Happy Thanksgiving!!! I really do try to always have an attitude of gratitude, however sometimes life's stresses and troubles may momentarily take my attention from my many blessings. But on this special day when all of us in the USA concentrate on our blessings and give thanks for them, I thought I would share a few of the blessings for which I am most thankful, from number five down to number one ...
5 - My crafty friends the 'Thursday's Angels' ... especially Mary, Mary Ann, Iris, and all of the girls who gather at our favorite local scrapbooking (and mixed media art) store on Thursdays to get our arts and crafts on and enjoy fun, fellowship and lots of laughter together!
4 - My 83 year old Mama, her health and the stubbornness that keeps her plugging along. Last spring she fell and broke her neck, and came through the trauma and pain with such amazing grace and determination! And just a couple of weeks ago she joined us for a week of camping at the beach. Now, how many 83 year olds can say that!
3 - My husband, our home and safe haven from the world, food on the table, and 'enough' ... and that word 'enough' has become very real to us in this last few years, and this year more than ever. After years of plenty, now we are most thankful for enough!
2 - My salvation ... the number one single most precious gift I have ever been given ... saved by grace through faith, and most grateful!
1 - The miracle of reconciliation, hurts healed, and the joy of new life. For a number of years the relationship between my youngest nephew had been 'broken' ... disjointed and painful. My name for my nephew has always been "Young'un", because in my heart, he was MY Young'un! His young life has been one of turmoil, pain and mistreatment, yet at the age of 17 he decided that if his life was to change and be 'more', it was up to him. And in the last 9 years he has worked hard and created a life for himself that is so.much.MORE than what either his father (my brother) or his brother will ever know. This time last year I was distraught because he was newly married and expecting his first child ... and I had no hope of being a part of his or his baby's life. But God still uses tiny babies to work miracles! And when my sweet baby boy, aka 'Punkin Bug' was born, my nephew's heart grew and changed and we have reconciled and become closer than ever.
Today my husband and I are having a quiet day and going to Cracker Barrel for our meal. We did that last year with my mother and it was delicious and SO low stress! Then tomorrow I'll be cooking most of the day for our meal on Saturday with our nephew, his wife, and Punkin Bug! We are sharing the food prep, and I am doing mostly traditional family favorites ... joyfully!
So, today, my prayer for you, my family, friends and crafty fans ... love, peace, reconciliation, hope, health, joy, and ... enough! Blessings ...