Monday, January 23, 2012

:: Eucharisteo | 1st Edition ::

Several months ago, I began my counting journey - inspired by sweet Ann's book, I set out to find the things that make my heart thankful.  My list continued to grow and at The Relevant Conference, God blessed my heart even further by getting to hear this word-wielding warrior for His Truth and Love speak into the hearts of hundreds of women.  And so many things I "set out" to do...this numbering of gifts in my head and heart dwindled and eventually ceased.  Is there anything you can feel more guilty about than forgetting to give thanks to the One who has given you everything?
So, in this space, I'm re-committing...a start-over of sorts, although you can read my first 50 grace-moments here.  I'm joining in with the Joy Dare for 2012...I've got a little catch up work to do for January, but the idea is to count 3 gifts each day to reach the 1000 mark by the end of the year.  I've grabbed my journal, gmail, and Facebook Timeline to look back on the past few weeks and grab the small moments of joy for the first few days!

January 1-7, 2012
{3 things about yourself you are grateful for}
1 :: fingers that know the notes on steel and wood
2 :: a mind that finds joy and comfort in organizing
3 :: the ability to sleep anywhere, anytime...literally

{a gift outside, inside, on a plate}
4 :: the secret wonderland behind our home for walks with Auggie
5 :: lights in the window marking tradition and warmth
6 :: the combined fingerprints of this family of three to make a "tree" for a cookie plate

{3 lines you overheard that were graces} 
7 :: words from Kat to start the HelloMornings Challenge "Start Simple. Be Faithful. Rest in His Grace."
8 :: words from Meredith to the MLG contributors "You all are awesome. Seriously."
9 :: words from a sweet friend's little guy, "I finally saw Miss Alle at school.  Yeah, I made her day."

{one gift old, new, & blue} 
9 :: the handmade box from my great-grandmother that holds my "creative" things
10 :: a new ebook from Hayley, "The No Brainer Wardrobe" to help me get dressed in the morning
11 :: the eyes of this sweet little boy I get to love on every. single. day.

{something you're reading, you're making, you're seeing}
12 :: "Stepping Heavenward" - how many times will I get hit over the head with the similarities to my own life
13 :: my new endeavor into the "easy" scrapbooking world of ProjectLife
14 :: notes from friends to put together to thank our LifeGroup leaders for their friendship and hearts

{one thing in your bag, your fridge, your heart} 
15 :: three kinds of incredible chapstick for whatever mood I'm in for lip therapy
16 :: leftovers that speak of a quiet stove tonight
17 :: confirmation that our music is blessing and the direction we're supposed to step further into

{3 graces from people you love}
18 :: "right now you need to celebrate and dream together"
19 :: "That is awesome, babe"
20 :: "Wow. Blown away. seriously."

January 8-14, 2012

{light that caught you, a reflection that surprised you, a shadow that fell lovely}
21 :: soft glow from the baby monitor that lets me know he is sleeping soundly
22 :: squeels from "the cutest baby in the world" at his own image in the mirror
23 :: a quiet shadow of peace that fell with the whispers of our next season

{a gift in your hand, a gift you walked by, a gift you sat with}
24 :: my Auggie's hands as we practice walking across the room
25 :: clean, filtered water for my family in the Brita pitcher
26 :: the morning "pass off" talk with my Mom before work

{a gift that's sour, a gift that's sweet, a gift that's Just. Right.}
27 :: lemon juice squeezed into a yummy Italian dinner
28 :: the words to make the request to lead worship at next year's Relevant Conference official
29 :: open mouth, tongue hanging-out kisses from a boy who is learning how to love his mama

{3 yellow things that strike you as fresh mercy}
30 :: the warmth of sunshine after being cold too long
31 :: the mix of greys that have sparks of yellow in our bedroom
32 :: the soft glow of the light over the oven in the morning hours - a tradition passed down

{something above you, something below you, something beside you}
33 :: the patter of squirrel feet on our roof to give Auggie something to laugh about
34 :: a thrifted rug to make crawling easier on baby's little knees
35 :: this strong man to share each piece of life with

{3 sounds you hear}
36 :: banging from the little guy on his toy drums
37 :: rhythms from the big guy on his djembe
38 :: the stir of new melodies and lyrics in my creative-soul waiting to come out

{3 ways you glimpsed the startling grace of God}
39 :: a package on the doorstep full of DaySpring cards - I won!
40 :: sweet time with my new kindred spirit, Becky as she opens her home to Auggie and me on the long days
41 :: hours of giggles and memories shared with a sister I never had, Tara as we nursed her back to health with chocolate, Panera, coffee, and conversation

January 15-22, 2012

{one thing you wore, one thing you gave way, one thing you shared}
42 :: new grey sweater found at a consignment shop that fits perfectly
43 :: forgiveness to the worried woman when she bumped into our little guy
44 :: good food and conversation with Brenden after church

{3 ways you witnessed happiness today}
45 :: God's fingerprints all over our music to include making a way for us us to attend the Gateway conference
46 :: giggles from baby who discovers a new game with a sock
47 :: the realization that 10 months has passed with this sweet boy

{one gift that you made laugh, one gift that made you pray, one gift that made you quiet}
48 :: quiet confirmation in a simple magnet that N+A is the new direction for our music
49 :: editing a friend's adoption papers to help bring a new sweet one into their home soon
50 :: finding a kindred heart in the life circumstances and heart of Michelle

{3 gifts from God's Word}
51 :: promises that don't depend on my "works"
52 :: stories from The Jesus Storybook Bible to start getting the Word into my Auggie's heart
53 :: "while we were still sinners...he died for us."

{a grace in the kitchen, a grace in the weather, a grace that may never have been}
54 :: yummers cookies to share with friends at LifeGroup
55 :: the heaviest of the rain fell when we were inside, so baby didn't get wet
56 :: a quiet reflection that today was our 25 month anniversary

{3 gifts you saw only when you go close-up}
57 :: the accountability of my mama - not judgment, but simple loving words of truth being spoken into my heart
58 :: realizing that parents don't live forever makes you appreciate the now even more
59 :: complete insanity at grocery shopping with my Mom for two households with one cart...complete with dancing

{one thing in the sky, one thing from your memory, one thing that's ugly-beautiful}
60 :: stars that hum and sing praise to the King
61 :: mom humming bass/drum parts, dad blaring out the horn section, me singing guitar Chicago's 25 or 6 to 4
62 :: the quiet stillness of knowing how far I have to go and that I will get there

Are you doing the Joy Dare for 2012?  
Whether you are or not, I'd love to hear three small things you're thankful for today!  Care to share?


  1. I love the detail in your gifts!

  2. I made your list!!!!!

    (happy dance!!!!!)

    love you, lady!