I met Paula and Charlotte at Perkins for breakfast on Saturday. We get together every other month and catch up on life. It was an hour and a half filled with rich conversation; hearing about Adult Vacation Bible School, giving two issues of Guideposts to Charlotte, passing along the book Not A Fan (to be returned to our church after Charlotte reads it), talking about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, books, church, work and family. In a nutshell, sharing our lives.
I thanked them for my Grandma Shower (months back) and their shared gift of the Comfort in the Word quilt. Such a wonderful event (and all the gifts) for a first time grandma. I must remember to "play it forward" for the next first time grandma!
I left the table briefly and on my way back I noticed my two neighbors being seated for breakfast on the other side of the restaurant. I walked over and after the server took their beverage order, I told them that I had been thinking about them for weeks. They are moving to South Carolina and I'd seen the moving truck leave and thought I'd missed them. I thanked them for being wonderful neighbors for the past 15 years. I always appreciated their support of my kids' fundraisers (from Girl Scout cookies to wrapping paper), and wished them safe travel to their new home in South Carolina and much happiness in their new season of retirement.
God's timing is perfect!
Fellowship is my word for 2012 and after spending time with Paula and Charlotte, and saying goodbye to Vanna and Jim, I realized that I am blessed in and through my relationships!
843 - 857 on my list of One Thousand Gifts. I'm thankful for:
843. God's perfect timing
844. meeting Paula and Charlotte for breakfast
845. saying goodbye to Vanna and Jim, and telling them (face to face) that I was thankful for them being such good neighbors
846. a happy and healthy 8 month old granddaughter
848. free downloaded books to my Kindle Fire. I'm sure there are thousands out there, yet I love the adventure of discovering them from other people's blogs.
849. beginning a new book study with Terri, A Confident Heart by Renee Swope
850. dinner with our son, daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter
851. warm blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream
852. a two week visit from our son (The Teacher)
853. the other side of a health scare of one of my bosses. All is well now.
854. a freshly mopped kitchen floor
(Now that our granddaughter is crawling, the kitchen floor requires more frequent mopping or her little knees show my lack of housekeeping. Would I be considered a bad (or brilliant) grandma if I put little dusting mittens on her hands and scrubby brushes on her knees and have her
855. the re-emergence of snapdragons. It has been at least two years since we've seen them and suddenly they've reappeared in our front beds.
856. much needed rain. Our lawn, bushes and trees can unclench.
857. God's forgiveness
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