Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Weekend Snow

Doesn't that look like an impressive amount of snow? The forecast for our area included a winter storm that might bring in excess of 6 inches. While this photo looks notable, it was really the result of blowing snow. We did get a decent accumulation, maybe three inches or so. I'm not really a winter loving gal, so I'm glad that this was a powdery snow, and not bad to shovel. That was pretty much the excitement for the weekend. It was actually rather quiet. My husband took the girls out both Saturday and today, and I had the whole quiet house to myself for a few hours. Once in awhile, it's really nice to get that quiet time to recharge. Now, I sit here typing, off to bed in a few minutes, but enjoying a few more quiet moments before the busy week begins. Hope you found some time to rest this weekend too.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ok, well we made it through our first week back to school for the 2019 year. The past few months have been nuts for a variety of reasons, and I still find myself playing catch up. I could have, I should have, used my time this weekend to get some things done. Instead, I did quite a bit of nothing, and you know what? It was pretty nice. We had our first snow of January, and in between shoveling, we sat ourselves in front of the tv.

The week will have a couple of things going on, school wise, but it should be fairly low key. Perhaps by the end of the month I'll be back on track all of the way. Happy Sunday!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Here We Go...

Alright, yes, well, we are back to our school schedule tomorrow. I'm looking forward to getting back into our routine, and knowing what day of the week it is, ha. I had planned to get a jump on my school planning this afternoon, but, well, I didn't. Now, I'm almost off to bed, and looking at the pile of school books on the dining room table. But, they're not going anywhere, are they? I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year's holiday. Now, let's make 2019 a great year!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Made It!

I am so glad to be on the other side of Christmas! It's been a very stressful month, but I'm hoping to catch at least a couple of days to rest and recharge, before we jump back into the school year. We celebrated our last family holiday gathering this morning with a trip to a favorite 1800's home turned hotel/restaurant. Great food, great fellowship. Now, I'm ready to take a breath. Hope your Christmas week was a great one!

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! Have a blessed and safe holiday!

Sunday, December 16, 2018


So, it's a week and a couple of days until Christmas. I've been looking around my house this weekend, and I am anything but ready to go. My house is a mess, the clutter abounds. Last night, while starting a fire in the fireplace, we discovered that there is some kind of blockage in the chimney, as evidenced by the large amount of smoke that filled the house. Yes, the flue was open. Yes, the smoke detectors definitely work. Yes, the dog does not like the sound of the alarm. And the Christmas shopping, I still have much to pick up. Oh yes, and cookies, I need to bake cookies. Sigh. I'm just not feeling the Christmas thing this year, for a variety of reasons. Not that I'm depressed, because I'm not. I'm just ready to move past the holidays. I must say though, in spite of it all, I'm not overwhelmed. At least we have a quiet holiday planned. Are you ready for Christmas?

Friday, December 14, 2018

365 - Day Devotional Journals

Sometime in my teen years, I began keeping a personal journal. It was often sporadic, and the journal itself was quite unremarkable, a simple 70 sheet school notebook. It was simple, but I didn't really mind. That notebook, and the others that followed, are now long gone, but I still enjoy the pleasure of expressing my thoughts with a pen and some paper, although admittedly, it has been a while. It was timely then, that the opportunity to review three beautiful devotional journals from Ellie Claire came up. I jumped at this review that would be just for me! Let me share them with you...

All three journals are a cross between a hardcover and softcover, with an elastic ribbon band that will keep the book closed when not in use. The spines are sturdy hardcovers. There are ribbon bookmarks in each journal to keep track of your place. These are not my cheap school notebooks. They are thick, well crafted, and beautiful, with a different theme for each. All three feature short devotionals, as in, one or two paragraphs long. There is also a Bible verse to read, and meditate on, as well as a prayer at the end. A half of a page of blank lines allow you to journal, write out thoughts and prayers. By the time you complete the devotion for December 31, you will have a meaningful book to remember the events of the past year.

Each of these devotional journals vary slightly in their themes. While the format is generally the same, you will find that the devotions are different, as well as the cover themes.

The Peace Begins With Me journal is a lovely watercolor cover in a blueish green color with gold lettering. This is the most simple in its design, but very elegant. The theme, as described in its title, is peace, and the devotions in this journal will help readers seek peace through praising God.

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The second journal is Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus. This has a bright and beautiful floral cover, as well as on the corners of each page. This is a  sweet choice for the girly ones out there. The basic theme for these devotions are, naturally, how we can turn our eyes upon Jesus.  Each day will include  a line from a hymn or known song.

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The third, and final journal is perfect for the bird lovers in your life. With two vibrant peacocks in all of their colorful splendor, sitting among flowered branches, and dotted throughout the pages, The Earth Is The Lord's and Everything In It journal offers some regal whimsy to the user. With the devotions using various examples from nature, this is yet another pretty choice.

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Simply put, any of these would be a well received gift for your daughters, sisters, friends, basically any female friend sin your life. I am so impressed with the quality of these journals. I was expecting a thin, softcover notebook, and instead received these high quality gems. I would recommend these beauties to anyone looking for a devotional journal. These are on my gift list for sure, and I hope that you will include them in your holiday plans too.