Tuesday, November 25, 2014

From a Heart Full of Gratitude, I Give Thanks For YOU, My Readers!



"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think.
It's splendid to find out there are so many of 
them in the world."
- L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Yesterday evening, as the sun sank low beyond the horizon, I breathed in deeply that just right autumn air, the kind that sinks deep into the very corners of your lungs, filling them with life, and happily finished off the last mile of my evening route.  As usual, I was thinking bloggy thoughts, tossing around topics that I've been wanting to write about for a while now, lists of family stories and of course something special for the Advent and Christmas Season.

I realized it's a little late to write something for Thanksgiving, but, at the same time, I know that it's never too late, or too early, or the wrong time at all to simply be thankful.  My list of gratitude is a mile long this year.  At the very top is knowing that my husband is slowly starting to heal.  He has been sick for over a year now, and, thanks be to God, making some headway in a positive direction.  I think I'm finally ready to write in more detail about that, and I will soon. 
It is difficult to express with words just how very thankful for this small space I am, a space where, when time allows, I get to share my life, my interests, my faith, and at times my lack of faith, with all of you. Sometimes my posts are read by thousands and sometimes by only a few, but it's those few of you who are always here, and I can't begin to tell you how thankful I am for your friendship.

You reach out in the kindest ways to share your own personal stories with me, to offer support as I ramble on about motherhood and raising boys.  You seem to know the perfect time to gently lend advice when I need it most, and when I'm falling apart, feeling completely defeated in the day to day battles of life, you help me find a reason to smile again.  Your love comes like a light in the dark, and with your sympathy and humor I am encouraged to keep going.

I wish that I could meet all of you face-to-face and give you my thanks in person, to share a hug, a laugh, and maybe even a tear.  You are the very reason bloggers keep blogging, because somewhere between all of these lines we write, there is a thread of connection that ties us close together, and I feel the strength of that connection in a very real and positive way.

May you know, without a doubt this Thanksgiving, that you, my readers, are among the most precious blessings in my life, and I am humbled and honored to praise God for you today and always!
~ Happy Thanksgiving!! ~

15 comments:

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    1. Johanna, you are such a joy. It always warms my heart to see you here! :)

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  2. I love reading your blog, encouraging, true and an adorable group of people. You are an inspiration!

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  3. What a beautiful post, Susan. You are a blessing to us, too! Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Elise! Happy Thanksgiving to you! :)

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  4. So thankful to have found your blog. You really are a true inspiration as a mom to me and for that I am very grateful. Six boys is no easy task, you are amazing, thank you! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Sue, you are an inspiration to me - I always feel encouraged by you to keep running, keep setting goals, keep trying no matter what life's challenges may be. Happy Thanksgiving!!

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  5. How thoughtful! I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Jenny - I have been wanting to tell you how much I loved your post series for October. It was amazing!! You are an inspiration and a joy!! :) Happy Turkey Day!

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  7. What a super sweet post!!!
    I'm so glad that Steve is starting to feel better!
    Hope y'all had a super Thanksgiving weekend!!!

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  8. I love reading all that you share. I'm a young mama to two little boys and seeing your boys and reading your mama thoughts is always so very encouraging the times I make it over to your beautiful space. Thank you for sharing you! :) Pray your husband continues to feel better. I had no idea and can't even imagine. So many prayers!

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  9. What a super sweet post! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones, and a great and holy start to the Advent Season! =) God bless!

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