Monthly Archives: April 2012


Very Grateful for~

God, the Great Storyteller
AHA!:  the distinction between believing the story and following The Storyteller
meat-lovers pizza (for some reason, I craved carbs in a BIG way after my trip to NH)
the music of Chad Lawson
Amelia’s perspectives
diminished weeds thanks to Zonker

Justin’s improvement—his first words to mom were “thank you”!

Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

..think about it..

  • Think about it…there is someone who loves you more than anyone on the planet!…how do you respond to that?  ..   “let me count the ways”….
  • Getting up close to the sleeping giant on our road trip
  • 1930’s and ’40’s cowboy movies…an escape from reality :)
  • Farmers Market opening for the season
  • Looking for mangoes
  • Rain’s own fresh fragrance in the air
  • The grinning and bubbly grocery checker who was spreading good will to everyone
  • Trying out the eye chart as we passed the optometrist center
  • GPa devouring reams of material on his Sony Reader
  • A ceramic message that my cousin sent me…she said she thought of me when she saw it…she’s so sweet…  “Cousins are connected heart to heart..Distance and time can’t keep them apart.”

Heaven is in the affirmation

God’s GPS
On-time flights
A new Bible app on my phone
Knowing what “app” means (!)
Window seats on planes
Fish chowder
Rivers that rush instead of pool and stagnate
Garrett’s spot on analysis
Growing into the affirmation that it is ok to question and perhaps say “no, thank you”

Heaven is both present and future. ~Sarah Young

1. God

2. Cassie got a new job!

3. Dinner out with Cassie to celebrate

4. Kind words from John C.

5. A big smile from Bob as he said there are no accidents

6. Lori’s beautiful pictures, especially of irises

7. A kind doctor who referred us to another kind doctor

8. Mike W.’s smiling face

9. Jean G.’s kind and supportive messages and her gratitude and enthusiasm

10. Limitless qualities of life

1. God

2. Part of

3. “The origami of gratitude sat like cranes that never flew, never delivering their message.” Randi telling us “Thank you has no expiration date

4. A strange call, like when someone’s phone dials itself, I didn’t recognize the number, and worried if someone might be in trouble because a long message was left with a loud unintelligible voice and a lot of activity.  I called the number back and when I told the other who it was I figured out it was Mike the Chef. You must have needed help, he said to me.  I told him there are no accidents.  It was good to find we were both well.

5. Accepting imperfection, can’t do that perfectly either

6. Kindness from Betsy

7. Terry is poised and multi-talented

8. Cassie sees to things

9. Chris made me laugh

10. Helen’s faith and gratitude

Quiet Wednesday

1. Days with nothing on the calender

2. Having spend the last couple of days cleaning and organizing

3. Anticipation of big change…

4. Making sales!

5. Prayer

6. My dog. She’s so much fun!

7. Watching Logan learn new things

8. Simplifying

9. Big hugs

10. Books

Blue Buffalo

  • “Forks Over Knives” – plant based food
  • Watering the lawn…it must be Spring!
  • Deep mowed lawn
  • Loving Skype…seeing our long-distance family!
  • A lovely awesome huge glass building with a shiny green roof
  • A huge artful blue buffalo standing in front of the building
  • Making lemonade from life’s lemons
  • Inner strength
  • Abundant energy
  • Clear weather…safe travel.

It’s Been A While…

1. Recognizing that I need to start listing again…

2. Gentle reminders

3. Sharing gratitude with friends

4. Being gentle with myself

5. It’s okay to be a work in progress

6. I can only do what I can do…and it’s enough.

7. Dreams

8. When one door closes another door opens

9. Unconditional love

10. Growing