Multitudes on Mondays

1. Bringing in the new year with my family by my side

2. Beginning 2012 with no health problems

3. A precious new baby boy in our family 

4. The comfort of a warm bed

5. A church where we can worship freely

6. Getting to eat a yummy New Year’s Day meal at my mom’s house…I didn’t have to cook the stinky collards this year! 

7. Watching my tender-hearted Marlee take such good care of a chihuahua for the weekend…and then cry tonight at bedtime because she misses her. 

8. Remembering the blessed event of bringing home a baby boy from the hospital thirteen years ago today (New Year’s Day) and spending the first 24 hours snuggled on the sofa in front of the fireplace because there was an ice storm and we had no power. 

9. A quite day at home to write

10. Warm chili for supper that easily simmered in the crock pot all day

11. A cozy fire in the fireplace

12. Two big ole’ great danes to snuggle with =o)

13. A community who can come together to honor a fallen soldier














27. Laying beside Marlee in her bed listening to her read before she goes to sleep~and hearing her try to change her accent as she reads! =o)

28. Being late to church, forced to sit in the back, and being blessed by seeing everyone in front of me worship 

29. Communion at church~ celebrating the sacrifice Christ made for me

30. Having a husband who I can fight with and the security to know that I have nothing to fear from our fussing

31. The awesome, Christian young men and women Miranda (my 17-year-old) has chosen to call her friends 

32. Bedtime

33. Miranda getting to start in her basketball game~and they won–by a lot!

34. People who build up, not tear down, on Facebook

35. Having my very first and best friend since I was two years old still be one of my best friends forty years later, and now getting to see our boys become best friends. 

36. WLFJ Christian Radio

37. Listening to my kids sing with Christian music in the car and they know all the words!

38. Laying in my bed with the kids piled in with me watching old episodes of Andy Griffith, I Love Lucy, and Happy Days

39. A house full of teenagers

40. Quilts made from baby clothes

41. A random hug from my son

42. Dinner with David’s 98 year old grandpa

43. Sunday lunch at mom’s house

44. A poem that reminds me how precious life is: 


Have you ever watched kids

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain

Slapping on the ground? 

Ever followed a butterfly’s

erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun

into the fading night? 

You better slow down. 

Don’t dance so fast.

The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day

On the fly?

When you ask How are you

Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done

Do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores

Running through your head? 

You’d better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast.

The music won’t last. 

Ever told your child

We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste

Not see his sorrow? 

Ever lost touch,

Let a good friendship die,

Cause you never had time

To call and say “Hi”?

You’d better slow down.

Don’t dance so fast. 

Time is short. 

The music won’t last. 

When you run so fast to get somewhere

You miss half the fun of getting there.

When  you worry and hurry

through your day,

It’s like an unopened gift

Thrown away. 

Life is not a race.

Do take it slower.

Hear the music

Before the song is over.

45. Mom’s biscuits and strawberry jam

46. Having great in-laws

47. The joy on Marlee’s face after a job well done in her gymnastics competition…she tied for first place on bars and got third place on floor. 

48. A cup of hot, tomato soup

49. The aroma of supper in the crock pot

50. A white goose down comforter to snuggle under when it’s cold

51. Hubby’s hand to hold while I go to sleep

52. Shea butter for chapped lips

53.  The innocence of a sleeping Marlee-girl

54. Sweet tears shed on senior night by friends who have been treasured

55.The amazingly endearing sound of snoring…from my eight-year-old

56. A hug from a teenager that’s not even mine

57. Realizing that I have no desire for flowers on Valentine’s day because my hubby makes me feel special every single day

