Friday, December 02, 2011

{ Grace List }

I am keeping a grace list. A collection of the unending gifts of goodness and joy, just for me, from Jesus.
This is what my list for November looked like:

203. Really good conversation + dialog over the beginning of Philippians.
204. Seeing Sean and Deb
205. Seeing Me Ma + Grandpa
206. Heart to heart over coffee with Nikki
207. Front row at opening Sunday at Mars Hill Bellevue
208. huge light bulb moment for me as Pastor Mark was talking about love + respect between a husband + a wife
209. tears and repentance ( see # 208) 
210. More tears over Mark's spontaneous baptism.
211. making lists, big lists
212. stocking up on snacks at Trader Joes
213. all David's help in getting us out the door
213. getting a good early start
214. David chasing us down in the truck for one last kiss
215. the three beautiful little faces in my rear view mirror
216. palm trees + sunny skies
217. Lucy peeking out the corner of her car seat at me
218. making good time
219. only two poopy diapers all day
220. good report to Daddy. Kids were absolute troopers after 12 hours in the car.
221. someday I want to come back and explore Bend Or.
222. traveling mercies
223. feeling so prayed for
224. getting so close
225. Apple Izze
226. easy rush hour traffic through LA
227. pulling into the their driveway with Rylan jumping up and down in the front yard
228. hello hugs...especially Leslie + Lucy's
229. my strawberry + avacado salad
230. talking into the early morning hours
231. the way our kids became instant best friends
232. Cade's "yay!" everytime we called them for food.
233. hearing Annabelle tell David all about her day on the phone
234. the way Rylan said Annabelle with a southern accent...emphasis on belle
235. seeing them all lined up in a row at the counter.
236. party preparations
237. presents with strange numbers attached coming in the mail
238. dynamite shrimp 
239. surrounded by piles of presents in the craft room at midnight
240. slippers and scarves and being ding-dong-ditched in the middle of the night by #26
241. for the gift of true, encouraging words that brought tears to the eyes of our dear birthday girl.
243 shopping the attic for pretty party props
244 watching movies on the wall while the Mama's slipped away to shop
245 really yummy popped in coconut oil popcorn 
246.for four little ones who were so good and let us rush around getting things ready for the party
247 for making it out of Costco with all 5 kids, alive
248. for whispered giggles  in the shadows by flashlight from the tent in the living room
249 the girls in aprons helping me back g.f. s.f. happy birthday sugar cookies
250  Leslie wore leggings
251. giggles + cuddles over Pillowtalk
252. for hylands teething tablets
253. getting to meet their dear friends
254  for flirty emails sent and received
255. for the boys running miles of circles around the back yard 
256.for getting to help Nick pull off the prettiest date night picnic + a movie/ 30th birthday party in their back yard.
257. . Cade + Jack, Rylan + Annabelle = inseparable
261. reading quotes, really good, hitting-home ones from Sacred Marriage
262. really good g.f. panini's for lunch
264. our cry/pray spot on kitchen floor 
265. prayers while I went to not get Andi at the airport
267. playing dr. with the girls
268. Aunt Terri's corn and zucchini chowder ( which I've now made twice since we got home)
269. H+M
269. Andi's Trader Joe's taffy obsession
270. Nick vacuming out my car
271. stawberry's dipped in powdered lemonade
praying and crying together before we left
272. driving through Hollywood
273. surviving Redding CA.
274. two days of nonstop talking in the car
275. it's really true that we've never run out of things to talk about
276. the pillowcases L sent for us, stuffed with gifts that were a huge lifesaver with the kids
277. singing along to Matt Hammit, Rosi Golan + JJ Heller's Deeper
278. Annabelle's excitement as we got closer and closer to home
279. singing "Hurrah for Daddy" as we pulled into our drive way
280. a sweet + happy homecoming to David
281. having Jenny back in Spokane
282.  a fun happy birthday dinner for Andi with dear friends at Twigs
283. an amazing, amazing concert with Jenny + Tyler, Audrey Assad + Sara Groves
284. " your only labor is to trust..."
285  two hours of pure + beautiful worship to Jesus
286. laughing till our stomachs hurt
287. SB's caramel brulee lattes
288. Opperation Christmas Child
289. Lucy finally saying Dada.
290. Happy baby to be news of a dear, dear friend...and it's their first!
291. The movie, The Tree of Life
292.the green pea coat that I got on sale for %75 off.
293. tucked away in a row of bookshelves over coffee and tears with Roo
294. Twenty sweet, sweet minutes with Grannie Annie
295. That she remembered all our names
296. Singing " There's not a sweetheart anywhere" to her...
297. Jack's sweet kisses and snuggles with her
298. Lucy getting to meet Grannie Annie + Aunt Lynne all in the same day.
299. Daddy telling stories in the car
300. Me laughing so hard at his clever + funny rendition of Goldilocks
301. sister/cousin time
302. the happy chaos of Thanksgiving day at Mor Mors
303. a second Thanksgiving dinner with my parents
304. A really special visit + time with them
305. seeing Nate so happy
306. the best pumpkin pie ever that Nana made especially for Jack
307. Jack +  Hallee's goodbye kiss
308. 80% of my Christmas shopping done and it's not even December 1st
310. bedtime snuggles and stories and giggles with Annabelle
311. the anticipation of December days + Advent and snow.


Cottage Mommy said...

Totally lovely...

Leslie said...

I love you. A lot.
Love this list. I cried.
over not getting Andi
and our cry spot on the floor..
and me in leggings. You sneaky thing you.

Oh and Hurray for Daddy, and Auntie Roo, and Lucy meeting Grannie Annie, and the idea of david telling goldilocks...

I love how you love life.
Miss you.

Oh P.S. Target carries Woodzeez now. And I saw the hedgehogs.. but baby Calico Hedgehogs coming Anabelles way for the holidays. :)

Fairlightday said...

Excellent list Chelle

Nikki said...

Love this list. And that photo is precious....What I wouldn't give to sit in front of that fireplace this Advent!!

Andrea said...

beautiful! such special memories and evidences of His grace :)