"LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance." Psalm 16:5-6

Ours is a story of what God can do with two silly teens, starting off with no clue;

And baby thrown in, just for good measure. We didn’t know that God would increase our treasure

With four added on in rapid succession, filling our lives with joy and hard lessons.

We’ve had our share of valleys and hills, of times of abundance, and unpaid bills.

We once thought success would bring us bliss; we’ve learned that loss does a better job of this,

As we lean on our Savior, Who always delivers, regardless of the size of our quiver.

Although we’re grateful for the times of ease, the hard times are useful for learning to please

Our Heavenly Father, learning to walk in His Truth, of which we often talk.

May the Lord help us humbly and faithfully serve, staying mindful that the next generation observes.

Prop up your feet and grab a cup of coffee or tea while I open up

The book of my life, without further ado, and narrate the musings of my heart to you.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... ~ The blue sky and clouds are glorious! Our weather here in Moçambique is reminiscent of spring in Alabama, although we're currently heading toward "winter". I'd love to take the dog for a walk, but I must get dinner started. (My helpers aren't feeling well.)

I am thinking... ~ of my "to-do" list

I am thankful for... ~ fond memories; God's protection of my sweet friend who had a potentially hazardous mishap recently; traveling mercies for my husband and his co-workers; avocados; chocolate

I am wearing... ~ Denim and black; I think this is what I was wearing for my last "Daybook" post (on my previous blog). Hmm. I'll have to check. Anyway, my pink Chacos; big silver hoop earrings; a decent hairdo for the first time in months (ahh, the weather...)

I am remembering... ~ playing cards with my Grandma Betty, who is in the hospital and on her way to a nursing home soon; being called "Chickadee" by Grandpap and told to give him some "sugar" -- he, too has recently been in the hospital, and has returned to the nursing home, where he receives "hospice" care and continues to deteriorate physically, while woo-ing the nurses with his 95-year-old charm and tenor voice

I am going... ~ to South Africa again this weekend (it's my favorite part of living in Moçambique); to the track with the children tomorrow for a workout

I am currently reading... ~ Mother Tongue, by Bill Bryson; Profiting From the Word, by A. W. Pink

I am hoping... ~ to finally learn Portuguese

On my mind... ~ the sewing I still have to do in preparation for the upcoming May Fair

From the learning room... ~ finishing up writing assignments for the year; doing some art; lots of reading, still; doubling up on work to finish sooner; browsing online for next year's curriculum choices

Pondering these words... "... Waiting on Him for Whom it is no vain thing to wait." -- Jim Elliot, in his journal

From the kitchen... ~ lots of guacamole these days, thanks to very generous friends and their gifts of avocados; fresh granola from Morgan; finding many uses for the bakery tortillas that we can only get in South Africa (so I call ahead and order 10 packages before we make the three-hour trip over the border)

Around the house... ~ I guess that, just because we're in a different country, it doesn't mean that I don't have to go through the children's outgrown clothing and reorganize; our books could use some straightening and even some weeding out

One of my favorite things ~ the fresh scent of rosemary

From my picture journal...

Now I'm off to Peggy's to see what other simple women are pondering today. Would you care to join us?


  1. I loved reading your daybook, thank you for sharing. The picture looks so yummy! A few years ago I visited Mozambique (at the time i was in Swaziland)...I never learned Portuguese. I hope the language learning goes well.

    To answer the question you asked on my blog:
    The first retreat theme is "Wanted" the youth from that church picked the rolling stones song "you can't always get what you want." I am going to talk about desires and being fully satisfied in Jesus.

    The second retreat is for a different group. The theme is going to be "Rooted" I'm going to be looking at what it means to be rooted and established in Christ.

  2. Wow, Elizabeth! Those are great themes! I may just use those with my children. Being here has been a challenge to me as far as "being fully satisfied with Jesus" is concerned. When I lived in comfort and ease, I had convinced myself that I was. However, when things are not my way, I must decided to find my joy and satisfaction only in Him. What a great lesson! Thanks for the reminder!

    Portuguese is a challenge for me, as well, but it's my fault. I haven't diligently studied as I should. The children do much better than I do.

    Isn't Swaziland beautiful?! We went again recently. It's a majestic display of God's handiwork, really.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Blessings to you!

  3. Dayna,
    Thanks so much for visiting and commenting at my blog. It's been fun to meet you too by reading through your blog. I'm curious to hear more about how you landed in Mozambique!

  4. Enjoyed reading your daybook. That dip looks delicious. Thanks for stopping by my blog.