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Sunday, April 15, 2018

April Blessings ~ Counting It All Joy! (Week Two)


April showers bring May flowers!
Each bloom a new birth
Waiting to spread her beauty
Ready to weave their rich color
Through the fabric of life
Hand woven through
The promise 
Of new beginnings
 Waiting to spread their aroma of life
Each strand of color
Richly hand picked
To tell a love story
Each their own
A story of life 
Rich in beauty
For all to behold
Uniquely made
One by one
A perfect bud 
Awaiting to share its rare beauty
A glance at the rich single blossom  
Brings an enchanted peace to the eye of the beholder
As it shares its rich rare beauty
Of color
Into the fabric of life
 Each single blossom
Brings sweet fragrant
New beginnings
Of life


April 8~ Good morning! It's travel day. Appears the Lord is blessing us with clear blue skies and sunshine. Thank you Jesus! Time for coffee, prayers, finishing packing and load the car to head to Central Oregon. Excited to see what blessings and treasures await me on my journey today to be thankful for. 
1. Morning coffee with Sherilynn Ganther,and Sally Mazza
2. The fireball in the sky and the beautiful blue sky, for the drive. 
3. Then a stop at Collier State Park and Logging Museum. 
4. Seeing the Williamson River and Spring Creek area at the Collier Logging Museum beautiful! 
5. Safe travels to Katherine Fischer Huston in Central Oregon. 
6. Beautiful dinner served when we arrived. Thank you Katherine, Mae Vasey Huston, Stan. 
7. Views on top of canyons at the Palisades. 
8. A drive the Cove and to Round Butte. 
9. A drive to Prineville Reservoir; absolutely amazing through the canyon. The Crooked River Forest and stops at Stillwater campsite. Also a stop at Castle Rock on the Crooked River just amazing beauty of God's creation. 
10. The wild deer feeding. 
11. Seeing the horses along the Crooked River. 
12. Laughter laughing so hard our sides hurt and tears coming down. 
13. Root beer milkshake 
14. God's peace and hand upon our journey today. 
Thank you Lord for this day amazing day stocked full of many gifts and treasures to be thankful for. Your blessings never ending. So grateful for all the many blessings listed and not listed. Thank you! Blessings

April 9~ Good morning from vacation home. Quiet morning, coffee, prayers. Slowly everyone starts moving. Good morning Sherilynn GantherSally MazzaKatherine Fischer Huston, Stan. Sun starts poking through giving way to beautiful mountain views. Breakfast with the ladies; then the day of adventures that await us can begun. As the day began there was already much to be thankful for, and I'm sure there will be many more as the day progresses. 
1. The still quiet of the morning as the day begins. 
2. Coffee next to the fireplace with amazing views to take in. 
3. A pancake breakfast with the ladies. 
4. A drive to Smith Rock. 
5. Finding even more trails that I want to do. 
6. The walk around the top of the Rim at Smith Rock to take in the view of Monkey face. 
7. The warmth of the day as the sun beat down and shined brightly, bringing hope of more to come. 
8. Dutch Brothers coffee. Thank you Katherine. 
9. La Pine State Park and the many sites found. 
10. Seeing the many turns and bends in the Deschutes River. 
11. Lunch in the car. 
12. Safe travels home before it was dark. 
13. Hot shower to wash the travel dust off. 
14. Money to pay my bills. 
15. Having a beautiful home to come home too. 
Thank you Lord for the many blessings of the day, spoken and unspoken. Thank you for another day filled with adventures that awaited me. Thank you for the many provisions provided to meet each and every need. Thank you waking me to the many gifts given. Blessings

