Monday, July 18, 2011

A celebration of Gifts

543. Experiencing music in a new way. Went to an “open mike” night at a church in my area, and the music was so good. One group had worship dancers that were just excellent. I have not seen this before and loved it.

544. Great fellowship with friends as we enjoyed the music together.

545. A triple-chocolate overloaded Blizzard from Dairy Queen. I just know there will be Dairy Queens in Heaven!

546. A Birthday. Just passing another birthday seems like a milestone. Three years ago, I wondered if I would ever see another birthday. Somehow, they seem a little more special than they ever did before.

547. A birthday dinner at Applebee’s. Sister and a special friend made it so great!

548. A Kindle from my Sister. My mind is making a list a mile long of all that I want to read.

549. A surprise in church last night. “My Guy” sang a song so special to me. Sis got him into this covert operation of getting the pastor, his wife, the drummer and the keyboard guy to sing “God of the Mountain” -- a song that just meant everything to me during my cancer journey. It caught me by surprise and the tears
Just flowed. I’m not one who cries easily, but last night I sobbed.

550. Tiny birds at my feeder. So many little ones with high-pitched voices and fluttery wings waiting to be fed.

551. Oatmeal. Why do I love that sticky, pastey stuff??? A little butter, brown sugar, and I’m good to go!

552. Pork Roasts on sale BOGO. I couldn’t resist. I had one before, and it was just too good. I hate to admit this, but there are now eight of them in my freezer!!!

553. Green peppers still going strong in the garden.

554. Watching vultures get soaked in a rain storm. Is that being thankful or vindictive???? They were all in a large, dead tree as it poured down rain. I was so praying that the Lord would send lightening and strike that tree!!!!! At least it kept me entertained for a few minutes as I watched them dripping wet with their wings spread like umbrellas.

555. People who ask me hard questions and make me think deeper than I have dared to go in a long time.

556. That God has the answers to hard questions.

557. That He doesn’t mind us asking Him.

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Maryann said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday. You are right, having had cancer makes you appreciate each birthday.(for that matter each and evry day) What a terrific guy you have to have a song arranged for you, bet it was a very sweet moment.
Blessings to you Cora

Kristin Bridgman said...

Well, Happy belated birthday! It sounds like it was really special. Your vulture story makes me laugh:)
And I'll be line with you at the Heaven's Dairy Queen!

KathyB. said...

Oh I love this post, for so many reasons, but especially for your thankfulness. I have to admit #554 made me chuckle. Would love to see a picture of vultures hunched up in the rain. Happy and blessed birthday to you. When I first began reading your blog during your bad days with cancer I wondered if you would be blogging very much longer and here you are , going strong and praising God. Amen Sister, and again I say "Amen!".

dsblanchard said...

Dearest Cora,

I had to come see the thanksgivings. It's our Monday thing so even though Monday is almost gone, I came. I'm so glad I did. From oatmeal to pork roasts to an ugly childhood, you had me reading on and on.

Jessica and I are busy, busy.

Happy Birthday!