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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!

31 October 2013

2013 October ONE THOUSAND GIFTS #JoyDare

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...

10/1/13 Tues
1900. unexpected tears - often cleansing to the soul
1901. jammies on by 2pm
1902. dinner guest - 1st time AT the table

10/2/13 Wed
1903. early morning smiles

1904. impromptu visits with friends
1905. leap of faith that God will provide time & text for the
31-day Challenge

10/3/13 Thurs
1906. leftovers

1907. crazy crawling
1908. racing the LOML to the front door... like little kids :)

10/4/13 Fri
1910. Fridays & great quotes!!
"It is in the quiet crucible of your personal, private sufferings that your noblest dreams are born & God's greatest gifts are given in compensation for what you've been through." ~ Wintley Phipps

1911. dinner w/the LOML!

10/5/13 Sat
1912. almost 2 hours of extra sleep - due to specific request of GOD!!
1913. first food... 8 months & 18 days :) 

1914. something to do when my husband is "enjoying" yet another football game :)

10/6/13 Sun
1915. listing the names & attributes of Jesus to fall back asleep in the night - since I was awake from 2am until about 5:15am
1916. Sunday afternoon naps :)
1917. the smell of autumn air

10/7/13 Mon
1918. decorating the porch for autumn

1919. picking apples off our tree
1920. the LOML trying out a new recipe on the grill

10/8/13 Tues
1921. being ahead (for a change) on something
1922. lunch with RefresHer girls :)
1923. teamwork - otherwise known as folding the clothes on the floor beside the Pack N Play so "someone" will remain content

10/9/13 Wed
1924. morning walk-about - 43 degrees - awesome!
1926. an alarm that goes off every Wednesday night at 8:15pmBOHO
10/10/13 Thurs
MY BIRTHDAY - woooohooooo!
1927. a Monarch butterfly

1928. dinner w/the LOML at our favorite place

1929. the International Space Station going over our house
& watching it with the LOML, J & A

10/11/13 Fri
1930. fashion tips from A... sweaters & boots

1931. harvest of the beans

1932. harvest haze & a beautiful sunset!

10/12/13 Sat
1933. a baby that slept in for ONCE :)
1934. work... hard work!
1935. a long HOT shower & clean sheets :)

10/13/13 Sun
1936. church... until someone got too loud

1937. exercising in the church's Parent Room
while trying to get the sleepy baby to SLEEP!
1938. last time to lay out by the "cement pond"

10/14/13 Mon
1939. annual "pop the hood" check up wasn't horrible
1940. BFF time - laughing loudly

1941. the LOML being multi-talented
(he was able to fix the car which our daughter says refuses to die)

10/15/13 Tues
1942. RefresHer morning
wearing a scarf from Target
1943. baby snoring sounds
1944. Crockpot meals!

10/16/13 Wed - A's 9-month b'day
1945. Cool morning walkabout 
1946. Picnic & hot sun - cool air :)
1947. Coming down with something - having a supporting hubby

10/17/13 Thurs
1948. Lots of rest
1949. Being there when someone else couldn't be found
1950. Early to bed

10/18/13 Fri 
1951. Feeling better
1952. Afternoon nap for the 3 girls in the house
1953. Relaxing evening beside my best friend - the LOML

10/19/13 Sat
1954. someone heading to the Children's Museum on Indianapolis

1955. Sabbath for me!
1956. music on ALL day while I leisurely did housework :)

10/20/13 Sun
1957. church & then a baby shower for Brynn :)
1959. evening w/the LOML at dinner & the Colts/Broncos game

10/21/13 Mon
1960. sleeping in
1961. hubby getting to work in town today
1962. early night

10/22/13 Tues
1963. late to RefresHer - but no condemnation
1964. gleaning or something
1965. decorating after gleaning

10/23/13 Wed
1966. fields being harvested then plowed
1967. poet friend who was inspired by one of my photos
Kindred Spirits
1968. dinner with a little girl, her mommy and the LOML

10/24/13 Thurs
1969. peanut butter fudge sample from neighbor
1970. taking the long way home
1971. attending the Dove Harbor Gala w/family

10/25/13 Fri
1972. coffee in the morning w/a friend
1973. lunch w/friend who has been a friend for almost 20 years!
1974. celebrating October birthday girlfriends

10/26/13 Sat AU Homecoming 2013
1975. pic w/my favorite homecoming beauty
1976. watching my favorite artist work
1975. fun at the AU Homecoming Street Fair

10/27/13 Sun
1976. loving friends even though they've dropped off the grid
1977. affirmation from some new friends
1978. chipping away at projects around the house

10/28/13 Mon
1979. daily devotions - always just right word!
1980. Club stats... 18lbs, 15.5oz (basically 19 lbs) & 27.5 inches

1981. extra time visiting w/the BFFClub girls
at the baby costume party :)

10/29/13 Tues
1982. RefresHer - then group luncheon
1983. honoring & celebrating Dave Crandall
1984. taking the long way home... again :)

10/30/13 Wed
1985. good morning of writing - 1 day left
Participating in the #31Day Challenge from the Nester

1986. The Sound of Music - which a certain 9-month old baby happens to LOVE
1987. NAPTIME PILE UP - a DeeDee, a baby & a cat

10/31/13 Thurs
1988. Halloween FUN!

1989. lunch w/BFF-H... lots of laughter
1990. sharing other mothers' pics of their children
for our ministry Facebook page :)

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