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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!

30 July 2013


MAY 2013 
One Thousand Gifts (by Ann Voskamp)
#1000Gifts #JoyDare

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I took the 1,000 Gifts Dare for 2012...
and now I'm on the 1,000 Gifts Dare for 2013... 
my format now is a bit more simpler than before though...

Today I find JOY in...

5/1/13 Wed
1440. breakfast smoothies on the porch for T&K
1441. walk about on K's last day here

1442. safe flight for K

5/2/13 Thurs
1443. volunteering
it's not always roses - but, I feel God in it
1444. leaving work early to see Jillia in a play!!
1445. sister friends

5/3/13 Fri
1446. waking up smiling about the girlfriend fun I had last night
1447. getting to know other believers through Twitter
1448. so glad it's FRIDAY!!!

5/4/13 Sat
1449. laundry w/a little helper
1450. Derby hats

1451. old James Bond 007 movie w/the LOML

5/5/13 Sun

1452. wonderful family feeling at church
1453. Ruffles, sequins & lilacs  Sunday afternoon at DeeDee's house! 

1454. beside the LOML & sleeping through a golf match

5/6/13 Mon

1455. walking around the yard & counting blossoms :)
1456. sunshine on my face
1457. WQME - great songs, just when I need them

5/7/13 Tues
1458. celebrating a sister-friend KSM on her birthday
1459. dandelion crowns

1460. Tozer quotes:

"All great Christians have been wounded souls." ~ AWTozer

5/8/13 Wed

1461. lunch w/KSM - remembering Rose 
1462. baby snoring - bahahaha!
1463. getting to know some of the NK parents better

5/9/13 Thurs
1464. morning exercise

1465. the back porch swing

1466. tummy time

5/10/13 Fri
1467. crying out to the Lord - 
and hanging on to trust!
1468. Miss Frizzle's seating chart
(getting a chance to show Christ's love daily to these kids!)

1469. heavy, heavy lilacs

5/11/13 Sat
1470. waking up way too early for a Saturday
but reading :)
1471. great quotes: 
“If we ignore the yearnings of our souls, we atrophy and our dreams die.” ~ Rebekah Lyons
1472. excited about tomorrow - J's 1st Mother's Day

5/12/13 Sun MOTHER'S DAY

1473. church w/ALL my kids
1474. opera w/the LOML

1475. a country drive (in my neighborhood!)

5/13/13 Mon
1476. gorgeous mist over the fields
1477. not a bad day at work - hooray!
1478. BFF club - so nice to have that time w/my girls

5/14/13 Tues
1479. 10,000 Reasons :)
1480. supporting Dove Harbor

1481. reminders of my children at night
Candle from T
Candle holder made by J

5/15/13 Wed
1482. beautiful morning
1483. lunch at w/BFFH - she's wonderful!
1484. allergies better w/med's

5/16/13 Thurs

1485. 4-month birthday celebration - LOL
1486. my sense of humor on Twitter:

I donned a bright colorful sweater and my new scarf from Target
,,, POURED myself into my capris and headed to work.

1487. tomorrow is Friday

5/17/13 Fri
1488. monastery morning views

1489. hitting the pavement

1490. a Bumbo, a bear & a baby

5/18/13 Sat
1491. 1st iris bloom of 2013

1492. my boys opening the pool


5/19/13 Sun
1494. family Sunday :)
1495. hard work in the yard this weekend

1496. enjoying a long, hot shower after working so hard

5/20/13 Mon
1497. answered prayers for A's ear infection
1498. drinking on the job
Work days are so much better when I'm drinking.
LOVE my North Carolina roots!!
1499. sharing friends

5/21/13 Tues

1500. cool, cool breeze & hot, hot sun
1501. explaining Cheerwine to friends
1502. prayer shared over Twitter for our world

5/22/13 Wed
1503. coffee on the front porch when it rains
while waiting to go for a walk!!

1504. seasons shown at a favorite picture spot

1505. the Kraft Zesty Italian guy - 

yes, I said that :)

5/23/13 Thurs

1506. baby corn nearby :)

1507. seeing beauty in the ugly

1508. enjoying the clouds over the fields

5/24/13 Fri

1509. 1st trip w/J&A to my mom's house
aka GGWeeWee

1510. peaceful moments in the arms of her mom

1511. sleeping well - even if on a couch :)

5/25/13 Sat

1512. generations
4th generation of women
to sit on this quilt made
by my Great-Great Grandmother
1513. my mom being SO happy to have us there 
1514. laughing w/J on the car ride

5/26/13 Sun
1515. flat tire for my mother-in-law equaled
a Sunday dinner invite from her!
1516. sunny afternoon

1517. setting things up on the patio &

watching the POOL BOY aka the LOML!

5/27/13 Mon MEMORIAL DAY
1518. an overnight guest
PapaBear, Words w/Friends, Coffee
and LOVE!
1519. focusing on the flowers & not the distant storm

1520. offering bread & cup in love

5/28/13 Tues

1521. being worn out after a full weekend
1522. Little is Much... When God is In It
a great reminder
1523. great advice from a friend who's been there:
just love her where she is... it's her journey

5/29/13 Wed

1524. soliciting for FEMALE Words with Friends friends via Twitter
1525. playing catch up after a fun long weekend
1526. friends who pray for me!

5/30/13 Thurs
1527. yardwork

1528. more yardwork

1529. resting, relaxing & enjoying the labors of my yardwork today!

5/31/13 Fri
1530. artwork on the 'frig once again

1531. hiding places for rainy days - 
both literally & figuratively

1532. friends who feel like family

& family who feel like friends 

I've taken the 1,000 Gifts Dare for 2012 & 2013... click on the links below for specific months...

1000 Gifts 4/13
1000 Gifts 3/13

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