Name Them One By One

I’m continuing my list of one thousand gifts…not of gifts I want, but gifts I have.

I am writing them down, one to one thousand.

33. Celebrating Grandparent’s Day with my Oma yesterday.
34. Three generations of family.

35. Seeing our kids with their Great Oma.

36. Watching my Mom play tic tac toe with my Daughter.  Special time with her Grandmother on Grandparent’s Day.

37. Our oldest took a precious photo of our youngest & I together on my Birthday.

38. Youngest gave me my favorite candy as a Birthday gift.

39. Seeing & hearing our Daughter laugh.

40. Handsome hubby allowing me to take a photo of him at our oldest’s first football game of the school year.

41. Capturing my youngest taking an abstract photo.

42. Seeing my oldest look at the Senior dedication page I made for her in the football program.

Count your blessings,

The Secret To Having It All…

Today I’m beginning a list…

My list of one thousand gifts…not of gifts I want, but gifts I have.

I am writing them down, one to one thousand.

1. The pitter patter of rain falling and blessing our land with a drink of water this morning.

2. An apology note from my Son.

3. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast.

4. A sweet couple from church came to visit yesterday.

5. Watching Once Upon A Time with my kids.

6. Devotional time with my Creator.

7. My cat will eat lunch meat since I haven’t made it to the store to buy her cat food.

8. Audio books to listen to while doing mundane tasks.

9. When my husband sits by me on the couch.

10. On Saturday, for about an hour, my two youngest kids did not quarrel.  Instead they talked and laughed…truly a miracle.





What are you thankful for today?


  • …we are moved in to our new house! (wish I could say we are completely unpacked HA!)
  • …I am online again! (Laptop only at this point)
  • …everything is moved out of the old house, as of today.
  • …my son hit his first ball at a game tonight!
  • …the kids were able to swim in the pool for the first time today!
  • …we are able to drive on all our concrete.
  • …I knew where something was when my kid’s asked me the dreaded question, ” Where is xxxx?” That is HUGE. Wish I could find so many things!

These last 2-3 weeks have been grueling. My body aches all over. I am emotionally drained and running on empty. There are boxes upon boxes left to be unpacked. At this point, it looks as if I will never be able to go through all of them. The word overwhelmed doesn’t even describe how I am feeling. It is way beyond overwhelmed. I never thought that would be possible until now. I am not sure if it is 15 years worth of possessions, having impossibly aggressive renters in our old house, construction not complete on our new home, not able to get our secondary mortgage until the house is complete, being older or what, but this has been the absolute worst move in my entire life. It is wonderful to be able to move in to a new home and when it is complete I will be ecstatic. For now, it is awful having workers here at all hours with no privacy. Walking around seeing things undone. Not able to put our dishes away because of needing to vacuum out the drawers and cabinets first.

I never would have been able to get through this without our church family and very wonderful and supportive friends. (My faith and prayer goes without saying) Thank you to my parents and neighbors for the lovely plants that brightened my day. Thank you to my wonderful husband who worked on his days off & on his long lunch breaks by helping me pack and load.

Sorry I vented so much. Now I am too exhausted to think of what to say next. My mind is reeling with thoughts. A hymn just came to mind. Whenever my kids are complaining a lot, I begin to sing the chorus line to the Hymn Count Your Blessings.

“Count your blessings name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done, count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings see what God has done.”

It is so true. When we begin to look at all that God has done in our lives, how can we begin to complain or be ungrateful. Please forgive me. I know that hard times are just a refining fire and make me a better person.

Count your Blessings,