1,000 Gifts

Wondering what this 1,000 Gifts is all about? You can go here: http://www.aholyexperience.com/one-thousand-gifts-book/ to see a little more. Or you can read my original posts that contain the first 60 of the gifts, herehere, here, here and here

1,000 Gifts

1. Flowers by my sink.

2. Strawberry shortcake made with Bisquick.
3. The first sip of chilled chardonnay.

4. Being able to afford a printer, ink and paper. I love the sound the printer makes as the words are traced in black against the white.
5. The snoring puppy at my feet.
6. Weathered doors

7. White Christmas lights
8. Fireworks
9. The sound of coffee dripping into a pot in the morning.
10. The smell of old books. 

11. Fresh flowers throughout the house.

12. The Eastern NC sun as it filters through the trees.

13. The smell of the desert on a cool morning.

14. A good book.

15. Light through my kitchen nook window, shining on my table.

16. A strong cup of coffee.

17. Grace.

18. Quail running through the yard.

19. Abby’s cold nose.

20. The bright green of spring (I’m remembering…as there isn’t much green in the desert).

21. The Neuse and its jagged shoreline.

22. Bright pink flowers on a prickly cactus.

23. A breeze through open windows, on a quiet afternoon.

24. Avocado’s

25. The pine tree in my back yard – it’s green such a contrast in all this brown.

26. Tiny, baby pine cones that fell from my tree in the spring.

27. The days when work is what it’s supposed to be.

28. The opportunities my Marine Corps life has given to me.

29. Rainstorms in the desert.

30. My dog falling asleep at my feet.

31. The people who take care of me.

32. Memories of salt and pine in the air.

33. God’s unending patience.

34. Lemons, fresh from my Grandma’s tree – and the scent they leave on my hands.

35. The little green plants on my counter. Giving me a little bit of green in a world so brown. 

36. Green army men that remind me to be a prayer warrior – and of the group 

of women who gave it to me. It’s a reminder of the grace extended to me in 

those Thursday morning’s studying His word and learning to be real again. 

