Thankful Thursday

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It’s Thursday and I’m thankful.

I’m thankful that my Mother is celebrating another year of life today. Happy Birthday Mom!

I’m thankful that although we live hours apart, she is only a phone call or an e-mail away.

I’m thankful that she always has a listening ear and generously offers encouragement, advice or merely empathy.

I’m thankful that my Mom has always been a good example of a hard worker. On top of working full-time outside of the home most of my growing-up years, she still kept a very clean house, cooked, baked, cut all of our hair {and permed my sister’s and my hair, along with her own, as was the style of the day!}, made some of our clothes, taught Sunday School, decorated special occasion cakes, maintained a large vegetable garden and a beautiful ever-expanding flower bed, probably along with innumerable other things that never got noticed, because that’s what moms do.

I’m thankful for my Mother’s God-given creative talents and am happy that some of those interests and abilities have rubbed off on me.

I’m thankful that I was raised to know that God loves me and has a plan for my life.

I’m thankful that my parents’ highest priority for us kids was that we honor God with our lives and whatever we chose to do after that was entirely up to us.

I’m thankful that I was taught to be polite and to respect others. I don’t recall actually learning this, so I know it was instilled in me very early on.

Not until I became a mother did I understand how challenging it can be. In spite of that, I’m thankful that my Mom is still probably my biggest fan.

I’m thankful that over the years I’ve discovered that no request is too big. My parents have sacrificed greatly, rearranged their plans and made special trips if we needed their help.

I’m thankful that my family and I have a welcome place to come home to, any time that we want.

I’m thankful that my parents have been blessed to be grandparents. There is something wonderful about seeing your parents anticipate and then experience something for the first time. I’m thankful that I have been able to witness their joy as they have spoken of, or spent time with, their grandchildren.

I have been blessed to be a part of a great and supportive family. None of us are perfect, but we love each other and have the promise of being together even after death temporarily separates us, and for that I am thankful {beyond measure}.


  1. Connie says:

    Thank you! I love you!!

  2. Janie Manus says:


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