For my first post of the new year, I thought I’d start with an entry for The Simple Woman’s Daybook. A lot has happened in our lives since my last daybook post. We’ve begun a new decade and my family is minus a member as my son, Stephen, went home to be with Jesus in November, 2019. Each day will hold new challenges, but with God we can face them all.
Looking out my window…
The day I started this post there was a mixture of clouds and sun, but the sky is beautiful!
I am thinking…
about life and how we don’t know how long we have on this earth. Losing my son has shown me how fragile life is. But it also helps me see how I need to be present in every moment, to find the beauty, to keep creating and living as best I can.
I am thankful…
for the 29 years we did have with my son. His life touched all of ours and has left some lasting memories. To help me in giving thanks each day I started a gratitude journal in November. That one was finished and I’ve started another one.
I copy a verse from my daily reading, then write a haiku, then share what I am thankful for. Here is my latest page:
One of my favorite things…
is being outside on a sunny day, walking around enjoying creation. Today was such a day, and I took several pictures.
I am creating…
I am enjoying watercolor painting so much. It’s a great way to relax and have fun. Here is one of my latest paintings:
I am wearing…
a flowered pullover in shades of light and dark blue with designs of flowers and some tiny sparkles sewed into the front top. Jeans are my go to pants and slippers are on my feet. I’m wearing tiny pink earrings in the shape of hearts.
I am reading…
We just finished A GRIEF OBSERVED, by C. S. Lewis. It was helpful to see the stages of grief as he described them. I’m also reading in the book of Psalms every day and find wisdom and comfort there.
I am hoping…
to open an Etsy shop or find some other way to make some of my artwork available for purchase. I have a variety of photos, paintings, poetry on photos, bookmarks and other ideas in the making. It could be a small source of extra income.
I am learning…
to live life without my son, Stephen. I’m finding I have more free time, but I would give it up to be able to spend time with him again. But God gives comfort in many ways – through friends, through scripture and through my writing and art. I’m learning to move forward, but never forgetting the place my son holds in our hearts.
In my kitchen…
last night I made a taco casserole, but I changed it up a little bit from the regular recipe. Besides ground beef and black beans I added kidney beans. Since I did not have enough cheddar cheese I added what was left of the shredded parmesan cheese. It turned out very tasty.
In my garden…
there is not much growing right now. Some lingering parsley that I probably should harvest. I hope to have the garden squares prepared sooner this year and be more organized with my time in the garden.
I want to share with you a poem that my son, Stephen, wrote in June of 2018. It expresses how the heart tune can change so easily, yet shows how important it is to keep love alive.
Song of the Heart
Why does the tune of the heart change so uncontrollably?
One moment a lullaby, the next moment a roar,
One moment a dirge, the next moment a jig,
Now a hymn, now an outcry, now a laugh, now a growl.
Why, O Heart, do you confuse me so?
God, fill me with love, so it will shine through no matter the tune.
When the things I hold dear begin to crumble, empower me to stay true,
And to embody love every moment, even if it would disappear from the world around me.
~Stephen James Wright~
11/25/1990 – 11/30/2019
Sorrow, however, turns out to be not a state but a process……Grief is like a long valley, a winding valley where any bend may reveal a totally new landscape. ~C. S. Lewis~ from A GRIEF OBSERVED
A moment from my day…
Here is another photo from my walk outside today. My dogs were really enjoying basking in the sun.
I hope you’ve enjoyed going through a day with me. I’d love to hear what you are up to. Share if you’d like in the comments.
One other project I finished this month was a crocheted slouchy textured beanie hat. It was fun to be crocheting again. I’m working on mittens to go with it.
Satisfy us in the morning with your faithful love so that we may shout with joy and be glad all our days.