Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Weekend Thanks...

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
-fresh blueberries
-devotions by the sea

-a safe drive home
-laughing at four year old granddaughter's antics
-turquoise tootsies

-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)

gratefully yours,


  1. I hope you got some sleep! Love the photos from the National Cemetery. I always feel so honored to go there and a bit overwhelmed by the sense of respect and dignity there. Happy Memorial Day, dear friend. We are blessed. We are free!

    1. It's an amazing place. The cars are lined up all weekend to visit. Makes me hopeful that so many people remember our servicemen and women.

  2. I loved these as I always do. You cover such a wonderful wide range each week. I love to see your "present active" live of thanksgiving.

    I hope you got some sleep since writing this.

    And on a personal note: Thanks for the reminding me that the basil on my deck that is finally thriving probably needs to be watered this morning.

    1. Oh my goodness! A king size bed, but I'm pretty sure they slept practically on top of me all night!
      My basil is being watered my the rain today....looks like we'll be eating indoors!

  3. So funny. Our grands are still too young to enjoy sleeping at our house. It always involves me sleeping on the sofa with Nora while she asks, "Where's Mommy Daddy?" over and over again. ;) Great capture of the baseball game!

    It was a beautiful day here and we still had tacos.

  4. Lovely, Elizabeth. Such a grateful, peaceful post.


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