For Today

Outside my window…it’s snowing!  I love the snow!

I am thinking…about the possibility of being snowed in tomorrow.

I am thankful for…the snow!  I was hoping to see snow on furlough this year.  

I am remembering…years past being caught in a snowstorm that kept me stateside 5 days longer than I intended.  My header photo is a picture taken after that snowstorm.

From the kitchen…chicken piccata tonight.  It’s been years since I had that.  It was wonderful, especially since I didn’t cook it!

I am wearing…warm, comfortable clothes of which one item is a favorite brown hoodie that is pretty much worn out.

I am creating…a blog post at the moment.   =)

I am going…south in a few days.

I am reading…Under a Blackberry Moon by Serena B. Miller.  This series was recommended to me by a friend a few months ago and I am just now getting to it.  I wish I could find more time to read.  For my reading friends, where do you find the time?

On my mind…and in my prayers are some friends going through a difficult trial, but excited to see that the Lord is working.

Noticing that…I need some new socks.  =)

Pondering these words…Mark 6:31, “And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”  I realized for the first time that this occurred directly after the disciples came and told Jesus that John the Baptist had been beheaded.  There must have been grief, fear and a multitude of other emotions.  Our Savior took them away to a desert place most likely so that they could rest, be comforted and receive some refreshment for their souls.  

One of my favorite things…in case you missed it…SNOW!!!!

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…I’ve been sorting through old pictures that have lots of memories. Here are a couple of my kiddos.  




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My Day

Outside my window…leaves are falling.

I am thinking…about the exciting days ahead.

I am thankful…that in 8 days my oldest son and his wife will be here.

In the kitchen…pumpkin bread for my English class ladies.

I am wearing…my go-to apron.

I am going…to teach one my English classes for the last time.

I am wondering…if I will ever get my Christmas shopping done.

I am reading…The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs

I am looking forward to…all of my children in Japan for Christmas!

I am learning…to prioritize my to-do list.

Around the house…a scented candle is burning.

I am pondering…the Light of Christmas.

A quote for today…

“Christmas is so much more than a holiday.  So much more than buying and wrapping and cooking and eating and trimming with tinsel and mailing out cards.  It’s a season for reflection, for preparation, for renewal.” ~The Women of Christmas, pg. 4

One of my favorite things…white lights and nutcrackers.  Oops!  That’s two.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

-Christmas shopping

-teaching English

-trip to Costco

-Christmas baking

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…missing my doggie as I decorate for Christmas this year.  She would have been 8 years old on 12/06.  She used to growl at my snowmen and we always took a picture of her in front of the tree each year.  Her eyes looked so sad in this picture.  Now I know why.

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(It’s been a while since I have done one of these, so…here is a small glimpse into my day.)

 Outside my window…the sun has almost set.

 I am thinking…about the nice day I had with a friend.

I am thankful…for God’s Word that gives peace in the middle of the storms of life.

 In the kitchen…nothing fancy, just leftovers.

I am wearing…something cool and bummy.

I am creating…a space to sew.

 I am going…to a language conversation class tomorrow.

 I am wondering…what happened to rainy season.

 I am readingThe Memory Jar 

I am hoping…for some cooler temps later this week.

 I am looking forward to…the ladies’ Bible study this week.

 I am learning…trust in the Lord on a new level.

Around the house…all is quiet.

 I am pondering…Philippians 4:6-13.

One of my favorite things…ice tea shared with a friend.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

teaching English

Japanese language class

Bible study preparation

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until the next time…

For today…

Outside my window…

there is laundry on the clothesline.

I am thinking…

about all I have to do in the next few days and how severely I have neglected my blog.

I am thankful for…

the little things.  There are too many to name right now.

I am remembering…

family.  Mine is changing in some major ways this year.

From the kitchen…

nothing today.  We had a BIG lunch out of shabu shabu.  It was yummy!

I am wearing…

a blue and white patchwork skirt with a blue peasant top.  It’s so cool on this muggy day.

I am creating…

a cotton half-slip.  I’m tired of the nylon ones sticking to me.

I am going…

nowhere the rest of the day.

I am reading…

Whispers of the Bayou

On my mind…

a few future blog posts.

Noticing that…

It’s getting warmer and we have still managed to live without the air conditioner.  Money saved!!

Around the house…

there are some changes I would like to make.  Not sure if I will do it.

A picture thought I am sharing…

We have a baby in our ministry now.  I get to be “Grandma Kim.”  I love it!


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Outside my window…

it is cold and dark at 6:00 p.m.

I am thinking…

about language school starting on Wednesday.

I am thankful for…

the small blessings that come from the Lord.

From the kitchen…

pork chops in a tomato sauce over rice.

I am wearing…

something warm!

I am going…

grocery shopping tomorrow.

I am reading…

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall

Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

Dwelling in His Presence by Cynthia Heald

Daily Readings from the Life of Christ by John MacArthur

I am hoping…

for some time to myself with no chores to do.  =)

I am hearing…

Avonlea:  The Calamitous Courting of Hetty King playing on the t.v.

On my mind…

“The same Jesus who walked with such resolve and determination throughout His own earthly life has a distinct and daily purpose for yours.  What pieces of this plan are becoming clearer to you?  Pray that He will continue to reveal…and that you will continue to follow.” ~Daily Readings from the Life of Christ by John MacArthur, pg. 10.

“How remarkable that our Lord, who was so grieved by His followers’ prideful contentment with the world, would even want to be a part of their lives.  Yet there He is, standing at the door of their church and at the door of their hearts.” ~Dwelling in His Presence by Cynthia Heald, pg. 23.

