Monday, June 21, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

With my whole family together for two weeks of celebrating three birthdays and one graduation, I've not been on here to post. I don't regret it when I prioritize time with the Lord or time with family and friends over time on my phone and computer. But, I am hoping to get back to some more consistent writing and posting here on my blog, Lord willing. 

While the whole family was together, we had family photos done. With part of our family now living on the east coast, who knows the next time that the whole family will get to be together.  Of course, it rained all day on the day that we had photos scheduled, but we, as well as our wonderful photographer, were undeterred! For those of you who followed my blog from the beginning, remember when two of my daughters were struggling with infertility and one was wondering if she'd be single for forever? Just look at what God has done-exceedingly, abundantly above and beyond all we could have ever asked or thought! My heart overflows with thanks and gratitude!
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 youngest grandson-He is one year old today!
-new running shoes
-taking youngest grandson on a walk in his stroller

-God's grace and presence in our monthly gathering with the women of our church
-God's faithful care and provision

-a sweet time with our youngest granddaughter-(with eight grandkids I think this may be the first time I have a whole afternoon with just her-such fun!)
-our kid's blessing us with groceries while they are staying with us 
(and they bought delicious Pho for tonight's dinner!)
-a late night chat with our granddaughter

-my husband feeling better after a 24 hour flu bug
-some quiet time in the Word this afternoon
-my brother coming over

-seven year old grandson enthusiastically eating two big bowls of teriyaki chicken and yakisoba noodles at one of our favorite restaurants
-two grubby grandsons in a bathtub full of bubbles
-our oldest grandson is here-now the WHOLE family is home!

-our oldest granddaughter-she's eighteen today!
-my sister-it's her birthday today as well
-a sweet afternoon at the park with three of the grands

-our 30+ secondary leaders gathering for a great meeting
-God speaking so clearly to our church today
-having lunch with our two oldest grandkids
-family photos in spite of the rain

-so many people gathering to celebrate our oldest granddaughter's graduation

-baking bread with my seven year old grandson
-rain just before the graduation ceremony that cleared up and
 gave way to a rainbow during the ceremony
-our oldest granddaughter graduated!

-secondborn daughter and her family safely arrived back home in S.C.
-God's grace - He is still working in us and changing us-He doesn't give up or quit!
-words of encouragement from my girls

-my mama-today would have been her 96th birthday
-an invitation to join a zoom meeting with our sister church
-our family photos-what a treasure!

-God's grace to do something that He's asking me to do that is hard for me in the flesh
-the Father tenderly loves me!
-the truth that I am adopted by God as His daughter 

-Friday Date Day
-the best fish tacos at Grizzly Tuna in Seaside
-beautiful weather to walk by the sea

-our ladies getting to join with the ladies from Sent Life via zoom
-blue hydrangea growing by my kitchen window
-God's loving leadership, care, provision and guidance in our lives

-being my Father when dad left us
-streams of sunlight streaming across my kitchen floor
-lunch and a good visit with friends from church
-seeing God's favor and blessing in our lives in so many ways

still following,


  1. Elizabeth, what a beautiful family you have! We are so blessed when we have times like these together with our children and grands!

  2. I've been busy catching up with your posts after time away and busy days. My mind began to sing one of my new favorite songs: 'I see the evidence of Your goodness all over my life. I see Your promises in fulfillment all over my life.' God is so good! Looking forward to sharing more when we get together, dear friend.


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