The Christmas decorations are all put away,
and soon 2012 will be behind us as well.
Many bloggers are posting their end of the year posts...
most viewed posts,
or favorite projects.
I thought I'd mention some eucharisteo highlights,
some big things that happened in 2012 that I'm giving thanks for.
-ringing in the New Year with my son-in-law, daughter and grandkids in South Carolina
-seeing them fulfill their dream of a long term mission trip to Ghana, West Africa
-visiting Ghana ourselves in April
(if you are interested in reading more about it, click Ghana under categories in my blog sidebar)
-youngest daughter going on a ministry trip to Cyprus and Israel
-after years of renting a public school on Sundays for our church,
building and moving in to our own building
-raising funds to build a well and irrigation system for the village of Homabenase, Ghana, West Africa-
(We're very close to our goal-if you're interested in giving to the well project,
there is an Ask For The Nations paypal link on my sidebar.
A team from our church, including my husband, son-in-law and daughter
will be going in February to build it.)
-seeing our youngest grandbaby, who was only a month old when 2012 arrived,
roll over, sit up, crawl, stand up, walk, say some words, and turn one
-a family reunion with all of my siblings and many of our children and grandchildren
-youngest daughter moving back home to Portland after living in Missouri for 3 years
-a trip to the Redwoods with my two youngest daughters and two oldest grandkids
-God's continued blessing on Hope City, oldest daughter and son-in-law's church
The weather here will be clear and cold as we ring in the New Year tonight.
I'm tempted to make it a quiet celebration, just the Hubs and me....
New Year's Day all of our children and grandchildren will be over for a feast of Thai curry,
made by a young couple from our church, who will be joining us.
I'm looking forward to 2013,
another year of counting my blessings.
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.
3 gifts humble-
-the Humble King
-my Hubs, who blesses me with the way he serves and helps me
-my favorite old things, humble vintage wooden totes, old earthenware mixing bowls, bread boards, dishes and silverware...all things used in everyday life in days gone by
3 gifts in Luke 2-
-the good news that brings great joy to all people
-in the Amplified Bible it says an army of the troops of heaven, a heavenly knighthood, praising God joined the angel who told the shepherds
(makes since to me that the armies of heaven accompanied the Captain of the Lord of hosts on His mission as He became a man)
-the shepherd's example-they made haste, by searching they found Jesus, they made Him known to others
3 gifts in Christ-
-He's trustworthy (trust is my word for 2013)
-He's always good and does good
a gift found-
-photos of my mama holding my grandbabies
a gift shared-
-a quiet evening shared with my Hubs
a gift saved-
-years and years of old journals, and now, my gratitude journals too
3 gifts lingering-
-alone before everyone else is up, savoring my coffee and the quiet
-lingering under the Hub's grandma's old wool quilt on a cold morning
-how photography makes me notice, stop, linger
3 gifts of hope-
-the Blessed Hope-Jesus will reign on the earth
-because of Jesus, the promise of a future and a hope, Jeremiah 29:11
3 gifts remembered-
-His broken body and shed blood remembered as we take communion
-overwhelmed still with missing my mama-the other day wishing she was here and I was with her eating her delicious New England boiled dinner one more time
-God's faithfulness in 2012