// reasons for eucharisteo, vol. 10 //

…Yeah, I’ve got no more excuses at this point. I haven’t posted one of these in four months. Oops.

This means that there will be a stunning lack of Christmas-centered joys in today’s list. I’ve been writing ’em all down, of course, but I’m pretty sure you don’t want to read 160 things on this blog post in order for me to be officially Caught Up. And, quite frankly, I don’t want to write them all in this one post either. So it’s very likely that you won’t be seeing any Christmas 2015 joys until about February 2016. 😛

All that being said– Merry Christmas Eve Eve! I might possibly do a Christmas post at some point; we shall see. But if I don’t, just know that I love all of you and am praying you have a very joyful, peaceful, festive, Merry Christmas!

330.) when an evening does not go the way you planned.

331.) everyone seems to catch the excitement of superhero movies.

332.) the ability to shop online– yay for the 21st century!

333.) that humans were able to record history, so we can learn from and enjoy it now.

334.) “on top of the world, on top of it all, trying to feel invincible…”

335.) when God gives me that crazy, wonderful peace.

336.) “I LOVE your story!” Every. Time.

337.) Praying. Trusting. Waiting. Repeat.

338.) Marvel movies with my writerly friend. {Aww, this was referring to AoU; feels like that was forever ago. Goodness.}

339.) hugging seniors goodbye. (bittersweet)

340.) watching others perform from the wings (before going onstage myself).

341.) He makes me brave.

342.) friends writing paragraphs in my yearbook.

343.) looking for + planting flowers for Mother’s Day.

344.) stopping by Starbucks on the way home from the AP exam.

345.) Matt’s role(s) in Cinderella.

346.) walking in the May sunshine with Mama.

347.) getting an A on a paper I slaved over three times.

348.) finally seeing why He closed a door– to leave another, better one open.

349.) summer stretching out before me like a lovely dream.

350.) Y’all– I’m a senior.

351.) ^and Matt’s a sixth grader. What.

352.) driving alone with the windows rolled down.

353.) black tea with almond milk.

354.) Holiday World Day with the family.

355.) turning up my car radio because I love this song.

356.) detailed, lengthy, lovely reactions to Ignite. {Update: I still haven’t edited it yet. Soon. I will. Once I finish my current story. Don’t look at me like that. I will.}

357.) being able to talk to a dear friend again.

358.) quiet, still mornings where dreams unfold.

359.) Mere Christianity. Phenomenal.

360.) reading lovely blogs.

361.) catching up on emails.

362.) my family’s caring for me after a surgery. {Especially Mom’s.}

363.) knowing in my heart where He wants me to go.

364.) always learning, always growing.

365.) there is always joy to find.

366.) anticipating a family vacation.

367.) over and over, He reminds me to fix my eyes on Him.

368.) this world is not my true home.

369.) anticipation of the beach.

370.) singing a praise song with Matt in the car.

371.) the weight lifted off my shoulders after an apology.

372.) He’s preparing us all for the real.

373.) the ocean breeze in my hair.

374.) waves lapping over my feet.

375.) drinking tea + coffee in the mornings with the whole family. {And by “whole” I mean the grandparents and the aunt. ‘Twas our first vacation all together and I loved getting to spend that time with them.}

376.) sitting out on the balcony with Jesus every morning.

377.) Passion and Purity by Elisabeth Elliot.

378.) vacations with the grandparents + Aunt Laine.

379.) “in oceans deep my soul will rest in Your embrace”.

380.) spontaneous sleepovers.

381.) staying up until 4 a.m. to introduce Taylor to P&P ’95. {Worth. It.}

382.) typewriters.

383.) answering emails + comments + such.

384.) when someone I admire responds to my blog comment. 🙂

385.) the last entry of a journal– bittersweet.

386.) Dad is crazy selfless and I love him a lot.

387.) books that make me laugh.

388.) Christian concert with Dad + two dear friends.

389.) Pre-concert Chickfila. Because Chickfila.

…and now we’re nearing the end of summer, so I think I’ll stop there for today.

Have a wonderful week with your Christmas preparations and festivities and families!

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,[a] who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,[b] being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

// Philippians 2:5-11, ESV //

{love, Em}

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