Monday, April 7, 2014

The Simple Woman's Day Book 4/7/14

Welcome if you are joining in from April's Addition of the Simple Woman's Daybook. I’m so glad you’re here!

FOR TODAY – April 7, 2014

Outside my window...A glorious 79 degrees! I love being a California Girl

I am thinking... about planning a Sabbath Sunday for Ryan and I. I really don’t know what this will look like, or how it’s going to turn out, but the idea is really weighing on my heart. I want to take time to stop and rest in my Lord, to celebrate his creation, and the relationship I have with him.

In the kitchen...we are really working on saving money and calories by packing our lunches and eating dinner at home. This bento box rage continues to capture me. I am looking for little cookie cutters and decorations to help my addiction.

I am creating...Deco mesh wreaths, it’s becoming a bit of an obsession for me. My Mom and I are working on spring/Easter one’s tonight while Ryan has Bible Study.

I am going... to focus on creating housekeeping routines that will help me keep the house maintained, and allow me to still live life. I am so good about doing a mass cleaning before we have some kind of event, and then picking up after said event. However, I get so exhausted that I take a week or so off, and then have a disaster to deal with again. I would really like to have a clean house and picked up house everyday so I just have to do deep cleanings once a month. 

I am reading... Echoes of Eden and Orphan Justice. I have just started both of these books and I can tell they are both going to push the envelope on my comfort zone.

I am hoping...that we can get a couple of our financial tasks completed this week. This would be helpful to some stress levels.

I am looking forward to...getting our Bedroom painting done.

Around the house...we have Easter decorations up and Angel’s baseball on TV. There is a pretty enthusiastic vibe filling the air.

A favorite quote for today...

A few plans for the rest of the week: Dinner and Crafting tonight with my Mom, Work Celebration Tuesday night, Housework/Laundry/Taxes/Bills on Wednesday and Thursday, and an Angel’s Game on Friday night. This is the first home game we are attending this season!

A peek into my day...These roses are blooming in my front yard. They take my breath away, Love Love Love this pink!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

March CY365 and OLW Rest

March 2014 was full of sweet and fun times. For my Capture Your 365 and my One Little Word Workshop I captured lots daily moments this month that provided me Rest. This is my OLW for 2014.

March 1 - Peeps - I just love them! T
March 2 - We watched Macy my parents sweet dog.
March 3 - Butterfly Canvas, this was a shot from our trip to Northern California over Thanksgiving last year.
March 4 - Me Sick at Work
March 5 - Chickens, the obsession continues. Someday I will have them!
March 6 - Guitar Class
March 7 - Deco Mesh Wreath I made for St. Patricks Day
March 8 - Lunch with our Great Niece and Nephew! I just love having them around!
March 9 - Drinking Buddies, Their smiles an laughter warm my heart!
March 10 - Oh Opie
March 11 - Diesel looking so very cute!
March 12 - Lucky Banner in our living room. I made this too!
March 13 - My Final Guitar Class
March 14 - Date Night Goodies
March 15 - Painting our Bedroom ceiling
March 16 - A cuddle bug Opie
March 17 - A tired Diesel
March 18 - Celebrating 3 years no beers for my best friend
March 19 - A wet clean Puppy
March 20 - Traveling to Arizona
March 21 - Scenes from our Hotel Room
March 22 - Ice Bucket Sillyness
March 23 - She got married today!
March 24 - Get us to the airport on time!
March 25 - Trophy Husband Party Preparations
March 26 - Bento Box Fun
March 27 - San Francisco Pics
March 28 - Baking Goodness
March 29 - My Trophy Husband
March 30 - Bring on the Boat
March 31 - Making Deco Mesh Wreaths with my Mom

Monday, March 31, 2014

Things I learned in March

Joining in on What we Learned in March 

1.    That my IPhone can run out of space. I’ve had my phone for a couple years now, and was sure that it was unconquerable. Were kind of the best of friends, my phone and I. When I wasn’t able to take pictures any more….I wanted to cry. I had to make the terrible decision to delete pictures or music. Since both are linked to the ever growing “Cloud” the eternal impact wasn’t so bad, but it was still a gut wrenching experience.

