Nov 13, 2015

Our Grateful Hearts // Week 2

Earlier this week, I shared some of the things Greg and I were thankful for the first week of November. We have been challenging ourselves to daily journal three "gifts" (an ode to Ann Voscamp's book, One Thousand Gifts, which I LOVE). It has made a difference in the past when I have focused on the blessings that God gives us (however small they appear) because I later realize that those were actually big things that reminded me of God's faithfulness and love. 

Here are a few of Greg and my favorite gifts this week!

22. Watching The Hiding Place movie (1975 version) about Corrie ten Boom as well as reading about her in 7 Women by Eric Metaxas. It brought up great conversation and reminded us of inspiring and courageous people during WWII who gave up the comforts and security of their lives to defend the Jews. We are also so thankful for our freedom and for those who fight for our freedom

23. Greg is thankful for resources available to learn Romanian (my native language). He has been using  the Pimsleur method the past year on and off, and has been reviewing past lessons. I love that he is making an effort (and seems to be having fun while doing it!) to learn Romanian. And I think it's adorable/very attractive to hear him say/text simple phrases in Romanian. 

24. Our Bible study time on the couch in the evenings. I love hearing what he's learning and then getting to tell him about what I've been studying too. 

25. Greg is thankful for the way God is healing a friend who got into an accident recently. 

26. I am thankful for several good leads for pediatric nurse practitioner jobs. I spoke with two people who each are putting me in contact with different pediatricians in the San Antonio area. I'm praying for the right clinic.

27. I am thankful for a new opportunity to volunteer as a babysitter for a few children while their mothers (and other Burmese men and women who recently arrived in the U.S.) learn English. I learned about the opportunity while at a women's retreat last weekend with women from my new home church in San Antonio and I loved attending a meeting yesterday to hear about their vision to expand and the reason behind the work these English teachers are doing, plus I got to hang out with the kids today during a class. They kept me busy, but it was awesome to work with kids again!

28. Putting up our curtains in our living and dining rooms. I don't know about you, but I think curtains just bring a room together and make it look more home. 

30. Visiting a friend who just recently had a baby and catching up (her about having two children now and me about my wedding).

31. Getting a library card and picking up three new books that have been highly recommended by bloggers, I Am Mahala, Notes From A Blue Bike, and The Royal We.



 Thanks for hosting thankfulness-related link-ups, Brushing Our Way Through Life. Attitude of Gratitude link-up with While I am Waiting and The Queen in Between, and Knit By God's Hands' Thankful Thursday, and Bella Brita.  

24 comments:

  1. What a lovely list and your home is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing at Attitude of Gratitude! We're happy to have you and hope you'll link up with us again next week!

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    1. Hi Holly! Thans so much for your comment! I love the Attitude of Gratitude link-up and am excited to join again, hopefully today!

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  2. I still think this is the coolest thing ever. Thank you for sharing your list

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  3. That is so awesome your husband is learning Romainian! That's true love!:) Thanks for linking up!

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    1. I know, it's the sweetest thing!! It's pretty dang attractive hearing him say "I love you very much" in Romanian ("te iubesc foarte multi"). I get little hearts in my eyes every time :)

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  4. You have so much to be thankful for! I'm reading One Thousand Gifts too! It's such an eye opener!

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    1. I love that book!! Are you starting a gift journal? I totally recommend it, especially along with reading the book!! It helped turn my eyes away from the stress in my life and instead towards all God's blessings He places daily in my life.

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  5. Thanks so much for visiting my blog today!! Glad to now have found yours! You have so much to be thankful for! I have to look for One Thousand Gifts!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Katie! Yes, yes, yes… Find and read One Thousand Gifts! It really changed my life in the ways I look at small and big things in my life that give me you.

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  6. Bible study on the couch - love that!
    Good for you volunteering baby sitting - I know that's appreciated.
    Hope you enjoy The Royal We - I ADORED that book

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed The Royal We! I look forward to starting it!! And thank you for your super sweet comment!

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  7. So many wonderful things to be thankful for. I love new baby smells and catching up with friends!

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    1. Thanks, Pinky! Yes, indeed, so many things to be thankful for!

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  8. What a beautiful list! I love the focus on thankfulness!

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    1. Thank you! Ever since reading Ann Voscamp's book One Thousand Gifts in 2013, I feel like I am on a journey of gratitude, seeing so many things in my life to be thankful for!

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  9. what a great list! - how did i not know Romanian was your native language?!
    there are so many good things happening in y'alls lives! :)
    and woohoo that space is gorgeous girl!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amy! Yeah, girl, Romanian is where it's at! :) And yes, we are super blessed and in a really good place right now, both figuratively and literally (our apartment).

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  10. Thanks so much for joining Attitude of Gratitude! I love the curtains and have seriously looked at that exact love seat several times for my bedroom. I put down a new carpet in my bedroom this weekend and felt the same about it...just added some a little extra glam to an otherwise boring room. Since you love Ann's book you should hop over and join this advent Christmas challenge my friend Kim is hosting. I'm so looking forward to it. http://www.huntandhost.net/youre-invited-an-artistic-advent/

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    1. Thanks so much for the tip about Ann's advent challenge that your friend Kim is hosting! I will hope over and take a look!! And yes, World Market's furniture has stolen my heart. I have the matching arm chair too.

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  11. I love your list! That's so cool that your Romanian! My cousin just recently married someone from Romania. I've heard a lot about money thousand gifts, I need to read it. Your house looks so cute!

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    1. Yes, you need to read One Thousand Gifts! Such a great, life changing book, and I do not say that lightly! It helped me learn to focus more on the blessings in my everyday rather than the stressful situations.

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  12. I totally didn't realize that Romanian was your native language! But, the more I think about it, I may remember you mentioning that before on your blog. But, definitely so cool and sweet of Greg to be learning it! What a fun thing!

    Also, how are you liking I Am Malala?? I read that book shortly after it came out and loved it! She (and her family) has such a great story of determination and bravery. I love her heart for girls and especially education. I really want to see the film that recently came out, He Named Me Malala.

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    1. Hi Jess! I loved it the book! I accidentally checked out the "young readers" version from the library but still enjoyed it a lot! I have heard about the movie too! I am excited to see it! I found a yougtube video of The New York Times documentary on her and her dad that she mentioned! It made it easier to understand a lot of the context!

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