Saturday, July 30, 2011

Psalm 78

I was very tempted to leave this Psalm out or at least use a black highlighter over the parts that are uncomfortable.  But, I believe that God is good.  That his word is sharper than a double edged sword...and often things that seem horrible and cruel are for our own good - gifts even.  They draw us to Him.  Nothing is better than being close to Him.

1 My people, hear my teaching;
   listen to the words of my mouth.
2 I will open my mouth with a parable;
   I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
3 things we have heard and known,
   things our ancestors have told us.
4 We will not hide them from their descendants;
   we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD,
   his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
   and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
   to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
   even the children yet to be born,
   and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
   and would not forget his deeds
   but would keep his commands.
8 They would not be like their ancestors—
   a stubborn and rebellious generation,
whose hearts were not loyal to God,
   whose spirits were not faithful to him.
 9 The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows,
   turned back on the day of battle;
10 they did not keep God’s covenant
   and refused to live by his law.
11 They forgot what he had done,
   the wonders he had shown them.
12 He did 
miracles in the sight of their ancestors
   in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.
13 He divided the sea and led them through;
   he made the water stand up like a wall.
14 He guided them with the cloud by day
   and with light from the fire all night.
15 He split the rocks in the wilderness
   and gave them water as abundant as the seas;
16 he brought streams out of a rocky crag
   and made water flow down like rivers.
 17 But they continued to sin against him,
   rebelling in the wilderness against the Most High.
18 They willfully put God to the test
   by demanding the food they craved.
19 They spoke against God;
   they said, “Can God really
   spread a table in the wilderness?
20 True, he struck the rock,
   and water gushed out,
   streams flowed abundantly,
but can he also give us bread?
   Can he supply meat for his people?”
21 When the LORD heard them, he was furious;
   his fire broke out against Jacob,
   and his wrath rose against Israel,
22 for they did not believe in God
   or trust in his deliverance.
23 Yet he gave a command to the skies above
   and opened the doors of the heavens;
24 he 
rained down manna for the people to eat,
   he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
   he sent them all the food they could eat.
26 He let loose the east wind from the heavens
   and by his power made the south wind blow.
27 He rained meat down on them like dust,
   birds like sand on the seashore.
28 He made them come down inside their camp,
   all around their tents.
29 They ate till they were gorged—
   he had given them what they craved.
30 But before they turned from what they craved,
   even while the food was still in their mouths,
31 God’s anger rose against them;
   he put to death the sturdiest among them,
   cutting down the young men of Israel.
 32 In spite of all this, they kept on sinning;
   in spite of his wonders, they did not believe.
33 So he ended their days in futility
   and their years in terror.
34 Whenever God slew them, they would seek him;
   they eagerly turned to him again.
35 They 
remembered that God was their Rock,
   that God Most High was their Redeemer.
36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths,
   lying to him with their tongues;
37 their hearts were not loyal to him,
   they were not faithful to his covenant.
38 Yet he was merciful;
   he forgave their iniquities
   and did not destroy them.
Time after time he restrained his anger
   and did not stir up his full wrath.
39 He remembered that they were but flesh,
   a passing breeze that does not return.
 40 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
   and grieved him in the wasteland!
41 Again and again they put God to the test;
   they vexed the Holy One of Israel.
42 They did not remember his power—
   the day he 
redeemed them from the oppressor,
43 the day he displayed his signs in Egypt,
   his wonders in the region of Zoan.
44 He turned their river into blood;
   they could not drink from their streams.
45 He sent swarms of flies that devoured them,
   and frogs that devastated them.
46 He gave their crops to the grasshopper,
   their produce to the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail
   and their sycamore-figs with sleet.
48 He gave over their cattle to the hail,
   their livestock to bolts of lightning.
49 He unleashed against them his hot anger,
   his wrath, indignation and hostility—
   a band of destroying angels.
50 He prepared a path for his anger;
   he did not spare them from death
   but gave them over to the plague.
51 He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,
   the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.
52 But he brought his people out like a flock;
   he led them like sheep through the wilderness.
53 He guided them safely, so they were unafraid;
   but the sea engulfed their enemies.
54 And so he brought them to the border of his holy land,
   to the hill country his right hand had taken.
55 He drove out nations before them
   and allotted their lands to them as an inheritance;
   he settled the tribes of Israel in their homes.
 56 But they put God to the test
   and rebelled against the Most High;
   they did not keep his statutes.
57 Like their ancestors they were disloyal and faithless,
   as unreliable as a faulty bow.
58 They angered him with their high places;
   they aroused his jealousy with their idols.
59 When God heard them, he was furious;
   he rejected Israel completely.
60 He abandoned the tabernacle of Shiloh,
   the tent he had set up among humans.
61 He sent the ark of his might into captivity,
   his splendor into the hands of the enemy.
62 He gave his people over to the sword;
   he was furious with his inheritance.
63 Fire consumed their young men,
   and their young women had no wedding songs;
64 their priests were put to the sword,
   and their widows could not weep.
 65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
   as a warrior wakes from the stupor of wine.
66 He 
beat back his enemies;
   he put them to everlasting shame.
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph,
   he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
   Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary like the heights,
   like the earth that he established forever.
70 He chose David his servant
   and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
   to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
   of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
   with skillful hands he led them.

