22 August 2011

Multitude Monday - 1000 Gifts

All the blessings we enjoy are Divine deposits,
committed to our trust on this condition:
that they should be dispensed for the benefit of our neighbors.
~ John Calvin ~ 

this week's gratitude list:
(#'s 1461 - 1490)

buckets where the bottom is falling out - and lessons being learned

Andi's first trip to the bush... and a bush church

homemade from scratch fajitas on a Saturday night

the first week of school behind us

new school year, new beginnings

Rebekah says she LIKES Geometry... praying for a better year in math this year

hot lunches, beginning next week

willing and cheerful kitchen helpers

watching my little guy be a good big bro to his little sisters... must've learned that from his good big bro

new challenges

old fears that drive me to prayer

good report on an old problem

tire swings

found cord to recharge my kindle

helping little girls to choose giggles and smiles instead of tears and fighting

challenging new thoughts on what it means to live in community... to live humbly, recognizing we are dependent on God, on others...

brand new 7th graders

teaching math

lesson planning... life planning... learning and daily re-remembering that I must hold those plans loosely because computers crash, printers don't work, unforeseen circumstances arrive, people change

our favorite librarian is back and the library is open again... after a whole summer closed. Yippee!

seeing her decide to make changes and find a good and helpful attitude after a tearful tantrum

homework and bedtime routines again... after summer stay-cation where we let them slide

rainy, misty all days - so rare in Niger - finishing with a sunset rainbow

my developing photographer at work again

praying with parents

lauging with colleagues

REAL chapati and spiced Indian food... it has been too long!

sharing one of my favorite books with my niece - and she liked it

new African outfits, perfectly fitted from the tailor - so these growing girls have something to wear to church on Sunday mornings

watching smiles as they model those outfits for our friend

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