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The Scandal of Thanksgiving: 1,000 Gifts

  In January I embarked on a mission: To write down 1,000 gifts by Thanksgiving. Inspired by Ann Voskamp’s lovely, heartbreaking, beautiful book, lined pages of notebooks and decorated pages printed off the internet and invisible pages in cyberspace began to … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving Gratefulness; a Review and Giveaway!

  Thanksgiving is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year.   It’s not just because it’s the day of my favorite meal of the year. (Why do I not make a turkey in July, I always wonder?) And it’s … Continue reading

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Grateful

This morning, counting gifts brought a new realization: Saying “Thank you” acknowledges my debt to the one I thank. Is that why it’s so hard to say? Is that part of why it’s so good for us to count the gifts … Continue reading

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All is Grace

Shaun Groves is still messing with my world. The melodies pour from my kitchen while I clean and cook, and the lyrics awaken me literally every morning since my return from Relevant. Heart-filled music, with lyrics sometimes raw, sometimes simple, always … Continue reading

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Pause for Peace

Day 3 of 31 Days! This morning I lit a candle on my kitchen counter. Courtney has asked us to do this as a reminder to pray for peace in our homes. What a great idea! I’m a candle girl … Continue reading

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Counting Gifts Again … and Always

#926-939 *lovely, breezy, cooling-down day at the park with friends *sharing a swing *chess in the afternoon, then tea and cookies *Zach’s new truck *his little band of admirers *breakfast at Cinderella’s castle with my birthday girl … (pic coming!) … Continue reading

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Finding the Answer In the Pursuit

For good or ill, I am a fan of lists. To-do lists. Ta-da lists. Shopping lists. Curriculum lists. Even what-I-need-to-do-to-fix-myself lists. Those can get kindof long. Anyway, pondering my need for a softened heart as I talked about here  led … Continue reading

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Multitudes on Monday … Always Grateful

When I read Ann Voskamp’s 1,000 Gifts this spring, I knew it was a life-changing event. My list of gifts has been a companion since then, sometimes close at hand, sometimes tucked away and pulled out only occasionally but always, … Continue reading

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Multitudes on Mondays … I’m Full of Thanks!

  What a beautiful day this is! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. I’ve been burning the midnight (and 1am, 2 am, 3 am and yes, even 4 am!) oil, working hard on getting my 23 Day Back-To-(HOME!)School Planner … Continue reading

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Gratitude Continues …

  #828-835 Homemade whole wheat garlic rolls Cute hats–these are their tap dance costumes for the upcoming recital  😉 Sprinklers Grownup kids who used to be *in* my children’s church classes, now leading … New games in the front yard … Continue reading

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