Monday, February 21, 2011

Counting the Gifts

Dear God,
~ Thank You ~

The scene outside my father's backyard windows
A soft, sweet doe in the early morning snow
Finding a little protection from the winds on the lee side of a row.

Thank you for
this little bit of summertime on another wintry day

Thank you for
treasured time with my father, sister and niece

For the heart of a little niece who shares her Valentine creations

~ Thank You ~

There are gifts all around us.
Let's spend each moment with eyes wide open to all His gifts.
There's nothing like the JOY from a heart filled with gratitude.

Giving Thanks with Ann Voskamp at A Holy Experience


Wanda said...

What beautiful pictures to say "Thank you for the gifts"...

You and your sister are darling.

Love that first picture...just precious, and causes me to lift my heart to the Heavenly Father and thank him for all the gifts in my life. You are one of them.

Barb said...

I'm grateful for your wintery/summery photos, Maria. That's a special sister portrait. What are you reading (I enlarged and read the page)? Hope you have a good vacation day - enjoy!

LindyLouMac said...

Lovely photos but the first one is very special.

It's me said...

What a beautful post Maria.....again....i always love your post....beautiful words today just what a needed today...God is great !!! love you

Craig said...

I’m here from Ann’s today.

We all search for that protection don’t we – the doe in the yard – it was enough for a whole series of posts :)

And of your list this is my favorite is – well it has to family father sis and niece – we so need them – God made us for relationships – I’m glad you have yours)

Reading you today has been a blessing. Thank you.

God watch over you and yours

Diana said...

Oh Maria you have such a gift for seeing the beauty in life! I know that I can always come here for a pick me up! Thank you my friend!
Love Di ♥

Dianne said...

Hey dear Maria,
I see you are reading Ann's book--I purchased it on my Kindle before it came out in book form--I didn't get to enjoy the rich beauty of the book itself but enjoyed it anyway. I love your niece's craft work. So cute!

Our weather has been gorgeous for the past week--low 70's and sunshine--we had some sprinkles and clouds today but it was still in the high 60's I think.

But we were reminded by the meteorologist the other day that "winter is not over." There is still cold air way up there in northern Canada that will eventually make its way down here.

But we do have quite a few things budding out--the jonquils among them--spirea is not far behind--

Yes, I know you love your students as I loved mine!

The Renewal Ranch guys are kinda taking their place now. I had forgotten how much I loved teaching.

Be blessed,

koralee said...

So much to be thankful for...enjoy the time with your dad and sister my friend...such special times.


Wanda..... said...

Loved your dad's snowy winter scene and the sweet reminders of summer, Maria. Lovely photo of you and your sister.

Stephani said...

Wow the deer is precious, so glad you captured that shot! I just told my husband recently that when I get to heaven I'm going to play with all the animals that we can't play with here! You know, like ride bareback on a giraffe! Ha! What a beautiful gratitude list. Thanks for sharing!

Rosie said...

Oh Maria,
Yes, Yes, Yes. We have so VERY much to be grateful for. All we need to do, is sit "still" for a few precious moments and ponder the simple blessings of day to day life. Our God is so BIG, and yet takes the time to show us this beautiful creature right outside YOUR window. for sharing this with us all...xoxo...Rosie

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

You and your sister look beautiful in that cozy warm fluffy coat, Maria. Also the food looks good!
How are your days, off of school? I know you are having a lovely time.
I am a bit pooped out today, will find my covers early tonight.
Love and hugs and love and hugs and love to you xxxxxx

Doreen said...

Hi Sis!
Thanks for the sweet post to capture the lovely time we spent together and our mutual gratitudes. So glad you thought to capture that "sister picture". Our trips are always treasured time in my heart!

Hazelmarie Elliott (Mattie) said...

As always, I feel 'enlightened' by my visit with you. I think you give all your readers much joy and happiness with your wonderful posts. Thank you...

Blessings always,

Julie Harward said...

Such a sweet post...the picture of the deer there is beyond precious..loved it! :D

francis said...

I'm thankful for knowing you !
Have a sunny week !