Sunday, March 31, 2013

Broken Bow, Oklahoma: a good idea

Broken Bow is a good idea.  Just like family vacations. 
What a great trip and man, am I ever grateful for my little family. 

Jesus risen!

231. Jesus risen! - my first thought of the morning
232. goosebumps with hope-filled alleluias in church, Zeke's arm around me
233. Barbara's beautiful Easter meal
234.  a rest with a snuggle bunny in the sunshine
235.  mud puddles
236. Asher's choking episode at dinner ending in a cleared throat- tragedy dodged

Easter art

He is risen!

Saturday, March 30, 2013


226. blankets that warm
227. my mother-in-law swooping in like a superhero- gathering the children and bringing soup while Jack and I fight a nasty virus
228. stillness and rain while we recover
229. quiet moments to reflect on Your suffering and Your triumph over it
230. the kids delighting in colored eggs at their grandparent's house

Friday, March 29, 2013

Your love at Beaver's Bend

220. a full night's sleep
221. remembering Love's arms wide open on the cross- tearing the veil
222. children seeing beauty in sunlight and rivers
223. Ranger and Trigger- the magnificent and kind-hearted horses who carried Anna Grace and me through the backwoods of Beaver's Bend State Park
224. a dance party in the rain
225. Your love thundering over us and Your whispers I heard in the woods

Thursday, March 28, 2013


213. big puffy cotton ball clouds
214. wide open fields, cows grazing
215. Oklahoma
216. board games and charades
217. remembering Your foot washing and Your new commandment that we love one another
218. a soul-refreshing walk in the woods
219. a symphony of crickets and frogs serenading the stars

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

where to begin?

208. cousins Zeke and William taking such delight in each other's company
209. a grocery store trip by myself, undistracted
210. cookies baking and lasagna assembled
211. my little sister- what a gift!
212. an unplanned date night: spicy ginger crawfish spring rolls, live music, and my fun husband


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

greater heights and french fries

202. encouraging friends who spur me on to greater heights in parenthood
203. my son who climbs that tallest mountain of his little world just so he can snuggle with his momma
204. our marriage bound by the strong cords of Your love
205. french fries
206. a cousin come to call, crashing on my couch and making me smile
207. the sweet grunts of a fuzzy newborn baby

Monday, March 25, 2013

counting on

197. spring break pancake smoke highlighting the morning light
198. the family 2011 photo book complete (finally) and all the memories it represents
199. a reminder to live before You and You alone
200. remembering the Passover with the boys at dinner
201. Earth's blue and green color scheme

Sunday, March 24, 2013

this sunny Sunday

192.  a carefully written home remedy for dehydration on a church bulletin by our concerned, sweet, elderly pew buddy - our sister in You
193.  Jack's hilarious prayer at lunch (I like laughing with You)
194.  boys sounding their warrior grunts as they throw rocks and sticks in a ditch
195.  Zeke and Asher's growing friendship
196.  Anna Grace's encouraging words for me

moments and music

181. the kindness of a friend when she saw me in a rough spot- and that she saw me
182. two excellent report cards
183. blue and white linens, hydrangeas and burlap combining into something beautiful
184. Jason's incredible culinary gifting
185. laughter, music, and friends filling our home
186. my mother always teaching
187. lunch with my daughter- just us
188. a family-to-be and the opportunity to capture the moment
189. the daddy who prayed over our boys tonight
190. that singing-to-the-old-song moment I had with Jack- loud, window down, in unison (You made us just right for each other)
191. all of our 8-year-old's vomit landing in the plastic-lined trash can (thank you thank you thank you!)

His whopper

So we had a dinner party last night and I can't wait to tell you all about our friend Jason and his incredible food, but because I haven't processed all the pictures yet, I'll share our ice breaker game (as if this group is icy- they are anything but).

I borrowed Absolutely Mindy's "two realsies and a whopper." You tell two truths about yourself and one lie and the group has to guess which is the whopper. Jack did such a good job with his, I thought I'd share. For those of you who have known Jack well, it will be easy, but to new friends it's a real doozie of a choice.

