Monday, July 26, 2010

1000 Gifts: Colorful summer


"To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,
to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven."

~Johannes A. Gaertner

And so this morning I add to my list... with a heart overflowing with thanks...
and I offer praise to the One who continues to bless... every single day.

0689
orange gerber daisies in a favorite blue jug


0690
baking with my boys... and a very clean kitchen

0691
their excitement to help, to prepare, to do. it. all.

0692
an unexpected delight: "I LOVE this bread, Mom!"

0693
mixed berry jam

0694
quiet time each day

0695
sometimes with a soccer ball in the shade


0696
three days at VBS with Grandmom (and his "registration" already turned in for next year :)

0697
paintball guns with Pops

0698
and a perfect reminder from the Word-- God has a plan for him... a good, good plan

0697
my bumble bee-sized garden helper


0698
bold color


0699
and the last of our cherry tomatoes


0700
help around the house

0701
painting projects underway

0702
things checked off the list

0703
contentment

0704
evenings at the pool

0705
2-year old fearlessness~ glub glub glub


0706
5 year feistiness~ he's swimming like a fish


0707
"big boys" at the pool (their very favorite companions!) who are not too big to hang with the little guys


0708
and plenty of time to play... and splash... and throw~ over and over and over again


0709
the opportunity to watch from the sidelines

0710
and then to jump in and join them as well

0711
yes, this wild & crazy family... I simply cannot count them enough!


"Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name."

1 Chronicles 29:13

holy experience

and the list goes on...

10 comments:

Josh and Kelly said...

sweet glimpse of how you are treasuring and training up these young boys (and little girl)!

Mary B said...

What a beautiful list and great pictures! Isn't it great that He (the Lord) has a plan for our kids lives (#698)!?! Have a blessed day.

gretchen said...

How we miss you - I'm reminded every time I see you in pictures. :) Love you and yours, my sweet friend... thanks again for sharing your life and your list with me. I am humbled. :) Love you -

contented sparrow said...

smiling with your list today! keep on soaking in these summer days and His gifts.

blessings to you,
megan

Carrie said...

It looks and sounds like you guys are having a great summer, Heather!!

Again, your pics are SO GOOD! LOVE that last one ... that's a must-frame for sure!!

Misty said...

what a sweet space you have here, and the photos are lovely. i love the summery-ness (!) of your words and pictures, and that we count Him in it all, especially the blessings of family.

Craig and Bethany said...

Such bold colors in each picture and each gratitude. Can't miss it. I especially love #702. :) Thanks!

Christine said...

Once again I am blessed by your grateful heart and your beautiful photos--loveliness in every image. What ARE those amazingly "bold" flowers? In awe of God's goodness and creativity once again -- thanks for being a part of that today!
-Christine

Mary said...

Your blog is beautiful! I love the photos and the absolute joy you have in your family! Blessings and Grace to you and yours!

Linda said...

Such precious moments Heather. I just love you little garden helper. She is too sweet.
You have captured lovely summer days and a loving family with those great pictures. A wonderful gratitude list.