So, yesterday I had a really blessed morning, and early afternoon, and then the sore throat kicked in. I tried to ignore it. Today I feel like my head is in a vise, and I have knives in my throat. So, I should just wait another day to count blessings and give thanks, right?
Wrong. I think I need to give thanks today.
So here goes:
1. Kids practicing for the Christmas program, re-telling the Nativity story with songs and fun.
2. A great worship service.
3. Lighting the first advent candle, and starting to prepare for Christ's birthday.
4. Seeing a feisty little girl get baptized yesterday . . . her eyes when she got wet, and then the wide reaching hands when she saw the baptismal candle. She just glowed, and it was sweet.
5. I am able to count, even with a head ache - I had to throw that one in here because I almost labeled this as number six. Whew.
6. Singing joyful praises to God.
7. Hearing a great sermon, packed with a wake up call for the season of advent, the beginning of a new church year. Wake up, Happy New Year! (It's a Lutheran church thing)
8. Hearing the choir, combined with the bell choir, a trumpet player, and a pianist. Wow.
9. Looking forward to celebrating next Sunday with the Kraft family, a missionary family that focuses their work in Bolivia, and includes the whole family from age 7ish and up.
10. My youngest daughter made three angel crafts in the last 24 hours. She is ready for the Christmas tree to be up, so she can hang her new ornaments.
11. My husband brought home a wreath.
12. My classes at the homeschool co-op are wonderful.
13. My mom is a huge help when I'm sick.
14. My youngest daughter watched a movie with me today - a kind of "get well" tradition involving humor, and laughter. Over the Hedge was our pick today.
15. We saw Tangled yesterday and really enjoyed the antics of the chameleon and the puppy-like horse.
16. Tea in large amounts.
17. Soft couches with big pillows.
18. A second Turkey, bought on sale, and roasted today, will feed my family for a week, and I won't have to cook for a little bit. Besides, roasting is easy. I just had to get up every half hour and baste. Not so hard with a kitchen timer, and thankfully my family doesn't do stuffing, so that takes out the work part of turkeys.
19. The bicycle made it into the van for tap company. The new tap trio routine for my girls and a friend of theirs includes a bicycle, three jumpropes and three energetic girls in tap shoes.
20. My husband took the girls to dance class, bicycle included.
21. The Lord gives me shelter, so I can rest.
Scripture Blessings:"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1