“Thanksgiving 2015”


As I sit here and smell the delicious aroma of pumpkin pies, and my first ever Pumpkin Roll, I feel blessed. And nostalgic.Content…yet restless, happy… yet melancholy. I truly do wish I’d known in my past what I know now.  Perhaps it’s just the shifting of my mind in these pre-golden years. I know now what I should have valued then and I grieve it’s loss anew.

I know that I’m thankful for all of my family. Through our son’s we have two grandchildren that simply light up our lives. We never thought we’d see this day of second chances. I cherish those babies to the moon and back. It’s given Lee and I the opportunity to experience life in ways we never dreamed. My sister’s, my ever friends. My mother whom we almost lost almost five years ago. Nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins…the very fabric of life. I didn’t appreciate all of that as I should, until I went to the cemetery my mother wants to reside in one day. There on a hill by people that knew her when she was a child…ancestry. It can’t be possible that I’ve been to the funerals of so many family members. How did I get here?

In recent weeks my present has run smack into my past making me realize that severing ties isn’t always the best way…nor is it always necessary. I’m thankful for all of my friends, past, present and whomever I may be blessed enough to befriend in the future. You’ve all played a role in who I am, you’ve all helped me in some form or another. I couldn’t possibly name all the who’s, how’s or when’s. I do know that with out a couple of you I’d never have made it through these last three years or so, thank you. I’m grateful for you all.

I am ever grateful that we live in the United States of America regardless of how threatened I’ve been feeling…we still live in luxury compared to so many. Let’s continue to lift our leaders and our nation up in prayer…remember who’s in control. And always, count your blessings…this hymn sums it up nicely!

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
(Johnson Oatman, Jr.)

Ooooops, there goes my timer…I’m off to take my pies out of the oven…

From our house to yours,
Happy Thanksgiving!


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