101. While taking Prema to school in the mornings this fall, I've seen the pastor who served as Kyle and Sam's middle school pastor.
102. He's still at it - caring about kids at one of their most awkward stages, investing in their lives with prayer, fun activities, group Bible studies, and opportunities to serve.
103. One of Kyle's and Sam's high school teachers stopped by the lot where the new house will be going up when he saw David and Kyle working the other day. He too, invested himself in the students way beyond the requirementsof his paycheck...he cared...and it showed.
104. These two have made me think of many other men and women who served as teachers and pastors and coaches during our sons growing up years...who served, who cared, who invested in my children.
105. Amber's posts about people who encouraged/influenced her made me think about all the "everyday folks" who gave of themselves in the small church in which I grew up...
106. the older gentleman who cut out wood parts for our VBS projects
107. and his wife who taught us girls some hand sewing skills
108. who together offered their acreage for the annual sunday school picnic
109. and who served corn picked fresh from their garden and cooked in massive quantities
110. the pastor's wife who always seemed glad to see me no matter how much I was interrupting her day
(she never let on, but now when I look back I shudder at how often I barged in to "parsonage"
111. and who cleaned the church sanctuary every week (did we pay her?)
112. and could keep us kids interested in the flannel graph stories she wove
113. in a voice so quiet we listened intently to hear her
114. and the three pastors who served during my growing up years at that small neighborhood church
115. who knew me personally
116. and visited my family
117. sometimes just to connect
118. and sometimes to comfort
119. who never seeemed to mind my interruptions of their study time to ask them questions
120. who never made much money, but kept caring about people, investing in lives.
121. I'm grateful to live in a neighborhood where I know and like my neighbors
122. and their dogs
123. and a spirit of helpfulness and cooperation is the norm.
124. I'm grateful we got to see the incredible, full rainbow
125. seemingly springing out of the water by the boat ramp at thelake
126. during our casual family bike ride late Sunday that turned into
127. a rainy biking adventure
128. where the shower refreshed us with its drenching
129. and brought cooler temperatures this morning.
130. I'm grateful for my husband who shows his love for his family by acts of service
131. and provision
132. and for two sons who do the same.