- the first call of the whippoorwill in spring
- blossoms on the apple trees
- the blessing of going outside each morning and afternoon, walking down the hill and back up again, listening to the birds, checking the progress of the seasons, and petting the animals
- the privilege of prayer
- planning our family reunion
all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
and forget not all His benefits—
Who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,
Who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.