1. He used to be a stockbroker.
2. He played the banjo in an old time gospel bluegrass band when we lived in Kentucky.
3. He worked at a sports radio station when we lived in Atlanta.

Thumbs up!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

shadows and eyes with smiles

176. Anna Grace pointing out the beauty of shadows on the ceiling
177. the smell of mom's bread rising warm in the oven
178. ailments with a fix
179. Bethany's friendship and the smile in Paul's eyes
180. dishes husband-washed

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


171.  my son and I finding joy in service before the sun comes up- him brewing coffee, me finding cartoons
172.  Anna Grace singing Your praises as she gets dressed
173.  the neural pathways strengthened every time Asher and I read Dr. Seuss' ABCs
174.  Jack's positive attitude in a difficult situation
175.  end of the day quiet - glorious

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Your thoughts and miracles

166. that You thought us up and created us
167. skilled surgeons and a friend's good report
168. conflicts resolved
169. a big brother's kindnesses
170. seeds sown and an ongoing miracle in my front yard

Monday, March 18, 2013

lunges and masterpieces

161.  scriptural principles in action, changing things
162.  the strength and will to lift and lunge and plank
163.  the sunshine warming my hair like a pat on the head
164.  tiny blue-flowered china inherited
165.  an every-day, multi-colored, made-with-great-love reminder of the reality and hope of the tree of life and its leaves which will be for the healing of the nations. (Doneen is really something else, Lord!)

thank you! thank you!

 The video has focus problems and the original performance's dance had many more "moves," but if you stick with it until the very end (it's 57 seconds or so), maybe you'll see why we thought it was so funny.  I have no idea who taught him to accept applause with such hilarious gratitude.  

Sunday, March 17, 2013

freedom and fixtures

156. freedom to openly assemble with believers to worship You
157. a Sunday afternoon nap
158. a fixture-hanging like a foot-washing and new light in my kitchen!
159. a circle of friends to pray for and with
160. our two-year-old's hokey pokey performance having us all in stitches

March goodness

151. weather reminiscent of Eden
152. people like Mrs. Martha Anderson who help us lead our children to walk with You
153. shopping carts like racecars- chore turned boy adventure
154. sun-soaked kids rolling in grass
155. hospitable friends sharing delicious jambalaya and good fun

Friday, March 15, 2013

to 150

146. hot coffee delivered to bed
147. this afternoon's enthusiastic mockingbird singing his song of praise
148. our neighborhood walk-to-school buddies
149. Jack's blown tire help and safe arrival home
150. Anna Grace

Thursday, March 14, 2013

so many gifts it's hard to count

141.  toothpaste and poop disasters- opportunities to "pray the work"
142.  a new idea
143.  an awesome painting with a barter
144.  dinner with in-laws feeling more like a party than just dinner
145. orange light of dusk

"... when Christ is at the center, when dishes, laundry, work, is my song of thanks to Him, joy rains.  Passionately serving Christ alone makes us the loving servant to all.  When the eyes of the heart focus on God, and the hands on always washing the feet of Jesus alone- the bones, they sing joy, and the work returns to its purest state: eucharisteo.  The work becomes worship, a liturgy of thankfulness.  'The work we do is only our love for Jesus in action,' writes Mother Theresa. 'If we pray the work... if we do it to Jesus, if we do it for Jesus, if we do it with Jesus... that's what makes us content.'"  A. Voskamp

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

freesia's fragrance and d, d, d, d, d, Dora

I found it hiding behind the dead stuff in my flower bed!
135.  Nickelodeon's Dora and Diego, buying me some time to soak in some much needed truth
136.  my Wednesday workout buddy Meg
137.  freesia's fragrance   

138.  sharing all kinds of emotion with a friend, You dispelling fear
139.  bottom-bunked brothers sharing 3-D glasses for monster truck viewing
140.  an Ezekiel David kind of smile