Category Archives: Encouraging Reads…

The Simple Woman’s Daybook ~ May 18th

FOR TODAY …Monday, May 18

Outside My Window…it is a marvelous spring day, prefect for my ds 11th b-day.

I am thinking…what a true blessing that we have dear  friends.

I am thankful for… our newest miracle.  Read here

From the learning rooms…it’s our last week of school.  Just the basics and reading about the Civil War

From the kitchen… cooking a turkey in the crock pot, yams, stuffing, and swiss chard.  Birthday boys request.

I am wearing… my pretty floral pj’s that I got for my b-day last year.

I am creating… a family afghan for our living room

I am going…to finish organizing and preparing for our house to be on the market it this coming weekend.  YUCK!

I am praying… for a healthy baby

I am hearing… the radio and the boys talking about their fun filled day.

Around the house… lots and lots of stuff being packed and put in storage

One of my favorite getting new curriculum for next year.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: Co-cop, Small group, wrapping up the school year!  YIPEEE~

Here is picture thought I am sharing
The birthday Boy ~ All of 11 years.

20 of my favorite things….

20 Of My Favorite Things

1. Color-red

2. Dessert-anything with chocolate

3. Smell-lavender and hazelnut

4. Flower-sunflower

5. Animal~ small dogs

6. Month-October

7. Beverage~ coffee

8. Pair of flip flops with sparkles

9. Snack-currentlyMunchos, but I rarely eat them

10. Song-currently…Mighty to Save by Hillsong

11. Book-currently...The Mark of the Lion Trilogy be Francine Rivers

12. Fruit-banana

13. Hairstyle-a cute short hair cut (bobbed) on other people

4. Piece of clothing-currently…denim capris with a cute casual top

15. Store to clothes shop-Kohls or Sears, I hate to shop for clothes!

16. Season-Autumn

17. Hobby-crocheting, reading, sewing, quilting, and crafting

18. Thing to collect-BOOKS and boys(sons ~ I felt that I needed to clarify that, LOL!)

19. Movie-The Christy Series

20. Restaurant-Kobe Steaks

Visit SimplewomansDaybook to see what makes others happy!

Simple Woman’s Daybook ~ April 27


April 27, 2009…

Outside my window…
is gloomy, thundering, and the heavens are mad at something

I am thinking…
about how much fun I am going to have tonight hanging out with friends while painting ceramics

I am thankful for…
my wonderful family and the opportunity to be a wife and mommy to my 5 blessings

From the learning rooms…
we are studying the Civil War

From the kitchen…
grinding wheat, making bread, meatloaf in the crock pot with mashed potatoes

I am wearing…
my pj’s, and my suffy leopard print slippers

I am creating…
an adorable apron that I am almost finish and started on a baby afghan for my new niece who should be appearing shortly in this world

I am going…
to paint ceramics, attend our small group, and participate in my monthly book club this week

I am reading…
I just finished reading When the Enemy Strikes by Charles Stanley last night for my book club

I am praying…
that God’s will give us direction, guidance, and discernment in our lives and help me deal with any chances that are going to pop into our lives.  I hate change!

I am hearing…
the soft sound of the computer.  The boys are still sleeping

Around the house…
we are getting the house ready inside to put on the market in two weeks, laundry, and organizing

One of my favorite things…
is to hear my small children sing to their favorite CD at lunch time.

Few plans this week is….to paint ceramics, attend our small group, and participate in my monthly book club this week

Here is picture thought I am sharing…


Truly Enjoying my days …..

For a long time, I have really wanted to enjoy and treat each day as a true blessing with my 5 almost perfect sons.  I have struggled with the “doing enough school” thing for years now.  I do admit, that I am so much more relaxed than I used to be.  However, improvement is still needed.  I recently have been intrigued with the Moore Formula.  I love the idea of spending an equal amount of time doing the following…




This past week I have read The Successful Homeschool  Family Handbook and Home-Spun Homeschool.  Lots of good information and encouragement.   I encourage all home school parents to get a hold of a few of Raymond and Dorothy Moore’s books.  Of course, there a few things I disagree with, but for the most part, I believe they are right on target on how to successfully fill you calling as a home educator.

Book review ~ The Duggars:20 and counting

duggarI have to admit I bought this book with one purpose in mind ~ teaching my young ones to blanket train successfully.   Someone suggested this book on one of my yahoo groups to train your younger ones to stay on a blanket quietly while you teach the older children.  I thought it was worth the 10.00.  Not only did I implement the blanket time successfully, but I learned many other biblical principles pertaining to christian parenting, financial freedom, organization tips, and many easy  recipes.   They are down to earth Christians that love the Lord and believe children are a blessing.  My dh and I have many of the same beliefs as Jim Bob and Michele.   This book was a blessing and inspiration to me in just about every aspect of my life.  Some of my favorite topics in the book are…..

The Family Rules

Organization Tips with index card ~ I actually started implementing this process over Christmas.

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Blanket Time ~ my favorite

This book is filled with wonderful ideas, biblical principles, and just some plain old facts about one of the largest families in America.   They truly have been an inspiration to me.  I have to admit I was turned off by the Discovery Channel broadcasts.  I thought that it was a far cry from what life is truly like for them as a family on a typical day.   I have now gained an enormous of amount of respect for this family.   They are wonderful Christian mentors.  I pray that many individuals get their hands on this Godly read.  I believe anyone who reads  this book would be touched by taking a peek into The Duggar family home.  It’s  a book that will leave a lasting effect on many families seeking to live a Godly life despite the opinions of the secular world.

