Tuesday, June 28, 2011

park day gratitude

Psalm 100:4-5
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.

 My Gratitude List

- deer in cornfields
- June park days
- Miss Beth delighting in her strength

- Miss Beth showing off for Momma
- first blue sky in days
- slide giggles

- God's color schemes
- the wonders of nature making every park day a new experience
- being their Momma

- these two and their mutual love for nature
- Peter's heart
- Mary's exuberance

- Mary insisting that Beth is still a baby
- Miss Beth not minding that one bit 
- That two-year-olds still love to nurse

- natural sisterly love
- swing-time giggles
- perfect trees

- flowers picked for Momma
- simple beauty of a daisy
- carefree childhood days

- my heart brimming over while they play
- praying for their futures 
- her smile

- never tiring of green
- watching them run
- jumping up and down and celebrating with them 

- cool breezes 
- sibling negotiations
- family love 

- reflections of Him
- kids not complaining of a hot van
- learning a trick to turn the van key 

- Beth asking to nurse over skinned knees
- The way she loves a challenge
- being there for her

- a present from God
- Peter knowing more about amphibians than I do
- field guides

 - living around farms
- cornfields
- 18 minutes of country drive to and from the park

- never tiring of horses and cows
- I can't focus, don't know any tricks, but at least I own a camera
- tractors delighting them

- straight rows
- white farm fences

- God counteracting hardship with beauty
- nature making me love Him more and more
- kids giving credit to Him

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.  Psalm 19:1-4


Margie said...

Sounds like my kind of day. That park is just gorgeous!

Christine said...

Hi Margie,

There's a lot of everyday beauty here, don't you think? I don't know how far you are from Cayuhoga National Park, but it's worth visiting. They offer nice hikes and a couple waterfalls. Nothing like the high sierras, mind you, but very pretty nonetheless. They also have a lot of planned children's nature events. It covers a large area--part of Summit County park system, I believe. But it's also a National Park.

The park pictured here in the post isn't Cuyahoga though.

Try this website to see how far Cayuhoga is from you.