Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

The last two weeks were full and busy with a house full of family, the busy preparations for a big Thanksgiving dinner and the day itself of feasting and family time. For every sweet moment we had together I am so very thankful. The house is now back to being quieter and cleaner with just my husband and I at home. I am thankful for this as well. It isn't one or the other-it's both. In good times, with my family all gathered near, in the hard times, when we are far apart from one another, God is still good, He is still at work in our lives, He is still with us and there is always so much to be thankful for.
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)

-catching up with a friend
-soup and sandwich dinner on a blustery, rainy day
-focusing on what I can do and can change instead of the things that I can't

-God's provision
-a beautiful, fun walk to the river with two of the grandkids

-my very picky grandson loving my mama's recipe for oatmeal cookies

-time with my oldest daughter and granddaughters this afternoon

-my nephew routing the edges of a piece of butcher block my daughter gave me 
so now I have a huge, beautiful cutting board!
-God is so kind to me
-a good day just getting things done at home
-my husband bringing me my favorite fish tacos for dinner

-a facetime chat with my oldest granddaughter
-the four youngest grandkids so happy to be together!
-the hope of heaven, (a dear one in our church passed away today)

-a houseful of noisy grandkids
-a fun afternoon at Dizzy Castle
-hearing my four year old grandson's sweet voice singing, "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"

-youngest granddaughter's snuggles
-the loveliest sweater from my husband
-my daughters getting to spend some time together

-a beautiful tribute to our dear one who went home to be with Jesus
-the nearness of God in worship
-God is building His church

-our two middle granddaughters getting to come over and spend the night
-my middle daughter buying and doing crafts with them

-my husband building a cozy fire in the backyard fire pit on this cool autumn evening

-coffee in bed and quiet time with Jesus
-God's deep healing work in a relationship I've been praying about
-twinkle lights on the mantel

-cooking with my seven year old grandson 
-my husband running some errands for me
-our daughter treating us to dinner out

-seeing God at work in my loved ones
-Thanksgiving dinner coming together smoothly

-playing games and laughing together

-a pajama day at home decorating for Christmas
-a good phone conversation with my girl
-my middle daughter and her boys had a safe trip back home to S.C.

-our home-all cozy and decorated for Christmas

-a nice long walk
-a phone call from my oldest sister

-our granddaughter on her tenth birthday

-getting to have lunch with my sister and brother-in-law, niece and her family and nephew and his family
-the God Who promises that He Who began a good work in us will complete it!

still following,

Monday, November 15, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

In the past two weeks I flew to North Carolina, drove from there with my second born daughter, seven  year old grandson and seventeen month old grandson, through Virginia, stopping to visit Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown and then to Washington D.C. to see the sights there. We had a wonderful trip together! 

I then flew home and dove into catching up on my work at the church and pre-holiday cleaning and organization at home. I'm excited that we will have a house full of family for Thanksgiving. 

Speaking of family, more big changes for our family are on the horizon after the holidays. My Mama/Nana heart is taking a beating in 2021! First our second born daughter and her family moved to South Carolina and now our youngest daughter and her family are going to move to Florida. We've been blessed to have all of our daughters and their families living near us-to have all eight of our grandchildren living near us. Now two of our daughters and sons-in-law and six of our grandchildren will be on the east coast. I'm sad for us. I'm sad that my daughters and their children, all of the cousins, will no longer be living near one another. Everyday, I'm having to surrender my "I wants" and "I thinks" to God and lean heavy on Him. Every day I am choosing to trust Him even though it feels like a huge part of what makes brings me great joy is being taken away-having my grandchildren nearby where I can be a regular part of their lives. Everyday I am still giving thanks, because even when life hurts, even when life's changes are hard to accept, there is always, always, always something to be thankful for.

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)

-Reformation Day!
-beautifiul Mt. Hood, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier seen from the plane

-a safe trip to Charlotte and my daughter and two of my grandsons picking me up at the airport!

-a beautiful autumn day on our drive to Williamsburg

-a safe drive
-my baby grandson remembers me!

-a good night's sleep
-seeing beautiful parts of our country I've never seen before
-a really fun, interesting day in Williamsburg

-encouraging news from home
-a big answer to prayer
-seeing Yorktown and Jamestown

-a safe drive to D.C.
-the first glimpse of the Washington Monument

-all of the helpful people in D.C. going us directions
-our grandson's solemn moment at the Lincoln Memorial
-D.C. at night and the best tour bus driver!

-youngest grandson's baby kisses
-hotdogs from a street vendor
-finding my grandson's lost "special sweatshirt"
-my daughter's generosity to me on this trip

-youngest grandson waking up humming
-seven year old grandson asking me to tell him stories about my childhood
-this week full of special memories
-a safe trip home

-a good night's sleep in my own bed
-the powerful presence of God 
-lunch with friends

-this sunny, blue sky autumn day
-knowing that God hears my prayers
-God's provision
-phone calls with my siblings
-a dinner that my husband said was "so good!"

-God's help with the notes for tonight's meeting
-pre-holiday keep cleaning of the kitchen cupboards, drawers and pantry done
-a really good meeting with the women from our church

-a day away with my husband
-no wind or rain at the beach today

-my favorite cozy sweatshirt

-for all who have served and are serving our country
-solving a problem
-listening to encouraging, uplifting podcasts while doing chores

-Hebrews 12:1-3
-a cozy, rainy Friday
-an eye issue that turned out to be nothing serious

-the Holy Spirit's help
-instrumental classic Christmas music
-crafting and creating

-Jesus' body broken for me, Jesus'  blood shed for me
-lunch with friends
-a phone chat with my girl

still following,