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Monday, August 30, 2010

One Thousand Gifts . . .

He suffles his feet now when he walks.  He can't remember everyone's name.  He smiles more now than I remember before.

When I first met He's Too Good To Me's grandfather over twenty-two years ago he was a big man.  Tall and stout strong.  Not much over sixty years and still able to work with the best and hold his own.

Many hats have found their way onto his dear head over decades.  Owning construction, taxi service, pear orchards, and junk shops.

But this one . . .

lover of The Word who pastors and teaches, is the purpose that holds most our memories.

We just celebrated eighty-six years of Dad, Papaw, and Big-Papaw.

Last night Granny said she knew time was short.  Strange how our lives move by with long days that turn into flash years that blink by into what our hearts feel is too short a time.

My gratitude list continues . . .

Papaw and Granny

aunts, uncles, and cousins

new baby on the way

borrowed traveling pen to return

new bike

cool air

thunder during family blessing

food spread fit for a king

Mom's warm welcoming home

Max asleep in my arms

on call doctors

strawberry banana smoothies

consignment sofa

lesson planning

wishes for a new bed

spilt soda

sticky doorknobs

fountain cokes from him

Izzy singing with earphones, loudly

practicing new song on piano

new hall floors

having a few dollars to give the man, his soft whispered - God Bless

smell of sawdust

anniversary lunch with parents, baby sister and her love

private prayers for a new little one

thank you notes

Shelby's cake passion

icing magically becoming shag

My list, #'s 273-303.

holy experience

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Drawing of me losing my cool courtesy of budding artist, Izzy.

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. . . put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12