37. Golden sun on country roads 

38. A cold glass of Coke.

39. Chilly, winter weather

40. Cooking for family

41. My Mom’s faith in me.

42. Second chances

43. Handwritten letters

44. The gift of creativity

45. The ability to be compassionate towards others

46. A sense of humor

47. Sun shining through dark clouds

48. My soft bed

49. Cheese & Crackers

50. The handmade books my Mom has made me

51. My Reading List by Pat Conroy

52. Plan B by Pete Wilson

53. Seeing God’s work of grace in my life

54. Making a life and home of my own

55. Memories of the sea.

56. The color blue.

57. Blue Ball Mason Jars.

58. Creating beauty & sanctuary in my home.

59. Reminders of the sea I love so much, all around me.

60. A friend’s artwork on my wall.

61. Spotify

62. Otis Redding singing

63. Abby barking in her sleep

64. Pink Tulips on my desk (given to me by a VMU-1 spouse)

65. Microsoft Office Professional on my laptop

66. American Idol

67. Football season

68. The ability to buy a new coffee table (which my mom promptly broke but I could buy one…lol)

69. Days of rest

70. Health insurance

71. Answered & unanswered prayer

72. Having enough money to share

73. Freedom to make mistakes

74. Music – music that touches my heart

75. Feeling needed

76. Abby growing up (she’s losing her puppy!)

77. My mom coming to the desert to help me with some stuff…

78. Flowers & balloons on my birthday (From a VMU-1 kiddo)

79. Birthday cards

80. Birthday money

81. Knowing I have impacted people

82. The very prospect of being back in NC

83. Being taken to lunch

84. Being told by two people that this year, is my year (it’s almost up on 26 April…lol)

85. For the privilege that is my job

86. For families reunited (VMU-1 homecoming 2012)

87. Grace that overflows when a cold shoulder is deserved

88. The dream and hope of falling in love and having a family

89. For His Word which quenches, humbles and convicts

90. For old music that reminds me of my dreams

91. Forgiveness

92. New phones

93. For days off

94. Fernando Ortega singing

95. Fresh basil

96. The scent of jasmine filling the house

97. Cards and letters from VMU-1 families

98. For the peace of having to be nowhere

99. Freedom from my work phone

100. Reading two books in a couple of days

101. Pandora

102. Sedona, Arizona

103. Scandalous grace that lets me see places like Sedona, Arizona!

104. Ferry route signs

105. Rain

106. Clouds

107. Toads that sound like lambs ๐Ÿ™‚

108. My river

109. The Neusiok Trail

110. God’s provision

111. Corporate worship

112. Being in church

113. Grace reminders

114. God’s forgiveness

115. Wireless internet

116. Interviews that go well

117. The joy I can acknowledge that I get from work

118. God’s sweet gifts that tell me He delights in me

119. A house of my own again

120. My job

121. Feeling appreciated by my boss

122. Seagulls in my yard

123. Ocean breezes

124. Living in Beaufort!

125. Roses and Hosta and Camellias in my yard

126. A boss that is open with praise

127. For Saturday naps

128. For football on a Sunday afternoon

129. For a cool ocean breeze through my house

130. For the salt and sea air

131. For remembering God’s sweet presence

132. For God’s constant pursuit of me – no matter how far I’ve sunk

133. For weather

134. Witnessing the power of God in creation

135. For Abby’s silly antics

136. For the reminder that she gives me to be still in God’s presence

137. My home – even though I’m looking for another

138. Paying bills

139. Leave {vacation}

140. God’s patience

141. The sunset

142. Hope in the future

143. Dreams

144. God’s comfort

145. The ocean/salt air

146. Lunch on the porch

147. Blooming daffodils

148. Cooking!

149. A nice glass of wine while cooking & enjoy my homemade meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

150. Baking

151. Rain and rain and rain

152. Humidity (remind me I said this when we get to August)

153. New friends

154. New experiences…wine class on 17 April 2013

155. New opportunities

156. Experiencing the tip of the iceberg in being loved – the hope of what could be

157. My beautiful adopted home state

158. Jasmine blooming in the neighborhood – love this scent following me as I walk in the evening.

159. Clover in bloom everywhere

160. Crap pots bobbing in the Neuse

161. Jumping mullet

162. People checking their crab pots

163. The constantly changing Neuse.

164. Concerts at Tryon Palace, under the stars.

165. The incredible beauty of the ocean.

166. The sound of the waves crashing.

167. The jade green of the sea.

168. The library

169. Good books

170. Amazing food

171. Great wine

172. Cruise on the Neuse & Trent

173. Fresh basil on my counter

174. Beautiful memories

175. Gorgeous days

176. Being made to feel beautiful

177. Having lived in an amazing place like DC (remembering)

178. My little home

179. Living in downtown New Bern

180. Changing weather

181. Good books

182. The changing light as autumn approaches

183. My tiny back deck

184. A cool breeze

185. New friends

186. The light at dusk

187. Turning leaves

188. Hugs

189. Sweet, refreshing words

190. Offers for walks with friends & lunch by the water

191. A new church

192. Church reaching out 

193. People who reach out to comfort when things are stressful

194. Autumn decorations

195. Being cold after a hot summer

196. Pulling out blankets & afghans

197. Pumpkin roll Scentsy

198. The sun shining on the river after a dreary day

199. French roast coffee

200. Michael Giacchino music

201. Bible verses that bring a sliver of hope back. 

202. Watching snow fall.

203. Catching tiny, intricate snow flakes as I walk the dog.

204. Being creative & crafty

205. Bible verses that bring a sliver of hope back

206. Fresh, hot bread out of the oven

207. Baking

208. Crab pots reappearing on the river

209. Warm sun after a cold winter

210. New pens

211. A job that inspires me

212. Videos shared at just the right moment

213. Getting to return home to Cherry Branch

214. The gift of living on “my” river

215. The gift of being rent/utility free

216. My French Press

217. A glass of wine (could only have one glass a week for a bit)

218. Cherry trees in blossom

219. Seagulls

220. The sweet scent of warm pine

221. Being able to cook after three weeks of feeling horrid

222. Beautiful stories

223. Finding sea shells

224. Ocean sounds

225. Local strawberries

226. Hope and dreams of answered prayers

227. Anticipation – Dog being trained & moving

228. Living on my river again

229. Brunch on the deck

230. Cherry Branch

231. Hummingbirds buzzing around me

232. The stillness of the river

233. The peace, quiet, and rest

234. Hope when there should be none. 

235. A book, a glass of wine, favorite music, the deck and my dog

236. When Abby listens

237. My trained dog

238. The cool breeze

239. A break from humidity

240. The sounds of home – the trees, the ferry, the waves in the wind, the seagulls

241. The amazing weather on a late summer day

242. Sunday morning with coffee and a view

243. School & school books

244. The hope of accomplishing goals

245. The way the clouds move in off the water

246. The hope of autumn

247. My lovely home

248. The hope of a New Year

249. Visiting places that mean a lot to me

250. Lunch at Moreno’s

251. A new pillow

252. A clean kitchen

253. A new day without mistakes

254. Starting fresh

255. Rest

256. Forgiveness

257. Freedom

258. Knowing God wants me to dream

259. I shall not be in want (Ps 23)

260. Verses that encourage

261. Encouragement to keep the adoption dream alive.

262. Making a real breakfast on a regular old Monday.

263. The view from the kitchen sink at Secretariat.

264. The ocean and the reminder that His love for me is as vast as the ocean – and that He accepts me just as I am.

265. Prayer. Honest prayer.

266. The freedom to dream again.

267. The dream in my heart to be a wife/mom, and writer – and for our life and family to be part of our ministry of love and grace.

I have done a HORRIBLE job of updating here. But if you go to Instagram, you can find my other 1,000 gifts posts, by searching #1000Gifts.