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Monday, August 13, 2018

It's The Little Things: Days 225 & 226

I want to focus on the good things this year.
All the things people get right.
All the times that everything works out just perfectly after we assumed disaster had already struck.
All the times that the right word was spoken at the right moment.
So, let's celebrate those little moments together, shall we?
  •  It's the sermon series wrap up that made me want to go back and re-watch the whole series. It's good stuff. "Forgotten God" http://getrealchurch.org/sermonaudiovideo?category=Forgotten%20God
  • It's lunch with my friend Alexandra, who is too good to me. It's been almost exactly a year since we've had a chance to just sit and visit without being interrupted 48 times in 3 minutes. After our delicious lunch at Cracker Barrel, we went window shopping and somehow, I ended up with 3 new shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and a pair of pjs...and that was AFTER I'd insisted she put half of the things she picked out for me back on the rack. She told me in no uncertain terms that she was GOING to buy me some clothes and that she'd worked overtime so that she could do it without hurting her family budget. (Guys, have I mentioned that I am blessed? This lady and her family is such a blessing to Dan and I.)
  • It's pizza and movie night at the Man Crew House and while it felt weird to have only Dan, Derek and myself at home, it also felt nice. Like a little intro to the next few years of our life. And it was a considerable change from last week when it was us three, plus PattyCakes and Nathan who were expected, plus David and 3 friends who were NOT expected. LOL! This week we introduced DT to Mrs. Doubtfire and he laughed his head off. He enjoyed it so much that he re-watched it on Monday afternoon. *Hooray for an unexpected gem in the $3.74 bin at W-M.
  • It's wearing new clothes to work on a dreary Monday and feeling like a million bucks all day long. And even better, getting several compliments on the new clothes. And even BETTER...managing not to ruin my brand new clothes. If you know me, you know what a big deal this is. ;)
  • It's the simple, small gestures, like Dan staying up late with me while I baked bread for a fundraiser we are doing. He feel asleep on the couch at the end, but he tried, and in my world effort counts. 
  • It's waking up to reasonable temperatures in the morning. We've had a few days in a row of mid-70s temps in the AM and I am ALLLL about feeling like Autumn is just around the corner. 
  • It's preparing for the new school year. We are all dragging our behinds after the past few work weeks have been completely OUT.OF.CONTROL. But, hope springs eternal and the bulk of our books have arrived and the rest should be here soon, so we started today. Just with some organization projects and reminders about what we expect this school year, but we started. And that counts. 179 days to go. ;)
  • Free breakfast at Chick-Fil-A this week to those of us returning to school. YES PLEASE. Yum~O
  • New school Supplies. Enough said. 
  • Catching up on housework doesn't sound fancy or exciting, but it does keep the house running smoothly and makes being home more relaxing. I'm glad I spent the time on Saturday to make it clean and shiny.
  • It's a schedule with fair regularity now that school has started again. Thank you, Jesus!
  • It's looking forward to Swing on the Plaza since it was cancelled last week for the National Night Out celebration. 
  • It's not having much money for groceries, but realizing you've got plenty in your pantry, fridge and freezer so that you only need a few small things at the store to feed your family this week. **If you're struggling to feed your family this week, check out these links. https://lifeasmom.com/this-weeks-dinners-for-70-or-less-bonus-trader-joes-shopping-plan/ AND https://www.menus4moms.com/meals-for-hard-times/ AND https://moneysavingmom.com/2009/10/how-to-live-on-beans-and-rice-for-a-week.html AND https://www.frugalfarmwife.com/article/how-to-eat-beans-every-day-without-getting-bored/ AND http://theprudenthomemaker.com/blog/entry/how-to-eat-beans-every-night  The Man Crew has tried all of these at one time or another and several of the recipes have made it into our normal rotation of meals because they are so good. 
  • It's getting a good night's sleep for the first time in a while. Makes everything look better. 

