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Things Around Here Lately

September 26, 2011

Things around here have been….
A little crazy…

A little intense

a little messy…

a little, naughty…

a little inexplicable…

a ne sais quoi…

And as a result of all of this, I need a moment. Maybe a couple of moments…. But I need to catch my breath, hit the master reset button and get my words back. I’m weary and dry. Empty. Parched. I’m unplugging a bit this week. A week offline feels like an eternity, but I need to do it.

But before I unplug,

Counting on to my 1000 Gifts…

561. The desperate need for grace, every minute, constantly…

562. the terrible pain in the bottom of my foot,(how you might heal it?) a week without running, forced rest…

563. Re-prioritizing

564. Late evening carpet cleaning, the not wanting to bother, but doing it anyway because it matters.

565. Children who should be in bed, but aren’t, listening to their naughty foot-falls and taking a deep breath before going up there…..again….

566. Dinner prepared that I didn’t have to cook… a break from the work.

567. Scripture read a hundred times that suddenly breaths new and leaps from the page…your living word…

568. Hard decisions

569. Feeling helpless and small, waiting for you to move

570. The always unexpected ways that you, Father provide. Always amazing. Always astounding. Always, Always enough.

571. My mood change as I count gifts…the discipline, and joy in giving thanks in everything…

572. A blog face-lift, de-cluttering…

573. Phoebe’s little baby voice, her crazy annunciation and little ways with words and inflection… how I will miss these days…

574. Early Morning rainfall.


See you Friday. Thank you for grace.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30


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  • Reply Craig S. September 26, 2011 at 5:43 am

     first, look how pretty! Second, your pictures of your week, and your words, and the writing on that whiteboard, and the dinosaur, it brought tears. But then, I’ve been kind of a tear factory for weeks. And I’ve already prayed for your break, I hearted your list, and I guess I should just take this opportunity to remind you how talented you are. Your words breathe. Have a good break Krissy – maybe I need one to – but I won’t take one – but then I don’t have dinosaurs to take care of either 🙂 God bless you my friend.

    • Reply Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

      Oh Bless you, Craig. Thanks for praying for my break. Hoping to find rest in Him, as well as get some many necessary things done around this place….. praying that you find rest in Him as well. Joy comes in the morning, right?  You are such a blessing.  God’s peace, brother.

  • Reply Caroline @UnderGod'sMightyHand September 26, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Kris, I that list (and those pictures)… and yes, yes, yes, on needing grace and seeing how living His Word truly is. I’ve been forced on an unwanted blog break with my blog being hacked, but I can see now it actually occurred at the “right” time, as things have been crazy with our family too. 
    Praying for you and godly refreshment, and I’m sure this brief break will bless you, as well. 

  • Reply Eva Trillian September 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Smile of the day! 🙂 Wonderful photos!

  • Reply Amy Hunt September 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Oh, friend! Your place here is refreshing, clean and peaceful. Your heart heavy–I can feel it–will be unburdened and restored with gladness, even in your imperfection and weakness. The time when we surrender and go to Him is when He fills ’till overflowing, and I pray rich blessings over you this week. 

    And, you’re a runner?! We ARE sisters! Me, too! And that pain…I’ve had it for over a year. Perhaps plantar fasciitis? Stretching…pulling the toes upward with your hands, and rolling your foot over a tennis ball…and a day off in between a run…these help, me at least.

    Rich grace prayed upon you this week!

    • Reply Anonymous September 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm

      Amy~ I am heavy. So very heavy… something has settled over me and I am praying to shake it… pray for me, would you please? I feel as if my smile has been snatched…I see the doctor tomorrow, hoping they can tell me if that is indeed what this pain is, it’s quite bad right now and contributing to my Eyore state-of-mind I fear…. stepping away fro t he computer now…. 😛

  • Reply r.elliott September 26, 2011 at 11:13 am

    your pictures are great…love the coffee cup…just a thought from one runner to another…could you have plantar fascitis?…I got past this with good stretching…well a little rest too.


  • Reply Christine- Fruit in Season September 26, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Priceless pictures!  I love seeing what you see- the messy and the beautiful.  xoxo Take this needed week!  Love you!

  • Reply Barbie September 26, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Fresh words of life for my weary soul.  May you be refreshed as you draw away into His presence.

  • Reply Prudence September 26, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Hi. visiting from Ann’s.  I love your list because you list the hard things.  Your children who should be sleeping sneaking around over your head, the hard decisions that will hopefully be bathed in the grace you need every moment.

    • Reply Anonymous September 27, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you, Prudence. I am so thankful you dropped by to read! the best gifts are the hard ones sometimes, no? When I have to dig deeper to be thankful, I find a richer blessing in Christ…

  • Reply Maria Chamorro September 26, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Lovely list.  Your photos made me smiles.  Yes, it seems like you needed a few moments to yourself but your kiddos are too cute!

  • Reply Mike McArthur September 27, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Hi Kris,
    Love the photo of the car in the coffee up – that is just the sort of thing my 3-year-old son does!

    • Reply Anonymous September 27, 2011 at 9:41 pm

      Ha! Yes, these sorts of crazy things are more the ‘norm’ around here. 😉

  • Reply Beck Gambill September 28, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    I’m so there with you, I’ve gone back and forth trying to decide if I should take a break from blog land and just go silent for a week. Sometimes you just need to squeeze out every moment of listening to Him. I hope your week is flooded with refreshing and the heart quiet you need, or at least a little less crazy!

    • Reply Anonymous September 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      Thanks, Beck, it has been a restful week, for the most part, as restful as it can be herding 4 little people around 😉 I definitely needed the break.

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