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One Thousand Gifts

I have not blogged these in two weeks, but my list in my journal has grown. So, here is the accumulation of almost two week's worth of gifts!

459. snow covered trees
460. big fluffy flakes
461.seeing the big, full moon rise
462. an unexpected show
463. finding a treadmill on craigslist
464. a surprisingly orderly home even though 2 boys have the stomach bug
465. a week in which we are forced to slow down due to illness
466. so many awesome runs on my new treadmill
467. fresh veggies, bowls full
468. having a heart ache for prphans and a strong desire to adopt
469. our warm comfy, blue, blanket
470. my comfy 147 Million Orphans shirt
471. warm fleece pj's
472. the Canticle of Simeon
473. boy rebuilding their fort
474. the laughter of my boys
475. a marathon training schedule, back on track
476. the belief that I can cover the distance again
477. yummy, crispy, gluten-free waffles
478. my little 3 yr old playing with a dinosaur
479. that same boy sitting  in Daddy's arms

7 Quick Takes

1. Our dog has gotten into the bad habit of circling the table once the boys are done with their meals.  And, she has been caught, putting her front feet on the table and grabbing food off! Today, my oldest left the lunch table before he was done and came back and his plate was empty . . . Rosie struck again.

2. Last night was the first meeting of a Women's Book Club at my house.  We are reading One Thousand Gifts.  I had read it before, but it is one of those books I could read again and again.  We had a great time and I loved hearing  other's insights on the book . . so much fun.

3. I am running a 1/2 marathon this Sunday.  Although I know I can transverse the distance, I am mentally NOT into this race at all and am really wondering why I signed up for it in the first place.

4. The Shamrock Marathon is in 49 days and I feel so unprepared.  I had hoped to go into my second marathon with more miles and more speed under my belt, but I do not think it is going to happen.  I hav…

Created for Care Fundraiser

I just wanted to share that Created for Care, a group that runs retreats for adoptive moms and is passionate about helping children throughout the world, is selling many items to defray costs for their retreats.  Here is a link to their store and here are some of teh items they are selling:

On Waiting

This past weekend we went to a book party for a priest friend who had his second book Living the Beatitudes:A Journey to Life in Christ published last fall.  The party was hosted by another Catholic author.  And, after the cake was cut and people were sitting quietly, the host of the party began to speak.  He began to talk about how great this book is and how insightful so much of it is.  Then he began to share quotes from it.  And I felt as if he chose two of them for me:

"Waiting is the training ground of trust."

"Beauty is the crescendo of waiting"
Now, although we have this book and my husband has read it, I have not (sorry, Fr. B).  But that night, I sat with the book while my hubby and I sat down to attempt to watch a movie and I scoured the book for the above quotes.  Too shy to ask the host for the pages for these quotes, I skimmed page by page until I found them.  And after I found the first quote, I was confronted with line after line about waiting.  I read…

Wordless Wednesday: My Epiphany present

So happy to have a treadmill at the house now!

One Thousand Gifts

440. playing times attack with my boy
441. the knocking sound of a large woodpecker
442. creating more practical space books ever present
444.fife and drum lessons
445. finding the perfect fife instructor for J
446. kind emails
447. light streaming on the kitchen table and fun with shadows
448. slowing down
449. sun shining
450. beautiful weather
451. the "chiks" of Team Tough Chik
452. little boy play
453. a January day that is too nice to be inside

454. guns and sneakers on a dirty floor
455. little hands holding crosses

456. muddy hands
457. the hospitality of a stranger
458. the beauty of unpacking Scripture

7 Quick Takes

1.  This week has been a rough school week.  Both the boys and I have had a hard time getting back on track after having a week off.  I am so glad to be back to our normal routine and will be happy when we have settled back in.

2. Gluten Free Experiment - I am almost done with my first week of going gluten free.  I thought I would crave bread this week, but I have not and it has been much easier than I thought.  I have also had virtually no sugar this week either.  Instead I have had yummy foods full of nutrients, color and flavor . . . all the natural kind.  I think avocados are becoming my guilty pleasure . . .

3. I have wanted to change how we eat, as a family for a while.  For the most part, we eat healthy foods, but we need to really make some more changes.  We are on our last two boxes of cereal and then no more cereal for the boys.  This week, I made other things for breakfast and then they were allowed to have cereal as a snack.  I started prepping them that that will not be …

I'm a Tough Chik!

I have gotten emails about it . . . seen other bloggers mentioned that they are a part of the team . . . checked it out myself and finally, last week, I decided to join this amazing team:

I am now a member of Team Tough Chik!
And I am excited!  I get to meet, encourage and hang out with some amazing runners and I get to help promote a great company with a great purpose in supporting women.

Keep on Counting . . .

Getting back to One Thousand Gifts . . .

This list is short and sweet as it is starting over, but counting on . . .

430.  "one man's trash . . . ": getting a needed item for our kitchen face lift to work
431. my gym membership
432. getting to run again
434. brothers who love each other so much
435. a fun New Year's Eve celebration
436. a great start to 2012
437. prayer with relatives
438. prayer with my hubby
439. following God's leading and learning to wait