24 August 2010


beginning a list of joys, from scratch:

1. kernels of hope with neatly thatched caps [and the miracle of an oak tree housed in something so small and shyly green]


2. the mystery of God's Spirit housed in a flawed, inadequate me

3. fresh quilts for almost-here babies

baby coins quilt

baby coins quilt

4. my five-year-old songwriter

elle's song

SHePHerD I Love you GoD you Are GreAT
AND MiGHTY BuT Love is Miy FavorTa worD
AND I Love you GOD you Ar Big GreaT

[sing it loud, my sweet girl]

5. glimpses of the other side, of shimmering-firefly mornings

other side


5b. knowing that these here-and-now joys are the barest echoes of the unspeakable joy to come.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. [2 Corinthians 4.18]

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joining the gratitude community at ann's place.

holy experience

and, per tuesday's usual, celebrating the miracle of everyday with emily.

tuesdays unwrapped at cats


KS said...

Wow...I needed this today. I cried at Elle's song and wept with your reminder that the here and now is just that...here and now. We've been struggling with infertility for two years and have yet to feel direction from God about adoption, so I've been feeling very antsy to move out of this place in life, but you're right. It's temporary. The eternal is so much more important and to quote Andy Stanley, I shouldn't be mistaking God's silence for a lack of his presence.

[insert peaceful sigh here].

Thank you.

Raechel said...

Loved reading this this afternoon. Thanks for sharing.

Mommy Emily said...

i am God's lamb...and love is my favorite word... she sings God's heart. beautiful.

Excellent Parent said...

thats amazing, the pictures, the blanket and the song. love it!

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh my gosh...you are such a breath of fresh air. I love coming here. Just beautiful!!

Adelle said...

Why I am now in love with this blog:

1. I love gratitude, and write about it every Monday.
3. The name - who can resist something called "60 Piggies"?

Thank you SO much for stopping by!!!

Adelle said...

I'm sorry, I forgot No. 4


amanda said...

love your blog. it is such a quiet place.

the sweetest little song, can only imagine that little heart amazes you every single day!

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

What a wonderful and beautiful post! Great list of joys! Gorgeous quilts... such a blessing they are going to be for some sweet babies!! :)

Shannan Martin said...

That quilt. That girl. That Mama....

Unknown said...

wow , as always.

did you make the quilt? Is it free style or crazy quilted ?
I love the bits on the back. My sewing machine sat cold all summer.... sigh.

what a sacred space this is here, truly.

Laura said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a great, great post!

Denny said...

The words to the song made this granpa's heart sing. The realization of that the heart behind the words is so young both humbles and encourages me.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful family, beautiful blog, and your words are so touching. I'm SO glad I found your blog today. Truly inspiring. Now following you!!!


Amy said...

What a beautiful song and beautiful post. So thankful I stopped by your blog today.

Jorth said...

And from small acorns...

Thank you so much for the much needed reminder that even though we may be small we can all do great things.

xo L

Danielle said...

Thanks for stopping by! I love your daughter's writing! So sweet!!!!!

Alisa Greig said...

beautiful nicky--your daughter has inherited your way with words, what a blessing :)

amy luella said...

oh, that song is precious! love your list! and love that peek through the knot hole in your fence!

amy luella said...

alright sorry...that acorn shot...THAT quilt! be-U-T-ful, too!

lulu and family said...

alright sorry...that acorn shot...THAT quilt! be-U-T-ful, too!

Danielle said...

Thanks for stopping by! I love your daughter's writing! So sweet!!!!!