What's on YOUR Little Things List today? 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Simple Woman's Daybook: July 2018

For Today... July 17, 2018
Outside my window... It is hot and HUMID (69% humidity is unheard of here in NM), cars are rushing by and the sun is shining weakly from behind a cloud where rain threatens once again. Our monsoons are back, no more drought!
I am thinking... that an hour or two of quiet to blog in between Jodi's students coming and going is a blessing I'm enjoying.
I am thankful for... Sunny mornings, rainy afternoons, Air Conditioning, Jesus, my family, undeserved grace, Swing on the Plaza free dance lessons, and deep abiding friendships that make my life so rich.
I am wearing... Feed my Starving Children blue tee, jeans, no show socks and tennies. Hair is UP UP UP trying to escape the heat.
I am remembering... that reading my old blog posts makes me happy.
I am Going... to work, to Swing on the Plaza, and to bed. In that order. ;)
I am Reading... Still Married and Loving It, Here Burns My Candle, Meals in 30 Minutes or Less (yes I read cookbooks, *grins*) and Relationship Principles of Jesus.
I am Hoping... to have enough energy to dance tonight instead of watching like last week...but it's not looking good right now. HA!
On my Mind... bills, the next student, what Dan and Derek are doing at home without me, and how behind I am on my reading goals for the year.
From the learning rooms... SUMMER BREAK, baby! The boys are enjoying a few short weeks of break before we head back in early August. We've made sure they read and stay up on their math all summer long, but this week is a full halt. Just have fun, it's summer.
Noticing that... being fat isn't serving me well. I need to lose some more weight. Perhaps dancing will help.
Pondering these words... "If there is more to the Christian life, do I really want it?" As quoted from Pastor Dennis' sermon a few weeks back. It's making me question some convictions I've long held dear. And that's a good thing.
From the kitchen...Currently, mostly leftovers. I haven't had the time or money to shop 'properly' this week so we are just making do.
  • Monday~Leftovers from the weekend. (Pizza, chicken tenders, potato wedges, watermelon, chips and dip, cucumber slices, tea and milk)
  • Tuesday~Smoked Sausage, beans and rice
  • Wednesday~The men will fend for themselves while I have dinner with Karen
  • Thursday~Snacky dinner with our Community Group
  • Friday~Game Night
  • Saturday~To Be Determined
  • Sunday~Homemade pizza
Around the house...I am in a De-cluttering phase right now. So I'm donating like our lives depend on it. The clutter must go! We have so much that we don't need and others could use.
One of my favorite things... my adult children. To have your own kiddos be some of your best friends is a gift from God.
From my picture journal...  

If you are living the simple life, pondering the simple life or just want to read more thoughts of those who are living the simple life, join us over at the delightful Miss Peggy's Site http://thesimplewoman.blogspot.com/ or click on the picture at the top. Thanks for joining me today!