58. Marlee asking me to get into a photobooth with her for pictures~so sweet!

59. And number 58 led me to iPhotobooth where I enjoyed laughing at myself~ Feel free to laugh with me! 

60. A day with no extracurricular activities for the kids

61. Meatballs~the food not the movie =o)

62. A hot bath after a run

63. Singing while I cook

64. Watching the kids play in the driveway out the kitchen window

65. Old songs that take you into the past

66. Mail with no bills 

67. One tennis ball and three teenagers

68. Shoulder and piggy back rides

69. Lemon scented dish washing liquid

70. A child’s request to have a photo taken rather than saying “awww, mom!”

71. A kiss when hubby walks in the door

72. Fuzzy socks

73. A fun competition with my hubby

74. Words of encouragement from a stranger

75. Finding my cat curled up underneath a huge stuffed Tiger

76. Clean dishes in the dishwasher

77. Empty clothes baskets in the laundry room

78. Friday

79. Finding God in the storms~literally

80. A breakfast invitation from a friend

81. Pony-tail holders

82. An old friend’s chicken casserole recipe

83. Mom’s homemade tomato sauce

84. Speckled butter beans

85. This cute little frog ring I found under the edge of the kitchen counter~it made me smile;)

86. Marlee the bird-watcher

87. Finding Buttercupp curled up under a huge tiger in Trevor’s room

88. The smell of a fire in the fireplace

89. The planetarium that is outside my front door tonight

90. The soothing purr of a happy cat

91. Ice

92. A full moon

93. Chinese hot and sour soup

94. Word weavers

95. Home printers

96. Pink fluffy clouds

97. Hand-crocheted dish cloths

98. Lost car keys 

99. Perms

100. Coca-cola in the glass bottle

101. Living in my home town

102. My fluffy, clean dog

103. A new puppy (of my neighbor’s!)

104. My Miranda’s charm

105. Happy-go-lucky Marlee

106. Dreams

107. Candlelight

108. The Cross

109. Midnight movie with my Trevor

110. Okay, this one just made me smile 😉

111. All creatures big and small, leggy and hairy…

112. A spring breeze

113. A toilet brush

114. Soap

115. A brother and sister laughing together

116. Dogwood trees

117. Blooming Cherry trees

118. A child flying a kite

119. A spend-the-night

120. Living Social deals

121. A wide, rocky river

122. Camping

123. Shade trees

124. Bleach

125. Tupperware

126. Seeing in color

127. The way my eyes have been opened to things

 I didn’t actually think about

 being thankful for

until I started this list.

128. Glasses

129. Fried Eggplant

130. Turkey bacon

131. Dishwashers

132. The smell of fresh cut grass

133. Fresh, clean sheets

134. Folding clothes warm straight from the dryer

135. Lower numbers on the scale

136. Questions asked by a child

137. A great pen

138. Silence

139. A cloud to hide the sun

140. My techy hubby

141. Customer support help desks 

(that actually answer the phone)

