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Gratitude: A Fresh Re-start


In my first post of the year I mentioned that I was going to get back to gratitude listing here again. I am starting afresh with a clean slate.

  • A house to live in
  • With heat that works
  • Laughing hard, so much so that my face hurt, with Trisha and Beverly
  • Bryant fixes lunch, such a huge help
  • Hoar frost
  • She has her diploma in hand, “graduating” a semester ahead of time
  • Pastor T. W. helping to process her diploma faster than usual
  • Hot water
  • Face-timing the Messersmiths
  • PVBC taking on the Messersmiths as their missionaries, such a huge blessing on so many levels
  • Two full double rainbows in the sky on the same day


  • Brilliant blue sky contrasted against the dark storm clouds that were rolling through fast


  • Driver’s ed… FINALLY.
  • Trisha pegs me hard in the face, between the eyes, with a hackysak ball…
  • …and we laugh long and hard about it.
  • Listening to father explain to growing tall son – the ins and outs of shaving
  • The grass is still green and it is January
  • All four kids hanging out in the kitchen, laughing and singing and quoting lines
  • Mango has blond eyelashes
  • They invite me over to chat, they know I’ve had an emotionally hard day
  • Elizabeth tagging me in a post about friendship, that no matter how long good friends are apart, it is as if no time has passed when they do get together again. So incredibly blessed that God preserved this friendship.


  • Barb, continues to encourage me to pursue my art
  • Shelter from the howling wind
  • Mango lays on the landing waiting for sleepy heads to come down and play


  • Finding mouse turds on my drawing table leads me to cleaning it off so I can finally use it


  • When it is only 12 degrees Fahrenheit, the heat pump is keeping the house warm
  • Jason’s aunt finds my son’s Bible at her church, it has been missing for years, lost at a tent revival apparently
  • M asks me to design some custom art for her…
  • …she is ever encouraging me forward
  • A sits and folds clothes with me, “to help Mom”
  • He asks for a haircut and we chat, mom and son
  • B tells me my soup is his favorite
  • Reading The Chronicles of Narnia aloud to the kids…
  • …as they are all snuggled up close around me
  • The puffed out white chest of the red-tailed hawk, observing the traffic from his perch next to the roadway
  • God provides for her spring semester of college…
  • … and the downpayment for a new laptop
  • Spending time with Dawn, each of us working on separate projects…
  • … the friendship that is at ease and where silence isn’t awkward at all
  • SNOW!!!  (more than two feet worth)
  • New friends who show up to help dig you out
  • Bryant was home to enjoy it, being snowed in together providing special family time
  • Bright blue sky with lots of sunshine
  • Several offers to drive him to work when the cars were still buried under snow
  • He is able to make it to work – on time
  • Good friends who pray
  • Mango is a very happy snow-dog
  • Blue jay



  • Brilliant red cardinals


  • Sparrows with “yellow eye shadow”


  • Brown birds with striped bellies
  • Dark gray birds that look as if they’ve been dipped in white paint


  • Snuggling on the love seat with my girls
  • Kids who enjoy doing art projects at birthday parties
  • She realizes she said something she shouldn’t have and has the courage to face it and apologize
  • She listens to my ranting and casts no judgment
  • They bless me with time to blog uninterrupted


In the future, it is my hope, to post this listing at the end of each month.

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  • LisaFebruary 4, 2016 - 10:54 AM

    I like this on so many levels! Missing you!😘ReplyCancel

    • SharonFebruary 4, 2016 - 6:30 PM

      I miss you terribly and can’t wait to have you here again… on so many levels.ReplyCancel

  • MarkeneFebruary 8, 2016 - 10:00 AM

    So good to see your beautiful photographs and see you “praise recording” all the goodness of the Lord! Glad you had the uninterrupted time:)ReplyCancel

    • SharonFebruary 10, 2016 - 9:04 AM

      Thanks! Having 3 hours of uninterrupted time to blog is definitely a blessing. Too bad it ends this week.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneFebruary 22, 2016 - 2:11 PM

    What a wonderful walk through God’s blessings. Thank you for sharing. Listening to you has brought me to tears twice this month friend. So thankful for your tender and artistic heart.ReplyCancel

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