"If the God you believe in as an idea doesn’t start showing up in what happens to you in your own life, you have as much cause for concern as if the God you don’t believe in as an idea does start showing up. It is absolutely crucial, therefore, to keep in constant touch with what is going on in your own life’s story and to pay close attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present. If God is not present in those stories, then they are scarcely worth telling." ~ Frederick Buechner

04 June 2012

Good Things in May

Kari, the author of a blog I follow, is not only an incredible writer, but each month, she publishes a list of "Good Things" from the previous month.

Although I've been reading her blog for over a year, it wasn't until recently that I felt inspired to keep my own list of Good Things. It all has to do with some hard work God is doing in my heart (which I won't go into here, since that's generally not the sort of thing people seem to be interested in), but I have found that seeing my list of Good Things multiple times a day by my kitchen calendar has been an effective perspective check for me.

Obviously, because this is a list, I haven't gone into any of the background stories that may accompany some of them. If you want to ask, I'd be glad to share (probably). :~)

1. Planted iris bulbs (gift from neighbor)
2. Nich cooked dinner and it was incredible
3. Two things - Temporary relief from plantar faciitis pain, thanks to Dr. Keith; Little B says "Ella-budder" (elevator) afterward as we're leaving the building
4. Planted lavender, cilantro, basil, thyme, and African daisies
5. B slept in until 7:30
6. K's love for our family, manifested in the form of a book gift for Little B's dedication
7. Nighttime Bible study on deck with Nich
8. Time to crochet
9. Cuteness of B (and other toddlers) dancing at Kindermusik
10. Jen sincerely surprised at her baby shower
11. Good time with community group
12. Several things - a nice lady at the Farmers' Market gave us an enormous muffin for free; B's passport application went without a hitch; great family time at the Tulip Fest
13. Breakfast in bed for Mother's Day, long bike ride, nap
14. Finally! Access to our bank!
15. "Village" for water spillage
16. Dr. Keith's kindness
17. Much-needed chat with Ra
18. Ssekos came in the mail!
19. A morning spent sewing and chatting with Miss Jill
20. Took a nap
21. Nich and B were relatively unharmed from their bike accident
22. Clothes on loan for B from Zoe
23. Reminder that I am loved, even if those who love me are dispersed all over the world
24. B didn't need stitches!
25. Great dinner night with community group
26. Start of a 3-day weekend for Nich
27. Knowing we had another day of Nich being home!
28. Fun day outdoors at a friend's house
29. A friend at Bible study told me she missed me and wanted to schedule a get-together
30. Started working out again
31. Fun swimming with B

1 comment:

  1. like this post a lot. great idea to remember to be thankful, even for the "little things". scary that the boys had a biking accident but glad it was okay in the end.