Gratitude


Gratitude list from Easter Sunday, 4/4/2101:

#319  He is risen…He has risen indeed!

#320 Celebrating 18 years of married life with the love of my life!

#321 Little girls in brightly colored Easter dresses.

#322 Much missed son home from Mexico.

#323 Sleeping boy–exhausted after a full week of serving.

#324 Lives changed from helping others–a new home for Remedios and her three children–built by teenagers in 4 days.

#325  Believers gathered together joyfully worshipping our risen Saviour.

#326 Worshipping with best friends 2 Sundays in a row!!!

#327  Lilacs blooming in time for an Easter bouquet.

#328  Easter dinner with family and friends-old and new.

#329  19 gathered together (young and old)-heads bowed in prayer thanking God for His Son and His abundant provision.

#330  Ham. potatoes & asparagus–yes, it is spring!

#331  Food  brought by friends–new tastes, new favorites.

#332  The hands that formed  the bread, poured the jello, tore the lettuce, chopped the broccoli, and made the cookies.

#333 Angry, impatient actions made clean by repentance and the sweet peace of forgiveness–friends again.

#334  Simple white flowers adding beauty to a table.

#335 Brightly wrapped baskets left on the doorstep–filled with sweet treats from thoughtful grandparents.

#336 Little girls squealing with delight over searched for baskets.

#337 Vintage teacup–an Easter tradition.

#338 Grandma’s china gracing the table.

#339 Dishes in the sink~pots yet to be scrubbed~remnants of a feast shared with loved ones.

#340 Bird song in the morning.

Please join us in the Gratitude community started by Ann of Holy Experience

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Well, I completely forgot to take a single picture of our Thanksgiving feast and all my loved ones around the table (not that I would have posted a picture of their lovely faces…you’ll just have to take my word for it…all were happy, contented and salivating!) but,  I did remember, Friday afternoon, to take pictures of the table centerpiece.  dscn1809The cards in the foreground are Thanksgiving/Gratitude themed quotes that I printed on cream colored cardstock then mounted on autumn hued cardstock. The cards standing up in the back are Psalms 100 and 95.   I stamped an acorn flourish accent across the top of each card for decoration.   We all took turns reading the quotes during our meal.

The small parcels in the center front are little bundles of 5 corn kernels with an attached card stamped with the word “blessings”.  I read the story about the Pilgrims and 5 kernels of corn just to give us all  a proper perspective to how much food with which we’ve been blessed  for just  ONE meal.dscn1813And even Mimi got into the decorating spirit and made this little guy to grace the side board. dscn1812

He sure looked cute amid the stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, crescent rolls, butter and sweet potato muffins–did you notice the absence of any veggies?–well, I thought I’d be smart and cut up my broccoli on Wednesday to save time on Thursday.  Only one problem, I forgot to cook the broccoli (and the corn) Thursday afternoon–so no veggies!

And to really make our table shine I made placecards (actually, I made them 2 years ago and saved them…I just changed out the background paper from brown to green).dscn1814We had a delightful day…not much verbal thanks were given but I know our hearts…we are all thankful for ALL God has mercifully given us.  We deserve nothing and He gives everything.  We are so blessed.

Coram Deo,

Lola

I’ve posted previously about my 1000 Things  for which to be thankful  here and    here.   However, I really slacked off in posting any more “things”.  Until now…I have been inspired yet  again by Ann at   Holy Experience.   And  so I have created my own homekeeping/gratitude journal. <br></br> </br> <br> </br>If I can do this any one can.   I challenge you to start your own “Endless List” or add to the one you’ve already started.  Check out Ann’s blog, drop her a line , and be added to the “Endless List” blogroll. <br></br>  If we “…seek the things that are  above”  and  ” set our minds on things that are above and not on things that are on earth…”~ Colossians 3:1-2~ then we will be living indeed!

