Friday, December 27, 2013

Year 2014 of One Thousand Gifts

I finished the 1,000 gifts challenge ahead of schedule in 2013 . . . so, for the Year 2014 I am challenging myself to double the challenge . . .  Two Thousand Gifts in 2014!

Who is with me?

No starting until January 1, 2014!

Friday, December 6, 2013

991 - 1000 of One Thousand Gifts / Blessings

Thankful for:

991. a cozy and warm home

992. watching ducks from my window - beautiful

993. Knowing God is in the Prayer Answering business!

994. Sweet visits with my Mom, Daughter and Aunt

995. Twinkly lights

996. Funny moments

997. Beauty in the Chaos

998. Miracles

999. God's Love

1000. Life

Thursday, December 5, 2013

981 - 990 of One Thousand Gifts \ Blessings

981. Cheese sandwiches - they make me smile

982. For back scratches

983. Traditions

984. Sweet baby giggles

985. Time with my Mom

986. Christmas

987. The power of prayer

988. Courage

989. Honor

990.  Love

Saturday, November 30, 2013

971 - 980 Of One Thousand Gifts / Blessings

It is so hard to believe our Thanksgiving Vacation is drawing to an end. We enjoyed several days home and I have to say, I am not looking forward to sending the kids back to school and myself heading back to the office.

I am so very Thankful for:

971. Being home as a family.

972. My Mom visiting today and playing games with the boys. The loved it. Thanks Mom!

973. Tissues - for the symptoms of a nasty cold

974. For cough drops - Fisherman's Friend

975. For laughing so hard tears come to my eyes

976. The ducks are safe . . . all on their own. God knows the count of their precious feathers and He cares for them.

977. Long Hot soaks in the tub.

978. Christmas movies

979. Doggie snores that make everyone smile that hears them.

980. Reading an amazing book called Christmas Jars - I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

961 - 970 of One Thousand Gifts / Blessings

It is 10:58 pm on Thanksgiving Eve . . . 

As I write, Emma is under my desk snoring away. 

The turkey is cooling before I put it into the fridge for tomorrow. (Yes, I roasted it today). 

The kids are all in bed except Katelyn. She and I will head to bed soon. It has been a FULL day.

I have so much to be Thankful for tonight, in fact my list is overflowing!

Tonight I am Thankful For:

961. My hardworking husband. He takes his work seriously and provides for our every need. I love that he calls me during the day just to tell me that he loves me.

962. My college girl. She is always right there to encourage me, give me a hug or simply make me laugh. Sometimes, she laughs at me . . . but that is another story. She has always been Mama's girl and I hope that never changes. Hugs and a kiss on the cheek before bed each night - and an I Love You Mom before she heads to bed.

963. My oldest son. At age eleven, he is beginning to resemble a teenager. That boy stays up late and sleeps late in the mornings. He also gives me tender hugs and never ceases to tell me that he loves me. 

964. My second oldest son. At ten years old, this boy is between the little boy stage and the almost a teen stage. He is always willing to help me, especially in the kitchen. This boy loves himself a cooking "class" and gets right in there up to his elbows if need be. He is still short enough to be able to lay his head on my shoulder and whisper, "I LOVE You Mommy" each day.

965. Number three in my line up of boys is trying to "find" himself. He is nine and at the stage of mischief and trying to be "big". This boy loves to play with his younger brother and they keep each other entertained for hours. He also likes to help in the kitchen and pretend that he is on "Chopped". Like the others, never a day goes by without me hearing "I Love You Mommy!" several times in a day.

966. The baby of the family, number four in the boy line up is seven. This boy is the comedian of the family. He is always up to one thing or another and loves to antagonize his older brothers. Our youngest also has a soft side and loves to snuggle. He also is a chatty Cathy which is fun as he can be so informative and witty. In true fashion, my Baby never ceases to tell me how much he loves me too. In fact, he loves to have little contests with me of who loves who more. 

967. Then we have our furry babes . . . Emma, Mia, Beckett and Seeley Booth. Each of my furries have their own distinct personality and special traits. It doesn't matter whether we are inside or outside the furries want to be with us. Bedtime usually finds one or two in Randy and My bed, Mia in Katelyn's bed and Seeley Booth likes to roam the house. He is a good watch dog and lets us know if he hears something he doesn't like.

968. I am also thankful for my extended family . . . My Dad and Mom ~ they have given their children their all and raised them up in God's Word. They have instilled in each of us how to be adults, how to be loving and also Christlike. I have the best parents in the world and I am so Thankful to be able to pick up the telephone to talk to them. This past week I even stopped by their house late at night to drop of cinnamon bread. I tip toed down the hallway and climbed into bed with my Mom. I love that I surprised her and also that I didn't think twice about climbing into her bed to talk. My Dad chatted with Katelyn while she was waiting for me.

969. My Sisters - or maybe I should say "Partners in Crime!" We three girls can definitely get into mischief. I have the best Sisters in the World!!! I am thankful that we live close enough to visit one another and get together as we can. I love that I work with one of my sisters daily AND my Dad and Husband Too!

970. I am also thankful for my Brother. I am thankful that he is a strong Christian man that lovingly provides for his family. Although we don't get to visit as often as I would like, He is still a very special guy in my life. 

I could go on and on . . . 

Monday, November 18, 2013

951 - 960 of One Thousand Gifts \ Blessings

951. Thankful for lunch today with my two sisters, Mom and daughter.

952. Thankful for my hard working husband.

953. Thankful for God's gentle nudges.

954. Thankful to be able to see people caring for people. It is amazing and beautiful!

955. The little things we take for granted every day. Clean water, toothbrush, clothing, our own bed, electricity, heat and a home.

