Praise for the Provisions

This week I used Ann’s gift for jotting down gifts, simply tucked in my Bible. Another great option for counting thanks!

Gifts # 279 – 301
His steadfast love endures forever
The hidden struggles that drive me to His feet
God is for me
Late birthday candles
The warmth of family fellowship
Baby glasses – here and fitting

Coconut Oil
Toy Sorting Progress
Sleepless Nights
Songs mumbled out to a miserable baby
Thoughts re-focused
Our wonderful Dr. Mary
Chiropractic Care
Steam Baths
Practice – the hardest part of learning (p. 56)
7th days of rest
The morning song of birds
My sin-shame born by Him
Remembrance – To Calv’ry, Lord, In Spirit Now
Multi-generational spikey-ball battles
Doggy joy
Sunday afternoon naps
Everything I need


Last week, I set up a simple notepad file on my desktop, in a top corner… hovering as a reminder. To accept everything as a gift.
It seems to be more effective than trying to write gifts on paper, or to remember the thanks without writing them down at all. It also is helping me to train my thinking. All through grace.

Gifts #250 – 278
Dark yucky days
Loving hugs
New mornings
Adventure – ski day for the older Blessings
Visits with friends old and new
Fear conquered for a sweet daughter

A darling baby to brighten everyone’s day and encourage new friendships
Hard decisions
Special event missed due to illness
God’s view – bigger than mine
Pediatric eye specialists
Numbing drops
Baby patches

Baby glasses
Morning sun streaming in through the crackd earlier each day
Braiding sweet Grace’s hair, just because she asked
Reading with Blessings
Sweet warm chubby cheek pressed against mine
Two new baby teeth
Willing helpers
The humbling love-learning of cleaning up after sick loved ones
Tag-team tax prep
Taxes done!
Arrival of a precous much-anticipated little lady to some dear friends
Gorgeous sunny days
Warm sun on my face
Chickens scratching in the yard
Prayerful planning about the future
Banana boxes

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Counting Gifts

Gifts #226 – 249
Reminders of our Hope
Divine planning
Deep snow
A dog to run circles around me

Crunch, crunch, crunch
Days cozied-in as a family
The thrill of flying over the snow

No blood on the snow, despite crashes
A God who leads
Encouragement to dream-plan
Trust in His wisdom
The pain of betrayal
The power of His forgiveness
The war waged
Victory assured
All Shall Be Well
A brother visiting

A “Super” Evening with friends
Re-arranged furniture
Changed hearts
Cookies baking for legislators
A man who reminds me to stand for what I believe

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Mid-winter Gratitude

We made a “dash” trip back home to Hutchinson this last weekend, leaving Friday evening and arriving back at our Missouri home this morning at 7am. The whirlwind trip was prompted by the illness of one of Jonathan’s aunts, who has been tentatively diagnosed with a rare and serious type of lung cancer. Aunt Elaine’s diagnosis was a striking reminder of how important family is, and we felt it was important to gather with the extended family to support her and each other. Our weekend also included time with some dear friends and a look at a neat farm house. It was definitely worth the drive, and though we would have loved to stay longer, we’re glad we went.

And the gifts…
Winter babies born to friends
Traveling mercies
Hard circumstances that draw family together
Gray and white hairs
Precious time with precious friends
With Becki, my dear friend and "sister"
Seeing our friends’ dream-come-true farm
Reminders that the Great Planner has everything under control
A trip home
Long views
Straight Roads
Sky view from horizon to horizon
Orion – cystal clear in the sky, from the middle of town. Love small town Kansas
Prayer Warrior Parents
Little boy bearing gifts
Anniversary Bibles (finally spent our ann. gift, Papa and Mama – love them, thank you!)
Package delivery pre-storm
Time with G’ma Smith for Elanor
Parenting growing pains
A warm house while the sleet comes down for hours
Icy Yew
Firewood… just in case
Safety for Dad S. and Lynn traveling to Hutch overnight
A tree felled in November that will not be falling in this ice
Big baby push ups

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