Monday, July 21, 2014

Decade Launch- When God Blesses a New Beginning

Yup- This guy- 60 years old today.
As the new decade unveils  
we give thanks to God
 for the years of blessings.
For good health.
For kind heart.
For gifts of hope.
For a laugh.

For the willingness to walk alone.
To carry the weight.

Or the compassion to work on a team in Haiti.

or this- the patient waiting-
 learned with living for a good share
 of the 60 years with 4 women

We actually celebrated with all the kids
 at the beach earlier this month.
 Not so easy getting the troops 
together anymore.

We "girls" had an idea from Pinterest.
Old mismatched playing cards.
With some old book paper added-
(our stash happened to be French),
 and then painted over.
And 60 squares for adding what
We Love about YOU, John.
Or snippets of the stories.

Holes punched.
 O Ring added.
and of course- the jute twine 
and colorful yarn.

We divided the stack and each of us took 15 cards.

And here are just 10 of the things we love.

Some stories only make sense in our family.

So today we give thanks to God for you.
And as we celebrate we pray:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.”’

Numbers 6:24-26


  1. What a wonderful idea! I have 4 sisters, so my dad definitely has the "patient waiting" thing down. :) I may have to round up all the girls to make this for him for Christmas. Thanks for the idea!

  2. What a lovely gift for your husband! Great idea! When was he in Haiti? Did you both have the opportunity to go? My husband and I traveled through HLMS about a year and a half ago and are headed back in Feb.
    Happy Birthday! So indebted to all of those men who are willing to carry the weight.
    I wanted to remind you too this morning that the link up over at Thee Angel Project is ready whenever you have a free moment...not today!

    1. Our church goes to Haiti 2-3 times a year. He has been there 3 times and got to take 2 of our girls..

    2. My son keeps asking when he will be able to go, but he's not quite big enough or old enough yet. Hopefully, when they are ready we will be able to take them all.

  3. So sweet! I bet he treasures that forever!

  4. love the loving that you shared about a special man and his family~ missing you all

  5. WOW. Awesome. I'm glad I found you today. What a treasure you have. I know Proverbs says something about a prudent wife being a gift from God, But "man" God gave you a wonderful man just made for you and your girls heart. What an awesome God we serve. And can. you. imagine. it! He wants to do this for every one of His children. Great is His faithfulness. I so enjoyed visiting you today. you lifted my heart.

  6. So beautiful! And what a great idea! I love the one about The Chronicles of Narnia - I just started The Magician's Nephew with my son! Love that it is creating memories. Thanks for this! Blessings from Considering Grace (through Thee Angel Project).

  7. I really enjoyed this post and your blog is lovely. I'm here from the where two or three are gathered link up at thee angel project. :) Will be following your blog!

  8. This is a great idea Constance! It is going in my mental filing cabinet. I'm sure I'll forget about it but when I am looking for that special gift I'll remember it. Happy birthday to your man! ~Crystal from Living in Green Grass (via the linkup group)


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