Monday, February 14, 2011

The Beginning of Gifts

I have been reading Ann’s blog since November…the first post I read was about Christmas…and the second was on Motherhood. It seemed each time I ventured over to visit with her…I was more and more captivated and more and more moved to tears.

I thought about the book often and often put it out of my head. But, Saturday, when Nate brought the mail in I ran to the comfy couch, the couch where I sat alone and poured the entire first chapter in as fast as I could…and I cried and I cried. I wasn’t expecting it until Monday and the two copies I bought were actually back ordered!

After the first chapter, I realized I needed to slow down. I needed to take it all in…but I really wanted to give thanks. I really wanted to begin this journey of being all here. It wasn’t too long ago I was seeking the contentment and joy that may only be found in giving thanks to Him…the One we owe all our thanks to…

I was reluctant to take the plunge…because I always take plunges…I wondered if I couldn’t just take my time with this. But, when I realized all the things around me and how when you lived the moment you were in that it actually does slow time…and it really does bring you joy.

And so…my list begins… eucharisteo

1. Books that make me cry

2. A little boy that dances and laughs

3. A little girl who loves her Nana in a special way

4. Butterflies for my husband…

5.  An amazing body of believers to worship and fellowship with…

6. Perfect chocolate chip cheesecake

7. Walking away from social networking…to be more where I need to be

8.  Expected mail arriving unexpectedly early

9. Unborn baby bottom moving in my belly

10. Quotes…

11. More time to realize I don’t need to be in a hurry

“…life change comes when we receive life with thanks and ask for nothing to change.” Ann Voskamp

7 comments:

P31 Mom said...

I love your list! I still get #4...even after 18 years:)

Trisha said...

MIchelle,
I have a Multitude of Mercies journal and list the many blessings I'm thankful for...you'll be blessed by being so intentional about giving thanks to the Giver of every good gift. Enjoy every minute left of number 9....such sweetness!!

Craig said...

I just came over from Ann’s. Happy St. Valentine’s Day

First of all – I’m with you – I read the book aloud and slow – I don’t want it to end and there is so much in each word.

And my fave your list?

9. Unborn baby bottom moving in my belly (I hope you don’t mind that I just prayed for baby – and mom – and dad – but mostly baby)

God Bless and Keep You and all of yours

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

H-oh, boy. I have a loooot of reading to do. I just hopped over to Ann's blog and I'm pretty much blown away. Wow. I can't wait to read more!

For the record...my favorite of your list was also #9...so precious.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Nice to see a familiar face from the links at Ann's. What a wonderful journey we are all on... listing these special gifts. Love your #11.

Beth said...

Jumped over from Ann's and I love

# 7. Walking away from social networking…to be more where I need to be

Also love that you are beginning to count!

Camille said...

Wonderful list! So glad you have begun! You will not regret the intentional noticing and listing of the daily blessings. :)

Oh....and I too *love* the baby bottom in the tummy one...enjoy!

Many blessing to you!
Camille