The Simple Woman’s Daybook

simple-woman-daybook-large.jpgFOR TODAY
Outside my window… the ground is snow covered and more is on the way.
I am thinking…what a very busy week it is going to be.
I am thankful…for the opportunity to have some much needed fun this weekend!
In the kitchen…I used some of the fresh farm produce from the most recent CSA share. Golden beet and fennel soup. Sausage, sweet potato, kale soup. Pepperconi Pork Tenderloin. My house sure has smelled yummy this weekend.
I am wearing…a warm thermal top with some pretty scrappy sweat pants.
I am creating…the life I want to live.
I am going…to soak in the bath tonight.
I am wondering…how I will manage to  get all this school work done this week.
I am reading…My Year with Eleanor from the library.
                            Watershed Year on my Kindle.
                            Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore on Audible.
                            A daily bible reading plan.
I am hoping…the weather is not bad in tomorrow morning so that I can get to work without much difficulty
I am looking forward to…completing all the assignments I have this week.
I am learning…to recognize all the new things I do each day.
Around the house…I hear my hubby watching the game.
I am pondering…the vision for this season in our lives.
A favorite quote for today… Rise up. Take courage and Do it. ~Ezra 10:4
One of my favorite things…is to get into my bed at the end of each day and snuggle under the covers book in hand.
A few plans for the rest of the week…it is going to be an incredibly busy week. I need to complete a MAJOR assignment for this class and it is going to be quite complex.
A peek into my day…

Ezra 10:4

Ezra 10:4

Dreamers and doers

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.

  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

Early on in my blogging journey I shared one of my inspirational reads that helped me to discover “Me”. Today’s inspirational quote is taken from that book.

I am a dreamer but I have not been a consistent doer in all things. In early 2012 my pastor preached a sermon that helped me to easily identify why I did not always reach my dream—I do not always follow through. Yep it was true, I often lacked the stamina to see my dream become reality. Once aware of this truth I could hardly ignore the cold, hard fact and God in His faithfulness wasn’t going to let it go either. So I embarked on a journey toward goal setting with accountability–much of the time blogging about my successes. I still miss the mark but it happens less frequently now. And as His word says, as I have become faithful in small things, larger things have been entrusted to my care(Luke 16:10).

We need to be dreamers who do because as the quote says, the world needs us.

Aim High


Thanks for reading today.

Daybook Entry April 21, 2012

April 21, 2012 The Simple Woman’s Daybook



Outside my window…the sun is shining and the leaves are popping out more fully. I can hear the traffic on the street below through the open window, and the songs of the spring birds. I can feel the warm spring breeze on my face as I peer through the window.

I am thinking…what a perfect day this is.

I am thankful…for so many things. To mention just a few; my best friend and husband Steven, forever and encourager and cheerleader in my court. A wonderfully warm spring day to enjoy. The rain that is coming which is desperately needed in my little piece of the world.

In the kitchen…not too much is happening at the moment.

I am wearing…well…sweaty work-out clothes and sneaks. I took a bike ride with my guy before he went off to work.

I am creating…the life I am meant to live.

I am going…to a worship service this evening at a church we always enjoy visiting. Excited to hear the speaker.

I am wondering…if I should head to the grocery store today.

I am reading…Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and listening to the Big Burn on audio.

I am hoping…to get the closet cleaned and organized tomorrow.

I am looking forward to…a day of rest.

I am learning…to walk out one of my favorite scriptures~ All hard work leads to profit but mere talk only to poverty.

Around the house…things are pretty tidy and the animals are content.

I am pondering…how I can infuse God deeper into my daily life.

A favorite quote for today…

Turtle Quote

One of my favorite things…a great pair of shoes.

A few plans for the rest of the week: special meeting tonight, hope to try Hot Yoga on Monday, maybe trial a few new recipes.



Haley, Steven and Paige

I don’t think I have shared this picture yet. We took a hike about a month ago on a clear early spring day. A fellow hiker offered to snap our photo.

~Have a wonderful day.


Simple Women’s Daybook

March 10, 2012 entry for the Simple Women’s Daybook.



Outside my window…the sun is shining and the sky is blue. Looks warmer than it truly is according to the service. Next week will offer a real taste of Spring.

I am thinking…about a blog make-over. Maybe a bit more “themed” by day. I am discovering that I am so diverse and blogging gives an opportunity to develop my creativity or maybe better said, share my creative side.

I am thankful…I got to spend time with my beautiful daughter Jessica last night. We get to share so little time one on one. The conversation and meal we shared was delightful.


In the kitchen…I don’t suspect much activity to occur this week as my husband is away.

I am wearing…more comfy robe and PJ’s and may just stay in them all day long! After all I am alone and how often does this happen?!

