One Thousand Gifts

1000 Gifts: The Instagram Way

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in One Thousand Gifts | 0 comments

Just a quick gift collection…thanks to my favorite photography apps, FotoRus, Over, and Instagram…














Poolside Confessions…thankful for sunshine, solitude, and Christmas in the air…

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Blue Couch Confessions, One Thousand Gifts | 0 comments

Had a little time to kill by the pool this afternoon while Ben gave his presentation, so among finishing a new book (Illusion by Frank Peretti), answering email, enjoying some solitude, and grading a few speeches, I thought I would use up a few words on a video post about my 1000 gifts…






One Thousand Gifts…giving thanks in hardship and blessing….

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in One Thousand Gifts | 0 comments

I told Ben the other day that I was so thankful that we were in our new house. This couldn’t me more true. It feels good and right to be here. But the thought shot through my mind, “What if God took it all away? Would I still give thanks?” Could I agree with Paul when he says in Philippians, “I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little”?

At this moment, it is easy to say “yes”, but I pray that I would take that same attitude…being content in all situations. Giving thanks in hardship and blessing. Always looking for the gifts.

But for now, I’m giving thanks for:

#571: A healthy husband after two weeks of sickness

#572: Kids adjusting (successfully) to school

#573: Finding a running buddy

#574: Getting into the groove of teaching again

#575: Neighborhood playdates

#576: Giving the kids a chance to experience art on a grand scale (thanks ArtPrize!)

#577: Challenging sermons

#578: My Hello Mornings accountability group – they encourage me every day!

#579: Seeing my kids be brave enough to deliver their “neighborhood newspaper” to all the neighbors

#580: True community

#581: Listening for the transformative work of the Holy Spirit

#582: Cider and donuts

#583: Feel of warm wooden floors under my feet

#584: My cordless floor vacuum…essential for the aforementioned wood floors

#585: Kickball in the back yard

#586: Madi giving me writing assignments for her “Madi-zine”

#587: Parker making friends at school

#588: One-on-one time with Fiona

#589: Technology, so I can stay in touch with my family

#590: Grace…when I don’t live my day gracefully

So much to be thankful for…

1000 Gifts: Catching up…

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in One Thousand Gifts | 2 comments

It has been a while since my last 1000 gifts post. This is not because I haven’t been given many gifts, but I haven’t taken the opportunity to verbalize them. But as I sat down to scribble down a few things, I couldn’t write them fast enough. So many things to be thankful for, so many reminders of God’s provision, and so many reasons to smile.


#554: Feeling settled in our new house…Madi too…

#555: The grass finally starting to fill in around the weeds

#556: Cousin visits

#557: Meeting new neighbors

#558: Our new kitchen table finally arriving

#559: Taking the time to give my time away

#560: Avoiding major injury after Parker fell off his bike

#561: The kids going tubing for the first time…even Fiona…

#562: Giggling kids running all over the house

#563: Late night talks about the Holy Spirit

#564: Sleepovers with old friends

#565: Fiona sleeping through the night…three times this week

#566: The familiar feeling of being back in the school building

#567: Losing my license…but the fee only being $9

#568: Having room for kids to help me in the kitchen

#569: Spontaneous pajama parties with the kiddos

Life is good, right?

One Thousand Gifts…summer adventures…

Posted by on Jul 21, 2012 in memories, One Thousand Gifts | 0 comments

We jammed the last few weeks with more vacation, outings, and adventures than I ever thought possible. Days of thrills followed by days of cranky recovery, and honestly, I don’t quite feel back to normal after four back-to-back weekends of being on the go. At the same time, I feel incredibly blessed for the time that we were able to spend with family, friends, and with our little nuclear family. Such a gift…here are a few more (in no particular order).


#535: “Pandie”

#536: Landscaping

#537: First 5K of the year

#538: Meijer Gardens in the summer

 #539: Daisies

#540: The Cherry Festival Parade (as the firetrucks went by…)

#541: Ready for a boat ride…

#542: Buddies

#543: St. Joseph Carousel Rides

#544: Swimming in the lake

#545: Carousel Lions

#546: Holding hands at Michigan Adventure

#547: Visiting a new library (to us)…why have we never gone to the Main Grand Rapids library before?

 #548: My Grandma

#549: Time with Grampy

#550: My Grandpa

#551: Hats

#552: Grumpy faces that still make me smile (most of the time)

One Thousand Gifts…a weekend away…

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in memories, One Thousand Gifts | 0 comments

We had been planning on this weekend in Saugatuck for months, but it still snuck up on us between house tasks, work, and…everything else. So when last Friday rolled around, we threw some clothes, food, and beach toys in the car and drove the short 45 minute jaunt to the little town on the lakeshore, the tourist town that tries extra hard to not be “touristy”.

I didn’t think much about my expectations for the weekend, but as soon as we pulled up to our cabin, I felt myself slide into a slower, less stressful place, and ready to focus on just being together as a family. We had a few tough “moments” with the kids, but for the most part, it was a gift of a weekend…low key, relaxing, perfect weather, amazing digs, reconnection time for Ben and I…and well, I just feel so thankful for…

#517: no schedule

#518: crazy pool time

#519: burned pancakes (for a good dose of humility)

#520: no Wi-Fi

#521: Oval Beach…quiet, peaceful, and beautiful

#522: afternoon strolls…and poses…

#523: window shopping

#524: rock collections

#525: ice cream smiles

#526: rocking and talking, bug-free on the screened porch

#527: pics with my girls

#528: twilight fishing

#529: pics of my boys

#530: forgetting about my to-do list

#531: exploring nature

#532: leaving feeling refreshed

#533: and I can’t forget…my new baby niece! Yippee!

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