2.  That I absolutely adore this Happy Song. I feel like it’s connected to my soul somehow!  It keeps my toes tapping!!

3.  Bento Boxes. Why am I just finding out about this lunch time craze? I am getting super obsessed. I just love all the creative things folks are doing with theirs! I feel a Panda Peanut Butter and Jelly bear in my future!

4.  I need to do a better job of documenting the little details of life. I’ve done a good job of taking pictures of the people, animals, and interactions that make life so wonderful, but I miss out on the little stuff that makes life tic for me. Things like my yummy breakfast sandwich, or the toy that Diesel killed recently, or the neighbors beautiful flowers that I look at just about every day when I come home. The little things are often better at representing our soul footprint.

5.  Inspired is such an interesting word.  We watched the movie “Noah”, which was advertised as being inspired by events of the Bible. The movie was fantastic from a special effects and acting perspective.  I continue to love Anthony Hopkins, and enjoyed him playing Methuselah.  Inspire is defined as “to give rise to”, and in this context I can see the events written in the Bible portrayed in the movie.  However, there was plenty of creative license used, to get us to those glorious 2 hours and 12 minutes. The added fiction certainly helped me focus on the Biblical Truth.  I wished that they had called the creator by his given name, God. I was confounded by the Watchers, and felt a sense of similarity with the Lord of the Rings character Treebeard.  I was touched with the emotions expressed by Ila (Emma Watson’s Character) knowing that she was barren.  I was impressed by the focus on the human struggles, and really made me ponder what it would have been like to be Noah, and the difficult decisions he had to make.  I’ve learned that in the midst of man’s creativity, I find the inspiration to learn God’s truth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

2014 Spring Trip - Day 3 - Wedding Prep

We came, We Decorated, We conquered the reception space! 

I really don't know when my husband is most attractive??? 

When he is carrying an Amp?

Or arranging crystals on a mirror....Oh how I love him! 

2014 Spring Trip - Day 3 - Steak and Shake

We are a little Steak and Shake Obsessed. 

We found out about this little burger joint when we visited Ryan's family in Tennessee and haven't recovered yet. 

When I discovered that there was a location in Tempe Arizona, I knew we were going to have to stop in for a meal! 

This location was right next to the local University, which was great fun! The menu was limited and very different from the other locations we have been to.

2014 Spring Trip - Day 2 - Dinner with Family

There is just something about miles and love of family that makes time together sweet. 

We spent our second evening visiting the home of the bride and groom. This home screamed their tastes and passions, from the guitars hanging in the office to the overflowing craft room.  I loved seeing each of their personalities come together! 


We brought in pizza and salad and enjoyed each others company. Seeing both of my great Aunts enjoying the family made me miss my grandma. I know that she would have loved the time shared together. 

Their puppies killed me with cuteness! They helped a bit with missing our own puppies. 

2014 Spring Trip - Day 2- Sunshines Motorcity Cafe

My Great Uncle lived in Mesa Arizona with his family.  
They have continued a bit of his legacy and love of Michigan in their cafe! 
If you are ever in Tempe Arizona, stop into Sunshines Motorcity Cafe for a bite to eat! 
It was so much fun to reconnect! I hadn't seen some of this family since I was a little girl at our last family reunion.

The were so generous, serving some of the cafe's specialities family style so we could all share some time together catching up! We enjoyed the most amazing sliders, coney dogs, turkey sandwiches, and an terrific Pasta that is part of their catering menu!

And we finished with what could be the most amazing Chocolate Sundae featuring Sanders Chocolate that they ship in from Michigan.

I am inspired by their bravery and success in their businesses. There is a vulnerability in choosing to make a place in this world that is truly all your own. We pray for many more successful years for them!