Sunday Gratitude 2.14.16


If people want their souls to grow through loss, whatever the loss is, they must eventually decide to love even more deeply than they did before.    Jerry Sittser 

I read this yesterday (A Grace Disguised) and it’s been rolling over and over in my mind. Once you’ve lost someone you love, or been terribly hurt by someone you love (which is also a loss), it takes courage to love again.

Thankfully, we have a love that will never fail and never end in Jesus. This is a verse sustaining me right now,

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor thing to come, nor power, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39

giving thanks #1761 – 1770

dinner out with friends last friday; it’s very hard to make myself go out into big, social situations right now, and I’m relieved that we had a good time

Sunday Gratitude 1.31.16

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As I turned on my computer this morning, I asked myself, “Does this feel like work, or does this feel like joy?” If it’s work, then I need to turn my computer off and walk away. This is a day of rest, a gift from our Father.

If it feels like joy, then it’s just the right thing to write this post. Today it feels like joy, so here it is, just a few things I’m thankful for on this cool, and still dark, morning.

giving thanks #1741 – 1760

Beza’s wisdom teeth gone, and with very little difficulty

sunshine, rain, hail, and even a little snow, all watched through my windows this week

good report cards for the kids – and one of my sons being just “a little less chatty”

Sunday Gratitude 1.3.16

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It seems fitting to write about gratitude on the first Sunday of 2016, and on my first day blogging after a little break. I have so much to be thankful for today.

giving thanks #1721 – 1740

a nearly perfect Christmas tree cut from our own little tree farm

lots of candles lit each evening

all of our kids home for Christmas

favorite foods: Snowflake Sundaes for breakfast, Santa Fe Breakfast Casserole, Cinnamon Pull-apart, Creamy Sausage Stew, Mexican Wedding Cakes, Chocolate Cheesecake, Scandinavian Almond bars, and so many others

morning coffee in our pajamas

Sunday Gratitude 12.13.15


giving thanks #1711 – 1720

watching Annarose dance with the UI Ballroom Dance Team last night

the large cabinet in my family room decluttered- oh, the joy of actually being able to see what is inside

letting go of things we no longer need; realizing it’s better to pass things along and let another child play with them

keeping the treasures for our future grandchildren (blocks, wood train, favorite puzzles, and probably too many more things)

group texts to ask the big kids which toys/puzzles to keep, and which to give away

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big plans to catch up on Ishtar’s Odyssey: A Family Story for Advent today

snow tires on two of three cars

Christmas shopping almost done

Christmas letter written, pictures printed, Beza helping me get them ready to go

this moment – sitting near the Christmas tree we cut in our own little tree farm, the kids’ ornaments and colorful lights decorating it, coffee in my Christmas tree mug, the house still quiet, reading Behold the Lamb of God: An Advent Narrative

I am truly thankful that you read my words, that you walk through life with me, even if it’s only through our computer screens.


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Sunday Gratitude 11.8.15


This morning I woke up at 5:20 and knew I needed to get out of bed and give thanks. The Lord is so good to us and it is always helpful to record the blessings in my life.

giving thanks #1691 – 1700

two days in Coeur d’ Alene while Russ was at a climate meeting, one day alone with him – bliss, one day with the three youngest – fun

Beza’s gift to me – decluttering the big cupboard in the laundry room – I smile every time I walk in the room