April 10~ Early morning rise after a restless night. Good morning! So wish I could stay in bed and sleep. But must rise and shine to go create beauty today. First things first prayers and coffee. I'm sure there will be many graces and gifts to be thankful for today. 
1. Listening to the pidder padder of the rain dancing on my roof top. 
2. Windshield wipers 
3. Memories that carry me through the day with smiles, giggling at phone calls that made me blush. You are missed. Prayers of blessings where ever you are. 
4. Watching the sun push its way through the grey skies of rain. 
5. Having a house full of company. Love having you here Sally Mazza and Sherilynn Ganther
6. Having Swedish meatballs at IKEA. Great idea Sheri. 
7. Got my exercise walking Ikea today. Lots of ideas for design and decor. 
8. Groceries bought 
9. Seeing my granddaughter Sara Harris graduation photo. So beautiful and so proud of her. May 31st another grandchild embarks into a new chapter of her life. Congratulations Sara! 
10. Getting light bulb changed over bar counter. Always good to have some light. 
Another day to thank you Lord for waking me to the blessings and opportunities that await me. Blessings

April 11~ Ummm.....I hear bells! That's weird! Well....Good morning! So much for my idea of sleeping in. Though the bells sure do sound pretty. Wonder where they are coming from. Good morning Sherilynn Ganther and Sally Mazza. We can be the "Golden Girls". Today has started and with that a gift of waking up to a household of friends. Looking forward to the many other gifts and blessings of the day to be thankful for. 
1. Coffee with the ladies. 
2. Some light house keeping. (Darn housekeeper never shows up! Then I'm left to do this job. I think I need to fire her.) 
3. Preparation for my luncheon with the ladies. Having food in my cupboards. 
4. Lunch with Geo Sutter, Sheri, and Sally. Love having you ladies over. Thank you Geo for salad and dessert. 
5. That I didn't have to drive today. Thank you Sheri. 
6. Finding Sara's graduation gift today. So excited! 
7. Finding a pretty Spring sweater for $9. 
8. Preparing for a dinner gathering. Love having guest over. 
9. Dinner with Mary McCormick Loomis, Sheri, and Sally. Glad to have an extra bag if salad and the dessert left from lunch. Thank you Geo! 
10. A dishwasher. It got a workout today. Two loads of dishes washed and put away. 
11. Got two loads of laundry washed, folded and put away. Its been a full day. 
12. Loved hosting today at my home and having friends over for both lunch and dinner. 
13. A beautiful day filled with many gifts and graces thank you Lord! 
Thank you Jesus for another day filled with friends, love and your amazing grace. Blessings

April 12~ Awwww.....slept in a bit this morning. Sweetness! Good morning! Yet another day were old man Winter has a grip on Spring and is holding that yellow ball of fire hostage. Seems he is refusing to let go and give in to Spring. Rain showers and grey skies. So today I will just stay inside and find my many blessings to count and be thankful for. 
1. Sleeping past 8 is always a welcomed gift. 
2. Morning coffee with the ladies Sally Mazza andSherilynn Ganther. Fun having house guest. 
3. Watching old Spaghetti Westerns on TV. 
4. Sally made a yummy breakfast casserole for a mid morning breakfast with orange juice. 
5. A walk up to the mailbox and back between rain showers.
 6. Finding beautiful blooms in the neighborhood to enjoy as I walked to mailbox and back. 
7. Playing Tri-Ominos with Sheri and Sally this afternoon. Glad we weren't keeping score. 
8. The yummy beef stroganoff and broccoli with cheese for dinner. Thank you Sally! 
9. Phone call from Denise. Great catching up with her. Look forward to the future meeting up with you. 
10. Thank you Sheri for cleaning up kitchen. 
11. The quiet and the R&R of the day. 
Thank you Lord for this day of simple pleasures with friends and the R&R. Blessings

