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Monday, April 4, 2011

One Thousand Gifts . . .

A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit.  D. Elton Trueblood

Growth and time. 

I was twelve years old the day I came home to find my daddy planting a tree in the center of our back yard.  Little small tree.  My young mind could not then comprehend the time it takes to produce a huge sprawling tree.  Years would have seemed like a lifetime to me then.

I don't remember, but I'm pretty sure I asked him how long it would be till I could climb it.  How long till it was tall enough and strong enough to support my weight.  If I could have awoken the next morning to an overnight transformation of that tree I would have missed much.

I now live with my family in the house I grew up in.  And look at what my children get in that old tree.






































And like that tree I have grown and matured.  But I learn every day that I have far still to go . . . 

They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper.  Psalm 1:3

My gratitude list continues . . .

treehouses and rock walls

ziplines and helmets

running into friends at the store

birthday invitations

t-ball practice

empty mason jars

chocolate chip cake

bug spray

notes from my children

catching him with a can of spray paint

old photographs

painted faces

tulips

melted ice cream

stained glass

open discussion

tears for Jesus

the Jonah class

My list, #'s 603-621.

4 comments:

thejoyproject40 said...

ha...catching him with a can of spray paint! awesome. thanks for sharing a great post and sweet list.

Greg and Donna said...

Great list...isn't it amazing how we realize all the blessings the Lord has given us when we really stop and think! I count you as one of my MAJOR blessings! Love you friend!

Craig said...

I didn't come from Ann's link - just came by to read your stuff. And that tree story - wow!!!! If your dad only knew back then - he could have told it to you. But would you have believed him? I’m really glad I got a chance to come by today. I always heart your stuff. God bless and keep you and all of yours Rie.

Rie said...

No Craig, I wouldn't have believed him. What does a child know about sentiment? Or the concept of time?

I think I'll thank my dad for that tree - something I've never done.

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


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