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I started keeping a “Gratefulness Journal” this last spring because I wanted to document things I was thankful for. Not just the biggies like my family and friends but all the little details of life that I have to be thankful for. As 2012 has come to a close, I wanted to share some of the things that I’ve been thankful for this last year.

Tulips on my dresser
Fresh Herbs
Picnics
A car ride with my Grandma
Birds chirping outside of my bedroom window
Discount Movie Theaters
Saturday mornings at the Farmer’s Market
My 30th birthday dinner party
Adoption
The pain of training for a race because it means I’m ABLE to run
Having my family stay in my home
My anthropologie mug
Being able to witness the miracle of childbirth
A working heater
Red leaves scattered on the sidewalk
Singleness – it allowed me to devote my time & energy to a friend in need
Friends who offer to bring me supplies when I’m home with the flu
Instagram
Christmas caroling with my Faith Christian Church family

Lately

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I kind of forgot that I have a blog.

A few updates…I finally jogged that 5k.  I can say that it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done…not the race itself but the 9 weeks of training beforehand.  Through the whole process I definitely came to realize that I am a quitter.  If I hadn’t made a public declaration and asked for sponsors to raise money for my friend’s adoption, I would have quit…every day.  BUT the feeling of accomplishment that I had when I FINISHED was absolutely amazing.  Not because I finished with a good time (Because I definitely didn’t) but because I finished something that was hard for me. 

I realized that I need to challenge myself more…so I signed up for a Spin class.  Oh my word.  It. Is. hard. I have not been able to say the words “I started going to a spin class” without immediately following it up with “It’s so, so hard.”  The first 3 classes, I seriously spent the whole class thinking, “I can’t do this, I can’t do this…” which was all the more reason that I knew I needed to stick it out.    

I helped put together a Craft Fair for my adopting friends as another means of helping to raise money for their very expensive process.  It was so great!  I am still on a high from the whole thing.  I was amazed by the generosity of people,  I love seeing the Body of Christ at work.  We raised twice as much money as I had prayed for AND I bought a bunch of cute items.  Such as this:

Isn’t that the best?  The weary world rejoices!!

What else?

I finally got my first smartphone

I’m in love with Instagram

I have the cutest pumpkins on my front porch

I love the anticipations of the holidays

I am looking forward to seeing my family in TWO DAYS!

Almost There

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  • Complete my March, AprilMay & June Project Life spreads
  • Reach my savings goal
  • Come up with a scripture memory system that works for me.  
  • Make something with my thrift store picture frame.  .
  • Renew my library card
  • Have company over for dinner
  • Plant an herb garden
  • Clean out all the unused clothes in my closet
  • Learn how to use Skype…and convince Erin to do the same 
  • Jog a 5k with Erin

1 biggie left.  Jogging that darn 5k.  We didn’t do it at the end of May because we weren’t able to find a race over the weekend we were together BUT we are signed up to jog the Simi Valley Days 5k in September.  So, I won’t be fitting that one in before my birthday but it will still happen. I.am. terrified. 

I have something that might make my training and the end result a little sweeter.  My friends, Brooke & Thomas, have decided to pursue an international adoption which I am SO excited about!  I am so passionate about adoption and orphan care and I immediately wanted to do what I could to offer support.  Adoption can be EXPENSIVE and they are not currently in a financial position to take on the large cost that international adoption requires but they aren’t letting that stop them.  They believe that the Lord is calling them to pursue this path and that He will provide the funds. 

Erin & I decided that we would love to use our September race to raise funds for the Kline family and their future child! I’m including a portion of their prayer letter so you can get a feel for who they are and their heart behind the decision.

 

For many months now we have been discussing the possibility of growing our family through adoption.  Only recently did the Lord bring us to the same place and lead us toward international adoption.  Through much prayer we both believe very strongly that the Lord is calling us to take literally and seriously James 1:27 and the many other commands just like it in God’s Word, to take care of the orphans.  For those of you familiar with the adoption process, it can be long and costly to bring an orphan into their “forever family.”
We need quite a bit monetarily to even begin the two to three year process of bringing our child home.  We completely believe that the Lord will provide all the funds we need and His timing will be perfect…”   

Would you be willing to partner with me??  Would you be willing to sponsor me in this run??  I would like to take pledges now and I won’t collect on the pledges until the race is finished.  I look forward to hearing from you! 

30 is a comin’

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I’m generally against these types of goal lists, the ones that have a hard deadline.  Too much pressure!  I usually make a short list at the New Year but those goals are more like “spend more time outside”…somewhat vague.  But this year, I turn 30.  I know that 30 isn’t earth shattering but I just feel this push to accomplish a few specific things before July 12th comes.    Here’s the list:

  • Complete my March, April, May & June Project Life spreads
  • Reach my savings goal
  • Come up with a scripture memory system that works for me.  Any ideas?
  • Make something with my thrift store picture frame.  I love it but haven’t found good placement for it yet.
  • Renew my library card
  • Have company over for dinner
  • Plant an herb garden
  • Clean out all the unused clothes in my closet
  • Learn how to use Skype…and convince Erin to do the same.  She keeps telling me about the boys’ new tricks and I want to see them! 
  • Jog a 5k.  Erin forced me into it.  She sent me a plan for “couch to 5k in 2 months” and then signed us up for a 5k for the end of May.  I figured that I should make this goal known publicly because I will need the extra accountability 🙂

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A Harry and David catalogue came to the office today and as I was skimming through it, I saw this…

 

I seriously thought that if I had an abundance of cash, I would send this box of Springtime to all of my family and friends.  It’s the thought that counts, right?

Happy first day of Spring!

Right Now…

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I’m loving my Hebrews Bible study 

I’m reading George Mueller’s autobiography.  Talk about convicting 

I’m loving the daffodils on my kitchen table 

I’m loving my new Project Life notebook.  I’ve only done 2 pages so I’ll have to wait and see if I can keep it up 

I’m eagerly anticipating my nephews’ adoption day NEXT WEEK!!

 

Love times 2

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Up until a few weeks ago, I wasn’t able to post pictures of my little nephews, Elijah and Sam.  Erin & Lance have been fostering them for the last year and due to privacy issues, they weren’t supposed to have the babies pics on public sites   The boys have not been adopted quite yet but Erin & Lance have cleared all of the big hurdles and are now fast on their way to completing the adoption process…making it ok for me to be a gushing Auntie on my blog 🙂 

I’m choosing today to gush over them, not just because it’s a day o’ love (and who better to love on than the cutest twins you ever did see?) BUT because they turn 1 today! 

I’m posting some pictures that have brought me such joy this last year.

The first pic is from the night Erin met them in the hospital.

 

 

And, finally, if you’re ever having a rough day, just watch this video and all will be right with the world 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqTW-o6Zdjw

I love you, Elijah and Sam, and I’m so thankful that God entrusted you to our family.  I’m blessed that I have the privilege of being your Auntie!

Happy Birthday!