I often wonder if I could ever possibly be thankful enough for all of God's blessings in my life. I've thought more about it this year than ever before. I imagine a lot of that has to do with age. I hope I have many, many more years on this earth but most of all I hope that while I'm here I will have a grateful heart and let those I love know just how much they mean to me. So, today I felt compelled to write some letters of Thanksgiving...........
Dear Heavenly Father - First and foremost, you make every day worth living. I know that this world is not my home because I am yours and one day I will be in heaven with you. So, no matter what comes my way, I rest assured in my salvation through your grace. My heart is overwhelmed when I think of the mountain top experiences I have enjoyed because of you and for you carrying me through the darkest valleys of my life. You are my all in all!
Dear Hubby - I don't even know where to start.........as a mere 13 year old I knew that you were the "one" for me. Thanks for being my Prince Charming, my provider, my protector, my steady force and my confidant. Thanks for sticking with me when I've been less than what I should have been. Thanks for being the best Dad our kids could have asked for and for loving us to a fault. You are the best Poppa our Grans could ever desire. And, most of all thanks for loving me through "thick and thin" and I look forward to "doing life" with you the rest of our days.
Dear Brandon - I cannot even describe to you how my heart felt when you were placed in my arms a little over 38 years ago. I dreamed of being a Mother and you more than fulfilled that desire. I love your tender heart and how you still end each phone conversation with "love you Mom." There's hardly a week that goes by that someone does not stop me and tell me what a fine young man you are. I am blessed watching you as a husband and daddy and you make me proud as you desire to be the man God intended for you to be.
Dear Bridget - As I carried you I dreamed of having a daughter and that dream came true a little over 35 years ago. You have been a delight! I love sharing laughter with you as so much of what we laugh about no one else would even find funny. ~big smile~ I love your spunk and determination. You are the best Mom to our little man and I know you have made a difference in so many lives of the children you have taught these past 13 years. You are the cream in my cookies!
Dear Windy - I am so, so thankful for our relationship as MIL and DIL. I'm thankful the Lord chose you to be my son's wife. You have accepted and loved me in spite of my crazy ways. ~big grin~ You are wise beyond your years and I marvel at your outlook on things. You are such a good Mom to our Princess and have such a desire for her to grow and become all that the Lord has for her. You are a blessing to all the kids that are fortunate to call you "teacher." And, you make the absolute prettiest pregnant Mom-to-Be!!
Dear Clint - I would have never in a million years dreamed my daughter would have married a good ole' Oklahoma cowboy. But, you have added a flair to our family for sure! Thanks for being such a hard worker and provider for your family. And, thanks for always being so willing to share Bridget and Clancy with us. That means more than you know. I love the way you love that little man of yours and the look in your eye when you speak of him. And, I am so, so thankful that your last promotion brought you all a much closer distance to us. And, thanks for loving me!
Dear Clancy and Hanna Beth - You two are the "icing on my cake." You both make make my heart nearly burst when you call my name and give me a big hug. You are delight with a capitol "D." I pray daily for God's hedge of protection over you and that His hand will guide all the days of your lives. CiCi loves you to the moon and back!
Dear Daddy - Where in the world would we be without each other these past 6 years? We've been through the fire for sure and there were plenty of times that I wasn't quite sure that either of us would survive. We have tested each others patience but we always knew who was in control. I'm thankful for your Godly wisdom that still blesses me today and for the lives you transformed during your 50+ years of ministry. I am blessed to call you "Daddy."
Dear Extended Family - I am so sorry that many miles separate us and likely always will. I wish that we could share this Thanksgiving together. But, even though the miles may separate us, always know that you are never far from my thoughts and are always in my heart.
Dear Friends - your friendship is such a special part of my life and I cannot imagine life without you. You help to double my joy and divide my grief.
I wish for each of you a special Thanksgiving week and may you be reminded of all your blessings, great and small. May all of our hearts be extra grateful!