Monday, May 24, 2010

1000 Gifts: Beautiful days of May

"Not to us, O LORD, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness."

Psalm 115: 1

Another week... another Monday...
another opportunity to look back and thank the Lord for His perfectly wonderful gifts.

school's end in sight... perseverance (and strength from above) to finish strong

his desire to help in the garden

and the completed work of his hands

"Mom, come and see it! I made it for YOU."

my sister-in-love, obedient to God's Word

His grace to mend & repair & rebuild & renew


a picnic with friends and a blue sky canopy

and later... rain clouds on the horizon

gardens refreshed, rain buckets full

a pile of good books... spare minutes to read

child laughter in the backyard and basketball on the patio

night breezes through windows, fresh air through the house

marks on the wall... their growth measured there... bigger and bigger each and every time

character growth... lessons learned... truth explored... hearts changed

new socks

Big Man: "Tomorrow's gonna be a sad day... because it's the last day of co-op."

and then later... "Today's gonna be a sad day AND a happy day!" ... because he recognized the beauty & joy of the hour... and because he realized that next fall we get to do it all over again!

a birthday party with friends... a weekend in the woods... CAMPING!

sleeping bags and tents, flashlights and marshmallows, bonfires and lemonade... childhood delights

Big Man's excitement... "I've never slept in a tent before!"

the beautiful "surrounds"-- no horns honking, no stereos blaring, no angry drivers swearing...
just peace... and tranquility... and rest

and daddy there to share it all... and Lolli and me, too, for a few hours at least... before we drove back home...
to find sleep under blankets in bed :)

hands to hold and great, great friends

"Stand up and praise the LORD your God,
for He lives from everlasting to everlasting!"

Nehemiah 4:5b

holy experience

and the list continues...


Christine said...

Another week of enjoying God's creation! I just love May! Camping with friends is the best... we're looking forward to doing the same this coming weekend. Sharing this life with a community of believers and friends is a gift of our gracious God for sure! Thanks for sharing your week again, Heather. I always look forward to reading your list. It makes me smile. :)

gretchen said...

simply awesome... happy Monday friend - His mercies are new every morning... we just celebrate them on Mondays. :) Have a great week. Love you tons

Alexis said...

Such a beautiful list and that last picture is awesome!
I'm so enjoying the Gratitude community, I'm new to it all!

Annesta said...

Your pictures are beautiful and add so much to your list of gratitude.
I join you in gratitude for end of school year in sight and for enjoying friends at a a picnic.
Lovely list

Linda said...

Full, blessed days Heather. I have such great memories of our family camping trips and the times we shared with friends. It really is a wonderful family time.
I have Beth Moore's book in my stack too!! We'll have to share thoughts.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post, always a joy to read and see the new pictures! Fun to see Big Man creating in the garden! Never got to see the last two pictures. I'll have to look on your computer. The swim meet schedule sounds great. You can see where Bob is headed! Take care see you soon, love to all,Mom

Jennifer said...

Heather, that pile of books looks eerily familiar to my beside pile. : )

Love your list, as always!

Here's to finishing strong!!! : )