Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lenten Gratitude: Palm Sunday Eve

candles, originally uploaded by rogerglenn.

I have been noting my gratitude quietly...the daily posting here seemed like a show for awhile, so I gave it a rest.

739. A week off of work during Holy Week. I love, love, love having time and space during this week.
740. Planning for a Seder on Wednesday night, and the delightful details that come with at least 17 crowded around our table. That's exactly how I like it best.
741. Snuggling with my littlest boyo (and the dog) on the couch, by candlelight during Earth Hour tonight.
742. A new laptop even though my old one has not died yet. These 43-year old eyes are appreciating the bigger screen :)
743. Beautiful, Christ-centered music at the concert last night (The Brilliance and Gungor.)
744. A lovely, leisurely Saturday. Sleeping in, naps, errands with the hubby (luxurious library, pharmacy, two grocery stores).
745. Time this week to cook, something that feeds my soul when I don't have to squeeze it in between work and the rest of life.
746. Fresh flowers to welcome the best landlady ever home.
747. Anticipating the creaking of the wooden floors upstairs which means that Judy is home.
748. My husband's running commentary on the hockey game.
749. Hockey players with last names that make us giggle. (not in a mocking way)
750. Though I don't care a fig about March madness, you can bet we'll be glued to the NHL playoffs :)
751. Filling Easter eggs for church with candy and soul words.
752. The relaxation that comes with no work for a week.
753. Candlelight even when Earth Hour has been over for more than an hour.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Taking it off-road

I am still committed to my daily gratitude, but I'm taking it off-line for the next couple of days.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 22 & 23

bEhOld thE cAndLE, originally uploaded by Adib Roy.
I chose to note my gratitude elsewhere yesterday :)

733. Open windows.
734. Wood floors all shiny and fresh with Murphy's Oil.
735. Riding home after dark with the windows all down singing "It's the End of the World as We Know It" at the top of our lungs.
736. Time spent with good friends.
737. Sleeping in on Saturday morning.
738. A sleepy dog who gets up, eats breakfast and then crawls onto the bed with me for a couple more hours of snoring.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 20 & 21

Votive Candles, originally uploaded by Lawrence OP.

Yesterday I was weary. My day at work was full of teenagers that gave me attitude and eye rolling and even a few bold-face lies.

Every once in awhile, I get tired of trying to eat right, stick to a tight budget, exercise, etc. etc. Yesterday I was tired of all those things. I needed a break.

So I didn't eat well, I didn't exercise and I didn't post anything here. But I did think about my gratitude at the end of the day, when I felt much better, for just have a break from it all.

728. A huge orange ball of sun greeting us on the way to work/school in the morning.
729. Eating lunch outside three days in a row.
730. More than 10,000 steps today!
731. Lime and salt popcorn and Diet Dr. Pepper for afternoon treat at work.
732. Spring flowers that seem to have come up overnight.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 19

Candles, originally uploaded by jeff_golden.

722. A sunny, warm day.
723. Long walk in the park with hubby and dog.
724. The fact that talking to my husband is still the best thing ever.
725. Sunshine, exercise, fresh air and good food making me so sleepy and relaxed.
726. Hubby who does the end of the night youth-group-pickup, even though there is hockey on.
727. 8810 steps today.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 18

candle, originally uploaded by MarViniz.

718. My quick thinking hubby who nabbed the kitchen towel that was too close to the gas flame.
719. Motivation to exercise AND work on paperwork in my office nook.
720. Brussels Sprouts with bacon.
721. My snazzy new headset at work so I can answer the phone even if I'm not at my desk.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 17

candles, originally uploaded by Mark Morgan Trinidad A.

716. A low-key Saturday.
717. Dreaming about the future with my hubby.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 16

100 Candles, originally uploaded by Mely-o.

710. Sun on the brick wall next door through the kitchen window this morning.
711. Blue sky all day.
712. Hope.
713. Watching the hockey game on Friday night with my hubby.
714. Making the final payment on Kermit the Subaru.
715. The divine, beautiful mess of church :)
716. Crawling into bed on Friday night.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 14

Candles, originally uploaded by L.C.N√łttaasen.

