Monday, October 24, 2011

1000 gifts...

We experienced some hard things and some wonderful things this week...isn't that how life goes?

342. being able to appreciate the beauty of God's creation!

 343.  grateful for the services provided by Belize Council for the Visually Impaired

344.  resulting in new glasses for Spencer at an awesome price!

345. and the eye clinic is right here in Belmopan! 

346.  fresh produce at the market
347.  this year I am not shocked to see green oranges and lemons.
348.  the smell of fresh bread 

349.  a beautiful service for the homegoing of Diana's father.

350.  a heart wrenching song performed by a brother and sister in Spanish.

351.  renewing our visitor's permits and Spencer's with no problems.
352. showing up late enough to avoid the line that usually wraps around the building but early enough to get everything done.

353.  finishing up two craft projects inspired by Pinterest!
355.  watching dragonflies circle over our home and the fields nearby...
356.  grateful that the dragonflies take care of us by getting rid of the mosquitoes.
357.  incredible sunsets
358.  sleeping in after an exhausting week.
359.  new counseling clients...
360.  which means more people hearing about our work...
361.  and that people are willing to make changes in their lives by trying something new.

362. words that inspire me to live a full life.

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  1. Beautiful, beautiful photos and heart-filled list Alida :) Blessings!

  2. such beautiful pictures! it is truly a blessing to be able to see such beauty. lovely list as always!

  3. Oh oh! I love your list. It sings gratitude. And Pinterest...that thing is soooo addicting. Geesh.

  4. The last statement says it all...sometimes that's all you need to kill your joy!

  5. Oh, I love your list! The gifts are many - so much to be thankful for!

  6. I see you have had a week of pain and beauty. It's wonderful to be able to see even the sad things as a gift. Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a note! Hope this week is as rich for you as last week was:)

  7. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photography and thoughts. Blessings on your ministry!

  8. ...each butterfly a specially painted gift from Him. Thanks for sharing! Blessings on you as you count His gifts to you!!!

  9. Anonymous6:11 AM

    Always love to come over and visit you Alida, to see what you are doing now for the LORD or sharing what the LORD does for mankind through surrendered vessels...Blessings to you today

  10. That was beautiful. I love the last quote about comparison. We all need to stop comparing and romanticizing other's situations. Hope this week is a great one! <3

  11. Thanks for sharing. In the middle of a BUSY, EXHAUSTING week, I had a 20 minute walk in a beautiful hotel garden. I marveled at each plant.

    Your list and your pictures took me back there.

  12. Hi Alida! So glad you stopped by Pollywog Creek - I'm thrilled to "meet" another sister in Christ. Your work amazes me - so humbled by the sacrifices you must be making. Mosquito-eating dragonflies have been on my thankful list a time or two, as well. Blessing.

  13. Anonymous9:03 PM

    I love your list this week, Alida! Rejoicing with you in the gift of improved vision (I'm SO nearsighted!) and the blessing of a growing counseling ministry. Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for allowing us a glimpse of Belize.

    Many blessings to you, friend!

    P.S. I'll have to find you on's my *favorite* time waster. :)