Monday, April 11, 2011

1000 Gifts: New Beginnings

It's been a long, cold winter. Gray. Cloudy. Rainy. Even bitter.

But Christ's mercies are new every morning, and this a.m., it's time. Time to bounce back. Time to wipe the dust from my hands. Time to taste and see the goodness of the Lord... His splendor, His majesty, His boundless, limitless love. For me. Every single day.

So today I give thanks.
And I count... one by one... the gifts of His hand.

"O taste and see that the LORD is good;
blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."

Psalm 34:8

long winter months... which make the newness of spring all the more lovely

daffodils and hyacenths, azaeleas and dogwoods


and yellow

and a garden just bursting with life

year-round swimming for Big Man and wonderful, wonderful success

an award's banquet on Sunday afternoon-- my 3 boys together (plus a little green lady squished in between :)

with medals to bring home...

Big Man's very first one

plus~ a coach's sense of humor... like when he asked Noh-man not too long ago if Chris and I were planning on having more children because our family has been good for the team :)

reminders to SLOW DOWN and savor each moment


"Look, Mommy! Precious little grapes!!" ~Lollipop, referring to the flowers (below) in the garden

a Saturday outing for the girls...

to Bruster's for ice cream. A very, very favorite place... well worth the hour-long drive... especially when there are googly eyes and sprinkles on top :)

boys in the woods-- camping with friends

homebound... just me and my gal


"the peace"

blue skies

and play time OUTSIDE!!!

the beauty of SPRING... with my crew.
How could I ask for more??

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

Psalm 27:1

and the list continues...


Christine said...

Oh that is wonderful! Your photos made me smile and then the last one made me laugh, dear friend! I'm so glad you've brought the camera out again. I'm so glad you're counting again! I'm so glad for your friendship and your words!! I'm so glad for YOU! May you continue to see with your eyes and feel with your heart how great His love is for you and how many MANY gifts He gives.
Much love today and always,

Anonymous said...

Welcome back. I have missed you, your words, and especially your pictures. Love, Moggie

Carrie said...

I am so glad to hear from you, Heather!! You have certainly been missed!!! I almost emailed you several times - just to make sure everyone was ok!

Happy Spring! ;)

Kellie said...

I was just thinking about you this weekend, hoping you'd return soon. What a wonderful blessing to see you in my reader this morning!

Laura said...

YAY! You're back! Congrats to all the boys. Could Little Man smile any bigger?? :-)

and thanks (I think) for getting me hooked on Chocolate Raspberry Truffle!

Linda said...

I am so happy to see you back here Heather. I can't tell you how many times I've thought about you and prayed that all was well.
Your list just continues to flow from your sweet spirit. I love it!
Welcome back!!!!

Jennifer said...

Heather! I was so thrilled to see this post pop up in my reader. Been missing you around these parts! Spring blessings to you!

Skeller said...

you seriously document the sweetest moments. a list like this really does foster a proper thankfulness to God, doesn't it!

gretchen said...

Oh Hooray!!!! I almost didn't even check!!! I'm so glad you're back... and then I think to myself... how sad is it that the way I keep in touch with my BFF is through her blog??? :( But that being said... so glad to read... love the pics... guess it's time for me to buck up and blog again... maybe after a few more days. :) Love you my sweet friend!!!

Anonymous said...

Hooray!!!!! I have a blog to read again! Love the pics and the people in them. Brusters is a wonderful meeting place. Take care, see you soon. Much love from "the grey ghost" to all! Gmom on the hill! ( and Pops too)

The dB family said...

Beautiful beautiful list! I love you photos! I'm so glad you're back!