Thankful Thursday #42

Image from “Rain”, a breathtaking installation by Stacee Kalmanovsky

This week I’m thankful for…

  • waking to the sound of rain
  • the scent of rain on asphalt wafting in through my open classroom door
  • the little ones whispering in the corner of the class about how much they love school
  • the part of the pumpkin life cycle where they shrink back to the earth
  • my little ones who loved smelling, feeling and examining our old pumpkins with magnifying glasses
  • my bathrobe
  • Donald Miller’s book Through Painted Deserts
  • my dear friend who is on the road trip of his life and calls me to tell me about all the quirky things he sees on the road.  His calls make me laugh so hard that I cry and cry so hard that I laugh.
  • soaking in my hot tub while it drizzles
  • morning prayer time with my hubby
  • my teaching team
  • my Fall clothes
  • hot mint tea on a cold Fall day

Thankful Thursday #33

This week I’m thankful for…

  • watching the Tour de France with Terry and my stepdad, Chris
  • hearing Donald Miller speak
  • time to myself to think
  • new bike cleats
  • singing “Sweet Caroline” at the top of our lungs as Terry and I drove with the top down
  • the shooting star I saw while sitting in my hot tub.  I think it was the brightest one I’ve ever seen.
  • catching up with old friends
  • morning prayer time with Terry
  • kayaking on the lake in the quiet of morning

Wanted: A Love Story

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Standing tiptoe on the edge of a new year, I’m thinking about Donald Miller’s book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.  It’s all about writing your life, making it the kind of story you want to live.

I want mine to be a love story.

A story filled with affectionate moments with my favorite guy.

A story that includes big adventures in new settings.

A story of being brave and taking risks.

A story rich with the people I love, the characters who make me laugh, make me cry, make me a better person.

A story that includes being healthy and strong enough to explore on two wheels.

A story punctuated with quiet times to listen for God’s voice.

A story so wonderful that my fingers can’t type it fast enough.

I want mine to be a love story.

A love story for life.

What kind of story do you want to live this year?