Gathering graces….

hat squirrel
Grateful…grateful…grateful…~to be alive
on this magnificent work of art;
the beauty on this planet
is engaging
beyond words.

~for sanctuary
…especially the one deep inside me.

~That I’m not alone.
That I’ll never, under any circumstance,
be truly alone.
Yet I can relish nourishing solitude.

~for rainy days when my paints and pens tumble onto the table
like happy puppies.

~for the hard stuff
….the uncomfortable, irritating,
frustrating, nerve-wracking and even heart-breaking bits.
(renovation is stressful but so worth the hassle)

~for hot baths and dove soap.

~for the medical arts and creative healers who care and serve.

~for chocolate
….dark, creamy, hot,
hugging nuts and dried fruits,
pudding’d, pie’d, baked into cakes,
whipped into frostings,
chunked into cookies and scones.
I’m a fan:)

~for the joyful energy, laughter and clamor
of family gathered together
and for the soft hush that fills the house
when it goes quiet and still again.

~that I can see December from here.
Hello you beautiful last month of the year!
Suddenly my knees are less rubbery
and I can see the twinkle lights
and the end of the tunnel.



  1. Butterfly Works on November 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    You have the gift of being able to touch another's heart at a very deep level with your words….I am so blessed that God has allowed me to be in your path. Thank you from my heart for using your gift so freely to bless so many…..

  2. rachel awes on November 15, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    oh yes,
    the deep sanctuary within.
    i too
    lovelovelove this place.
    that is why
    we are such
    close friends. 🙂
    lovely to
    gratitude swim with you.

  3. PaperPumpkin on November 15, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Love your words..the deep sanctuary within…Kathy

  4. Just Be Real on November 15, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Jen your words never fail me. You just know how to go on the leading of the Holy Spirit to minister to your readers. Blessings to you dear one.

  5. S. Etole on November 16, 2010 at 3:32 am

    thankful for your words
    and thoughts
    that add
    an amen
    to our

  6. Bren on November 16, 2010 at 3:56 am

    Your so wise to store up all the good, like your little furry friend on your card. Love the quote on the card along with the wonderful spell your words created, I get lost in that world

  7. Relyn on November 16, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I think that there is no wisdom like that of maintaining a grateful heart. I love the way that others begin to count their blessings when they are reminded of the gratitudes of others.

  8. LindyLouMac on November 16, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    I found your words particularly calming this evening, thankyou.

  9. beth on November 17, 2010 at 1:45 am

    oh no….really? you can see the end of the year ? the last month ?
    i think my blinders are permanently attached to my face 🙂

  10. LeeAnn on November 17, 2010 at 3:40 am

    I love your creative card and the words "Sometimes when you can't possibly earn it, when your hands aren't enough, grace is given and provision comes". It is so true! It has happened to me many times. I'm grateful for that beyond measure. Your gratefulness Jennifer, is in every post that you write. It pours out of you and refreshes us every time.

  11. Mary on November 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    your words have the same effect as that dark rich chocolate has on me – without the added calories!!! Ahhh!!!!

  12. Relyn on November 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Here it is Thanksgiving Day and we are all piled up watching the parade. So, I have the perfect time to drop by and visit friends. I wanted to tell you that one the things I am thankful for today is blogging and the way it has made my world so much bigger. Thank you for the friendship, the wisdom, and the inspiration I have found here. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend. Happy Thanksgiving!

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