Monday, January 29, 2018

Happy Homemaking Monday - January 29, 2018

Today I'm joining Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
and all the sweet ladies of 
Happy Homemaking Monday!

Good Morning, Sweet Ladies! Happy MONDAY! 💗 

I pray that each and every one of you had a great weekend and that this post finds you, and yours, healthy, happy, serving the Lord with gladness, and ready to tackle the challenges of a new week ahead with renewed energy and vitality!

We had a nice weekend here. I had to work Friday and Saturday, which both days fairly flew by, and Saturday night I participated in a deer survey at the park. Sunday morning we had a good church service, then our youngest son and his wife and their little boy stayed afterwards for lunch. After lunch was over, we rested for awhile, then took a long walk around town. It felt good to get out and about in the fresh air and sunshine! One of the older boys and his family came to visit in the late afternoon into early evening, so it was a full weekend, indeed! We enjoyed it!

Let's get right on to it, shall we? 😊

Right now I am...

Finishing up my breakfast and enjoying a cup of hot tea as I type this post. 

On the breakfast plate...

An egg, a wedge of Laughing Cow cheese wrapped, and melted, in sliced, deli turkey on toast with a cup of hot tea 🥚🧀🦃🍞

The weather...

The weather was gorgeous over the weekend...sunny and warm with temps in the 50's and 60's; today it is back to winter...23 degrees (feels like 12). Right now the sun is playing peek-a-boo with the clouds, but it looks like it's supposed to clear off and be sunny this afternoon. The high today is supposed to be barely above freezing, but, overall, the ten-day doesn't look too bad going into February...highs in the 30's and 40's most days with lows in the 20's. Beats teens and sub-zero readings any day! 🌞

On my reading pile...

Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Kenneth E. HaginLive Long, Finish Strong by Gloria Copeland
Life in the Spirit Study Bible - King James Version
In addition to daily Scripture reading, I finished Gifts of the Holy Spirit by Kenneth E. Hagin yesterday and am about a quarter of the way through Live Long, Finish Strong by Gloria Copeland. 

On the menu this week...

Only three more days and we'll be through with our Dollar S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g, Cabinet-Clearing, Clean-Up-The-Food Project For January 2018 and I'm glad! We've done well, but it's been a long month and I'm ready to move on! I will post a final update on our progress in an upcoming post a little later on in the week. Here is the plan for this week's menus...

Monday - Breakfast - egg, LC cheese, deli turkey, and toast
               Lunch - leftover spaghetti and green beans
               Supper - bison burgers and oven fryes

Tuesday - Breakfast - cinnamon swirl muffins
               Lunch - out
               Supper - leftover spaghetti and green beans

Wednesday - Breakfast - cinnamon swirl muffins
                    Lunch - salmon, steamed cauliflower, and sauteed green peppers
                    Supper - potato soup and crackers

Thursday - Breakfast - egg and toast
                 Lunch - grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup
                 Supper - baked chicken breast, brown rice, and asperagus

Friday - Breakfast - THM pancakes with blueberries and yogurt
            Lunch - turkey burger, brown rice, and black beans
            Supper - broiled salmon, baked sweet potato, and salad

Saturday - Breakfast - THM pancakes with blueberries and yogurt
                Lunch - turkey burger, brown rice, and black beans
                Supper - homemade pizza

Sunday - Breakfast - cottage cheese on sprouted toast
              Lunch - butter and garlic pasta, peas, and bread
              Supper - leftovers

Snacks throughout the week may include fresh fruit, cereal, popcorn, sugar-free pudding, or light wasa crackers spread with Laughing Cow cheese

On my 'to do' list...

- Monday - Plan the week ahead, weekly "home blessing", laundry, clean fridge, clean refrigerator freezer, do an updated food inventory
- Tuesday - Take a friend grocery shopping
- Wednesday - 
- Thursday - Run errands with my husband
- Friday - Work
- Saturday - Work
- Sunday - Church

In the craft basket...

Pocket letters!

My Very First Ever Pocket Letter
Front View

Back View
I just learned about pocket letters last week from Jodi over at My Life As Mama Jodi. Jodi is a fellow HHM participant and I'm so thankful that she posted about having pocket letters in her craft basket last week

I always try to do a little something special for the grandlittles for Valentine's Day and, this year, I was having a tough time trying to come up with a new idea. This did it! The minute I saw Jodi's post, I knew this was what I was looking for. I looked up a couple of tutorial videos on YouTube, purchased my supplies, and set to work. I have all the granddaughters' pocket letters finished and am working on the grandsons' now. I am well pleased with the results! 

Thanks for the idea, Jodi!!!! 

Looking forward to this week...

Having a little slower week than I have had here lately (not as much on my 'to-do' list as normal), getting my test taken and mailed off to RHEMA, and getting the pocket letters finished.

From the camera...

In going through old photos I came across this one of granddaughters, Audrey and Lizzie, at one of the nature journaling programs that I presented at Prairie State Park. I love the intentness with which the girls are focusing in their individual directions, as well as the greening up of prairie in spring. I'm so looking forward to it happening again soon! 💓

Scripture passage...

Well, Ladies, that's it for this week! I pray that each and every one of you have a blessed week ahead and that all goes well for you and yours in every area of life!

Until Next Time...

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  1. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, have to enjoy this mild weather in winter while it's here. Those pocket letters look fun! Hope you have a fantastic week ahead!

    1. Amen to that, Jean! Winter won't last long, though, and spring will here before we know it! Can't wait!!! You have a fantastic week ahead, too! Hope you're feeling better soon! <3

  2. Going to have to check out these pocket letters, as I have an 11 year old and an 8 month old...and it's always nice to do something for kids for Valentine's Day!

    1. They're pretty neat, Joanna, and fun to make, too! Blessings! <3

  3. Oh, pocket letters are SO FUN! I haven't made one in ages, but your photo makes me want to get back into it! Have a lovely week.

    1. Indeed, they are fun, Carol! I'm really enjoying making them! Thanks for dropping in and have a great week ahead! <3

  4. Happy Monday Rebecca! I forgot I was going to mention to you before that my Mom gifted me a really neat book I like to read in the AM's when I do my prayer and devotional time. It's called The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn. My Mom is Christian but has been studying some Hebrew and even learning some of the language.Their words can be so spiritually poetic. I'm finding it fascinating. Just FYI.
    I was fascinated by those pocket letters Jodi did too. Yours turned out great!! The grandlittles will love them. ;)
    Have a blessed week ahead. xoxo

    1. I agree, Carrie. Not only is the Hebrew language poetic, but, knowing what the words mean from their perspective adds such a rich depth to understanding the Scriptures and to knowing who we really are in Christ. Enjoy your new devotional book and have a blessed week ahead! <3

  5. Sounds like a perfect weekend! We are also back to cold weather here, was snowing earlier. I still have to figure out what to do for my kids for Valentine's Day. I hope you have a wonderful week!

    1. Hi, Rachel! Have a blessed week ahead and thanks for dropping by! <3

  6. Love the pocket letters. Beautiful picture of your granddaughters. Have a great week

  7. Those pocket letters are so sweet and pretty too! I hope you had a GREAT week. The week just got away from me and I'm so late visiting.

    1. Thanks, Tamy! I did have a great week! Thank you! And, hey! No problem! Late visitors are just as much of a blessing as the early ones! (((HUG))) <3

  8. I am finally getting around to last weeks well as this weeks... pocket letters are lots of fun... yours is really cute!!! Have a great week!

    1. Thanks, Jodi! Just mailed one out to our youngest daughter today. I bet she's going to like it! <3


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