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Do you ever feel STUCK? In 2000, I began looking for answers to some tough questions in my life. I'd searched high & low and finally conceded to search the promises found in the Bible. Those promises have sustained & guided me through the loss of a parent, the struggle with anxiety & depression, the loss of a valued relationship and so much more! I've found joy amid the pain. And, I want to share it with you!

06 March 2013

2013 February ONE THOUSAND GIFTS #JoyDare

One Thousand Gifts (by Ann Voskamp)
#1000Gifts #JoyDare

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I've taken the 1,000 Gifts Dare for 2013... and I am already to number... 

Today I find JOY in...

Fri 2/01
1172. sitting by the fire w/cherished girlfriends sharing about God's faithfulness and dreaming of the future
1173. mommy kisses

1174. great sunset & end to the day

Sat 2/02
1175. labors of love - detailing car for Jess
1176. car registration in Jessica's name :)
1177. visit with GreatGMBev & GreatGDDale

Sun 2/03
1178. breakfast in bed
1179. working together w/the LOML to get the house ready for a SuperBowl get-together when you could care less who wins
1180. SuperBowl party w/the inlaws :)

Mon 2/04
1181. Kathie Lee & Hoda w/my girls
1182. no price on this happiness:
1183. a new 4-door car... well, a cleaned up OLD 4-door car for the new mommy

Tues 2/05
1184. Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92 
- while babysitting Ayla when her Mommy was in class :)
1185. taking Ayla for visits w/my friends!
1186. work... is work... but I know God is using my time here at NorthKids!

Wed 2/06
1187. lunch at Olive Garden w/Nikki, Gunner, Michell & the 3 B-girls

1188. Monopoly Money fun

1189. sunsets are the best lately :D

Thur 2/07
1190. inspirational music
1191. great devotionals & the Word of God!
1193. skipping with 15 children = hilarious

Fri 2/08
1194. unconditional love & support from my friends - especially in this season
1195. Moby Wraps & the Indianapolis Museum of Art

1196. Friday night at home w/the LOML and NO PLANS AT ALL :)

Sat 2/09
1197. waking up early & catching up on WRITING!!!
1198. working on a replacement for the fried iTouch

Sun 2/10
1200. church w/mommy & her less than 4wk old baby girl

1201. friendships that last for years!!

1202. claiming beauty - even with some smoldering ashes still around

Mon 2/11
1203. early mornings due to calls & texts from Jess
1204. visitors & then shopping w/the girls

Tues 2/12
1205. babysitting in a Mini Cooper
1206. being Miss Frizzle for NorthKids :)
1207. the Tuesday Scoop

Wed 2/13
1208. robe, fireplace, coffee & lots of pink

1209. Sunny day, curvy roads & Rossini's William Tell Overture make for a FUN drive to work in the Mini Cooper :) Music by @SIRIUSXM :) #BlessingsByGod
1210. a warm, safe home which is a total blessing from God!

Thurs 2/14 -- VALENTINE'S DAY
1211. Valentine's photo shoot

1212. decorating the NorthKids van

1213. unexpected overnight guests

Fri 2/15
1214. coffee & cinnamon toast by the fire
1215. TGIF
1216. late night writing 

Sat 2/16
1217. saving a life
(It feels awesome to save a life, even if it's "only" a little blue & gray birdie. She flew away as soon as I opened the shoebox where she'd been recuperating since Thursday night when she bashed into our window!)
1218. lots of laundry - feels nice to be productive on a Saturday morning
1219. Dowton Abbey evening to get through Season 2

Sun 2/17
1220. 8:30am picking up the girls for church
1221. Sunday afternoon power nap :)
1222. Downton Abbey afternoon & evening

Mon 2/18
1223. NO SCHOOL - so later to work

1224. BFF Club w/Jess & Ayla
(Ayla weighed 10lbs & 1/2oz; 21 1/4" long)
1225. protection for a close one, in what could have been a very bad automobile accident

Tues 2/19
1226. classical music while watching snow fall & hearing the heavy breathing of an infant sleeping
1227. comfort food
1228. LOVE in a chip

Wed 2/20
1229. early morning w/my 2 favorite girls :)

1230. chicken salad w/craisins, toasted pecans & diced celery
1231. hip replacement operation for "Great GrandDaddyDale" w/no complications

Thurs 2/21
1234. blow out diaper

1235. PapaBear

1236. peanut butter toast & milk

Fri 2/22
1237. day off to spend last full day of maternity leave w/Mommy & daughter
1238. a chaise from Hickory, NC; a pillow from Kolh's clearance shelves & a gift from heaven!

1239. early night -- feels awesome!

Sat 2/23
1240. show choir day
1241. Tyler & Kelsey & Layke
1242. a safe drive to/from Ohio

Sun 2/24
1243. breakfast in bed w/the LOML
1244. Oscar party
1245. the looks of love

Mon 2/25
1246. bird watching -- well, from the bedroom
1247. BFF tummy time w/our little overachiever

1248. tons of pics which I can't stop viewing

Tues 2/26
1249. my comfortable lap :)

1250. Downy Woodpecker
1251. a husband who has no problem cooking

Wed 2/27 AYLA 6WKS OLD
1252. walk on a blustery day - before the snow came
1253. muddy horses

1254. going to bed early to make tomorrow come faster

Thurs 2/28
1255. snowy day & a snow flake onsie

1256. listening to guitarist & composer Frédéric Mesnier
1257. busy days

FEBRUARY 2013 #1000Gifts #JoyDare

One Thousand Gifts (by Ann Voskamp)
#1000Gifts #JoyDare

Buy book here...      

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