Monday, May 17, 2010

1000 Gifts: In the woods

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below,
Praise Him above, ye Heavenly Host,
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

--Thomas Ken (1674)

After a weekend away, I count my blessings once again.
Because from His outstretched hand each one flows,
and so to Him, the glory rightly returns.

a weekend in the woods

Mom's and Dad's home... their always-open door

their acceptance... their love... their hearts



family meals around the table... plates licked clean

chocolate cobbler and chocolate malts... yum. yum. yum.

laughter and tale-telling

the tickle monster

memories socked away... precious moments to cherish for a lifetime

lessons in nature... His perfect design (this is a seed pod-- I would have never known!)

teensy impatiens... self-seeded in mama's greenhouse... now potted up and ready for a new home... in my garden

her way, her nature, her soul-- *always* giving

words that speak LIFE

a race through the trees

water guns and hoses (they never disappoint!)

and a Saturday reminder-- many hands make light work

creative gardening-- Mom's late-night effort to keep 4 persistent pups out of her vegetable patch

the "I'm not sick anymore!" dance... a 24-hour bug-- GONE!

and even more wonderfully-- dad's clean bill of health

the Father's healing hand

His faithfulness displayed every single day

and His love written across the skies... everywhere we look

His image, as seen in daddy... his strong embrace that never lets go and never gives up

and reminds me of security in the Father and His everlasting arms

"There is none like the God of Jeshurun,
Who rides the heavens to your help,
And through the skies in His majesty.
The eternal God is a dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms..."

Deuteronomy 33:26-27

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gretchen said...

so glad you got to have a weekend away. The pictures are awesome - love the one of your man and the kids. :) tell your mom the flowers she gave me are doing great... I love the tall ones with the purplish-red leaves - they are already blooming! :) Love you friend!

Christine said...

Beautiful photos, once again. I love being in the middle of God's creation too... I wouldn't mind living in a cabin in the woods the rest of my life. God's hand is just so obvious in nature-- I wonder how people can miss it.
Thanks for the reminder of His love for us as seen in His creation.
Have a beautiful week, Heather.

contented sparrow said...

oh, what a beautiful weekend you had. for me, God is palpable amongst the trees and moss and flowers....He feels so very close there.
blessings to you this week, megan

JoAnn said...

How stunning. I love that verse too, it really spoke to me. Thanks.

Carrie said...

Lovely pictures, Heather! Your parents have a beautiful place tucked away in the trees!

I love the pic of your hubs with the kids, too! What a great picture for celebrating Father's Day in a few weeks!! ;)

deb said...

oh, yes the forest.
this was beautiful. I go crazy without a creation fix

Linda said...

Such a joyous list Heather. We spent the weekend with our oldest son and his family - wonderful. It is these precious times that knit us together and create such wonderful memories for our children and for us.
I'm so glad you had the time together.

ali @ an ordinary mom said...

An always-open door is such a blessing indeed!