9.24.2014

Mercies along the way...{entry no. 40}

"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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Late, but here. So much this week. And more to add already from the first couple days of this week. It is amazing to me how much this re-frames my mind.

1089. a peace-filled weekend in the midst of fullness
1090. being at home, not class.
1091. libraries
1092. our neighborhood and neighbors
1093. our swingset moved and set up
1094. boys back to building forts on the swingset
1095. the kids love for the simple tree swing
1096. pajamas. comfy & old.
1097. email
1098. making plans with a friend
1099. all-church bonfire. conversations
1100. baby in my house all day Saturday
1101. one of my kids offering and apology to another without being asked.
1102. a big win for Jackson's marching band
1103. bringing in more tomatoes
1104. pantry with food waiting to be cooked
1105. provision
1106. lovely people in all of the places we've lived
1107. good books
1108. generous hearts that I have learned so much from
1109. a hard-working husband
1110. opportunities
1111. my porch swing moved from our old house and hung on Saturday on our back deck. ah! i'm home now.
1112. learning to have more snacks on hand for big kids & their friends
1113. a working washer & dryer
1114. a working-again car with a new battery. whew.
1115. nighty-night tea
1116. my tea kettle. used multiple times throughout the day
1117. using up bits of leftover things in pantry
1118. my crock pot. saves my sanity on cross country nights

9.15.2014

Mercies along the way...{entry no.39}

"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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1076. anticipation of an ending
1077. unexpected good news for Brad's schedule
1078. Ethiopian New Year's Day made extra special by a friend



1979. dinner with friends at the end of a hard day
1080. cross country meets
1081. tea
1082. coming home
1083. vehicles that have needed little maintenance lately. hoping they keep on going!
1084. Jackson running the 10k a minute faster than last year, then running home to shower and march in the parade. Jada's band marching, too {no picture. sigh}



1085. seeing friends
1086. being able to be at the kids' activities that I couldn't last year
1087. our house full of people
1088. seeing Neshi's excitement at the 10k. And the women's first place and record-breaker pausing to take a picture with her afterward.