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