Monday, June 27, 2011
"Bless the Lord, my soul,
all my being, bless his holy name."
Psalm 103: 1
In my most recent readings of 1000 Gifts, I am understanding more and more how sacred time is. Life is so busy. We are running from one thing to another, with little to no time to breath or think. That is the excuse many give for not having much (or any) of a prayer life - "I am just too busy". How can we be too busy? Too busy for the Lord who watches over ALL? Too busy for the One who gave ALL to ALL? We can't be! We must find Him in the here and now. But how? By ...s...l....o...w...i...n...g... down! And, how do we slow down? How to we make time for Him while we hustle and bustle through our days? We slow down by acts of thanksgiving. By opening our lives and hearts and minds to His continual presence. And, when we find Him, we must lift up our hearts of gratitude for Him being with us.
Here's a peek at some of the ways we have recognized His presence with us this past week....
#358 - an extra large kitchen sink for perfect quick sink baths
#359 - Pookey's squinty eye smile
#360 - a variety of Oreos
#361 - friends to play with on a "Frey"day
#362 - Lizzy's snake egg
#363 - a family of frogs to entertain the kids on a lovely summer day
#365 - Euchre night at my sister's house (not to mention being a winner!!)
#366 - my parent's 38th wedding anniversary
#367 - edible locusts and honey for St. John the Baptist's feast day (one of Fone's many special days)
#368 - Boulevard Pale Ale
#369 - a much needed sweeping of Big Red
#371 - Pookey walking more and more each day
#373 - sudafed 12 hr to help me get a half-way decent sleep
#375 - Pookey smooches
#376 - quarters for the girls at Aldi's
#378 - talking to a friend after Mass and praying for her
#379 - fishing with Daddy
#380 - the beaver tree
#383 - Vicks Kleenex
#384 - morning Mass for Ryan (a 14 y/o boy from our homeschool group having brain surgery today to remove a lesion)
Won't you count with me and the many others
who are working their way to 1000 Gifts (and more!)?
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Perhaps the best way to apply the
doctrine of God’s goodness is to live a
perpetually thankful life
-1 Thess. 5:18
Saturday, June 18, 2011
After the kids worked hard on their trading card swap back in May and sending them off to Kimberlee to sort, they each received a special envelope filled with new cards this week. They were super excited and very happy with the ones that were sent to them. Here are the cards they received....
|cards sent to Max (age 3)|
|cards sent to Ariel (age 5)|
|cards sent to Melody (age 6)|
|cards sent to Mario (age 8)|
|cards sent to Fone (age 9)|
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
"You say grace before meals... But I say grace before the concert and opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink. " -G. K. Chesterton
Let us all be aware and thankful for the wonderful graces God sends our way throughout our lives.
Here's a peek at the gifts we were blessed with last week....
#284 - popsicles on hot summer days
#287 - playdates for Ariel and Max while the 3 biggest Young Ones were away at art camp
#288 - TKD promotions
#289 - dancing around to Ralph's World songs in the kitchen with kiddos and breaking a sweat
#292 - extra mid-morning snuggles with Pookey who wouldn't fall back to sleep after an early-morning storm
#294 - week 1 of art camp and a sweet college student (once homeschooled) who offered this fun opportunity to our homeschool group
#295 - a cool down in the weather
#297 - splashing in puddles after the rain
#298 - sink baths and clean piggies
#299 - comet and a 3M scratchpad to clean and sparkle my new kitchen sink
#300 - last minute planning to have a family game night :)
#301 - what an amazing family we have!
#302 - Pookey's shy scowl
#305 - the itty bitty spider spinning a web on our shepherd's hook right outside our front door
#307 - for a wonderful night
#308 - Matthew, Mark, Luke and Jon clothes
#310 - new lungs for Melanie
#311 - waffles and a wife who knows how to make them :)
#312 - a triple celebration - Big Red's anniversary, Grandma and Grandpa's 65 wedding anniversary, and Pentecost!!
#313 - running errands with my sweet blondie boy, Max
#318 - my dh, who helped me get through art camp last week (and this week).... getting 6 kids (and a mom) up and going, fed, dressed and out the door at a decent time
#319 - a cookout around the fire ring and family prayers outdoors
Won't you join in on the counting? ....