Monday, June 21, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook

Outside my window... Sunny, hot, blue skies, fat fluffy white clouds. Perfect day.

I am thinking... About how hard it's going to be to get used to a husband who has a job after having a husband who didn't for 6 months. I got really used to having him around.

I am thankful for... A husband who has a job.

I am praying for... His first full week of work, my kids' youth trip with our church this coming weekend, and my prayer partner Karen Ehman as she prepares for She Speaks.

I am wearing... shorts and a tee shirt. It's summer.

I am creating... ideas for the next book.

I am going... to survive this week, no matter how hectic it gets.

I am reading... back issues of Writer's Digest, clipping articles that will help me with my writing.

I am hoping... to have some fun with my kids this week. Putting some things on the calendar to make sure that happens.

I am hearing... the tv. My youngest is watching Ice Age.

I am remembering... all the summers my children were too young to do things like go to the movies or spend very long at the pool. It is nice to have reached the point where we can do those things as a family.

From the learning rooms... not much. Library trips, reading being encouraged, but otherwise just fun and play.

From the kitchen... I have decided I could live off Strawberry Special K cereal and tomato sandwiches. And the occasional chocolate. (Not all together, mind you.)

Around the house... Filing clipped recipes in my recipe notebook. Perhaps that will inspire me to make something other than cereal and sandwiches.

On my mind... my next book. It's always on my mind.

Noticing that... It doesn't take long for summer boredom (and the ensuing sibling rivalry) to set in.

One of my favorite things... sitting at the pool with a great book in my lap and the sun on my skin.

Here is a picture I am sharing... A reader in Paris had the wonderful idea of taking a photo of The Mailbox on a Parisian mailbox! Love it!!

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Shelly said...

Love the pic! Love the post! Thanks for sharing your soul this morning!

I will say a prayer alongside you and Karen today! I am preparing for She Speaks as well!!! I'm so excited that I actually get to go!!!!!

Can't wait to get my copy of The Mailbox!

And, hope that I will have to get used to my husband working after being out of work for 17 months ; ) He was called back for a 2nd interview on a job that we're hoping he gets!!!

God is good... He has provided... and your blog has been a great source of encouragement for me as I rise from the ashes of my wildfire of a life....

looking up (to Him) for beauty! : )

Thanks so much for always being here...


Arlene @At Home with the Grimms said...

Love the Parisian picture of The Mailbox!! So happy that Curt has a job! What an answer to prayer. Have a great summer with the kids...I remember trying to fill the lazy days of summer when mine were younger. Make lots of memories to cherish when they are grown and gone!

Arlene said...

Congrats to your husband - such a blessing to have found a job! God is so good. Like you, my husband could live on Strawberry Special K. It's an easy breakfast to prepare, that's for sure!

Awaiting my copy of The Mailbox, should receive it today or tomorrow. Can't wait to start reading! Have a blessed week.

Anonymous said...

Just finished your book The Mailbox. Great book I love happy endings!!!! Hope one of the ideas for your next book is telling us more about Campbell and Lindsey!!

Have a blessed day.

Ellen - SkoMomma said...


I'm so glad to hear that your husband has found a job, hurray!

I enjoyed reading the Mailbox (kindle edition!).

Anonymous said...

I have been checking in to hear the good news! Praise God- your prayers have been answered for Kurt's work. I pray all continues to go well for you and your family!

Maria in CT
P.S. I just picked up my copy of The Mailbox at B&N. We begin our vacation on Saturday. Can't wait to read it!!

Holly said...

I am always intruigued to read what you are wearing. I have no idea why...? Love the pic - how cool!

Mom Can I? said...

Hope Saturday was a success. Glad I brought my daughter. she thinks it is AWESOME that you are famous. Her words :-) Your daughter is so beautiful by the way...looks just like you. We'll get the little ones together after the beach trips. congrats again..can't wait to start reading!

Kristi Butler said...

Marybeth, I love, love, loved The Mailbox!!!!!!! I just finished it last night! Congratulations!!! What an accomplishment!! You are an amazing writer!! I got the last copy at the local Lifeway store. I'm going to encourage them to restock!!!

I plan to pass my copy along to my daughter, Rachel Hibbard. :) I believe you two know each other. :)

I look forward to seeing you at She Speaks!

Keep writing! I can't wait to read your next book!


tiggerdaisy said...

God is so good!!! I'm glad Curt has a job--hoping I find one soon myself! :) God is in control though and I will not worry.

Love the pic--too cute!

Prayers and blessings,

Kathy at Wellness Roadtrip said...

I was also just thinking today how odd it is that all the kids can do things independently this summer. Summer used to be about planning outtings and getting through the I don't see some of the kids all day!

Great picture...the reader may have started something!

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited about reading your book. I am hoping to get a copy soon so I can read it while I have a break from school. When I get it I'll let you know what I think about it.

christa said...

Yippee! A job! Love the mailbox impressed you have readers in Paris! I'd be happy with Paris, Texas!

Okay, that's 4 !!!! time to get off the caffeine...

Anonymous said...

I would love to know what it feels like for my husband to have a job after almost 2 years of not having one. Congrats to your husband and family for finding something so quickly. Good luck with the book. Hope it is a success too. Sounds like all your prayers are being answered. I am a writer too and would love to have similar success.