Monday, January 4, 2010

1000 Gifts: Rejoicing

With a heart full of gratitude,
with a heart in awe of His mercy,
with a heart overwhelmed by His grace...
I give thanks.

a Christmas Eve service, a time to rejoice... with songs of deliverance, our candles held high

the gift of His Word and His promises... true

a time of celebration, a time to give thanks... a time to remember the gift of His love

the soft glow of lights, a roaring fire, sleeping babes, the anticipation of things to come

a silent night

and then... a white Christmas on the mountain with Grandmom & Pops

eyes of wonder and eyes of delight

and children-- never-tiring, always-laughing, ever-smiling... priceless gifts

Super Mario pajamas, a Transformers helmet, an acoustic guitar,
and the imagination of a 5-year old

family traditions... stockings on the table... an orange in the bottom... precious memories

big Uncle Dave and his family... they made it!

more homemade doughnuts, fabulous feasts, laughter around the table... all of us

new games & old, sled races & snow, cousins together, fun all around... family

silly boys

funny faces & favorite jokes

and laps that always have room

Everyone together... the grandkids, all well... music & dancing... rejoicing

a wonderful year and the new one to come

new opportunities,
and family to share them all

"Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name;
make known among the nations what He has done.
Sing ot Him, sing praise to Him;
tell of all His wonderful acts."

Psalm 105: 1-2

holy experience

and the list continues...


gretchen said...

ah... heaven on earth - your parents house. I sigh just looking at it. Glad you had fun... I'm still waiting for the "adoption" papers to go through. ;)

Love you guys.

Carrie said...

As usual, I love your list (and pics!)!!

Your parents' place looks so warm and cozy! I think you look like your dad! ;)

Hope you have a great week, Heather, getting back into your routine and all!

Jenny said...

Really beautiful pictures; the house looks so inviting. I enjoyed your list.

Annesta said...

Love your pictures! Thanks for sharing your list.

deb said...

Okay. Wow.

and that you treasure the togetherness is so so beautiful.
Happy New Year to you!

Linda said...

What a joyful, loving celebration Heather. It all looks so perfectly lovely. How precious it is to gather with family and know that He is there too because you all love Him. I think that is the greatest treasure in the world.

Kathy said...

Hi Heather...thanks so much for dropping by my blog. I love your list and so enjoyed seeing the pics of "memories being made" over your Christmas holiday. What a beautiful Christmas tree!!!

Happy New Year to you...looking forward to visiting again.