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Giving Thanks
November 21, 2016

A glorious and blessed autumn it has been in Southwest Michigan.

Friday the temperatures reached record breaking territory when the mercury pushed above the 70 degree Fahrenheit.

November 18, I was wearing shorts while mowing the lawn, hopefully for the last time this year.

The very next day, it was snowing.

There isn't enough of the white, and the ground isn't cold enough for it to stick, but that goes to show how fast the weather can change.

I must say however, 'Late Effect Snow' is a pretty snow.

Every autumn should be like this.

Weather patterns look to be colder now, but I'm good with that.

Yolanda has her new wheelchair, and looking good.

This will be a busy week, as America gets ready to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

Wont you come join us in a special day of 'Giving Thanks' and thanking God for all of blessings this year.

The fourth Thursday in November.

A day set aside to Give Thanks.

February of 2016 started out testing faith and courage.

Yolanda was in the hospital for stomach pains.

A ruptured appendix, emergency surgery, and 28 days in the hospital.

We chose to give thanks to God for her getting better and coming home, when we could have ignored God, or even blamed Him.

Only good and perfect comes from God (James 1:17), yet we must choose.

Yolanda has been relatively healthy since and we can only give thanks to Him for His protection.

I might add this.......

She has such a love for the Lord, the joy in her heart and her smile for everyone is her witness.

I have experienced back issues off and on all year long.

Still I am given enough to sustain me and do what needs to be done.

Late spring and all of the summer I was fatigued.

Experiencing fatigue when I am typically a high energy person was a challenge for me.

Again, I was able to do what needed to be done, but there was no energy or desire to do some of the things i wanted to accomplish.

You know, like expanding flower beds, and a few home repairs.

Again, I was given enough to do what needed to be done.

(Taking care of a special needs person is a full time responsibility in its self.)

I give thanks for having enough to follow through with my responsibilities.

After a season of not feeling like myself, I am once again blessed with more energy (lower back is still an issue).

Again, I gave thanks for what I had, not complaining on what I didn't have.

I am also blessed to have a wonderful wife, I cannot give thanks enough for Karen.

God has renewed my spirit, Thank you Lord.

Giving thanks for a wonderful growing season, as many flowers and veggies exceeded expectations.

Weather conditions were almost ideal.

Warm, but not too hot.

Rain was timely.

Even with a drier than normal November, we ended with above precipitation.

Several birds brought their fledglings in to our yard to feed and bathe.

It was a good year for hummingbirds, even to the point of a couple of late season visitors well past the normal date.

With the added moisture, mosquitoes were abundant and this gave plenty of food for dragonflies and bats.

I enjoy watching both as they hunt.

Tree swallows nested in the birdhouse gourds for the first time.

Watching these acrobats can and the time slips away.

No new bird sightings this year, however it is an irruption year for Red-breasted nuthatches as they are now gracing us with their presence.

What about that Super Moon?

Here is a picture just after moon rise and topped off by a cloud.

Was that a treat for you?

Nature always provides something for us to be thankful for.

I Am thankful as I have been given a new desire to continue writing these letters, most people quit after a few years.

I am even more thankful that I have made new friends, and I call you my friend.

Even when we disagree, we remain.

I am thankful for living in Michigan.

The Great Lakes State.

The Winter, Water, Wonderland.

I am thankful for a roof over my head and food in my belly.

I am thankful for the best readers (and friends), you guys are the best.

I am thankful that I can still worship my God.

No matter where I live in America.

No matter where you live throughout this planet we call Earth, always give thanks for what you have.

Come join us, wont you?

Help us, as we celebrate a Day of Thanksgiving.

It could be worse.

Well, it is time to fly for now.

Before I go, here is your positive thought for the week.

Thank you for your time.

A Blessed Thanksgiving Day.

God Bless.

 "When you arise in the morning give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength.

Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself.

Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief 1768-1813

From the Good Book.......

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

Psalms 107:1

They will celebrate Your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 145:7

"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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