grace gifts

Because life is sweet,  because it's a gift from God, because God blesses us, because life is hard sometimes: one needs to list ordinary moments in life -- even the hard moments.  We need to accept every gift God gives us -- even when they're hard gifts to accept. 

'Every good and perfect gift is from above'
James 1:17

 Little things in life that define grace gifts from God: 

--Playing, splashing, wading in the stream; laughing till our stomachs hurt; watching silver diamonds -- water droplets -- swish and fly into the air and fall lazily down again into the water.

-- colorful eggs   (God-- how do you create such things as these?  Each egg is unique.  Some dappled with brown spots.  Others as blue as crystal-clear ocean water. Some are green like the spring grass.  How awesome you are, Jesus).
both egg photos :: disclaimers 

--Little sister's laughter.  Sweet, bubbly laughter that echoes and resounds throughout the house. 

-- bluebells.  

-- Writing 'happy birthday' with ink pens

-- Flowers adoring the window sill.

-- chicken for dinner with freshly ground coriander on top -- ground by us!

-- s.c.r.u.m.p.t.i.o.u.s  birthday cakes

-- awkward flowers... that are sweet

-- raindrops glimmering like diamonds on fresh leaves

-- roses.  And their smell.  

-- strawberry-flavored lollipops

-- irises greeting me every time I walk the garden

-- dried flowers

-- and amazing scenery  (I was there just a few days ago!)

  -- my wind-swept hair:  Ahh, the sea.
-- fox gloves not yet in full bloom.

-- the sea.  

disclaimer -- not my photo!
--beautiful bedrooms.  I think I'll have one like this in heaven, Jesus. 

-- Horizons stretching.  Light dappling.  Swans sitting on sea water. 


--Light coming down on bluebells.  God's ray from heaven. 

linking up with Mrs. Ann Voskamp.

grace gifts... do you have any you'd like to name?


  1. Beautiful pictures! Love your new edited version! :)

  2. So beautiful!
    You are so good at photography.

  3. you have a great blog! thanks for the sweet comment on mine. :) i'm adding your blog button to my "blogs I love" page when you get them! ;)

  4. These are great pictures! Thanks for sharing. :)