Looking Back

I’m enjoying looking back in my gratitude journal to see the ways God blessed me through the year.

47.  Phone calls with my parents

48.  Cooking with Andrew

49.  Bedtime quiet

50.  Joy’s kittens!

51.  Taming Joy’s kittens

52.  Being tired at bedtime

53.  Seeing order in the chaos

54.  Childhood books randomly popping up

55.  No Facebook – electronic peace

56.  Breaking old habits

57.  Creating new habits

58.  Family meetings

59.  When God’s word seems written just for me

60.  Making the devil mad

61.  Getting confirmation that my prayers are being answered

62.  Holding composure during a confrontation

63.  Having courage to speak the truth

64.  Remembering to pray for guidance before an unnerving conversation

65.  Forgiveness

66.  The reminder to stay humble in spirit

67.  Progress of asking questions

68.  Remembering to keep my joy in the midst of chaos and accusations

69.  The privilege of praying for my family

70.  Encouragement for something personal

71.  Hearing Joyful practice the piano

72.  A renewal

73.  Answered prayers!!

74.  Finding a community of believers who share similar passions as our family

75.  Watching my children blossom

76.  Vacation Bible School

77.  Encouragement that I’ve been on target with aspects of our parenting

78.  Reminders that it is only through Christ that I can come close to getting it right

79.  Knowing that my children are making connections with what they are being taught

80.  The right encouragement with frustration hits

81.  Heart of Wisdom teaching approach!

82.  Feeling like all the research, praying, reading, praying, experimenting is finally paying off

83.  finding a way to fit all the pieces together to make our homeschool effective, efficient and fun

84.  Felling the presence of God through my days

85.  Conversations with my children

86.  Children stopping their play to help me fold the laundry simply because they saw me doing it

87.  Tie dying shirts with kids

88.  Watching their excitement and impatience as they dried

89.  Brothers and sisters playing together

90.  Brothers and sisters working together

91.  Watching my children read

92.  Watching Peanut get something right- joy radiates out of this child

93.  Watching the kids ride bikes

94.  A schedule that actually works – keeps me on track, but is flexible – who knew?!

95.  Having my work finished and time for my hobbies and projects

96.  Finally condensing my beads down

97.  Renewed vision for my creative self

98.  God-given passion

And that brings us current, the next batch of blessings will be my most recent writings.  After reading through that, I have some similar entries on my list, but I just take that as par for the course.  Sometimes God needs to point things out to me more than once before I get it.

Ann at The Holy Experience inspired this counting of my blessings and purposing to see the good in life.  You can learn more at her blog:

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Blessings to you, Vicki

Still Thankful

I’ve been slowly plugging away in my gratitude journal.  I don’t know that I’ll make the 9 month goal, but we’ll see.  I still have about three months left.  These were from this summer, unfortunately it has been weeks since we were last fishing.

26.  Music that speaks to me

27.  Music that motivates me

28.  Music that brings me to worship

29.  Music that makes me cry

30.  Music that touches my heart

31.  Music that encourages me

I was going through a rough time and music is one of the biggest ways I hear God.  Music nourishes my spirit.

32.  Fishing with my BFF and our kids

33.  Experiencing new firsts with our kids

34.  Children who look forward to the next school year to start so they can “learn more stuff and read better”

35.  Summer break

36.  Planning my children’s next school year

37.  How God reveals more about my children’s personalities everyday

38.  Being present to watch them grow

39.  The way God teaches me to be a better person through my children

40.  Dads and Dad-figures

41.  A handy, get-the-job-done husband

42.  Making changes to better myself

43.  When those changes start to feel more “normal”

44.  Organization!

45.  Chicken shows

46.  Spending time with my family.

Life is beautiful if you take the time to see it.  May you take the time to count the blessings in your life.  ‘Tis the season, you know.

This 1000 blessings goal was originally inspired by the gratitude community over at a Holy Experience.

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Blessings to you,  Vicki

Not Quite Summer

The weather here can’t seem to make up it’s mind. A storm today brought in cooler air, after a few days of dog-days-of-summer heat. However, blessings still abound. Here are a few things I found myself feeling thankful for recently.

14.  Weeded flower beds.

15.  Freshly planted flowers.

16.  Squeals through the sprinkler.

17.  One on one time with my child.

18.  Cool breezes.

19.  Ceiling fans.

20.  Beach towels drying in the breeze.

21.  My favorite food for lunch (broccoli and bowties, though I now make it with rotini because I can get it in whole wheat).

22.  Encouraging music.

23.  Pretty journals.

Gratitude

and the back

24.  Checking things off lists.

25.  Sibling squabbles followed by immediate forgiveness and moving on.

Blessings to you,

Vicki

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Many Blessings

I’ve had this post idea rolling around in my head for a couple weeks now. Last Monday a link came across my email from a homeschool group I belong to and I am eternally grateful. I ran across the Holy Experience blog about a year ago and some of Ann’s posts touched me deeply. Over the course of the year, being busy and all, I lost the link. Now it is found and the timing is just right, the timing is His. I am ready to join the Gratitude Community and count my blessings. I’ve always considered myself a “silver lining” kind of person, but dealing with some personal issues the last two years had me lost in the clouds, unable or unwilling (sometimes both) to see the silver lining.

I am setting my goal for 1000 blessings for 9 months. That is 3-4 blessings a day. I want to include pictures, but am not pressuring myself with the requirement of documenting each blessing with a photo. See? That is progress right there, me and reality.  I see this process as a way to make Philippians 4:4– “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.” and Philippians 4:8– “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” a way of life for myself.

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Ann does hers on Monday, but I can’t promise I always will.

#1 – The love of my life, the father of my children, my one-and-only

Mine

#2 – My precious and cuddly 4-year-old baby girl

Silliness

#3 – My serious and sweet 6-year-old middle child

Excitement

#4 – My gentle and joyful 7-year-old, soon-to-be-a-2nd-grader

Joyful

#5 – Learning photography lingo. This is a diptych:

Hello Yellow

#6 – Toothless grins

Toothless Silliness

#7 – Boys in mud puddles

Splash

#8 – Cats who hide their kittens

#9 – Dads who play with their kids

Family

#10 – Curious dogs

Izzy's Curious

#11 – Dryer fresh towels

Softness

#12 – Breakfast in bed

#13 – Cards from my beloved that make me teary-eyed

May you take the time to count the blessings in your life,

Vicki