My Trusty Date Book

Besides the usual shopping lists, appointments, birthdays, phone numbers and notes that are recorded in the small date book I carry in my purse, I frequently record quotations that seem important to me as I read magazines or books at Borders or in waiting rooms.  Here are a few of them:

"Collections reflect a life well lived." (Todd Richesin)
"Spend wisely, give wildly."  (
"Giving  presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well."  (Patricia Glenconner)
"The soul is really like the earth itself.  It has to lie fallow for a while...." (Sue Monk Kidd)
"Thank God for what you have. Trust Him for what you need."
"A home is a place to do things not store things.  It's not meant to house your possessions but your life.
"Land of the free; because of the brave."

(I also record money spent, ideas, books I want to read, movies I want to see, things I want to do, things I NEED to do, recipes and blogs I want to check out...)


  1. Oh, so that's your EVERYTHING book!
    I like your quotes very much too!

    I actually have lots of books where I write lists, and bits and pieces from prayers and quotes, and reminders for birthdays, and even some addresses.
    And this is how scattered my mind is, the notebooks have lined paper, but I don't use the lines, I write all over the place!
    I buy all these notebooks with the conviction that I am going to be organized and use one book for lists, another for addresses, another for quotes, etc.
    But after two days I'm back to my old wayward ways and I grab whatever notebook is handy!
    Maybe I'll make a New Years's resolution and stick to it!

    Love to you,

  2. What a great idea, I carry a small book which holds numbers but I wouldn't mind one especially to record this idea my freind.....:-) Hugs

  3. You sound sooo organized, my friend. I wish I was more like that. Your date book is something to treasure...holding much more than appointments.
    I love the last quotation: "Land of the free because of the brave."

  4. I love to keep a little notebook, also. I do have difficulty in that I lose it too often. Do you have all of your notebooks from many years?

  5. Eileen, I write all over these pages, too - sometimes ignoring the date, etc. I'll even cross reference things - like "see August 13 for book titles I want to read". After years of trial and error and many little notebooks, I've settled on this for the past few years as the best way to keep my highly distracted self SOMEwhat organized.

  6. Bernie, I just squeeze quotes in wherever I can. Some of the best ones, I might recopy in my larger journal in a section I've labeled "quotes". This journal sits by my recliner along with my Bible and laptop....

  7. Brenda, So far, I keep it like the checkbook - in my purse and haven't lost it. And yes, I do keep old ones. I've referred to them occasionally and am thankful that I didn't discard them. Most of the time, though, I wonder, "WHY am I keeping all these?"

  8. I'm a quote collector myself. I love the way others weave words.

    Your record-keeping discipline is one I need to employ. I carry a small journal when I travel, but I ought to have one for daily musings as well.

    Thanking God for you, and for your living your life for Him.


  9. Well I'm afraid that I am just like Eileen. I to write everything down but have so many different notebooks that I have to go searching the house for which one which thing and what have you! I think that if I could just find the "Perfect" one that I would do alright!
    Love Di

  10. Although I keep quotes in a separate book I do similar things Rebecca, even jotting down cute things the grandkids have said over the years. With me it all started in 1884, when a sister gave me a hard back "book calendar" that had quotations on each page. I love reviewing past years, it's like mini journaling! So enjoy your blog Rebecca. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!

    Luv and smiles,

  11. Diana, When you've lived as long as I have, you'll have given up on finding "perfect"!

  12. Wanda, Wow! 1884! (Just kidding.) You're right--it is mini-journaling done without taking extra time to do it.

  13. That makes me ancient relic I guess!


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)