11.03.2015

Mercies along the way...{entry no.50}

"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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1. papers organized that have long been on my list
2. a trip to Target. worth the windy drive.
3. new book waiting for me at the library.
4. one of my kids getting excited about a new genre of books.
5. snow. and that it melted.
6. a good dark chocolate mocha
7. headache relief
8. space. some quiet.
9. feeling funny about listening in on a conversation...when they didn't expect that I could understand some of it.
10. grabbing a couple of Christmas gifts. fun.
11. a decision made. putting it completely in God's hands.
12. old pictures
13. the thought of printing out pictures for our freshly painted stairway
14. brown kraft paper with red baker's twine
15. time to sleep
16. laughter. conversation with friends
17. beauty
18. opportunities to give
19. preparations
20. fall wreath above the fireplace
21. good news from Ethiopia
22. sunshine. light at the bus stop.
23. a mistake forgiven by a child
24. walks to the library with my child who didn't like to go before
25. pumpkins
26. looking through old pictures
27. dinner and games with neighbors
28. the beauty of handmade baskets
29. the resilience of so may. and the grace and mercy of God
30. really good news for a friend
31. making it through morning homeschooling
32. putting 4 meals in the freezer for later
33. discovering podcasts
34. conversations about books
35. an encouraging day for Brad

10.26.2015

Mercies along the way...{entry no.49}

"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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A re-start of sorts.

1. sunshine
2. sick kids restored to health
3. the library. friendly staff. a neighbor introducing herself.
4. good books
5. ezra offering to read to asrat last night.
6. friends who have made meals for us unexepectedly.
7. redoing the floors together. painting together. progress on long awaited house projects.
8. neighbors
9. my sewing machine
10. cars still working, brad not needing his everyday
11. finding something we needed and being able to purchase it.
12. broccoli, cauliflower cheese soup and sweet bread
13. one child's friend at our table
14. fireplace
15. boys playing a game in the evening
16. the books a morning in maine & the little island
17. sewing
18. finding a light
19. coffee. sitting. listening to other coffee-goers speaking amharigna.
20. friends. buna. a baby.
21. cross country friends around a fire
22. my oldest baking a big cookie for his friends
23. health
24. cream cheese jalapeno bread our neighbors bought from the mexican bakery and gifted to us. yum.
25. a bit of time margin for my oldest
26. 2 oldest headed to xcountry sections this week