Take a Tour Tuesday ~ March 24


Today I am participating in my friend, Amy’s fun Take a Tour Tuesday.  Below I will include some of the links that I found of interest this past week.


Animated Christ’s Death

Daily Devotionals for Couples

Christian Easter Egg Coloring


Apron Theme Party ~ this looks like so much fun

Country decorating ideas

Spring Basket


Literature to supplement History

Passover Lapbook

Creation Science Curriculum


The Duggar Family website ~ I am currently reading their book

Easter Fun at Peggy’s Place

Easter Crafts

The Shack review

This book is absolutely fabulous and life changing.  If you haven’t read it yet, get it today!  It’s a fiction novel that is truly amazing and made me look deeper into my relationship with God.  All I can say is “WOW!”

I realize there is an enormous amount of controversy in regards to this FICTION book.  I find it absolutely silly!  This book brought me and so many others closer to God.  Praise God !

Below I included an  interview with this creative author.  May God continue to bless his ministry. I plan on reading this book to the boys in several years.

Book Review ~ The Minisitry of Motherhood


I thoroughly enjoyed this book last week.  I gleaned tons of ideas and pondering thoughts to minister to my children during these trainable years.  Fortunately, I am one mom that understands that being a stay at home mom is my most important ministry during this season in my life.  It  wasn’t until just a few years ago did I stop feeling guilty from not participating in lots of outside ministries.   I do however serve outside the home, but it is still doable for me to maintain my home and minister to my children. The home is a full time ministry in itself.  So many moms think that serving is  ONLY doing something out of the home.   This is so far from the truth.  We will have time to serve outside the home when our children are grown but we will not have a second chance in training and ministering to our children that God has put in our care.  They are only young once.

This book encouraged me to put a plan together to train and minister to our 5 boys.  I am anxious to share my notes from Sally’s book with my husband.  Together we will add some additional GIFTS in training our boys.  Sally uses the acronym..

G ~ training in  Grace

I ~ training in inspiration

F ~ training the area of Faith

T ~ Training to think

S ~ training to serve

Sally Clarksons is coming to speak in my neck of the woods this month.  I would love to attend her annual conference.  I plan on attending next year.  In the mean time, I will continue to read the rest of her encouraging thoughts in her books.

WFW ~ The Christmas Story


Take time to read the most miraculous story of them all.

The Christmas Story

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when [1] Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, [2] who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” [3]

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

One of my favorite tunes to ignite the true meaning of Christmas…

BFS ~ Faith


Memory Verse: Romans 10:17 – So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.

Intro:  America’s Favorite Dessert J-E-L-L-O – What we read affects what we believe.  When we feed the Scriptures in our spirit, faith comes alive and becomes a living force within you.

Assignment: Write about your favorite ‘faith food’.  Tell about the books of the Bible that you read that help to build your faith.  Nurture the seeds of faith inside you.  ex: Acorns become Oak trees.

I have faith that all marriages can be restored if we love the way God commands us to in His Word as in ICor 13.

This week I am committed to reading ICor 13 everyday.  This weeks lesson on Sunday was dedicated to marriage and what God really thinks about it.   WOW!  It’s a far cry from what the secular world portrays as what the duties as man and wife should consist of.  I strongly believe that the issues and the disappearing/or lack of Godly standards of morals in this nation is due to the diminishing of Godly marital relationships in the home.  The divorce rate is 50% among all married couples, this includes Christians.  There is hope for all marriages, regardless of what bondage is holding your marriage captive .  And I mean every type of bondage ~ lying, deceitfulness, infidelity, lack of love, and the list goes on.  However, ignoring the situation and settling for mediocre is not an option for restoration in the marriage category.   To put it bluntly, if you are not willing to humble yourself, fully commit, and to let God work within your marriage then continue to live in bondage in what God designed as a beautiful thing, marriage and family.

Please listen to Randy’s sermon here.  God really spoke through Randy, our pastor, this Sunday. His lesson is for not just for married couples struggling, but for all marriages in general.     We have been prayerfully seeking God to restore all marriages in general in our small group each week.  I would be honored and delighted to add your marriage and/or any marriage that needs to seek God’s guidance.  You can leave me a comment or email me privately at  Your request can be general or specific.  You don’t have to leave your name if you don’t feel comfortable.  God will know who you are when we seek in prayer.

My dh and I have recognized our faults as being one.  We have issues to work on.  However, we are committed to have an imitate and  Godly relationship.  We know we can not do it without Him.  He is our pilot.

I want to recommend all couples to go and see Fireproof.  It was so encouraging.  It is a must see for everyone.  Encourage your spouse to go with you even if you detest one another.  Look on the bright side, you don’t have to spark a interesting conversation at the movies.  If you can’t get your spouse to attend then go by yourself or with a friend and pick up the recommended book, Love to Dare, that has changed so many marriages.

May God bless all marriages, including mine and yours.

I have faith that all marriages can be restored if at least one of us is willing to humble ourselves and allow God do His work.