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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

a visit to Grandma’s house

A couple weekends ago, I went to visit my Grandma Crain. She is 99 years old and needs someone around 24/7. An aunt and uncle stay with her, but some other family members having been visiting on the weekends to give them a break.  So this post will be a little this and that from my visit.

~ she lives on Candy Cane Lane ~ as a child I loved the name of this street

~ here’s just a sampling of some of the flowers in her gardens

~ I love her oak leaf hydrangea, my uncle helped my dig up some little ones to bring them home.

~ here’s a picture of the front of her house

~ a poem framed and hanging on the living room wall, written by my brother when he was a teenager

~ a small cross-stitch piece I made for Grandpa & Grandma when I was a teenager

~ a couple pieces that Grandpa & Grandma used to make, all from berries and pods and pine cones, etc

~ blue bottles in the laundry room window ~ i love blue bottles…

~ Grandma’s potting shed

~ and the little frog that visited while I potted some plants

~ it’s almost hidden in the greenry, but this is a picture of an olive tree my Grandma transplanted back in the early 80’s from my great-grandmother’s home. She has kept it in the same pot, so now it’s bonsai. I asked her if I could have it when she’s tired of messing with it. And she said yes!

~ I wandered her gardens and created a flower arrangement for her, it’s really fun to be able to have the variety to pick from.

~ The vegetable garden, I think my uncle is working it this year, Grandma’s not able to get around much anymore.

~ Thanks for visiting my Grandma’s house with me…

evening entertainment

So what do you do when you spend an evening with your mom and sisters?

We do cards ~ Rummy, May I, 5 Crowns ~ knitting ~ munching ~ talking

shooting fire extinguishers is fun

family fun at the gun range

large fire extinguisher goes poof

hoping to share with wordless (almost) wednesdaywordless wednesdaywild & wonderfulwordless wednesday,  outdoor wednesdayproject alicia, wordless or wordfull

weekend trip ~ instagram style

on the road, bags & pillows packed, many flowers photo’d, monterey hostel (where shall we go next)

fabric & yarn shops, feeding the birds, walking on rocks, mom & daughters

watching the waves hit the rocks, walking cannery row, watching the wild life, cards & knitting in the evening

goodbye monterey, hello carmel, abalone shells for sale, i love the ocean sights & smells

more succulents & flowers, santa cruz ocean view, knitting on the road, and finally a sunset (golden gate bridge also)

it was a good trip, fun time with mom & sisters, and i come home – ocean restored….

hoping to share with ~ wordless (almost) wednesdaywordless wednesdaynature notesoutdoor wednesdayproject alicia, this and that thursday, summer daze

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

5 minute friday ~ opportunity

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write with gusto, unselfconscious and flat out.

What can you write in five minutes flat? 

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~ Opportunity ~

I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had ~

  • the opportunity to work in my family’s business and then have to help close it down
  • the opportunity to be a wife and a step-mother, even though the relationship didn’t last, I’m thankful for those times and for the continued relationship with “my kids”
  • the opportunity to be raised in a family that loved and honored God in their everyday life
  • the opportunity to teach 2-3 year old in Bible Story Time at our church
  • the opportunity to downsize from a full house ~ to living with my parents ~ to living in a 24′ trailer with a shed
  • the opportunity to be part of a large extended family that loves each other and regularly gets-together

Sometimes the opportunities we receive are not quite what they originally appear, but if we “in everything give thanks”, God will work them out to be a blessing.

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