Welcome to the Favorite Things Monday: Tuesday Edition.
Here it goes…
I love weekends. I love Sunday’s. I love the church.
Planning meetings. That’s right. I said it. Planning meetings. I love and whole heartedly believe in the purpose of the local church. I am so grateful for those we get to do life and ministry with. Those meetings encourage, challenge, stretch and inspire me.
These crazy people.
We are planners. The weather in Austin has made for a bunch of unpleasant and rainy surprises over the last few weeks. My morning run and our family bike ride plans were totally thrown out the window by thunder and rain. We still enjoyed this morning.
Both of these beauties graduated this week. Milestones make distance an enemy. I remember the day they were born and the first time I held both of them for the first time. I am so proud of them!
The Olympics are coming! Even my socks are ready!
We moved to this area of Austin a whole 5 1/2 years ago. And 5 1/2 years later, I am so grateful for this neighborhood. Not just it’s fantastic access to all major roads, proximity to everything and I get the best of all the worlds. It’s the people that make it and last minute Monday plans were fantastic. An afternoon full of food, neighbors, friends, new faces and what must have looked like 1,000 children.
Memorial Day – For the sacrifices I will never fully understand, yet reap the rewards of. For the men and women who gave all. There are never enough words and one day is certainly not enough to express the gratitude of an entire nation. For Freedom. God bless America.
Weekends are easy to be grateful for. Monday’s are a bit of a struggle. I am grateful for my job and the people I work with and work for. However, Monday’s are a mental fight for me. This is why Favorite Things Monday is important for me. If you are honest, it’s probably important for you too. Reading this probably doesn’t top your list of important but being grateful and calling those things to remembrance probably should. I am a huge fan of Ann Voskamp’s “One Thousand Gifts” and think she is probably on to something. Also, the bible will absolutely shock you in this department.
I have known this. It is nothing new, this public expression of gratitude. I hope it encourages you to do the same.
There are a thousand moments in a day. On the first work day of the week, I am going to choose gratitude for the present. Gratitude is worth the fight, every time.