Thursday, February 28, 2013

Gift 191

Gift 191 . . . the thoughts of the upcoming weekend!
Totally ready!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

GIFT 187 - 190

I am closing in on 200!!! 

187. More snow!

188. Safety on a wintery day
189. Dinner made with love by my sweet daughter!
190. Being warm and cozy in bed while listening to the sleet hitting the windows.

Monday, February 25, 2013

GIFT 186

Gift 186 . . . spending time with my youngest sister. I love her so very  much and simply don't get enough time with her to "catch up". 

Sunday, February 24, 2013

GIFT 182 - 185

Gifts come in all shapes and sizes . . . many different ways  . . .

182. Seeing my boys happy over receiving a simple teeny tiny Lego Light Sabor . . .

183. Seeing the Sun shining . . . January and February can be so dreary!
184. Having happy little creatures in our home . . .  giving the guinea pigs a chance to run around . . . but they hid in their little igloo and squealed instead.

185. The amazing smell of a rump roast in the crockpot.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

GIFT 181

Gift 181 . . .

A relaxing day with my family. Naps in the afternoon and a quick walk with Katelyn and Leslie Sansone on DVD. (Ps. the boys were watching . . . and giggling.)

Friday, February 22, 2013

GIFTS - 172 - 180

GIFTS . . . they come in so many different forms. I LOVE making sure I take note of them each and every day . . . my day is incomplete unless I do.

172. Snow Days

173. Seeing my children problem solve. Letting little brother be a big help too by taking care of the smaller portions of the snowman.

174. My children's smiles
175. Playful and protective furry babes - Seeley Booth loves snow!

176. New snack recipes like Bunny Bait . . . I am pretty sure the boys will love them!
click HERE for recipe
I will be tweaking it to make it peanut free.

177. Sweet Snow Day Memories

178. Seeing the feathery creatures of God . . . enjoying themselves.

179. Enjoying how nature changes.

180. Working together - makes this Mama smile.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

GIFTS 161-170

The Gift/Blessing/Thankfulness list continues . . .

161. a Husband that is amazing.
162. my Daddy . . . he still LOVES my Mama after all these years.
163. a pretty good day
164. thinking about a snow day
165. noticing my little boys' feet are growing . . . it is a Blessing that they are healthy . . . getting man feet, not so much!
166. Baby showers
167. online ordering - makes this mama's life easier
168. neck massage
169. cat naps
170. Listening to Turning Point on my ipad . . . going to try to get it on my iphone too!

GIFTS 151 - 160

On those days I find myself getting into a rut, I find I MUST be a bit more THANKFUL!

151. I am thankful for a supportive husband.
152. I am thankful for a forecast of WINTER WEATHER - we have barely had any snow this year.
153. I am thankful for the safety God provided my husband today. 
154. Bacon - need I say more?
155. Each new morning.
157. Our little Hedgehog - even though she prickles me
158. a VERY Special Utah Family . . . they make my heart smile
159. Leftovers
160. Time with my Mom

Monday, February 18, 2013

GIFTS 141 - 150

Tonight, I feel so very BLESSED! 

141. I am thankful for TWO kitchen helpers tonight . . . 

Cody and EJ were THRILLED to help!
They pretended they were on CHOPPED!
(Don't you think they are cute in their VERA aprons?)

142. Meals together as a family each evening.
143. I am so thankful my kids eat vegetables ~ broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green beans, peas, corn, potato, sweet potato.
144. I am thankful for our Alice! She never ceases to amaze me!
145. I am thankful for the safety and well being of our family. So many families are hurting and struggling.
146. Cozy bed . . . especially when the weather is turning colder once again.
147. I am thankful for those four pair of beady little eyes looking at me . . . (Emma, Mia, Beckett and Seeley Booth - our furry ones).
148. I am thankful for Air Freshners . . . just sayin'!
149. Hearing one of my boys say . . . "Ya know, it has been a REALLY good day today . . . Don't you think Mom?" Made me smile!
150. a BEAUTIFUL post on a blog . . .  click on the words underlined and soak it in.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

GIFTS 136-140

It is hard to figure out what to write tonight. I have typed words and erased them several times. Nothing seems right . . . just as life sometimes does not make sense.

