Wednesday, July 31, 2013

serendipitous aquamarine

884.  knowing You more fully because of a little group of friends who meet to pray every week bright and early
885. two-year-old, three-year-old, and six-year-old friends tumbling over a giant teddy bear
886. the uniform closet- ties and skirts and shirts reused, recycled
887.  aquamarine blue
888.  a serendipitous poolside rendevouz with Rendi and Sanders
889.  Katie's haircutting skills

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

lingering pajamas

879.  song lyrics turned prayer
880.  kids lingering in pjs well past breakfast
881.  libraries (books! movies!)
882.  a backyard to play in
883.  Nora and Jason and our double date with the dreamy sunset backdrop

Monday, July 29, 2013

on the occasion of George Frank Dent's birthday

873.  Southern Maid donuts 
874.  a full grocery cart
875.  two ears to hear
876.  memories of my grandfather and my uncle's thoughts on his legacy
877.  a very thoughtful surprise from the husband 
878.  how Jack and I really like each other after all these years

Sunday, July 28, 2013

don't be lost

867.  this morning's lesson on running TO You instead of away from You 
868.  Amy and Aidan reading Psalm 51 for us
869.  being able to go out for lunch instead of having to eat the one I burnt at home 
870.  a hike by the river, Asher the "yee-der" telling us "don't be lost" (good times) 
871.  thrift store owner Heather's kind words
872.  cicadas 

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sky Ranch

861.  how the camp counselor's face lit up when she told me about spending time with my daughter
862. the three college aged wonders who loved on and discipled her this week
863.  Anna Grace jumping and singing about the joy of the Lord
864.  faith and scripture clearly articulated by this little 8-year-old believer
865.  bunk mates turned great friends
866.  time to catch up, just me and AG, over pizza and eggplant

Henry Elvin Augustus

856.  Henry Elvin Augustus, born a strong and healthy 8 pounds, 12 ounces
857.  Korrie's great strength and courage
858.  Kayla's vigil with us from across the globe
859.  the privilege of witnessing this holy moment in the lives of my friends
860.  life

Thursday, July 25, 2013

time enough

846.  the beauty of a sunrise that cracked Nora's phone
847.  a cool summer morning at an empty park, just me and the boys, much rejoicing over their great playground feats
848.  knowing You as Healer and Lord
849.  more clarity on Bethany's condition
850.  Bethany discharged from the hospital and HOME!
851.  a couldn't-be-better story hour with Nana and all her many books
852.  Zeke's friend Ethan, bringing out the best in Zeke
853.  pizza a phone call and $10.85 away
854.  spinach gobbled
855.  time enough to do what matters

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

before and after

3, four, 18, nine

840.  a couple of crazy cute 3-year-old friends running the halls and eating breakfast together
841.  a helpful and positive camp nurse taking care of my baby girl and talking me through it
842.  the small town doctor making us laugh using the term "bo-hiney" multiple times with his thick East Texan accent, taking care of us well
843.  four hours of safe interstate travel
844.  18 minutes to talk to Lydia
845.   nine years of Benjamin Harrigan and his life well celebrated

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

in due time

834. believers world-wide interceding for Bethany
835. tests and biopsies yielding answers in due time
836. Lydia's wisdom and insight into the hearts of her children
837. the promised tree of life whose leaves will be for the healing of the nations
838. latent physical therapy knowledge put to good use
839. a hay-baled field all lovely for a photo shoot

   "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."  1 Peter 5:6-7

Monday, July 22, 2013

rainbowed vigils

826.  a life-saving heimlich maneuver
827.  a bumpy ride through Hill family Texas pastures
828.  Anna Grace's confidence and adventurous spirit
829.  the ministry of Sky Ranch camp

we miss her already
830.  a rainbow in the sky- a glorious reminder of all of Your many promises
831.  friends and family all over the world praying for Bethany
832.  donors of blood, givers of platelets 
833.  Your never sleeping, never slumbering vigil over us all

Sunday, July 21, 2013

it's a girl, y'all!

816.  a Texas home away from home, Hill family hospitality
817. a family waterpark adventure- a 5 person memory forever (and Jack and I being able to stomach the experience for what it was)
818.  my NIECE Caroline (wow! I have a niece! Awesome!)
819. Lydia's report of a good night's sleep 
820.  capable and learned doctors and nurses working to help Bethany's body heal
821.  Facebook, keeping us connected
822.  Texas' great big sky
823.  David Crowder
824.  Kyoto pearl colored toes
825.  the back way

Friday, July 19, 2013

Your love exploding

815.  fireworks exploding across a Texas sky while your love explodes over a hospital room in Kansas City tonight- Your everlasting love, always You are good
Pray for our little friend Bethany- sick and in the hospital.  

