Thanksgiving, Love, Gifts, and Prayer

Part of me feels like counting blessings like barbecue pizza and candles is trivial, in light of some bad news I received yesterday, that I’ll get to later in this post. But really, all is a gift from God. And in times like these, I have to focus on finding beauty, even in small, trivial things, to remember that God is good.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, I was thankful for…

Family
We had Thanksgiving dinner with some of our church family; our senior pastor, his wife and kids, and his extended family, as well as some of their friends. Later, we played games and socialized until my SIL arrived. 
Brian’s older sister drove over from LA to spend Thanksgiving weekend with us. She probably doesn’t appreciate this sort-of candid shot, but it’s the only picture I took all weekend with her in it. 
Food
Barbeque Blue Burger, Garlic Fries, and  Baked Potato Fries
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich and Beet Salad
Pumpkin Pie Shake

Barbeque Chicken Pizza
Originally, I was going to fix a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner for the three of us on Friday. Instead, we decided to do some errands and go shopping, and eat at Joe’s Farm Grill. I think we made the right choice!
Sales and Coupons
So we did do a little shopping on Friday, at about two in the afternoon, so all the early morning crazies had gone to bed. Andrea gave me a coupon for a free signature item at Bath and Body Works with a purchase. Well, Brian had told me weeks earlier that he really wanted a peppermint scented candle. Bath and Body Works candles were buy one get one free, a really good deal considering that one usually cost $20.
   
So, I got Brian the peppermint candle and myself the evergreen one, and a lotion for free!
I also got good deals on some other things I wanted. While I don’t like the idea of going crazy on Black Friday and buying a bunch of stuff right after we were supposedly so thankful for all we had, it was a gift to be able to get good deals on some things that had been on my list for awhile. 
Relaxation
From Thursday to Sunday, we slept in, and I wore my pjs most of the morning. We also watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 1 and 2, and the special features. After those movies, we transitioned into the Christmas spirit with Elf, White Christmas, and A Miracle on 34th Street. 
While watching White Christmas, Andrea baked an apple crisp, and I made a pumpkin pie.

I read in Better Homes and Gardens that baking is a great stress reliever because it makes you focus on one thing at a time. Plus, eating the dessert is a good stress reliever too.
I’m also thankful for…
  • Christmas music, and that I can now play it loud and proud.
  • The Christmas decor strewn around the dining room, waiting to be put up.
  • Brian allowed me to go shopping, however unwillingly.
  • Brian told me at random times over the weekend that I looked cute, or “cute as a button.” How sweet 🙂
  • Getting to meet a high school friend of Andrea’s who lives in Phoenix. We all met up for lunch, and she was a super sweet girl and fun to talk to. Plus, it’s always nice to meet fellow Iowans, especially those who attended Iowa State University. 
  • I’m thankful that Brian is skilled at fixing cars. Not only does he keep our cars in good shape, but he was able to fix Andrea’s broken door handle over the weekend.
  • Brian mailed my residency application. It’s been a long time in the making, and I so appreciate that he’s handled the paperwork, putting it together, and getting it sent. 
  • Brian and I have had several good talks about life, work, and what we as a family should do. I love his heart for people and for serving God. 
  • When I emailed Brian yesterday to tell him that I was going to be very busy with final projects this week, he readily offered to help with dinner, dishes, and house cleaning this week. 
  • He is also doing a great job at finding potential houses and analyzing our finances.
  • Yesterday he got us pre-approved for financing. 
  • I’m very thankful that Brian understands how loans, credit scores, etc. work. Because when he tries to explain to me how they decide how much money to loan us, I don’t understand a word.
I’m most thankful that I have Brian to lean on. Last night I got a phone call from my dad, which usually isn’t a good sign. My Aunt Joy, who, as I’ve told you about before, was diagnosed with brain cancer, was in the hospital in critical condition. Her brain is swelling, and the doctors are trying to get it under control. 
My dad and my older sister said she has gone downhill fast. She’s very swollen from the steroids she’s been taking for the pain, she’s losing her short term memory, has difficulty speaking and walking, and started having seizures last week. 
I’m afraid that this might mean that we have less time left with her than we thought. 
When I got off the phone with my dad, Brian was there to hold me. I’m very thankful for him. And, I’m very thankful to those of you who follow me on facebook and let me know that you were praying. Thank you so much for your prayers. Please don’t stop. 

