Sunday, February 10, 2013

A well for Homabenase...

I'm feeling a jumble of mixed feelings as the Hubs, our second born daughter
and a team from our church leave for Ghana in the wee hours tomorrow.
They will be joining my son-in-law and an engineer from our church who are already there.
The well and irrigation project for Homabenase is being dug and constructed this week!
I'm happy about the project,
but not fond of the Hubs being on the other side of the world from me!
I'll have company though.
 I'm watching my two grandkids while their mama and daddy are in Ghana.
I'm sure the time will fly by and the Hubs will be home before I know it.
I'd sure appreciate your prayers that all goes smoothly for the team going to Ghana
and for the well and irrigation construction as well as for everyone's safety.
What a reason for thanks that this project is finally happening!


In 2012 I followed the prompts in Ann Voskamp's Joy Dare in counting my thanks.
In 2013 I'm going back to the way I did it in the beginning,
just noticing and recording the many extraordinary blessings in my ordinary life.
And so I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of them via my camera or iPhone)

-hot coffee, warm bed, watching the sun rise through the window on the stair landing
-nice cashier at the grocery store who gave me one of my favorite fine point pens
after explaining that I had bought one the week before but ended up coming home without it in my bag
-good visit with oldest daughter when she came over for dinner 

-sun break while I went on my walk/run
-juicy grapefruit
- a "Jesus date"- getting out of the house with my Bible, journal
and my favorite Starbucks Americano to have my devotions

-sweet text from my oldest sister

-texting with my youngest brother and setting up a day to meet for lunch
-texts from the Hubs throughout the day
-a great time of prayer and worship at church

-an early getaway to the beach with the Hubs, since he will be in Ghana on Valentine's Day
-hazelnut crusted fillet of sole, a lovely dinner out at a seaside restaurant
-cute photo of youngest granddaughter sportin' a hat

-breakfast crepes and coffee with the Hubs

-talking about the future on our drive home from the coast
-feeling better after a headache

-sweet presence of God as we worship together
-my two oldest grandchildren asking us to tell them stories of when their mama was a girl on the car ride home from church
-all we have needed, His hand has provided
-Hope City's second anniversary

Gratefully yours,


  1. I was blessed while reading about YOUR blessings - and WILL pray for you as you care for your grandchildren and for the Ghana & success of their mission.

  2. So much to be thankful for here--love that sweet baby in the hat--

    Yes, Elizabeth, heartfelt prayers for your husband, daughter and the team--what a wonderful mission!

    The ocean--don't take it for granted even for a moment--most of us see the ocean a max of 5 to 10 times in our lifetime if that much. I know you don't--

  3. I'm praying for the team, for your hubby, your daughter and all involved in the well project. And for you, dear friend!

  4. Said a prayer for you and your family! Wonderful blessings you've shared. Enjoy those grandbabies. :)

  5. Sounds like they are all doing a good job don't worry they will all be home soon in the meantime enjoy your grandkids.

  6. I'm late, but I get so much encouragement from reading your lists. Hope your week is going well.

  7. Your blessings make me happy. I love that they are a mix of the small and the big pleasures of life. Joy to you!


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