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counting thanks 982 ~ 1021

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~ time to catch up on listing my thanks here ~ I hit my first 1000!!

~ a wonderful trip to the coast with my mom and sisters

~ enjoying the salty air and watching the waves, acknowledging the power of God

~ nephew time and Funderland

~ the cooling delta breeze that comes in the evening

~ contentment with what I have

~ a fun day at the gun range with family

~ the opportunity to visit and help my 99 year-old Grandma

~ a cousin willing to watch the puppy while I’m at Grandma’s

~ wandering her flower beds

~ fun knitting projects

~ a fun box of good stuff from my “FRIENDS” swap partner

~ my sister asking me if I wanted to rent a house with her

~ the “fun” of looking for a house

~ beautiful flowers

~ finding a nice home with a good landlord

~ the anticipation of moving – only “XX” more sleeps

~ sour pickles – Yumm!

~ fresh veges from my dad’s garden – tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers and all kinds of squash

~ finishing some projects and re-starting some that have been tucked away

~ the many family and friends that helped us move

~ for a real bathroom with a shower that has lots of water pressure and volume

~ lots of wood and tile floor to sweep and mop

~ for a reminder lesson on the power and need for thankfulness

~ little boys that say – I like your house

~ a new-to-me memory foam mattress topper

~ for my sister watching my puppy during the moving weekend

~ for nephews saying, what can I carry next

~ for a lesson that reminded me that we are only “stewards” of what we have and that we need to use it for God’s glory

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“friends” swap

I recently joined in on a crafty swap hosted by Khris – where we were to gift our swap partner 7 gifts using the letters F-R-I-E-N-D-S. It was fun to get to know my swap partner Rhonda via emails and visiting her blog. We both received our packages from each other today.

And this is the fun stuff I received!!

Such fun bright colors

Fun Fabric, air Freshener and Flower magnet

Red hearts & Rolo candies

Ink gel pen in teal – lovely

Engraved art kits of puffins and turtles – these will be fun to try ( a new something to learn- yeah!!) and some chocolate covered orange jelly belly beans – yum!

Notepad, calender and “m” note cube – all oceany – love them!

Dishcloth – lovely hand crocheted in my favorite colors!

Starfish dishcloth and little Seashell vase – again hand crocheted – Thank you!!

I had to take a picture of all the tissue paper piled up after I unwrapped my goodies – what a colorful pile!

THANK YOU RHONDA for all the lovely gifts – I will enjoy them very much!! And thanks Khris for hosting this fun swap!!

Here is a picture of the items I sent to her.

(F)iber-handspun yarn, (R)ose pins, l(I)ghthouse fabric, y(E)s to cucumber facial wipes, (N)est-bird nest charm, (D)ark chocolate, (S)oap-yummy smelling and an extra- mini munchkin friend

thankful for “enough”

It’s that time again, time to set your timer, clear your head, for five minutes of free writing without worrying about getting it right.

READY ~ SET ~ GO

ENOUGH

When I look back a couple years and consider all that I had in my life and compare it to what I have now – sometimes discouragement and discontent come knocking on my door.

But when I step back and get my focus straightened out – I realize and am grateful that I have enough.

Yes, I live in a little trailer ~ but it has what I need, a bed, a bathroom, kitchen and a comfortable chair to sit in.

I don’t have a glamorous or exciting job, I can’t say I help run a multi-million dollar business anymore ~ but I have a job that supplies the needs and gives me time to do the crafty stuff I enjoy.

There is much that I don’t have any longer ~ major debt, unsettled home, 14 hour work days, the stress of managing a failing company.

But I have a enough ~ God has kept His promise to supply all my needs.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. Philipians 4:11

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8

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counting thanks 962 ~ 981

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~

~ beautiful summer days and comfortable evenings, due to the delta breeze

~ family and weddings and flowers

~ enough time and energy

~ my sister watching my puppy over this last busy weekend

~ someone else washing and drying my hair

~ a glimpse of the reason why I’ve been dealing with a situation for over two years

~ confidence that God has a plan for my life, I just need to trust

~ my neighbor mowed my lawn 🙂

~ pulling my spindle out, fun time with fiber

~ beautiful Father’s day service at church

~ contentment that comes from counting thanks

~ anticipation of a trip to the ocean this coming weekend 🙂

~ nephew hugs and excitement over upcoming pland

~ squash from my Dad’s garden

~ now there’s time to breath

counting thanks 943 ~ 961

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~

~ for the sewing skills my mom taught me when I was young

~ beautiful days and cool evenings

~ little bit of rain

~ a quick spin & knit project – 1 week from fiber to shawlette

~ fans and open windows

~ indoor plumbing & flushy (it sure helps with the “fragrance” issues with trailer restrooms)

~  a neighbor letting me borrow his lawn mower so I could attack the jungle that was my yard

~ blooming flowers everywhere I look

~ Audible and the joy of audio books

~ Philadelphia chocolate cream cheese – yum yum

~ the Anchor holds, though the ship is battered, the Anchor holds, though the sails are torn, i have fallen on my knees, as i faced the raging seas, the Anchor holds, in spite of the storm

~ getting the opportunity to begin planning flowers for two of my cousin’s weddings, lots of fun

~ watching my puppy at the dog park, he wore himself out!!

~ for a nap this afternoon

counting thanks 926 ~ 942

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~

~ new brakes on my car and that I only have 9.5 payments until it’s paid off

~ for family night, birthdays, good food, 5 Crowns

~ lilacs, especially the couple stems in a vase in my house

~ for the opportunity to learn new skills

~ that gas prices are dropping a little bit

~ the time for a drive in the country

~ for time spent with my sister and her family

~ for nephews excited to see me, running to give me a hug

~ that I’m finally feeling better after 2-3 months

~ fun times spinning and knitting

~ knitting little pockets for lori

~ for a week of rain and then a week of sun

~ for the power of prayer

counting thanks 903 ~ 925

A list of thankfuls – one by one, my goal is to list 1000, being open to seeing the many blessings and gifts from my Father above ~

~ hugs from nephews and their enthusiastic greetings

~ chinese food with family, many laughs and much love

 ~ spinning time and playing with fiber

~ the news that a medical condition my sister is dealing with is NOT something to worry about

~ we are finally getting the rain we need

~ the beauty of sky and clouds and tree silhouettes

~ I’m getting closer to 1000

~ for my job, I’ve been here 2 years now, time sure does fly

~ anticipation of new things to learn

~ green juice, some days it tastes “greener” than others

~ the remembrance of the Godly heritage I have, 5 generations on my father’s side of the family and 4 generations on my mother’s

~ listening to my mom tell stories of growing up and her desire to serve  God ~ and how God worked out the timing of different situations, so she could meet my father and they could move to Carmichael

~ again reminded that God knows the end of the story he is writing in our lives

~ Chevy’s flautas – Yummy

~ seeing the first couple wisteria blossoms, I didn’t see any last year

~ for new water filters, it’s amazing how much more water volume you get when the filters are changed

~ for “flushy“, it sure helps control the bathroom smell issues in a trailer

~ for spring-time flowers blooming, even if they are just weeds

~ for a silly puppy that makes me laugh