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Love and Gifts

Today I’m combining the challenge from Newlywed’s Bliss with counting gifts.

Dear Brian,

1. Thank you for listening so sympathetically all week as I struggled with a research paper for school.
2. And thank you for telling me “I believe in you,” when I was ready to give up on it entirely on Friday night.
3. And that same night, I love that you brought me Starbucks, it definitely helped!
4. I love your willingness to fix dinner on nights when I’m busy. It lifts a huge load of stress off of my shoulders.
5. I love that you’re a very creative and adventurous cook, and you’re good at making something with whatever we have.
6. I love that you took the time Saturday afternoon to clean out the inside of the Ford. You knew it’s messy state had been bothering me, so I really appreciate that you took care of it! Thank you for taking good care of both of our vehicles.
7. I love that although you resist doing something outside of your comfort zone, afterwards you’re glad that you did.
8. I love the fact that you are so talented at grocery shopping. It’s such a blessing to me, because I really don’t enjoy doing it at all, and you can do it faster and better than I can any day.
9. I love that you’re seeking what God wants you to do with your life, and you want to serve Him more than just make money.
10. I love that you want to make a difference in the world by loving people.

A few excerpts from my gratitude journal…

593. A breakthrough idea for the gift guide. Keeping it on pintrest saved me hours of time!
594. Every one of my blog readers. You are a gift!
595. Brian’s work load has gotten lighter.
601. We had a great turn out for our first week of linking up at Newlywed’s Bliss. Reading your posts was a gift, and I hope writing them was a blessing to you.
604. Brian taking the dog to the park. So nice to have total quiet, and some of the dog’s energy used up.
607. An encouraging facebook message from my best friend.
608. A letter from our sponsor child in Honduras, Bessi, with a picture of herself. Tears on my part.
609. I smashed my fingers in a window, but after keeping ice on them for awhile, I was able to finish typing the aforementioned research paper. They’re only a tiny bit sore now, and I’m grateful that I didn’t have to type the paper with one hand.
610. Brian’s sister is coming to spend Thanksgiving weekend with us!

Will you join me in giving thanks for your spouse this month? What gifts have you been blessed with TODAY?


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Thankful for My Husband

I posted about it on facebook, but in case you haven’t heard, over on Newlywed’s Bliss tomorrow we are giving you an opportunity to give thanks, specifically for your spouse. We’re asking you to make a list of 10 things you love about them, once a week, during the month of November. Then, link up with us on Tuesdays. I hope you’ll join me over there, even if you don’t consider yourself “newly wed.”

Here’s my list, mainly of things that occurred just last week:

  1. You are more patient than I am, and you’re good at trouble shooting. I couldn’t have figured out how to set up this linky without you. 
  2. You do and say hilarious things in your sleep. Makes me laugh just thinking about it. 
  3. I love your laugh, the deep, belly laugh when something is REALLY funny and your face turns red and you gasp for breath. 
  4. I love that you always want me to come to bed at the same time you do.
  5. I love that you make me coffee every morning. It makes my day so much better!
  6. You agreed to forgo looking at cars on our date last Friday, and instead got wings and watched Lord of the Rings with me. It was epic, and I had a great time!
  7. You let me use you to hide behind during the scary parts during Lord of the Rings. 
  8. You are real and honest. 
  9. You take care of maintaining our yard, so I don’t have to worry about it. 
  10. Sometimes you read my blog. It really means a lot to me babe!