142. Fried goat cheese

143. A mom who sews

144. Generosity

145. Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference

146. Other writers who celebrate with your success

147. Marlee’s cold feet snuggled up under the covers against me to get warm

148. Senior

149. And 

150. Graduate!!!

151. Friends since three years old! 

152. A fond memory

153. Conversations with like-minded people

154. An incredible father 

155. Birthday parties

156. Birthdays! 

157. Internet ordering

158. A spare key

159. Thunderstorms

160. Fireworks

161. Quotes that makes me laugh

162. Kittens

163. When my kids get clothes for birthday presents

164. Empty laundry baskets

165. An old, hand-painted bowl that brings back memories

166. Cake pops

167. Kareoke

168. Fabric paint

169. Air freshener

170. Headaches—they remind me what God has delivered me from

171. A sparkly Bible

172. Dryer sheets

173. New  possibilities

174. The ability to forgive

175. Quiet, cloudy days in the midst of summer heat

176. My neighbor’s pool

177. My neighbor who’s sweet enough to let us use her pool

178. Skype—to keep in touch with friends who are moving

179. Encouraging blog comments

180. A new recipe

181. Competition

182. Thunderstorms

183. A music blast from the past

184. An unexpected window reflection that makes me laugh

185. My 18-year-old singing at the top of her lungs

186. A late night game of rummy 

187. Hand made pillowcases

188. Lavender essential oil

189. Honey

190. A crazy kitten

191. Belly laughs

192. Finishing a book

193. A book that really makes you think

194. Pool time with the kids

195. Instagram

196. Writers who challenge my way of thinking

197. Exploring a new city

198. Lunch at grandmas

199. Sermon notes

200. Pitter patter of a kitten’s feet

201. Sidewalk chalk & Photoshop

202. Vonda Skelton—a little lady with big, encouraging words

203. Volunteers

204. Umbrellas

205. The car wash

206. When God brings circumstances together for greater blessings

207. Genuine appreciation

208. A new found passion

209. Enjoying visiting out of town relatives

210. Fresh, clean sheets

211. Plungers (don’t ask!)

212. The privilege of taking a family trip with David’s 98-year-old grandpa

213. Crayons

214. Paper place mats in restaurants

215. Hot Water

216. Air freshener (again…don’t ask!)

217. Roller coasters

218. Dramamine

219. Sunscreen

220. Marlee’s laugh

221. Missionaries

222. A hug from a friend

223. The blessing received by being able to come to the rescue for a friend

224. Leftovers from friends who are great cooks

225. Skype

226. Ice cream

227. Oreo Cookies

228. Thunderstorms

229. Chapstick

230. Queen’s song~”Best Friend”

231. Getting to go to bed early

232. A pajama day

233. A Snapfish coupon for 99% off

234. Finishing an overdue blog post

235. Courage to submit two articles for publication

236. The downstairs AC working when the upstairs doesn’t

237. Getting my rear view mirror fixed

238. Honest criticism from those who love me

239. Jello

240. Being able to take care of my baby after getting her wisdom teeth out

241. Downstairs air conditioner when then upstairs doesn’t work

242. Warm chocolate chip cookies

243. Vacuum attachment to vacuum the dogs

244. Blenders

245. Fresh blueberries

246. Greek yogurt~lots of protein

247. My teapot 

248. Encouraging friends who comment on my blog posts

249. Screened in back porch

250. A deck of cards

251. Free summer movies

252. My favorite earrings that remind me of a friend 

who moved overseas to be a missionary

253. Going to bed and not dreading insomnia

254. A planned trip to Destin~finally

255. Accidental pairing of a photo and a quote: 

“What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”~Rick Warren

256. Travel time with my family

257. A car with air conditioning

258. A responsible house/pet sitter (hopefully!)

259. Carpet cleaners

260. A purring cat

261. The art of bribing children 😉

262. Watching the Olympics with my family

263. July 29th~my daddy’s birthday~remembering him with much love

264. A surprise freezer treat~Klondike Bars

265. Strawberries with sugar

266. Squirting a mouth full of Redi-Whip into Marlee’s mouth

267. Shopping with Miranda

268. Buying Miranda her first pair of gigantic heels~hopefully not 

ones that she will break her ankle in! I’ll have to get a picture for 

this one…

269. Mom’s homemade pickles

270. New business ventures

271. New songs on my iPod

272. My newly created card for my facebook friends

273. A new book on organizing and simplifying

274. Enjoying a sweet romance by Nicholas Sparks~The Best of Me

275. A flag on the beach

276. Finding Marlee asleep like this…

277. And Marlee being sassy like this…

278. Cool storms

279. Digging a hole in the sand like this…

280. The first ripe fig from my fig tree this year

281. Baby birds in a nest on the front porch

282. A few minutes of quite before church

283. Seeing Miranda aggressively invite friends to church

who would otherwise not be there

284. Trevor’s excitement over playing in the 

worship band at church for the first time

285. Watching Olympic gymnastics with my little gymnast

286. A mom who sews

287. Enjoying old pictures as I print them for a quilt

288. A forgotten cheesecake in the freezer

289. Clementines

290. A cleaned out freezer

291. A date night with my hubby

292. Snow cream popsicles

293. Wax

294. Dryer sheets

295. Breakfast in bed from my kids

296. Facebook birthdays

297. Birthday cards hand-made

298. Bleach

299. Old friends remembered

300. Mint chocolate chip ice cream

301. Sweet sleep for a sick child

302. An unexpected check in the mail

303. A friend in need who’s not too afraid to ask

304. New pajamas

305. An unexpected gift card 

306. A vacuum attachment for the dog

307. An unexpected birthday present from my “adopted” daughter

308. Encouraging blog comments

309. Enthusiasm from Trevor about playing bass in the church band

310. Getting to keep Miranda home one more year before college

311. Peach Milkshakes from Chick-fil-a

312. Chores done without complaining

313. Getting to share what God has done for me

314. A beautiful sunset from my front porch

315. Opportunity to encourage someone struggling with addiction

316. A great living social coupon

317. Finally being able to declutter and simplify without hesitation

318. Corn Chowder

319. Pink Bubble Wrap 

320. “Click” magazine

321. Reading One Thousand Gifts again

321. The end of bronchitis 

322. Enjoying 2 days at home taking care of my sick baby (14 year old baby that is)

323. Tea Tree Oil soap

324. Home made deodorant 

325. Lysol

326. A New Year

327. Bubble Bath

328. A Bubble

329. Light reflecting through stained glass

330. Soft fabric

331. A Cast taken off

332. Old home video

333. Sunday afternoon nap

334. A message received

335. BBQ Chicken Pizza

336. Macro camera lens

337. Online blogging friends

338. Psych

339. Cozy night with my girls 

340. Gus and Shawn

341. Reservations found for Spring Break

342. Watching Marlee perform her new talent….cup music while singing

343. Trampolines










Spring Blooms


Deep Breaths


Fresh Water



Have you ever

On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to

Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a

butterfly’s erratic flight?

Or gazed at the sun into the

You better slow down.

dance so

Time is short.

The music

Do you run through each day


When you ask How are you?

Do you hear

When the day is done

Do you lie
in your

With the next hundred chores

Running through
your head?

You’d better
slow down

Don’t dance so

Time is

The music won’t

Ever told your

We’ll do it

And in your

Not see


Ever lost

Let a good
friendship die

Cause you
never had time

To call
and say,’Hi’

better slow down.

Don’t dance
so fast.

is short.

The music won’t

When you run
so fast to get somewhere

miss half the fun of getting

When you worry and hurry
through your

It is like an unopened


Life is not a

Do take it

Hear the

Before the song is


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