The inspiration for this blog comes from this beautiful bowl, given to me as a Christmas gift by my sister a couple of years ago. I love this bowl, with its handmade squares of paper and red ribbon. When I look at it, I'm reminded to think of my many blessings, even if I don't actually write them down and put them in the bowl. But as life speeds by I realize that it would be wonderful to have a written reminder of the everyday blessings - and that if I really was good about writing them down, the bowl would be overflowing in no time. So here I go with another blog and the hope of being faithful to its purpose.
Having said in the blog introduction that my posts will be about small blessings, I can't get started on those without first mentioning the huge blessing at the center of my life - my family.
I was born into this wonderful family, gathered here to celebrate my dad's 89th birthday in September.
And I was blessed to marry into this family. (Unfortunately, there are a good many of them missing from this picture, taken at a reunion a few years ago.)
"you can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you."
— Frederick Buechner
I know this is true of my family. Most of the time there are miles between us, but all of the time I carry them with me in my heart and mind. The blessing of a loving family is so great that it carries us through all of life's pain and suffering and magnifies life's joys many times over.
Among today's many blessings were these two:
Seeing blooms on the spring snowflake,
and knowing that my two nieces, Sarah and Katie, sang in church this morning (even though I wasn't able to be there to hear them) and did so well that, in their mother's words "it brought applause even though we were in a Presbyterian Church :)"