Monday, April 25, 2011

Multitudes on Mondays: 58–86

Three weeks.  No posts.  But countless blessings.  Here are just a few.

0058.  For a 5-year-old remembering what to do in an emergency, even if the "emergency" really wasn't an emergency after all.  :)

0059.  For eating dinner with the windows up.  In an instant, I was 9 years old and visiting my MawMaw and PawPaw's house.

0060.  For an understanding friend and the way a great conversation with my oldest didn't have to come to a screeching halt in order to be there on time.

0061.  For playtime with friends when we did finally get there.  And a "maybe someday" picture.  :)

0062.  For libraries:  free buffets for the mind!

0063.  For beautiful days that draw you out of the comfort of your home to experience His creation.

0064.  For exceeding a goal, setting a new one, then exceeding it.  "I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139:14).

0065.  For a sudden burst of energy and a sprint at the end.

0066.  For an abundance of food and a large table so our friends could just stay for dinner.

0067.  For Millie's excitement over being able to read.  Everyone who passes through our door gets to hear a story.

0068.  For a flexible schedule and being able to go help when the phone rang.

0069.  For a great time of dissecting Scripture with the ladies at church to try to determine what that passage really means.

0070.  For four little girls filled with excitement over their first camp experience.  (Millie went for drop-off, but she's too young to stay!)

0071.  That Hannah loved it so much she cried when I came to pick her up.  She is eager to return this summer!

0072.  For a visit to Grandma and Grandpa's without Mom and Dad.  These are some of my favorite childhood memories, and I want my kids to have a chance to make those memories for themselves.

0073.  For time.  Time for me to just be a wife and for him to just be a husband.  And time to tackle those projects that are simply too complicated to tackle with children underfoot.

0074.  For hard work and hours of training and an amazing friend, all of which helped me to actually be ready on race day this year!

Fawn (my running partner who refuses to let me get out of training, despite my various excuses), me, and my friend Cyndy (who is a real runner and has lost over 100 pounds in the past 4 years).  Don't you love that Greg had us stand in front of the ambulance—just in case!
 0075.  For making it to the finish line and knowing I ran the entire thing!!

0076.  That my friend chose to have a slower time so she could stay with me and encourage me the entire way. 

0077.  For a new way of organizing our school day that has helped us achieve more in less time.  Yes!!!

0078.  For new signs of growth!  We're not gardeners by any stretch of the imagination, but we're giving it an honest effort and learning a little more every year.

0079.  For a God so powerful that He defeated death!  And that by so doing, He defeated death for me!

0080.  For a tradition that we "accidentally" started.  The kids ask for them every Easter.  :)

0081.  For an honest conversation with a daughter last night, and for my amazing husband who handled it exactly the way I hope I would have if I had been there alone.  (Yet I know myself well enough to know I would never have managed to stay even half as calm and understanding and encouraging as he did.)  Soooo thankful he was there!!

0082.  That God loves us and draws us to Himself and is faithful to reveal Himself to us even when we aren't so faithful in exchange.

0083.  For a smile that now has an extra-wide gap!

0084.  For a new middle digit in my weight.  One number smaller than the old middle digit.  It's not a big enough loss for anyone else to notice, but I know it, and it makes me happy.

0085.  For my husband, who listens and is willing to work at marriage.  There aren't words to describe how I feel about this man.  I am blessed beyond measure to be his wife and thankful to be partnered with him for the rest of my life.

0086.  For God's provision for our family all the time.  I went to the dentist today to pay a $94 bill and was told not to worry about it, that they would just remove the charge from my account.  Who does that??! 

Head over to Ann's A Holy Experience to read about the blessings He has poured into others' lives this week.


Carrie said...

So, SO proud of you, my friend!!! ;)

& I love the "maybe someday" picture! ;)

Love you!!

Pauline said...

LOVE these!!! Kudos on the running *and* the weight loss :)

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Free buffets for the mind... love that! Setting and exceeding goals, how wonderful. Excitement over reading is so sweet. Some of my greatest memories are those made when I stayed at my grandparents. LOVED it! Congratulations on your race! I feel the same way about my husband... such a gift! I really enjoyed your list, thank you for sharing! :)

Kimberly said...

I had wet eyes reading through those blessings. It's good to count them like that.

Andrea said...

Congratulations on your race! That takes a lot of something that I definitely don't have! You even have plants -- we are just breaking into the 50's here up north. I am glad that you found a new and improved schedule for your days. That is a blessing, for sure!