I have "bolded" all words that remind me of the following gifts:

Gifts of God's nature    -    Gifts He offers us    -   Gifts he asks of us

Friday, July 29, 2011

576 - 597

576. "Catch up" days
577. Family time in the basement (laundry room/play room)
578. Matt getting home just in time for dinner
579. Having a wonderful "mommy's helper"
580. Visiting friends camping on Lake St. George
581. Cole's life - 2 close calls in the water
582. Friends who jump in fully clothed to protect Cole
583. Making plans with friends
584. The cancer project cooking class
585. The amazing women who have been through so much (either have cancer, lost someone to cancer, or   know someone who is battling with it)
586. New incredibly inspirational friends
587. Tears
588. Remembering not to take a moment with Matt for granted
589. Making better choices
590. New recipes and delivering them to Matt
591. Matt actually eating them
592. The kids actually eating them - and asking for more
593. Date night with Matt - and trying a new "healthier" meal
594. Blake - referring to the chiropractor - "is that guy going to pop you?"
596. Blake - (as we were leaving the house) -  mommy did you remember the towels (I hadn't)
597. Looking forward to spending Saturday with my Mother in Law

Psalm 77

 1 I cried out to God for help;
   I cried out to God to hear me.
2 When I was in distress, I sought the Lord;
   at night I stretched out untiring hands,
   and I would not be comforted.
 3 I remembered you, God, and I groaned;
   I meditated, and my spirit grew faint.[b]
4 You kept my eyes from closing;
   I was too troubled to speak.
5 I thought about the former days,
   the years of long ago;
6 I remembered my songs in the night.
   My heart meditated and my spirit asked:
 7 “Will the Lord reject forever?
   Will he never show his favor again?
8 Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
   Has his promise failed for all time?
9 Has God forgotten to be merciful?
   Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
 10 Then I thought, “To this I will appeal:
   the years when the Most High stretched out his right hand.
11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
   yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will consider all your works
   and meditate on all your mighty deeds.”
 13 Your ways, God, are holy.
   What god is as great as our God?
14 You are the God who performs miracles;
   you display your power among the peoples.
15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people,
   the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
 16 The waters saw you, God,
   the waters saw you and writhed;
   the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
   the heavens resounded with thunder;
   your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
   your lightning lit up the world;
   the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
   your way through the mighty waters,
   though your footprints were not seen.
 20 You led your people like a flock
   by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

I have "bolded" all words that remind me of the following gifts:

