October 3, 2013

1000 GIFTS: 641-740

                                    **The 33rd, 34th, 35th, 36th, and 37th Installments of 1000 Gifts**
641.

A timely text from a friend back home.
642.
A glass of wine and a lingering conversation with my true love.
643.
Time in the Word.
644.
Kona Coffee.
645.
Literary 2x4's to the face.
646.
Free Shave Ice. Boom.
647.
Reconnecting with old friends.
648.
Becoming an aunt - again - x2.
649.
Grace in the hardware store.
650.
A reminder to trust.
651.
Double rainbows. (All the time, here!)
652.
Planning trips.
653.
Modern medicine.
654.
New friends and great conversation.
655.
Date night in Waikiki.
656.
The North Shore
657.
Exploring our new home.
658.
Kayaking with the wind at our backs.
659.
Grilled chicken.
660.
Planning for the future together.
661.
Aloe Vera.
662.
Generous landlords.
663.
Pina Coladas by the pool.
664.
51 years of life for my mama.
665.
Scary diagnoses, and a family that rallies together.
666.
A gracious boss.
667.
Pregnancy announcements. (!!!)
668.
Sunscreen.
669.
Fresh pineapple
670.
Fireworks seen from the backyard
671.
A visit from family
672.
Boogie boarding with my sister
673.
Tiki torches
674.
Beer and burgers for girls day out
675.
Mahi-mahi
676.
Spending the 4th with family
677.
Good late night conversation
678.
Makakilo Baptist Church
679.
A non-squeaky shopping cart
680.
The opportunity to housesit
681.
Mango salsa.
682.
Learning to embrace the quiet.
683.
Productive days-off.
684.
Quiet time.
685.
Three years as Cole's wife.
686.
Free milkshakes.
687.
Fresh tomatoes (!!!)
688.
A great biography on the beach.
689.
Experimenting in the kitchen (and having it turn out!)
690.
A surprise day off with my man!
691.
Reading through old journals and tracing God's faithfulness through our lives.
692.
Breakfast with old coworkers!
693.
A phone call from a former student of mine.
694.
Peanut sauce and mangoes. Try it and thank me later.
695.
An air-conditioned library
696.
Grandma's safe surgery
697.
Christmas in July
698.
The Bonhoeffer Biography
699.
A visit from an old friend
700.
Comfortable silence
701.
Finishing a book
702.
Laughing with my husband
703.
Hearing about my siblings' successes.
704.
Sharp kitchen knives.
705.
White subway tile.
706.
The scent on his pillow.
707.
A soul-cleansing cry.
708.
Romans.
709.
Tortilla chips.
710.
Tempura California Rolls.
711.
Conference calls with family.
712.
Hope in the heartache.
713.
714.
Difficult providence.
715.
716.
The comfort in being with family.
717.
Reminiscing with cousins.
718.
Grandpa's stories.
719.
Their 60 year long love story.
720.
Kelly Marie's scones.
721.
A sister sleepover.
722.
Coffee with my favorite 2-year-old.
723.
Carpet shopping with my guy.
724.
Nyquil.
725.
Elsie's laugh.
726.
Lunch with an uncle and aunt.
727.
Fresh mozzarella.
728.
Remembering with laughter.
729.
A night of 'just us.'
730.
Wendy's with Kelly.
731.
Lingering conversation with my in-laws. Hours after the food has been cleared away.
732.
The hospitality of good friends.
733.
A long walk and a great conversation.
734.
McMenamin's tots.
735.
Being back with our people.
736.
Yakima Valley peaches.
737.
Yakima Valley peaches: grilled and topped with goat cheese and honey. Amen.
738.
A girls' day with my mom.
739.
740.
Walking "The Hill" with my mom.


Looking back over these last 100 days, it is quite humbling to reflect on the highs, lows, and ever-present faithfulness of our God in the midst of it all.  It's been quite the summer.

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