Monday, 26 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: September 26


Today: Master Camron came to my house this morning. He keeps us laughing. I was reading about Moses today, and Camron told me, "Moses led the people, and God led Moses." 

At my writing desk: I met my writing goals last week by the skin of my teeth. After the end of the week, I won't be so pressed. Even with pressure, I love what I do. I find myself writing away with a goofy grin on my face. 

Praying for:  A pregnant friend of one of RB's students. An ex-husband shot her twice in the back and once in her stomach. (then killed himself). They were able to save her baby, but they need a lot of prayer. 

Standing on the promises“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" (Isaiah 41:10).

Thankful for: A fun date with our friends, Kevin and Linda Jones, on Saturday night. There is nothing like being with friends who share your love of God and ministry.

Around the House: Nothing much going on around the house. I promised RB that if I got through this week, I'd do some deep-cleaning next week. Thank the Lord for fall candles. They make me forget the dust!

I'm reading:  I bought two books with the gift certificate Jonathon and Emily gifted me for my birthday. 

Everyday Grace: It's a beautiful book -- one I'll probably buy a couple for gifts.  

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal: It spoke my name when I saw the page, "God will shelter you."

Postmarking: For the first time, I am behind in my cards. I hope to catch up tonight. And one came back without a stamp. (Insert frowny face.) I have a boy with autism who loves Christmas on our list this week. We're sending Christmas cards in September! So fun. I'll be happy to share the address if I or one of the team knows you.

Favorite quote: Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas. Dale Evans


Friday, 23 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: September 22




Today: Today is the first day for me to teach my grandson, Camron, kindergarten. Those who follow me will remember three years ago when I had a part in Morgan's kindergarten journey. Camron's Nana gets a day, and Melanie does the rest. 

At my writing desk: I had some lessons that a writer didn't complete. I've really enjoyed working on them. Usually I'm editing or rewriting -- I enjoyed starting from "scratch." I hope to write my daybook more often, but life seems extra busy (not to mention the age thing that seems to be making everything take longer than it used to.)

Praying for:  Beth -- A family from the school where she teaches had a collision with a school bus. The father, baby and 4th-grade daughter died and the mom is in critical condition. The 2nd-grader was injured. They had two teens who weren't involved. Please help me pray for Beth. Her own daddy was killed in an automobile accident, so it's extra hard for her.


Standing on the promisesThe Lord is a strong fortress. The godly run to him and are safe (Proverbs 18:10).
Thankful for: Time with our friends, Ben and Sue Colburn. RB taught in Louisville Tuesday night. The university provided a room at the Holiday Inn Express.Wednesday we met Ben and Sue for a long lunch.

Around the House: My son-in-law, Jonathon, took two personal days to help me with a project to surprise RB while he was at his annual faculty retreat. We surprised him! 

I'm reading: Emily gave me a gift certificate for my birthday. So many choices!  I'll be at Barnes and Noble for 6-7 hours tonight so that should help me decide!  

Here's a couple I've been looking at on Amazon:

Creating A Ripple: The Guide to Serving Millions with Mercy & Compassion through Hospitality (Kindle)




Humble Roots: How Humility Grounds and Nourishes Your Soul (not yet released)

Postmarking: We have sent over 3,000 encouragement cards this year. Almost every day I hear from people who have been touched by this ministry. 

Favorite quote: Let God’s promises shine on your problems. Corrie Ten Boom



Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Pamela's Daybook: September 13th




Today: Today is my mother's birthday. I wonder how they celebrate birthdays in Heaven. 

Last week: Celebrating Bee-utiful Corrinna Joy 




At my writing desk: Last week I used my mother's chair for my writing desk. I stayed a week with my daddy and was pleased to meet every day's goal. I have fallen in love with the book of Esther again. Sometimes I think I know everything there is to know about a Bible book. Then in studying it, new truths pop up everywhere. I loved researching about the times and customs, and about the God unmentioned.

Praying for:  My prayer list grows with the cares and burdens. I sometimes feel like a failure in keeping up with the needs. And then I get reports of prayers answered and my heart is filled with joy. Today I focused on a dear friend of mine. I've never met her, yet she's a sister of my heart. So I was honored to offer prayers for her and her family to my Heavenly Father through the name of His son, Jesus Christ.

