Friday, October 11, 2013

Grateful Moments 11

(This is part of the 31 day blogging challenge with The Nester, to start at the beginning click here Grateful Moments.)

Road trips.  The ability to see parts of the country slowly.  To visit landmarks or people that have historical importance to us.

 They are the best with friends. 

 They make for great stories.  And memories.

I'm off on a road trip.  A short one but one I'm sure will be full of laughter.  And that is good for the soul.  Grateful.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Grateful Moments 9 and 10

(This is part of the 31 day blogging challenge with The Nester, to start at the beginning click here Grateful Moments.)

Tennessee. The Volunteer State.
Beautiful mountains. Majestic sunrises and sunsets. 

Full of God's glory. Just breathtaking. 

It gives me the ability to see God's hand every time I look outside. I am grateful to live in Tennessee.  Grateful. 

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Grateful Moments 8

(This is part of the 31 day blogging challenge with The Nester, to start at the beginning click here Grateful Moments.)

Social Media. Web sites and other online means of communication that are used by large groups of people to share information and to develop social contacts.  




 Facebook.  Instagram.  Twitter.  Pinterest.  All means of today's communication.  Positive and negative.  Think for a moment about how you approach the culture around you.  



Do you miss the beauty of the real world because of media?  Or do you utilize the current culture for God's glory. 


 


Leonardo da Vinci said, "Blinding ignorance does mislead us.  O! Wretched mortals, open your eyes."  I pray we keep our eyes fixed on him and not in our media.  I am grateful for social media.  But I am guarded for His glory.  Grateful.
 

Monday, October 07, 2013

Grateful Moments 7

(This is part of the 31 day blogging challenge with The Nester, to start at the beginning click here Grateful Moments.)

Growth. The act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.


We all grow differently.  Both in physical and in spiritual.  Growth depends on us doing something. Both require us acting. It is good to chart our growth.  To be able to see how far we've grown.  To have a record.  To know we have more to go.




Growth.  Working on growing. Grateful for growth.  Grateful.

 
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Sunday, October 06, 2013

Grateful Moments 6

(This is part of the 31 day blogging challenge with The Nester, to start at the beginning click here Grateful Moments.)

Sunday.  A day of rest.  Worship.  


A day to reflect and prepare. 


Grateful. For God's word.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Grateful Moments 5

(This is part of the 31 day blogging challenge with The Nester, to start at the beginning click here Grateful Moments.)

Brothers. I have two. Two reasons to be thankful. One is local. He is a policeman and likes fast toys.  He is an amazing carpenter and today is his birthday.  He is single.


The other is in the military.  He pops in and out of my kids lives just enough so they don't forget.  He has succeeded in amazing ways that I can't post about.  Remember he is in the military.  He is single.  His birthday is next week.



Brothers are a good thing to have.  They help you buy cars.  They fix your trim.  They buy the kids fun toys.  They can irritate you like no other.  But they are always there.


They have proven they will rise to the occasion when needed.  They will hold you up when life is hard.  They will be the calm in the storm.  Grateful.

I am grateful for having brothers.  Grateful.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Grateful Moment 4

(This is part of the 31 day blogging challenge with The Nester, to start at the beginning click here Grateful Moments.)

Recipes.  In a box.  Passed down.  Stained cards. 

Created over and over.  Full of memories.  Full of flavor.

Sweet potato casserole.  Thanksgiving.  Pretzel Jello.  Easter.  Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins.  Fall.  Favorites.  For each season.


And every once and a while a new recipe.  One that is delicious.  And worthy of the cut.  That is tied to new moments. 


And at that moment we become grateful.  For recipes that not only fill our belly, but fill our soul with memories.  Both old and new.  Pumpkin Chipotle Barley Soup.  Birth of Jett.  Carrot Cake.  Dating.  And with one bite we can tie our food to moments.  And we become grateful.

Grateful Moments 3

(This is part of the 31 day blogging challenge with The Nester, to start at the beginning click here Grateful Moments.) 

Pastimes.  Talent.  Activities.  The things that make our children tick.  Where we, as parents, become their cheerleaders.  Encouraging them to do their best.  For our family it's swimming.  


I love to stand at the end of the pool and cheer and yell, knowing all the while they can't hear me, but yet they know I am there.


To be amazed at their strength to push just a little bit more to take the win.  To see the flags overhead and know it's almost over.


To watch my girl overcome her fear of water because of a tragedy and fight like a champ to be the best. 


To watch the Jettster learn how to swim.




Grateful.  For swimming.  My children's pastime.  And my opportunity to thank Him for their talent.  Grateful.