Monday, June 26, 2017

Grateful and thankful!

Last week, we spent five days at our youngest daughter's in-law's little cabin on the Umpqua River.  It was beautifully relaxing, With no internet I didn't blog so I've two weeks worth of my gratitude postings to post this evening. I hoped to post this morning, but the minute we left the cabin and returned to "normal" life, the neat entries I'd put in my daily planner while I was at the cabin for the upcoming week flew out the window and other things unexpectedly have filled up my days. But, they are good things so there's that!  It seems like months since I've been able to find my groove and get back to any kind of regular writing schedule, which at times has felt frustrating, but at other times I've been able to let it go and just embrace life as it comes, my blessed, full, busy life.

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)


-our oldest granddaughter's 14th birthday!
-my sister's 65th birthday
-Jesus, my Burden Bearer

-my lower back doing better after it went out on Sunday
-God's provision 
-help with a yard project
-my nephew's help with new fence
-the way God takes care of things when I cast my care on Him instead of worrying and fretting
 and trying to fix things things on my own

-my sweet photographer friend taking our youngest grandson's photos
-a fun afternoon with the two youngest grand girlies
-"Nana, one more hug!" from our middle grand girl

-pedicures with my oldest granddaughter
-glimpses of some of our grandson's photos
-the way out three daughters support one another and us
-prayer and worship-so good!

-remembering Mama on what would have been her 92nd birthday
-texting with my siblings about fun memories of Mama
-a fun early Father's Day celebration with our whole family

-watching our oldest granddaughter at her swim meet
-God's help and guidance
-getting everything done on a full and busy day

-Father's Day!  Thank You, Father for being my Abba, 
thank you for the things my father did right,
thank you for my husband and the good dad and papa he is
-a great message at church today
-arriving at the little cabin on the Umpqua-thank you,God, for this time away!
-a bald eagle perched on the tree across the river

-foggy mornings that give way to sun and clear skies
-the bald eagle returned with his mate
-mama duck and her ducklings
-(the cabin is only twenty miles inland from the beach), a drive to the beach where we ate at our favorite restaurant and took a long walk on the beach
-a phone call from our youngest daughter updating us on our youngest grandson's growth

-geese in a straight line next to each other swimming up the river
-a sweet prayer time sitting by the river
-lots of time to read
-photos of our youngest grandson via text
-photo of out middle grandson carrying his chair on his head
-watching some of our favorite old VHS movies

-the first day of summer
-birds singing and the sound of the rapids down the river while I sit on the deck sipping coffee
-reading by the river
-yummy dinner

-a walk on the beach-blue skies but oh so windy!
-summer's first root beer float
-the bald eagle perching and posing for us

-our youngest daughter, son-in-law and newest grandson having a safe trip to the cabin for a few days-
we got to have lunch with them before heading home
-a safe drive home
-air-conditioning on these hot days

-a sweet baby shower
-some time with friends
-salad for supper on this over 100 degree day

-communion-His body broken for me, His blood shed for me
-an encouraging lunch
-fun showing our middle grandson his baby photos and him being so tickled to see himself

still following,


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