30 Days of Thanks, 2017

1A: “Praise God from Whom all blessings flow. Praise Him all creatures here below. Praise Him above ye heavenly host. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”

1B. Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…” 

2. For my mom and dad, and Susan and her mom and dad, and Julia and Nathaniel and Matthew. “…A man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife…” I was part of a family. She was part of a family. We got together and now have our own family. I’m blessed, she’s blessed, the kids are blessed, the grandparents are blessed. There’s a lot to be thankful for in how that all worked.

3. the last of the back to school edition. I’m thankful for the benefactor* who is paying for the salaries of New England Bible College that is allowing all students free tuition. Because of you, I’m going back to school.

4. I’m thankful for Laurie and her hat making skills, and her willingness to come through for me in a pinch. The hat was well received at Kiwanis tonight, and you were remembered warmly.

5. There will be more today, but I thought I’d share this one. Apparently 9 years ago today I joined Facebook. You CAN be thankful for Facebook. Yes, it can be a time sink. Yes, you’ll see religion and politics, and it won’t all be your way. But it’ll allow you to keep track of Heather Garcia, who you haven’t seen since graduation day. Your old neighbors Pat and Jerry Rittersdorf who now live out west with Jon Ferrall and others. You can chat with Rutta Frank, the African guy Julia met on her mission trip. As Sumner Kinney mentioned to me last night, you can get advice on turtle owning from 30 friends you had no idea kept turtles. All because of Facebook. Thanks FB.

6. I’m thankful for getting chores done, a nice family reunion at Gretchen’s, and a successful first time driving a parade float.

7. I’m thankful for a safe trip back and forth to Bangor. For a new gluten free bakery. For a purple gingham pocket square on the markdown rack. New shoes for the boys. A great waiter at lunch. For the guy with jumper cables when the battery went dead. (He was in the space right next to us, and when I said “Well amen, how about that?” to Susan the guy said “Well praise God.”) For a Chick-FIl-A sammich and a gift card from a friend. It was a great day with my family.

8. I had a lot I wanna to say, but I’m going to stay simple. I’m thankful I got to hear John C. Dancer say grace today.

9. I’m thankful for a warm day to walk with Deuteronomy. I’m thankful for a good GWI tech who listened and was efficient. I’m thankful for Wendy who waited for hug-a-drummer day.

10. Part 3 of the “back to school” series. I’m thankful for “good authority.” When I signed up for classes, I started looking around for used books. Someone came to me and said “I have it on ‘good authority’ that your books are going to be coming in on Friday. Don’t order any.” On Friday, brand new textbooks showed up at my house. A little later, this same friend said “‘Good authority’ told me more books are coming.” By the time ‘good authority’ was done, I had ALL my text books, all brand new. The Greek/Hebrew Bible I needed even came with the genuine leather cover? That Bible alone was near $100! Thank you Good Authority, you have blessed me incredibly.

11. Thanks to all you knitters/crocheters who volunteered to help me today, and especially thanks Laurie. Who knew you knitting crocheters were all looking for work! 🙂 Thank you all for being willing.

12. I’m thankful for a generous church family. I’m thankful for a family supper. I’m thankful another year of Peter and and the Amazing Tauntauns. And yellow paisley neckties on the markdown rack.

13. Much to be thankful for today. For Mr Tire and the crew who treat me like family. For two nice walks with Deuteronomy, one with some off leash time. For Susan joining the pit band for supper and a show. A nap. Chocolate chip cookies. It was a super nice day all around.

14.  I’m thankful for my son Matthew who decided to hang out with me in the pit at Peter Pan.

15. Thanks to all of my friends who help me with my stamp collection.

16. I’m thankful for all the “little” things—which end up being big things—Susan does for me. Washing the dishes when I get behind. Walking Deuteronomy so I can get ready for tomorrow. Chocolate chip cookies 🍪 just because. All of those things.

17. The second of the “back to school” entries. I’m thankful for Jason Philbrook, my boss who has allowed me to leave “early” every Tuesday so I can take my classes. (I’m essentially out all day, as I leave at 9:30am.) AND, he’s already agreed to let me take time off every Tuesday next semester, too.

18. An early one. You may even get TWO entries today. But I’m already thankful for a bunch of things. I’m happy I’m caught up with Greek homework, and I could afford to skip my usual study time this morning and get some more sleep. I’m thankful for the book of Philemon; a short book, but so personal and applicable*. And I’m thankful for antacid tablets and moisturizing cream. (TMI?)

19. I’m thankful Julia went to town to pick up milk for the family. She’s been extra helpful since she got her license. (Keep her in mind if you know of a decent but cheap car.)

20. Thank you vets, and especially to Wm. Batty Sr. (Coastie), his brother Thornton Batty, Jr. (Coastie), their father Thornton Batty Sr. (Coastie), his father Fred C. Batty (US Lighthouse Service), and his father-in-law Samuel John Cavanor (US Lighthouse Service). Technically, the Lighthouse Service was under the Dept. of Commerce at the time, not Defense, but it later was folded into the Coast Guard. Still, those two generations served their country on the sea.

21. I’m glad Susan is feeling better, I’m glad Julia went to the play with me, and thankful for some drum practice time today.

22. For Peter Stuart and his Amazing Tauntauns. And for their patience with a rock/funk/blues drummer who is trying to play concert bells. I played my first ever bells gig tonight. I got maybe 1/2 the notes right, but they’re going easy on me.

23. Today I am thankful for Harmony Bible Church deacon Mark Kunz, a big guy with big ideas and a big heart.

24. On Tuesdays this month I’ll focus on the blessings of going back to school. I’m thankful for the 1:40 minute ride one way to school. It gives me great opportunity to pray, listen to podcasts, send encouraging texts, and do some planning and list making. Phone use all done safely and hands free with voice recognition of course.

25. This is how much she loves me. This is how she spent her evening. (Attached was a photo of a strainer full of clean dishes.)

26.  I’m thankful to have a family lunch at my mom’s house today. We won’t be able to have another one until December. And, it was nice to meet my nephew’s girlfriend Ruby.

27. For a gig that gets done “early” (11pm is early for a musician), an extra hour of sleep, and a venue that still gives the musicians a comped meal (thank you Newcastle Publick House).

28. For Cafe Miranda Rockland, Shaw’s Supermarket, Match Game ‘75, and a fun night with my best girl Susan.

29.  After two+ weeks away house/dog sitting, Julia V. is back home tonight! (And that’s where the van has been; Susan and I haven’t been having marital issues.)

30. I’m thankful for the friendship of Kiwanis members, Aktion Club, and Key Club. The Aktion club meeting tonight was a hoot.