Gifts of God's nature    -    Gifts He offers us    -   Gifts he asks of us

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Psalm 76

1 God is renowned in Judah;
in Israel his name is great.
2 His tent is in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
3 There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shields and the swords, the weapons of war.[b]
4 You are radiant with light,
more majestic than mountains rich with game.
5 The valiant lie plundered,
they sleep their last sleep;
not one of the warriors
can lift his hands.
6 At your rebuke, God of Jacob,
both horse and chariot lie still.
7 It is you alone who are to be feared.
Who can stand before you when you are angry?
8 From heaven you pronounced judgment,
and the land feared and was quiet—
9 when you, God, rose up to judge,
to save all the afflicted of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,
and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.[c]
11 Make vows to the LORD your God and fulfill them;
let all the neighboring lands
gifts to the One to be feared.
12 He breaks the spirit of rulers;
he is feared by the kings of the earth.

I have "bolded" all words that remind me of the following gifts:

Gifts of God's nature - Gifts He offers us - Gifts he asks of us

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

559 - 575

559. New clothes
560. Mindy "adjusting my wardrobe" so I could nurse :)
561. Nursery helpers
562. Singing
563. Visiting with friends after church
564. Pizza hut's salad bar
565. Getting the new jockey catalog
566. Meeting new sisters in Christ while celebrating new babies
567. Ugly/Beautiful - struggling with my morning attitude/remembering that my boys are blessings even when I don't get time in the morning before they wake up
568. Maddie, J.D. and Anna-Jane
569. Cole hugging Anna - Jane
570. The incredible collage of pictures Matt surprised me with
571. Kids standing on the couch oohing and awe-ing over matt's collage
572. Late night meeting with a dear friend
573. Morning exercises helping my back and neck
575. Enjoying my first webinar experience

Monday, July 25, 2011

1 We praise you, God,
   we praise you, for your Name is near;
   people tell of your wonderful deeds.

 2 You say, “I choose the appointed time;
   it is I who
judge with equity.
3 When the earth and all its people quake,
   it is I who
hold its pillars firm.[b]
4 To the arrogant I say, ‘Boast no more,’
   and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horns.[c]
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven;
   do not speak so defiantly.’”

 6 No one from the east or the west
   or from the desert can exalt themselves.
7 It is God who judges:
   He brings one down, he exalts another.
8 In the hand of the LORD is a cup
   full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
   drink it down to its very dregs.

 9 As for me, I will declare this forever;
   I will
sing praise to the God of Jacob,
10 who says, “I will cut off the horns of all the wicked,
   but the horns of the righteous will be lifted up.”

I have "bolded" all words that remind me of the following gifts:

Gifts of God's nature    -    Gifts He offers us    -   Gifts he asks of us

Sunday, July 24, 2011

545 - 558

545. Asking if the chiropractic sandals I ordered had come in...being told no - then, them getting there during my 15 minute appointment.
546. A VERY NICE free fridge (that is working perfectly) that we found on the side of the road (found it a few days after discussing what we were going to do about our fridge need)
547. Walking around Camden with Tara, Amy, Ben and "the big boys" (bubba & blake)
548. Playing castle with Blake
549. Testing out and being tempted to buy a home carbonator (made yummy sparkling juice)
550. The farmers market in Belfast
551. "The big boys" faces when they realized we were in the Chucky Cheese parking lot - and that we were actually going to go inside.
552. Samples at Sam's club
553. New upholstery fabrics at Mardens - including pink camo (which we've been on the lookout for)
554. Linda B's sweet and encouraging responses to my blog
555. Ugly/Beautiful - an incredibly dirty house/all the wonderful memories made by 9 people staying in a small house
556. 2 surprisingly successful jockey parties - and 4 more already scheduled - still in shock at this one (a new business was the last thing i expected)
557. Being able to honestly say - I have 3 kids 3 and under and 3 small businesses  - and I'm loving it!!
558. Friends that sharpen me "as iron sharpens iron"
559. A friend/blog reader taking me up on my offer to post readers lists (and another one who is in the process of adding her list)- not sure why, but this means the world to me :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Psalm 74