April 13~ Good morning Friday the 13th! I'm ready to rock this day. Always have a great time on Friday the 13th! Only great things happen! BOO! Don't look so scared. It's only a day and a will be okay. See my day is starting off wonderful already. I got to sleep in past 8 once again. I have woke up to a house full of friends and morning coffee. Prespective, prespective, prespective! Good morning Sherilynn Ganther and Sally Mazza! I'm sure this day is going to be filled with many wonderful things to be thankful for. 
1. Banana cream pie for breakfast with my coffee. 
2. Getting my banking done. Car and mortgage payment payed! 
3. Loved my leftovers for lunch today. Beef stroganoff best especially for lunch. Thank you Sally. 
4. Seeing my refrigerator so full of yummy home meals and goodies. It's amazing what happens when cooking is done. 
5. Safe travels to my sister's. 
6. Seeing blue skies and the sun peeking out and shining smiles of brilliant light upon the afternoon and early evening sky. 
7. Dinner with the family. Thank you Christine Good, Rosie,Jennifer Merritt-Estep
8. Rocky road ice cream 
9. Seeing my niece Corie Coggins, and my great nephew's Daniel and Gary. 
10. Good seeing the rest of the family as well Brandy Estep, Dave, and Gary Pilcher
11. Playing Farkle with my family. 
12. The laughter and love that fills this home and my heart. 
13. Coconut chips! Who knew!?! Yummy! I would say that was the biggest surprise of the day. 
Thank you Lord for this day and the many blessings found scattered throughout the day. The gift of waking up to Friday the 13th as we run into the weekend. I so enjoy all you have given me and all the provisions and protection, thank you Lord! Blessings

April 14~ Good morning! Waking at sister's in the recliner to kitty's pouncing on my lap wanting love. Little people, family, friends, lot's of fur babies to bring good morning smiles and the song of love to my heart. Being surrounded by those you love brings huge joys of happiness and much to be thankful for. Just the opening of the day and my heart is already full. Today's thankfuls will be bountiful. 
1. Morning coffee with family and friends. 
2. Christine Good egg scramble for breakfast. Not bad. And if you know me I'm not a huge egg fan. 
3. Morning walk with Chris,Jennifer Merritt-EstepSherilynn GantherSally Mazza through the neighborhood in The Dalles. 
4. Adding flowers to my photo collection. My flower garden in photos is growing in leaps and bounds. 
5. A beautiful drive through the The Dalles and another stop at St. Peter's Church. Loved going up to the balcony and looking at the pipe organ. Just beautiful! 
6. Having lunch at "Big Jim's". Yummy hamburger and fries. 
7. Wonderful dinner with family. Thank you Chris and Jen. 
8. An evening out with my sister Chris, Jen, Sally, and Sheri. So much fun. Meeting up with Lori Wageman and Gary. 
9. Playing several games of pool. Lost a few and won the final game. So excited! 
10. Getting to dance or should I say moving my body. 
11. Eating rocky road ice cream after dancing this evening. 
Thank you Lord for filling my day with many beautiful gifts and blessings sprinkled through the day. Blessings

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April Blessings ~ Counting It All Joy! (Week one)


April showers bring May flowers!
Each bloom a new birth
Waiting to spread her beauty
Ready to weave their rich color
Through the fabric of life
Hand woven through
The promise 
Of new beginnings
 Waiting to spread their aroma of life
Each strand of color
Richly hand picked
To tell a love story
Each their own
A story of life 
Rich in beauty
For all to behold
Uniquely made
One by one
A perfect bud 
Awaiting to share its rare beauty
A glance at the rich single blossom  
Brings an enchanted peace to the eye of the beholder
As it shares its rich rare beauty
Of color
Into the fabric of life
 Each single blossom
Brings sweet fragrant
New beginnings
Of life


April 1~ Good morning April showers! Happy Easter! He has risen! No April fool's joke about it! Excited to see what the April showers will bring. Today's gifts await for me, which will bring many thankfuls my way. 
1. A breakfast date. 
2. Seeing an old friend that made me smile. 
3. Getting to see Marshall and his wagging tail. Miss seeing that dog. 
4. Hidden key inside my keyless remote. I had no idea! 
5. That my Savior has risen! He has conquered death that we might have eternal life. 
6. Popcorn 7. Watching a great classic movie " Easter Parade". 
7. Getting laundry done. 
8. Feet propped up and resting. 
9. Spring colors. 
10. Seeing all the beautiful photos of the celebration of Easter. Thank you for sharing with me. Brings joy to my heart. 
Thank you Lord for waking me to a new day, new month and celebrations to be thankful for. Blessings