706. A stack of magazines from the library.
707. Big fat juicy blueberries, both in the whole wheat pancakes and popped straight in my mouth.
708. Not giving up even though it seems like the numbers on the scale are NOT BUDGING.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 13

Red Candle, originally uploaded by KnownColor.

703. A beautiful sunny, blustery day with blue sky.
704. A brisk walk to the library and back with my hubby. We heart the library!
705. Lively discussion about Genesis with our Bible Study group tonight.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Nurturing a Dream

Photo by Uwe Hermann

Anyone who has known me for a while, especially in the context of church in Spain, has probably heard me talk about how I'd love to live in/facilitate a compound/commune :) I am a strong believer in community; the kind of community that is messy and painful and beautiful and heart-wrenching and healing and whole. It is, frankly, hard to find in today's world, even in today's church. It's a bit ironic that I long for it so much, because I am an introvert. But honestly, I have experienced it, and I don't want to live without it.

We have never owned a home, having either been on the way to the mission field or ON the mission field. We've been married for 20 years and have rented for all those years. But now that we are back in the United States, the dream of owning a little piece of something is more of a possibility. Granted, we have no down payment, and we have some debt we need to pay off before we can get into home ownership. While it will be so fun to have a house that we can do WHATEVER we want with structurally, the thing about it that gets my heart pumping most is being able to SHARE it. We don't want a big living space, but we do want room enough to share, room enough to grow community. 

I don't know why I am writing about it: maybe it's mostly to give myself permission to keep hanging onto this dream. For many, it is a ridiculous notion. But more than anything, I long for a home that we can share, a place where we can make home for those who need it.
698. Paying attention to how my body feels instead of the numbers on the scale.
699. Medical insurance that pays for eye exams.
700. Spring is on the way!
701. A sleepy husband with droopy eyes.
702. Coffee-pot set for 5:30 am

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 11

Candles, originally uploaded by Caffeinehit.

691. A lovely Sunday afternoon spent eating and talking and relaxing with our friend Jennifer.
692. Still holding on to my dream of someday living in community.
693. A beautiful, fluffy night snow where the flakes are huge and lazy and you can see how each one is breath-taking and unique.
694. Choosing to forgive when you feel slighted and hurt.
695. Long talk with my Lucy.
696. Communion today, and singing "Lord, have mercy."
697. My son's "Where I'm From" poem.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 10

candles 1, originally uploaded by marmotino.

Feeling relaxed and cozy tonight. Troy got home this afternoon. We spent the afternoon cozy on the couch and had a nice dinner as a family. Happy sigh.

685. Access to a wellness plan/program through our new health insurance JUST in time for my renewed motivation to continue on my weight-loss journey.
686. Making enough coffee for two for tomorrow morning.
687. 30 minutes on the rower when I wanted to stay cozy on the couch.
688. Six bars of no sugar added dark chocolate with hazelnuts from Amy via London and Troy :)
689. Looking forward to hanging out with our friend Jennifer tomorrow. She's a peach!
690. Sushi for dinner last night.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 9

Candles of Prayer, originally uploaded by Werner Kunz.

It's the end of a long work-week, and I am tired. I have more gratitude in my head, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. Tonight,

684. The sheer luxury of going to bed at 9:20 on a Friday night.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Lenten Gratitude Day 8

Candles in Meteora, originally uploaded by echiner1.

678. Blue sky and warm weather for part of the day yesterday.
679. Plans solidified for the reunion this summer. A weekend with old friends, and friendships that have endured for more than 25 years.
680. A husband with a generous heart who does not hesitate to tell me I should go to the reunion.
681. Putting the house in order...dishes washed, table cleared, rent check paid.
682. Renewed motivation to continue my weight-loss journey.
683. Looking forward to sushi and a quiet evening at home with the kids tomorrow.

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