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, 

1 comment:

  1. Your photos are the perfect way to share your trip. I loved Williamsburg when I was there quite a few years ago. I was on a business conference trip to Williamsburg and we had unlimited passes to the historic district so we were there most of the time. Your time with your daughter and grandsons is precious. Praying for you, dear friend, with the changes in your family. It's hard to let them go but knowing they are in God's hands brings peace.


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