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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!

04 December 2014

2014 November 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... continued in 2013... and 2014! 

Today I find JOY in...
BONUS: my girls on Halloween:

11/1/14 Sat
3085. my leopard print homage
still on the kitchen floor from yesterday!
3086. NOTE TO SELF: Check the windchill factor before heading out to work
3087. leftovers from Halloween

11/2/14 Sun
stayed home from church while the rest of the family went
3088. quiet time with just me
3089. posted my October JoyDare post :D
3090. crunchy fall leaves & small slides

11/3/14 Mon
3091. my front yard - I mean REALLY - such beauty
3092. fresh greens for lunch from the garden
3093. making a dinner which would earn the approval of my mom

11/4/14 Tues
3094. voting & not getting a sticker...
oh, and then throwing up for
45 minutes
NOTE TO SELF: Do not take extra-strength Mucinex on an empty stomach
3095. texting the future daughter-in-law
engagement photo
3096. being amused by Instagram
Why do girls who only post pics like this
want to follow ME on Instagram?

11/5/14 Wed
3097. having a sister and a friend all rolled into one
3099. beautiful sunset!

11/6/14 Thurs
3100. a loving cat... a tolerant LOML
3101. ginger ale from my walking partner/neighbor/FRIEND
3102. another beautiful sunset :D

11/7/14 Fri
3103. beauty found in the mud puddles that surround me
3104. calling on friends for prayer over what seems to be a desperate situation
3105. watching Netflix with the LOML & our daughter
after the baby went to bed :D

11/8/14 Sat
3106. baby dedication for a special little boy
3107. sitting by a sleepy girl
3108. 4 new pillows for the bed :)

11/9/14 Sun
3109. time with 2 dear friends who are suffering a loss
3110. a special Sunday supper at the table - Ole'
3111. rocking a little one to sleep

11/10/14 Mon
3112. walking out in PJ's in the morning...
a tradition - LOL!
3113. fleeing the county on my walkabout
3114. time spent with a dear friend

11/11/14 Tues
3115. a thank you text from our grown daughter
3116. walkabout & crazy clouds
3117. reminders of the brevity & value of life

11/12/14 Wed
3118. laughter & joy among friends 
3119. sitting beside & holding hands with a cherished friend
#JoyDare No. 3119. sitting beside & holding hands with a cherished friend
who might be meeting Jesus face-to-face sooner than later
3120. smooth sailing on the "potty training" front -- so far -- for our 22-month old :)

11/13/14 Thurs
3121. glitzy reminders of sister-friends
You can't put a value on good friends :)
3122. 3 grown ladies laughing loudly and SMUSHED into a love seat recliner!
3123. the love between fellow gang members

11/14/14 Fri
3124. beautiful sunny day
very cold... but, beautiful none-the-less

3125. laughing wildly with girlfriends over silly stuff
3126. singing old hymns w/a friend who might be singing those with our Heavenly Father in the coming days

11/15/14 Sat
3127. an ORANGE protein smoothie
3128. a working washer & dryer!!
3129. breakfast for dinner - a family favorite

11/16/14 Sun
3130. double church & baptisms :)

3131. stopping by to hug & kiss Carolyn on the cheek
3132. walking outside at dusk as the snow falls

11/17/14 Mon
3133. breakfast for the birds outside my window

3134. winter walkabout - thank goodness for the SUN!
3135. a house with heat & a warm bed on a cold night
(Lord, let me not take these things for granted!)

11/18/14 Tues
3136. NEIGHbors don't seem to mind the single digit temps
3137. not minding the mess
3138. snowy evenings at home

11/19/14 Wed
3139. early frigid walk - invigorating

3140. slow drives home through the country ...old graveyards ... a little bit of snow

3141. seeing a post from a concerned mommy
and being able to respond

11/20/14 Thurs
3142. hints of color in the early hours
3143. FRESH AIR - 3pm walkabout with my friend :) 
3144. 150 year old houses & snowy fields

11/21/14 Fri
3145. cold country sunrises
3146. sitting beside a dear friend
I love how you can be beside a dear friend &
not need to say a word to feel like you're communicating.
The best friendships go far beyond words.
3147. an understanding husband - I've been absent a lot

11/22/14 Sat
3148. a little quiet time to start the day
3149. hanging with my girls part of the day
3150. fancy-schmancy fun with friends

11/23/14 Sun
3151. words that bring comfort in the songs we sang at church
3152. drive-by hugs for my friend
3153. tackling the garage (long overdue)

11/24/14 Mon
3154. pajama sunrise photo session

3155. meals beside a dear friend who is resting beside me
3156. supportive girl friends

11/25/14 Tues
3157. waking up in the middle of the night and praying for friends
3158. piano practice
3159. Thanksgiving crafts by a 22-month old

11/26/14 Wed
3160. the Princess & the Pea

first new real bed
in our marriage
3161. the LOML is a magazine star
3162. giving thanks in good times & the not-so-good times

11/27/14 Thurs
3163. good morning with family
3164. the smoothest family Thanksgiving ever

3165. a THREE HOUR nap followed by
2 kinds of pie & fresh whipped cream!

11/28/14 Fri
3166. family movie date & my play-date day
3167. rehearsal fun... and frenzie
3168. eating dessert before dinner

11/29/14 Sat
3169. a very creative daughter
3170. beautiful bride & an adorable flower girl
and breaking wedding protocol
3171. a late night visit to my friend, Carolyn

11/30/14 Sun
3172. sleeping in beside the LOML 
(work mornings are SO early!)
3173. father & sons going together to the COLTS/REDSKINS game
3174. Thanksgiving left-overs, family pictures and creepers

NOVEMBER 2014 #1000Gifts #JoyDare

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