Happy Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving-foodThis is not just “Turkey Day.” In fact, we’re not even having turkey! For us, it’s a day set aside to remember what you are grateful for, and we have many, many things, including plenty of healthy food!

I’m thankful every day for my parents who raised me in faith, taught me to be self-reliant, honest, and that I could do whatever I set my mind to. They instilled in me a love of reading and from there came my career in writing.

I’m thankful for my grandmother, who provided the inspiration for what will be four books by the end of next year. Little did I know when I was 8-10 years old, riding the pasture by her side, that I would write a series of novels based on her life.

I’m thankful for my brother, my only sibling, and for the fact that we are best friends, and that he provided me with a wonderful niece and nephew, and from there grand-niece and nephew! I’m so grateful I have family on both sides that we love and get along with splendidly! My sisters-in-law are really my sisters, and their families my family.

I am thankful for my husband, also my best friend and my most ardent supporter, for the adventures and fun we’ve had inpraying_hands_clip_art_18373 our forty years together. And I am grateful for alternative treatments that give us hope for renewed health in his battle with cancer.

I am thankful for our new home in sunny Arizona, where I am still able to sit outside on my patio with my morning coffee (most mornings) in the last week of November!

I’m thankful for great neighbors and new friends we’re making here, as well as the many old friends I left behind in Washington and Montana.

And I’m thankful for God in my life, for He gives me strength and courage to live each day to the fullest!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Published in: on November 28, 2013 at 6:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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Being Thankful


(prayer courtesy Dear Abby’s Pauline Phillips)

Oh Heavenly Father,

We thank Thee for food

and remember the hungry.

We thank Thee for health

and remember the sick

We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.

May these remembrances stir us to serive

That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen

Published in: on November 22, 2012 at 6:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Count Your Blessings

What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday?

I’m thankful for:

  • God in my life
  • Great parents and a positive childhood
  • Wonderful family that I’m close to
  • My dear, supportive husband and best friend for 37+ years
  • My kitty purring in my lap
  • The books I’ve had published and won awards for
  • All the books in my “To Be Read” pile
  • Sunbreaks after a hard wind and rain
  • Green lawns all winter long
  • Sunsets and walks by the water
  • A comfortable home and plenty to eat
  • Dear Friends and their prayers in tough time

What are you thankful for?

Published in: on November 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Giving Thanks

I have so much to be thankful for: my wonderful husband, our families, our friends, the tasks and talents God has given us. This holiday we took a “mini retreat” in Leavenworth, WA, a lovely little German town in the Cascades. Another thing to be thankful for: God’s gift of our beautiful world.We awoke this morning to sun highlighting the snowy peaks of the Cascades, and fog clinging to the sides of the mountains.

The Enzian Inn, where we stayed. What a delightful place!One of the ornately-painted shops downtown. Brings back fond memories of visiting relatives in Germany, where my mother was born and raised.

And, one of my favorite things of the season: Christmas lights!

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