Thanks......as in the noun.
It's my "word" for this season, perhaps this year.
Chickie and I returned to Longwood Gardens this week, to see spring in its glory.
"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." G.K.Chesterton
"Lord, if thanks is the highest form of thought, make it my first thought. Turn me towards thanks first - so my life doesn't turn into the last thing I'd hoped for." Ann Voskamp
"The stability of the world depends on this rejoicing of God in His works." John Calvin
"The answer to anxiety is the adoration of Christ." Ann Voskamp
It's not exaggerating to say that I see the glory of God every single day in His creation. Whether it be the glory of nature, the thoughtful, perfect striping on a tabby cat, the subtle daily change of the seasons, sunrises and sunsets.....all invoke worship daily for me.
Is it any wonder that growing things grow heavenward, reaching for light? I don't think so. All a part of glorifying its Creator.
He loads blessings on us every day. Blessings. Gifts. Graces. All undeserved, but all because of His goodness and His love for us.
The lesson is to learn to keep eyes fixed on Him, as we forge ahead with joy through a life that must include trials and tribulation. I'd say it's an ongoing process here on earth.
April is always a busy month for us!
We've LOTS of birthdays!
Dear Chickie turned 22 on the 29th. The two of us went out for breakfast and she requested a special dinner be made in her honor. (Steak, sweet potato fries, spinach salad)
Oh, and we can't forget the ice cream cake I made for her!
I made danishes. This is homemade phyllo dough, people!
It is a long and involved process, but basically cookbook and highly satisfying!
Sometime, I'll share.
Mister celebrated a birthday too!
Happiest man I've ever met.
Had a multitude of other family birthdays, as well.
We started dining with more regularity on the sun porch, now that the weather is warming.
I started digging and working the community garden plot. Peas, carrots, and beans coming along. The plot is 25'x50' and you sure can't beat the exercise you get by tilling the whole thing by hand!
Thank you, Cheryl (thinkingabouthome.blogspot.com) for hosting such a great party each month!!!
This is a new and delightful event for me.....Gathering the Moments with Cheryl (http://thinking-about-home.blogspot.com/)
(Please, oh please work, dear Blogger, and let me have a link to Cheryl's blog on her name!)
So, looking back on the month of March.....
We had snow, ice, and cold. Even this past Sunday, we got an inch of slush. All of which is gone, now....Hallelujah!
In the midst of all the wintry weather, we had the perennial anemones bloom.
I gathered my cast iron skillets and started using them daily. For meat, veggies, bread and dessert!
Spent lots of time in the kitchen...a good thing. Made Danishes from scratch. Homemade dough. Homemade filling. The works. That's future blog fodder, 'cause there are lots of pictures.
Made applesauce. After I made it a few months ago, Chickie decided that all our applesauce must be homemade.
Made laundry detergent. Nothing new there. But that's what's in the little pan. 15 minutes of work, 6 months of detergent for pennies.
Gave a cat a lion cut. Now that was interesting.
Oh, and Mister retired!
I had a most encouraging email exchange with Cheryl where she 'got' what I was expressing in a post, and she described dealing with change this way, "Sounds as if you are in the midst of lots of changes at your house and are finding the courage to forge ahead with joy!" Isn't that a beautiful description of life with Jesus??!!
Thank you Cheryl for hosting and for sharing yourself with the rest of us!