Count Your Blessings…

Received an E-mail from my precious niece and Sister's daughter last week that surely gave me reason to pause…

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching next week, Cody and I have been thinking about the past year and how thankful we are for God's blessings on our little family.  Cody had a follow-up neuro appointment this week that went very well, and he sent out the following email to his friends from his men's group.  I just thought I'd share this with you all so that you too might think about blessings in your life during this holiday season.

- Tara


I saw my neurosurgeon this morning in order to review the results of my first post-operative MRI.  I'm happy to report that the scan was completely clean with no trace of the original tumor or any other abnormalities.  My recovery has been textbook.  As it stands today I have zero side effects from the surgery (except a sweet scar).  My doctor's words were something to the effect of "you certainly have a lot to be thankful for this year".  Well, I am thankful.  I'm thankful for the not-so-subtle way God showed me who's in charge.  I'm thankful for the way He saw fit to heal me and I'm thankful for the way that our friends have flooded us with prayers and support.  Frankly, it's all been a bit overwhelming.  Between the combination of my doctor's visit this morning and the holiday next week, I thought it would be an appropriate time to pass along a little gratitude.

I hope that you and your family are happy and well this Thanksgiving.


You may remember our Pumpkin Patch post back in October.  If you missed it you can

go here

. This is Reece, Cody and Tara's son.  They are also due with another child in March.  You can see why our family has a lot to be thankful for this year.

Unfortunately, we speed right ahead with life and forget to appreciate every single day as a special gift from God.

Bill Parkinson left our meeting yesterday with a cute story that is a great reminder that out of the mouths of babes can come real truth.

His precious son Thomas, who as you can see grabs every moment of life he can, folded his arms and looked up at his Dad and said, “I don't get it."  "People are decorating for Christmas and we haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet.

Unfortunately, I'm one of those people.  But both of these stories have impacted me, and my hope and prayer is that I will slow down and count ALL my blessings.  They are many!!!

Sister and I both hope that each and every one of you are able to spend time with family and friends this weekend.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and don't forget to count your blessings.

What are you thankful for this year?  It's your turn.  Let's talk!