Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

Family

Snippets and Waterfalls

One sibling photo a week throughout the year. 27/52

My grandmother asked me to explain the little numbers at the bottom of my posts. I thought I would share with you as well. I record little moments or observations from my week, partly for myself to remember, but mostly as an intentional way to list the small details of what I’m thankful for that week. I find that it helps me celebrate small victories and honor tender moments that could easily be forgotten if I didn’t record them, and it also helps me find peace, tracing dot-to-dot God’s sweet mercies in my life. For those unfamiliar, the practice (for me) stemmed from reading Ann Voskamp’s book, One Thousand Gifts, which was a very impactful read for me a few years back.

For fun, I thought I’d expand on my list for this week and tell you a little more behind the story of each.

871. “Once when I was a little kid,” says the 3 year old. – I was at the stove cooking dinner and my Sassypants McGee came to tell me a story about, “Once when I was a little kid, I wore the same clothes as my baby sister. Isn’t that weird?” Yes love. And you’re weird in all the best ways.

872. freedom from things that distract from the best things – I’m doing my best to eliminate ‘autopilot’ activities that suck up time but don’t bring me encouragement or a good return on my time spent. TV, Facebook, etc. I also find myself increasingly dissatisfied with digital interactions, when there are coffee dates to be had and conversations to have over the phone. The mom life can be very lonesome at times, and I’m finding that staying connected online is not a substitute for real-time and face-to-face conversations.

873. the power of moving water – We spent a few days out of town and visited the waterfall below. The photo captures only about half of the falls, which is a 100ft drop from top to bottom. There was a fence between us and the edge, but I was rather moved by the power and intensity of the falls.

874. pristine nature – Again, our out-of-town time up at the highest point reachable by vehicle between Mt. Baker and Mt. Shuksan (north Washington). Above the tree-line, and feeling close to the sky among the mountain-tops.

875. celebrating 10 years in our own unique way – Out of town, complete with a fun photoshoot with our crew and the talents of a photographer I respect, a few days of restful fun, and time away from phone & internet access.

876. togetherness – Every day, but especially over our little trip.

877. swim floaties – A feisty three year old in a seahorse floaty getup is entertaining, to say the least.

878. the comfort of familiar voices – I had a great conversation with my dad one evening that left me feeling really encouraged.

879. picture lake – Where we started our sunrise photo session. Photos to come.

880. renewed mercies, every morning – I’m so thankful that each day starts new. A new opportunity to love and grow and learn.

881. thank you card in the mail – I confess I struggle to send physical thank you cards these days, but I received one and appreciated it a lot.

882. sweet bible study time – Doing a study with some girlfriends on Colossians, and finding myself quite encouraged, both by the study and the women involved.

883. inches forward – I haven’t been meeting my writing/running goals every week, but I’m still moving forward, so I celebrate those victories.

884. cleaned-out fridge – It’s a task I dread, but one that has to happen pretty often around here. I always feel really satisfied after I’ve done it, even if I totally dragged my feet for 2 weeks before diving in.

885. safe travels – Our trip out of town and back, no major troubles.

886. “belly jeans” aka Billie Jean – This is what the 3 year old asks for when she wants to hear this particular MJ song.

887. little MJ fans – MJ is the new hot thing around here. It’s cute and funny to see how seriously they take their MJ dancing and lip-syncing.

888. sewing supplies – Went for an hour with a friend to get some things I needed.

889. laughing brook and the smiling pool – I’m reading one of the Old Mother West Wind series books to my children before bed. I really love these simple, sweet children’s books.

890. healing hand – One of the more eventful things that happened on our trip was our middle guy rolled off his bunk in the middle of the night and hurt his wrist. I was worried that it could be serious, but after prayers and feeling out what of his reaction was drama and what was real, I’m no longer concerned about it and he’s healing just fine. I really think it was a specifically-answered prayer. Thanks be to God.

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Update on goals for week 27:

1) Run/walk at least 10 miles per week. Week 27 ~ 6 Run/Walk miles traveled, 284mi in 2015
2) Write 10,000 words weekly. Week 27 ~ 1000 words completed, 77,100 words in 2015

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“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.” Hebrews 12:1-2 NLT

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Gal 6:9

871. “Once when I was a little kid,” says the 3 year old, 872. freedom from things that distract from the best things, 873. the power of moving water, 874. pristine nature, 875. celebrating 10 years in our own unique way, 876. togetherness, 877. swim floaties, 878. the comfort of familiar voices, 879. picture lake, 880. renewed mercies, every morning, 881. thank you card in the mail, 882. sweet bible study time, 883. inches forward, 884. cleaned-out fridge, 885. safe travels, 886. “belly jeans” aka Billie Jean, 887. little MJ fans, 888. sewing supplies, 889. laughing brook and the smiling pool, 890. healing hand