Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Blank Books of Thankfulness

I spent the last four days in Denver, Colorado with my sister. One afternoon she tucked me away at a little bookstore called the "Tattered Cover".  If I owned a bookstore, I would want it kind of like this: full of cubby holes and nooks with couches and wooden chairs. Nearly everything is wooden; the ceiling beams are exposed and the floor creaks. Books seem to belong wrapped around with more of themselves, more tree. And sitting among the stained shelves, running my hand along the smooth wood-grain of the table, I feel at home... almost.

I sat next to the blank book section. This was a bit of a difficulty as I am somewhat of a fanatic for blank books and journals. I am very picky about them, however, preferring certain styles and most importantly narrow lines. Blank books are full of possibility, so full of promise, they are empty and unknown. They are the place for stories, real stories, that have not become yet. They are untold. This is exciting... most of the time. The uncertainty can be terrifying as well, that is, if the focus is on the emptiness of the page rather than the story and its author.  

714. A long talk with Katie
715. Unlimited minutes phone plan
716. New pink shirt
717. Scarves
718. I like my feet!
719. New jeans and earphones
720. Being sure of my shoes
721. Laughing with Laurel
722. My sister forgave me for how I treated her as a child
723. I did a lot of confessing as a kid
724. My parents are so creative!
725. New underwear
726. "We Would See Jesus" by Roy and Revel Hession
727. "The Tattered Cover" bookstore that provides inspiration and rest
728. Little boy at Chinese grocery
729. My new computer
730. Jake's giggles
731. Little boys who like to go fishing
732. Mango Caramel Chicken
733. Cilantro
734. Successful made-up pasta salad!
735. Laughing with Katie

Monday, May 14, 2012

Tulip Thankfulness

I've much to be thankful for. I haven't been very good at writing it all down lately... 
God is good.
694. Pauli's here
695. Feeling grief
696. Dirty feet
697. Never being suspected
698. Team phone call
699. Being done with my speech
700. A good chat with Molly
701. Only one social engagement today
702. Fear Not... for I am with you
703. Flowers delivered from Lizzy
704. Doggy snores

705. Lizzy-isms
706. Moments of quiet
707. Mom's foot and back rubs
708. Playing games (like Settlers of Catan)
709. Finding new favorite clothes
710. A nice pedicure that still lasts!
711. Jeeves and Wooster
712. Jesus Calling gift from a friend

713. My mother's tulips 

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Thankful List Backlog

634. Funny spellings and English on the headstone
635. A beautiful view
636. The circle road and how you never will be impossibly lost in this city
637. BreathSavers peppermints however old
638. Being compared to a terrorist organization
639. the one lone flower left
640. The K fam squished into one triangle of the rotating dorway
641. All the luggage making it through
642. Being upgraded to business class and it being awesome
643. My salty gift: more tears
644. My sweet gift: Jason Gray's song "How I Ended Up Here"
645. My gift just right:  an awesome back massage
646. D having my back
647. Refining fire
648. Praying together
649. Communion
650. My years here at the school
651. Students who love me and want me to be their teacher
652. Precocious 5th graders
653. Kids who come to school anyway
654. The reflection room
655. A meeting with Y
656. That Y doesn't have it out for me
657. The thunderstorm, lightning, hail, and drenching rain
658. Wrapped sea glass necklace
659. Communal battery licking
660. Faithlynn's teary performance
661. He will complete that which he has begun  (He doesn't give up!)
662. He gives comfort
663. H's tears of love for me
664. Y making some sense when he talks
665. Pepperoni
666. Pizzas
667. Tear drops of concern and care
668. My new enjoyment  of eggs
669. Pasta with parmesan cheese
670. Whiteboards in my classrooms
671. A dear friend who fasts and prays for me
672. A power outage that brings quiet from construction noise so I can take a nap
673. Hannah here for a visit
674. Student comments that could get me in t
675. The love and care of my team for me
676. The tulips spreading wide in the heat of the afternoon
677. The hyacinths' blooming smell
678. Great quotes from great writers
679. Katie's news! Yay!
680. Being an idiot again
681.Teaching girls to become women of character
682. Green mountains
683. My car didn't blow up today
684. Getting fresh clothes for tomorrow.
685. I know faithful teens
686. Bone-weary days
687. Being counted worthy
688. A rose in a glass
689. A momentary panic  seeing a man with an earpiece--but able to recover
690. Bacon
691. Full breakfast with no puking
692. Chatting with Molly
693. Super fast internet