April 2~ Good morning Monday! Time to rise and shine and find the sunshine in the grey skies. New week new possibilities and opportunities filled with adventures awaiting to be enjoyed. First coffee and prayers to get this day started as I venture out finding all the gifts given to be thankful for. 
1. A song sent to start the new day and week. Perfect! Thank you! 
2. Morning appointment proofs to be a Monday. But is successful and life is good. 
3. Went to Nissan and got my key less remotes for car fixed. Laughing so hard! A blonde moment.....who knew!??! I needed to replace the batteries. And not to costly for two of them. Praise God! Something so simple. Now my car will open and lock with no problems and I wont go into a panic attack. 
4. Falling asleep mid morning. Must be nap time. So glad I could take a nap today. 
5. Friends that check in on me. 
6. Homemade yummy steak soup. Lunch and dinner. Tummy full and insides warmed. Taste buds are happy from the flavorful three bowls of yummy soup today. 
7. Helpful credit card lady today that made paying a bill a little less painful. 
8. Finding a pair shoes to wear with my jeans. 
9. A walk to the mail box in the afternoon sunshine and back. 
10. Seeing all the pretty Spring blooms. 
Thank you Lord for this day of quiet rest. The simple everyday blessings of daily living and finding your grace and provision in the journey of just living life. Thank you! Blessings

April 3~ Good Morning! Wondering who has stolen the Yellow fire ball in the sky! Or has someone confused the seasons! Has the ransom fees not been paid? Not sure what is going on here. And the worst part is I'm COLD! Feels like I should be wrapped up for Winter instead of Spring. Think I could stay in my warm cozy bed all day. But I must rise and shine and find the sunshine in the day. First I will get that pot of coffee going. I will need that to warm my insides this morning. Then I will get this day on track and find some wonderful treasures in the day to be thankful for. As I'm sure the day will be stocked full of them; as it usually is. 
1. A wonderful surprise this morning. A houseful of guest for coffee. Good morning Sherilynn Ganther, David, and Geo Sutter. What a wonderful pleasant surprise. 
2. Being able to help a friend get some things to the dump. That was an interesting experience. Who knew I could load my car that why! 
3. A delightful lunch with friends. Thank you! 
4. A wonderful neighborhood discovery. A park with a hidden nature trail, with a creek, and a golf course next to it. 
5. Loved the old Magnolia tree found in Wood Village. 
6. Discovering how truly blessed I am and how much the Lord stretches my fiances so I am able to have fun. It is a miracle every month. I'm in shock! Thank you Lord! Amazing! 
7. Ice cream to top off the walk today. 
8. Getting a surprise Mary Kay order. 
9. That I didn't have to bring up the garbage cans today. Thank you David for doing that for me. 
10. Nail files! Yes.....because I'm forever breaking my nails and needing to file them. So very grateful for the nail file. 
Yes Lord once again I wasn't disappointed in my day. I think there was plenty of surprises laced throughout the whole day big and small ones. You never cease to amaze me with all of the generous and beautiful gifts you have waiting for me each and everyday. Thank you for the gift of yet another day to rejoice in and be thankful for. Blessings

April 4~ Early Good morning! Still searching for Spring and the yellow fire ball in the sky. Finding grey skies, some liquid sunshine that brings those May flowers. Feeling a little lost and cheated. Who is holding my fire ball hostage? time to I need to get ready to go create a beautiful smile of beauty; that will bring sunshine into this grey gloomy day. Then it will be time to see what treasures can be found. Maybe the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, and many gifts to be thankful for today. 
1. For my coffee and prayer time. 
2. The drive to Oregon City on the old river road even on a grey gloomy day. It holds a mystic beauty that brings peace to my soul. 
3. Good Will finds. Little gems hidden in someone's donations. And getting my senior discount. 
4. Off to rotate tires. The smiles and humor in the service techs bring comfortablity, genuine trust, and integrity. Easy to do busy with those that listen as well as answer your questions honestly without feeling pressured. 
5. Referred to a yummy restaurant for lunch. Sherilynn Ganther and I went to the "Brickyard Public House" great food! Wings were excellent. Service outstanding. Thank you Doug from Firestone for the referral. And thank you Sheri. 
6. Walk around the strip mall waiting on the car. 
7. My unexpected walk with breaking glimpses of sun shine breaking through grey skies, escaping the Winter grip. 
8. Cream puffs 
9. Seeing Katherine Fischer Huston and her dad before heading back over the mountain. 
10. Sitting relaxing and watching "Restore". 
Thank you Lord for for all the blessings laced through the day to bring me smiles, laughter and joy. For another day to see your glorious hand upon my life. Thank you! Blessings

