Saturday, May 21, 2011


On May 16 Ryan and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. I must admit I have been struggling a little lately with my age, aging body, passion for motherhood. But, a date with my wonderful husband was just the medicine I needed.

I absolutely adore him. He is my hero. He is able to speak life into me. Our lives have become so intertwined that it is hard to tell where he ends and I begin. God has given me the perfect man to love, honor and adore. I am so thankful...

866. Holding his hand with two fingers
867. When he looks into my eyes so intentionally
868. Loving me for who I am, all the good and bad
869. Laughing with him
870. His encouraging words about my mothering
871. Intimacy
872. His commitment
873. His passion
874. Growing love year after year
875. Hope for many more years, dreaming of our future together.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

The I'm Thankful for door...

I really believe that training our minds to focus on all that God gives is the key to joy! Being thankful transforms us, but like anything we have to practice giving thanks until it becomes our automatic response.

I was trying to think of a way to begin training my children to, "rejoice in the Lord always," and this is the idea the Lord gave me...

The, "I'm Thankful for...door"

My challenge is for the kids to find something new every day to give God thanks for and write it down. We often talk about it at dinner time, but anytime of the day we have post-it notes available for writing or drawing our thanks to God.

Here are some of our thanks... on trees

Zachary...Mom children, wife and dog, worship and songs
Me...sunshiny days
Jacob...Jesus as the bridge to God (salvation)

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's day thanks...

851. Zac on Mother's Day..."Mommy, mother's day is the best day of the whole year."

852. A family hike on Mother's Day in Fontanelle Forest
853. Listening to frogs
854. Walking sticks
855. Hammocks
856. Finding Spring's first ladybugs
857. Lunch with my Mom
858. Buying Melia shirts with my mommy
859. My mom's hug
860. Mom helping me out with the kids bedtime
861. Breakfast in bed
862. Handmade cards and letters and pictures
863. Ryan buys me the best new China/travel/hiking pants
864. Pictures hanging by ribbon in the window
865. Relaxing, eating with our friends. Their house is so comfortable.

Monday, May 2, 2011

His goodness...

836. Getting things done

837. Clorox cottonballs cleaning my shower while I do other things.
838. Zac helping me clean
839. Rice Krispie Treats with sprinkles
840. Ice Cream cones
841. Holding a baby
842. Talking under a tree to a friend
843. Phone call from another friend because she missed seeing me this weekend
844. Encouraging words from another friend!
845. Sitting in the same room with Ryan
846. Mahoney hikes with the kids
847. A soccer game with the family in the backyard...girls won!
848. Book club friendships
849. Hannah living with us
850. Kisses after school from Hallie and Jake.