It's our sweet oldest granddaughter's thirteenth birthday today! That sweet baby girl with a smile that lit up a room is a teenager whose smile is just as full of warmth and sweetness today as it was then! How did the time zoom by so fast?
In our sin-twisted world, while we celebrated our granddaughter's birthday today, we are also grieved by another senseless, horrible mass killing, this time in Orlando. It's paralyzing, this helpless feeling, this seeing our world groaning under sin's sway and not knowing quite how to respond. All I know to do is to keep overcoming evil with good in my own life and sphere of influence and to keep praying for our nation and world and obeying anything God shows me to do.
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 journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)
-starting the book of Acts with She Reads Truth
-a really fun day on the zoo field trip with my grandsons
-some annoying business to-dos taken care of
-a flat of fresh local berries to make into jam
-my granddaughter so happy to have "nana school"
-making jam together
-Acts chapter two-"diffused with the Holy Spirit...diffused with joy" in the Amplified Bible
-visiting with my oldest and youngest daughters when I dropped my granddaughter back home
-waking up early and enjoying a slow morning
-cleaning out the garage and funny texts with my girls about getting rid of stuff
-a nice evening walk with my hubs
-making raspberry jam
-a sweet time in the Word and Prayer
-a little craft time, making a pennant garland
-a walk before it rained
-an encouraging meeting
-my hubs telling me I'm beautiful
-my favorite tomato basil soup on this rainy day
-watching an old movie with my husband and munching on good old fashioned stove top popcorn
-this nice relaxing day of with my husband
-spending the day with our youngest grandson
-his hugs and kisses
-getting chores and baking done while he napped
-a new firepit for our backyard
-getting fun texts of our oldest granddaughter's birthday slumber party
-dinner at Hula Boy with our son-in-law and grandsons
-our granddaughter's 13th birthday
-good conversation and prayer
-a family birthday party