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Monday, February 21, 2011

One Thousand Gifts

I have been following Ann Voskamp's blog for quite a while now and have been working on my own list of 1000 gifts. Since her book came out, I am moved to look daily at the microscopic and generous gifts God gives minute by minute. I am not sure I will post my whole list here, but certainly will celebrate when I get to 1000!! In the meantime, I am re-opening and trying this again.

Since our son and his two boys came to stay last June, our house has been a beehive of activity with school, laundry, swim lessons, LEGOS, wrestling, hugs and tears. This has been an especially hard journey for this little family with their Mom living and working 200 miles away while Dad looks for work. We are blessed with the time together with them and when they do move it will be a "hard eucharisteo".

Since I last posted, my mother finally left this earth on December 26th. Her last month was a rapid slide downhill (or a climb up) into eternity with her Lord. Our family spent the last few days taking turns sitting with her in shifts so that she would not be alone and were blessed by the staff at the nursing home where she lived. I will write more about that later.

1. Time with granddaughter
2. The beauty of the hills around our home
3. Our snug and cozy little house
4. The electric garage door opener (and the garage)
5. The instant hot water tap
6. Gold finches
7. The quail family that visited our yard
8. The bunny that lives under the shed
9. My new outdoor sitting/praying area
10. Lunch with my dear friend, newly widowed.


  1. Hi Kathy! I came over from Ann's blog and just wanted to say that I'm glad to read your list. What a blessing that your son and grandsons can stay with you in this time of waiting. I hope it is a blessing to all of you.
    I grew up in the desert with quail visiting our yard every day, so I especially love #7 on your list.
    God's grace to you today!

  2. Enjoyed your thankful list! My sympathies in the recent death of your mom. Mine went to the other side of life with the Lord way back in May. Visiting from Ann's blog! Have an awesome day!

  3. Hi Kathy - I'm visiting from Ann's blog - it is my first time to participate in 1000 gifts.

    My condolances on the loss of your mother - I understand what it is like to lose a parent and even though we know they are with Jesus, we still miss them.

    I love your thankful list.


  4. Hi Kathy. For some reason :-) , this evening I scrolled down the list makers while visiting Ann's Holy Experience and clicked on # 97. Was it your smile... your white hair so like mine...or your husband's hand on your sholder!! I love resting here with your words so please keep writing and listing. I still miss my mother and daddy though they've long been with their Jesus and mine. Reunions with our parents will be sweet but what a gift you are giving now to your children and grands. And, come along with me.... Sassy Silver Seventy Somethings pass around a lot of encouragement. I'll celebrate my 74th on Friday. While I set down a lot of words, I'm not posting my lists publicly yet BUT the new gift on my list is: Kathy's healing words out in cyberspace.
    Blessings from Texas! Liz

  5. I’m visiting from Ann’s today. I know it’s Wednesday – but there are so many!!

    Wow – welcome back from such a long layoff – I hope you find joy in this – and if you do that you continue – you have wisdom that needs sharing :)

    I always pick a favorite - and my favorite of yours today was 8. The bunny that lives under the shed (Bunnies – have to go with the bunny – and to have one that you know specifically – kind of reminds me of how God knows the hairs of our heads – and sparrows – made me smile)

    God Bless you and all of yours this day.