There was a murder in our area that has affected many, many families that I know. A missionary woman was murdered in her home yesterday . . . she and her family had been living at her parents' home while they were not on the missionary field. My heart breaks for the family and I ask you to pray for them.

Trying to find something to be thankful for is hard tonight. The purpose of 1,000 gifts is to find something to be thankful for each and every day.

136. I am thankful for those that are lifting up this family in prayer tonight.
137. I am thankful a sweet little girl named Kate has ZERO cancer in her body and has been clear for two years now.
138. I am thankful for my hard working husband. 
139. Special Memories
140. Time to think

Thursday, February 14, 2013

GIFT 127 - 135

I realized I am a few Blessings/Gifts/Thankfuls behind in the 1,000 journey . . . technically, three a day will get me there. Some days I have plenty and other days . . . they are a bit harder to pick out. 

127. a Beautiful and Memorable Valentine's Day
128. Fabulous and gifted Teachers for our Home School
129. sweet friends
130. Special surprises
131. Being needed
132. Our sweet and loving Alice
133. Teamwork
134. Guinea pig cuteness
135. Sweet conversations with my kids

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

GIFT 126

I received the sweetest little valentine card yesterday . . . It was from a precious little girl named Julie. I love it!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

GIFT 125

Gift 125

Today I was thoroughly treated to a wonderful head massage, warm face wax, color, cut and style. No more WHITE on the head! Thank you Stacie!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

GIFT 123

We REALLY wanted snow, but all we are getting is rain. It is dreary and gross outside. I so wanted white and pretty. Oh well, I guess that means we won't have gray and mucky . . . which is a good thing to which I am Thankful!

Friday, February 8, 2013

GIFT 122

Gift 122: Smiley girlies! Love when my Aliyah and Keirah are smiley! Love seeing those pearly whites!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

GIFT 121

Gift 121 . . .

Blessed and thankful that the kids have a field trip with Mrs. M tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

GIFTS 114 - 120 in Pictures

Taking it to 120 . . . and it FEELS awesome!

114. an early spring is predicted . . .

115. Encouragement that comes by way of Facebook.

116. The Splendor of God's beauty in full color.

117. Differences . . . so thankful we are not all alike but can stand out from the crowd.

118. Thankful for Role Models for my boys . . . Men with Integrity.

119. Sweet Birthday Wishes

120. Sweetness in a tiny furry bundle

Monday, February 4, 2013

GIFT 113

Gift 113 . . .

Listening to my girl tell me about her day. Her SPECIAL birthday!

She and an Amazing 20th Birthday! 

So many wonderful people wished her Happy Birthday blessings!!! 

Grandpa even called her and sang  "Grandpa'd" his rendition of  the Happy Birthday song! Those of  you who know him know what I am speaking of! lol

The boys all gave her gifts and sang THEIR version on the Happy Birthday song - "You LOOK like and ARTIST and you SMELL like one TOO!" Katelyn smiled . . . 

Sunday, February 3, 2013

GIFT 112 . . .

I am so thankful for the Beautiful Gift God gave Randy and I . . .

20 years ago February 4 at 7:01 a.m.

Our Amazing Daughter was Born!

This photo was taken five or six years ago.
Katelyn baked an apple pie without any assistance.

Hanging out with Mom.

High School

Junior/Senior Banquet when Katelyn was in 11th grade.

2012 - Celebrating my Birthday at Granite City with Katelyn.

First day of Sophomore Year at Bradley

Katelyn on Saturday
 Celebrating at Kellehers with Mom and Dad

Katelyn has grown into a Beautiful Young Woman!

GIFT 111

Gift 111 . . . 

My Mom and Dad watched the boys for us today so Katelyn, Randy and I could go to lunch to celebrate Katelyn's upcoming 20th Birthday on Monday. It was so very lovely and we had a wonderful time!

Friday, February 1, 2013

GIFT 110

Gift 110 . . .


GIFT 109

GIFT 109 . . .

This one is easy and from yesterday . . .

I feel so blessed to have such a loving and compassionate Mrs. M in our classroom on Thursdays. The day was spent making Blankets for Babies in Haiti . . . and then they prayed over them . . . it was beautiful!