April 16, 2012

SO Much!

Daily mercy.
Daily grace.
Daily strength.
Daily peace.

So much
to be thankful for.
SO much!

Numbering.
Counting.
Giving thanks.

To the ONE
Who gives them all.
Praise HIS Holy Name!

"O give thanks unto the LORD;
for He is good:
because His mercy
endureth forever."
~ Psalm 118:1 ~

1628. SO thankful for the storms that
drive us to our Precious Saviour!

1629. That HE is always IN the Storm

1630. Peace, strength, mercy and grace
in the midst of it all

1631. All those who prayed for us
while Austin was in the hospital ~
Such a blessing!

1632. Being carried through
by the LORD ~ Once again!


1633. Free parking at Mr. and Mrs. N's

1634. Two vehicles for such a time as this! ~
(After about 18 years with only one)

1635. That Austin had chest pains
which God used to get us to the hospital ~
They appear to have been unrelated to his heart!

1636. That there was a bed for him
at Children's rather than at the other
hospital he was originally going to be sent to!

1637. The Echo was done ~
it may not have been requested!

1638. How the three children at home
went the *extra mile* and
kept things going around here!

1639. The church ladies, friends,
and family who provided meals for us ~
I hardly had to cook anything during
this whole ordeal...what a blessing!

1640. So thankful that each medicine
given was received by Austin's body and
that he was able to come HOME!

1641. The daily improvements we see

1642. Austin is able to join us
on the beach in the mornings ~
able to walk a little further each day.

1643. Thankful that Austin turned 17!

1644. And he has an appetite ~
First time in about two years according
to his calculations...yippee! :)

1645. God's mercy to us that HE
didn't take Austin suddenly ~
SO thankful!

1646. Each new day and the gift of it


1647. Birthdays to celebrate ~
And a brother to join in who
may not have been with us to do so!

1648. Cards from each of the children
to Calvin ~ Precious!

~ Austin's ~


~ Fraser's ~


~ Emma's ~


1649. Balloons representing
the number of years old the child is ~
What they wake up to on their birthday
(Only until the age of 16) :)


1650. Enjoyment of the *gift*
from Mummy, Daddy and siblings


1651. Fifteen candles! :)


1652. Makin' Mud Pies!



1653. And *Soup* and *Salad* ~
Want some? :)



1654. A camera to catch the moments

1655. Thankful for each one!

My journal sits on my counter.

I list as events unfold.
Sometimes many all at once,
and other times in a trickle.
But, always by HIS Grace!

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,
Camille

20 comments:

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Camille,

I just love reading all the things you're thankful for...and I'm happy that your family is doing well...and walks on the beach are truly fabulous ;) :)

Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California,Heather :) :) :)

Patty said...

So many blessings ~ but I think I'll pass on the *soup* and *salad*!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

Can I just say that is the most stylish mud pie I have ever seen! Oh and you must add to your list of blessings 'the little reminders that the Lord keeps giving to people to pray' for your son because I opened up my pinterest boards last week and there staring at me was Austin's name up in lights! It was actually a picture of a neon sign on a building which I guess is in Austin, Texas and it was the first picture I set eyes upon and I'm sure God was telling me to pray for Austin right at that moment in time - which I did of course. Isn't God amazing!

Misty said...

God is sooo good! We have so many blessings to be thankful for..Praying for you and your family :)

Maryann said...

Your post reminds me to pay more attention to ALL the many things I have to be thankful for. So glad to hear Austin is improving with each day. Love the cards the children made.

Heather said...

Love, love, love your list of gratitude today, Camille. Praising God right along with you! Love the mud pies too :)
xo

Lady Farmer said...

Happy Birthday, Calvin!
Yippy ! Another handsome fellow to share a birthday month with! And so close to Austin's! Oh, I bet they are the best of friends, too!
Love the cards the kids gave and what a neato gift 'from the folks'!

Emma's 'soup' reminds me of when my girls were small, they would make 'soup' in their Easy Bake Oven (which is just a fancy box with a light bulb!)for their father. They would mix up a concoction of water with chopped onions, and salt and pepper and who knows what else, cook it, then present it to their day who always acted so excited to have his little chefs make him something special, and would actually eat it all up. Oh, the poor man! ;~P I am so glad they didn't try creating some salad, daddy would have eaten it for sure!
Emma's fixin's do look quite tempting, however! I think that is the prettiest mud pie I have ever seen!
Oh, how marvelous that Austin was able to join you at the beach, today and that he (finally) has an appetite! Does it make you just want to poke him full of food?!
Still praying for you all!
Be Blessed, today!