I am creating…the life I desire.

I am going…to have lunch and shop with my mom tomorrow. We haven’t spent time together in a few months so I am really looking forward to this outing.

I am wondering…what God has planned for my husband this week. He is off on an adventure as a short term missionary in Guatemala. The team has 3 focuses; medical, street evangelism and construction. Steven felt led by God to pursue the translation of a few easy worship songs to be shared. The initial thought was there would be opportunity to share during morning devotion time with the team. However he got a call a day prior to leaving from the FT missionary saying “I have led eleven trips now and have never had one come together like this. Plan to make as many copies of the music as you can bring, there will be 2 opportunities for worship with the villages. Oh I just know that God is up to something! I am so excited just writing this. Please pray for him and the team and the beautiful people of Guatemala. Below is the team that went last year. I am wearing the red shirt second from the left . Please also take a few minutes to explore the web page GO Ministries.

I am reading…a couple of books. Check my reviews on Goodreads.

Costly Grace                            The Immortal Life of Henriatta Lacks

I am hoping…to develop a faithful exercise regimen for myself this month. There I said it…that might help me make the commitment.

I am looking forward to…Spring! and the flowers that come with it.

I am learning…to make a plan and see it through to the end. I am pleased about this because earlier this year I realized I was not reaching my full potential by lack of follow through. In my post Destination I describe my ah-ha moment

Around the house…things are quiet. Only me and the pets here and they are both asleep. What a life!

I am pondering…what a blog make-over would look like.

A favorite quote for today…from this morning’s devotional reading…”Changing your luck means consciously ridding yourself of the obstacles you place in your own path- luck busters and luck blockers-such as your own thinking, which is the foundation for your belief system.” Taken from Romancing the Ordinary but originally sourced from Create Your Own Luck: 8 Principles of Attracting Good Fortune in Life, Love and work.

One of my favorite things…finding surprises along the way.

A few plans for the rest of the week: lunch and shopping tomorrow after Worship, another Tiara Tuesday event on March 13th, probably pretty quiet otherwise.

A peek into my day..if it is warm enough I think I may venture out with my new camera to explore for my next photo assignment.

Well it is almost noon. I better move along. Thanks for reading. Enjoy your day!


Daybook Entry February 25, 2012


The Simple Woman’s Daybook


Outside my window… the sky is blue with fluffy white clouds and the wind gusts are loud and strong.

I am thankful…that I had the luxury of sleeping in today, spending quiet time with my Lord, that my son is home from college.

In the kitchen…I have just finished preparing tasty breakfast.

I am wearing…a warm turquoise colored turtleneck and a well worn pair of jeans.

I am creating…an authentic life.

I am going…shopping with my husband later this afternoon.

I am wondering…what I should do for dinner tonight.

I am reading…see my Goodreads Widget on the sidebar.

I am hoping…to get outside this weekend even if just for a little while.

I am looking forward to…spring flowers.

I am learninglean into the Lord for everything.

Around the house…things are in fairly good order.

I am pondering…the upcoming assignment for my photography class, God is at Eye Level.

A favorite quote for today…never put a period where God has put a comma.

One of my favorite thingsis to share the love of God with others.

A few plans for the rest of the week: probably a warm meal and a movie tonight, worship followed by lunch with at least one of our children and granddaughter tomorrow, if weather permits a walk outside.

Look who visited my door stoop…it was self service in the cabinet where the bird food is for this little guy…made the dog NUTS!


Enjoy your Sabbath everyone.


Simple Woman’s Daybook September

Because I feel it is in keeping with my search for my authentic self and the enjoyment of simple abundance I will be joining the Simple Women’s Daybook blog. You can discover and explore this blog for yourself by following  I hope that you will consider joining us. 

Outside my window…the sky is blue with some fluffy white clouds. The air is cooler than it has been, fall is moving into New England.

I am thinking…my dog is so cute as she wrestles with her blanket on the living room floor. Oh the simple things…

I am thankful…oh so many things. Good friends, good books and good beer to start.

In the kitchen…that cake I baked smells very yummy

I am wearing…jeans and a long sleeve tee.

I am creating…the person I want to be!

I am going…to spend the weekend enjoying whatever life brings my way.

I am wondering…what my college aged son is up to this weekend.

I am reading…the Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel.
I am hearing…David Sanborn on the CD player

Around the house…things are orderly and clean, ahh!

I am pondering…how to maintain childlike faith

One of my favorite things…a good meal in great surroundings with my favorite people.

A few plans for the rest of the week: an afternoon with our granddaughter, maybe a massage, fundraising event- Pink Flamingo’s

Here is picture for thought I am sharing…