“Undeniable guilt, plus undeserved grace, should equal unbridled gratitude.” ~Choosing Gratitude by Nancy Leigh DeMoss

“The trick is not to let the power of what might happen tomorrow ruin today.” ~The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall, pg.24.

Noticing that…

I need to get off the computer and finish dinner preparations!

Around the house…

the Christmas decorations are all put away except for the village.  Just can’t make myself tuck it away yet.

Picture thought I am sharing…

My babies' first Christmas first baby will be married in April!

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For today…

Outside my window…it is dark and cool.

I am thinking…about my children who are stateside.

I am thankful for…a God who sees all and has everything under control.

I am remembering…a long, long list of to-dos.

From the kitchen…leftovers and chocolate.  

I am wearing…something warm.

I am creating…a mess!  I’m in the process of getting fall/winter clothes out, fall cleaning and  painting the church kitchen.

I am going…to visit a friend on Thursday.

I am reading…God’s Garden of Grace by Elizabeth George.

I am hearing…the sounds of a quiet evening in the neighborhood.  It always amazes me that I live in a very large city, but it is always quiet in the neighborhood.

One of my favorite things…hot tea on a cool evening.

For my picture thought, see my new header photo.  This was taken at beautiful Asuke.  I can’t wait to go back there in October for the fall leaf festival!

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For today…

Outside my window…it is dark and a breeze is blowing.

I am thinking…about the baby shower we are having this weekend.  It will be multi-cultural for sure!!

I am thankful for…good health.

I am remembering…family in the USA.

From the kitchen…tossed salad with all the trimmings!

I am wearing…workout clothes.

I am creating…a day planner.  More info will come in a later post.

I am going…shopping tomorrow for things for the baby shower.

I am hoping…to get some unfinished projects done tomorrow.

I am hearing…the xbox.  😦

On my mind…some quotes from two of my favorite movies:

“Try as we might, happy as we were, we can’t go back.”  ~Margaret Hale, North and South

“You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love, love, love you.” ~Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

Noticing that…my dining table looks like a craft table at the moment!

Around the house…my DD is unpacking from camp, DS is playing a game, and my wonderful hubby is cleaning up the kitchen while I write this post!

A video clip to share…

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Just a note:  This is a very busy month for us ministry-wise.  If you don’t hear from me often that is why.  I will try to post as I am able.  I have some things I want to share.  I am learning much in God’s school right now.  I’m also having fun serving the Lord (i.e. baby shower, upcoming church camp) and crafting.  Your prayers for us during this busy time are greatly appreciated.

For today…

June 13, 2011…

Outside my window…

the sun has set and a gentle breeze is blowing.

I am thinking…

about things that make me tired.

I am thankful for…

a safe trip back to Japan and special blessings that the Lord provided for me upon my return.

I am remembering…

family that we left behind.

From the kitchen…


I am wearing…

cool, loose clothing.  We are trying not to turn on the air conditioner.

I am creating…

room for the items that are coming on the sea container.

I am going…

to the immigration office tomorrow.

I am hoping…

to finish quickly at the immigration office tomorrow.  =)

I am hearing…

the dog whining.

Noticing that…

the washer just finished.

Around the house…

I’m washing clothes that were in storage and don’t smell too good.

Pondering these words…

“I long to fill all my time for thee,

whether at home or in the way;

to place all my concerns in thy hands;

to be entirely at thy disposal,

having no will or interest of my own.”

~Valley of Vision, pg. 128

One of my favorite things…

loose tea.  There’s just something about the process of making tea without bags.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

a visit to the immigration office

tea with a friend

more sorting and unpacking

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

Our family before our departure…

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For today…

Outside my window…

the sun is shining.

I am thinking…

of the busy day before me.

I am thankful for…

God’s grace in troubled times.

I am remembering…

when my kiddos where toddlers.

From the kitchen…

leftovers today.

I am wearing…

workout clothes and a red fleece jacket.

I am creating…

a new cross-stitch picture.

I am going…

to a women’s missionary meeting tonight.

I am reading…

one thousand gifts

I am hearing…

the refrigerator running.

On my mind…

more than I have the time to write.

Noticing that…

a spic and span house can degenerate quickly.

Pondering these words…

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

One of my favorite things…

a quiet day at home.

A few plans for the rest of the week:

hair appointment, orchestra concert, son’s suit alterations, etc.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

days gone by...nephew K, DD, nephew A, DS #1, DS #2

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for today…


January 10, 2011 in South Carolina

Outside my window…lots of beautiful white stuff!!

I am thinking…about final dinner preparations.

I am thankful for…a warm home and electricity.  In the past, we always lost our power during these times.

I am remembering…snow days with younger children.

From the kitchen…Italian pork chops with portobello mushrooms.

I am going…to have to go on the road again next week.

I am reading…Tidings of Comfort and Joy by T. Davis Bunn among other things.


January 10, 2011 in South Carolina

I am hoping…this is the year…

I am hearing…my hubby typing and my son watching t.v.

Noticing that…it will be lonely around here in a couple of days when my older offspring return to their dorms.

Around the house…things are returning to normal.  Decorations are put away, but I am still burning a Balsam candle.  mmmmmm…

Pondering these words…”Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee…”

One of my favorite things…the beautiful white stuff that is outside my window.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing…

January 10, 2011 in South Carolina-might not look like much for some, but it's bliss for us!!!