Just a year ago at this time my sister, Nancy and I were working feverishly to get my father’s first book, “Rose’s Ramblings”, ready to be published. It was to be the biggest Christmas surprise ever for our parents. Since then two more books have been published, “Messages From the Other Side”, and “We Experienced Miracles in Lubbock”.
It’s been quite a year! Not only because of the book publishing but everything else that has been going on in the family. This year we’ve also celebrated my father’s 95th birthday, as well as my mother’s 93rd birthday and their 68th wedding anniversary. Those were the happiest moments of the year. In early July my husband, Blair underwent knee surgery. The next day three Great Danes jumped the fence into our yard and attacked our small dog, Skipper. Three weeks later Skipper’s life came to an end and grief and mourning took over. Not long after our mother turned 93 she fell and broke her shoulder. To make matters worse, my husband is facing another knee replacement surgery in just a couple of weeks.
Life is full of ups and downs, and they say you have to take the bad with the good. And so we try to focus on the positive side and carry on. The bad stuff can really weigh a body down especially during the holidays. It’s not always easy to look at the bright side.
But Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. Maybe our lives aren’t perfect. Maybe we’ve had more problems throughout the year than we can shake a stick at. Maybe we’re facing even more problems in our future than we’d like. Even so, we have to be grateful and count our blessings. Once you start counting blessings, you might find you have more good things in your life to be grateful for than you thought. As Bing Crosby sang in one of the Christmas movies he made…”If you’re worried and cannot sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep, and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings.”
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Kathy Williams The Book Worm