April 25, 2011

Lightening Up

I don't *DO* art with our children
as often as I *should*.

But...they are always drawing
or sketching or creating.


Recently, my Mom gifted a paint/art
set to each child for his/her birthday.


It really is MUCH easier
to keep it all contained now that they are older.
Interpretation ~ I don't go crazy in the process.

Or...maybe I have learned (a little)
to lighten up?

I surely do hope so!

And now...to continue on with my list.
Which (mostly) has nothing
to do with painting ~
But everything to do with

1336. Watching Austin patiently
teach Emma to roller blade

1337. Spring showers, turned hail, then the
sky breaking to reveal blue and sunshine...
all in one beach walk!

1338. Puffy white clouds lit by the sun
from behind ~ Glorious!

1339. Distant islands blue on the horizon

1340. Beginning the day with #'s 1337 to 1339 ~

1341. Thankful that I survived my first 30
minutes of driving with Austin at the wheel ~ LOL!

1342. Finding new suppliers for new supplies

1343. Most of my short list for groceries was on sale ~
by *chance*...again, nothing is by chance! :)

1344. Lunch out...and Supper out ~
On the same day...what a treat!
Thank you so much T & S and L & S! :)

1345. The acceptance and good attitude
that the LORD has given
to our child with Crohn's ~
God's grace!

1346. New freezer containers to use

1347. A whole batch of
chicken stock frozen for future use ~

1348. Rain pelting down and
none of it coming inside ~
It used to!!

1349. Wonderful sermons

1350. God's Word expounded faithfully ~
A blessing!

1351. Richness of the Doctrines of Grace

1352. The Resurrection ~ HE IS ALIVE!!

1353. A quiet morning all by myself

1354. Thankful that it's not always that way

1355. Children to welcome home

1356. French Cream ~ Oh. Dear. Me!

1357. My yogurt maker ~
Practically working for me 'round the clock!

1358. Homemade yogurt ~ YUM!

1359. Colour returning to our
sick child's cheeks ~ JOY!

1360. Painting supplies for the children

It's easy to count.
It begins with noticing the *little* things.
Noticing the moments.
Entering into them and writing them down.
It's as simple as that.

My journal sits on my counter.

I list as events unfold.
Sometimes many all at once,
and other times in a trickle.

Would you like to begin?
Just grab a pen and a journal,
set them out on the counter,
and list out your blessings.
Find the joy in the moments ~
As they arrive.

Enjoy the journey!

Many Blessings,


Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

As always, such a beautiful list... But oh boy, you have me so intrigued on the homemade yogurt maker. :)

Chelle said...

I love how you write down all the things you are thankful for. I really need to do that . There are many things that happen on a daily basis that I forget. I know what you mean about the art stuff. Sometimes I cringe inside when my children want to make things. It is a mess sometimes. I just try to remember that it can be cleaned up.

Wanting What I Have said...

I learned to paint with Liquitex Basics!!! So much fun! Thatched me happy to see them enjoying such great supplies! :)

Karen said...

Great post Camille.. and you are right.. I too am learning to lighten up a bit..I think it is my age.. I used to be so uptight about every little thing,, and I wish i could say that I totally have walked away from that,,but i am better than i used to be,, with age i have learnt that the things that I thought we SOOOOO important,, just arent.. its that simple..
Well thanks for the post.. and great pictures..
love ya my friend..
have a blessed week

Patty said...

Good job on the artwork. Blessings.

Camille said...

Dear Heather ~ Thank you for your sweet words! Hmmm....your comment about the yogurt got me thinking...a post may be coming soon about that. :)

Dear Chelle ~ Yes, it can all be cleaned up! How wonderful! About writing out your thanks...a simple journal on the counter works really well...it's such a blessing to look back on. What a treasure it would be for your family if you kept a list! Are you going to begin? :)

Dear Jennifer ~ What a fun insight into your childhood! I know you are one creative girl...what a blessing! :)

Dear Karen ~ Thank you for your encouragement...what a blessing to know that you can relate! And, what a blessing it is to see progress in our hearts, don't you think? What a wonderful Saviour we have...HE so gently leads us along the path of life. :)

Dear Patty ~ Thank you for your kind words...the children sure did enjoy it! :)

Many blessings,

Mary Frances Stanford said...

Camille, thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog. Finding yours was such a blessing! I'm gonna love learning from you and your sweet kids!

Heather said...

I can't believe he's driving!!
I thank along with you as I read since I feel like I know you, Camille :)

Love, Heather

Camille said...

Welcome Mary Fances ~ It's lovely to *meet* you! Thank you for taking the time to return the visit. :)

Dear Heather in Canada ~ Thank you for being a sweet and faithful friend to me in this blogging world. And yes, I agree...it's hard to believe that he is driving! Where does the time go??!! :)

Many blessings,