Monday, March 28, 2011

Of crayons and a good night's sleep

I love how God takes the ordinary and fills up all the little nooks and crannies with all manner of GOOD. 

As is almost always the case (when I stop long enough to notice), I am amazed and astounded and terribly thankful for all He is doing to fill my life with color!

(A thousand Gifts #389-424)

a bowl full of crayons and a stack of clean construction paper, and newly-created pictures on my fridge...and the precious way she says "pik-ture."

smelling the wood while smoothing the paper onto clean cabinets...finding the bottom of a box, and the sound of the tape coming off, and breaking it down before tossing outside...finding that one tiny piece of the floor from underneath all the boxes

the flash of excitement when discovering snow on the porch, and the happy-happy of stepping outside to a warm spring day, and the smell of that first time the lawn is mowed...driving in the car with the windows open

my grandson all tucked into his clean jammies, and the smell of his head and the smile on his face, and the chubby little legs that get stuck in his bumbo...and the way he scrunches his blankie up against his face

watching the patience my daughter has with her children and watching the patience my son has with his family, and watching my other daughter and son love them all.

amelia's lemon tea and diet dr pepper and coke zero and chili's chips & salsa...and a bag lunch dropped at my door by my mom just because I'm tired

our first sleepover with just the two of us and sleeping all night long, and first-thing-in-the-morning snuggles, and successful  trips to the potty...and milk in sippy cups

quiet times to pray and read and reflect, and a two-hour drive with a new cd, and singing at the top of my lungs because Jesus likes my voice...and that occasional car dance for emphasis

sleeping and waking with the certainty that God loves me regardless of whether I'm at all lovable...because He is love.

and in my opinion, that's pretty much everything :)

Happy Monday!


Josh and Kelly said...

family. such a gift! and snuggles, and successful potty trips! you are certainly blessed :)

Renee said...

Yes I am, Kelly :) Being a grandma is is just JOY all the time! Have a great week :)

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

I just love the singing in the car at the top of your lungs because Jesus likes yur voice! I thought I was the only one who did that. Isn't it great ---- almost as good as singing in the shower! Such a great list today. Thanks for that!

Kay K said...

Wonderful blessings .....thanks for sharing

Renee said...

Hi Cora!! That loud singing is about as good as it gets, isn't it ;) Hope you're doing well!

Thanks Kay - and thanks for visiting :)

Melissa, Multi-Tasking Mama said...

I love chubby baby legs in a bumbo seat! That visual made me smile...great list!

Renee said...

Thanks Melissa - there's nothing quite like those little 4-month-old legs :) Thanks for dropping by!

Joy said...

Awww.... I love the smell of a freshly-bathed baby's head. So sweet.

Renee said...

The sweetest! Thanks for visiting - and taking the time to comment, Joy :) Have a great day!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Love your list! Nothing like a bowl full of crayons waiting to be used! Such wonderful children you have, wonderful and patient! Love snuggles! Yay for singing at the top of your lungs! :)

Renee said...

Thanks Jennifer. Isn't even the smell of a new crayon a wondrous thing? These children are downright exquisite, in my humble opinion :) But it is much easier to be patient when they are your grandchildren and it's all about the enjoying :)

Here's hoping you get to do some singing yourself today!

Craig said...

Here it is, Sunday morning and I’m still reading thank you lists. Seems the more thanks I read – the more thankful I get. And today you remind me again that I only really see the goodness of God all around me – if I look. Thank you.

And I always pick a favorite from the list, today my favorite from yours was, sleeping and waking with the certainty that God loves me regardless of whether I'm at all lovable...because He is love. (because I heart all things LOVE, because this is so true – he doesn’t love us because we’re lovable – but because He is love.) {smile}

Thank you for this, and God Bless and keep you and your family

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