Sunday, June 10, 2012

1000 Gifts Sunday

A continuation of the One Thousand Gifts challenge by A Holy Experience blogger, Ann Voskamp. A reminder of God's love and all the things for which I have found thanks throughout the week. I hope you find it meaningful and that you are encouraged to take pause to reflect upon all of the things in your life for which you are grateful.

Gratitudes #39-84

#39  A gazebo to sit in, a place for reflection, a connection to Daddy
#40 the ability to cry and not hold back
#41  my husband, my rock
#42  the incredible, sweet voices of my children raised in song
#43  Theresa
#44  Margaret
#45  Christine
#46  Elizabeth
#47  Curt
#48  Jeff
#49  Andrew, Amanda and Carlye
#50  Carolyne
#51  Sarah, Audrey, Christopher, Stephen, Thomas, Maggie
#52  Jack, Sam, Katie, Patrick
#53  Praying with Carolyne, bowing heads, holding hands
#54  Reading from Daddy's Office of the Hours to him
#55  Mama - her strength, softness, leaning in and on
#56  Aunt Peggy and her quiet, wonderful ways
#57  Two incredible, different, heartfelt, honoring eulogies
#58  Guy Goode and memories and faith
#59  Southern cooks with big hearts and making the time
#60  Military guards and honors and a solitary sweet, pure, haunting bugle call
#61  Mama understanding our desire to replace "the sewing basket"
#62  Holding hands and arms and hearts
#63  Bedside concerts
#64  Hospice and the comfort it brings
#65  Regular, quiet breaths we breathe
#66  Angels watching
#67  A final round of applause for Willie
#68  Escaping to the bathroom
#69  Escaping to the cave
#70  Daddy's written words found in 20 old notepads
#71  Hearts and crosses
#72  Aunt Grace, Aunt Mary, Aunt Hazel, Aunt Shirley
#73  Rosie and roses
#74  Gorgeous flowers, gifts in honor of my dad
#75  Old friends and old stories
#76  Gretchen Keene Wenzel and a renewed connection
#77  Paintings by Daddy
#78  Relatives and friends greeting Daddy at the gates
#79  Children with their rosaries, asking for help, learning with wide eyes
#80  White House, Black Market appropriate clothing
#81   Needed shoes found, $14
#82  Magnolias blooming, reachable, fragrant
#83  "A Prayer for the Brokenhearted" daughter
#84  For pain and heartbreak as an opportunity to lean on my Heavenly Father

I thought I might have trouble making it to 1000 by the end of the year.  But if I keep this up, it will be no problem.  Thank you, God, for grace.  Thank you for your lessons.  Thank you for infinite arms that hold me close.

And thanks to all of you for reading.

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