Monday, October 10, 2011

1000 Gifts: Celebrations all around

October is turning out to be a busy  month for us.  The first weekend I was sent away to a beach house by my sweet husband for sometime with some gals on the Atlantic Coast.  I had some time to think, relax, and breathe. This weekend we celebrated the first of two birthdays in our household.  Next weekend we celebrate another.   With the business of fall in full swing I take time to give thanks... remembering that what I truly have is nothing.... it all comes from His hand.  Thank You, Father....


my husband sending me away for some time to breathe
boys' sleeping bags on the floor for a weekend campout at home
mantown weekend at home with dad
sharing a coastal beach house with the girls
late night chats
sleeping in until 8
staying in pajamas until early afternoon just talking
the quiet of the morning to read a good book
a lighthouse standing tall above the treeline to show the way
the sun's explosions of light from behind shade of gray
clouds dotting the blue sky
newlywed pictures at a resort
the feel of warm sand between my toes
the crashing waves
Duck Donuts
bringing prizes home for my little ones
a new kite
having no real schedule
feeling refreshed and restored
coming home to "Mommy! We missed you!"
a 7 year old's wisdom that the waves bow down to their Maker
celebrating the first 365 days of our wee one
bright blue eyes
a smile with only eight teeth
friends and family who join the celebration
the first feel of cake between the fingers
the blessings of gifts
the gifts of blessings
birthday song phone calls from far away :)
a park to play, run, jump, and climb 
coming home for a quick dinner and a warm tub
pajama comfort
rocking my littlest to sleep 
remembering the needed pain that brought him into the world
prayers and hope for his future
the feel of his little muscles relaxing into sleep
slow steady breath sounds

so thankful for all that God has done!  

Sunday, October 9, 2011


Today we celebrate the first 365 days of our littlest man.  As I type this I remember the doctor and nurses, the hospital room, the pain... but none of it compares to the sweet joy of having our sweet one in our lives.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  New pink skin, alert eyes, all wrapped up burrito style.   

Happy FIRST Birthday to my sweet little man.  I am so excited to see how God grows you in this next year.  Your life is a gift to us.  You were the best surprise yet!  We love you!