Monday, December 6, 2010



Instead of silken china scarf,
Petal-soft touch of tiny arms.
Instead of gold and silver bands,
The precious clasp of baby hands.

Instead of roses’ musky scent,
The milky breath of sweet infant.
Instead of diamonds on my breast,
Sparkling tears adorn my chest.

Instead of empty marble halls,
The sound of laughter and little footfalls.
Instead of a priceless masterpiece,
Small hands create a bright motif.

Instead of rustling satin gown,
Daisy chains and a clover crown.
Instead of soothing symphonies,
The lisp of childish sympathies.

And would I trade my clover crown,
For diamonds and a satin gown?
No—for all the world, I never would
Renounce the joys of motherhood.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window...
The crisp orange leaves glimmering in the warm sun.

I am thinking...
I am so grateful and filled with peace when I spend time with the Lord.

I am thankful for...
Knowing that every day is a new beginning to live in God's grand world.

From the learning rooms...(if this applies)
Jake is learning how to crawl and YIKES how to stand up in his crib.

From the kitchen...
Are clean dishes drying.

I am wearing...
Comfy black pants, a cozy shirt under a soft black sweater.

I am creating...
Ideas for homemade Christmas presents.

I am going...
To have a beautiful day.

I am reading...
My new Mary Jane Farm magazine.

I am hoping...
My friend, Gene's, health is improving.

I am hearing...
My Joyce Meyer podcast. So uplifting.

Around the house...
Are toys, clothes to be put up and a feeling that a true family lives here.

One of my favorite things...
The feeling of peace and serenity God gives me.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Getting together with friends on Thanksgiving and my family on Sunday, baking a delicious sweet for the gatherings I have been invited to, and getting more chicken fed.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;

And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way.”

Psalm 139:23-24

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window...
I see the colorful, golden leaves as they slowly drift to the leaf covered ground.

I am thinking...
How grateful I am for the life God had given me, flaws and all.

I am thankful for...
My family to take care of.

From the learning rooms...(if this applies)
Jake and I are learning to play and dance.

From the kitchen...
Thinking about the wonderfully, warm, filling chili we will eat for dinner.

I am wearing...
Black pants with a black long sleeve T-shirt with a denim wrap shirt on top. Nice and warm.

I am creating...
A home of refuge.

I am going...
To putter around the house today.

I am reading...
Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

I am hoping...
For a peacefilled day.

I am hearing...
My precious son awaking from his nap.

Around the house...
Are our busy chickens and turkeys scratching the ground.

One of my favorite things...
The change of seasons.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Fellowship with friends, trip to the library and errand to the general store.

Please join us in The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Home Sweet Home

"Home Sweet Home"

All of us carry in our minds the image of our ideal home realized or not. It is a place where we feel we belong, a rightness, at-homeness, a knitting together of self and world. Home is a place to become yourself, to rest and surrender all pretense. As dear Mother used to say, "Home is the place to restore mind, body, and soul." It is a source of emotional nourishment. It's where you can close a door and open your heart.

If there is any meaning to existence, we are surely closest to it there. We often take our homes for granted. But when we steep ourselves in our home, a deep sense of place begins to emerge. Life becomes more meaningful. We begin to have a greater spiritual awareness of what our home is and should be.

Perhaps our most inspiring thought is that if our homes, if we are to live well in them, require and deserve a lifetime of the most careful attention. A home absorbs caretakeing like a sponge. All the hours we spend tending to it are never in vain, for everything we give to our home, is in turn, given back to us. Our homes will only be as generous and nurturing as the effort we invest in them.

--Miriam Lukken, Mrs. Dunwoody's Excellent Instructions for Homekeeping

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Second post of the day. WOW

While browsing blogs today I stumbled across this amazing blog which is providing me with alot of encouragement in my walk as a Stay At Home Mom.

Currently she has a Fall Challenge I am going to participate in. This is my first blog challenge and I am excited.

Here are the details. Would love you to join me. Hope I am doing this right.

Being a grateful Stay at Home Mom

I have not updated everyone on the condition of my mom lately so am going to take the time to do that. My mom is leveling off on her health decline. She recently had her meds readjusted and my faithful father has been visiting with her 12 hours a day. We actually suspect that her medication was not being given properly which caused her to exhibit stroke like symptoms and more falling. The combination of med adjustment and my father's presence has remedied all that. God is so good.

I am really loving my choice to stay at home with Jake. I am loving being a mom and Dayne's help mate. One thing helping me is reading other women's blogs and seeing how they get so much JOY out of taking care of their family. I have always dreamt of being a homemaker but that has not been possible until now.

Jake and I are getting into a more predictable rhythm and this is helping me alot. I also have done some inner work and realize what a precious and important job I have to make my home a haven for my family. I realize that having a place for my family to receive rest and peace is every increasingly important.

