for our pool and the rest and fun it provides during these hot Texas summers.
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In my kitchen. . .We cooked out Cheeseburgers on the grill tonight and roasted corn on the cob, served with baked beans and grilled onions for the burgers. Red, white, and blue M & M cookies for dessert.
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I am wearing. . .light blue and white swirly peasant top with navy capris.
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I am creating. . .doing some hand stitching on the applique on my Farm Fresh quilt and on my red embroidery quilt. I picked up some thread this past weekend, so I can begin quilting my small summer lake quilt.
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I am reading. . .a cute novel I checked out from the children’s section of the library last week – I couldn’t resist it – it looked so appealing. It is called “Tumtum & Nutmeg” by David Murray. It’s an adorable little mouse tale, with sweet characters. What can I say? I love children’s books!
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I am hoping. . .that the new daily system that I started today with the kids will work out well. More on this later.
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I am wondering. . .at the beauty and intricacy of God’s amazing creation.
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In the homeschool room. . .summer break is in full swing. I’ve done a little thinking about next year’s plans, but my thoughts are still ruminating. Truth be told – one of my favorite activities of the summer is floating around the pool deep in thought about plans for the new school year. I do some of my best thinking that way! My kids think I’m crazy! :)
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Around the house. . .Jeff is enjoying the All-Stars Home Run Derby in the living room, dinner leftovers are still sitting out in the kitchen, Sarah is finishing off Season 5 of Downton Abby, and the kitties are enjoying the fact that the dog is outside away from them for a little while.
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In my garden. . .Jeff pulled the onions and they are laid out on the picnic table to dry. Green tomatoes are growing – the chickens have been helping themselves to the ones at the bottom of the bushes. Peppers are doing well. Most of the big garden ended up being a bust this year – probably due to the overabundance of spring rains that we had.
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A favorite quote for today. . .“My plea is ~ Let me be a woman, holy through and through, asking for nothing but what God wants to give me, receiving with both hands and with all my heart whatever that is.” – Elisabeth Elliot
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One of my favorite things. . .the pretty white lights on the white picket pool fence – we turn them on when we are out swimming in the evenings – such a lovely sight!
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A picture thought for today. . .

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Pretty tablecloth I found in an antique store while shopping with my Mom and the girls.

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Thanks to Peggy at The Simple Woman’s Daybook for this wonderful meme. Visit Peggy to find the list of participants in The Simple Woman’s Daybook.

Have a wonderful evening!

Blessings,
Nancy

Blackberries Galore!

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We’ve been enjoying these lucious beauties for most of the month of June and there are still more coming in now that we’ve turned the corner into July.  We originally started out with a number of blackberry plants, but have only this one good one that has established itself well.

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Every year this bush has gotten bigger and produced more berries.  This year’s harvest has been very abundant!  We planted four new bushes this spring to replace others that didn’t make it.  I hope that they will grow to rival this one in the years to come.  They are all planted along the pool fence, and I envision the whole back side of the fence being heavy laden with blackberries someday!

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We like to eat blackberries right off the bush while we’re out swimming.  We also have been keeping a big bowl of them in the refrigerator to snack on throughout the day.  And of course, I also used some to make my Grandmama’s Blackberry Cobbler for dessert one night – Yummy!

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I thought about canning some blackberry preserves, but we may eat them up before I get around to it.  I have always loved blackberries and am so happy to have them growing outside my back door!

Have a lovely day!

Blessings,

Nancy

Busy Days

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I’m sorry for being missing in action this week.  It has been a busy week, with finishing up schoolwork (last day for us today!) and getting ready for our graduation celebration coming up this weekend.  I’ve been planning and putting together decorations for the dinner to honor Ryan’s college and Tommy’s high school graduations.  I’ll post more of this next week after the fact.

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I’ve also been spending some time learning my new laptop computer(!!!) that Jeff and the kids gave me for Mother’s Day. All of my big kids chipped in with Jeff to buy it for me!  Since I started back blogging, I was getting a bit frustrated (i.e. tears of despair) with my old computer, so the surprise was a really great one!  I’ve been busy getting acquainted with my new girl and transferring photos and documents over from the old one.

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I’m planning a post upcoming about our great time at the homeschool bookfair last weekend. Saturday evening we were able to hear the Duggars speak and give their testimony, which was really great!  Here’s a sneak peak of the girls meeting one of their Duggar favorites, Joy Anna ~

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I’ll be posting about the books I brought home this year, too, but here is a picture of my favorite purchase – this beautiful homeschool planning book – I can’t wait to start using it!

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The inside pages are so lovely! ~

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I’ll work on getting these posts up next week.  Until then, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Blessings,

Nancy

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