Will you join me in linking up your list tomorrow over here

I’d Like to Publish You

Guest posting is a great way to get your writing in front of a new audience, and during the month of November, I would love to give you that opportunity here at Scribbles From Emily.

For some of us, November is a busy month. Busy getting ready for family to visit, or to visit family, fixing food, eating food, giving thanks, and shopping afterwards. We’re also trying to get ready for Christmas, which is coming up impossibly soon, so that means more shopping, decorating, and planning.

Sometimes the thankfulness factor of Thanksgiving gets lost in the bustle of the holidays. While we should be remembering our blessings year round, it’s a good idea to have a month set aside for that purpose, especially during the time of year that our culture is bombarding us with all the things we “need.” 

So to that end, during the month of November I’d like to feature your post that answers this question:

What in your life are you thankful for now, that at the time you didn’t see as a blessing? 

Spend some time thinking about that, and when something comes to mind, check out Scribble’s guest posting guidelines.

In other news, I’m planning to put together a holiday gift guide again this year, but in a little different format. My gift guide focuses on buying gifts from companies that donate to charities and compassionate organizations, and this year instead of just posting the links to the companies, I’d like to put together a downloadable PDF that features actual products, so you can shop by person, such as “babies,” “the people who have everything,” “teens,” etc.

I could really use your help! Do you shop at any companies that give to good causes? Leave a comment and tell me about them! To leave a comment, click on “Links to this Post” below, or the post title.

I so appreciate your help, and I’m looking forward to reading your guest posts!

The Gift of Relationships

Today I’m practicing gratitude again, and many of things on my list seem to be related to relationships with others.

524. Brian got a smart phone at last! He wanted a Droid when we first got married, but I finally convinced him that it didn’t make sense to spend that much money on a phone and then say I couldn’t afford to fly back to Iowa for my cousin’s wedding. Plus, I knew that there would be a lot of hidden costs as we moved to Arizona and got settled in an apartment. Now, a year later, he finally has his Droid!

When he’s home from work, he’s hardly done anything other than mess with his phone, it seems. It’s that amazing, I guess!

 It has already come in handy for looking up Little Caesar’s Pizza in our area while we’re out driving.

But seriously, I’m grateful for the incredible technology we have today, and I know this new phone will be very useful. 
525. Date night at home! It was my week to plan our date, so I planned a dinner and movie, relaxed date. 
I fixed a pasta dish with Brian’s favorite: vodka sauce. I didn’t actually make the sauce, I just used stuff from the store, and added it to penne, along with some dried basil. I tried to make a salad like the ones at Olive Garden, with the onion rings on top. 
The hydrangea table cloth and the lace doily are both anniversary gifts from my mother-in-law, and the candle is the unity candle from our wedding. The fancy dishes were all wedding presents. I think this is the first time we’ve used them!
The pasta dish and salad were a hit!

526. The hot tub. I’m grateful that the people we’re renting the house from said that we were free to use the hot tub. We hadn’t taken advantage of it until Friday.

We waited until after dark, and I put candles around the edges. It was incredibly relaxing and romantic!

After we dried off and changed, Brian agreed to watch Emma with me. This was kind of a big deal, since he dislikes Pride & Prejudice (even the Keira Knightly one) and Sense & Sensibility.

Sadly, he fell asleep a few minutes into it. Sigh. I’ll keep working on him!
528. Brian fixed the electric problem we had with our car! This was a huge blessing. The dashboard and radio lights weren’t working, and after we got pulled over, we were told our tail lights weren’t either. There was a short somewhere, because it kept blowing fuses. Brian found the issue and fixed it, which saved us hundreds of dollars! I’m very grateful for a handy husband!
529. We are flying back to Iowa this week for a wedding! These are two good friends of ours, and we’re very happy for them. It will be great to see everyone again, especially some of our college friends that we didn’t get to see in May during our last trip. 

