Thankful

I've been reading a wonderful book by Ann Voskamp "One Thousand Gifts: A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are."

And I am taking her "Joy Dare" challenge for this year, 2012....to list 1000 gifts - thankfulnesses to my Abba for His Grace and Mercy.

Do the math - 366 days this year (it is a leap year!) averages out to three items a day to be thankful for....

so....18 thanks so far.....
1) walking in the cemetery
2) Mikayla
3) Kirsten
4) Ben
5) James
6) Jerard
7) Kurt
8) medicine that controls siezures for Jerard
9) a godly, wise counselor friend
10) a friend who comes to hold Jerard and play with him
11) pizza
12) Starbucks coffee in my mug
13) pen and paper
14) creative stories told to me by my four year old
15) warm bread dough rising
16) a wonderful, fun friend and prayer partner
17) my piano
18) email

simple gifts....life is full of blessings....start your own list....let me know what you are thankful for!

I love Josh Groban's song, "Thankful" because he expresses it so well...we do have so much to be thankful for......

Somedays we forget
To look around us
Somedays we can't see
The joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see.
It's up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for.

Look beyond ourselves
There's so much sorrow

It's way too late to say
I'll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It's so long overdue

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And every day we hope for
What we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There's so much to be thankful for._

Even with our differences
There is a place we're all connected
Each of us can find each other's light

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can't see
It's up to us to be the change
And even though this world needs so much more

There's so much to be thankful for

(From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/j/josh-groban-lyrics/thankful-lyrics.html)

(read more about the challenge at http://www.aholyexperience.com)

Easter is Coming

Easter is coming....I know....a few months from now.....
but as we just celebrated Christmas with the reading of the JEsse Tree Devotional for the 24 days leading up to Christmas, so we will read "The Trail To The Tree" for the 17 days leading up to Easter. Want to read it too? Go to http://www.aholyexperience.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/TrailtotheTree1.pdf

Water Rocket

Recently, Ben and Kurt built a water bottle rocket launcher. It is a cool, inexpensive project for father and son. They had a great time with it.


Kurt and Ben working on building a water rocket launcher.

Launching the rocket!
They went to the school's soccer field and got quite a bit of height
on the rocket!

Want instructions? Go to http://www.sciencetoymaker.org/waterRocket/buildWaterRocketLauncher.htm

Happy New Year 2012

Happy New Year to each of you!

I don't really have a new year resolution other than to......
Only be very careful to observe the commandment and the law
that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you,
to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways and to keep
his commandments and to cling to him and to serve him with
all your heart and with all your soul." (Joshua 22:4-6)

Blessings to you!!!!

Hebrews 13:20 - 21
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by
the blood of the eternal covenant,
equip you with everything good that you may do his will,
working in us that which is pleasing in his sight,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

More Holiday Photos


Opening gifts Christmas afternoon

Our friend, Ruth, joined us for our celebration

Modeling a new sweatshirt and blanket! (yes, we get cold
here, sometimes!)

James got a new bike from an Aunt!


Kurt and Ben built a water rocket launcher.

Launching the rocket!
They've gone to the school's soccer field to launch it a bunch
of times. It gets rather high!