Thankful for: Dentists, Jersey Mike's, the License Branch, my chauffeur RB, and the promised prayers of Melanie and Emily. 

Around the House: You can smell the fall candle, and from where I am sitting I can see the flowers Emily brought me in memory of her grandma -- purples with a big yellow sunflower. "Healthy colors because that's what Grandma would have chosen." 

I'm reading: I just received Marilyn Feinberg's "Flourish" in the mail. The cover is amazing. It's a 52-week devotional with coloring pages. My friend, Sue, shared Marilyn Feinberg with me, and I've become an avid follower. This is the book I would have gifted to my mother for her birthday.

Postmarking: We've been encouraging pastor's wives the last few weeks. If your pastor's wife needs encouraged, drop me her name and address in my Facebook message box: Pamela Cessna Kuhn. (We don't want their addresses floating around.)


Favorite quote: We flourish when we pursue the life God intends. Marilyn Feinberg



Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Pamela's Daybook: August 17th


Today: I'm weary, but it's a fun weary. There is a difference. RB had a meeting in Marion so I rode along. I met with my friend, Linda, for a Crimson Tea. This girl is seriously interesting. She has such a heart for people, and I always come away from our visits wanting to do more for God. RB came to pick me up, but we weren't nearly done. He ran to the grocery store and came back--nope, not done. Unfortunately, we had a deadline. 

On the way home we stopped in Yorktown at a tiny downtown restaurant, Osborns, that Jonathon told us about.  Delicious food! We got home with ten minutes to spare for RB to go to Anderson for choir practice. I made a bit of a surprise for him. Salted Caramel Brownies. Let's hope they taste good.

At my writing desk: I got my "job" writing done before I left. Have you ever made a word search puzzle? I've done them before, but it's hard to keep the letters and rows straight. Today I had the idea to insert a table --10 times easier. And just as I am typing this, I remember there's a website that all you have to do is plug the words you want in and it creates the puzzle. 


Praying for:  A single mother and her children. 

Thankful for: Peaches, fresh from the fruit stand. 

Around the House: Emily brought me a fall candle. Fall is my favorite season, and I love all the scents and colors. Is it too early to decorate for fall? My friend, Renee, usually decorates first, so I usually use her for my decorating calendar.

I'm reading: Blue Columbine (Jennifer Rodewald). First sentence:You are more than this. I thought about seeing what the last sentence is, but I just couldn't do it. You'll have to wait until I'm finished --if the book is good enough to warrant a review.

Postmarking: I hit the Hallmark Store and Tree of Life Bookstore today for some cards. Marion's Hallmark is the nicest I've been in. And they always have a couple rows of sales. Although I'd like to hit one that had their cards 1/2 price!

Favorite quote: We can heal and hurt each other, and we do. I’m hoping to help lead a tribe that does more healing and less hurting. I consider that my job.  Jen Hatmaker 



Monday, 15 August 2016

Pamela's Daybook: August 15


Today: What a week! Highs and lows. Since I didn't do a journal last week I'll share some highlights. 

  • Emily started the week off with cooking a delicious Sunday Dinner for us. 
  • We went to Shelbyville Sunday afternoon to see our new great niece -- beautiful Corrinna Joy!
Steve and Melodie
  • I got to see my sister and husband, Steve and Melodie, there for the baby's birth. And Glen and Pam, my niece, and their three children. Pam fixed delicious food for all of us, and also brought me a beautiful miniature rose bush. 
  • Thursday evening, Jonathon and Emily called to let us know they would have Emma with them for only two more weeks. 
  • RB and I have had our background checks, so planned to keep Emma overnight. Emily surprised Jonathon for his birthday, and they went on a mini trip.
  • Today our grands had their first day of school. (Pictures below) This is the fourth year for the school and they started today with 86 students. The kids are getting such an awesome and well-rounded education. Shawn and Melanie are third generation parents who believe a Christian education is a conviction. 
Morgan's teacher's theme is hedgehogs and foxes.
She asked Melanie to make cupcakes. Adorable!
  • Camron is in Kindergarten this year. Melanie is holding on to him another year. Melanie, his Nana and I will be teaching him. It's so special to be able to help teach him to read. 

At my writing desk: I took last week off from the Daybook and concentrated on other writing. Writing my fingers to the bone.  Ha!

