"...it seems like that's what God is saying to us, over and over. 'What can I do today to remind you again how good this life is? You think the color of the sky is good now, wait till sunset. You think oranges are good? Try a tangerine.' He's a crazy delightful mad scientist and keeps coming back from the lab with great, unbelievable new things, and it's a gift. It's a gift to be a part of it."
--Shauna Niequist, Cold Tangerines (234)
Still counting gifts this week, thanking God for...
5503. Jude sitting at the front door in a toddler-sized rocking chair, watching the hard rain
5504. His extreme patience
5505. the fact that even though our tomato plants look dead, they are still somehow producing fruit
5506. health insurance with free well visits
5507. healthy, strong, growing boys
5508. Elijah's best bud bringing him a birthday gift
5509. grace to clean up puke
5510. Ed Welch's biblical wisdom and practical, encouraging insights
5511. late night writing time
5512. illness surprisingly short-lived
5513. 65 degree mornings! in August! in Tennessee!
5514. friends' testimonies of His faithfulness
5515. plane tickets I was watching came back down $100!
5516. Jude and Elijah dancing with each other while Steve and I practiced
5517. a zoo date with Elijah
5518. giant tortoises
5520. ice cream cones
His mercy and grace toward disappointing people like me
5522. the physical strength to work and play
5523. a new photo of my Compassion-sponsored child (who's hardly a child anymore!)
5524. my own thyme and basil right outside my front door
5525. the ability to satisfy my boys' bottomless bellies when they're in growth spurts
5526. His compassion, so utterly beyond what I show to my children
5527. momentum, ideas, passion, plans
5528. this sweet, silly face