1 O God, why have you rejected us forever?
   Why does your anger smolder against the sheep of your pasture?
2 Remember the nation you purchased long ago,
   the people of your inheritance, whom you redeemed
   Mount Zion, where you dwelt.
3 Turn your steps toward these everlasting ruins,
   all this destruction the enemy has brought on the sanctuary.
 4 Your foes roared in the place where you met with us;
   they set up their standards as signs.
5 They behaved like men wielding axes
   to cut through a thicket of trees.
6 They smashed all the carved paneling
   with their axes and hatchets.
7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground;
   they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.
8 They said in their hearts, “We will crush them completely!”
   They burned every place where God was worshiped in the land.
 9 We are given no signs from God;
   no prophets are left,
   and none of us knows how long this will be.
10 How long will the enemy mock you, God?
   Will the foe revile your name forever?
11 Why do you 
hold back your hand, your right hand?
   Take it from the folds of your garment and destroy them!
 12 But God is my King from long ago;
   he brings salvation on the earth.
 13 It was you who split open the sea by your power;
   you broke the heads of the monster in the waters.
14 It was you who crushed the heads of Leviathan
   and gave it as food to the creatures of the desert.
15 It was you who opened up springs and streams;
   you dried up the ever-flowing rivers.
16 The day is yours, and yours also the night;
   you established the sun and moon.
17 It was you who set all the boundaries of the earth;
   you made both summer and winter.
 18 Remember how the enemy has mocked you, LORD,
   how foolish people have reviled your name.
19 Do not hand over the life of your dove to wild beasts;
   do not forget the lives of your afflicted people forever.
20 Have regard for your covenant,
   because haunts of violence fill the dark places of the land.
21 Do not let the oppressed retreat in disgrace;
   may the poor and needy 
praise your name.
22 Rise up, O God, and defend your cause;
   remember how fools mock you all day long.
23 Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries,
   the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.

I have "bolded" all words that remind me of the following gifts:

Gifts of God's nature    -    Gifts He offers us    -   Gifts he asks of us

This morning I have found myself tempted to only emphasize the obviously positive gifts that God gives us .  Words like split, broke and crushed sound so far from positive - could they possibly be gifts?  As I am growing in the grace of God, however, I am realizing more and more that everything He does is for our good - and is therefore, a gift.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Tanja's Digging Deeper

August 1, 2011
"Morning & Evening"
Charles Spurgeon pg. 431

"Thou crownest the year with thy goodness"Psalm 65:11 
God blesses us richly every hour of every day. When we sleep and when we wake, His mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave us  a legacy of darkness, but God never ceases to shine upon His children withbeams of love. Like a river, His lovingkindness always flows with a fullness that is as inexhoustible as His own nature. Like the atmosphere which surrounds the earth and supports the life of man, the benevolence ofGod surrounds all His creatures. Rivers are swollen at certain seasons by the rain, and the atmosphere itself is sometimes filled with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than usual. It is the same with the mercy of God. It has its golden hours and its days of overflowing joy, whenthe Lord magnifies His grace before the sons of men. The psalmist tells us that the harvest is the crownig of the year. Surely these crowning mercies call for crowning thanksgiving! Let us offer thanks by the inward emotions of gratitude. Let our hearts be wramed, and let our spirits remember and meditate upon goodness of the Lord. Let us glorify God by yielding our gifts to Him.

This caused me to generate my list today!
31) Thinking of Autumn, I thank you ahead of time for the beauty stored in the leaves hanging on the trees.
32) Pumpkins
33) Apple pie
34) Cool nights, AHHHH
35) Hot apple cider
36) The fact that God waits for me
37) God shines on us. I feel it even now.
38) Thank you for Charles Spurgeon
40) Model airplanes (Ed just brougt one home to build with Nathan)

July 29, 2011  (I have been thinking and pondering today!!)

