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


counting thanks 887 ~ 902

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 ~

~ mandarins & dark chocolate, they taste yummy together

~ little kids enjoyment of “flubber

~ for gathering eggs and feeding dogs

~ for hugs and smiles

~ and that Jesus is all we need

~ for a new song heard – “He Already Sees” the rainbow, when we see only clouds

~ for remembering where I came from, and for my mother remembering also

~ for mizithra & clam sauce from Old Spaghetti Factory

~ Anne of Green Gables

~ a fun time with Emily

~ for a knitted gift completed, now I just need to block it

~ and it’s time to spring forward, I love daylight in the evenings

~ for God’s blessed assurance that he is with me always

my reflection

my reflection ~ on where I come from…

  • I come from a family that sticks together
  • from favorite Sunday lunches of chicken & rice or Grandma’s meatloaf & potatoes
  • from camping with grandparents and family
  • I come from weekly Bible Story Time at “Grandma Washcloths” house, Sis Cindie’s house and my own home
  • from playing Swiss Family Robinson with childhood friends
  • from a back-yard garden of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers
  • I come from the family that always had room for others, we had 10-15 individuals or families stay with us for weeks or months, that I can remember
  • from playing Uno, Skipbo, Rummy, May I and 5 Crowns for hours
  • from listening to “old-fashioned” radio, and audio tapes – Bill Cosby and Louis L’Amour being favorites
  • I come from Thanksgiving get-togethers that started on Wednesday evening and went through Saturday – with a lot of laughter and stories and no fights or alcohol
  • from visiting Grandpa & Grandma #1 for a week in the summer, floating in the creek on an inflatable raft, reading, drinking pepsi light and eating sunflower seeds
  • I come from a Mom who made many of my clothes and then taught me to sew
  • from a Dad who could make anything out of metal you showed him a picture of
  • from family road trips to Montana, Yellowstone, Disneyland and family get-togethers
  • I come from working together in our family business until just recently when we had to close it
  • from a church family that I’ve been a part of since before I was born, that rallied around and prayed for me when I was born 9 weeks early and the nurse said “I wouldn’t make it”
  • from working a summer as household help for an invalid shut-in
  • I come from a Mom who passed on her love of the ocean and watching the waves
  • from a Dad who’s positive outlook on life, willingness to just deal with what came along without blaming others and strong faith~trust that God has everything under control
  • I come from the smell of welding and of chocolate brownies still warm and gooey from the oven
  • from playing clarinet in the band at school and in the band at church, wishing I’d learned sax
  • from a belief in God’s amazing grace that saved a wretch like me, that taught my heart to fear and then relieved my fears, that brought me through many dangers, toils and snares, and I know it will bring me Home

taking this prompt from Ann’s post

counting thanks 846 ~ 871

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 ~

~ my roots ~ my parents, and grandparents, my church family ~ I am so blessed…

~ little kids enthusiasm

~ talks with friends

~ a big project at work is completed

~  the new shrimp dish at Panda Express, it’s yummy

~ I saw my little hummingbird friend again, flitting around the trees at work, I think there must be a nest

~ that my yarn stuff is a little more organized

~ my new little friend at work

~ the yarn I got from my Grandma #1 should be enough for the project I want to do with it (and if it is not, it is still available in stores)

~ for changes in plans

~  for being grafted into the True Vine

~  for photos and memories

~ for family night and laughter (Jimboy Tacos & shirt sleeves)

~  for Mom’s meatloaf and strawberry shortcake

~ glad I can be an eagle (not a chicken)

~  for a borrowed pole trimmer (now if i can find someone to help haul-off a pile of limbs)

~ the little birds are really enjoying the brush pile

~  the enjoyment of having someone else wash my hair

~ for another knitting project completed, my “dreadlock scarf”

~ glad that the cough I’ve had is just about gone

~ that the little birds have found my bird feeders, it is so fun to watch them and hear them

~ for the song “Blessing

~ for dog parks and little dogs my Buddy can play with

~ that I can by clay in the Potter’s hand, willing to be molded and remade

counting thanks 820 ~ 845

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 ~

~ 3 gifts found behind a door ~ getting to play with flowers, the warmth and coziness in my home, indoor bathroom (so thankful on these cold mornings)

~ 3 ways I feel the love of God ~ when we gather together to worship, when I read His promises, and when I talk with Him in my private prayer time

~ a gift in losing something ~ the loss of 5#, always a blessing

~ a gift in finding something ~ a neat glass container that I used for a small dish garden

~ a gift in making something ~ love working with my hands to create beautiful things

~ gifts found giving / serving ~ I love working in Bible Story Time with the 2-3 year olds, helping in the kitchen for our annual fellowship meeting and revivals

~ 3 gifts on paper ~ God’s words, any books (especially craft, cooking and fiction), the list my sister gave me of things she appreciates about me

~ a gift that was “plan b” ~ when our family business had to close, God opened up a simpler more peaceful path

~ other thanks ~ a visit with my Grandma, taking the trip with my sister, talking and singing on the way, a walk in the woods, ladybugs, birds at feeders and in the trees, a walk by the river, taking photos, being able to help my siblings with their taxes, flash drives and memory cards

5 minute friday ~ my God is real

On Fridays around these parts we stop, drop, and write. 
For fun, for love of the sound of words, for play, for delight,
For joy and celebration at the art of communication.
For only five short, bold, beautiful minutes. Unscripted and unedited.
We just write without worrying if it’s just right or not.

Today’s word ~ REAL


i’ve been asked ~ how do you know God is REAL?

and i have to answer ~

how can you look at a new born baby, see beautiful flowers,

or witness a marvelous sunset without knowing

God is real

but the most definitive reason i have to believe God is real

~ is because he changed me

i’m not the same person that i used to be

where there was resentment & bitterness

~ now there is forgiveness

where there was discontent & greed

~ now there is contentment with “enough”

where there was lies & deceit

~ now there is truth & openness

where there was deep-down hurt & confusion

~ now there is healing & peace


i think of the song

~ My God is Real

i’m gonna shout it ’til the whole world knows

my God is real, i can feel him down in my soul

and i’m not ashamed to let this whole world know

just how i really feel, because i know

my God is real…


counting thanks 752-782

January’s Joy Dare – capturing the gifts

Jan 23 – 3 gifts found in Christ ~ redemption for my sins, grace for each day and hope for the future

Jan 24 – 3 things blue ~ the sea, the sky, bird nests

Jan 25 – 1 grace borrowed, 1 grace found, 1 grace inherited ~ help from my Dad to fix the leak under my bathroom sink, glass containers for plants, a positive attitude and crafty hands

Jan 26 – a gift before 9am, a gift before noon, a gift after dark ~ that I woke up this morning, laughing at a silly puppy, a warm and cozy home

Jan 27 – 3 gifts that might never have been ~ I might not have lived, I was born 9 months early and when the nurse saw me, she said “this one won’t make it” ~  my mom could have died when I was under a year old ~ the experience I gained working in my father’s business

Jan 28 – 3 graces found in your friends ~ the smile that lights their face, the encouraging word, knowing they are praying for me

Jan 29 – a song heard, a soft word, where you saw light ~ Through the Years, “thank you” from little toddler, through the ice crystals

Additional thanks ~ getting to play with flowers, the excitement my puppy expresses when he knows we are going to the dog park, how well he sleeps after we go to the dog park, for determination to walk the path the Lord leads, for many kind comments, for the contentment that comes as I count the joys, yummy oranges, for the challenge to go deeper with Christ, and to take up my cross

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.