It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Chapter 12, Page 28, Book 08

God has told us that nothing can sever
A life He created to live forever.
So let God’s promise soften our sorrow
And give us new strength for a brighter tomorrow

Helen Steiner Rice


I always start out each and every day with the hopes for something ‘brighter’ for sure. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. But we are to give thanks for everything.

We can focus on one positive thing a day. Be thankful for that thing all day. It could be as simple as looking at yourself in a mirror. I am thankful for my eyes. I like the color and I can see out of them just fine. There are people who can not see at all or can't afford glasses

Be thankful for the basics. The water that is pumped into your house everyday. The electricity you use daily- You will really feel this when the power goes out in a storm. Your bed, your car, your food in your kitchen, not everyone has these things. Appreciate what you have!

Yesterday I was blessed by going to visit DS#3 and his family. DS#6 and his wife were going to visit and asked me to go along with them. So the pictures today (in the side bar) are of them all and the fun we had there. It was (according to the daily trivia) Make Cut Out Snowflakes Day so we did do some of those and went out to dinner together. I love visiting but the distance between us all keeps those visits far and few in between it seems. I am thankful for the time I do get and do appreciate what I have for sure.

I’m off to church as usual today and will be saying extra prayers for all of you. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily but I feel those offered in church on Sunday are special ones. The good Lord does hear and answer all our prayers, but in his mysterious ways doesn’t always answer them in the way we think He should. We just have to have faith that He knows what’s best for us.

And you will always give thanks for everything
Ephesians 5:20

That’s what my mother used to say .
You will write thank you letters for your Christmas gifts.

I recall the agony of gripping a stubby pencil and thinking What shall I say?
Mothers have probably been saying this since the beginning of time

So here is a solution. A form letter and all you do is fill in the blanks


Thank you for the _____________.

___It was beautiful
___Just what I need
___something I really like

Our Christmas was

We had


Your signature________________

Done! It may not be ideal but it is better than nothing.

May this coming year
Bring you lots of happiness and cheer
May this be a happy year
With only days that have no tears

‘On Ya’-ma


Joan said...

Hope you have a peaceful Sunday Pam I know you go back to work tomorrow for a few day before the next holiday its a nice short week for you. When I started reading your journal a few months ago it took me a while to work out your title each day silly me once I thought about it I was there, very clever of you.

Love Joan

Donna. W said...

I see you have the same trouble I do in getting a group of dogs to pose. Too funny!

BlueRidge Boomer said...

thank you for the beautiful words reminding us to be thankful......sometimes in the rush of daily life and troubles we forget there are ones with less

Linda said...

Love the form for the thank you letter! My kids always hated doing it too. But I am glad I made them do it. Linda

Linda's World said...

I can remember writing those letters as a kid too. I love all your pictures. Looks like the holidays have been busy but fun for you and yours. Linda in snowy & slushy Washington state

betty said...

I love that thank you letter form! its lost art these days, isn't it, to send a letter of thanks? so glad you were able to spend some time with son3 and family; I love making snowflakes!!


Jan said...

Such a Happy family ,I loved seeing all your pictures Im sure you had some sad moments too I am praying for you Jan xx

Anonymous said...

I have always tought my kids to give thank you letters to those who ever give them something I think being Thankful is showing respect for what you have and also thanking God for placeing these people in are lives My kids dont even have to be told anymore That to me is a great gift that my kids are thankful. Thank you for your beautiful blogs to remind of things sometimes we overlook Blessings Kat:) said...

Thanks for your prayers. What beautiful did you know how to make them so beautiful.
You have a lovely family. You are blessed for sure.

Kathy said...

I love the pictures of your family. Glad you had a good day.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year...and what fun we see in the pictures...and the puppies...they never cooperated do they LOL...but make a good pic anyway...hugs and God Bless this new year...Ora in KY

Hollie said...

What a wonderful idea about the thank you form. You always come up with the best ideas. I love the snowflakes too. Thanks for sharing the photos....

Janie said...

Great advice. Sure you had a wonderful Christmas. Sending my wishes for you to have a Happy New Year. Your journal looks really pretty. Hugs and prayers, Janie

Bookncoffee said...

Glad you all had a wonderful and blessed time being together. I'm sure there were some hard moments too. Nice to see those smiles.
Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family.

Joann said...

Great family pics as always!! Thanks for help with the Thank you notes... = )

Melissa said...

Now where was that form letter when I was a kid and my Mom made me write thank you notes!!! Too cute!

I'm so glad that you got to spend more fun time with some of your kids. It's truly the best way to spend time, isn't it?

I wanted to email you, but I don't have an email address, so I will just say it here:

Words are woefully insufficient to tell you how very much I appreciate your loving encouragement and the prayers you have said for my Emily and our family. I have literally felt those prayers holding me up this week. To have such wonderful people to encourage me and to pray for her, I have no doubt that all will be well. Thank you so very much for every single word you've written and the ones you've spoken in prayer. I appreciate it all more than I could every say.