Joy!    How to live it.  That definately has been my struggle. I am not always joyfull and being a MOM has squeezed me and stressed me that I do freak out more than usual and I get myself into this  guilt cycle over and over. Ann's book has made me feel less isolated and less alone in this struggle and has given me tools to snap myself out of that cycle much quicker. Love it! It is what I needed. I have been telling myself all I NEED is more time to myself and more time to calm myself . BUT even that is not it!! That has been my major AH, HA! about this book. It's not the time. Here is what Ann has said about it:

“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them …” (Luke 22:19 NIV).

In the original language, “he gave thanks” reads “eucharisteo.”

The root word of eucharisteo is charis, meaning “grace.” Jesus took the bread and saw it as grace and gave thanks. He took the bread and knew it to be gift and gave thanks. But there is more, and I read it. Eucharisteo, thanksgiving, envelopes the Greek word for grace, charis. But it also holds its derivative, the Greek word chara, meaning “joy.”Joy. Ah … yes. I might be needing me some of that. That might be what the quest for more is all about—that which Augustine claimed, “Without exception … all try their hardest to reach the same goal, that is, joy.” I breathe deep, like a sojourner finally coming home. That has always been the goal of the fullest life—joyAnd my life knew exactly how elusive that slippery three-letter word, joy, can be. I think of it then again, that night of nightmares, the flailing, frantic, moon-eyed lunge for more. More what? And this was it; I could tell how my whole being responded to that one word. I longed for more life, for more holy joy.
Voskamp, Ann (2010-12-01). One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (p. 32). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

So how to get more of it???
So then as long as thanks is possible … I think this through. As long as thanks is possible, then joy is always possible. Joy is always possible. Whenever, meaning—now; wherever, meaning—here. The holy grail of joy is not in some exotic location or some emotional mountain peak experience. The joy wonder could be here! Here, in the messy, piercing ache of now, joy might be—unbelievably—possible! The only place we need see before we die is this place of seeing God, here and now.
Voskamp, Ann (2010-12-01). One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (p. 33). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

I read, “The greatest thing is to give thanks for everything. He who has learned this knows what it means to live…. He has penetrated the whole mystery of life: giving thanks for everything.”3
Voskamp, Ann (2010-12-01). One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (pp. 33-34). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

So it's not more time. It's an  attitude of noticing God in everything and the act of writing it down is and an exercise of FAITH!!! We are actively believing God when we write these things down that we are seeing in our everyday life. God wants us to BELIEVE HIM! AND Receive Him daily and hourly like breathing in air. Taking in and breathing out. Taking in is the noticing and breathing out the writing down.

*Beth Moore has done a wonderful study called "Believeing God" and these two books could really go together. Beth calls these times of thanks GOD STOPS.  STOP stands for Savoring the Observeable Presence. It is powerful stuff.

July 28,2011
Started over and these bits I highlighted the first time around:
It’s the life in between, the days of walking lifeless, the years calloused and simply going through the hollow motions, the self-protecting by self-distracting, the body never waking, that’s lost all capacity to fully feel—this is the life in between that makes us the wild walking dead.
Voskamp, Ann (2010). One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (p. 27). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
THIS is the question that we ALL don't always dare to ask. But ANN did:

Yes, this premature dying to self, birthing into the cross-life, the grace cocoon before emerging into the life unending. Without this Jesus, no, no one can be ready. But, someone, please give me—who is born again but still so much in need of being born anew—give me the details of how to live in the waiting cocoon before the forever begins?
Voskamp, Ann (2010). One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (p. 29). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

July 22, 2011

If it's Ok, I'd like to post parts of the book that make me stop and think a bit..... pg. 212

Jesus says there is no other way to take up the faith but complete union: “I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you” (John 14:20). I am stilled. I think on being in Christ and Him being in me and He is wind whisperer and I am leaf and He stirs and I tremble: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you” (John 15:4). He’s calling me to graft on, become one with the True Vine, the vine the biblical symbol of joy, festivity … fullness. He’s calling to come and celebrate being made one, and in Him, by Him, to bear the fruit of the full life round.

