What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Thankful Thursday!

I have never deliberately written a post specifically for "Thankful Thursday", but I have been thankful for something almost every time I write a post!  However, since today IS Thursday, and it's been a rather busy day, I wasn't able to do my usual "Secret Garden Chronicles"... so I will gladly write some things I'm thankful for today!

#1.  Today is my wonderful hubby's birthday!  I am so thankful for this man that I've been married to for almost 48 years!  We've been through a lot of good times and some bad times...but all have been covered under the blood of Jesus Christ...and He has seen us through it all.   Thank You, Jesus!!

#2.  Because it was my hubby's birthday today,
we went to visit his mother, who is now living in a nursing home. She is almost 94 years old, and for the most part is doing very well, all things considered.  We are very thankful that she is adapting very well to the home, and she seems to be very happy there.  I love my mother in law, and want to thank the Lord for all the years we have shared.  God was very gracious to me to give me such a wonderful lady for my mother in law.

Isn't she lovely?  Yes, Thank You, Jesus, for this blessing in my life.

3.  After we visited my mother in law we had lunch with some very dear "old" friends...old in that they have been our friends for over 35 years...having been members of one of the early churches my husband pastored...and they have followed us to visit us in almost every place we have lived since that time...and there have been many.  I thank the Lord for good friends like Connie and Bill.  Their kindness and goodness to us throughout the years is one of the great blessings of our life.

Here's a picture of Connie and Bill taken last year on their 55th anniversary!!  They are truly great friends, and today I give thanks for them.

Of course, if I start listing friends and family for whom I am thankful, I will be writing all day and night!  So for now I am just talking about the special ones who blessed us today....

In addition to a delightful time at lunch with our friends, Connie blessed me with this delightful little teapot because she knows I love teapots and when she saw this she thought of me...Isn't it marvelous?  I just love it...and thank the Lord for such thoughtful friends again...

4.  I am also thankful for my immediate family...our sons here at home who bless us in so many ways...here they are working on the beautiful bench that they gave me for Christmas this year...which was the start of The Secret Garden... and we ALL know what a blessing THAT has been!!!

5.  And I am very thankful that our grandson Noah is flying down for a visit tomorrow, all the way from Maine!!!  We can't wait to see him and put our arms around him, if we can reach his neck...he's about 6'3" tall and 17 years old... Here's a picture of him taken this time last year when he and his mama came for a visit.  Love them both...

6.  Yes, I am very thankful for our daughter in law too...she has been a real blessing to us...and took such wonderful care of our son Matthew before he passed away from cancer almost 3 years ago.

Our family in 2014.  Matthew is the second to the end on the back row.
Yes,  as I said, we've been through some difficult times along with all the good times...but God has been very gracious to us, and we are very thankful.

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever."
Psalm 136:1


  1. Dear Pam,

    First happy birthday to your hubby... he looks really good for the all that he has been through with his health recently.

    I'm glad you were able to visit with his mom today. She is such an elegant looking lady. So thankful that she feels at home at the nursing home.

    Love that teapot that your friend Connie gave you!

    Thank you so much for sharing your thankful heart with us today.

    1. I'd like to add your name to the list of people I am thankful for! You are a blessing and a person who inspires me in my walk with the Lord. Thank you.

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your hubby! What a great photo of the two of you.
    You are blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law. I too was blessed with an amazing mother-in-law. She passed away a few years ago and I certainly do miss her. She was a great example to follow after and I pray that I am and will continue to be a mother-in-law to my two son-in-laws as beautiful as she.
    You have a big thankful heart and it shows. :-)


    1. Thank you Debbie. I am certain that your sons in law are very thankful to have YOU for a mother in law. When we love one another as Jesus loves, how can we lose or fail? Thank you for your thoughts today. blessings to you.

  3. What a great post. Happy Birthday to your husband. It sounds like you have had a wonderful day. My husband is a pastor also. I'm so glad God has been with you in my he hard times just like He has been with us. Praying He keeps on blessing you.

    1. As a fellow pastor's wife, I know you can relate to what it means to have good times and bad times...and know that the Lord has been with us all the way. We are in a beautiful position to be God's instruments...often in ways we do not fully comprehend. So thankful for God's amazing grace. Thank you for your kind thoughts today. Blessings to you as well.

  4. Hello Pam,

    I'm just dropping in to say how happy and excited I am for you that Noah is flying in today. I know you don't have to be told to enjoy having him there. Enjoy every minute of it. I'm certain his Grandpa and his uncles will see to it that he has a good week there, too. I mean...how could he not? Leaving all of that snow behind in Maine to come to sunny Florida?

    Hugs and prayers,

    1. You are so sweet to come back and comment again this morning...yes, I know Noah is getting excited about leaving all that snow for the warmth of Florida. We hope to soak up a lot of sunshine and warmth while he is here. It will be great. Thank you for your kind thoughts.

  5. Happy Birthday to your wonderful husband, Pam! What a blessing to have been married for so many years, seeing each other through the good times and the bad.
    And it's a good and glorious thing to be thankful to God for all His blessings, big and small, each and every day.
    Blessings to you!

  6. Happy Birthday (belated) to Pam's Hubby. I love the teapot. Having been fairly close to some pastor's families, I understand what you mean about having good times and bad times. I'm glad you got to go see your mother-in-law and your longstanding friends. Blessings to you and yours.

  7. Beautiful things/people to be thankful for...was so sorry to hear of your son's passing. To loose a loved one is bittersweet, we miss them so much and yet we know they are with the Lord, and that's a wonderful thing.

  8. What a wonderful post! Happy "belated" birthday to your husband! Such special memories you have shared, love the pictures of your family and your sweet mother-in-love! How wonderful that she is now in a nursing home and in a place where she can be taken care of. Always such a joy to visit with you, may the Lord bless you today!

  9. Pam, I'm sorry to be so late reading and commenting. Happy belated Birthday to your husband!

    The new teapot is darling!



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