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One Thousand Gifts, February 28

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It is a new week--yay!!

We do have a few things coming up:
boys' first soccer meeting tomorrow night and I think that practice begins Saturday--this should be interesting....and maybe I should verify that practice!my monthly young survivors support meeting on Thursdayworking on my first assignment for Candace Stringham's Oh Shoot! photography class.  getting Micah through the week, he is still in mid-terms that seem to be never ending and he is thinking he might be coming down with a stomach bugoh, and work (you know, that thing that pays the bills!)I have not been good about listing my gifts/graces this week, but I am committed to this journey:


#223.  Mountains of laundry done #224.  Sweet and precious high pitched squeals of the boys at getting to be close up to a real live kangaroo #225.  For new perspective and feeling like some difficult weeks are behind me and I can handle difficult ones to come #226.  Reminders that the Holy Spirit really does prompt us to pray for others in…

It's been a week

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It has been a week here, let me tell you!  It hasn't necessarily been a bad week, but it has definitely been a week.  It started last weekend going out of town which was a quick trip where we managed to see a ton of family and friends and share some just really sweet precious time together.  It isn't every day that you get to celebrate a 60th anniversary and I was so glad that we got to go and celebrate with my grandparents.  Because both sets of grandparents live fairly close together, we were able to see both of my grandparents, along with my parents, my brother, my sister Melissa and her family and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family.  To top it all off, we ended the weekend with a visit to our friends and former co-workers Sean and Jill (who now live close to my grandparents, so I always try to fit in a visit with them when we are traveling that way).  So, the boys spent the weekend loving hanging out with their cousins, grandparents, and Uncle Matt.  And I lo…

Thankful....

I am way behind this week and this has been a day, but wanted to at least post my list so far. I think I am going to have to get a notebook to keep on the counter or in my purse, because I keep thinking of things and seeing 'moments' as gifts, but don't have my computer with my Word document handy to write them down....I guess that part of the discipline is just in seeing the gifts and not necessarily writing every single one down. 


#201. Boys joy at ‘building’ their own Lego animals!! Success is so sweet in their faces. #202.Finding the moments to bethankful #203.The whiteness of a cloud as dusk falls #204.The giggles and constant chatter of little voicesin the backseat “reading” their Bibles on the way to church #205.Fellowship with other women #206.Reading God’s Word aloud #207.New recipes #208.Coffee with friends #209.All’s grace #210.A new Bible study group #211.Freedom to study Scripture corporately #212.Anticipation of seeing family #213.Finally getting on the road!
#214.Time …

Longing for snow days

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Okay, not really, but....this week was a reminder to me why I didn't hate all the snow days.  First, it helps that I am pretty much a homebody, but both of my jobs for the most part are work from home.  So, naturally, snow days gave me sufficient time to not only perform the necessary tasks for work, but also to take care of the household drudgery (i.e. laundry and cleaning) and even to have time left over to read a book or scrap.  This week, when all the snow was gone and roads were clear, there were tons of errands and things to be done that weren't necessarily bad things (like coffee with friends and haircut), but they just cut into my time of getting things done and I have found myself working until much later than I prefer and my house is nowhere in the shape I would like it to be.  Ah, well.

I have tried two new recipes this week--Slow Cooker Beef Stew (that we ate over biscuits) and Sue's Baked Ziti with Turkey Sausage and Spinach (which I made with bowtie pasta, be…

One Thousand Gifts, February 14

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I have been reading the book written by Ann Voskamp who inspired me to start this list.  It has been an excellent book and right now over at the (in)courage website, they are showing videos discussing the chapters with the author.  And I highly recommend them.  Here is a link to the first video.


#173.Beauty and power of God shown in a blizzard #174.Safety #175.Warmth #176.Shelter #177.Snow days #178.William conquering the ‘snow mountain’ #179.Friendship with my sisters #180.Not losing power #181.Preparation for the storm #182.Not feeling cabin fever #183.Impromptu family gatherings #184.Melting snow #185.Teaching moments with the boys #186.Lavish forgiveness poured out through God’s Grace #187.We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ #188.Hearing my boys say “did you know we have a door to our heart?” #189.Little boys who still want to snuggle #190.The brightness of the night because of the snow #191.The beauty of sunlight on a snow covered world #192.Safety for Micah…

Catch up and 2011, Week 6

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Well, this week came and went without me even getting my One Thousand Gifts post up.  Can I just say that I would rather not recap this week?  It was a rough one, although it ended well for which I am thankful.  I know that God will redeem those moments that were not so pretty or fun.  And I choose to trust that He is working them for good in my life.

We had yet another snow storm here on Wednesday bringing us another 8-10 inches of snow. It was hard to get an accurate measure because of the snow that we already had and the fact that there was much drifting.  The good news is that this week it is going to be close to 70.  Seriously?  Crazy Oklahoma weather is all I have to say about that.  The boys have been out of school for two weeks and I have begun to fear summer.  Although I know that in the summertime I can just send them out back to play outside for a while.

The other news that we got this week was Micah's rotation schedule.  We were quite pleased with the rotations that h…

2011, Week 5

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Snow....and more snow

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On Wednesday afternoon, we ventured out for a little playtime in the snow while Micah shoveled our driveway. The boys were so excited, but I don't think they were quite prepared for how deep the snow was. We had some major driftage in our backyard as you will see in the pictures below and they resolutely set out to destroy the 'snow mountain'.

Here you can see them scaling the top of it and maybe get an idea of how deep it is: William peeking out from underneath his hat:

then, deciding to slide down face first: and losing his boot: getting it back on:
setting off again:

not making it very far: "mommy, I want to go inside": making a valiant effort:
and STILL not making it very far:
and the aftermath:

So, yesterday wasn't too bad.  We had visits from family members who have four wheel drives.  The boys went to their grandparents for the afternoon and Micah and I took a little walk to Walmart just to get out.  It is only about 1/2 a mile from our house.  It was cold …

Wednesday's Words

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It has been a few weeks since I did one of these.  Here is what we have heard around our house in recent weeks:
A few weeks ago as I was tucking the boys in bed, Xavier is running ahead of me with his stuffed bear and curious george and is saying, "they are my best buddies" and I teasingly ask, 'well, what I am i?' and he immediately replies: "oh mommy, you're my best girl and the best mommy in the whole world"....it never hurts to hear that 15 times a day! One day after school yesterday, the boys and I went to eat at McDonalds with some friends from their school.  After they had played for a bit, William needed to go to the bathroom and I was taking him listening to him chatter about how Xavier 'was being Batman' and so I asked the natural question (in my mind anyway), ''who are you being?"  to which he quickly replied, "I not being anyone, I just William"  Yes, my sweet boy, you are!Today, every few minutes, I am hearing…

Only in Oklahoma

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So, on Friday and Saturday this past week, we enjoyed 75 degree weather.  Literally, it was just beautiful, we joined the rest of Tulsa at the zoo on Friday afternoon.  We knew that there was going to be a big storm coming and the closer Tuesday (today) came, the reports were getting more and more dismal.  When we went to bed last night, no precipitation had started, but all schools were already closed and we were geared up for a snow day.  The weather did not disappoint and we woke up to what everyone was calling the Blizzard of 2011.  We had several inches when we woke up and there was very little visibility because of the wind.  By the time it had quit snowing this afternoon, we ended up with 21 inches of snow and some serious drifting.  The problem now is that we have seriously cold weather in the next couple of days so while there will be no more snowing, there won't exactly be any of it melting off either.  Everything has been canceled for at least tomorrow and I will be sur…