956. Normalcy

957. Prayer Warriors

958. Calmness

959. Peace

960. Rest

Saturday, November 16, 2013

941 - 950 of One Thousand Gifts / Blessings

Blessing and Gifts by way of pictures . . .

941. Three of my little guys - always up for adventure.

942. My girl surprised us with a yummy chicken dinner complete with green bean casserole and fresh baked bread.

943. My hubs seems to always be busy with something. I love that he is rescuing pieces from our local high school demolition.

944. Incredible pieces of "art".

945. Katelyn's assignments. She even makes feet look beautiful.

946. Our youngest - I believe this guy is our comedian.

947. This picture is from a few years ago - it always makes me smile.

 948. My little Beckett all wrapped up like a burrito.

949. Remembering Days Gone By . . . My Grandma lived near Hoffert's store. I used to get candy from there.

950. I still love Linus and Snoopy! Don't they just make you smile?


Thursday, November 14, 2013

921 - 940 of One Thousand Gifts / blessings

921. My pressure cooker - makes things yummy
922. Onstar - for those "locked out" times
923. Schwans - makes dinner a little easier
924. online ordering - Christmas shopping is all done (except for hubs)
925. Downloaded books - love instant access
926. Facebook - keep family and friends closer
927. Calm weeks
928. The weeks before a holiday
929. People binding together for a great cause
930. The quacks of our ducks - they make me smile
931. Quiet days
932. Chicken soup with veges
933. Daddy willing to pick up the boys
934. Progress
935. Chilly nights - great for snuggling
936. Sweet surprises
937. Home cooked meals
938. Beautiful cookware
939. Pinterest ideas - so fun to explore
940.  Sweet naps

Sunday, November 3, 2013

901 - 920 of One Thousand Gifts

Can't believe I am down to 100 Gifts/blessings to write about before I have reached 1,000 for this year!

901. Laughter
902. Kisses
903. Hugs
904. Falling Back One Hour
905. The smells of Fall
906. We made it through October!
907. Silliness
908. Randomness
909. Christian Fiction
910. a new toothbrush - isn't crazy how nice that makes you feel?
911. new ideas
912. meal helpers
913. cozy blanket throws
914. silly ducks
915. fresh baked pumpkin cinnamon rolls
916. peace
917. fire in the fireplace on a cool Fall evening
918. Guinea pig squeals
919. long weekends
920. I love you messages

Saturday, October 26, 2013

One Thousand Gifts 881 - 900

Two months remain in this year . . . 1,000 Gifts I will have written down. It blesses my heart to dig into my being . . . what gifts have I experienced? What Blessings have I been given?

881. a Supportive Husband

882. a helpful daughter

883. little boys that offer challenge

884. time spent as a family

885. the beauty of Fall - such a gift to the eye

886. sweet moments caught with a click

887. Silliness on a Fall Day!

888.Watch our ducks - up close

 889. For enthusiastic helpers.

 890. Big Brother snuggles for little Beckett.

891. For our tiny furry babes . . . 

892. For the warmth of the Sun on a chilly Fall Day.

893. For our beautiful Seeley Booth.

894. Even for hay in our shoes!

895. For beautiful and graceful ducks. They always catch the eye.

 896. Photo Fun

897. For leaves to JUMP in . . .

898. Brothers

899. Yummy Homemade treats

900. Beautiful Words

Sunday, October 20, 2013

866 - 880 of One Thousand Gifts

866. air freshener - one of the dogs have terrible gas.

867. Fall beauty

868. Innovative boys

869.Quiet Sundays

870. Movie with the family

 871. Enough seating for everyone while watching a movie.

872. My sweet Beckett

873. Stickly Hedgehog

874. Squealing Guinea pigs

875.Pretty birds

876. Homemade Apple Cider cupcakes

877. A Beautiful Children's Book

878. A Dogfood eating Guinea pig

879. Surprises!

880. Precious Anticipation of Sis arriving home after school.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

861 - 865 of One Thousand Gifts

861. I Love You Kisses from my kids.

862. Fresh haircuts all around

863. Obedient boys

864. Pizza cooking in our oven

865. Hot Water

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

846 - 860 of One Thousand Gifts

846. Answers to Prayer

847. Cold meds

848. Rest

849. My daughter - she makes me smile

850. Good morning snuggles with the kids

851. Repair men

852. Honesty

853. Kindness

854. a job well done

855. Times of learning

856. Times of reflection

857. Time to rest while listening to God's Word

858. Microwave Soup

859. Joy

860. Health

Friday, October 4, 2013

826 - 845 of One Thousand Gifts

826. Beautiful October days

827. My Sweet furry babes - Emma almost 10 and Beckett age 2.

828. Watching my boys swim  . . .

829. Catching "their moves" on camera . . . memories

830. Getting the photo . . . even if the sun tries to wash it out.

831. Watching them grow and take on new interests.

832. Watching them learn to be independent . . . 

833. Taking time to read and enjoy a novel . . . rare.

834. Watching my boys learn from one another.

835. Seeing them figure things out by trying them over and over . . . when they finally get it . . . it makes me smile.

836. Having the time to sit and wonder what is going through their minds.

837. Seeing God's beauty hanging in the sky.

838. Rain . . . it has been rare around these parts this summer.

839. Silly moments

840. My beautiful girl . . . all grown up but still my girl!

841. Katelyn's beautiful artwork . . .

842. Waking to the sound of rain on the window panes.

843. Hearing little boy conversations in the back seat . . . you can learn a lot if you listen. lol

844. Hearing the Guinea pigs squeal when they know you are there and they want a little treat! They also love dog food.

845. Having my sweet furry babe with me . . . and she loves it.