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Thanksgiving Thanks

Why am I thankful today?

(the abbreviated version)

A new day.

My husband.

Our three.

Our home.

My online friends.

Health and strength.

The fall colours.

The smell of fall.

The sound of leaves beneath my feet.

(Do you get the impression I like this time of year?)

A walk.

Well, more of a saunter with countless stops to snap photos.

A silly little camera.

(My good camera doesn’t work. Sigh!)

Sight. Hearing. Taste. Touch.

Even smell – if there hasn’t been a skunk in the neighbourhood.

Excitement over the development of a new service for editing clients.

Anticipation of a turkey dinner with the family

Sadly, minus one.

(We’ll miss you, Joshua.)

Tomorrow night’s writers group.

And last for now…

I just heard an artist friend sold his first painting.


Lots of reasons to be thankful.

Lots of reasons to fly.

Thanksgiving blessings, all!

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights (James 1:17 NIV).



No Matter What

This weekend marks

Thanksgiving in Canada

Each year

I have 365 days

To be thankful

Next year

Lord willing

I’ll have 366

(Leap Year and all)

Some things

Are easy to be thankful for

Things like



Our home

Our health



The benefits of other things

Are harder to see

Losing a loved one…

My mom went Home

Last April

When I wish I could

Share something with her

I’m thankful we had

That kind of relationship

How about a hungry bank account?

If I look at what we have

Instead of what we don’t

And when I consider

What’s the worst that could happen?

I realize

I have no idea

What it means to be poor

Never mind destitute

And when

Like most parents

There are times

I’m concerned for my kids

I realize

I have absolutely

Nothing to worry about


Today…and every day

I will be thankful

When it’s easy

And when it’s not

My heart will soar

Knowing I can trust

The One I thank

No matter what

Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations (Psalm 100:3-5 NIV).

Everyday Blessings

Everyday blessings

Everyday reasons to fly…

Husbands and holidays

Sons and silliness

Daughters and daytrips

Family and friends

Autumn and opportunity

Possibilities and potential

Acrylics and abstracts

Coffee and conversation

Work and words

Blogs and books

Exercise and energy

Cider and siestas

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows (James 1:17 NIV).

Thankfulness List

Some things that make my heart soar…

A walk by the river with my hubby and our daughter

Art in the Park

Ice cream from an old fashioned malt shop

Mini putt – even though six seems to be my favourite number

Dr. Seuss quotes like “A person’s a person no matter how small”

Mini Wonkies by Paul Szewc

The love of family

Social media – despite its flaws

Babies – and the privilege of attending their arrival

Water lillies



The smell of a horse farm

My hammock chair

Seeing the world through a camera lens

A fresh journal – blank pages just waiting for new ideas

Friends who want to spend time with me

God’s grace – truly undeserved

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving (Psalm 69:30 NIV).

Domestic Flights

Up at 4:15.

Brainstorm picture book ideas.

Download the rough draft of a friend’s TidBook.

Discuss a possible writing opportunity…

And the future of paper publishing.

Watch episodes of a favourite show with S & D.

Wander around Port with hubby.

Watch more episodes.

Receive message from middle child…

Back at college for his fourth year.

Try to figure out what to write here.

Realize most of my life is about

Domestic flights.

And for that

I will be forever thankful.

An extraordinary ordinary life

Is fine by me.

Love you guys lots and lots and lots.

The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. May your father and mother rejoice; may she who gave you birth be joyful! My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways…(Proverbs 23:24-26 NIV).

Forget You?

Shall I forget you?

You who carried me

In your womb

And rejoiced

At my birth.

Shall I forget you?

You who lavished me

With love

And with gifts.

Shall I forget you?

You who pointed me

In the direction of

The Saviour

And shared my faith.

Shall I forget you?

You who took me on roadtrips

And explored the shops

We came upon.

Shall I forget you?

You with whom I planned

My wedding

And shared the ecstasy

When finding I was pregnant.

Shall I forget you?

The one who traveled

Back and forth

Countless times

After we’d moved away.

Shall I forget you?

The one with whom I

Always, always, always

Wanted to share

My joy and my sorrow.

Shall I forget you?

You who smiled

Maybe for the last time

On her 86th birthday

Alone with me and my sister.

Shall I forget you?

You who was

Ushered into

The Saviour’s presence

So shortly after

We celebrated

His life, death

And resurrection.

Shall I forget you?

The one who,

In many ways,

Taught me to fly.

Not ever!

Dear Mom,

You will be missed.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13 NIV).

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his faithful servants. Truly I am your servant, LORD; I serve you just as my mother did; you have freed me from my chains. I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the LORD (Psalm 116:15-17 NIV).