Continuing. . . 1000 Gifts

This is a continuation of my own personal list of 1000 gifts, inspired by Ann Voskamp’s wonderful book by the same name.

(The best laid plans. . . this was supposed to post before I left to do Christmas shopping yesterday but alas, here it sits until now–)


106.  God gifting us with financial means to buy gifts

107. One of which is gas logs for our home, to be installed after Christmas. (Al’s and my Christmas gift to each other this year.)

108.  A  call yesterday scheduling another job interview for me in January — THANK YOU, LORD.

109.  But an open future, in His hands . . . for God to show me where he wants me!

110.  The stiff December breeze scurrying past my window . . . winter’s finally arrived!

111.  That has blown off most of residual fallen leaves in the front and back yards to the natural areas . . . score !

112.  Looking over a basketful of Christmas cards

113.  And other sweet expressions of love given to us (most involving lots of calories).

114.  The arrival of Daughter #1 from Charlotte this afternoon,

114.  For a whole entire week,

115.  With grandpugs Bogart and Penny in tow.

116. Checking the fridge for ingredients to make a broccoli-beef stir-fry this evening and they’re all there

117. Reading God’s Word and pausing to absorb the weight of the John, chapter 1–

118.  That Jesus is the Word, sent from the Father, just for us!

119. Looking back over this season, with feelings of accomplishment, and yet anticipating the future –

120.  And a whole Saturday set aside to enjoy my hubby and family! Priceless!


Lookin’ up,







A Week of. . . 1000 Gifts

Thanksgiving week. As everyone else, I have plenty of God-given blessings to be thankful for.  Here are a few from my week that made it to the continuation of “1000 Gift” list (as denoted in Ann Voskamp’s excellent book, 1000 Gifts).


91.  A surprise visit at Chik-Fil-A with my friend Dara Pernell, with whom I used to work. She lives in Graham and was in Durham for the day!

92. And a visit with Ms. Kat (Katherine), Dara’s adorable 3-year-old daughter

93.  Receiving a glowing letter of recommendation from one of my docs for whom I’ve worked for 13 years. It made me cry!

94. Getting another excellent letter of recommendation from another of my docs the same day

95. Finding the perfect set of gas logs for our fireplace, thanks to Chris, Mike, and Cindy Davis — Al’s and my Christmas gift to each other this year

96.  A church-wide Thanksgiving feast on Tuesday night with some of my most favorite people on earth

97.  A (half) slice of Kim Salmon’s wonderful from-scratch carrot cake at the church dinner. Just like my mama used to make!

98.  My sister-in-law Jackie arriving from Tennessee for a few days

99. Two good job leads within a few hours of each other. HOORAY!

100. The ritual of brining the Thanksgiving turkey, a new-found tradition for us Huffmans

101. Daughter Melanie arriving, with grand-pugs Bogart and Penny  in tow

102. Leaves scooped up out of the yards, front and back, and blown off porches–thanks several hours of work by Melanie and Al!

103. Housecleaning and scrubbing until everything shone–thanks to Audra!

104. Late Thanksgiving Day dinner, with eight of us under one roof. VERY THANKFUL. All my chicks home to roost, at least for one night!

105. Playing Apples to Apples around the dining room table and all of us getting soundly beat by Holly (son Casey’s girlfriend).


I pray you too had a memorable “thanks-living” holiday with your family! May Jesus be praised for His “indescribable gift”!

Lookin’ up,


The Bridge Builder. . . 1000 Gifts


Every time fear freezes and worry writhes, every time I surrender to stress, aren’t I advertising the unreliability of God? That I really don’t believe? But if I’m grateful to the Bridge Builder for the crossing of a million strong bridges, thankful for a million faithful moments, my life speaks my beliefs and I trust Him again.

                                                                                                                                                         Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts


I love this portrayal of God as the Bridge Builder.

Of course, Jesus built the Bridge of Salvation when He died on the cross for my sins and rose again. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

But He builds bridges every day. . . how many times has He made a way, when my little pea-sized brain couldn’t figure it out?

When I stopped trying to span problems myself. . . and rested entirely in Him. . . . how He then showed me a Way?


76.  A call back for a job interview next week–HOORAY!

77.  Another call, within fifteen minutes, for a second job interview next week–DOUBLE HOORAY!

78.  Cooking of food for a bereaved family

79.  Time for reflection and reconnection with Al

80.  Forgiveness extended from a sister in Christ

81.  Red silky pashmina from Macy’s, that reminds me of Jesus’ grace covering me!

82.  Whispered prayers for those in Sandy’s path

83. Chance to better myself in personal areas, AGAIN!

84.  Sweetness of God’s Word – for me to LIVE is Christ, to die is gain

85.  Bundle of new inspiration for future writing projects

86.  Sun dawning again, bringing warmth

87.  Crunch of colorful leaves underfoot

88.  Tang of autumn in the air

89.  Huddle under cozy coat

90.  My reliable car, getting me where I need to go today!


Thank You, Lord, for the moments when the river’s tumbling over its banks and I  remember look to YOU.  Out ahead of me, You create  a sturdy and perfect bridge, every time!  Forgive me for those times when I don’t trust. . . .You are the Bridge Builder. The One Who Makes the Way.

Lookin’ up,