~ thankful for a great annual Lock-In with Student Venture students Saturday night. Our smallest group in a number of years, but still, a great atmosphere
~for students responding to Tyler's very powerful, clear talk ... responding to Jesus, the most important thing to do
~ for nine staff and volunteers helping out
~ for doctor's orders that my husband not stay the whole night ... Lock-Ins are great, but staying up all night is for the younger crowd
~ a relaxing day at home after the Lock-In ... sleeping in, resting, after getting home at 3:30 am
~ earlier in the week, an All-Day Staff Meeting with our team of five ... and celebrating Andy's birthday
~ thankful for the time of sharing, prayer, and planning together
~ being able to serve lunch to our team ... Cheesy Chicken Chowder, and a special birthday cake for Andy
~ a good start in putting up our Christmas decorations ... our tree will wait until next weekend. Hard to believe our Family Thanksgiving was just one week ago today.
~ so thankful for our wood stove downstairs in our Family Room ... we love to take our laptops down there ... so much warmth from the wood burning
~ blessed by the reading of our Jesse Tree readings together, the two of us ... love this season
~ thankful for grandkids living close by ... and having Cruz here on Friday while his mommy worked an extra day during this busy season for her workplace.
~ for 23 month-old Cruz ... posing and saying "cheese" when he saw me get out my camera
~ for God's help in getting out our annual ASK letter ... sharing opportunities for family and friends to partner in reaching students for Jesus; thankful for responses already coming in
~ and for a good start on our Christmas mailing ... hopefully, it will be mailed this week
~ being able to go to 8 year-old Levi's Elementary Christmas Concert on Friday evening ... early in the month; in a recent year it was postponed and then cancelled because of snow
~ sitting in the bleachers with 3 year-old Ali, and Amy & Joe
~ meeting Sara & Sean yesterday while they looked at a house and an acreage ... fun to help out with Jake & Cole; sweet boys
Thank You, loving Lord, for Your peace and Your strength amidst all that has gone on this week.
(One Thousand Gifts #84-101)