outside my window... the small city i live in is surrounded on three sides by beautiful mountain ranges. awwwwww... i am always blessed with such a beautiful view!
i am thinking... about how huge the mercy of the Lord is and how thankful i am that i receive it when i don't even deserve it.
i am thankful... for all the reminders God is giving me to spend time with Him getting filled up with His love and the knowledge of Him.
remembering... that justice and mercy are not opposites. God operates in both and it is a beautiful paradox to my naive mind.
from the learning rooms... i feel like i have been learning so much about the small prophetic books in the end of the old testament that i was not all that familiar with before. i am really enjoying becoming re-familiarized with them. i have read them before, but not for a long time. reading unlocking the Bible as a companion to my Bible reading has helped me so much in just getting the context of these little taught on books.
from the kitchen... i have slowly been building a whole foods pantry. i have been buying in bulk from azure standard and have amazing gals in town who are willing to split 25 or 33 lbs orders of things like sugar, oats, beans and such with me so that i can get the best prices possible and be able to feed my family stuff that is good for them and cheap. i have to counter balance all the not good for us treats we have been eating with all the birthday celebrations this month (though i have to say i have really enjoyed them)!
i am wearing... jean shorts, a sleeveless knit sweater in pretty greens and blues, leather flip flops, hair up in a messy pony tail, and light makeup.
i am creating... gifts (i keep saying that because i keep creating them!). i even thought of things to make for my husband, brother, and brother-in-law that they actually would use and like! it has been so fun.
i am going... to house of prayer sets more regularly lately at our house of prayer here (called the watch). i have really enjoyed just the little couple hours away to focus on the Lord, to refuel my heart in loving Him. i had really missed not going as regularly!
i am reading... the last few books in the old testament in my Bible reading challenge. i can't believe i am almost all the way through the old testament! even though i am constantly a couple days behind in my reading plan, i keep sticking with it and not giving up. it has been so good for me and i have to say the accountability of regularly letting my readers know where i am in this challenge i committed to is so good for me to keep on going.
i am hoping... to have a great time connecting with my husband tonight! yesterday was his birthday, but we were so busy that we decided to celebrate today instead.
i am hearing... the sounds of a busy home with four busy little boys getting ready for the day.
around the house... let's talk my veggie garden: my garden is coming along nicely. i did have a few of my little seedlings die, but it seems that more is making it than isn't, which is a great thing. i am still a pretty novice gardener. i am trying to grow: tomatoes, potatoes, crookneck squash, zucchini, cantaloupe, bell peppers, jalapeños, cucumbers, carrots, eggplant, kale, bunching green onions, mint, basil, thyme, strawberries, blackberries, sunflowers, and various other bee attracting flowers. did i get it all? i am hoping to have a great harvest this year.
one of my favorite things... is crossing things off a list. i must admit that i frequently lose the lists i make, but when i don't... i find immense pleasure in crossing things off of it.
pondering... how amazing God was to bring my wonderful husband bill scofield into my life. it was a pretty amazing story. maybe i should blog on it someday? he has been such a blessing to my life. my very best friend. the way God brought our paths to cross is truly amazing.
a few plans for the rest of the week: we have a big birthday bash for our 3 oldest of our 4 boys this weekend. their birthdays are not in may, but i told them if they would wait to celebrate their birthdays until we could have an outside party, i would let them invite any friends they wanted to invite. so... i made my month of may even busier than it already is! it is fun though.
picture for the day:
two years ago my dear sister-in-love did a photo shoot in the lovely month of may of me and my dear beloved. (don't you just love my purple hair? i had to do something bold for my 30th birthday.) in honor of his birthday yesterday, i wanted to post a picture of us together. can't you tell we like each other an awful lot?!
i am linked up with other lovely ladies at the simple woman's daybook.