Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thankful Thursday, Week 152

I've neglected this poor little blog so much the past several months, and neglected even more Thankful Thursdays :(... I've been pretty diligent to sit down and write out praises for each day since November, but sharing them on my blog is a completely different matter. I have no idea  if I'll publish the ones I've missed or if I'll just leave it as is, but I really want to at least pick it back up, so, I'm here for once, haha! I'm not sure whether my writing streak, my drive to not stop anything I start, or the blogging enthusiasm going around from Bethi and Tori, has more to do with that fact, heehee :). But never-the-less, here are a few of the things that I've had to be grateful for this past week :).

~Drawing with Tori... kind of. I mean, we did a little bit. She was very un-interested for an artist. Haha! But she was very thrilled to "force me to use my creativity". Hahaha! By the way, Tori has started up her own blog, Sketching Dreams, that she is extremely excited about, that she is devoting to her artwork :)!
~Bethi's no-bake cookies :)! She made them all by herself, except for the fact that Andrew helped her spoon them out, for the first time last week :). Yummy!
~Josiah getting to play with a snowball :). He desperately wanted Daddy to roll it back and forth with him... but, being snow, it kind of broke. That was priceless, haha!
~A lap full of sleeping baby boys! Peter totally skipped his nap the other day, and mid afternoon, Josiah fell asleep on me, and then Peter came up and did the same, haha :).
~The way Josiah prays with the rest of the family at meal time :). It is soooo precious! He reached for hands, and sits quietly... he even bowed his head the other day! <3
~R. C. Sproul's series, "What is Reformed Theology?". We've been learning from them the past couple weeks that we haven't been able to make it to church (we have had snow on the ground for a week and a half now, and more is coming down as I type!)
~The book of Hebrews :).
~4Chess. My Grandma sent it home with us a while back, because it never got played. With Bethi and Andrew now interested in it, we finally have enough people to play it! Although it goes on longer than the usual game... and I may end up finishing Tori's play at times, haha... we've enjoyed it several times lately :). And I may have not done so well against Daddy... lol...
~Peter eagerly (*very* eagerly!) feeding Josiah his carrots (with help, haha!). He thought he was so big :).
~This magazine, Set Apart Girl. Its free online, and, though I haven't finished it, it is proving to be a wonderful read!
~All of the wonderful things that are going on in the orphanage that we have helped raise funds for. Three children listed for adoption for the first time, five of the children are now in the adoption process, and the Hidden Treasures auctions are starting back up this April to help bring them home :)!
~Andrew's work (with Daddy's help) building and using some mini catapults :). He did a great job :).
~Bethi's new blog, Gratefully His :)! She would love it if you would check it out :)!
~Spaghetti Squash. You should have hear the "oooo"s and "Oh"s going on while Mommy pulled it apart last night, heehee :).
~Choir practice :). We are enjoying it so much :)! I am thrilled that Tori agreed to join, heehee :).
~All the robins in our backyard this afternoon... there were at least a dozen, it was so odd! But they were adorable :).
~Seeing Josiah toddle around the corner... he is so sweet! He's able to stand up without holding onto anything, now, too... he's so big! Its hard to believe he'll be a year old this month...
~Hearing Emmi sound out her letters with Mommy :). She's doing really well!
~Psalm 8 :).
~Emmi and Abbi telling me about a history book Mommy is reading with them... a little disjointed, a little confusing, haha, but I love that they are interested and sharing :).

"Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of  
praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name."
                                                  ~Hebrews 13:15          

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