Wednesday, October 17, 2012

{pretty, happy, funny, real}


{pretty}


The braids of my youngest sister, who held my sweetly braided daughter on a recent hay ride.  They took my breath away.

{happy}


Scrabble, Pandora, and my honey, by candlelight.  He always wins, and I never mind.

{funny}


This sweet local deer loves to visit our little neighborhood.  Here she is on the church lawn next door, wearing her red ribbon proudly, though if she knew it was to protect her from hunters, perhaps she would not look so serene.

{real}


This one is two-fold.  In my tiny (but cozy) (and dishwasher-less) kitchen, I place as many reminders as possible to be in the moment.  The print on the wall, the scriptures ever before me, and to the right out of sight is another framed print of the fruits of the Spirit.  Look a little closer and you'll also see...


...the counting of the gifts.  Ann's prompts make me work hard at finding the gifts as I stand there, hands plunged deep in suds, back aching as I shift my weight from side to side, a boy-man to my right emptying the dish drain and talking my ear off about electrons or his puppy or how he wants me to cut the sleeves off of the too-small camouflage shirt so he can complete his soldier outfit.
On second thought, perhaps it isn't so hard...
(Find Ann's gratitude calendar here?  And be prompted daily to count with us?)

round button chicken

10 fellow travelers shared:

kathi said...

contentment, indeed.

i've been hopeful you had a wonderful (last) friday!

Love,
kathi

Rayna@BrightCopperKettles said...

I love your kitchen space! I thought to myself, I need a window with a ledge over my sink, but if we made a hole over it, I'd be looking straight into the bathroom! Anyway, thank you for the inspiration. Maybe I'll build a shelf under the existing window (currently over the garbage can!).

*kate said...

I love how you have your gratitute list hung by the sink! What a wonderful idea, I think I'll be finding an extra hanger and a spot to hang it over our sink today... :)

Maddie said...

Hmm... I miss you guys! You had to let Kevin win, especially after the Dominion fiasco!

Linda said...

I'm counting too Elise, and I count you as one of my many blessings. Love the words and pictures. What beautiful girls.
Praying you are feeling better:)

Theresa said...

Lovely pictures! The braids are beautiful. I'm still an amateur with my daughters' hair. Working on it...

Cindi said...

you know Ruth Bell Graham talked about keeping her Bible open by her while she washed dishes! When I saw your picture that came to mind and I remembered doing the same because of her before we had a dishwasher.

Sarah said...

I also daily stand at a sink in a dishwasher-less kitchen. That time must be blessed, yes?

Martie said...

Glad to come and visit again. It's been so long since I was able. Thanks for your posts; and congratulations on your new baby. God is good.

Jenny said...

I love washing dishes by hand! Lots of good think time. It's probably up there with rocking babies to sleep. Treat yourself to a bottle of Mrs. Meyers dish soap. Do you have a Target nearby? It's like giving your dishes a bubble bath!

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