1001 Gifts

I took the challenge to count the blessings to 1001 so long ago.  And then I didn’t write them down because I was lazy.  . . .  and then Life made me count again

and that’s when you prayed  for us again, and  I counted again

If I let myself, I could go back to six months ago.

But, I don’t.

I count forward.

This time I counted in a notebook. Sometimes, this life wont let me record the blessing this blog I love so much. 

and then the girls and I took a day trip to celebrate the passing of six months.

So much has happened in six months.

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 I pulled out my notebook this morning to count the wonderful day. . . and  when I counted I could hardly see through the tears . . . . the 1001 Gift was big. 

Oh so big!  

The smiles back,  and the dust is settling. 

and life is almost back to normal again. 

and I’ve decided to keep counting to see what 2002 gifts look like

because . . . WOW! 


994.) a birthday week full of surprises

995.) good test results this time for the Fisherman

996.) adoration chapel in Decatur Georgia

997.) Charming checks on us

998.) she brings a book wherever she goes

999.) lunch with my girls

1000.) a day trip to the mountains to celebrate six months have passed

1001.) a photograph of a girl & smile I waited so long to capture

1002.) she wore her Elvis T shirt

1003.)  popped in a Johnny Cash CD and we listened all the way

1004.) and on the way back . . . the radio played: “Burning Ring of Fire” & “I walk the Line” twice. . . and we thought it was so cool.





growing to fast

Today was a pajamas kind of day for her.  She played in my room all morning and then I caught her with my camera . . . and she didn’t know.

They have all grown so fast. . . and now these days are almost gone with her.

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I hope I remember to treasure them always.

She wears that hat and those glasses  everywhere and then takes them off before she gets out of the car.  I think I’ll keep them forever when she’s fully grown.


underwater sunshine leaving pockets of sunlight rippling through

an underwater wave from my youngest mermaid

kids who invite me out for coffee

motor stained hands leaving marks to wipe off

funny photos shared

happy dancer to be back to class for the summer

time alone to get all the cleaning done

sons slowly feeling better

no phones out . . . everyone enjoying the one in front of him

early morning rising for me . . . seeing both sons off to work this week


long weeks

You know it’s going to be a long week when on Monday you say, “so today is Wednesday right?”

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and then Friday comes and it feels more like a Monday. 



cool summer mornings

first swim of the summer

swimming, swimming and then the swimming

pool volleyball with both girls

hearing & knowing she’s getting stronger everyday

medications that heal

laughter downstairs

friends telling truths to those who need it

random phone calls from kids who just want to talk

treats brought to me from a son just because

when they want to know what I think about their plans for the future

more . . .on Charming

and then there is this one when he almost smiled 

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” There is a nerd in everyone of us.” Superman  

Happy June 1st y’all 


waking up early enough to get something done before the day starts

good Coffee

rain so hard you can hear it hit the ground

“Dad’s Home!” I hear her joyful cry when he rolls down the driveway. 

beautiful cards full of color and love made for me by my youngest

the girl with the big brown eyes comes in like she’s home . . . I love she loves us all

hydrangeas so beautiful