530. Speaking of friends, one of my best friends from college happened to be in Phoenix last Friday, and we got to have lunch together! I hadn’t seen her since my wedding, so it was so much fun to catch up!

531. Friends who enjoy hanging out with us, even if they have a penchant for children’s 80’s movies, like the one we watched Saturday…

532. My birthday is coming up! I’m excited, even though Brian will be gone on a business trip until 8 p.m. the day of. It’s ok though, because we’re planning to drive to LA that night and spend the weekend with my sister-in-law and celebrate with going to the beach and enjoying the cooler weather!

What are you grateful for today? Who are you thankful that you get to spend time with? 


The Gift of Getting Away

512. God knows that getting away from all the noise, the facebook notifications, the flagged emails, the twitter updates, is sometimes the perfect gift. 

513. And it’s even better with friends.

sidenote: these guys own the house we’re renting, and the dog belongs to them. 

 514. The gift of getting close up with nature.

 515. The gift of adventure. 

Two of the families on our trip are native Arizonians and grew up camping in this area. Because they knew some of us weren’t as experienced, they picked an easy trail for our hike.

Easy. Mmmhmm.

The views were breathtaking, but I didn’t get to look up often, I was too busy trying not to stumble and fall down the mountainside. 
the “easy” trail

It was grueling for me. Much of the trail going down was loose, sandy gravel. I was as slow as the 5 and 8 year old kids. God brought to mind several spiritual parallels, and I found that encouraging. For instance, the hike was difficult, but it was good for me. It was making me stronger physically. In the same way, God allows us to experience trials so that we grow stronger spiritually. 

516. He brings beauty from ashes.

 517. A strong partner
I depended on Brian to keep my balance much of the time, and to lead me in the best way down loose gravel slopes, around scorched fallen trees, and up rocky inclines. 

the “easy” path gets harder…

 518. A marked trail to follow.

When the path got rocky and hard to see, some hiker before us had marked the path with stones stacked on top of each other. When we feel like we’ve lost our way in life, God gives us reminders of His plan for us and His forgiveness and love. Sometimes, He uses people who’ve been there before.


519. Being held by His hands, seeing His glory revealed. 

We arrived at our destination, a cave that rail road makers had blasted out of the mountain, but never finished.  

Looking at the pictures now, it brings to mind when placed Moses in a cleft in the rock and covered him with His hand as He passed by, so that Moses could see the tail-end of His glory.

We were hidden in the rock, and beholding God’s glory revealed through nature. 

 And we were always in His hands.

518. The gift of stillness.

The water hurried past, but for a weekend, we didn’t hurry anywhere.

519. Light touching fallen things and making them golden and beautiful. 


520. The gift of growth. However painful it may be.

521. The gift of the small and the humble.

522. The gift of knowing that He knows what lies around the bend. So I don’t have to. 

523. The gift of peace, quiet, and rest. 

Are you taking time to “get away” this summer? Are you taking time to rest and renew? 

