21 September 2017

count 'em up.


  • safe road trips
  • running into random folks at the gas station in newnan...nothing like hearing "i think i know you..."
  • daniel tiger and his ability to help emma process her feelings
  • leaving a certain little one crying (so that i can go and compose myself) and coming back to this (it really is best to walk away sometimes):


  • painting the fence with nick
  • eli's chance to go to the auburn game
  • acknowledging my issues
  • truth quotes


  • fun pens made from recycled water bottles
  • "have no motivation other than to know your Father in heaven." - oswald chambers
  • amish friendship bread and cinnamon roll flavored coffee
  • when a brother and sister play together in harmony (have pokemon, will travel)


  • eli's excitement over "manly mondays"
  • a delightful morning of life/school at home (can they all be like that one, please?!)
  • the chance to wear my african fabric dress
  • how easy it is to make images with the youversion bible app
  • lists and charts and figuring things out
  • the kids' delight in going through the car wash
  • polar pops
  • the inevitable jokes that accompany a "boston butt" fundraiser

15 September 2017

waffle makers and whiteboards.


  • "...if i can raise them to be thinkers who love learning, then i will have done my job well. " maandpamodernhomeschool
  • crave at ccc
  • UGA game watching with the Bakers
  • stepping out after hurricane irma (and the incredible lack of disaster)


  • friends who are getting closer and closer to bringing their son home from china
  • mercy me's happy dance
  • getting more and more settled in our home schooling
  • waffle iron worship instruments

  • the sweet friends that hurrican irma brought to columbus (lauren and carey!)
  • when my kids request to listen to really good songs
  • pepper jelly + cream cheese + crackers
  • caroline's cuteness in her jeans and boots

  • the way God has been using the whiteboard this week
  • lunch with dee dee...such easy and meaningful conversation
  • Truth shared and Holy Spirit confirmation
  • felt like getting up to run again.

08 September 2017

He is such a good gift giver!


  • cali n tito's with joy (the person and the fruit of the spirit!)
  • time in athens with amy
  • fun lights strung in the trees



  • live music
  • moments that make me think and weep (and friends who understand)
  • kool-aid dyed hair (and the friends that first introduced us!)


  • kids sleeping in (after late nights)
  • cheesestraws and rice krispies and chocolate cake slyly snuck into the car
  • nick and eli working on eli's fantasy football team (the thankfulness is about the time together...and the way they coordinate with the decor more so than the football :))

  • molly & ritchie's generosity and the God-cidence that the house was available
  • ship friends that come for a visit
  • time at the infantry museum


  • big drink and even bigger popcorn
  • God's creation on display in the IMAX theatre
  • the men and women that have so selflessly served our country as soldiers


  • 2 early morning walks with ann-marie
  • oh this weather. 
  • outside + acrobatics + trampoline + green grass + picnic blanket + blue skies


  • flair pens on sale
  • goats milk soap that is a call to prayer
  • kids in cages and lion faces



  • time in the prayer room at CCC
  • listening to God's truth
  • "i forgive you, mom."  (if my kids know anything it's how to receive an apology...wish they didn't get to practice forgiveness quite so much!)

01 September 2017

lifestyle of giving thanks.


  • hamburgers by the pool (especially once the sun was behind the trees)
  • a mailbox full of mail
  • clean clothes
  • an incredible act of generosity in a funky homemade box

  • celebrating meme and papa - siblings who love each other
  • being close enough to partcipate in family gatherings in person
  • sugar babies and hot tamales
  • getting to see charles play ball


  • late night at waffle house
  • kaycie - amazing girl who hangs out with her boyfriend's family even when her boyfriend isn't around (and gives away really great hats)
  • hearing about the dreams and passions of others -- take the city
  • the loveliness that is the swedish "fika" - and the friends who introduced us


  • meaningful conversation and a run around maple ridge with tiffany
  • seeing sam & christy (no matter how short the visit)
  • global stamps
  • mail from a south african friend!


