Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2800 Gifts and still Counting

Counting the gifts that I am thankful for...
2800 Everything back to normal status
2799 Girls' friends over to play dolls
2798 Receiving a thoughtful and grown up gift from my kids (idea by Molly).
2797 The Octave of Christmas - stretching out the celebrating
2796 The tea table lovingly made for her doll.
Did Papa make it for Lilly's doll.....
or for Lilly? She loves it for both! Precious!
2795 That my mil told my husband he doesn't know how lucky he is :)
2794 Horseland Horseland,  when nothing else will do.
2793 Easy button for Lilly to light up the room.
2792 That my mother in law said we had a peaceful home.
2791 That Lilly still prefers to stay with me.
2790 The opportunity for a local mass that genuflects in the Creed (patiently and deliberately lead by the priest).. "by the power of the Holy Spirit, He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man."
Fall on your knees!
O Hear the angel voices!
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born!
2789 Sounds of girls sleep-purring in the night.
2788 The gift of Vision.
2787 "A bad attitude is like a flat tire, you can't go anywhere until you change it."
2786 Christmas money towards a future swimming pool.
2785 Nick thinking this is his Christmas while Molly and Max know it is theirs.
2784 My little girls letting Dd know she is welcomed and loved.
2783 Craig's delicious Christmas dinner waiting for me after a Christmas Day nap.
2782 "I just make up my mind to be happy ." - Says my mother in law suffering from 43 years of MS
2781 Being with someone so accepting of God's Will in her life, especially powerful when it has been a hard road to travel.
2780 He is always more generous than we could ever be.
2779 Giving what little I am to Jesus knowing His gifts will always be better than anything I give.
2778 Little girls who like to be tucked in.
2777 I should remember to thank God for my ability to walk every single day!
2776 Good, rewarding Christmas day - relaxing now that everyone is safe in bed. It is a gift to serve.
2775 Scrabble - Dd won but Euly (and I) beat Craig.
2774 Making mom's recipe chocolate pie for my family.
2773 Lilly and Dd playing peek a boo.
2772 Kids, even grown up ones,  too excited to wait to open gifts.
2771 So thankful we can have turkey at Thanksgiving, and steak at Christmas
2770 Singing favorite Christmas carol: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

God rest you merry, Gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
For Jesus Christ our Savior
Was born upon this Day.
To save poor souls from Satan's power, 
Which long time had gone astray.,
Which brings tidings of comfort and joy.
2769 Even though the weather outside is dreary and windy, windy, windy, we are safely tucked at home.
2768 Hearing Lilly joyful wish everyone a "Merry Christmas!"

2767 Trying to fight back between the tipping of tears of sadness and tears of joy.
2766 Receiving the BEST gift this Christmas - Jesus Himself in the Eucharist.
2765 The smell of new bike tires Christmas morning.
2764 Seeing the surprised Awww on Molly's face.
2763 Assembling the toys for a Christmas surprise.
2762 Christmas card greetings in the mail.
2761 Christmas - and having company and a full house to share the celebration.
2760 Getting Santa done.
2759 That the little kids and I get to go to morning Mass.
2758 That the big kids went to midnight Mass.
2757 The night before the night before Christmas relaxing.
2756 Just sitting on the couch holding my sleeping Lilly - a sweet kind of peace.
2755 Getting everything I needed done before today - great feeling.
2754  Shining lights on the Christmas tree.
2753 Gifts for the neighbors: gingerbread, peanut butter cookies, brownies, sugar cookies. Fun to share the love.
2752 Stupid Mulan movie, "Mom, what is a concubine?" At least I'm there to gently answer the question.
2751 "Lilly, say burrito." "Be-weirdo."
2750 Whenever Lilly gets a few moments of peace sleeping with this illness.
2749 "Here come the deer, mom." Conquering her fear of deer.
2748 Drinking yummy smoothie Cc made
2747 Hearing of hunters' success
2746 "Are you proud of me, mom?"
2745 Willie Nelson's Frosty the Snowman
2744 The sound of fat ploppy rain drops outside
2743 Safe inside as a storm slammed into the house outside my bedroom wall.
2742 "Where is there dignity unless there is honesty?" - Cicero
2741 ( From Deus Caritas Est., Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical)"
 Holy Mary, Mother of God,
you have given the world its true light,
Jesus, your Son, the Son of God.
You abandoned yourself completely
to God's call
and thus became a wellspring
of the goodness that flows forth from him.
Show us Jesus. Lead us to him.
Teach us to know and love him,
so that we too can become
capable of true love
and be fountains of living water
in the midst of a thirsting world.

2740 No one can be by nature superior to his fellows since all men are equally noble in natural dignity. - Pope John Paul II
2739 All of society should respect, defend and promote the dignity of every human person, at every moment and in every condition of that persons life. - Pope John Paul II
2838 The duty to respect the dignity of each human being, in whose nature the image of the Creator is reflected, means in consequence that the person cannot be disposed of at will. - Pope John Paul II
2737 Watching the behavior of a chimpanzee and hearing comment about how undignified their behavior is - yes, that quality belongs to man.
2736 I love when my kids debate, and think, and consider. Yes! Let us be rational beings.
2735 Closed minded people only make decisions by emotion. Watching someone use their intellect win over illogical emotional arguments that should make sense to everyone. We must get past emotion and really think with our minds.
2734 Family's obsession with flash lights - great for stocking stuffers.
2733 Weirdly entertaining texts from a very bored Nico
2732 "Give me a big hug goodnight, mom."
2731 Bought the last gift. Phew!
2730 Learning a lot about elephants.
2729 Euly wrapping coins to see how much we have saved.
2728 Lilly being able to express herself.
2727 Breezy drive with the windows open.
2726 Molly driving us around to see Christmas lights.
2725 Father son bonding hunting trip.
2724 Intangible rewards for volunteering.
2723 Happy girls smiling ear to ear.
2722 Realizing why I am Santa Claus.
2721 Keeping husband quiet instead of him spilling all the Christmas surprises.
2720 The abundant blessing of an understanding and forgiving family.
2719 Hunters determined to get us meat.
2718 Crazy tradition of Christmas pictures.
2717 "My happy, but I don't feel good." I don't like it when she is sick.
2716 "My happy!" I like it when she is feeling good and happy.
2715 Little girls with perms.
2714 Protection of our guardian angels.
2713 Up late hearing the excitement and details of every one's busy day.
2712 Seeing kids off to a teen dance.
2711 Thankful for infant baptism.
2710 That we homeschool.
2709 "Can I have more asparagus, mom?"
2708 My Cutie's new sunglasses because "the sun hurts mine eyes."

2707 Receiving forgiveness after losing temper.
2706 Family dinner - nice and cozy.
2705 Hand made unique and pretty ornaments - found.
2704 Pork chop teriyaki.
2703 That I am not crazy.
2702 Calculadder math drills.
2701 Easy dinner prep.

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