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Thursday, April 21, 2011

thankful for JOYful blessings - and a giveaway!!

God is so good. He graciously gifts me with little graces every day that remind me of His infinite Mercy and His lavish love. I am so thankful for each minute of life that He gives me. I am so thankful for the amazing family that He has blessed me with. I have a husband, children and grandchildren that totally fill me... they complete me in Him. He is good.
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 Mercie fills me with JOY. Just lookin' at this precious face with her adorable ponytails and sunglasses is enough to just do me in! This little girl loves her Nana and for that I am so blessed. The other night as we snuggled in bed she was laying with her face right in front of mine and she said, "Nana, we are bes' f 'iends"  - oh, what joy....

I love how she is crazy about her cousin, Bryton. They are 12 months apart and have always had a special bond.


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Bryton fills my heart with JOY. He is such a precious little boy and he LOVES God so much! We were in the car the other day and he said, "Nana, I dreamed about God last night. I just love it when He hugs me. I love God very much!".  I thought his mama was gonna cry at the sweetness of that moment! (and Nana, too!)

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I am filled with joy at the thought that these 2 little boys are going to have a precious baby sister to love! 
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I am thankful for the joy that I receive when I see my 3 oldest grandchildren in their weeball/t-ball/softball uniforms. Nothing cuter than that!

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I love watching Eli play t-ball and get filled with joy each time he hits the ball from a pitch and doesn't have to use the tee. He gives a big thumbs up each time! He loves being on the pitcher's mound and as you can see, he keeps it clean.. makes his Nana proud - ha!

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My youngest grandchild, Silas, is such a bundle of joy! He has an infectious smile and a laugh that will fill you up! He is taking his first steps and I love to see him begin to explore the world. Here he is, watching his brother and sister play ball!

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I am filled with joy when I see my oldest granddaughter, Mikaela, becoming such a gracious young girl filled with the love of God. Where did the past 8 years go??


I was filled with joy as I watched the excitement on Mikaela's face as she called her daddy (who is off working on a pipeline) and told him that she scored her teams first run!

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I am thankful that Mercie is feeling better after being sick last weekend.

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I receive much joy from the smile of this precious grandson. Eli is missing a few teeth, but his face lights up when he smiles!
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I am still so thankful that I can continue to fill up my '1000 gifts' journal with blessings each day.
I am on #256 - "that we can walk in the Spirit". Thank you, Lord for that...

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I am thankful for my 3 girls. Megan and Melissa just celebrated their 26th and 25th birthdays within 24 hours of each other. I am so blessed with daughters who love me and their daddy and who love the Lord.

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I am thankful for this book, "Experiencing the Resurrection" by Henry Blackaby. There is so much GOOD stuff in here that I want to share! I will be giving away 2 copies of this book to 2 commenter's on this post. If you are a follower, please tell me and you will get an extra entry!
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"For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall
lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall wipe away all 
tears from their eyes" (Revelation 7:17)

18 comments:

Elizabethd said...

Beth, you are saying all the things I used to say when our precious seven were much younger. Now they range between 25 to 10, and three live in other countries. But our bond is still as strong. There is nothing like having grandchildren!
I'd love to enter your giveaway, and I am a follower.

sister sheri said...

Hi Beth! Love Henry Blackaby! And I am a follower, too.

The Bug said...

What a lot of things to be thankful about! Well, I guess they're not "things" exactly, are they? :)

NanaNor's said...

Hi dear sister, I love this post and the song No Sweeter Name(haven't heard it before). I can see we are equally passionate about our grands-we are blessed women indeed. Hugs and blessings to you today my friend.
Love you.
Noreen

Nana's Nuggets said...

Hi! Beth, Oh! these children are beautiful! It is a JOY~ to have a loving Family! Just nothing like it! Thank You Father for Family:)! The book sounds so good! Thanks for the give-a-way! And I am a follower! I love your encouragement!! Happy:) Easter to you and your Family!

Barbara said...

Precious post my dear friend, yes I am a follower and love the photos you shared, such dear children, enjoy them now, while they are young, they grow up so quickly. Be blessed, Barbara

Faith Imagined said...

I can feel the love permeating from my computer! I wish every child could grow up with such love from their family. Thankfully God loves all His children.

Beautiful pictures of your grandchildren!!!

Nana Jul said...

Your grands just keep me smiling every time I see the pictures you post! You sure take great pictures! Happy Birthday to your girls! I'm thankful for my prayer warriors!! Have you seen the Resurrection dance on God tube? Oh how fun that would be!! The book sounds really good..follower indeed! Happy Good Friday/Easter/Resurrection day!! Thank you Jesus!
Love julie

Wanda said...

Beth, what a wonderful giveaway. I would love to read it, and I am a fan and follower.

Your children and grandchildren are so beautiful and reflect God's goodness in their sweet faces.

D.J. Hughes said...

Oh my goodness, these pictures are too adorable! What a blessed nana you are!

Hey, I've not read "Experiencing the Resurrection," but I have read another book by Blackaby and thought it was fantastic. Thanks for the book idea!

Beth in NC said...

You have such a beautiful family. Your quiver certainly is full. What a blessing Beth!

I didn't come over because you were having a give away. This is just the first morning in months that I've had a chance to visit.

(I have been a follower for a long time.)

Bless you friend. Have a truly blessed Resurrection weekend!

Love,
Beth

Stacey Dawn said...

Such a beautiful family!
I'd love to enter - and I'm a follower!

I'm doing my "gift list" too...
LOVE doing that!!

Nancy said...

All of your grandchildren are so beautiful and handsome and fun. What a joy to interact with them and laugh and cry. You have many blessings and I wish you many more.

*The Old Geezer said...

Great looking family photos. I wonder what I would look like in a pair of cool looking pink sun glasses?

God bless and have a wonderful Easter :-)

~Ron
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Yaya Yarns said...

Dropped back by to show Lauren the beautiful babies.

Grandbabies are a blessing!

Have a blessed day dear sister and s weekend saturated in HIM.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

That's a whole lot of pretty and precious in one post! Blessings 10,000 beside. Count me in for the drawing if it's not too late. Love Blackaby, his heart, his "tellings."

Blessed Easter walk.

peace~elaine

Toyin O. said...

These pictures are adorable:)

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