  • open door kind of morning - coolness in the air!  
  • time to talk and walk around heath lake park
  • "free us for joyful obedience" (part of the responsive reading at CCC) 
  • speaking of south africa, the peachtree mall has cinnabon!!!!

  • so much rich and meaningful time with the whites...seems like we would get tired of each other...but we don't.
  • jesus we love you - bethel song
  • school on the trampoline.  feels so right. 
  • how much caroline enjoyed buying and eating her cfa - and the tiny container of pickles!  


  • easy and excellently timed delivery of the couch for the cottage
  • when a friend starts "feeling like herself again"
  • an introduction to zoe's kitchen
  • sweet time with sweet katherine 

25 August 2017

always more to be thankful for.


  • catching up on correspondence (i really like sending mail....and using the word correspondence makes me feel like someone in a jane austen novel)
  • easy plan B for dinner when the chicken was smelling funky
  • dinner with twinkle and her girls (best butter chicken since benin!)
  • henna!  i am addicted to this word:


  •  king of my heart  - such a good song. 
  • solar eclipse viewing..."sun, moon and stars in their courses above"
  • "trust me and don't be afraid." - jesus calling
  • girls & gummi worms & swimming & cupcakes


  • when an errand goes exactly as planned
  • the courage of a friend to be honest
  • kind words in blogs and fb posts
  • routines and backyard performances by the white & cash kids


  • "kind people are my kind of people."
  • the publix gift card that just keeps on providing
  • ballet unto the Lord
  • CCC youthgroup


  • thoughtful gifts from grandaddy for caroline
  • having sweet caroline to celebrate
  • time at lakebottom with the whites.  so much goodness, indeed. 
  • good quotes
  • .50 corndogs at sonic!
  • date night!! (and it included fried pickles and a capp blast - not together, thankfully - and really good rolls that are pretty much dessert...and time with nick. that's the best part.)
  • more lessons in trusting God - being obedient and doing what He asks and not being concerned with the results.
  • my african fabric bag.  

17 August 2017

so many gifts in all sorts of shapes & sizes.


  • sweet open house at Clement Arts
  • helpful & kind neighbors
  • peaceful start to school


  • it's all God's money anyway.
  • making lists & taking notes on cardboard with sharpie
  • popcorn pot!


  • giftcards in the mailbox
  • loved so much about Sunday at CCC - broken projector didn't hinder worship, praying for and commissioning students and teachers, a leader who is unafraid to address racial issues, youth party with a rock climbing wall and bouncy obstacle course (and lots of water balloons)
  • puzzle piece prayers


  •  super kind welcome basket from the radney family (especially the chicken salad!!!)
  • "do not let unexpected problems distract you from my presence." - jesus calling
  • the cashier at Burger King spelled my name right! (it's the little things that are really kind of big things!) 


  • library cards for everyone!!
  • nick's truck is fixed and papers are found
  • celebratory doughnuts!

11 August 2017

cultivating that thankful mindset...

  • surprise BOGO free at starbuck's
  • getting to swing by and drop off a coffee 
  • oh that cake pop
  • sweet event on sunday afternoon


  • celebrating poppa's 90 years of life!
  • cash cottage waffle friday (messy though it be)
  • friends who don't mind the mess
  • seeing shipmates in a magazine and reading her incredible words


  • beautiful moon
  • the gift of worship
  • the rain that came the day after the furniture was moved
  • the silly ridiculousness of the game "speak out" 


  •  marco's pizza. matt the generous strikes again.
  • generosity in the form of an anonymous visa gift card
  • AB's joy in climbing on the stool
  • "working the land" (as a family to boot!)


  • Emma's excitement over the "grand opening of iris the octopus's house"
  • "is the Lord Jesus Christ being abundantly satisfied by your life?" - oswald chambers
  • family mario chase (boy i'm bad at video games though)
  • trying to practice "delighting in the one in front of me."