It was Monday morning.
The forecast called for sunny weather, not just here in the Willamette Valley, but also on the Oregon coast.
Then in my email inbox was a big discount offer on a room at our favorite hotel.
Just like that I decided that the smart thing to do would be to take my granddaughter,
who was about to turn eleven, with me on an impromptu beach getaway.
My sweet sunshine girl, my favorite place, what's not to love about that!
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)
-an impromptu trip to the beach with my oldest granddaughter
-sunny skies but windy weather-a good walk on the beach regardless
-a yummy dinner together at Mo's
-blue skies and less wind
-birthday shopping with my granddaughter
-devotions by the sea
-facetime with our youngest grandson
-the hubs and our grandson coming to the beach to meet us
-a long walk by the sea
-exploring the tide pools with our granddaughter and grandson
-laughing together in the pool and hot tub
-another beautiful day
-a long walk and talk with Jesus by the sea while Papa watches the kids play
-safe travels home
-meeting for dinner at the Spaghetti Factory to bring the grandkids back to mom and dad and baby brother
-holding my youngest grandson
-our oldest granddaughter's birthday
-my sister's birthday too!
-a personal touch in my heart from Jesus, and a Bible verse spoken to my heart,
at our church's worship and prayer night
-a long and lovely drive
-buying more strawberries to make more jam
-coming home and resting
-feeling better after a migraine
-a morning cleaning and an afternoon cooking - (I love homemaking!)
-the God who smooths out rough places and straightens crooked places
-our grandson's dedication to the Lord
-Father's Day dinner with our family
-a rare Sunday afternoon with the hubs at home relaxing
-facetime with our oldest daughter and two youngest grandgirls who are out of town