April 5~ Good morning! It appears old man Winter refuses to let loose his grip on the fire ball in the sky. Seems he is refusing all hostage fees. So the grey gloomy rainy sky is bringing our liquid sunshine today. It is the order of the day apparently. So it seems we must except this liquid sunshine for now. Time to get ready for my road trip. Looks like a rainy drive ahead of me; though I'm sure I will find plenty of gifts and treasures along the way to be thankful for. 
1. Finding the perfect tops to pack for my trip. 
2. Lots of coffee 
3. The rain that keeps everything green and lush.
 4. The tear drops that cleanse the soul, even when you don't understand. 
5. Watching some the Master's today with Sherilynn Ganther and David. 
6. Seeing the wild horses in the fields as we drove to Culver.
 7. Arriving safely at the vacation home. 
8. A walk along the canal with Katherine Fischer Huston and Sheri. 
9. A relaxing evening painting rocks. 
10. Learning more about oils and oil therapy. Thinking I need to check into this more. 
11. Cozy comfy jammies. 
12 Great hospitality 
13. The lights of Madras that shine brightly across the evening sky. 
Lord thank you for this day that you have gifted me with. For every need and provision being meet. Feeling at rest in your loving arms. Thank you! Blessings

April 6~ Waking up at vacation. Good morning! Beautiful morning views of beauty and peace. Good morning Sherilynn GantherKatherine Fischer HustonMae Vasey Huston, and Stan. Thank you! Morning coffee, and time to get packed and on the road and find the many gifts of the day to be thankful for. 
1. The early morning rainbow of God's rich promises. 
2. Breakfast with Sheri and Katherine. Thank you! 
3. The sun playing peek-a-boo until we hit La Pine when old man Winter hit with a nasty rain storm. 
4. For safe travels into Klamath Falls even in the nasty rain storm. 
5. The joy of giving painted rocks to Sally Mazza. And then watching her and saying and I'm taking this one. It was cute! Who knew painted rocks could bring so much joy. 
6. For the gift of my coffee cup and painted rock. 
7. Coffee and peach pie in Chemult. Very yummy! 
8. Good home cook dinner. Fried chicken, potatoes salad, green beans. Thank you Sally! Yummy in my tummy! 
9. Laughter the best medicine. 
10. Toothpicks 
Thank you Lord for this day and the many blessings you provide each and everyday. Blessings

April 7~ Good morning from Klamath Falls, Oregon. Waking at Sally Mazza home. There is sunshine poking through the clouds. So nice to see the sunshine. Slow start to the day with lots of coffee. It's going to be fun finding all the gifts to be thankful for today. 
1. Playtime with Layton. What a sweet little boy, full of energy.
 2. Lots of coffee drank from my new coffee cup that Sally gave me. 
3. Taking photos of all the pretty flowers in Albertsons today. 
4. Going for a walk in a few parks today with Sherilynn Ganther and Sally looking for painted rocks. 
5. Happy and extremely thankful for the hoodie on my down coat today. As the winds were brutal and cold especially down by the water, had a great time though.
 6. Watching cake decorating with Sally and Sheri. Amazing cakes! 
7. Hiding a rock for Katherine Fischer Huston and soon after as I was rock hunting saw the lady find the rock. It was so cool! She was so very excited. 
8. Having dinner at Jalapenos Mexican restaurant with Sally and Sheri so very yummy thank you! 
9. Being able to thank some of our servicemen for their service to our country. Thank you so very much! 
10. Getting some laundry done before hitting the road and traveling towards home once again. 
11. Spending time with friends. 
12. Having friends that enjoy doing life with you. 
Thank you Lord for this day and the blessings you have filled my day with. Each day a new adventure with gifts and treasures to fill my cup to over flowing. So much to be grateful for. Thank you! Blessings