OK, OK, I know it’s been a long time since my last entry but that is not to say I don’t have anything to be thankful for…on the contrary it is the very things that I’m thankful for that caused my self imposed hiatus…so here it goes:

4. family visiting for the holidays and beyond

5. a quick resolution by the other driver’s insurance company to a car accident

6. no injuries from the above mentioned car accident

7. the slow progression of my mother’s terminal illness

8. a doctor who finally was able to get my mom on oxygen

9. an 8 year old daughter not afraid to witness to her ailing, stubborn grandmother

10. my almost 13 year old son not afraid to scrub floors or do laundry because his mom physically can’t

11. big brother getting fussy baby to laugh…when no-one else can

12. 3 year old daughter singing “Rock of Ages” along with a Chris Rice CD
13. 8 year old daughter asking over and over to listen to “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” and knowing the words

14. an alomost 13 year old son who still listens to “Jonathan Park” from Vision Forum
15. Vision Forum for producing the Jonathan Park CD’s

16. an 11 daughter who loves to bless our family with from scratch scones

17. an 11 year old daughter who loves to cook dinner especially when I can’t

18. an 8 year old daughter who delights in setting a beautiful table every day

19. best friends for my girls

20. a best friend for my son

21. a husband who knows a toaster in not a “good appliance” Christmas gift but that a pannini grill is

22. a husband that doesn’t get upset when he gets home from work and the house is a wreck, there’s no dinner waiting for him and the bambinos and his wife are crying …he loves us all anyways

23. an always cold husband who sits for hours in a freezing ice rink watching his only son play hockey…just like he did…because I can’t

24. a husband who does the dishes and gives the babies their baths so that my hands don’t crack and bleed from being in too much water all the time

25. having my family, my in-laws and my mom together for Christmas dinner for the first time in my married life

originally posted  1/14/07

In keeping with this season of Thanksgiving I am following the lead of Ann V. at Listening and making a list of those things for which I am thankful. My goal is 1000, without repeating anything….I figure if I can think of 3 things each day then it will take me about 1 year to accomplish this goal. I intend to posts my list here as often as I can (the wee chick is still rather demanding of my limited time…and blogging just isn’t high on her list of priorities…yet!). And don’t look for any that are too personal in nature…I won’t be listing those…remember my websleuthing incident?

…Psalm 107:8
Let them give thanks to the Lord for His Lovingkindness And for His wonders to the sons of men!

Annyhoo…here are my first three:

1. A Merciful Savior who loves me, warts and all.

2. A godly husband who loves me, warts and all.

3. Healthy children, who love me, warts and all

Those are the easiest and most obvious things…I suspect as my list grows it will become more challenging not to repeat myself.
I hope this inspires you to start your own list. Leave a comment if it does and I’ll link to your blog so we can all be encouraged by one another.
Let’s start a revolution….a revolution of Thankfulness…what beter way to give glory and honor to the One from whom all blessings flow.

originally posted 11/8/06

Today is my fourteenth wedding anniversary. Those of you who know me well enough may be wondering what I am talking about seeing as how I was married in 1992. A little quick addition will show that I have in fact been married only 13 years. Well… it seems that my Knight in Shining Armour has a belief that marriages, like high rise buildings, should not have thirteenths–either floors or years. Now, I am sure you are scratching your head in wonderment and thinking :”WHAT is the Knight talking about!” Only two things come to mind: First, Mr. Knight is trying to drive me nuts! The poor chicks keep correcting Daddy-man, only to be told that it is Mother-hen who is mistaken. Second, …well, there is no “second” reason. I really don’t know what he is trying to do. However, I do know that he can make me laugh like no-one else. My heart still does a little flip when I hear his voice. I LOVE his grey hair (yes, My Dear, you did read that correctly!) I hate it when he is gone, even for a little while. And after all these years (20 and counting…he took his time popping the question) I love him more now than I did when I was 17. He IS the Love of My Life…I am a truly blessed woman. “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.” –Song of Solomon 6:3

As I sit here this morning the strains of Big Sis’ piano playing is resounding through the rooms of our home. This is only her sixth month taking lessons, yet she plays easily. She enjoys just sitting at the piano and playing…on her own…without any urging from her Dad or me. She entertains her baby sister and any and all visitors to our humble abode…she likes to play impromtu pieces that she hears in her mind…in essence, she gives up a JOYFUL noise because it springs spontaneouly from her heart and she MUST express it. This is how God made her…in His image…creative, expressive, JOYFUL! I could learn a lot from my 9 year old…I think I have forgotten how to give up JOYFUL noise…I only seem to manage noise…like a clanging gong…a prating fool. Praise God that each day is new…I have a second, third, fourth chance to be joyful…I don’t deserve the chances the Lord gives me with each new day…I pray that TODAY I don’t waste the gift of this new opportunity…I pray that any noise I make is a joyful one unto my LORD! Lamentations 3:22-23 ” Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulnes.”

First  posted  3/11/2005