Monday, August 21, 2017

Today I am thankful...

The summer I turned six we drove across the U.S. from Oregon to Maine where I met my Mama's family for the first time.  I remember seeing the solar eclipse in Maine in that summer of 1963, through a rigged up cardboard box with a pinhole in it. Today I viewed the solar eclipse here in Vancouver, Wa, 54 years later, using that same cardboard shoebox method. I'm thinking how my grandkids will remember this summer day of 2017 when there was a solar eclipse like I remember that summer day in 1963.  
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 air so cool this morning I could almost have used a sweater
-going to my sister's 70th birthday party
(Sisters. I just turned 60 and she just turned 70.)
-driving home down the back country roads at sunset

-losing another pound...(slow and steady wins the race, right?)
-an apology
-a sleepover at our house with my oldest granddaughter and our "unofficially adopted granddaughter" 
-an evening walk with the two of them

-"my help comes from the Lord Who made heaven and earth"
-my part of the prep for the cabinet painters is done
-going to bed early after waking up early and a busy day

-the painters have begun!
-fun at the park with our grandsons

-praying with others

-the beautiful Lewis River

-a walk around Lake Sacagawea
-a heron posing for a photo
-yesterday's migraine is gone!

-a hummingbird enjoying the lavender in my patio pots
-laughing with a friend
-cool evening breezes on my walk

-wonderful worship
-a great message
-God is growing His church-each Sunday for several weeks we have new people 
-God's provision

still following,


  1. I was out of town with my husband and had our glasses ready. But the fog was too thick to see anything. Sad face! Oh you and your sister look great. Wow! Have a blessed week.

    1. Well, there's another eclipse in 2024 but we'll all have to drive east to see it!

  2. I do love Ann Voskamp's "Counting your gifts". Her book changed my life in 2011 and I have been counting ever since. Such an important way to live.


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