Finding Beauty in the Weekend

Multitudes on Mondays, counting the many ways God shows His love for me, always makes my Monday better!  I haven’t done very well at recording gifts in my journal lately, I’ve let business and stress crowd it out, not realizing that taking the time to slow down and reflect on God’s love towards me is the perfect antidote. But now, I’m back. 
370. School is over!!! I turned in my final project last Friday, and I’ve already received some of my grades- both A’s so far!
371. To celebrate, Brian and I had a wonderful date! Dinner and a movie at the two dollar theater, always a good choice. 
372. I got dressed up for our date, and really enjoyed wearing a skirt and feeling pretty.
373. We went to Old Chicago for dinner. I’d never been there before. The food was amazing! I had an Italian sausage stromboli, and Brian had the “meat me” calzone. So good!
374. Good conversation. During dinner, we worked through some questions to help us evaluate our family priorities, strengths, and goals for the purpose of writing a family missions statement. I’d been wanting to do this for a long time. We used the questions from Simplemom.net for creating a family mission statement. The idea is that having a purpose statement allows you to be intentional about how you spend your time, resources, etc. so that you can achieve your goals as a family.
375. Killing time at Barnes and Noble. We had several hours to kill between dinner and the movie, so we hung out at the bookstore and read magazines. I got to read all about the royal wedding, and browse In Style magazine. 
Hats worn to the royal wedding
376. White chocolate caramel Macadamia nut cheesecake. After reading for awhile, we had enough room for desert. We shared a piece from the Cheesecake factory. Even though we were both sharing only one piece, it was too rich for us to finish!
377. The movie we saw was “Unknown,” a Bourne Trilogy type movie. I really like the Bourne movies, but this was a little scarier. I spent much of the movie curled up in a ball in my seat with my sweater over my head, and Brian’s hands over my ears and eyes. So why is this a gift? I enjoyed Brian protecting me! 
378. Spending time by the pool Saturday and Sunday afternoon. It was great to finally have a weekend without any schoolwork to do! We are very blessed to have a swimming pool in our complex, and we really enjoyed working on our tans and cooling off. It’s been in the 100’s lately!
379. Mail! I love getting mail, and Saturday we got an invitation to my niece’s first birthday party, my younger sister’s graduation open house, and Brian’s cousin’s wedding. 
380. This is big news: we will be moving in July! I mentioned awhile back that a couple we’d just become friends with was moving in July. Well, they decided to rent their house, and our apartment lease happens to end in July also. We’d looked for a new apartment, but hadn’t really found anything. When we rent their house, they will leave a lot of their furniture for us to use, and their dog! They’ll be moving around a lot and can’t take him with them, and their company provides furnished apartments. Brian will get the garage he’s been wanting, and I’ll get a pet to keep me company! We are really excited, and I can’t wait so show you some pictures!
381. We signed the lease last night and enjoyed ice cream afterwards, and played with the dog. He is seriously the funniest dog I’ve ever seen. He’s also the best behaved!
382. I finished the Fashion 101 homework from the second week, the shopping your closet challenge. I’ve already referred to the pictures I took twice when looking for something to wear, so it’s been very helpful!
This is my accessorized outfit. I wore it to church yesterday 🙂
Same shirt, but this is the casual version.
383. A quiet, cloudy Monday morning. 

384. Talking to my mom on Mother’s Day. 
385. DaySpring’s e-cards. I didn’t get my Mother’s Day cards mailed in time to get there by yesterday, so I also sent e-cards! It worked really well! They have some wonderful cards, including cards you can send to friends who are moms to brighten their day.
386. On Saturday, we went to Walmart to look at eye glasses for me. After we finally decided on a pair, we found out that they don’t take our insurance. At least, now I know what style I like. 
387. While at Walmart, we picked out some paint color ideas for the house! 
388. The maintenance man came by and replaced light bulbs, fixed our shower drain, and replaced a broken outlet cover, little stuff we just hadn’t gotten around to getting taken care of earlier. 
How was your weekend? What gifts did God give you? (They’re there, you just have to look for them!)

Undeserved Gifts, Lessons Learned Again

“I feel like a failure.” I sobbed.
“You’re not a failure.” Brian said.

Easy for him to say, I thought.

I’ve been working on a new blog design for weeks. I wanted a lighter, fresher look for spring, and after hours of hard work, watching the same Photoshop tutorials ten times, and much frustration, the design was almost done. But I just realized that my design didn’t display correctly in Firefox browsers. The blog’s footer, the thingy I tried to make on this blog with the three sections on the bottom of the blog, it wasn’t staying at the bottom of the blog. It actually covered the entire area for posts and the sidebar- just about everything except the header. Here’s the design, try looking at it in Firefox to see what I mean. You’ll see a dark gray box over everything, but if you use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome, which is what I use, it displays correctly.

