10.20.2014

Mercies along the way...{entry no. 43}

"The quality of mercy is not strained; 
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven 
Upon the place beneath. 
It is twice blest- 
It blesseth him that gives, 
and him that takes."   
                         -Shakespeare

I used to be a thankful person.  Positive.  Aware of my blessings.  Enjoying simple things, but in tune with the bigger picture.  Slowly and without intention, I began to allow circumstances and the busyness of life to cloud my vision.

So, I'm trying something new, somewhat inspired by this author.  Mercies along the way is a place for me to begin reclaiming that piece of myself.  Every Monday you'll find me here, sharing bits of my life that I am finding joy in.
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1158. tons of fun thrift-shopping with the girls. And Asrat, who didn't have quite as much fun.
1159. seeing a shooting start and Jada seeing it with me. then realizing it was the very first time she saw one. love the prairie sky.
1160. protection as we watched something fall off of a semi
1161. chocolate with caramel
1162. a sweet, sleeping little boy next to me. in his striped pajamas.
1163. a friend stepping up to yet another challenge!
1164. a realization of just how small the world is!
1165. a beautiful fall morning. waking up.
1166. reading about nourishment. food. joy.
1167. dry cleaning worker telling me just to wash it at home and saving me some money.
1168. time with my girls and littlest boy while the big boys camped. time with my cousins, aunt and mom
1169. marked, undeniable growth in attachment
1170. a much-needed Sunday afternoon nap
1171. beautiful weather

10.13.2014

Mercies along the way...{entry no.42}

"The quality of mercy is not strained; 
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven 
Upon the place beneath. 
It is twice blest- 
It blesseth him that gives, 
and him that takes."   
                         -Shakespeare

I used to be a thankful person.  Positive.  Aware of my blessings.  Enjoying simple things, but in tune with the bigger picture.  Slowly and without intention, I began to allow circumstances and the busyness of life to cloud my vision.

So, I'm trying something new, somewhat inspired by this author.  Mercies along the way is a place for me to begin reclaiming that piece of myself.  Every Monday you'll find me here, sharing bits of my life that I am finding joy in.
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1137. space at our table
1138. our guest room
1139. sunshine
1140. benches. coffee. conversations with an old friend.
1141. generosity. being on both ends of it.
1142. freedom in Christ
1143. nourishing foods
1144. rest
1145. the excitement of watching my children grow. love!
1146. writing. processing.
1147. unconditional love from my husband
1148. the familiar smell of coffee roasting
1149. social scientists' writings 
1150. a phone I can text with
1151. warm-ish fall days
1152. fun names
1153. my favorite place to sit, think & ponder.
1154. dreams & passions. even in the midst of struggling with them.
1155. communication across continents
1156. activity. people. life being lived.
1157. excitement about life. joy. hope.