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Canada, Kansas City, my kitchen table

805.  little Gray with her curls asking for "Anda Grace"
806.  fabulous company for lunch
807.  a bit of good news after a few hard days 
808.  Bob and Doneen, our friends for life
809.  VBS, St. Mark's style
810.  a game of Sorry with my mom
811.  us huddled into the car listening to Anna Grace's story on the radio (so fun)
812.  a small group jicama, enchilada, bananas foster fiesta, successful and fun
813.  that I can pray with Lyd, even over the phone, miles away
814.  our team in Canada, spreading the gospel north of the border 

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


798.  strawberries big, juicy, and red with all their vitamin C
799.  a Scoot and Zoom for Asher to scoot and zoom on
800.  an x-ray negative for fracture (yet again- hooray!)
801.  witnessing and capturing baby Adley's entrance into the world!
802.  the miracle of birth- amazing, amazing, amazing
803.  a trunk full of camp supplies for one excited little girl
804.  Jack holding down the fort with Johnny's Pizza

Monday, July 15, 2013

and a moth

792.  all the clothes to fold- every stitch of it is a gift
793.  Zeke's ability to roll with the punches
794.  Anna Grace's stories, today's written and shared and laughed over
795.  shampoo for my hair, toothpaste for my teeth
796.  Your Holy Spirit's promptings to prayer
797.  Your glory reflected even in the smallest of things, a moth's markings inducing whispers of praise

Sunday, July 14, 2013

shower, smell, splash

783.  all the volunteers at church who have loved our children so well
784.  Sanders' name in the Book of Life!
785.  funny fun with mustaches
786.  the life You've given Henry Harper
787. Rachel's home all pretty for a baby shower
788.  a room full of love, hands held, prayers offered
789.  leftovers still delicious
790.  homemade lemongrass soap- an olfactory delight! 
791.  watching brothers splash happy just beyond my propped up feet

Saturday, July 13, 2013

ceviche and sunsets

773.  Heather and the rest of them taking on water balloons for the benefit of our kids
774.  a laugh with Kent
775.  children safe in church
776.  my first taste of ceviche, new things to eat and I loved it
ceviche veracruzano made by Anne Marie

777.  the five hilarious and delicious dinners we've shared with four other couples from our kid's school
778.  the chunky little monkey who hung out with us all day long while her parents moved, as sweet as she was cute

779. zucchini grilled
780. Jack's help
781. infections clearing
782.  an orange sky to end the day

thank You

Thursday, July 11, 2013

rocking and rest

767.  Your morning sky, always different, always beautiful
768.  Frost Chapel rocking, little hands and hearts worshipping
769.  Ms. Martha so creative and enthusiastic
770.  Liam's dance moves making us giggle
771.  a camera to capture all these many gifts
772.  sleep- a good, refreshing, full night of sleep

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

You love me still

762.  Nora and Bethany and heart-to-hearts at daybreak
763.  Jack busy at work, keepin' it going
764.  VBS truth planted and reported: prayer helps us stand strong
765.  a fun friend run-in at the pool
766.  being able to laugh and laugh at my falling way short of being Perfect Mom 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

beautiful messes

757.  a strong circulatory system pumping
758.  kids excited about giving
759.  continuing lessons on learning to love well
760.  Zeke branching out at the dinner table!
761.  our dinner table and the nightly beautiful mess that it is 

Monday, July 8, 2013

His and Hers

I fell in love with salsa at a young age and I guess I came by it naturally.  Dad loved it, too.  In fact, I'll never forget the smell of sauteed garlic wafting through the house-  a smoke signal for me to come help Dad get the ratios just right for his spicy concoction.  I was the taste tester with the wooden spoon.

Nowadays, I make salsa in a food processor instead of a wok (my dad's appliance of choice).  It's a little different than Dad's but I like it how I like it and what's funny is that we don't all like it the same.  After many many jars of research, we've discovered that Jack prefers vinegar in his salsa while I find vinegared salsa to be offensive at worst and wildly inferior at best.  I like vinegar.  Just not in my salsa.  

So it's taken us a while to find the right compromise but today, I did it- His and Hers batches o' salsa.

And with that in mind, go make your own "Hers" batch of salsa using Pioneer Woman's recipe (which is sort of what I do).  Just add vinegar to make it gross "His."

Zoe's zinna

752.  Kingdom Rock Vacation Bible School and people like Abbey and Heather and Amy and Kent and Ronney Joe who make it happen
753.  a gym class with Kathy (surprise!)
754.  the zinna that grew up and bloomed between concrete and wooden boards in front of Zoe's grave
755.  dinner with Kathy (no cooking!)
756.  our Memaw's steady recovery, good news from Dallas

Sunday, July 7, 2013

the battle is the Lord's

I made this little top for AG- can you believe it?!?! 
739.  a beautiful shower with all kinds of tiny sweetnesses for my nephew David and sister-in-law Amber
740.  Anna Grace in yellow, my little sunshine
741.  Jack's adventure time with the boys
742.  water games and tether ball with Cavett and Kendrick
743.  Zeke's heart stronger and stronger
744.  a den full of blankets and pillows and cousins
745.  a veggie burger and okra with my mom and Jack and Karen and Jenny and Stephen- quality family time spent
746.  the nine and ten-year-old little believers I've been called to help disciple in Jesus
747.  little Amy's careful cursive of 1 Samuel 17:46
748.  Sunday lunch crockpot success
749.  good sabbath rest
750.  Asher's cough subsiding
751.  Your calling us to things we can't do on our own, waking us up to our need for Your strength

Friday, July 5, 2013

kitchen ninja

733.  great advice from a wise friend and a miracle 45 minute phone conversation (woot woot, Lyd!)
734.  William and Zeke's hours and hours of silly fun
735.  Alex and the tall tall lego tower he made just for me
736.  anti fungal cream for some nasty ringworm
737.   my pizza baking helper and the happy kitchen moments, more joy in service
738.  a new Ninja (blender thing) gifted to me for I don't know why but I'm so thankful

Thursday, July 4, 2013


726.  a husband off work
727.  a pool to swim in
728.  okra and tomatoes
729.  Pop Pop - a double entendre for today
730.  The United States of America- with all her faults, we love her still
731.  Almer and his 4th of July birthday
732.  an unexpected connection with an old friend