Gratitude and Growth

What experiences in life helped you grow the most?

Daily writing prompt

This prompt follows my previous post, Remembrance.

I bought the 10th Anniversary Edition of One Thousand Gifts, by Ann Voskamp. I read the book awhile ago and wished to read the “Introduction for the 10th anniversary edition the gift of grace upon grace,” written by Ann Voskamp in 2020. The Page for the book at Ann’s site has a picture of the cover and more information.

One of my sites is Grief And Acceptance – growth continues, by God’s grace.

Photo by Thijs van der Weide on
Photo by Matthew Simmonds on
Photo by Jean van der Meulen on

Thank you and blessings.

patterns on my floor

Easter And Spring Poetry

patterns on my floor
moving with the breeze
sun from the West
branches of leaves

Time Of Singing
Volume 38, Number 1
Spring 2011

The vintage image is courtesy of Reusable Art.

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Growing Older: Reflections and Gratitude

How grateful I am to be growing older. There were significant health challenges for me in 2018. I think of this year as “Recovery Phase 2.” I rest in faith and good care. I also say “daily dedication and small steps.”

As I helped with my mother’s care, I saw that part of being older is the acceptance of how life changes. People we once knew “in person” may no longer be here.

In 1987, I earned the Doctor of Education (Ed.D) degree at Northern Illinois University. This past week, a fellow student, Gretchen, passed away. In the previous many years, Regina, and then Karen, also passed away. I help with an email newsletter, as professors and students have stayed in touch. They all have achieved so much, and continue to serve. We honor all.

Many ways to serve and make a contribution. A blog post that sends out light, joy, creativity, and hope is wonderful. I enjoy reading/viewing posts each day.

Karl’s photos add so much to my/our blogs. Here are a few from 2018:

Lake Michigan
Oostburg, Wisconsin
July 2018

Garden Journal
July 2018

I continue to pray the Psalms. They give me strength, hope, and are both familiar and always new.

Ellen Grace Olinger

“early will I seek thee” Psalm 63

Poems From Psalms And Nature


O God,

thou art my God;


will I seek


Psalm 63: 1a (KJV)


The image is a sample from Seguy’s Art Deco Designs,
courtesy of The Dover Design Sampler (Dover Publications).

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