Hello to my readers, after a very long break! It has been nearly nine months since my last post. This break in posting was not intentional, but just the result of being a busy mom and living life! As Christmas approaches, it seems a fitting time to jump back in with counting His gifts, and naming them one by one. I have quite a backlog to get through, as I continued to count, even though I wasn't blogging. Won't you join me for a look back at how He has blessed me this year?
1196. His first smile without braces!
1197. Buying him a caramel candy bar because he could eat it!
1198. Waking them up to watch the lunar eclipse
1199. Bundled up in blankets on the back patio
1200. That the sky was clear that night! (not always a given in Oregon!)
1201. Watching the moon slowly disappear
1202. The stillness that night brings
1203. When someone speaks His truth directly into your life...
1204. ...and they don't even know it
1205. Words of wisdom scribbled on scraps of paper so they won't be forgotten
1206. Watching the children wander down the beach together
1207. Watching them chase the waves...
1208. ...and the waves chase them!
1209. Finding a new favorite beach spot
1210. The drive to Palm Springs
1211. Hiking on San Jacquinto mountain
1212. The smell of a Jeffrey pine tree
1213. Family horse ride
1214. The different perspective you get when horseback riding
1215. Riding through the desert...
1216. ...and into an oasis, complete with palm trees and a stream
1217. The coolness of shade
1218. The gurgle of water in a dry and dusty place
1219. Gourmet milkshakes...
1220. ...with a mini doughnut around the straw!