Trisha said...

This post brings me so much joy, Camille!!! Praise be to the LORD for His infinite mercies. It's wonderful to read of God's provision over and over in this affliction. How good He is to faithfully do what is best for us, making us more like Jesus. Rejoicing with you, and if I was there, we'd be dancing around the room together! Love to all of you!

Jenn said...

Beautiful! Absolutely Beautiful!

Treasures Evermore said...

Beautiful Camille...continuing to pray for your family.

Blessings,
Connie

Camille said...

Dear Heather in CA ~ Thank you my friend! Yes, the LORD truly is Good to each of us, isn't HE? :)

Dear Patty ~ Yes, indeed...so many things! I'm with you on the soup and salad...but, would you like a piece of pie? ;-)

Dear Ann ~ You make me smile my friend! Thank you so much for praying and for letting me know that you are! What a blessing to my heart. :)

Dear Misty ~ Yes, HE truly is! Thank you SO much for praying and for being such a sweet encouragement. :)

Dear Maryann ~ There are always so many things each and every day, aren't there? The LORD holds us so gently in HIS care. Thank you for your sweet friendship. :)

Dear Heather in Canada ~ I'm thankful for YOU! I'm glad we are friends. :)

Dear Raeann ~ Thank you for so kindly entering into every detail of this post...you are a Sweetie! :) Three of our four children were born within 5 1/2 weeks of each other...funny how that works, isn't it? We are in a little reprieve now...ahhhh. Your poor Hubby...I can't imagine how those creations tasted! What a good sport...what a wonderful Daddy! At least Emma didn't expect us to EAT what she had made. :)

Dear Trisha ~ You are such an encouragement to me my friend...thank you for entering into our joy...And for pointing me to the LORD while you do it!
:)

Dear Jenn ~ Thank you my sweet friend. The LORD truly has blessed us to overflowing. :)

Much Love to you each one!
Blessings,
Camille

Camille said...

Dear Connie ~ Thank you so much my friend! Sorry I missed you on the first set of comments...I was typing at the same time as you were visiting! :)

With Love,
Camille

Heather@Cultivated Lives said...

You, Austin and your precious family were on my heart this morning and I was prompted to be in prayer for you all.

It is so amazing how God brings beauty in the midst of challenge.

Birthdays are such wonderful events. Seeing pictures of your three boys and daughter always warm my heart. And those mudpies are just beautiful. I love that mudpies can be something that still get made even though they transform from being messy bits mashed together by chubby fingers to such elegant creations such as this.

Love you and your family even though we've never met in person...

Camille said...

Dear Heather in AZ ~ What a sweet encouragement you were to me today! Thank you so much for praying and for stopping by to let me know that you have been thinking of us....the LORD is SO Good! Love to you my friend! :)

Blessings,
Camille

Taylor Wise said...

Such joy in your post. Streams of living water are flowing from you. Which is amazing under the circumstances. You are a light! I have a special needs daughter, and it is so hard and beatifiul at the same time. I will pray for your sweet boy!

Tami said...

Oh, this inventory of HIS blessings is a TEAR-JERKER! Happy tears! And when you announce Austin's joining you as you walk along the beach...so so so very happy for your boy and your entire family!

Love you much,
Tami

PippaDavies said...

Camille I am so encouraged to hear how Austin is improving day by day. Sharing in your faithfulness and appreciation of all the goodness that is God! Much love and blessings Pippa

Camille said...

Welcome Taylor! How lovely it is to *meet* you. :) Thank you so much for praying for our son...I will seek to remember you and your daughter in prayer too. God is Good. Always.

Dear Tami ~ Thank you my sweet friend! You are a blessing to me! We are so thankful for the LORD's daily mercies. HE is so Good! :)

Dear Pippa ~ Thank you so much for your encouragement my friend...the LORD is Good! We are blessed to belong to Him! I know you feel the same way. :)

In HIS Love,
Camille

Anonymous said...

I have a little journal that was given to me by a friend, and I was wondering what to do with it. You have inspired me! Thank you. So many times I've been thankful, or have seen God's hand in something and have thought, "I'll never forget it." but then I do...If I wrote things down I wouldn't, and it would be so encouraging at times to "forget not all his benefits."

Lisa

Camille said...

Oh Lisa...what a beautiful keepsake you will be creating! And what a lovely thing it is to look back on all that the LORD has done!! He does all things well. :)

Many Blessings to you!
Camille