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giving thanks #1511 – 1520

a Saturday that stretched before us – no travel, meetings, or appointments

warm weather while we worked in the yard 

Russ’ happiness at a day spent outdoors

kids cheerfully (for the most part) working with us

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giving thanks #1491 – 1510

major progress on prepping for our garage remodel

folks from our care group who spent hours working with us yesterday

a nearly empty (for the first time in 15 years) garage

storage bins on clearance

gathering as a family last night to celebrate Little Man’s 8th birthday (which is tomorrow)

 

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I have this thing about writing with pencils. I used to write everything with black ink, but the more children I had, the more necessary it was to make adjustments, rearrange, reschedule, and sometime scratch things right off my calendar and to-do list. When I couldn’t stand the mess of changes continually happening in my life, I began to write with pencils; at least with a pencil, I could erase and write in the new plan.

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As always, I have so much to be thankful for. It’s an unusual Sunday because all of our older kids are out of town with their group of friends. Only seven kids home for dinner (we’re borrowing one for the day) and somehow it feels like I have the week off from cooking. I had better give dinner a little bit of thought or I’ll have an unhappy crew on my hands.

giving thanks #1481 – 1490

sisters braiding hair while waiting for the bus

supper club – friends gathering around one another’s tables for many years

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Some people plan couple’s massages. Not us, we like being a little different (as you may have noticed), so we scheduled couple’s colonoscopies. One of the perks of turning 50 is paying better attention to our health. Having an oncology nurse for one of my best friends hasn’t given me wiggle room with things like mammograms or now this – the dreaded colonoscopy.

We could have done our colonoscopies separately, but we chose to have them “cheek to cheek” rather than lose two weekends to this loveliness.

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When Jen Hatmaker writes a book, you just might want to read it.

Sometime in mid-July, before we left for Whidbey Island, I was offered the opportunity to read and review the newly updated edition of Interrupted: When Jesus Wrecks Your Comfortable Christianity. It seemed perfect at the time; the book would arrive before we left and I would read it while on vacation. I sent the required email and promptly forgot all about it.

Three weeks later I found a package on my desk from Tyndale House. Imagine my surprise to find a copy of the book, along with instructions to review it soon – like late July.

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Every July my book group meets to plan what we’ll read in the coming year. I always have fun sharing our list here knowing that some of you will  enjoy these books too. If you’ve read any of them, share your thoughts. If there is something here that grabs your attention, share that too.

Comments are what make blogging fun- I love hearing from you.

I’m ordering my list and taking them along to Whidbey Island at the end of the week!

August: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

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16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1Thess 5:16-18

Sometimes it would be so much easier not to give thanks; days are hard, wakeful nights are long, and tears are near. I don’t think God expects us to be thankful for all circumstances, but in all circumstances. The sure knowledge that he is with us and that even in the hardest times we are loved by our amazing God, should lead us to be thankful.

This isn”t always easy to do, but I practice it with my simple Sunday Gratitude posts. If not one person reads this, it’s okay because it is an exercise in obedience for me. When I really consider all that I am thankful for, it lightens my heart.

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a great visit with my sister Elizabeth and her kids

spending a fun day at the pool

lots of time wearing pajamas and sipping coffee

my car full of middle school girls going to youth group

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I woke up this morning at 4:15. This was not a good thing, but it became a good thing when I got up at 5:00, made coffee, and sat down with my Bible study. My little group of friends and I are studying Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians and I’m enjoying it so much. Beth Moore’s passion for God’s Word is downright contagious.

At 5:30 the sun crept up over Moscow Mountain and it was so pretty that I grabbed my camera and went out in my pajamas to take a few pictures to share with you. If you were here having coffee with me, you could have seen it for yourself.

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our niece and her sweet baby who came to visit Friday

movie night with Annarose’s friends

which morphed into a teen dance party – the yard lit by white lights

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giving thanks #1401 – 1410

waking up to sun shining on the water 

snow covered mountains in the distance

this lovely home on Camano Island, loaned to us for a few days