It's Sunday evening and I'm sitting on my bed writing this post.
Meanwhile, the Hubs and the three oldest grands are also sprawled out on the bed,
(thank goodness it's a king size!), watching something on the Disney channel...
and wrestling and pillow fighting.
I doubt that I'll be waxing eloquent tonight.
It's ten minutes til bedtime and EVERYONE wants to sleep in Nana's bed.
I've convinced the oldest one to sleep on a pad next to the bed,
so at least I'm down to two grands in the bed with me.
The Hubs will be getting a good night's sleep in the other room while I dodge knees and elbows.
Tomorrow the whole family will be over for a bbq if it doesn't rain,
and tacos or something like that, if it does.
Life is good.
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)
-sunny spring day
-two nights at the coast
-dinner at our favorite place
-a good book to read
-devotions by the sea
-a safe drive home
-laughing at four year old granddaughter's antics
-a rainy spring day, but a dry enough spell for a good run
-oldest daughter and son-in-law's anniversary
-a coffee date and a dinner date with sweet gals from church
-huge rhododendron bush all abloom
-99cent geraniums for the patio pots and a $2.99 basil plant from Trader Joe's
-eating the first watermelon we've had this season
-a sunny day for only grandson's ball game
-summer-y foods -BBQ chicken salad and watermelon for dessert
-a late evening run
-a great memorial weekend Sunday with a fun church dinner together after the morning service
-visiting the Willamette National Cemetery where my dad is buried
-the three oldest grands having a sleepover at our house
(at least I hope it involves sleep)