Sunday, February 23, 2014

A whole lot of gratitude...

I post my weekly gratitude list on Sunday evenings,
but last week I was computer less for several days.
So this week I will list two weeks worth of my gratitude list.
I have a lot to be thankful for!

In the middle of a lot of mess...
-computer problems
-scary moments in my daughter's pregnancy
-an emotional visit with my mother-in-law who is regressing rapidly with Alzheimer's
-church leaders that we love and care about going through deep trials
...there's been so much blessing, 
so much beauty,
such a deep sense of God's nearness.

{As a testimony of God's preventive protection,
last month at my daughter's big 5 month ultrasound to find out the baby's sex, (a boy!)
they also take a lot of time to check the baby for any possible defects.
The doctor declared him perfect in every way, but asked my daughter to come back in a month because there was one photo that they like to get of the baby's spine that they couldn't get because our grandson likes to lay on his back.
When my daughter went back last Friday they were able to get the photo of my grandson's spine,
 but also noticed that my daughter had developed a condition that made it necessary to have a hospital procedure to keep baby safely in until he's full term.  If he had not been laying on his back last month, this condition would not have been noticed in time to be corrected.  
Everything went well and mommy and baby are home and fine.
We are all so thankful.}

Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks
piling up gratitude day by day
in my little black journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)


-snow still on the ground
-the sound of chunks of ice sliding off the roof
-staying home and getting some chores done
-exercising indoors
-doing something creative
-a simple dinner of eggs, toast and fruit

-the snow finally melted enough that I could drive
-finding an Anthropologie "E" cup at the Salvation Army

-Costco roasted chicken on top of a spinach, pear, feta and pine nuts salad
-going on a walk with the hubs

-creating something
-birthday requests from our almost five granddaughter
-God speaking to me from my devotions in 1 John 3
 something that helped me in my message for Sunday
-finding just the thing our granddaughter requested for her birthday

-a sunny day!
-a phone call from my buddy
-our grandson calling to confirm that we will pick him and his sister up from school
-having Valentine surprises for them when we picked them up
-teaching Bible study
-a great prayer time
-the hubs delivering flowers and chocolate to our single daughter and valentine surprises to the two youngest grands

-the perfect card, flowers and my favorite candy from the hubs

-Valentine lunch at a new to us spot and going to see "The Monument Men"
-making chocolate covered strawberries together

-our sweet granddaughter's fifth birthday...what a blessing and joy she is to us!

-quiet time with my favorite worship music playing after a busy day
-the hubs vacuuming for me

-preaching God's Word 
-praying for others
-an impromptu lunch with a large group from church
-learning and discussing at our Sunday night class

-President's Day
-time with the two oldest grands while they didn't have school
-an unexpected, expensive computer breakdown resulting in a blogging break

-safe travels to see the hub's mama in spite of horrible rainstorms, then suddenly, a sun break
-getting there in time to see the sunset over Lake Washington

-dinner with the hubs and my sister-in-law and brother-in-law

-waking up feeling great after going to bed with a neck ache
-seeing my mother-in-law and knowing that "her spirit knows us even though her mind can't connect the dots" as my daughter described it
-her happy and laughing in her childlikeness

-safe travels home
-God's blessing of a replacement for my computer

-my afternoon Bible study gals coming 2 hours early so they wouldn't have to miss due to early release day at their kid's school
-a little nap on the hub's office couch on a long day at the church
-a sweet prayer time

-an ultrasound that caught a problem in time to fix it
-church family, family, friends, Facebook and IG friends immediately starting to pray for my daughter and grandson
-taking our two oldest grands to dinner with our oldest daughter, son-in-law and the two youngest grands, while their mama is in the hospital
-staying up late watching the old version of "Cheaper By The Dozen" and "Belles on their Toes" with oldest granddaughter

-God's grace on a day that didn't go as planned
-the procedure on my daughter went well and mama and baby are fine
-getting my weekly chores done
-God's help with sermon prep

-an amazing worship time
-the privilege of sharing the Word
-lunch at our favorite Middle Easter restaurant with friends
-my daughter home from the hospital

gratefully yours,

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  1. Oh, my Elizabeth...that is some list--the challenges and the joys and the amazingness of God (especially with your daughter and baby boy to come!)

    1. I'm so thankful for God's hand over my daughter and grandson. We've lost three grand babies to miscarriage so you and I both know that grief.

  2. This post is full of the testimony of JESUS! So thankful your daughter and grandson are doing well. Praise the Lord!

  3. I enjoyed this so much. I can relate. Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you, Sarah. I'm so glad you came by and took the time to comment!

  4. I'm glad you posted both weeks. I missed your list last week! It's full of blessing, that's for sure.

    1. Thanks so much! I'm still restoring files onto the new computer and trying to organize things. It's like moving!

  5. So many blessings and so glad you were able to share them this week--really, really missed you!

  6. Amazing story about your daughter and unborn grandson. Thank You, Lord. Love the photo of your grandgirl with candles!!! AWESOME!!!

  7. Love all your Grateful stories! God is good!!

  8. Welcome back to blog land - you were missed!

    Praising God with you for the successful procedure for your daughter and grandson.

  9. So, so glad your daughter is doing well! Missed your list..and you in Blog Land!

  10. So much to give thanks for! I'm thankful that your daughter and grandbaby are fine and that God used his little desire to lie on his back to give cause for another look-see!

  11. Praising God for the unfolding events with your daughter and grandson--

    such a peaceful feeling on your blog, Elizabeth.

    Did you have to get a new computer?

  12. Hello Elizabeth,
    God is good.
    This is such an encouraging list and I agree with the other readers that your daughter and grandson are well.
    I read Ann's book and began my own 1000 gifts. Walking with Jesus for over 40 years I also have many many blessings to record.
    Thanks again for sharing.


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