Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Busy December week gratitude...

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
-it's snowing!
-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

still following,


  1. What a wonderful list. We do have so many things to be thankful for. I loved your sweet sayings about your 2 yr old grandchild.. I have 5 grandkids..with the youngest 2 being 12 [twins]. I miss those little ones especially at Christmas time..They have so much energy and excitement.. ENjoy and have a blessed week.

    1. We are expecting our sixth grand baby in late May or early June. We are both blessed!

  2. You've had a busy, but good, week. Loved seeing what you and the grandkids have done. We are blessed!

    1. It has been good, fun, and exhausting!

  3. I missed my list this week!! You are doing so well to keep it up!
    I think since Ethan and I are walking on the mornings I usually post it takes more time. I have to fix that!

    1. The baby's heartbeat! Yay! And yes, having siblings much older than the baby does play a role in their speech and actions. Most of the time it's hilarious!

    2. I think we just have to give ourselves grace and go with the flow about posting when we can. We are busy ladies will full lives!


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