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.

orange gerber daisies in a favorite blue jug

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

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

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

mixed berry jam

quiet time each day

sometimes with a soccer ball in the shade

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

paintball guns with Pops

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

my bumble bee-sized garden helper

bold color

and the last of our cherry tomatoes

help around the house

painting projects underway

things checked off the list


evenings at the pool

2-year old fearlessness~ glub glub glub

5 year feistiness~ he's swimming like a fish

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

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

the opportunity to watch from the sidelines

and then to jump in and join them as well

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...


Josh and Kelly said...

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

Anonymous 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,

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!

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.