Sunday, July 31, 2011
First, I am thankful for the wonderful opportunity DD had to work with great clinicians this past week in the Acting in Singing Workshop put on my Ars Nova. She really did learn alot. One of the things they did was a one act play by Thurber called The Happy Journey. Katie had a lot of lines to learn and did a great job! I do not think she has ever had to learn so many lines so quickly. Ron Harris was the clinician for that part. Dr. Beazley worked with her on voice and Paul Houghtailing worked with the group staging their excerpts. DD's part was in Les Mis. She also worked with Susan Kelly on dance and movement. Dr. Beazley really did put together an excellent staff for this!
Secondly, I am thankful for the time I had today to be amongst God's family. It is wonderful to spend time with our church family. Being in the company of fellow believers is always welcomed.
Friday, July 29, 2011
But I am thankful for time spent, one on one with my kids. They are captive in the vehicle with me and we have some wonderful conversations while I am driving. It takes practice to draw information out of a 13 year old boy but the van is a great place for it.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
The picture says it all tonight! I am thankful for my sewing machine. Nothing fancy but getting the job done. I think I am going to name the machine finally. Care to make a suggestion for a name? I'm leaning towards Beverly at the moment. That would be in honor of Beverly Sills the opera singer.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Suzanne will be reporting volunteer hours and donations up to Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, part of PCUSA. She is a resource for out of town groups who wish to help. She will know who has chain saws to put to use and who can provide meals for volunteers. You can reach Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org
At a time when there is so much strife about PCUSA, it is a blessing to see the reach we have when we all work together. I am so thankful for a connectional church and Suzanne Thornhill.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I have been reflecting on different cultures here in the US and how thankful I am to be where I am! The idea that girls are not worth educating has really bothered me. I have heard stories of certain cultures where that is the norm. It seems incredible to me to hear that! I suspect it is a small subset of the particular culture and not the whole. I am so thankful to have been raised by parents who did not put limits on my dreams or education!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Today's gratitude - I am thankful for the internet and the connections it makes for me! I know that might sound strange but it really is true. There is so much knowledge shared collectively on the internet and friendships and relationships are established and maintained because of it . What a blessing it is! (I know it can be a curse when misused but for me, it is almost entirely a blessing!)
Sunday, July 24, 2011
She has shared glimpses of her time in PA with me and I know that she had a blast. I also know that these conferences are extremely intense for the kids. This year seems to have been a particularly strong year. She wrote a beautiful song while she was there and shared with me the comments she received from her Bible study group. I am left in awe of of God's work in her life and pray that her gifts will take her far!
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
I don't believe that we were all meant to be artists in the classical sense. Certainly painting and sculpture are gifts or talents in themselves. Creators make the world around us though. Buildings are created. Automobiles, planes, trains and boats are created. Knitters and crocheters are creating. Quilters and sewers are creating. Engineers are creating. Parents are creating homes and opportunities for their children. Programmers are creating code to aid others. Medical professionals are creating health and healing.
If we see creating as a gift, we then are responsible for using our gifts in a positive manner. Certainly creators can make things that are not pleasing to God. Choosing to create in such a way as to be pleasing to Him is another layer to ponder.
Lord bless my works that they may be pleasing to you and a service to your people.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I have met interesting people this summer with this weekly ritual. I run into friends. My DH usually joins me when his meeting is over and we have a few minutes in the middle of the day to touch base.
Meanwhile, I have checked in with FB, Twitter, Google+ and read the blog updates which I find in my google reader. I check the news but not my email. I find it so relaxing to be there. Who would have thought that early Thursday morning would become such a treasured time. It will come to a screeching halt when school rolls around. Hopefully, I will be able to go still, just a little later after dropping off all the kiddos.
But for now, I as so thankful for Thursday mornings and this new ritual.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
One thing that we talked about was having a blog carnival. I admit it! I didn't know exactly what that was and I'm still not sure exactly how it should work! I googled it and will be adding links here to others who attended the meetup! Not sure if that is truly a carnival or not. See? I have much to learn with respect to blogging!
This is just a list of blogs from those who were there tonight. There are more to add and I will try to get to them later too! So for my gratitude today, I am thankful for this new circle of friends. I'm excited to see where we go and watching each one grow!
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Please excuse me if I post a second one of these later today. I really wanted to add yesterday's gratitude here!
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
When you are self-employed, work is a blessing! 2011 has been a rough year so far but we have survived (in a rough sort of way!) Definitely some bumps this year. An ice storm which kept the city shut down for a week and then the tornados which caused the city to lose power for 4-5 days and longer in some areas. Two weeks without work are not the easiest thing! And that is why I am thankful for work! Here's hoping your 2011 has been better!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
So for today, I am thankful for my sweet family. They are blessings to me in ways too numerous to count. They keep me going and lift me up when I am down. God is good!