Sunday, January 26, 2014

One Thousand Gifts

I was introduced to Ann Voskamp from a blogger friend Leslie Tally at Tally Tales. I'm so thankful for that introduction.   Ann blogs here...
 A Holy Experience
She's a deeply religious person that inspires those who read her blog.  I continue to be amazed at the depths of her faith and one of my goals this year is to grow my relationship with God and foster that in my children as well.  So, we are on the adventure to memorized the verses in John's Gospel along with many of Ann's followers.  It's called the Jesus Project and you can visit her blog by clicking the picture above.  I will be slipping these little guys into lunch boxes and putting them up on the door. 

This year I'm also embarking on seeing the beauty the Lord has given us with writing down 1,000 gifts.  On Ann's website (I write like I know her) :)  you can find a specific list of what to look for each day, but for me, I'm just looking for God's blessings, in my husband, kids, the beauty that surrounds us in nature, other friends and strangers.  Anything I feel moved to say... wow, that's God at work, I'm writing it down.  

I picked up this little notebook at Michael's for 50 cents in a clearance bin.  He's perfect!

We've also been play a lot of UNO.  I mean A LOT, like every day, sometimes two or three times a day.  What I love is that we can all play.  Even our youngest can play.  And let me tell you, that girl has beat me probably 10 times.  No JOKE!  The kicker is she plays FACE UP.  That means I can see her cards and all her moves and she still wins!  I know you're thinking I let her win, but that's not the case, at all!  I'm really trying to beat her. 
So tonight, our middle had her friend, Cinderella, join our game.  At one point Cinderella had 17 cards! 
These were all her cards.  Then, that cute little in the back gave me several plus 2's and this is what my hand looked like...

One day I will get her, one day.  But today was not that day.  :)
ps... I DO NOT like how the UNO cards have changed.  They are mostly pictures and NO words anymore. Those Wild cards you see are the only ones with words anymore.  As a teacher I say... PUT THE WORDS BACK ON THEM because I can teach my kiddos what those words say.  UGH!
I also have issues with the money tray on Monopoly, but I will save that for another post. :)

From our BROWN eyes to yours...


  1. I am so glad you are enjoying your experience with Ann Voskamp's blog! She amazes me. I didn't realize you had another blog, either. I will gladly follow you here as well! :) Have a great week!

  2. Hi Leslie!
    I do love the experience with Ann so far! She's so amazingly motivational. Thanks for following us on this mommy journey. :) I hope you enjoy!

  3. I like UNO! Wink!

    I really enjoy the writing of Ann Voskamp as well!

    I, too, have a notebook with gifts written in it.

    A couple of my favorite quotes...

  4. I have another little blog of quotes...

    Here are a bunch of Ann Voskamp quotes from my Little House on the Ridge...