So it has been since APRIL! ...April, ya'll - since I have done a Counting Gifts post and I have to be honest with you... life got busy, and good, and hard, and I fell back out of the practice of daily writing them down. I would remember to count the blessings, one by one - but I skipped out on the writing them down on paper part. I forgot about the spelling them out and how it makes you reflect back over them as the ink dries and it helps to let the blessings sink down deep. It's in the scribbling across pages that also etches them deep in my soul... tattooing my wandering heart with thankfulness and marking it to remember to testify of His goodness... all day, every day.
Now - Ann with no 'e' used to host Multitudes on Mondays and I would link-up there and I don't remember if we are breaking for the summer or if I have simply lost track, but as I picked up my One Thousand Gifts journal once again, and flipped through some photo's - I felt a stirring to simply share some of the beauty and gifts that I have been drinking in during this time that He has called me to step away a bit from this space!
So - this is how I am Stepping Back, Breathing Deep, Letting Go, & Counting On...
#2056 - Cards in the mail... old school, handwritten encouragement!
#2058 - Flowers in the Garden... and in my Chair!
#2059 - Mom... Giving... She just can't help herself!
#2060 - Birthday Dinners with the fam'!
...#2063 - Mother's Day at Cascade Gardens and then spending some time with my girlie after work.
#2065 - Co-leading #ArtinYourLife - a new Incourager Community Group... thus resulting in also...
#2071 - Our Girlies Happy/Sad reaction when she found out that she got the house... which meant she'd be moving out in a couple of weeks!
#2074 - Asked to participate in The Prayer Mosiac, teaching prophetic art and also being asked to create a piece of Art for the whole event (that now hangs in the church prayer room!)
#2075 - Our JonahBoy - so chill and relaxed and lovey!
#2076 - A Saturday afternoon on the patio at Northtown Coffeehouse... with a stack of books, my poetry journal, my sketch pad, and my Honey!
#2079 - Our Girlie moving out into a safe neighborhood, not too far from home with a good group of girls.
Taking the last load to her new place!
#2080 - Meeting Baby Henry... (#swoon!)
#2085 - Casual birthday celebrations... lunch out with my Mom and my Girlie... and a family walk and Frozen Yogurt with a couple of friends!
#2086 - Doing Spoken Word at the Coffeehouse night at Grace - despite not feeling 'ready' or 'brave'!
#2088 - Morning walks followed by time spent on the Patio with coffee and books...
(...and afternoons, too!)
#2090 - Finally just jumping in to Art Journaling
#2093 - Our Whidbey Island trip to see my other sissy... including the gorgeous hike with breathtaking views!
I'm thinking of you, Jennifer Lee, because... Y!
(...and then stopping off at the gorgeous Snoqualmie Falls on our way home!)
#2099 - Also... with all this 'free' time... finally playing around a bit with some illustrations
#2100 - Summer Drives... with no destination in mind...
#2101 - Lately, ya'll, I have been winning all the things!? I won a Dayspring Giveaway...
and a Map Necklace from Krafty Kash...
and a couple of books by Jennie Allen... (in the mail!)
and I won a lifetime membership to David Molnar's iphone Only Photography Online Course...
I think it's working:
Count on, my friends! Open your eyes to the gifts all around you! I pray you are drinking in summer and leaning in to a slower pace of living!
P.S. I'm linking up with these lovely writers:
Jennifer Dukes Lee for #TellHisStory
Holley Gerth for #CoffeeforYourHeart
Jennifer Peterson for #NoWordsAreNeeded
Holly Barrett for #TestimonyTuesday
What are some of your gifts? What have YOU been counting lately? I'd love to hear in the comments below!