Monday, May 14, 2012

the gift of surprise and other blessings

I have never been fond of surprises.  But, Tom keeps trying to change that...and he just might succeed!  He entered a contest with BelmopanCityOnline and won a Mother's Day gift for me.  Here is his winning entry:

"Alida has been a great wife of 30 years, mother of two grown sons & now helps people who have been abused or rescued from sex trafficking. She has been giving to others all her life & deserves a month of receiving!"
The prize is a month of free housecleaning...I am glad he entered and excited about the redeeming the prize!

Gifts from the week:
741.  Tom's surprise Mother's Day gift.
742.  Spencer taking me out for ice cream.
743.  Nathan's Facebook messages.
744.  doing well on the mid term in Tom's counseling class.
745.  two new counselors working with us at CDF.

746.  taking pictures of the guys for no reason.

747.  Harley's faithfulness to Tom.

Gifts from Sunday:
748.  a baby dedication on Mother's Day  

749.   a Bible in Chinese

750.   children playing in the field

752.  vibrant colors from God's paintbrush.

753.  a cross hung high

754.  a loving church family
755.  potluck dinners with plenty of food for all.
756.  lots of real food choices at the potluck so this gluten free girl didn't feel deprived.

Gifts found during my time in the Word:
757.  His Spirit helps us in our weakness Romans 8:26
758.  He intercedes for us  Romans 8:26
759.  He works for the good of those who love Him Romans 8:28
760.  He gave up His son for us Romans 8:32
761.  We are more than conquerors through Him  Romans 8:37

 joining in with the gratitude community:


  1. What a great gift for mother's day, I sure could use that one now :)LOL. I love your thankful list as always!

  2. Hi Alida - just beautiful. Lovely prize and thumbs up for your hubby's winning entry.
    Great pics too
    God bless

  3. Congrats on your wonderful gift! sandie

  4. Congrats Alida! Sometimes being surprised can be a good thing! Enjoy the month of free cleaning!

  5. Awesome...sweet..sweet hubby...congrats on your winning...oh do enjoy a free housecleaning. what a wonderful mother’s day gift~

  6. What a great gift to win! That is def a great surprise! Kudos to hubby! Happy Mother's Day!

  7. I bet you could get used to this kind of surprise.

  8. Very Beautiful Pics & His word is always beautiful ! House cleaning , That's what I call a gift !!!!!!!!

  9. Happy birthday to you and God is really good to give you so much to thank about:)

  10. Now that is a great gift!! Love your beautiful photos and wonderful list of gifts. That baby is so sweet. God's paintbrush is amazing. Truly amazing. Happy Birthday!! :)

  11. That is a beautiful gift and a beautiful tribute. I hope you had a wonderful birthday.

  12. Awwww, so beautiful. Happy mother's day