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  • Thankfulness: the doorway

    On Monday, May 07 th, 2007

    “Thankfulness is a secret passageway into a room you can’t find any other way. It is the wardrobe into Narnia. It allows us to discover the rest of God—those dimensions of God’s world, God’s presence, God’s character that are hidden, always, from the thankless. Ingratitude is an eye disease every bit as much as a heart disease. It sees only flaws, scar...

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  • Grateful

    On Thursday, April 26 th, 2007

    “In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”–Dietrich Bonhoeffer 788. Breezes blowing long strands of hair789. The blaze of crocuses790. The tickle of little seeds in hand’s palm791. The smell of earth, dark and loamy 792. Long conversations with husband o...

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  • Unframed Art

    On Tuesday, April 10 th, 2007

    After our wedding, we carefully took up the white envelopes with notes of blessing and kind monetary gifts, and invested in what we thought mattered, and what we might never purchase again: a good mattress, and three pieces of art. We bought crisp new sheets for the mattress. And frames for the art: fine matting with a complimenting frame. For, so I thought, all true art warr...

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  • Beautiful, Everyday Gifts

    On Thursday, March 22 nd, 2007

    “The true way to live is to enjoy every moment as it passes, and surely it is in the everyday things around us that the beauty of life lies.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder 741. Lengthening days, light still at dinner742. Homemade, all-year-round Valentines743. Splatterware744. The blue of snow at winter’s grey twilight745. “This hope is a strong and trustworthy anc...

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  • Too Much

    On Tuesday, March 20 th, 2007

    I am looking for little things: Dabs of snow tissue comforting window panes in howling winds The blue of the snow as it meets the twilit grey sky Soap suds, warm and frothy, licking fingersThe shine of pots, reflected in bubblesDrip, drip, dripping of snow melting on eaves The dance of flames in the hearth.The whistle of the kettle,Wrapping hands around warm mug. Day ending in ...

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  • I know

    On Tuesday, January 30 th, 2007

    This has been one of our Morning Gathering poems this past week. The line keeps lilting softly throughout my hours: “Who kissed you through the dark, dear guesser?”I don’t have to guess. I know His name. Just as He knows mine. And ‘His embrace slides down by thrills, through all things made.’ So I keep writing the 1000 gifts list… and may nev...

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  • He is Near: Give Thanks

    On Monday, January 29 th, 2007

    “We give thanks because You are near.” ~ Psalm 75:1 741.the cool of Gatorade on parched throats742. Tylenol to douse fever’s flames743. Crisp sheets sliding over aching bones744. Soft mattress, pile of pillows 745. Hot,deep baths746. Hope: “Mama’s sick, Shalom. I will hold you. Let’s go get a cracker.”747. Freezer full of easy applesauce for sensitive tummies ...

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  • Gift List: A Way of Seeing

    On Saturday, January 13 th, 2007

    Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. ~Leo Tolstoy 711. That Kai and Shalom always hold hands when they sit side by side in the van712. family day trips—we are all together out exploring!713. when Darryl shows me the way the tiles run in the fields we drive past714. boys lined up, flexing muscles, to see if they can beat Dad in an arm w...

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  • Heart Warmers

    On Wednesday, December 27 th, 2006

    Sewing up corn warmers this afternoon, and smiling with gratitude for the gifts: 701. Hope reading Dr. Seuss stories to Shalom in the rocker until she fell asleep (one less little set of fingers to touch sewing machine buttons) 702. Caleb carrying in a pail of corn from the bin 703. Hope carefully filling bags full of corn 704. Levi’s lips pursed in concentration as h...

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  • Gift Day: The Giver is Greater

    On Monday, December 25 th, 2006

    I bow down… and worship the King. For the Giver is greater than the sum of all His gifts. 589 the way a child cleans out the last of the bowl590 the feel of Darryl’s hair between my fingers as I stroke away the day’s stress591 working as a team with Darryl to accomplish a task592 rocking a sick big child on my lap—to hold them as they are little for while again593 ...

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  • Grumble to Gratitude

    On Friday, December 15 th, 2006

    God uses the the stories that are slipped into my inbox to teach me much… like this one. So much wisdom. Dear Ann,I found your blog a month or so ago and accepted the challenge to log 1000 gifts. I’m up to 741! After the first hundred or so, I wondered what I’d gotten myself into. However, as the days go by, I find myself mentally keeping track of the gifts so I can ...

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  • The Feast

    On Wednesday, December 13 th, 2006

    For, after all, put it as we may to ourselves,we are all of usfrom birth to death guests at a table which we did not spread.The sun, the earth, love, friends,our very breathare parts of the banquet….Shall we think of the day as a chance to come nearer to our Host,and to find out something of Himwho has fed us so long?~Rebecca Harding Davis457. brown eggs fresh from the f...

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