Monday, July 18, 2011

One thousand gifts and still counting (1930-1956)

"How do I wake up to joy and grace and beauty and all that is the fullest life when I must stay numb to losses and crushed dreams and all that empties me out?" Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts.

1930. the last full moon view from the windows of this house before we move.
1931. neighbors on a scavenger hunt
1932. their buckets of rocks
1933. cooler temps
1934. a breeze on the back steps
1935. rosemary transplanted
1936. last swings
1937. last slides
1938. cookies in the freezer
1939. resilience in Him
1940. that tears are caught
1941. her breath like orange gummy butterflies
1942. a little blue shirt that matches the sky
1943. the sound of wind through leaves
1944. a hug to a stranger
1945. her story pouring out, my ears catching
1946. swimming at David and Anita's
1947. his great granddaughter Tessa
1948. instant best-friendship between Tessa and Lanie
1949. so many books, packed
1950. a box of coffee pods in the mail
1951. a library book run and full tote
1952. fireworks at night
1953. a frog on the patio
1954. a redbone coonhound named Casey
1955. picking wild red raspberries in the woods
1956. the soaking-in of last days at a place called home

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