*humbly asking forgiveness for speaking out of turn
*receiving forgiveness…God is ever merciful
*for learning always learning to keep my lips sealed and my mind alert to what I am to do next.
*for an open heart that wounds easily but loves unconditionally
*for lovely woman who share their creative talents with me
*for a peaceful heart humbled by disappointment
*a newly minted one year old Godson
*a husband who is willing to dig in the dirt to bring a smile to his wifes face
*spring flowers, blueberry and raspberry bushes ready to sweeten our daily living
*prayers answered so generously
*time spent picking out the perfect little baby gifts to welcome new wee ones
*new shoes. colorful, happy make me want to dance shoes.
*reading my very talented sons first short story…he is brilliant and so creative
*hugs, hugs and more hugs. no one will ever complain about the daily hug ratio in my home again.
*mailing boxes to far away friends celebrating the gift they are to me
*spring sunshine and 80 degree days…the Lord is so good…new life surrounds us.
*the smell of the first charcoal fire of the new year
*bruscetta with locally grown tomatoes, homemade mozzarella, basil and lots of garlic.
*three adults+one small kitchen=lots of laughter and a lovely round of bumper bums
*freshly planted flowering pots sitting on the front porch bathing in sunlight filled with colors of Spring.
*a trip to the post office to mail some love north, south, east and west.
*plans made to share Easter with some of our favorite people.
*waking up to the sound of Miss Courtney giggling this morning…bliss!
*watching my guy cook meat over an open flame. the joy on his face…priceless!
*the friendly smile on the lovely young woman’s face at the dry cleaners and knowing that *picking up clothing that is starched, ironed and pressed…by someone else. Squee!
*laughter at the dinner table
*making my first batch of homemade laundry soap and celebrating how wonderfully efficient it is at getting all the grubby knees clean.
*beautiful liturgies over the past three days…I love tradition
*watching my Courtney’s face light up on Holy Thursday when she heard the bells signaling Christ’s arrival in Holy Communion…she loves receiving her beloved
*an incredible Easter FEAST shared with my mother and best friends family
*hours of storytelling celebrating my Dad and all his life. I never tire of listening to my mother speak of her love for the man who still carries her heart, even from heaven.
*gentle arms that hold me in the dark moments of life that threaten to swallow all my hard earned joy.
*sweet friends who let a girlfriend cry from time to time, releasing the flood gates of worry and apprehension.
*an efficient spouse motivated to make the world better for his family
|Basil, oregano, parsley, thyme, mint, chives…so much flavor growing just for me!!|
|Oh happy little thyme…sigh…there will be chicken in your future…|
I have been on Weight Watchers for the past four weeks and have lost about seven pounds now. It’s time to kick things into high gear! So I will be embracing some new ways of cooking over the next several months. A lots less sugar and carbs and more veggies. It’s been an interesting learning curve, one that I am looking forward to sharing with you all. The kitchen is no longer a battlefield!
|Courtney bowling with Momma…check out the hot pink Converse…too funny….only kid I know who bowls with her legs crossed! LOL!
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