April 15, 2012


Wow!  I'm back after several weeks on hiatus.  I've missed you and my blog time, but I've also gained so much in my absence.  Things seem much more clear now, and I feel like I know what direction I want to take and need to take.   I know you are anxious to hear about the giveaway as well, but first things first.  Joy!  Gratitude!  My world is filled with so much negativity and it has become very apparent to me over the last several weeks away from this blog that I need to continually look for the blessings.  So, I will continue to do that here.  Over the next several Mondays I intend to get caught up with the Joy Dare at A Holy Experience.  I hope you will be patient with me as I list two weeks worth of gratitude on each Monday until I catch up.

Three gifts found:

1191.  What I am supposed to be doing with my life.  Yes, I'm almost 46, but God has made it very clear to me over this Lenten season what I'm supposed to be doing in so many areas of my life.  I'm clear about my work and why I am there.  I am clear about my gifts of mercy and encouragement and the burden I have to help others.  I'm clear about my photography.  I'm in a place that makes sense deep inside even though the world around me seems quite chaotic.  I feel at rest for the first time in a long time.
1192.  A rekindled passion for photography
1193.  A stumbling block in my growth.  Now that I know what it is, I can remove it.

A gift bent, broken, beautiful:

1194 - 1196.  Edna, Edna, and Edna.  She is well into her eighties.  She lives next door to my  mother.  She is bent over from a broken back and a bad surgery.  Constantly in pain.  But, she finds it within herself to visit others in the senior living center, bake for them, and help any way she can.  She's bent and broken, but she's beautiful.

Three gifts in the kitchen:

1197.  A new low-carb way of eating
1198.  A new wonderful salad dressing, Brianna's Home Style French Vinaigrette
1199.  Hubby's new mushroom cream sauce. Yuuuumy!

Three gifts loud:
1200.  My co-worker.  She has a loud infectious laugh that is a joy to have in the office.
1201.  Thunder.  Not just the Oklahoma City Thunder fans, but real thunder that claps and rattles the windows.
1202.  God's still small voice.

Can't you just hear the thunder?

Three gifts carved:

1203.  Part of my mother's Anri collection that I recently received
1204.  My cross necklace that  was beautifully made by my friend Lea's special Dad
1205.  A roast with a cool pink center

Three gifts in Christ:

1205.  How he shows me all the dots and how they connect. I love those Aha! moments.
1206.  A constant companion
1207.  The Holy Spirit.  As I look out my front door I can see the trees blowing wildly in the wind.  I can't see the wind, but I can see its affect on the trees.  This is how the Holy Spirit is in my life.  I can't see him, but I can see the results of his moving.

Three gifts read:

1208.  The Essential Jesus 100 Day reading plan on my Bible app
1209.  Dad reading his birthday cards out loud to us just like his old self
1210.  After surgery care instructions for my husband

Happy 85th Birthday Dad!

A gift in wind, in water, in white:

1211.  A visual of the Holy Spirit : )
1212.  Bubble bath
1213.  White cross sconces hanging on my dining room walls

Three gifts round:

1214.  My blessing box  (where I keep a few of my favorite treasured mementos)
1215.  A bird's nest Easter decoration that I've just decided to leave out all the time
1216.  The sub-lingual B12 vitamin that I put under my tongue every morning. 

Three gifts found in silence:

1217.  Time alone with God
1218.  Time to blog
1219.  Time to listen and hear the little things that I may not normally notice.

Three gifts given away:

1220.  Homemade taco soup for my step-son
1221.  A new coat for someone less fortunate
1222.  Words of hope to a hurting student

Three hard Eucharistos:

1223.  The pruning process that brings about growth and beauty
1224.  The narrow road that takes us to a place he will show us
1225.  Watching a young Christian struggle in their faith, but being called upon to be the encouragement.

A gift turned, folded, hung:

1226.  My mattress
1227.  Two wool blankets that I've had since I was 9 years old.  I took them to camp with me every year.
1228.  A poem hanging on my wall that my father wrote about his mother

My wool blankets.  This vintage color edit really took me back to my camp days.  I wish I could scan you some photos from them, but my scanner is on the blink.

Three gifts red:

1229.  The blood of Jesus
1230.  Red roses on my coffee table
1231.  My first car, my second car, and my third car

Linking up with the Joy Dare at A Holy Experience.


  1. Hi Stephani! It's great to see you back on here again!! :)

    I just followed your photography blog. Looking forward to catching up! =)

  2. I look forward to seeing more photography, just followed over there!

  3. Welcome back Stephani!

  4. Can I just say that I hear it! I hear the peace you have found...I can hear and feel it in your writing! I am SO happy for you. You know you have been on my mind and I have been praying for you.

    Off to check out that new photo blog...you go girl!

  5. Hi Stephani! It is good to see you again!! Your photography is wonderful! And it is so good to "read" that you have found direction and refreshing!! I look forward to "hearing" from you more!! ((HUGS))

  6. hi- i missed you! i read all of your thankfuls :) and i will follow your photo blog naturally. have you ever thought of starting an etsy shop to sell prints of your photos? i am trying to talk trav into getting me an iphone because i know they take awesome photos and you can upload/alter them to a thing called instagram which looks very cool. also read your most recent finding familiar post the other day too. xo

  7. I say the same thing each time...I so enjoy reading these posts...I love your observations, your joys, your shared moments. I'm looking forward to checking out your photography blog! Congrats!

  8. I want to meet your friend Edna!

    Trusting that your photography blog will be all you want it to be! I'd love to follow, but my internet here can makes it frustrating, waiting for photos to load.

    blessings and thanks for sharing your list!

  9. Sounds like your little hiatus yielded results well worth having...

  10. your photography is stunning an capturing!
    I follow on google connect as "anash"

    anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com


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