simple woman’s daybook


Outside my window… freezing rain is falling

I am thinking... about how much I enjoy our sweet little one

From the learning roomsChristmas Math, copywork, and crafts

I am thankful for… a wonderful church family

From the kitchen… a big pot of refried beans

I am creating… gifts of Christmas Simmer and Amish Friendship Bread

I am going… to take each of my children Christmas shopping.

I am reading…Ecclesiastes, Teaching With God’s Heart for the World

I am hoping… that if we get ice, it’s enough to keep Hubby home tomorrow  :o)

I am hearing… my daughter squeal at the arrival of the American Girl doll she bought with her birthday money

Around the house… I’m finally finishing the Christmas decorating!

One of my favorite things… a warm fire on a chilly night

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… deep cleaning to prepare for next week, mail presents, drive around & look at Christmas lights!

Here is picture thought I am sharing


Princess Sassyfrass

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This post is a part of Frugal Friday.

printable gifts for kids


Have I got a treat for you!! I know many of us are having to get creative this year when it comes to Christmas presents, so how about letting your computer help you out. I’m making big fancy-pants coloring books for our girls. Our son will be on cloud nine with the paper airplane patterns. You could print out several of the models, add a glue stick or two and top it with a bow – you’re done! Below, I’ve linked to some very unique coloring pages and lots of paper toys to make. There’s something for everyone!!

Check out Frugal Friday for lots of money-saving tips.


Mary Engelbreit

Animals of the World really beautiful

Garden Fairy

Beautiful Fairies

More Beautiful Fairies

Santa Clause Parade vintage

Popular Characters Disney, superheroes, cartoons

A White Horse for the horse lover

More Horses

Art Museum

Fine Art

Natural History Notebooks beautiful


Camouflage Animals really cool

Imagination Coloring

Silly Monsters

National Geographic

Stained Glass

Jan Brett

Quilt Blocks

Amazing Alphabet very detailed for older kids

Animal Alphabet you could make an ABC book, or a cute craft by spelling the child’s name


Innovative Paper Planes we had so much fun with the samples at the bottom of the page – we are going to buy the rest of the patterns & make a book for our son, only $3.oo!

3-D Manger

Build A Paper Rocket

Papercraft a huge list of paper toy sites

Vintage Paper Dolls

Amazing Paper Airplanes

Spacestation 42 big list


Business Card Size Airplane Models

Cuckoo Whistle

Canon’s Creative Park wow!

PaperPino very complex

Paper Microscope

Gianormous List of Paper Toys

Paper Modelz

Space Exploration Fleet

Artists Helping Children alphabetical list

Vintage Airplane Models

The Toymaker

wfmw – elf yourself



If you haven’t heard of  Elf Yourself, you are in for a treat!! Load up to five photos and watch your family & friends do a goofy little elf dance.  We laugh ourselves silly watching this over & over!

Here are a some of my kiddos:

Classic Elf

Disco Elf my favorite!

Country Elf

Charleston Elf

Leave me a comment if you Elf Yourself – I would love to see it!

Run on over to Rocks In My Dryer for tons of great ideas.

beauty and the beast


(click pic for larger view)

You can see more Wordless Wednesday photos here.

a christmas alphabet


My girls will be copying A Christmas Alphabet this week. I found it at Kath’s Christmas Corner (she has lots of great ideas!). I did alter the verses a bit by changing them to English Standard Version and lengthening some of them. We are using these lovely pages from

A Christmas Alphabet

A – is for Angels, appearing so bright, telling of Jesus that first Christmas night.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Luke 2:13-14

B – is for Bethlehem, crowded and old, birthplace of Jesus by prophet foretold. But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Micah 5:2

C – is for Cattle, their manger His bed, there in the stable where He laid His head. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:7

D – is for David and his ancient throne promised forever to Jesus alone. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David.
Luke 1:32

E – is for East, where shone the bright star which Magi on camels followed afar. Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” Matthew 2:1-2

F – is for Frankincense, with myrrh and gold, brought by the Wise Men as Matthew has told. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:11

G – is for God, who from heaven above sent down to mankind the Son of His love. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

H – is for Herod, whose murderous scheme was told to Joseph in a nocturnal dream. An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him. Matthew 2:13

I – is for Immanuel, “God with us,” for Christ brought man back to the Father’s house. Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

J – is for Joseph so noble and just, obeying God’s word with absolute trust. When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, Matthew 1:24

K – is for King. A true king He would be, coming in power and authority. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9

L – is for Love that He brought down to earth that night in the stable in lowly birth. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. I John 4:9

M – is for Mary, His mother so brave, counting God faithful and mighty to save. And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38

N – is for Night, when the Savior was born for nations of earth and people forlorn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. Luke 2:8

O – is for Omega, meaning “the last;” He’s eternal: present, future and past. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Revelation 22:13

P – is for Prophets, when living on earth foretold His redemption and blessed birth. I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near: a star shall come out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel. Numbers 24:17

Q – is for Quickly, as shepherds who heard hastened to act on that heavenly word. And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. Luke 2:16

R – is for Rejoice. The sorrow of sin is banished forever when Jesus comes in. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. Luke 1:14

S – is for Savior. To be this He came; the angel of God assigned Him His name. he will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21

T – is for Tidings related to all, telling of Him who was born in a stall. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10

U – is for Us, to whom Jesus was given to show us the way and take us to heaven. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

V – is for Virgin, foretold by the sage, God’s revelation on prophecy’s page. “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). Matthew 1:23

W – is for Wonderful, His works and His words, the King of all Kings, the Lord of all Lords. For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

X – is for Christ. It’s X in the Greek, Anointed, Messiah, Mighty, yet meek. God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power. He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. Acts 10:38

Y – is for Yes, called God’s Yes in His Word; God’s answer to all is Jesus the Lord. For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. II Corinthians 1:20

Z – is for Zeal as it burned in Christ’s heart. Lord, by thy Spirit to us zeal impart. His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” John 2:17

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wfmw – sticky wreath hook



For years I used a metal wreath hanger that hung over the top of the door, but i had to find a new solution when we moved to our current house. Our front door has a window in the top of it and the wreath hanger not only didn’t fit properly, it looked terrible. I found my solution with the 3M Command Adhesive Jumbo Hook. They also have some nice metal ones. Mine is green and I bought it at Michaels for around $5. (I would have bought a metal one, but those are new to me.) It has been on my front door for three years now!

Run on over to Rocks In My Dryer for tons of great tips!

Tips I Want To Remember:

Santa Hat Bucket

Mexican Roasted Potatoes

stocking stuffer words

These cute activities are from

The MAILBOX e-newsletter.


Stocking Stuffers

Students consult a dictionary to determine if the items named at this center are appropriate stocking stuffers. Number ten cards and label each one with the name of an object that appears in a student dictionary but may be unfamiliar to students. Tuck the cards inside a holiday stocking and add an answer key. A student numbers his paper and looks up each word in the dictionary. If the object could be a stocking stuffer, he writes “yes” on his paper. If not, he writes “no.” Then he checks his work against the answer key.


Gingerbread Geometry

Students will run, run as fast as they can to this geometry-related math center! Label one 5″ x 7″ blank card for each of the following geometry shapes: triangle, circle, square, rectangle, diamond, and trapezoid. Next, make a poster like the one shown, allowing room to tape one card in each blank. Draw a simple gingerbread shape and photocopy. Then place the poster (with cards attached) and the patterns at your math center along with crayons and scissors. A student creates a gingerbread pal by following the directions on the poster. Rearrange the cards each day. Showcase the shapely cutouts around a window, door frame, or chalkboard!