Praying for:  Jonathon, Emily and Emma. There have been lots of tears and hugs, yet we can see the hand of God working. A friend posted this quote on her Facebook page. "God is using your circumstances to make you more useful for later roles in His unfolding story." (Louie Giglio) 

Thankful for: All the sweet notes I received last week for the 29th anniversary of Sarah's death. 

I'm reading: This month's book club selection must have a color in the title. I found Blue Columbine by Jennifer Rodewald. It's a "Read for Free" Amazon book. 

Postmarking: Wednesday I have a date with Hallmark. They closed both Hallmark stores in Muncie. RB has a meeting in Marion Wednesday so I'm going to hit the Hallmark there. Sometimes I just need a special card. 

Favorite quote: A little spark of kindness puts a colossal burst of sunshine in someone's day. (quotegram.com)




Pamela's Daybook: August 15


Today: What a week! Highs and lows. Since I didn't do a journal last week I'll share some highlights. 

  • Emily started the week off with cooking a delicious Sunday Dinner for us. 
  • We went to Shelbyville Sunday afternoon to see our new great niece -- beautiful Corrinna Joy!
Steve and Melodie
  • I got to see my sister and husband, Steve and Melodie, there for the baby's birth. And Glen and Pam, my niece, and their three children. Pam fixed delicious food for all of us, and also brought me a beautiful miniature rose bush. 
  • Thursday evening, Jonathon and Emily called to let us know they would have Emma with them for only two more weeks. 
  • RB and I have had our background checks, so planned to keep Emma overnight. Emily surprised Jonathon for his birthday, and they went on a mini trip.
  • Today our grands had their first day of school. (Pictures below) This is the fourth year for the school and they started today with 86 students. The kids are getting such an awesome and well-rounded education. Shawn and Melanie are third generation parents who believe a Christian education is a conviction. 
Morgan's teacher's theme is hedgehogs and foxes.
She asked Melanie to make cupcakes. Adorable!
  • Camron is in Kindergarten this year. Melanie is holding on to him another year. Melanie, his Nana and I will be teaching him. It's so special to be able to help teach him to read. 

At my writing desk: I took last week off from the Daybook and concentrated on other writing. Writing my fingers to the bone.  Ha!

Praying for:  Jonathon, Emily and Emma. There have been lots of tears and hugs, yet we can see the hand of God working. A friend posted this quote on her Facebook page. "God is using your circumstances to make you more useful for later roles in His unfolding story." (Louie Giglio) 

Thankful for: All the sweet notes I received last week for the 29th anniversary of Sarah's death. 

I'm reading: This month's book club selection must have a color in the title. I found Blue Columbine by Jennifer Rodewald. It's a "Read for Free" Amazon book. 

Postmarking: Wednesday I have a date with Hallmark. They closed both Hallmark stores in Muncie. RB has a meeting in Marion Wednesday so I'm going to hit the Hallmark there. Sometimes I just need a special card. 

Favorite quote: A little spark of kindness puts a colossal burst of sunshine in someone's day. (quotegram.com)




Friday, 5 August 2016

Pamela's Daybook: August 5th




Today: Yesterday I had Morgan here to work on cards. Which meant I got to see all the kids but Ethan. He was at a financial class with Shawn. Today I had Emma while Emily was at a teachers' meeting so we worked on cards. It's so sweet to see Morgan and Emma pick out the "perfect" card and to read what they write. 

At my writing desk: It was a mental health day. Ha! Tomorrow will be my Friday.

Praying for: The safety of the people at the Olympics

Thankful for: The supper Emily provided for us

Excited about: I had my therapeutic massage with Rhonda yesterday (Thank you, dear Rhonda!) and found out she's going to be a grandma! She always listens to my grandma stories. It will be such fun for her to have some, too. 

I'm reading: First sentence of the book I'm reading: "I was standing at the gate of Potter Correctional Institution staring at him when he was killed."

Postmarking: I spent a while organizing my cards and weeding them out. My biggest pet peeve is cheap envelopes. Why put them with a box of nice notes? And if the note is cream, why put white envelopes with them? And really, couldn't they match the whites?

Favorite quote: Each of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It’s our goal in life to find it and keep it lit. Mary Lou Retton