Voskamp, Ann (2010). One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are (p. 212). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

July 24, 2011
Another quote:
In the orchard, the day’s first wind blows a thousand apple blossoms from the trees. They shower earth’s dark breast. I watch them fly. A snow of endless beauty. And I feel His caress.(afterward)

Voskamp, Ann (2010). One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are . Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

I don't even have to see what Ann saw that morning. Just the thought of it as I read the end of her book, brings the same blessing this morning. A blessing that sprouts out of her book even so she wrote it months ago. Oh! I just saw the apple blossoms on your BLOG! I understand now!

Tanja's gifts

August 1
31) Thinking of Autumn, I thank you ahead of time for the beauty stored in the leaves hanging on the trees.
32) Pumpkins
33) Apple pie
34) Cool nights, AHHHH
35) Hot apple cider
36) The fact that God waits for me
37) God shines on us. I feel it even now.
38) Thank you for Charles Spurgeon
40) Model airplanes (Ed just brougt one home to build with Nathan)

July 29, 2011
31) Jumbo straws for big juice!
32) A fish jumping out of the water just as we drove by and we saw it!
33) The many colors of green over the lakes and streams. How many do I see? 3-5-10? Wow.
34) The oldest catholic church in New England. Had lunch in the parking lot today. Looked at the old tomb stones. Ancient believers.
35) Just picked a fresh bunch of flowers from the garden. The smell!
36) The trumpet vine blooming
37) Elizabeth finding monarch catapillars on our milkweed today.
38) Her joy in finding them.
39) Fresh Bread!
40) The clouds today.

July 26, 2011
21) Elizabeth sitting on the floor this morning playing with her chicks. They fell asleep in her lap.
22) Kids singing at VBS. "Jump to the left , jump to the right ,sing to the Lord with all your might.........."
23) I love the sky. I love how the clouds take on so many different shapes. I love it when the clouds do those whispy things that they call mares tails. I see angels in those shapes.....whispy wings and flowing white gowns.
24) The smell of coffee in the morning.
25) The sounds of rain in the night.
26) How pines trees stand in constant worship with their branches outspread to God.
27) Looking up through feathery pine needles as the sun shimmers down through them.
28) White laundry in the breeze and the homey feeling I get watching it.
29) The buzz of bumble bees.
30) Dragonflies dancing over the lawn at dusk.

July 25, 2011
16) Farm Day in Maine
17 Kids catching frogs in a pond
18) Dragon flies landing on my table
19 Lemonade stand with fresh lemons and kids standing in line.
20) A pile of bermese mountain dog pups at farm day and those waggly tails. Kids begging to take them home and parents kindly giving the reasons why they can't be brought home. The joy those pups brought to the kids. And my heart as well. Beautiful! 

July 23, 2011
11) Apple blossoms in the spring.
12) Morning showers on hot summer mornings
13) The chirp of feeding hummingbirds on the beebalm.
14)Hatching chicks! Today is hatch day. A day of many miracles. There is something so exciting about it. To watch the struggle and the relief when they finally get out and are breathing fine.
15) The smell of rain on hot pavement. Love the cool of this new day. Love the clouds, the relief from the heat.

July 22, 2011
1) Large trees with big leaves on a hot day.
2) A cool breeze
3) Ice
4) Sleeping baby chicks
5) Smoothies on a hot day.
6) Fans!
7) A home
8) Children's laughter
9) Blue eyes looking up
10) Growing grapes on my vines on my deck. They kind of hang there almost wanting to drip.