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Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, June 1st, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…June 1, 2009

Outside my Window…a summer-like evening, with the scent of newly-mown grass on the breeze.

I am thinking…what a silly girl I am to stay up late to do this post.

From the learning rooms…only 8 ½ days of school left! We are very busy!

I am thankful for…every good and perfect gift, coming down from the Father, with whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

From the kitchen…This was such a busy evening. After the senior awards ceremony at the high school, I made myself a delicious sandwich on an Oroweat 100% whole wheat Sandwich Thin, a new bread item at Costco. I mashed half an avocado, and seasoned it with my new favorite HOT chili sauce, Sriracha by Huy Fong Foods. Dessert was a slice of apple pie, also from Costco.

I am wearing…my multi-shades of blue V-neck sweater and black dressy skirt.

I am reading…Tools for Teaching by Fred Jones. If you work with students, read this book!

I am hoping…that the 8th grade students whom I am helping with their final projects get them done on time, and earn passing grades! This is a high-stress time for the Special Ed kids and staff.

I am creating…this blog post.

I am hearing…daughter Lydia saying, “Goodnight, Mom! I love you!”

Around the house…the doggie is turning in circles, settling down for the night. Bonnie Boy, one of our cats, is sprawled out on the study floor, near my husband’s desk. The children are all in bed, where I should be, too!

One of my favorite things…is rejoicing with those who rejoice. At the Senior Awards Ceremony, I was blown away by the accomplishments of many of our high school students, including some who earned full tuition scholarships. Daughter Debra was named outstanding student for the English Department. What makes this so amazing is that she learned to read at the end of seventh grade, after becoming severely ill when she was ten years old. It is such an accomplishment to move from Special Education to this mainstream award in such a short time. She has fulfilled all state academic requirements for high school graduation. Congratulations, Debra!

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Lydia is going to a concert with a girlfriend’s family tomorrow, Lyd and Reb have a soccer game on Thursday and Debra graduates this Friday.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…This shirt design, drawn by daughter Lydia, will be used for the Everson-Nooksack Summer Festival:


I don’t know if Lydia consciously tried to do this, but the characters look like Rebecca, then skip the little guy, herself, and Seth!

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Snapshots of Joy

Sunday, January 11th, 2009


It’s been a while since I’ve used any images from this awesome site, Snapshots of Joy, but I just have to share with you. Please check out the many beautiful images, of various sizes, designed by Abigail. These images are free, but subject to use according to her directions.

Feliz Dia de Accion de Gracias

Thursday, November 27th, 2008

I received these funny, handmade cards from Rebecca and Lydia this thanksgiving:

“A Happy Family” by Giovanni Battista Torriglia

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

A HAPPY FAMILY by Giovanni Battista Torriglia

As I was looking at other blogs this morning, I came across this lovely image posted on someone else’s blog. I found it again at Painting Place, where one may purchase artwork.

Some things in the picture that speak forth happiness, I think, are:

  1. The mother is smiling at the children, and the children are smiling at one another.
  2. The mother is enjoying her children even while she is busy.
  3. The mother is busy for the benefit of her family vs. self-centered or self-indulgent. Those varients see children as interruptions and burdens, an attitude not conducive to family happiness.
  4. The house looks clean (See the shining floor?) but not insanely neat (which drives one insane to maintain). As the saying goes, it’s clean enough to be healthy, and messy enough to be comfortable.
  5. The children are cheerfully helping Mommy by watching and entertaining the baby.
  6. The son has just arrived home from school (See his school bag on the floor by his chair?). His first focus is not on himself, but on greeting and enjoying his family. Wow!
  7. Subconsciously, the late afternoon lighting contributes to the feeling of coziness.
  8. I always wanted the cottage look, with those deep-set windows in the thick walls. Is that a hidden desire of lots of folks, which is nurtured by this homey scene?

Hectic Moose!

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

I apologize for posting so late in the day. It has been one of THOSE days. We all have them. The days when too much MUST get done in too little time.

In our family, when one gets in that HECTIC frame of mind, one is being a HECTIC MOOSE. If one is rushing around at high speed, trying to get it all done, one is HECTIC MOOSING. My dear children have seen me in that state on more than one occasion, so it was so much fun to receive this collage from Kayla and Lydia for my birthday.


I haven’t yet learned how to piece large scanned items together, so here is the upper left portion of the collage:


And here is the lower right portion:


Kayla’s watercolor of a kitty

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

This hardly counts as MY post, and I hope Kayla doesn’t mind, because she painted this quickly, three years ago and probably thinks it isn’t very good, but I like it very much (How’s that for a run-on sentence?):


Kayla is currently completing her college education, majoring in fine art (Am I correct, Kayla?). I know she would have preferred to major in illustration, but that major is difficult to come by.