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Small Graces

A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

"sometimes they slip by without notice
sometimes they are very hard to see
other times it's very clear when they are happening to me"  

I was away from home last weekend at a retreat with the ladies from our church. Despite not seeing each other - and not discussing it before hand - Jer and I still somehow managed to match our church outfits! It can be a bit a embarrassing but, truth be told, I love "going with" him.


While I was at the retreat Jeremy played in a basketball tournament. His team got third place and he brought home a trophy. Our boys were super excited to show it to me and tell me how amazing their dad is - I agree!



You may have noticed that I haven't posted any kid crafts the last couple months.That's because we've been spending most of our time outdoors; sand, water, and mud have become my children's primary medium for creativity. 




While the kids have not been crafting; Jeremy and I have been busy with projects. One of which was adding a bit of whimsy to our stairs - you can read more here


Maca has also helped us add a bit of beauty to our house. She thrifted this rocking chair for less than $20! They are not for the house but she also scored me the flats for $3. It's a blessing to have a mother-in-law who shares her bargain hunting talents. 


We also finished up some yard projects this week - our gravel path is now complete. The boys think it makes the perfect "river of hot lava"!  I love that some childhood games are cross generational. 


The work we put into are garden has also started to pay off.  We've  harvested a few peppers, cucumbers, and carrots. In a few weeks we will most likely be overwhelmed with tomatoes - bruschetta every night! 


Two nights this week we invited friends over for dinner. Pre-hosting preparations always stress me out a bit a lot, which is silly because we always have a good time and nobody seems to notice the cleaning that didn't get done. One of our friends brought some pretty potted daisies, which make me smile every time I walk past them. 


When I am feeling anxious, stressed, tired, or really any negative emotion....or happy one, if I'm honest...dark chocolate is my go-to treat. These dark chocolate covered ginger pieces from Trader Joe's are amazing! 


For some reason Little Lady seems suddenly older this week. The girl she is growing into is a delight but I wouldn't mind being able to freeze time for a bit. 



"these are the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come...
they are a reminder to the heart there is more to life than meets the eye...
He is in the small graces....
small graces pointing me to the larger one...
little glimpses of the kingdom come..."

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