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Giving Thanks
November 23, 2015

What a topsy turvy week this past week was.

Temperatures in the 60's the first half of the week.

Inches of snow on the weekend.

(Saturday picture of the pond.)

No matter, we still had almost three weeks of what I call bonus days.

The leaky roof issue turned into a full blown new roof.

I think we both came out of it ( roofing company and us), feeling pretty good.

Little Snicker Doodles, constipated one week, diarrhea the next.

Our Vet gave us some pre measured paste to help tighten things up.

It's been many years since dealing with such a young pup, I forgot how much they are like a human baby.

This newsletter is about Giving Thanks.


I think every culture, most countries and religions have a time of Thanksgiving.

In America it is the last Thursday in November.

Canada, it is the second Tuesday of October.

For the remote tribes that still exist, it's a period of celebration and thanksgiving for a successful hunt.

Indeed, giving thanks can last for days.

The first Thanksgiving for the Pilgrims and American Indians lasted days.

All to often in today's world celebrations are all about the spread, set at the family table.

In America, toss in a couple of football games.

What ever happened to giving bowing our heads and givings thanks to God for another blessed year.

Indeed, the bible says to give thanks for all things.

Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:20

In this letter, I choose to give Thanks to our God, and share it with you.

Last week, November 20, we had a small celebration.

A year ago on that date, Yolanda went into full cardiac arrest.

She was gone.

The medical staff said they are doing all they can do.

The power of prayer.

Our God blessed us once again, by giving our baby back to us.

For new readers, Yolanda is our special needs daughter.

Brain injured and crippled in a car accident years ago.

At that time we were told the bad news on her not surviving the night.

We know God lives, and is in the healing and blessing business still today.

If for nothing else, Karen and I can give thanks to God everyday, for everything.

I thank you God that we can afford a new roof over our heads, when many don't have a place to even call home.

We give thanks for everything we have.

Our families.

A church and church family that is so vital.

How many times I simply want to breathe Him in.

Even with all the issues, I still live in what I think is the greatest country on earth.

I hope you feel the same way about your country (I know many readers are from around the world).

Go ahead, live, celebrate, give thanks.

I am so thankful I have a praying and supportive wife, whom i love dearly.

For friends and family.

I feel so blessed, and give thanks for you.

I know you don't have to read this letter, or any of them.

I am honored and privileged to have become friends and acquaintances with so many of you.

Even if simply cyber friends, I feel I know so many of you in person.

I like to think it is because I will open up my house and family to you

I am so thankful I can hopefully entertain and sometimes share knowledge with you.

I am more blessed and say thank you to you, who in return will share a bit about yourself with me, and share your wealth of knowledge in return.

These are things that make gardeners and lovers of nature special.

You share.

You care.

Too many times we run into selfishness.

I want to say from the depths of my heart, a sincere "Thank You".

I know most of you are Americans and have Thanksgiving Day circled on your calendar.

I wish a blessed Thanksgiving Day to you.

To all of you, do we really need a special day to Give Thanks?

"For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer."

Timothy 4:4-5

"I will give thanks to the Lord because of his
righteousness and will sing praise to the name
of the Lord Most High."

Psalm 7:17

"Treat the earth well:

It was not given to you by your parents,

It was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our

Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children."

Ancient Indian Proverb

Your friend indeed,

Ron Patterson

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