Sunday, August 31, 2014

Giving Him grateful thanks...

We arrived home from our wonderful vacation early afternoon Friday.
We had a wedding rehearsal for a sweet couple in our church that night,
then the wedding on Saturday as well as chores at home to catch up on 
and dessert and ice cream to make for our church bbq/potluck, (and our annual homemade ice cream contest).
Then today was a wonderful day at church and a great bbq afterwards.
 I invited the two youngest granddaughters to spend the night, 
since we haven't seen them in a couple of weeks due to vacation.
So, it's late Sunday night, and I'm happily worn out.
God is good to us,
like Dave Ramsey says, "better than I deserve".
I'm full to overflowing with grateful thanks,
and so I pour out the overflow on paper, and here in this place.


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) 

-a family of five deer on our morning walk

-the Hubs taking me antiquing
-a funny video text from oldest daughter of our five year old granddaughter trying to make a zipline down the basement stairs out of yarn and a hanger, and wearing a bucket on her head for safety

-a phone call from my big sister
-Hosea-with She Reads Truth
-a sweet vacation day with my husband
-a delicious dinner out at a restaurant by the river

-a text from second born daughter reporting on the growth of the kids 
while they've been gone to the east coast for a few weeks
-a great time with Jesus sitting out on the deck
-a fun afternoon with my husband
-sharing a delicious crabmeat chimichanga
-I got a deer!

-an evening walk with my camera

-the last day of vacation before heading home tomorrow
-hiking around Suttle Lake together

-a relaxing evening while the hubs enjoys the beginning of college football season
-a fingernail moon right over the mountain

-a deer leaping across the golf course
-a text from our daughter
-a safe drive home from central Oregon
-puttering and nesting when I got home, because that's what I do!

-a few quiet hours before a busy afternoon
-a sweet, happy wedding

- a beautiful and blessed Sunday
-Hope is Here, a book with stories of changed lives in southeast Portland because of Jesus,
(from our son-in-law's church and him coming and presenting it at our church which planted his church)

-more new faces at church, and some loved familiar ones who haven't been at church in a while
-a fun bbq/potluck afterwards
-a fun evening and sleepover with the two youngest granddaughters

gratefully yours,


  1. Rejoicing with you, Elizabeth. So much beauty in your post - in word and photos...

    I'm still chuckling over the mental image of your granddaughter's attempt at a zip line down the stairs! What a riot :)

    1. Rebecca, she drew out her whole design, then had a whole plan for the needed safely equipment, (the bucket helmet and the rubber boots). She basically walked down the stairs holding onto the hanger that was sliding down the yarn zip line, then jumped down the last three or four steps.

  2. I enjoyed your gratitude list again. Love your deer! My sweetheart has always wanted to hang a real deer head in our living room - over my piano! I think I should get one like yours and see if it meets his approval!

    1. How about if you just display the horns of a real deer, that's very "in" right now, and a bit less than the whole head!

  3. A beautiful list, Elizabeth. I hope your granddaughter didn't try to use that zip line. :-) What an imagination. Have a wonderful Labor Day.

    Love you,

    1. Well, she tried to, she just basically walked down the stairs until she was near the bottom, then she jumped. :)

  4. Sounds and looks like a lovely weekend! Praise God for Hos great blessings!

    1. Laurie, God is so merciful and kind and gracious!

  5. So glad you had a wonderful vacation--preachers and their families need and deserve it so very much!

    1. Oh Dianne, the last several weeks God had been doing a new thing in us and in our church, and Labor Day Sunday we came home to even more new faces and such an evident, powerful presence of God that it made coming home from vacation extra sweet!


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