it’s been a long time…

Well, I guess I dropped out of the blogging business for awhile…with all the drama around our feeding the homeless…it felt necessary to stop talking on this format for awhile.  But, now things are quiet again (thank God!) and I’m ready to get back at the writing.

This week is Thanksgiving.  We have been preparing for the meal…shopping, baking, cleaning…all so that we an sit down with the family and friends and make a memory happen.  My favorite part of Thanksgiving Day is when we go around the table and say what we are thankful for.  It always brings tears to my eyes…and a surprise in my heart.  We don’t hear words of “thanks” enough!  I can’t wait to hear what everyone is grateful for.

This Thanksgiving I will be thinking of those families who are struggling and can’t put a meal on the table. I am especially thinking of the gathering of children and families up north…Los Ninos…whose parents can’t find work.  I am grateful to Debi Murphy and her coworkers, along with CrossRoads volunteers, for preparing breakfast and providing turkeys.  Your heart is amazing!  The children, and I, am very grateful!

And I’m thankful for my friends who live on the streets.  You have taught me so much about life in this past year.  From you I have learned how to be joyful.  From you I have learned how to hang tight.  From you I have learned that some people are worth fighting for.  I will never forget.  Thanks for the lessons.  And thanks for continuing to infiltrate our lives with love.

And, of course, I am grateful my family; and for my God, who continues to bring us joy in the midst of the stuff of life.  I will always remember.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  May your heart be grateful.

Faith, hope & love,

Dottie

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