May 23, 2010

Life's Fleeting Joys

The weeks fly by.  The Mondays come and go.
The documentation of thanks continuesAND as I plod along,
I find myself being transformed by this "new" way of thinking.
We are called to this.  Joy is found in obedience.

"In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
I Thessalonians 5:18

456. Clean dishes piled up in the drying rack ~
Remember that my dishwasher is broken?





457. Window seats on the airplane





458. WestJet! :)





459. New apron for our girl




460. Treasure found at an antique store in California


461. Constantly feeding the washing machine with dirty clothes...
and they come out clean!

462. Listening to my composer on the piano ~
what does the Lord have planned?

463. Crumbs (and chunks) on the floor...
we have food to eat and children to eat with ~
they won't always live here :(

464. New recipes to try

465. Play clothes that get dirty ~ the children are healthy

466. Opportunities to serve

467. Peaceful land to live in

468. Peaceful home

469. Peaceful street to live on

470. Church family to be a part of

471. Finishing the pile of ironing ~ ahhhh

472. Freshly laundered Sunday clothes...ready to be worn

473. Blonde bangs to trim

474. Recent visit with my sister...
a treat as she lives far away

475. Doing dishes with my sister ~
reliving distant memories

476. Hospitality of my sister and her family ~
they invited all SIX of us to stay!

477. Cousin friendships

478. Visiting a church a few thousand miles from home and
finding fellowship amongst God's people ~ joy!

479. Hearing two amazing sermons on the same Sunday ~
delivered with a Scottish accent :)

480. Exploring new (to us) parts of God's creation

481. Enjoying the diversity of plants found in the desert

482. Safety as we drove the Southern California Freeways!

483. A new appreciation for how relatively little traffic there is at home! :)

484. View of the mountains from 38,000 feet

485. Cloud pictures from the airplane window

486. Enjoying the perspective that flying gives ~
we really are SMALL and HE is GREAT!

487. Cheap flights!

488. The simple things

489. A van to drive and the ability to do so

490. A van to share and the flexibility of schedules
that enable us to have only one

491. A fresh batch of hand-me-downs

492. An invitation to return! (See #476)

493. Reminders to enjoy the moments

494. New beginnings

495. Patience and forgiveness extended to me ~

grace upon grace

Many Blessings,
Camille

13 comments:

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

You think of so many things to be thankful for Camille! I really enjoy reading your lists and I reflect on everything that I am blessed with. I am also thankful for the peaceful road I live on, it truly is quiet and serene. Wish I could say the same about my home but even though it is noisy at times there is peace because we have invited Jesus the giver of real peace to live here too! I am still working on 471 - the ironing pile. The only way I get through this is by praying for the person who clothes I am ironing! I have to pray in bursts throughout the day like this. BTW I love those colourful little ramekin pots sitting in your dish drainer.

J said...

LOVE the apron and the list of thanks for every thing. Obedience, yes. I quickly jotted a few things down this morning in my journal. Thank you for your faithfulness in this area and for giving us a peak at your heart.

I am so glad you got to spend time with you sister. How wonderful! Even washing dishes together...that brings back memories of my own sisters and times of washing dishes! :) Good times.

Have a wonderful week!

Heather of Swallowing A Moose said...

What a wonderful list of thanks! Was a pleasure to read and I second many of them.

Be blessed this week sweet sister in Christ!

Nadine said...

Wonderful blessings Camille!
You help me to appreicate the little things around my home too!

Blessings!
~Nadine

Alexis said...

I too LOVE how the laundry machine does all the work and then poof, clean clothes! I can't imagine washing my clothes on a washboard like my grandmother! Makes me realize how easy life is compared.
The piano in the background is BEAUTIFUL. I played as a child and a teen and I miss it.

Camille said...

Ann ~ I *love* your idea of praying through the laundry pile! That's great! Ironing and Dusting are my two least favourite chores...thanks for the prodding in the right direction on one of them! :) And those pots say "popcorn" on the sides...they are for popcorn feasts...each child gets one ~ fun times! I'm so thankful that you visit here...you are a blessing!

J ~ I'm so glad you are keeping a list too! How precious! AND...the dishes with sisters ~ did you really enjoy it THEN...or just the MEMORIES of it now? LOL...I think I did my share of complaining when it was happening...funny how we look back with rose-coloured glasses! Thanks for your faithful comments..you are a blessing to me too! :)

Heather ~ Lovely to "meet" you! Thanks for stopping by...may the LORD bless you this week as well. :)

Nadine ~ I always appreciate your kind words...may the LORD bless you in your home as you seek to serve HIM this week! I am so glad you are finding things to be thankful for too...it is such a wonderful thing to do! :)

Alexis ~ Welcome! It is lovely to "meet" you! Oh YES...the machines that work for us are truly gifts! AND the piano...I know what you mean about missing it...we were married 10 years before one came into our home. I played on every piano I could get my hands on in those days! :)

Blessings,
Camille

Annesta said...

I join you in gratitude for worship services that inspire our hearts to be more grateful and for new recipes to try.
lovely list
blessings
~a

Camille said...

Annesta ~ How precious it is to fellowship with other believers and worship the One True God together...thanks for your sweet visit today.

Blessings,
Camille

Trisha said...

Camille,
Sounds like such a wonderful trip you had! The aprons are so lovely. My three oldest girls love to put theirs on when we're baking or cooking, and I, too, have a composer in the house. Isn't it wonderful to hear their compositions? :)

Camille said...

Thanks Trisha for your visit! It was wonderful to visit my sister after being unable to for so long! I am messy in the kitchen, so an apron is a must...much more fun when they are pretty! :) How fun that you have a composer too...it is lovely to hear them create isn't it?

Have a beautiful evening!
Blessings,
Camille

Sharon said...

Amen! I just love your thankfulness posts Camille! I also love how we are to be obedient as daughters of the King to rejoice always! Praise God that He always blesses us no matter where we are at in life :)

Have a blessed day my friend!
Sharon

Claudia said...

Dear Camille, Emma's apron is too sweet! Did you make it or did you get it in California? I love aprons as well but find them quite hard to come by, especially pretty ones and ones for little girls. If you have any tips for finding them around here, please let me know! I do enjoy your blog a lot! Lovingly, Claudia

Camille said...

Dear Sharon ~ So glad you stopped by my friend! Oh I know what you mean about the LORD blessing us even when we don't deserve it...but we really don't deserve any of God's blessings, do we? HE blesses us because of the LORD and all that HE has done! How WONDERFUL!! :)

Dear Claudia ~ So lovely to hear from you! I'm so glad you are enjoying the blog...may the LORD use it for HIS glory. The apron was found in a sweet little shop in California, but I am sure you could find something similar online. Love to you and your family from us! :)

With Love,
Camille