Day 16 ~ Three ways you witnessed happiness today

  • Crayons and pencils and papers strewn across the living room floor.
  • Our schnoodle dressed in a flowered t-shirt.
  • Mugs full of dad-made soup on the kitchen table.

Day 17 ~ One gift that made you laugh, one gift that made you pray, one gift that made you quiet

  • This wonderfully funny book.
  • The post-long weekend messy house and excited kids that I woke to.
  • My walk around the park – always quiet.

Day 18 ~ Three gifts from God’s Word

Day 19 ~ A grace in the kitchen, a grace in the weather, a grace that might never have been

  • Cheapest frozen pizzas and leftover dessert after a day full of hormones.
  • A sliver of flaming orange moon hiding behind skeleton trees as I wake up in the wee hours of the morning to pull blankets closer over children.
  • Three chocolate ice cream treats and one vanilla for happy kids – all because daddy was inspired to buy some coupons this fall and because momma had a rough morning and needed to get out.

Day 20 ~ Three gifts you saw only when you got close-up

  • Mary reading. . . with rings on her fingers (her brothers’ toys).
  • Ice cream sundaes. . .  chocolate and cream all mixing together.
  • Dark outside. . . but the roads look white, so I know that means a winter wonderland in the morning.

Day 21 ~ One thing in the sky, one thing from your memory, one thing that’s ugly-beautiful

  • Snow.
  • Gummy worms, bubble baths, and schnitzel – memories of a long, long-ago trip to Germany to visit my dad who was in the middle of an extended business trip.
  • The waking all through the night to tuck her back in again.

Day 22 ~ One grace wrinkled, one grace smoothed, one grace unfolded

  • The tired, happy laugh lines around my eyes.
  • His crazy bed-head before we rush out to church.
  • Pictures of “water-into-wine” brought back from children’s church.

And a few more:

  • Huddled on the blanket in front of a fire in a 57* living room, eating hot oatmeal swimming in too-cold milk – little girl stepping in older girl’s bowl. . .
  • Dead branches swaying in bitter wind, waiting to bear life in just a couple months – and they *will* be bearing life in just a couple months more. . .
  • A yard full of birds, even in winter. . .
  • Messy house after an enjoyably relaxing long weekend. . .
  • Bright lights on a gray day. . .
  • Cold and rain and general dreariness that makes me appreciate God’s blessings even more. . .
  • Three kids working so hard together to do chores and clean this house that formerly looked like it had vomited on itself. . .
  • Self-awareness – helps me calm down when I’m an anxious hormonal crazy-lady. . .
  • Chocolate, ice cream, peanut butter and fudge. . .
  • A husband who mops for me. . .
  • Quiet. . .
  • Being a woman and all the gore and emotional baggage and joy and small blessings that come with that God-decision. . .
  • Friendship. . .
  • The unconditional love of God and small children. . .
  • A day full of so much fellowship – what a blessing for my shy, introverted soul. . .
  • Twinkling stars in the night sky – they always always leave me more sure that God is awesome (I need to remember for those times when I find myself wondering and doubting: look at the stars; how could you doubt). . .
  • Dry wood crackling in the fire while tired kids sleep on upstairs. . .
  • Times of regrouping. . . 
  • A good cry. . .
  • Snuggled up together watching Fly Away Home. . .
  • Cheapest frozen pizzas and leftover dessert. . .
  • A small sliver of flaming orange moon hiding behind skeleton trees on the eastern horizon in the early hours of the morning. . .
  • White snow, rosy cheeks and big smiles. . .
  • “*I* love you, Mom.”. . .
  • Fels Naptha, washing soda, borax and lavender oil. . .
  • The spider family Mary drew and cut out and hung to our fridge door. . .
  • A day of rest. . .
  • Shared laughs around a table. . .
  • Kids in PJs out in public. . .
  • Talking things through. . .
  • God’s amazing grace. . .
  • God’s unconditional love. . .

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