Looking on beauty…

This page is dedicated to daily reminders of the beautiful things in my life. For if I cease to look on them with wonder, I have a tendency to forget how blessed I truly am.

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the works of your hands. Psalm 19:1                                -Gulf Shores 2015

  • Sunday afternoon naps
  • Lunch and ice cream with friends after church
  • Hearing Devin practicing his guitar
  • A music teacher that cares for my kids and encourages them
  • Having a husband that helps me with fixing up the house
  • A forgotten gift card and an impromptu shopping trip to Michaels!
  • Shopping with Lindsey on a Saturday afternoon
  • My gym membership
  • Laughing with the kids over silliness at breakfast
  • Celebrating the resurrection of Christ this week and looking forward to time with family on Easter.
  • The kids doing well at Federation and stretching themselves to try something new and scary.
  • Receiving a thank you note from Great Circle and hearing that the girls were talking about the lesson.
  • Spring break time off
  • Dinner out with Jason alone
  • The kids spending time with friends at the Rock and Worship Roadshow
  • Playing Sorry sliders with my nephew, Collin
  • Encouraging friends
  • Safety for Devin while driving
  • Getting together with my Bruemmer girls
  • Studying God’s Word and being convicted over an area of weakness
  • Laughing with the kids
  • Hearing Devin say I am a good teacher
  • Time at the gym walking with Lindsey.
  • Teaching Devin to reconcile his checkbook.
  • Having a husband that will drive you to the gym and pick you up to avoid the cold.
  • Encouraging podcasts on homeschooling high school.
  • Easy, delicious crockpot recipes.
  • Comfy tennis shoes.
  • No make-up wearing day!
  • Homemade chocolate chip cookies and grilled burgers on a cold Tuesday night.
  • College acceptance letters and scholarship opportunities for Devin.
  • Lindsey working on a short story and getting excited about writing and drawing the characters.
  • Watching Lindsey build a model for theater class while I work in the kitchen.
  • Another warm, January day! Sunshine is awesome.
  • Walking with my kids at the Nature Center.
  • Enjoying some Orange Leaf after our hike.
  • Hearing Devin doing Bible study with a friend on Skype.
  • Jason going to Wal-Mart for me even though he was tired.
  • Finishing the FAFSA for Devin’s college applications – so glad to be done with that!
  • The new crockpot recipe was delicious – honey glazed chicken and rice.
  • Losing a pound since Sunday. I will take it!
  • A warm January day – 60 degrees!
  • An hour alone with Jason before church
  • Donations for the science fair
  • Audio books while I clean
  • Adults that invest in my children and help them to learn
  • Clean floors and a quiet house to think
  • Fall break/sleeping late
  • Panera Cranberry/Orange muffin
  • My Bible
  • Having teen girls over for fun and Bible Study on a Friday night
  • A toddler smiling at me in the store
  • Funny conversation with Lindsey over “hamburgers turning to beef jerky” – inside joke 🙂
  • My Bible
  • Beautiful music sung by young people who love God
  • Quiet Sunday afternoons
  • People who faithfully teach God’s Word to others
  • Family
  • Sleeping in on a Saturday morning
  • Walking for the Pregnancy Care Center Walk 4 Life event
  • Trying a new pizza place
  • Cleaning out my garden for winter
  • Spending the evening watching Avengers with my boys
  • Having the windows open and fresh air coming into the house
  • Taco soup and fritos for dinner
  • Fresh baked chocolate chip cookies
  • Spending time quizzing Lindsey on her logic vocabulary
  • Seeing Devin stretched out on the couch reading
  • Taking time to listen to a new song Devin is working on
  • Smelling a chicken roasting in the oven
  • The cool, beautiful fall weather
  • Having an interesting conversation about history with Devin in the car
  • Being encouraged by a great podcast on homeschooling and reading history
  • Hearing a great message from a missionary – love when God’s Word comes alive in a new way
  • Laying concerns at the feet of Jesus
  • Singing praise songs in the car and feeling refreshed
  • Watching Lindsey work with other students on math problems and doing well
  • Seeing the supermoon and eclipse
  • Sunday afternoon nap
  • Game night with family
