I usually post my weekly gratitude list on Monday mornings at the latest, so I'm a bit late this week. We've got three of our five grandkids staying with us while their parents are off celebrating their anniversary, which means making sure the two oldest are off to school on time and that the two year old is loved on, bathed, fed, napped, read to, and watched after to make sure he's not into things he shouldn't be...there are just so many shiny, breakable, tempting Christmas things at Nana's house! His abundant hugs and kisses and declarations of "I wuv you, Nan!" or "Nannie's pretty!" make his occasional mischievousness quite forgettable and forgivable. Last night we took the kids to look at Christmas lights, and the whole evening he kept saying, "Way cool!" That's how you talk when your siblings are ten and eleven years older than you, I guess.
Life is rich and full and blessed and busy and I give God my thanks. Now I better get back to toddler supervising.
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)
-my daughter calling me about hearing the baby's heartbeat at her dr. appointment
-a friend surprising my husband with an awesome new pair of boots
-a better prayer time after some days of "staleness"
-a lilac blossom in December-wow!
-blue sky and puffy cumulus clouds
-a fun evening running errands with my husband
-my nephew's birthday
-our cozy, warm home
-hot Pho soup
-a phone call from my oldest brother
-a tender time in the Word
-dinner and watching A Christmas Story with our grandkids
-Friday date day!
-a fun and delicious dinner date
-Christmas lights on our neighbor's houses
-our oldest daughter and her family home from a dream vacation to Disney World
-an invigorating walk
-watching The Nativity Story each year
-the way our youngest grandson wakes up singing
-"Good morning, Nan!" accompanied by hugs and kisses
-taking our two oldest grands to the Northwest Gospel Concert