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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!

01 October 2014

2014 September ONE THOUSAND GIFTS #JoyDare

2014 September ONE THOUSAND GIFTS #JoyDare

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

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I took the 1,000 Gifts Dare for the year of 2012...
I continued in 2013...
I'm now into 2014! 

Today I find JOY in...

9/1/14 Mon
2902. family prayers together before the 13.5 hour drive!
2903. silly faces to pass the time
2904. waking up the neighbor rooster upon arriving home after 11pm - OOPS!

9/2/14 Tues
2905. Pampered Chef apple slicer & GARDEN FRESH CUCUMBERS
2906. making something good out of something I normally would have deleted
2907. God's agenda today
I got all sorts of things done & I made a great meal with a bunch of our garden veggies

9/3/14 Wed
2908. morning wake-up call from a few of my neighbors
(the neighbor roosters - The 3 Amigos)
2909. an over abundance of cucumbers
makes a GREAT cucumber lime smoothie
2910. arugula - yes, arugula makes me happy :)

9/4/14 Thurs
2912. shopping trip for the cousins & a kissable baby
2913. imperfections

9/5/14 Fri
2914. a truck to haul things
2915. playing in fountains
2916. bargains that I plan to use in years to come
gorgeous metal headboard for $20

9/6/14 Sat
2917. wild flowers
2918. rain - to make weeding easier 
2919. sunset over soybeans

9/7/14 Sun
2920. the overwhelming feeling of LOVE that sweeps over me
when I still my heart & worship God with my church family
2921. watching the beans turn
2922. garden fresh butternut squash

9/8/14 Mon
2923. chipping away at the To Do List
2924. dinner on deck
2925. sunset & a super moon 

9/9/14 Tues
2926. starting something new (that's a little scary) -
going more public with my blog & a new Facebook page
2927. trustworthy friends - lunch w/KM
2928. leftovers for dinner

9/10/14 Wed
2929. laying in the road
to get the best picture, of course
2930. may I borrow a cup of sugar... I mean a cup of CAT FOOD

9/11/14 Thurs
On this day... we remember...
2932. leopard leggin's
2933. raw cookie dough
(yeah, I know it's not safe)
2934. kissing my mom goodnight
(she became a widow about 12 years ago & has lived alone ever since; I was struck by how that must feel to have a loved one kiss your cheek before bed when you aren't used to that anymore)

9/12/14 Fri
2935. lovely Lydia
2936. new place for our son
2937. safe travels to/from Cinci

9/13/14 Sat
2939. hard work around the house
2940. salmon on a cedar plank

9/14/14 Sun
2941. family time outside
2942. sleeping in the sun
2943. ice cream for supper

9/15/14 Mon
2944. babies!!!!
2945. miles & miles of beans
2946. early bedtime after a busy day

9/16/14 Tues
2947. hurting for a friend
this reminds me that loving someone allows you to experience their pain
2948. a 15 year old sweater

9/17/14 Wed
2950. my singing & someone plugging both ears
2951. fruits of our labors... #gardening :)
2952. skinny dipping
(well for the baby!)

9/18/14 Thurs
2953. country roads & great neighbors
2954. never ending hard work
2955. a fairy princess pirate

9/19/14 Fri
2956. an adorable little pirate
2957. hitting up the local bank with a friend
2958. fire :)

9/20/14 Sat
2959. having trouble throwing away "Paper Memories"
2960. de-babyfying the downstairs :)
2961. sitting outside w/the family at the end of a busy day

9/21/14 Sun
2962. sounds of the sea
(even when the sea isn't anywhere close)
2963. cold air + hot sun
2964. tall corn

9/22/14 Mon
2965. big girl bed
2966. garden veggies for breakfast
2967. looking forward to fall

9/23/14 Tues
2968. spider webs (DISTANT spider webs)
2969. the LOML working from home for part of the day
2970. writing, writing, writing :)

9/24/14 Wed
2971. laying down in the road AGAIN to get a great shot
2972. the curiosity of a child
2973. running... a certain little one seems to have fallen in love with RUNNING

9/25/14 Thurs
2974. the human eye
can NEVER be trumped by a camera!
2975. harvesting has begun in our "back yard"

2976. our Bonge's family
Dawn's 55th birthday... Chip & Dawn breaking up... the awkward party of 15 who insisted in getting their picture taken behind the serving bar...

9/26/14 Fri
2977. the LOML's commentary as we watch the morning news CRACKS ME UP!
"Woah! You just missed a black Bracken Henry"
"Kim Kardashian tackled at Paris Fashion..."
"girls on dance team versus girls on cheerleading squad"
2978. the world of art
2979. reminders of what matters
family matters!
9/27/14 Sat
2980. new places in familiar towns
2981. a 3-generation get away
2982. returning to a special place for a special moment in our son's life

9/28/14 Sun
2983. persimmons
2984. family hiking
2985. angels watching over us as the brakes went out on our truck

9/29/14 Mon
2986. great memories & pics from this weekend

Cincinnati memories...
Turkey Run State Park memories...
2987. an evening walk with my girls

2988. Sam's Club rotisserie chicken :)

9/30/14 Tues
2989. fresh air in the morning
2990. toys that have been around for over 20 years being played with again :)
2991. a beautiful sunset & a hard working husband

SEPTEMBER 2014 #1000Gifts #JoyDare

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