Monday, August 03, 2015

Joy in the Ordinary

Since school started last Thursday it feels like we sort of wrapped summer up. Yes, I know there is plenty left, but for us we now have more of a routine and have to make sure we get to bed on time.
We packed as many fun things as we could into the last week of summer vacation.

Including going out for a big family dinner. My second oldest niece turned twenty!
Megan said, "Does this make me look smart?" Silly girl!
The neighbor girl was down and they played here all afternoon.
She tied this sleeping bag around her waist so she could have her bunny with her while she unloaded the dishwasher. Little Mama in training!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  


Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fourth Grade!

Today the fourth grade fun begins! Megan is so excited that she was up at 5:30 this morning. Good thing it is a half day as I think we might need some rest. ;)

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Flower Pot Cake Stand

I have been feeling the urge to create and also change some things up around here. As always I want my changes to meet my very small budget. One of the changes I have been pondering is my table center piece. Meet my new creation.
I knew I wanted a glass plate for the top. I picked this up for $0.99 at a thrift store.
It exceeded my expectation with the basket weave pattern.
I painted an inexpensive flower pot.
I used the fantastic E6000 glue to attach the two together. 
Wallah, a new cake stand is born!
It has already been put to good use.
A summertime tradition of "Virginia Cake" awaited my family.

This was an easy project that will allow me to change out the center piece to fit the season or my mood. ;)

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Restoration

Sunday morning found us dragging our feet. We all sleep in later then normal. (Especially Chuck who is an early riser.) Then we just didn't seem to be motivated. After a little back and forth we decided to play hookie from church. Not because we didn't want to worship. Far from that. I think we were both emotionally tired. We love our Sunday service, but lets face it, sometimes it is work. You have to dress nice, put on a happy face, make small talk and wrangle your child. For this intovert it is not always easy.

We decided to hit the road, run through the drive thru for a late breakfast and have a quiet time of worship.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Psalm 23:2-2
Our intent was to stop by a stream and have our breakfast and some quiet time. That didn't work out as the bugs were so bad. Bug spray wasn't enough to fight them off with all of the rain we have had. We ended up eating in the van and then hitting the road for a drive.
We passed corn fields, pastures and farms. Each passing mile we could feel the cares of the world lifting away.

Create in me a clean heart. O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirt from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit. Psalm 51:10-12
We then came to a place to stop. No one was around and it was peaceful and quiet. We were able to be still, and hear ourselves think.

Be still, and know that I am God... Psalm 46:10
 
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

After soaking in the beauty of our surroundings Chuck began to read scripture to us.
For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the mist of them. Matthew 18:20

We prayed together. Pouring out our worries and singing His praises. Oh, what a joy it was!
It just so happened that spot we were lead to was the shelter area of an older, beautiful church. 
I am extremely grateful for a Savior who is faithful and always, always meets my needs. Thank you, Lord, for this time of restoration!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.
Little toes straight from the garden. :)
A new to us playground.
A homemade basket.
Made especially for a tomato delivery to Grandpa.
An evening swing with my favorite girl.

Gratitude for dirty dishes for so many reasons.

An outside "snack"nic.


May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Friday, July 24, 2015

Saving in the Kitchen

Happy Friday! I don't know about you but I am sooooo ready for the weekend. I would like to say that I have great plans. In a few minutes my ride will be here and I will be heading to the hospital where my dad will be undergoing surgery. Praying things go smoothly and the recovery is quick. 

Anyway, on to more pleasant things. ;) One thing that Chuck and Megan enjoy is cheese sauce when it is taco night. When I make a batch or we open a jar of queso it tends to go bad before it is used up. My solution is to freeze the leftover. 
I put a serving size into a muffin tin and freeze. Once frozen they pop out then are stored in a freezer bag.
I am able to pull out what is needed and then microwave it.  This not only cuts down on waste, but is a good way to control portions. 

Due to some changes we need to make every penny count. One way to stretch the budget is to reduce waste in the kitchen.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!  

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Around My Yard

After what seemed like never ending rain it has finally cleared up. I grabbed the camera while I took a walk around to see how things weathered the storm.
The mums around the mailbox are my big surprise this year. I bought a few cheap pots last fall expecting them to just last the season. I was shocked when I saw them starting to green up in the spring. I thought I would see what they would do and boy am I glad I let them go!

 My garden aka the weed patch. :) 
I feels good to have sunshine and dry skys. I am happy to be out and about in the yard again. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!