I was thankful yesterday that I was able to begin my Thanksgiving Day by having a phone conversation with my mother. She had been up late baking pies and a german chocolate cake from scratch. It was up to her to supply dessert for the family gathering at my sister's home. I am so blessed to still have my mother and have her doing so well.
It was a good year for my sister. She has taught high school for about twenty years and had been thinking about teaching on the college level. This Fall the local Christian college called her and asked if she would interested in teaching one class. She had already committed to help the the local Community College so she asked if they would need her in the Spring semester and they told her they would. I am thankful she will get to realize a career dream.
Her husband retired last Fall and they have grown much closer since he hasn't had to be on the road so much. He has enjoyed becoming domestic and she has enjoyed letting him. He is one of the best men I know. They have had a great marriage but it's getting better! I am thankful for them.
They recently found out that their middle daughter is pregnant. She is due in the Spring. Joanna is married to a fine young man and they are serving the Lord together. I was privileged to unite them in marriage several years ago. I am thankful for them!
My son hosted Thanksgiving dinner for my daughter and her crew. They had a great day together. Life has been hard for her recently. She needed a good day. I am thankful for them!
Bill and Resa Kjar invited us to join them for their Thanksgiving dinner at Resa's brother's home in Stafford. They graciuosly welcomed us like family. It was nice. We were thankful for their kindness and their generosity.
Throughout the day I received text messages from various members of the church family wishing us a good day. When I returned home I had several emails of the same kind. Each message meant a lot. I was thankful.
Being away from family on this family Holiday made me thankful for cell phones and email and facebook. I felt close and connected even over the miles.
I am especially thankful to God Who has so richly blessed me with amazing family and friends! It was a great day - but today is, too!