Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Pamela's Daybook: February 21st

This week:  This is a busy one. Usually, I try to conserve my energy by only getting out a couple times during the week. This week, I'll be out every day. Thursday I'm planning a five-hour evening at Barnes and Noble. It's been a while and I'm like a kid at Christmas. Friday night I have a date!

Thankful for:  Ronda. I get deep tissue massages every two weeks. Due to our crazy schedule, I've had to put it off another week. So thankful I can get there today. Besides loosening me up, I love talking with her for the hour.

Praying for:  My friend Anne. Anne is part of Shelter: Postmarked group, and sends cards each week. Right now she's had a difficult time.Through it all, she has reached out to others. Anne is one of the most caring people I know.

At my writing desk: Last week I took most of the week off from the curriculum and did some blog work. I've been neglecting both of them. 

I'm reading: I just finished Jesus Prom: Life Gets Fun When You Love People Like God Does. It was challenging, humorous at times, and very real. How many times do I walk around people who need some love? Too many, I'm afraid. Jon Weece says, "Jesus loved verbs. Verbs like love, come, rest, learn, hear, die, give, and go. So wouldn't it make sense that the people who claim to follow Jesus would love the same verbs Jesus loved?”

Of Hygge cozy joy: Crocheting a baby boy afghan. There's something cozy about crocheting -- especially while praying for the baby that will be cuddled in it. I'm just making a big granny square, so I can even read while I'm crocheting.

Favorite Quote: Relationships rise and fall based on each person's willingness or unwillingness to die to self.  Jon Weece

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Pamela's Daybook: February 15th

Last week:  Someone in my home broke the "no kissing while you're sick" rule, so I succumbed to RB's cold. I kinda like my own pain, and not being able to breathe was the pits. I'm good as new this week. 

Valentine's Day: We've started a tradition with our friends, Ben and Sue, to celebrate Valentine's Day together. So we took a bit of a road trip and met them on Monday. Last night we had a tiny party for the grands. Heart-shaped pizza was the main entree. 

I planned on sharing some of the things Emily did for her Jonathon, but didn't get that done. She planned the "14 Days of Valentine." She hung 14 hearts, folded into envelopes, with 14 treats or activities for them. You can see a few of them in the pictures.  

Thankful for:  God's Word: 
When I discovered your words, I devoured them. They are my joy and my heart’s delight. (Jeremiah 15:16). Somedays I just need to "pig out" on the Word. 

Praying for:  Noel and Betty Scott. Betty has been in the hospital for a long time. They both need prayer for strength. 

At my writing desk: We're getting close to rolling out the new children's curriculum for Herald and Banner. Emails and phone calls between us has been constant as we hammer out the last few things. 

I'm reading: I just finished Big Mountain, Bigger God: When you are weak He will carry you, by Cindy Mullett. We serve a big God who is with us when the mountains are insurmountable, or if they crumble at our feet.  

Life is easy, when you're up on the mountain,
And youve got peace of mind, like youve never known.
But things change, when youre down in the valley,
Dont lose faith, for you're never alone.

For the God on the mountain, is still God in the valley,
When things go wrong, He'll make them right.
And the God of the good times, is still God in the bad times.
The God of the day, is still God in the night. (Lynda Randle)

Of Hygge cozy joy: Planning a cozy reading session this evening. Not sure what I'll be in the mood to read.  I have about 8 started. I guess it will depend if I want entertained (novel), I want to learn (nonfiction), or if I feel like researching (many books, same subject). 

Favorite Quote: “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Charles William Eliot

Monday, 6 February 2017

Pamela's Daybook: February 6

This week: We celebrated birthdays Saturday. It was Camron's 6th birthday, and today is Sarah Morgan's 9th birthday. We all met at Bird's Barbeque to eat, then went back to Melanie's home for dessert -- Batman cake for Camron and pink sprinkled doughnuts for Morgan. It's always fun to watch the Clemens' cousins together, and to catch up with Shawn's mother, Sheryl, too. 

Looking forward to: We have a lot going on this week. Every day we are doing something outside of our home. I'm hoarding Saturday for an at-home day. Today is our last writing class at Heartland Christian School. RB has been teaching essay, and I am teaching short story. We've been getting some great work. 

Thankful for:  Plumbers!

Praying for: I'm praying for so many today. Those on my Shelter: Postmarked group list, a friend of RB's whose teenage son is having heart surgery today, for Herald and Banner's staff...the list goes on, but God hears them all. 

At my writing desk: I wrote twenty-four activities in the past four days, plus a few other things. I met with two other leaders from our writers' group to plan meetings for the next three months. 

I'm reading: I've read eight books so far this year. Standing out from all others is "The Insanity of God: A true story of faith resurrected" by Nik Ripken. It's an amazing story of God working in the midst of intense persecution. So compelling and, at the same time, hard to read. 

Of Hygge cozy joy: Burning Scentsible Scents Sugar Pumpkins today. First time I've used this brand, but they were 70% off. I'm sold! It's burning straight across and smells amazing. 

Favorite Quote: Don't you ever give up in freedom what we would never give up in persecution. Nik Ripken