Now the confession part of this post. I have no idea what I am doing. My mom was a SAHM and did the most fabulous job of anyone I know. Dayne's mom was a SAHM and from his description she shined at her calling as well. I must admit I never took the time to allow my mom to mentor me. I saw the fruits of her labor but did not stop long enough to learn HOW to do what she did. So I am trying to learn as much as I can about my calling to be a SAHM. I have alot of skills to learn but instead of being intimidated I am getting excited and grateful for all the women who have gone before me and are willing to show me the way.

I love the process of nurturing my family and providing a place of joy, peace, order. I love that Dayne is patient and loving and is encouraging me along the way. I love that he values what I do at home and tells me daily. That can make all the difference in the world.

Thanks for reading and allowing me to bear my soul again.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Three Mothers.

Three Masons

Once a man came upon three rock masons at work. "What are you doing?" he asked of them.

"I am carving these stones into the different sizes wanted," answered the first.
"I am earning six dollars a day," replied the second.
"I am helping to build a great cathedral," commented the last.

Only he had caught the vision of the great work that he was helping to do!

Three Mothers

Once a woman came upon three mothers at work. "What are you doing?" she asked of them.

"I am doing the weekly washing," answered the first.
"I am doing a bit of household drudgery," replied the second.
"I am mothering three young children who some day will fill important and useful spheres in life, and wash-day is a part of my grand task in caring for these souls who shall live forever," replied the third.

Only she had caught the vision of the great work she was doing!

(Taken from the book The Power of Motherhood by Nancy Campbell.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Day 6 of Trying: With a Heavy Heart

I am writing this post with a heavy heart. I debated with myself whether I would post or not. Since I began this blog long ago as a way to document my life I decided that I would post. Then when I added the fact that my first project for this blog was 30 days of trying, it was settled.

My heart is quite heavy because my dear mother is in declining health. Mom's health has been declining for some years but the rate of her decline is increasing at a speed I am not adjusting to.

My mom is 64 years old. She has been married to my father for 44 years. My mom stayed home with me and my 3 siblings and did the most incredible job. I truly remember every single day of my life at home as bright and cheerful and nurturing. There is no way anyone could have been a better mom to me.

About 9 years ago she began to experience memory loss. She was only 55 years old. Her mental status continued to decline, while at her young age her physical health showed no signs of slowing down. Two years ago my father and the family agreed to place her in a very wonderful assisted living. The employees there are tremendous and care deeply for my mom and my father who visits with her for a minimum of 4 hours a day. Each and every day.

The past 6 months my mom has experienced slipping out of her bed and onto the floor at night. By the grace of God, she has not been injured in any of these falls. My father even designed and built her a bed that was inches off the floor in order to minimize her chances of any injuries.

The past week, the doctors believe my mom may have experienced a small stroke. She seems very weak and is drooling more than usual. She has also increased her slips out of bed. We realize this is the natural progression of her illness ( dementia ) but it has rocked me to the core this week.

I guess it is that the physical decline feels more tangible to me and that is undeniable. I am feeling deeper loss than I have felt in awhile.

I want my mom. I want to be able to call her and ask for advice. I want to go shopping for fabric with mom. I want to cook a meal with my mom. I want to go get my haircut with my mom. I want to sew with my mom. I want to laugh with my mom. I want to eat a meal we prepared together. I want to walk around the block with my mom. I want my mom.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Day 5 of Trying

Day 5 of trying has been FUN, FUN, FUN. I decided I was going to dye clothing I had hanging in my closet for a while. I bought the clothes over time at Goodwill. They were all white. I love the cut and fabric of all but being a total stain maker, white is a BAD idea for me.

I was aware Kool-Aid dyeing so I first bought that. I came home jazzed and ready to jump in to my experiment. At that point, I decided to look on-line for directions. Not the best order of doing things. I discovered cotton and linen do not take Kool-Aid dye. OOOPPS. Back to the store.

I picked up Rit dye and read the directions. To be honest, I was intimidated. For some reason, I had anticipated throwing my clothes in the washer with the dye and running a load and all the work being done. NOPE.

Using Rit dye involves accurate timing of an extended wash cycle, multiple rinses,and a normal wash cycle. Next comes the drying cycle which thankfully does involve just throwing the dyed clothing in and pushing a button. OOHH one more step, the bottle of dye advises you to immediately wash your washing machine with hot water and bleach. Now that scared me. Will all my family's clothing get a purple tint if the bleach cycle fails?

I have to say I am thrilled with the results. This Day of trying was labor intensive for me with a 4 month old but I am happy with my 4 "new" pieces of clothing. I am really looking forward to wearing my new purple skirt. I think I will tomorrow, but now I am going to take a nap.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Decluttering today Day 4

Hello, I'm back. We have been battling the heat and teething in the household so I have been in hang on mode the last little bit. Imagine that.

