Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thankful Thursday - Tadpoles and Rocks

Don't you just love this verse?

Always be joyful. Pray regularly. In everything give thanks, 
for this is what G-d wants from you who are united with the Messiah Yeshua. 
(I Thessalonians 5:16 - 18)

I like the verse because it gives me a check-up from the neck-up as Zig Ziglar used to say.

Am I full of joy today?  

Am I praying regularly?

Am I giving thanks in everything?  

A tall order, right?  But this is a recipe for happiness.  I've tried it and the results are wonderful.  

These are some of the  things I'm thankful for this past week:

Time with our grandson, daughter, and son-in-law love.  We enjoyed a rock painting session:

He painted a golden potato.

His daddy joined in. (Mommy had to go to Zumba)

He and PawPaw painted frogs.  I did a ladybug, but  I gave it to his Mommie and forgot to take a picture.

Recognize this????

You can read about the national movement to paint (and hide) encouragement rocks in my previous post  HERE.

The tadpoles are growing and some have all four legs:

Sorry for the bad picture. They don't still for long.  I had to snap fast.

Some have begun to climb up the side, so off to Golden Pond they go:

Freddy the frog was the first to be set free. Here he is swimming away:

Two more were ready on Tuesday, and our grandson helped them dive into Golden Pond:

I think I heard Freddy singing yesterday afternoon.  Or maybe it was Frank..or Fredrica.  Anyway, he/she sounded happy.  :)

Speaking of Golden Pond, I am so thankful for my gardener aka Rabbi Golden.  I call him Mr. Green Jeans.  As I've said before, you have to have grown up in the fifties to understand that.  You can Google it!!!

And just look at his handiwork:

The elephant ears are tall enough to stand under now 

No, that's not Freddy there by the pond.  That's a ceramic frog I bought recently.  His name is Ferdinand.  And there's Debbie the Duck, and Flo the Flamingo.  Oh, by the way, Gail-Friends, would you believe people are stealing flamingos from yards around here?  We're keeping ours in the backyard.

As always, I'm thankful for the birds.  I caught a short video of a male cardinal singing yesterday.  I don't know if you can hear it, but another bird is calling back from a distance away.  They sang back and forth for about five minutes.  I've been teaching our grandson how to identify birds by their calls and he's getting good at it.

I'm full of gratitude today, and I hope you are, too.  My favorite thank you prayer is this:

"I thank you, Father, that I can see, and hear, 
and walk, and talk, and think, and that I have strength to work for Your Kingdom." 

 I learned that from one of my gratitude mentors, Carmita.  You can read about her HERE.

What are you thankful for this week, Gail-Friends?

Thankful Thursday is my day of the week to focus on and be thankful for all the good things in my life.

I sometimes share my posts with these friends:

Spiritual Sundays     Kathy’s Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life     GRAND Social       The Beauty in His Grip Link-Up   
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  1. Thank you for linking up at the #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I shared this post on Pinterest.

  2. Thank you for sharing this post on #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I have shared this on my social media.

  3. Oh my...I love, love your garden Gail. But there are a lot of things I love about this post. I love the fact that you consciously remind yourself to be grateful. I am writing that in my journal as a to-do. I want you to know I do know who Mr. Green Jeans is/was. :) And most important, I love your gratitude prayer. Thank you for sharing with #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I’ve shared your post on social media.

    1. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement, and thanks for hosting the party.

  4. What precious memories you're creating with you family! I love it! Thank you for sharing at BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I've shared on social media.

  5. I'm thankful for having a gorgeous 3 year old grandson who I can spend each weekday with. He teaches me to enjoy the moment and the simple pleasures of life. Thanks for sharing with us at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I'm sharing on social media. Have a lovely day.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    1. That is a big blessing for sure. I treasure every moment with mine. Thanks for stopping by today.

  6. Your post is full of so much joy and positive affirmations. I love the pics of the garden and various creatures . . . also love the "Scream" rock, ha-ha. What a beautiful post to share with everyone. Thanks for linking up at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty. I'm sharing your post on social media.

    1. Thanks for the kind comments, and I hope you'll stop by again soon.

  7. I definitely remember Mr. Green Jeans! He does a beautiful job on your garden. I am thankful for my God, my family and that we are all healthy and blessed! (Your rock painting shows real talent!) Thank you for sharing at #BloggingGrandmothersLinkParty!

    1. Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by today. I hope you'll stop by again real soon.


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