When it comes to life
the critical thing is whether you
take things for granted
or take them with gratitude.

G. K. Chesterton

Joining the joy counters . . .

76. a teacher librarian’s dream – kids with books

 I’m grinning!

(HT – Mental Multivitamin)


78.  babies in the balcony (Sunday morning service)

79. a little blond boy running to me to show off his striped tie (Sunday morning service)

80. my own little boy memories – smiling thinking about them

81. Mom memories – almost 19 years and still a sweet pang of missing

82. sunshine on a Monday morning

83. words from a dear friend – I look forward to a long conversation with her someday.

Do Thou for me, O God the Lord
Do Thou for me
I need not toil to find the word
That carefully
Unfolds my prayer and offers it,
My God to Thee

It is enough that Thou wilt do
And wilt not tire,
Wilt lead by cloud, all the night through
By light of fire
Till Thou has perfected in me
Thy heart’s desire

(and a special comfort to a mother’s heart)

For my beloved I will not fear
Love knows how to do
For him, for her, from year to year
As hitherto
Whom my heart cherishes are dear
To Thy heart too.

O blessed be the love that bears
The burden now
The love that frames our very prayers
Well knowing how
To coin our gold, O God the Lord
Do Thou, Do Thou.

Amy Carmichael – Toward Jerusalem

84. a contented pastor husband on a Monday morning with a “head filled with happy thoughts”

85. Spring-time coming

86. Crocus shoots (brave or foolish?) – at the beginning of March.

87. Indoor blooming

88. March – birthday month for a sweet boy and his mama

89. March – patches of bare ground showing through

90. March – outside without a winter coat

91. March – wood left in the woodpile

92. March – the call of wild geese returning

93. March – garden dreaming

94. music ~ girl at piano

95. guitar playing boys

96. harmonies – a live clip of the boys’ band.

97. the sea





A good beginning.

with love

and gratitude

for you

on Monday


every day,

3 thoughts on “of gifts and gratitude

  1. Jerri says:

    I love that quote from Chesterton! Also, enjoyed the beach photos and the tulip photo!


  2. ellen b says:

    So many wonderful things to be thankful for. Loved those beach photos! Amazing. The video was a lot of fun!


  3. laura says:

    Such beautiful gifts to give a grateful heart for. So lovely. Indeed.


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