Monday, July 16, 2012

Mid-Summer Thanks…


We are smack dab in the middle of the summer months.

Last week was beautiful and warm, but we have cooler weather today.

I'm sittling in my home office, (aka, Elizabeth's sanctuary), enjoying the cool, fresh air coming through the window.

I talked to youngest daughter long distance from Missouri this morning, and FaceTimed with my daughter and two grandkids from Ghana.

I'm so thankful for modern technology!

My grandson's hair has grown long and curly and oldest granddaughter looks like she's another foot taller since we were in Ghana with them in April.

Oldest daughter and her hubs and our two youngest granddaughters, who live here in Portland near us, are on vacation this week.

Facing a week without seeing the two little ones, I'm already missing them.

I'm late getting my gratitude list up, moving slow this morning, and hoping summer does too…loving the warmth and beauty of these mid-summer days.



I’ve taken the Joy Dare.

I’m counting one thousand thanks in one year.

I hunt for thanksgiving using the prompts Ann gives us each month.

If you are interested in joining in, click the link above or at the bottom of this post.

I continue to count my thanks

piling up gratitude day by day

in my little black journal…


a gift of rhythm-

-walking/jogging to my favorite music

a gift of rhyme-

-playing name game with my granddaughter

a gift of reason-

-Isaiah 1:18- it's my choice, try to reason things out by myself, or with God

3 gifts in weakness-

-He is all my righteousness-in myself I have nothing to offer Him

-He is my Wisdom, my "I thinks" get me nowhere

-Romans 5:5, I need His love to love others

3 gifts in jars-

-my old blue canning jars

-a jar of golden honey


-yummy, creamy peanut butter on bread

a gift of life-

-acres of blueberries, and granddaughter eating more than she put in her pail



a gift of growth-

-youngest granddaughter healthy and growing and developing

a gift of decline-

-2 Corinthians 4:16- though the outward man is perishing the inward man is being renewed

3 gifts curled-

-sweet curly headed young woman at church who is sewing me a custom camera bag

-"curls of legend"-my only grandson and his head of dark curly hair

-curly ribbon in youngest granddaughter's hair


3 gifts of yellow-

-white daisies with yellow centers

-lemon slices for my iced tea

-yellow lilies by the river


3 gifts of stone-

-our paver patio

-river rock beneath my feet


-blondie granddaughter collecting rocks on our walks together, just like the older grandkids before her

Gratefully yours,



  1. Thinking you today - much! Loved seeing your sweet grandbaby and remembering the miracle of HER!

  2. Your grandchildren are beautiful. Wonderful list of gifts!!

  3. Beautiful grandchildren and a great list of gratitudes. :)

  4. You would think with all the grandchildren references, those would be my favorites this week. I love grandchildren stuff.
    But no. My favorite line, hand's down, was THIS:

    "He is my wisdom.
    My 'I thinks' get me nowhere."

  5. Your words and images are always so precious!


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