Monday, November 21, 2016

Lots of thanksgiving...

I found out, via an article that someone posted on social media this morning, that I'm not a Christian because of who I voted for in the recent election. (How's that for bursting my bubble! LoL!)  As my husband and I watched the election results from a hotel room, so we could be near to the adult care home where my mother-in-law was nearing the end of her life, I naively thought the contention and strife of this election season would calm down once we had a new president elect.  Once I discovered that wasn't to be the case,  I should have just ignored social media, but felt compelled to both understand and to be understood by those who voted differently than me. I think it may have just made matters worse.  When my mother-in-law passed away there was another trip to my sister-in-law's to help make funeral plans, then there was the funeral, and in the midst of it all I caught a miserable case of the cold/flu.  So, other than a few posts I do for other websites, I've been mostly MIA here for a while.  

In spite of the, previously unknown to me if I hadn't read it on Facebook, precarious state of my soul, I have three weeks of gratitude journal posts to catch up on here.  These posts may be the most important thing I post on my blog, not for you, but for me.  In these seven years of gratitude journaling, life and death have happened, (two grandkids born, my mother's and my husband's mother's deaths).  There have been good times and difficult times, joys and sorrows.  Through it all, in counting my blessings and writing them down, I have seen God's daily faithfulness, His steadfast care of me, His great mercy.  Thanksgiving as a habitual lifestyle is life changing.
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)

-the baby "dancing" on our youngest daughter's ultrasound
-colorful orange berries on green foliage
-a break in the rain for a dry walk
-the grandkids coming by for some trick or treat candy
-an answer to prayer

-November-month of Thanksgiving!
-a refund on defective sheets from Costco
-the perfect warm and cozy sweater
-oh, so good split pea and ham soup
-our home group

-feathery cirrus clouds
-sun glow through the trees
-on my walk, the old man at the park who sits in his scooter eating jalapeƱo flavored potato chips and drinking Mountain Dew and saying an excited "Hi!" to me when I walked by him on all four times around the loop
-the Cubbies won the world series, some happy news amid the election turmoil

-early morning devotions and a walk before watching the grandgirls and their new pup for a few days
-going to the park with the three youngest grandkids
-the younger grandgirls and I meeting Papa at Hula Boy for dinner

-a beautiful day for the grandgirls to go to the park again
-homemade bubble solution
-making homemade spaghetti and meatballs and homemade french bread together
-cuddling in bed and watching "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" with the grandgirls

-the grandgirls playing nice together 
-making paper doll chains for the grandgirls to color
-our church leaders encouraging my husband re. his mom

-a safe drive to meet my husband at his mom's
-youngest grandson being so good on the trip
-my hubs holding his mom's hand and stroking her face
-those who are carrying on for us at church while we are gone

-an answered prayer
-the kind, caring hospice staff
-dinner at my sister-in-law's

-a beautiful spring like day
-Election Day!

-resting and having devotions at the hotel room while my hub's went to sit with his mom alone for a bit
-laughing with my sister-in-law even during this tough time

-this beautiful day and walk
-a great prayer meeting

-breakfast out with a sweet family from church
-finding some great deals on Christmas gifts
-watching "The Crown" with my husband

-a listening ear
-a quiet evening

-my mother-in-law is experiencing the joy and wholeness of heaven after an eight year battle with Alzheimer's
-more baptisms at church
-lunch with our two youngest girls and their families
-driving back up to my sister-in-law's with my daughter

-grieving, but not as those who have no hope
-dinner at my sister-in-law's with her family

-the comfort of home
-quiet time in the Word
-our small group praying together

-being able to stay home when I don't feel well
-writing time
-homemade chicken soup

-God's daily provision
-the joy of being a part of a surprise blessing for someone else
-watching the first Christmas movie of the season

-cup after cup of hot tea
-a dessert night with our church leaders

-breakfast with my husband's siblings before the funeral
-those who drove a long ways to be at the service
-coming home and pulling out the Christmas decorations, because it was somehow comforting

-our church-the comfort and blessing of being with our church family
-resting all afternoon
-the comfort of my husband next to me at night

still following,



  1. I was sad to see the fracas in that thread and then to realize everything else you were going through. You have been through a lot these past weeks. I love to see you doing things to care for yourself like a beautiful Christmas tree already. Grace and peace to you.

    1. Love and peace to you and yours this holiday season, Carol!

  2. Sorry for your loss....

    Congrats on your new grandbaby...

  3. I have seen my kid feeling happy while bursting the bubbles. Sorry for hearing about the loss...

  4. So much goodness here in the midst of the sorrow. I am truly sorry for your loss. But you are right. We don't grieve like those who have no hope. Wow. Not a Christian because of the way you voted. That's news to me! So much confusion in the nation. I do the best thing I can do...pray. I know you do, too. Hugs from afar.

    1. Yes! I am praying and choosing to focus on loving those in my in real life sphere of influence well.

  5. bittersweet blessings ..
    thankful for the beauty along with the pain.

    1. My thoughts are with you this holiday season. I know you are missing your girl.

  6. I've been waiting to read your gratitude list through these past few weeks. I knew in the middle of the loss and grief and struggle there would still be praise!

  7. Wow. No one has the right to question someone else's walk with the Lord. AND to put their opinion out there for all to see. You know exactly where you stand with Jesus and so do all of your readers of this blog.
    Sorry for the loss of your mother-in-law, may she rest in peace.
    God Bless~

    1. It wasn't addressed to me personally, but to all who voted for our president-elect.

  8. "I naively thought the contention and strife of this election season would calm down once we had a new president elect." You're not alone, Elizabeth, I had high hopes for the same. But alas...

    I know the holiday season will be a bit harder for all of you this year. Praying comfort and peace to you and your family and deepest blessings on your Thanksgiving day.

  9. Saying a prayer for you, my friend. My heart is with you.


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