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July 26, 2011

Cherries {Eucharisteo}

I love to read.  I would much rather sit down with a good book than sit in front of the TV.  It helps me to unwind and relax. . .there is nothing better than reading a good book while eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream!  I usually read a mix of non-fiction and fiction to try to stay balanced! :)  The one book that stands out to me that has influenced me this summer is “One Thousand Gifts” by Ann Voskamp.  I started the book back in the beginning of May.  It was the type of book that I would read a chapter, set it down and seem to pick it up at the perfect moment when the chapter seemed like it was written just for me.  Our daughter, Emily, was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (also known as Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy) the end of May.  It was also a time when there was a death in the “family” that was/is so incredibly sad. My middle son had a serious concussion that laid him flat for 8 days. Our oldest son graduated from high school and left for the summer.  So, there were many emotions that made me weary, discouraged and overwhelmed at times.  This book seemed to really speak to me as it made me desire to look for things to be grateful for in the midst of some struggles.  This summer would have been even more difficult if I hadn’t tried to look for things in my life that God has blessed me with.  As I was behind the lens, I would pray that God would  show me blessings in my life whether big or little. The first day that I did this, I went for a walk in the orchard with my camera and my sweet girl.  It was the beginning a cherry season and I realized how blessed I am to live where we do. . .on acres and acres of orchards where we can walk in silence and enjoy the fresh air and see stars at night. The word “eucharisteo” in Greek means to “be thankful for” or “give thanks”.  I thought I would share with you on a daily basis (if possible) some of the things that I am thankful for. . .