Sunday, April 19, 2015


Yesterday was my youngest daughter's wedding shower.
She asked me if I wanted her to do my hair and makeup.
 I sat with my eyes closed as she brushed eye shadow over my eyelids,
when suddenly I was flooded with memories of the many occasions when my sisters and I
 did the same thing for our mama.
It felt like some sort of passing of the torch,
me receiving this bit of caregiving from my girl.
It also made me miss my mama, and made me wish she was here to see our youngest get married,
as she was for our two older daughters.
More than anything though, I just felt grateful to God for His ongoing faithfulness to us through the years.

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 green journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-catching up on my Bible reading after getting a couple of day's behind, 
and the Word ministering to my soul

-getting our tax returns done 
-us-the sweetness of a quiet evening at home with the hubs

-lunch with my buddy
-buying wedding shower presents for my girl
-dinner at our second born's

-getting to have breakfast with and get our youngest granddaughters ready for the day
 when their mama had an early morning appointment
-this beautiful day

-going to bed early

-my brother calling me to confirm that my nephew's brain tumor was benign as the surgeon thought
-my sister-in-law's thyroid surgery went well 
-visiting our church's young "miracle mama" at the hospital
(she was in a coma after having a stroke during heart surgery
 and is now up and around and cognitive)

-Friday date day with the hubs
-trying out a new restaurant-it was delicious!
(fried green tomatoes!)

-youngest daughter doing my hair and makeup for me
-a wonderful wedding shower put on by my two oldest daughters and another bridesmaid,
with so many people helping my girl celebrate

-the hubs lending a hand with the grands during the shower, (he's a really good Papa)
-our youngest grandson-so good natured and happy
-a wonderful evening run/walk as the sun began to set
-living in our neighborhood long enough to see a wee little neighbor boy
 grow into an over 6 ft. tall, handsome, polite young man

-amazing worship today
-making lunch plans with a friend from church that I haven't spent time with in way too long
-an afternoon open house for a young man from our church who's leaving for the Marines in a few days
-our grandson eager to earn money by mowing lawns, so he mowed our future son-in-law's yard

still following,


  1. You and your daughter are so beautiful! You looks like sisters! What a wonderful celebration - a real answer to prayer. There are so many things to give thanks for. I need to get busy and re-start my gratitude journal. You always inspire me, dear friend. I love reading what God is doing in your life and family.

  2. i'm in complete agreement with Adrienne! both of you are beautiful.. and such a well attended and meaningful and yUmmy shower. what a blessing.

  3. What a lovely, blessed week. Sometimes I think I will quit with the list when I get to a certain number and then I continue. I'm not sure how long I'll keep it up, but I sure do love reading yours.

    1. Don't quit counting your blessings! It's so life changing, in my opinion.

  4. I know these are very special times you're having with your daughter before her wedding day! Love the picture of her with you! I trust you're able to enjoy every single moment in the coming weeks, Elizabeth.
    Mary Alice

    1. Mary Alice, we're only a month away from the wedding! My last daughter, we have three, to get married! And yes, I'm treasuring this time.

  5. My very first thought was, "Wow!! they look like sisters!!!" Enjoy your blessings!!!
    I loved the story of how they (the couple) came together. God's hand was all over that. HE is there for us in the little and the BIG!!!

    1. Thank you, Addie! She's the one daughter that looks most like me.

  6. Beautiful, priceless portrait of you and your girl. Such fun celebrating special times! That must have been "a moment" with you and your precious one as she ministered to you that day. Making new memories to cherish! You help encourage thankfulness in me as I read your gratitude journal every Monday. God is truly faithful!
    Holding on to His Grace,

    1. It was precious to me, my girl doing my makeup and hair. Thank you so much for always blessing me with your comments!

  7. What a blessing to have prayers answered for your sweet daughter. Love seeing all these precious memories you get to make with her. You both absolutely glow & are radiant in this picture! God's light sure shines through both of you :-)

    1. It was a long season of hope deferred for our girl, but now God has brought her just the right one for her! I'm so very thankful.


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