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November 24, 2010
What Are YOU Thankful For?
At the beginning of this month, I noticed my wife and daughter cutting up a bunch of construction paper. "Umm..", I started, "...aren't you guys a little old for Craft Hour?" "We're making a Thankfulness Tree", they replied. Not sure exactly what that was, I soon found out at the dinner table that night.

After our pre-dinner thanksgiving prayer, my wife handed around a basket filled with cut-out leaves. On our pantry door was the Thankfulness tree, barren and leafless for the time being. My wife went on to inform us that each night we would write something we were thankful for on a leaf and tape it to the Tree. Three and a half weeks later, you would be hard-pressed to find an empty space in which to place another leaf.

This exercise has been good for all of us. Just when my teens and pre-teens have me thinking there is no hope for our future generations, I read some of their leaves, and I'm delighted to see they are thankful for the roof over our heads, their friends, and a family that loves them unconditionally. In other words, there was no mention of designer jeans, Ipods, or cell phones.

As for me, I'd like to share just a few random thoughts as we head into the long weekend:

I'm thankful for my wife of 16 years, JoLee, and my three kids - Kyle, Nicolas, and Alyson. I'm thankful for our dog Boo, and the fun we all have together .

I'm thankful to have a job I love, and that (with the Good Lord's consent) it provides everything we need.

I'm thankful to have good friends around the globe. I'm thankful for my friends here in town that join me on raft trips, hikes, mountain bike rides, and even marathon training. Their support is immeasurable.

I'm thankful that some were put on this earth with the gift of music. I'm thankful for my good friend Doug, with whom I've enjoyed countless hours of campfire singing and general mayhem, and who has more musical talent in his pinkie finger than I have in my whole body.

I'm thankful for my parents, who will celebrate their 50th anniversary in May, and the example they have been for my own marriage. I'm thankful for my wife's parents, who themselves have been married for 42 years, and are equally an example for us.

I'm thankful for my siblings, who will always be there even though we don't get to see each other near enough.

I'm thankful that I live in a country where I can do what I want, say what I want, and live how I want. I'm thankful for the freedom that was purchased with blood from past generations, and I'm thankful for God's promise of eternal life through his son Jesus Christ.

What are YOU thankful for?

Have a blessed week.


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