I have decided that my new thing for today is a major declutter. I love the way that getting rid of stuff feels AFTER I have done it not before. I love the way my house feels when it is clear, minimal, and simple BUT I just seem to dream about accomplishing that.

Not today! I am going to conquer my STUFF today. YEAH!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Day 3

It is Day 3 of my experiment and I was able to do something in word and deed today. It was certainly stepping out of my comfort zone which it exactly what I wanted this to force me to do.

I worked very hard on my communication skills. URGGH!! Not my favorite thing. I have always felt kind of awkward expressing my feelings. This has been a pattern for me for years. It has caused me to alienate myself from many awesome opportunities as well as friendships. It is time that changed for me.

I have been slowly stepping out of my comfort zone for the last couple months by speaking to as many people as I can. I will slowly check out at the grocery store and speak with the cashier, I have gone to the same stores and try to go through the line that the cashier is familiar to me, when walking anywhere in public I hold my head up and look into people's faces, I have been speaking to anyone that calls for a moment before we address the issue for the phone call. Little changes but have been a stretch for me. Guess what, I now enjoy doing those things.Change is good.

Day 3 allowed me to Stretch myself more. I was feeling a little frazzled with caring for my precious 4 month old teething son. In normal situations, I would kept it to myself and not shared with anyone. I would have sucked it up and carried on. Today I decided not to do that. I shared with my incredible sensitive in tune with me man. I told him that I was feeling like I was not getting to the "tasks" that I think I should accomplish every day and always felt like I had too many plates spinning in the air at one time. Dayne listened and then we brainstormed on things that we could do as a family to relieve some of those feelings for me. Wow, what a great conversation where I felt heard and after our talk I knew I was supported. All it took was me TRYING a new thing and expressing myself.

I am liking this Trying for 30 days thing.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 2

Today is Day 2 of my 30 days of trying.

I could say that I truly am in my 2nd day of trying. Trying to keep the house running, trying to soothe someone who does not speak words, trying to help someone NOT take 30 minute cat naps, trying to help someone not to gnaw on everything in sight. You see I have a 4 month old son who is teething. Boy do I mean teething. Now that is trying.

But that is not what I meant when I said I was going to have 30 days of trying. I meant I was going to try something new every day for 30 days and document it here. Today in the middle of all the teething, I was able to accomplish something new for me.

Today I turned up the music loud and danced with my sweet soulful son. We started off with a sweet slow song to get us calmed down then switched it to some groovy Beck. It was fun after I got rid of the fear that someone would see me. Mind you, we live in the woods on 26 acres.

Dancing freely and making my son giggle was amazing. It was just what my soul needed after seeing Jake just not be able to get comfortable. I also realize that some moments of dance should become part of our daily rhythm because man was I winded after our jam session.

I felt subconscious at first like I was the only one on the dance floor during a middle school dance but with each wet, drooly smile and from the gut giggle Baby Jake let out I began to loosen up and get into it.

It was a good good day.

Monday, July 12, 2010

30 days of trying

I have decided that for the next 30 days I am going to try something new each and every day. This can include things in word and deed.

I am having a huge desire to document things that I experience daily. This started as a slow, low hum immediately after Jake was born but it has gotten to a loud strong roar now. I must comply or else I may go deaf to the prompting.

My past experiences have been to dream and plan and gather and think some more and rethink another way and gather more and in all reality never DO anything. It is quite comical at times but at others it is like "Do it already."

Well, my 30 day experiment is not going to turn out that way. I am going to throw caution to the wind and just get started. No brainstorming for the perfect project, no gathering the perfect supplies, no need to know what I am going to do on day 18 until day 18. Wow, what a change in things for me and I am so excited.

I am anticipating this experiment will open my eyes further, help me get to know my self even more, and help me fulfill some of my passions.

I have tons of ideas running around in my head. That excites me to no end.

For Day 1 I posted this picture. This is a beautiful tree that was right outside my old home. I would sit on my porch and gaze it daily. Well, today I decided to mess around with the photo and try to help me see it in a different way. I accomplished that for sure.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Let the fun begin.

I am excited to be posting my first blog entry. I have been thinking of starting a blog because I have been so inspired by other wonderful blogs.

I am Elizabeth from NC. I have two wonderful sons. They are 16 years old and an almost 4 month old. I am engaged to the man of my dreams who totally swept me off my feet and continues to do so everyday. My family is the absolute most important, fulfilling part of my life.

I have become a SAHM since the birth of my youngest son and am loving it even more than I thought I would. I wanted to be a SAHM with my first son so bad but was unable to so staying home this time is a dream come true.

I will admit that being a SAHM continues to stretch me every day and is the most intense thing ever but I do not want to change one thing about it and savor ever minute of it, even the rough times.

Well, enough for now and welcome to my blog.