Brian tried to offer an explanation which just made me more frustrated. I slammed my laptop shut and went to turn off the lamp and go to bed.

Click,click,click. It’s a three way bulb, and in my anger I turned it too fast and clicked right past turning it off.

ClickClickClick.
ClickClickClick.
CLICKCLICKCLICK.

Brian started laughing. I started crying. I finally turned it off and pulled the comforter over my head.

“Babe, what’s wrong?” He was still chuckling.

“I’ve worked SO HARD on that design and now it won’t work!” I wailed.

“Well, just tell all your readers to use Google Chrome or IE.”

“But if I ever have new readers come to my blog, they won’t know to use chrome or IE,” I spat. “If they see a big gray box over everything they’ll never stay and read it! No one will want to read a blog with an ugly gray box on it! It’s ugly!” I don’t remember all I said, but I know I was more than a little hysterical.

I probably scared Brian, because he didn’t say anything for a long time. I continued sobbing into my pillow.

Finally, he asked, “What’s wrong babe?”

This wasn’t just about the blog design. I told him what I was really crying about, “I feel like a failure.”

“You’re not a failure.”

“But I’m not good at anything anymore!”

He just shook his head. It probably was an overstatement. I do that a lot. But the feeling that I’ve failed is something I can’t shake. It goes deeper than a failed blog design. It’s rooted in feelings of being overwhelmed and inadequate.

White Roses in the Rain
photo © 2009 John Morgan | more info (via: Wylio)

I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have to write papers and do other class work all afternoon Saturday and Sunday. Even when we went to Disneyland over President’s Day weekend, I had to write two papers before Sunday night. I’m getting them turned in on time, but I know I’m not doing them well most of the time. I hate turning in poor work. It doesn’t really matter to me if I get a good grade on it, I know it wasn’t my best and it’s not good enough for me. I feel like a failure as a student.

Because I’ve been so busy with school, I haven’t kept up with housework. The dirty floors and grey layer of dust are constantly nagging at me, keeping me from really relaxing. And it makes me feel like a failure as a homemaker.

When I said I wasn’t good at anything anymore, I was thinking about high school. Back in those “good old days,” I was at the height of my singing and artistic ability. Then ministry and school took over in college. To be honest with you, sometimes I miss high school for that reason. I wish I still had the time and means to devote to practicing and developing those talents. Sometimes I wonder if I’m a disappointment.

And I feel inadequate. I have a list of projects I want to do. There’s 17. Many of them are projects other people have asked me to do, like designing business cards, the youth group blog, and an instruction manual for the church secretaries, to name some of the bigger ones. I’ve agreed to do them, but I doubt my abilities. Can I really do it “good enough”? I have so little experience, am I really the right person for the job? And there’s the question of time; when will I have time to get it all done?

One of my new year’s resolutions was to make time for creating. It hasn’t really happened. And I feel the dryness inside that comes from the lack of expression. Not just arts and craft projects I’d like to create, but things I want to write. I’ve had ideas percolating, but no time to put them to paper, and when I try, I’m rusty and clumsy, and they disintegrate. I pick up a pencil and try to sketch an image or a thought, and I feel like I’ve lost my touch, lost my skill.

I didn’t say all of that to Brian. I was ashamed that I felt this way, when I know others are going through cancer, loss of loved ones, sick children, fear of losing a job, and much, much weightier things than my feelings of being overwhelmed and lacking in ability. I’m only telling you, because I don’t want to ever appear to be someone I’m not. I am selfish and foolish and petty.

I sat down to read my Bible the next morning, knowing I’d acted foolishly with my outburst the night before. I’d thrown myself a pity-party, when I didn’t deserve one.

I didn’t deserve what happened next either: a gift. Reading in Exodus 31, God speaking to Moses about building the tabernacle says:

 “I have called Bezalel…I have filled him with the Spirit of God in wisdom in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of craftsmanship, to make artistic designs…I myself have appointed him…in the hearts of all who are skillful I have put skill, that they may make all that I have commanded them.” 