It's the Little Things: Day 198

I want to focus on the good things this year.
All the things people get right.
All the times that everything works out just perfectly after we assumed disaster had already struck.
All the times that the right word was spoken at the right moment.
So, let's celebrate those little moments together, shall we? 
  • How can this year already be more than half over? I'm enjoying this blog series so much. It has become one of my little things. I don't get to post it as often as I'd like since I can't blog from my phone or my tablet, but whenever I get the chance to review some of my blessings, that's a blessing in itself. 
  • It's as simple as a Pandora music station that plays only songs you love and gets smarter and smarter the more you play it. (Currently playing, Ernie Haase and Signature Sound radio.)
  • It's a week on my own at the office. Which isn't necessarily a little thing, since it allows Jodi to have a week of stay-cation, but her trust in me to handle the students is a wonderful gift. 
  • It's Hercules and DT spending a whole day together playing Minecraft and hanging out. Mama got to work in peace and they had a ball together. And neither of those is a little thing. 
  • It's a hilarious Facetime visit with my 'Shua, Lauren and Caden. Little Punk was NOT all about sitting still to talk to {Grand}Mama K. At. ALL. But it was fun to visit with 'Shua and Lauren in their new house looking so happy and content. 
  • It's getting a gift of candy corn from one of my this-week-only students. 
  • It's my breakfast nook roof not leaking anymore thanks to some extra attention for Dan earlier this month. This is NOT a little thing, but I'm mentioning it just the same. Monsoon season is upon us and it's raining at least for a while nearly every day, so this repair came at just the right time. Thank you, Dan!
  • It's an hour to blog in between students. And with DT at home with Dan again today, it's only interrupted by the office phone ringing. And that's good news for the business so that's okay with me. 
  • It's pulling random ingredients from the fridge while I'm still sleepy and bleary-eyed this morning and once I woke up, realizing I've got ingredients to make a spinach salad topped with honey-chipotle chicken tenders, tomatoes, cucumber, zesty Italian dressing and Cheez-It crackers as croutons. Not bad, indeed. 
  • It's looking forward to "Swing on the Plaza" tonight if I'm not too tired. Free swing dance lessons, followed by 2 hours of music and room to dance. Dastroyah recently discovered swing dancing (with Z Benson's help) and it has changed his life. Even if I don't have the energy to dance, just enjoying the weather and watching the youngsters dance will be pleasant. Plus, food trucks will be there with Taco Tuesday specials. One can hardly go wrong in that environment. LOL! 
All of these and more make up my little things list this week. Isn't it so difficult to not see the blessings once you start looking? What's on your little things list today? 


Monday, July 16, 2018

#100HappyDays: Day 49

#100HappyDays: Day 49
A video chat with my far away family that included this handsome devil.

#100HappyDays2018feeling happy with Joshua Bean.
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PS. Please to overlook the crazy face I"m making, we were talking about unruly toddlers and how FUN they are. LOL

Sunday, July 15, 2018

#100HappyDays: Day 47

#100HappyDays: Day 48
A new manicure, courtesy of an evening at home.
Derek gets so annoyed when I only paint one or two nails. It amuses me.
feeling happy at The Man Crew House.

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

#100HappyDays: Day 47


#100HappyDays: Day 47
An evening well spent playing Road to Mexico Dominos with my favorite youngest biological child. 💚

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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

It's the Little Things: Day 184

I want to focus on the good things this year.
All the things people get right.
All the times that everything works out just perfectly after we assumed disaster had already struck.
All the times that the right word was spoken at the right moment.
So, let's celebrate those little moments together, shall we?
  • It's a successful day of work, which involved making kites, walking to the park, watching Mary Poppins, and laughing at the kiddos antics.
  • It's being SO ridiculously grateful for Air Conditioning in this insanely hot and humid (for Cruces) summer that we are enjoying. 
  • It's having an easy peasy and tasty dinner ready to eat in 5 minutes.
  • It's having big kids that means I can slip off to Starbucks around the corner to enjoy a free iced tea and blog for an hour (or two).
  • It's that same big kid that still enjoys having me read him bedtime stories. I KNOW I'm on borrowed time and I'm trying to soak up every minute. 
  • It's a friend requesting that we have our annual Independence Day bbq and then donating all the money to make it happen. (We are so blessed, guys!) 
  • It's celebrating with 'Shua and Lauren over the purchase of their first home and a successful and safe move last weekend. They live 6 blocks from my mom now. Woot for GiGi! 
  • It's a friend offering a free Herbalife shake to help me start my weight-loss journey. And enjoying some delightful mama chatter while doing it.
  • It's a bestie that calls to ask how things are going...not the socially appropriate answer of fine. How are things TRULY going? And being able to answer without fear of ridicule or a scolding reminder that others are worse off than I am right now. She's a gift, that's for sure.
  • It's having brake lights that WORK again after some attention from Hercules and Dastroyah. I feel so fancy and special now! 
  • It's a new sermon series by Pastor Dennis that rocked my socks off and caused me to rethink several long held ideas about my commitment to the Lord. And that's always a good thing. 


What's on your Little Things list?
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