Saturday, September 29, 2012

Thanks-living September {a linky}

Sometimes it's the simple things that I'm most thankful for.

We went to the beach with relatives visiting from Oklahoma. Since God knows one of my love languages is animals, he brought this friend on over. Paco the Pelican, as he is now known, wasn't afraid at all.

He just looked at me. Posing.
Isn't he beautiful?

Incidentally, we saw dolphins, fish, and giant orange and pink sea stars stuck to the pylons.
It was an extraordinary walk on the pier.

I'm thankful this month for opportunities to serve God. You know, he doesn't need our help
But He chooses to use us.

This month, it has been such a huge blessing to start 101 Wednesdays. So many women have responded, in my face-to-face life, through the blog, and a few even shared that they were thinking of starting their own studies in their communities. I knew God had been moving my heart to start it up; I just couldn't have predicted how inspired, humbled, blessed and satisfied I'd feel after doing so. (That's how you know you are where you're supposed to be, I think.)

I'm thankful our church encourages kids to serve the Lord too. My girl serves on the Power Hands team. It's only for 4th graders and up; they lead worship and hand motions for all the littler kids.

(And that's my mommy. She was looking so cute I had to take a photo of those two. She always looks cute, btw. I'm thankful for her too. She's a fun mommy and a very popular Nana.)

I'm thankful for quiet times and creativity.
I've been getting some myself, now that the kids are in school, and it's wonderful. I am really loving making things - special, one-of-a-kind things - for my shop. I'm very thankful for friends like you who have encouraged me and loved the results.

Here, my little guy is having some creative time of his own writing comics. He wrote multiple stories, some with three chapters, over the span of a few days. They are quite funny. My favorite was called "Episode 2 - My way" which was a silly version of a Star Wars epsiode.  

Lastly, I'm thankful that God goes before us. He knows what will happen tomorrow, and next week, and next year in my life. It's been a rough transition getting back to the school routine. Early mornings, busy afternoons, loads of homework, things forgotten, half-eaten lunches and tired everyone. It's tempting to dwell on the unpleasant aspects of September, for me anyway. But I'm choosing to be thankful that I don't need to figure things out ahead of time.

I don't need to know all the answers.

I have a good God.
And He goes ahead of me, making sure I will have what I need.
Tomorrow, and next week, and next year.

What about you?
What blessings did you find this month?




  1. This month I was blessed to learn some hard lessons...sounds ironic, but I'm thankful to be learning better ways to live and be, as I learn to trust Him in all things!

  2. I love this link up and finding reasons to be thankful!! I'm with you on the tough back-to-school routines!! I get exhausted on Sunday evenings just thinking about the week ahead. It's so nice to slow down, sit down, and reflect on all the good things!! Have a blessed day!!

  3. I must admit, I'm a little jealous that you saw all those creatures in one day on a walk on the pier! I'm thankful for having people who love, care and understand me. :) Found you on the LL link up and I'm now following!


    1. Wait, I take it back, I did not directly found you on the LL link up but on one of the people who linked up there. Anyway, your blog is still a great find :)

  4. your mother is to cute and too trendy! tell her to come to central cal and help this mama out.

    i'm thankful for a whole lot today. thankful for words, for a girl who loves to bake, fingers dancing across the piano, for God who is too generous to me, and so much more.

  5. You are so sweet to leave me a comment, totally made my day! :)
    I do have Instagram (caslee)so most of those photos are from IG, some are not... but I use the Diptic app to make the collage. Diptic is awesome and it's super easy. You can chose from all kinds of layouts and I chose the 4 squares and then made 4 different collages and insert them into another layout to make the 16 pictures. Does that make any sense....? this is harder to explain than I thought. HA!
    Hopefully you understood all of that.
    Thanks again for the link up and your encouraging posts every month! You really are such a blessing!