Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy 10th Birthday, Leanne! #'s 56-60

56. Blowing out 10 candles

57. Thank you, Lord, for generous friends

58. Fabulous fun and laughter

59. The bowling birthday gang
60. Thank you, Jesus, for this precious, bright, funny darling daughter of mine

Photo Gratitude Journal #'s 52-55

52.Thank you, Lord, for sisters who share their ice cream so happily

53.Thank you, Jesus, for giving my daughters built-in friends for life

54. Lord, you are so kind to give me one of the most generous people in the world for a sister -Ann. And thank you for David- her sweet, sensitive, hilarious boyfriend

55.Praise God for skillful, quick hair stylists and toddlers who can sit still long enough to get the job done!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Photo Gratitude Journal #'s 47-51

47. The one-bite donut thief strikes!
48. Dim sum yum in Chinatown with Elena
49. Thank you, Lord, for the wonderful friends my daughters have
50. Peanut butter passion!

51. Looking up the side of the tallest and prettiest building in Downtown LA

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Happy 5th Birthday, Daisy! #'s 41-46

Mailee, Daisy, and Gillie - best friends!

At Amy's Playground

"We all scream for ice cream!"

Birthday dinner with family - mac 'n cheese and  chicken tenders

"Make a wish..."

My pretty princess

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Spring Break at the Beach #'s 33-40

33. Ready for fun
34. Thank you Lord for seagulls...

35. ... that Julia so delightedly chased

36. Super-cool discoveries

37. Scooping, forming, shaping sand - one of the best parts of being at the beach

38. Ocean waves! Thank you Lord that I live so close to the Pacific Ocean
39. Thank you Jesus for sturdy beach chairs and colorful towels
40. Squishy, sandy toes 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

La Brea Tar Pits, Los Angeles #'s 27-32

27. Camille, Cayla, Chloe, Leanne, & Cameron in front of the lake

28. Amazing to see one part of what made Los Angeles so desirable and wealthy - asphalt!

29. Realistic replicas of prehistoric animals (and real-life goofy children!)

30. Thank you, Jesus, for letting Leanne see scientists at work dissecting prehistoric bone fragments - something she is very interested in learning more about

31. Thank you Lord for so many learning opportunities

32. Thank you Lord for placing me so close to such rich and varied spots that show me the vastness and awesomeness of all you have created

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getty Villa, Malibu: #'s 19-26

19. Thank you, Lord, for John Paul Getty's generosity in sharing his fabulous art collection

20. Fun rubbing tiles that create pitcher pictures
21. Bad lighting, but beautiful fountain and pond with Sarah, John and Gracie
Sightseeing is always more fun with family! Thank, you, Lord for such a fun and adventurous sister.

22. Beautiful gardens with fountains and flowers galore

23. Ancient picturesque pottery 

24. Marvelously crafted and colorful tile work

25. An adventurous stroll through the gardens next to the pool

26. Thank you, God, that this statue's "privates" were covered up!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Photo Gratitude Journal: #'s 14-18

14. My grandmother's lace napkin hang-drying in the breeze
15. Thank you, God, for bath tubs and laundry machines.
16. Chloe and I on Aunt Wendy's porch swing. Delightful!
17. worn sneakers+new ruffly, church socks=toddler happy dance
18. "Mom, can I earn some money?" A win-win for both of us.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Photo Gratitude Journal: #'s 10-13

10. Accountability!
11. It finally works! Thank you God for a competent and knowledgeable Dyson  representative.
   (See for the background story about this vacuum cleaner.)
12. Saturday morning silliness.
13. Infrequently used. Much needed.