  • Banqueting with church family in the new building
  • Watching Jason rock a baby to sleep in the nursery
  • Holding my husband’s hand
  • Reading and studying with Lindsey at the library
  • Starting a new Bible study book
  • Breakfast in bed thanks to my husband and Panera 🙂
  • Having abundance to give to others
  • My husband’s sense of humor
  • Taking a field trip to a solar farm with my kids on this beautiful morning
  • Eating cheesy potatoes with my grandpa and grandma
  • Hearing grandpa tell about keeping his hands in his pockets so he didn’t pop someone that told him he couldn’t drive anymore
  • Watching Devin teach his sister how to make an electromagnet
  • Seeing Lindsey “thinking” through a tough math problem and solving it
  • Hearing my grandma call me “our Terri”
  • Eating Subway with my grandparents and listening to stories about the past
  • A backyard campsite full of cousins and fun
  • Homemade ice cream
  • Jason and Ronnie camping with the kids and making memories
  • Watching the kids go to church activities and spend time with friends and seeing them happy
  • A beautiful fall day hanging out at home and cleaning
  • Cousins playing in the front yard
  • Taking Rory to the park and remembering how fun toddlers can be
  • A husband that will run to the store for pantyhose – love him!
  • Home cooked meals
  • Going to bed with a clean kitchen
  • Practicing forgiveness with a disgruntled teenager  – hugs are a beautiful thing
  • Having time in our afternoon to go to the church and practice a duet together
  • Feeling at peace with my son’s driving abilities/no panic attacks today!
  • Having a couple of hours to do some fall clothes shopping by myself
  • Watching my kids quickly decipher mental math problems (friendly competition)
  • Two teenagers filling out their own planners and organizing their own study times
  • Clean sheets and a husband that remade the bed before I got home
  • Eating lunch in the sunshine
  • Hearing Lindsey chatter about the kids in her co-op and other silliness
  • Devin driving me home safely
  • Not being irritated over something I normally would have reacted poorly to
  • Sharing a family meal together at the table – with schedules it doesn’t happen as often as I’d like
  • Hearing teenagers excited about things they are learning and watching character form
  • Watching Lindsey and Jason play Bananagrams before bed
  • Delicious grilled pork chops and chicken for dinner thanks to Jason
  • Warm summer day
  • Happy hour slushies with my girl
  • Jason’s vertigo was better today
  • Devin hugging me and telling me about what he is reading
  • Time to study God’s Word
  • Starting a new book called The Best Yes
  • Lindsey baking muffins for breakfast
  • Exercising with WOW for 15 minutes – thankful for energy
  • My arm is healing from bite and one more day of steroids to go
  • A note of encouragement from a friend that came in the mail today
  • Visiting with my mom at the doctor’s office
  • Running an errand for my mom that involved her blessing someone else
  • A husband that goes above and beyond to take care of his family – even when he is ill
  • Hearing I love you from the kids
  • Braum’s vanilla shakes
  • Beautiful roses from my husband
  • Standing in the kitchen talking with Devin after work
  • Watching Lindsey sit on her bed folding laundry and skyping with Katie
  • Seeing Jason mow the lawn even though he didn’t feel well
  • A clean house to start the week
  • A beautiful birthday card from my mother-in-law
  • Hearing my son play his guitar and filling the house with music
  • Watching Lindsey experimenting in the kitchen with homemade lipstick
  • Listening to my kids laughing together at lunch
  • Practicing a song together with Devin
  • Having Devin run to show me something cool he did in statistics
  • A husband that knows I am tired and brings home Subway for dinner
  • A child that admits they did not manage their time well
  • Being excited to read two new book purchases
  • Birthday cupcakes made by Lindsey; a clean kitchen thanks to Lindsey
  • A hug from my cousin, Tammy, after my doctor’s visit
  • No wait at the doctor’s office; a sweet nurse; insurance to cover prescriptions
  • Time to relax and read on my birthday
  • Special meals with my family; sizzling chicken and cheese; fettucini and grilled chicken
  • Friends and family that took time to express their birthday wishes and love