My life isn't perfect.
Sometimes life is a perfect sunny afternoon and the hubs comes home from work early
and we go on a drive together in the country and share root beer floats.
Sometimes life is disagreeing, misunderstanding, hurting each other, making up.
Sometimes life is celebrating at a baby shower for our daughter and soon to be born grandson,
(our daughter is pregnant for the first time in thirteen years of marriage).
Sometimes life is a text from a loved one with heart wrenching news about one of her children.
Highs and lows, victories and defeats, successes and failures, good times and hard times,
and yet my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude,
because it's the truest truth that God really is good.
All the time.
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)
-writing a guest post
-pale pink tulips
-sweet smelling lilacs
-laughing with our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter while enjoying our grandson's baseball game
-coffee with MJ
-a visit with my oldest daughter, son-in-law and two youngest granddaughters
-playing "candy store" with our granddaughters and I'm the customer
so the two year old calls me "Miss Elizabeth" with the most adorable lisp ever
-an 86 degree day in April in Portland, Oregon!
-the Hubs coming home from the office early
-enjoying a nice afternoon together
-in between teaching Bible studies, going out for soft serve DQ cones with a friend
-testimonies shared at Bible study
-Friday date day with the hubs
-homemade strawberry crepes for breakfast
-both of us enjoying spending our day the same way
-buying some cute clearance sale shoes
-my daughter's baby shower
-all the ladies who worked hard to make the shower special for her
-my hub's sister driving 4 hours to come to the shower
-drinking a cup of tea and having a good visit with my sister-in-law before bed
-our grandson spending the night with us because he told his mama that he "just needed a break"
(he's nine, and he made this declaration after getting in trouble for fighting with his sister)
-going out to our favorite Mexican restaurant with the team that went to Ghana
and various other ones in our church
-relaxing and watching a good movie
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