July 18, 2012

1000 Gifts: 301-320

                                       
       -The Sixteenth Installment of 1000 Gifts-

301.  Roadtrips with my Love
302.  A local grocery store, familiar and known
303.  New running shoes
304.  Karaoke
305.  Chex Mix
306.  Brown Sugar'd Cinnamon Rolls
307.  The Beach
308.  Summer weather long-awaited
309.  Free wine-tastings
311.  A husband who prays with me
312.  Neoprene Band
313.  A beautiful hike
314.  A deep-cleaned bathroom
316.  Reminders of my weakness
318.  Chicken Fajitas
319.  A night off from the kitchen
320.  "My Utmost for His Highest"




July 16, 2012

In My Kitchen

There are no great boasts of creativity on my resume, no grand skills of which to claim.  There will be no gallery to hold my art, no historian to quote my philosophies, no choirs to sing my songs.  I bear no special skill for rhetoric or athleticism.  There is nothing particularly magnificent to share.

There is, instead, another chip in this no-longer-perfectly manicured nail polish.  These hands are so dry and cracked now.  The feet ache and the back moans, "Sit down," and the head spins and the sink fills and empties, fills and empties.  The fridge clears and the stomachs cease their growling.  From nothing, something comes.

This.  This is it.  This is how I love, this is that for which I was created.  There is no doubt of that in this place.

While there may be, in so many ways, nothing at all of note to share; it is in this place that I know He meets me. This place with porcelain sink and cast-iron pan -- this, this is sanctuary.  This place where I taste Creation.  This place where, if only for a moment, I see in part the creating of something from dust.  And He walks with me.


July 15, 2012

Seaside

As mentioned here, we spent seven glorious days on the beach in Seaside celebrating my mom's birthday.  We couldn't have ordered better weather... it was the perfect blend of overcast and sunny, giving us ample time to relax while still allowing plenty of beach-time.
The third night we were there, we successfully convinced our parents to have a fire on the beach.  We had, after all, brought plenty of s'more supplies and didn't want them to go to waste.  And, after the experience we had in Pacific City, we knew we had to share it with my family.



For Mom's birthday, my Dad had arranged for a special dinner at EVOO, an incredible restaurant in neighboring town, Cannon Beach.  It was, quite possibly, the single most epic food experience of my life.



The View from our Room
Our Little Birthday Redecoration

My Wonderful Parents

Due to school schedules and such, all of my siblings (and husband) had to leave a few days early, so I was able to spend a few days with my parents. All to myself!  We went for an incredible hike and ended the day with some authentic gelato - imported directly from Italy!


It really was an incredible week.  It was a sweet reminder of how blessed we are to consider our family friends.  A week of card games, beach combing, boardwalk running, food cooking, reading, and just, plain being together.  Such times are becoming fewer and farther between as we all *sniff* grow up and go our separate ways, making those times we do spend together that much more precious.


July 13, 2012

1000 Gifts: 281-300

-The Fifteenth (!) Installment of 1000 Gifts-
281.  Sleep
282.  Water
283.  Productive lunch breaks
284.  Company on a long run
285.  Reuniting with new/old friends
286.  New Car!
287.  Half-baked brownies
288.  Elsie Rose
289.  Half days
290.  Travelocity
292.  S'mores
293.  Sunsets on the beach
294.  My dad
296.  Party planning
297.  Fudgesicles
298.  Gold Bond Lotion
299.  Kelly Anne
300.  Extended family


Such Grace.



July 12, 2012

Something About Home

We just returned from a wonderful, week-long vacation.  It was great and awesome and ridiculously refreshing to spend seven days with the people who know me best. Seven days on the beach.  Seven days with my family.  Seven days of great food. (Because, it is the Schlects, after all)  Seven days that absolutely made this summer.   I'll throw some pictures up here once I get them all organized.  It was a wonderful, wonderful week.

And yet, there's just something about coming back home.  The place where familiar smells hit me like a wave when I walk through the door.  The place I can navigate blindfolded. The way everything is where it should be, the way the soap lathers and cleans just right (yes, I am an Irish Spring enthusiast), the way there's just enough room in the produce drawer of my fridge, the way the knives are perfectly sharpened, the familiar scent of the pillowcase, the uneven way my oven bakes on the left side, the comforting way his hand shapes to fit mine...

Our home is simple, but our home is ours.  And, for now, it is home.

While I love adventure as much as anyone else, and my wanderlust is far from satisfied, there is something incredibly comforting in the familiar.  It just fits.

Today, I am thankful for this familiar bed, for this familiar kitchen, for his familiar arms, and for His familiar faithfulness.



July 10, 2012

Two Years


   
 


 



I can hardly believe it has been two years; and what a wonderful two years it has been.  So fun, so crazy, so goofy, so busy, so blessed. So very thankful for the treasure I've been given in Cole.  Such outrageous Grace!



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