If only I could sing like Julie Andrews

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… Just the kind of images you can count on if you purchase greeting cards at Big Lots, and they certainly made their way into the lyrics of the classic Sound of Music songbook.

I wouldn’t put wet flowers or mewling cats into my own Fave Things list. It’ll be very obvious as you read my list below that I’m no songwriter. But I am grateful for (almost all of) the gifts below:

- Chopped chicken liver from the deli at Sunset Foods.
- A Sunday afternoon nap after church. I wish I could take one every day.
- The sight of the faces of my kids and my son-in-law.
- The sight of my grandson’s face.
- A glass of wine shared with my husband.
- Movie night.
- Silence.
- Sore stomach muscles because I’ve been laughing and laughing and laughing.
- A new book to read (right now, I have two: an advanced reader’s copy of Scot McKnight’s Blue Parakeet and Margaret Feinberg’s The Sacred Echo.)
- A song on a CD passed on to me by a student at Trinity. Don’t know the title, but there is a line in there about honeydew melon and pumpernickle bread that is genius. The image crawled into my skull and took up residence this weekend.
- Memories: tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of my mom’s death. My heart has been leafing through the photo album of the events leading up to her passing. I am grateful for the peace with God she discovered in the days before her death.
- The incubation stage of a possible writing project.
- The parables. They continue to undo and remake me.
- Prayer.
- The scent of summer merging into autumn.
- My morning commute. (Just kidding about this one.)
- Clean laundry.
- Grace.
What are a few things on your list?

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  • Eric Nygren

    A Sunday afternoon nap after church. I wish I could take one every day.

    The latter isn’t being induced by the former, is it? At least it’s not during church. I see enough of that.

    A new book to read (right now, I have two: an advanced reader’s copy of Scot McKnight’s Blue Parakeet

    Me too! How do you like it? It’s the first thing I’ve read by McKnight but am enjoying it. Only on page 88 so far.

  • Michelle Van Loon

    The nap might in fact be induced by church. Don’t you need a nap after church on Sundays???

    I’m on page 111 or so. I’m REALLY enjoying the book a lot! Review to come once I’ve finished it.

  • Jessica.

    It’s been awhile since I’ve visited your blog. Shame on me. Just a few things I want to comment on …
    - Chopped chicken liver … so gross Michelle!
    - Your kids, son-in-law, grandbabies, husband … I miss your family.
    - Sore stomach muscles … I so miss laughing with you friend.
    - Memories … I was going to call you and didn’t. I’m sorry.
    - The Parables … I need them to break me right now and I don’t know how to let them
    - Prayer … … …
    - Morning commute … :) mine is only about two minutes as the school I work at is right across the street!
    - Clean laundry … I’m doing mine right now at 330 a.m. because I can’t sleep
    - Grace.

    I miss you friend.

  • Michelle Van Loon

    Ah, Jess…I miss you too!!!


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