Tag: being thankful

when the unexpected is good

Sometimes you wake up to see the sun rise and are met with darkness, clouds, a downpour of rain off in the distance.  Unexpected.  Sure, it’s not what I rubbed sleep out of my eyes to see, but the downpour left me wanting a drenching of my own- a Holy Spirit sort of reminder of …

what did I ever know before now?

Yesterday made me realize that there is never a wrong time to focus on gratitude.  So, that’s the plan for July!  Every post, every photograph… all focused on being thankful.  And what better timing?  July is here and the full-steam-ahead month of June is behind us which leaves a blazing hot month of no-school-for-kids and …

double digit fun!

There is no possible way I am about to type this. My fingers are rebelling. My heart is squeezed a little tight. My mind doesn’t want to accept it… But it’s true. My oldest?  She woke up as a ten-year-old this morning! And since today is all about celebrating her, we’re up to our eyeballs …

be weird.

I bet if I looked back and found any blogs posted during the last week of school, they would contain similar themes… Excitement about the impending summer vacation and the freedom to step back from the scheduled existence we live during the school year. Slight anxiety about the impending summer vacation and what life will …

To My Non-Adoptive Mama Friends

You, dear non-adoptive friend, spent months watching us wait for this child that we desperately wanted to travel for and bring home. You cheered when we got new pictures to proudly display, and you faithfully followed the blog posts that detailed all of my thoughts and emotions leading up to the BIG DAY. You were …

every little thing

Like many, I sat outside for a while last night and watched as the “super” moon lunar eclipse.  In my neck of the woods it was not a clear night; there really wasn’t anything “super” about the moon itself.  The eclipse, though, that was kind of neat to watch. I’m no astronomer.  I don’t regularly …

ocean deep

If you fly over the ocean in a jet plane, it looks serene.  At some point during my childhood I realized that crash-landing in the ocean wasn’t any better than crash-landing on dirt; the ocean isn’t as forgiving as it appears to be from a mile above the surface. If you float in the ocean, …

July Gifts {Day twenty-five}

I feel like I should be a little ashamed at how infrequently I am posting these “gifts”.  I confess I look at the gift-of-the-day pretty much every day, but some days I just don’t get around to posting.  Some days I don’t even get around to the gratitude part to begin with.  I’m learning to …

stop.

Last Friday, my son tripped, caught himself when he fell, and fractured his radius.  I knew immediately from the look of panicked pain on his face that something wasn’t right.  I had seen that look before, just two-and-a-half years earlier when his older sister fell off the balance beam at gymnastics class and snapped her …

July Gifts {Day Fourteen}

Three Gifts Yellow… It took me a while before I liked the color yellow.  When I was younger (much younger!) I was wearing a pale yellow shirt one day.  A boy in my class told me that with my blonde hair, fair skin, and yellow shirt, I looked yellow all over, like a banana. I …