He put skill in his heart, so that by creating what God commanded him, he would bring glory to God.

Building the tabernacle

How could I forget? My life is not about me. It doesn’t matter whether or not I feel like I have skill. God puts skill in the hearts of those whom he appoints. It doesn’t even matter whether or not I feel overwhelmed. God chooses the weak vessels to show His strength. Because it’s all about Him, about His name being glorified.

So I count gifts, to remember that everything is a gift, and it’s not about me, but about the Gift-giver.

101. Learning the same lessons over again.
102. It’s not about me.
103. God gives skill.
104. Time enough to do the important every day.
105. Brian laughing at my jokes.
106. Rest.
107. Brian’s new haircut.
108. The new recipe I tried turned out well.
109. Yogurt.
110. A new song on the radio.
111. The smell of my shampoo.
112. A cloudy day.
113. Learning patience.
114. Learning through loneliness, even without knowing what the lesson is yet.
115. Too many good ideas.
116. Pistachio ice cream.
117. Cuddling.
118. Toilets, even if they do need cleaning.
119. A new semester about to start.
120. Today.

100 Joys and 1,000 Gifts

Tidings of comfort and joy. That’s what this season is supposed to be about, right?
I’ve written about my search for joy through my joyNess journal posts, and last month I wrote an almost daily list of things I was grateful for. I’ve found that I really, really need to consciously count my blessings. Otherwise, I so, so quickly get sucked back into feeling discontent, depressed, frustrated, stressed, and materialistic. I start comparing, complaining, and coveting.
And that is no way for a Christ follower to behave. Not when I’ve been given “every spiritual blessing,” and more than my fair share of physical and material blessings as well. 
Enter, 100 Joys. 

For the rest of December, I’ll be writing about and photographing 100 joys with Sarah and all the others. Maybe you’d like to join?

By recording 100 joys, I hope to appreciate the blessings and beauty of Christmas more. I hope to focus on the JOY that Jesus brings. And I hope to remain focused on listening for His voice throughout the season.

But is one month enough? Enter, 1,000 Gifts.


I have been wanting to join this group from A Holy Experience for some time, so I think I will. And since 1,000 gifts is quite a lot, I’ll count some of my 100 joys towards it for this month.

Are you taking time to find true joy amidst all the busyness and bustle? When and How?

Today I’m Grateful for You!

I know it’s not November anymore, but I didn’t get a chance to say how grateful I am for you faithful readers. You’ve all been writing such wonderful comments lately! I’ve been challenged, encouraged, and inspired by your blogs, and I’m grateful for this blogosphere which enables me to get to know you all!

And today in particular I am grateful and honored to have received a Versatile Blogger Award! Thank you so much Nicola of Life on Orchard Road! Nicola has lovely taste in decorating and is a fabulous knitter. Be sure to check out her lovely wedding story!

So, the rules. 
Share 5 things about myself
Pass the award to 5 bloggers recently discovered
Notify the blogger recipients
Link to the blogger who gave the award.
Alright, I’ll try to mention some new things about me. 
1. I’m obsessed with the color blue…I have been for a very long time, ever since I got over the pink stage, when I was about ten. But interestingly, I’m finding I’m beginning to warm up to it again, maybe I’m getting more in touch with my feminine side? 
2. Once upon a time, I knew how to cross stitch, crochet, sew, and knit. I could probably remember again with a little practice. 
3. I used to play the organ. 
4. My favorite sport is baseball, and it always has been. 
5. In our high school musical my senior year, I was cast as the part of a native American Indian. A blonde, blue-eyed, very pale native American. 
Alrighty, now for the fun part! I nominate the following five: 
Go check them out! 
P.S: my signature hasn’t been working lately. Anyone know where I can make another one? 

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