Are You Thankful?

Mom came out yesterday with her newest painting! This one, is her very first done with acrylics on canvas (she’s always painted with watercolors on watercolor paper). I’m always so proud of her art…I was grown and had children of my own before she unveiled this talent!!

This has been a LONG week. There has been so much going on….I need more hours in my day! Of course, then I remember that the Lord had a plan when he gave me 24 hours, I really just need to learn to work within them to make the most of my time.

Yesterday, I’m thrilled to say, that I finished edging a new herb garden in my yard (it is *very* small…but functional!). So far, I’ve planted rosemary, lavender, thyme, basil, marigolds and to fill in the gaps, I also planted three pepper plants. I would like to add sage, lemon thyme (if I can find some), chives, cilantro, parsley, and maybe some chamomile(?). At some point, I would like to add mint back to my garden. It is such an aggressive plant, I actually ended up killing off the mint I had growing because it was taking over my yard! This time, we’re going to confine it to a pot!

Along those lines, I’m hoping (if it doesn’t rain) that Paul can spare a few minutes this afternoon to put together my first squares for my square foot garden. We’re starting very slowly around here. I’m not going to make it too big, just enough to let us begin to learn more about growing our own food. I’ll post pictures as soon as we get a start!

Prayer Requests

Paul is still working away at his business plan. I know he is very tired. He leaves for work at 5:30 every morning to return at 5, eat dinner, and work well into the night on our business. I can’t wait for the seeds that he is planting begin to root and grow. I know that his hard work is going to pay off.

My Mom’s back has really been giving her trouble lately.

The Berry family has a new foster child placed in their home…please pray for this transition.

The Fuchs family had a Dr. appointment with their son yesterday. Please pray for peace and wisdom in upcoming decisions that they will be making.

The Wadsworth family, no particular reason. I ran into Bonita at the Walmart a couple of days ago. It was so nice to see her and I would like to pray that they are doing well.

Today, I’m Thankful For

It looks like rain! My little plants would love nothing more than a cool shower today!

The new day and all the opportunities that come with it.

I think I’ve ordered the bulk of my school books for next year! Hurray! I still have a couple of things to get for my older children.

My new MOSTLY metal mailbox. I’m sorry to say, it was impossible for me to find one with no plastic…but this is better than the majority of the ones we have seen.

My sweet daughter, who volunteered to post in my absence last week. What would I do without her? I do have to note that we broke over 1,000 visitors last week! I hope that I can begin to add additional features to the site soon…but it’s going to have to get in line behind all the other things Paul has to do first!

Tracy’s Task

It’s time for haircuts in my home again! I’m going to work on all the children over the course of the day and Paul when he gets home.

*The other things that I need to finish are to straighten my home, begin to work on my lesson plan book for next year, cut out Matthew’s birthday quilt, water my yard (hopefully, it will rain), bake banana bread and prepare dinner.

Today’s Scripture Meditation

I belong to a digest that addressed the subject of being thankful recently. I was so touched by it….I know that it is important to let others know how thankful you are….

2 Tim 3:1-5

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, *ungrateful*, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

Oh my, I could go on and on with this one, but I think for today, it is important that we realize that God wants us to be thankful. It is a habit that we should work toward for ourselves, and to teach in our children.

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