Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Blessings

Yesterday my husband's friend at work was killed in an auto accident travelling to work. Needless to say, my husband and all of his coworkers are devastated. We don't live in a "big" city, we don't have big interstates, rather we have country roads, country highways and the occassional 4 lane highways to bigger cities. This is a crushing blow to the many people that knew this excellent example of a man and person. My thoughts remain with his widow and their daughter. It is a tragic loss.

This Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful for all the many blessings God has bestowed in my life. My husband and four beautiful children, our health, the roof over our heads, the food in our bellies and the days that God has given us to enjoy each other and his wondrous works. My little family is my world and I'm thankful that I have been so bountifully blessed.

I wish that for all of us, that we can recognize the many blessings in our lives and give thanks for them. It's easy to get mired down in day to day grind, turmoil and strife of life, but the person that can rise above this and see the "forest for the trees" or "stop and smell the roses" is a truly blessed person.

Happy Thanksgiving....and tonight, gather your family and loved ones and hug, kiss and celebrate life with them, for it is a gift from God that should not be misused, for you never know the hour or the time it shall be taken.

41 comments:

  1. You are right, each day is a gift to give thanks for, live them to the max. Sorry for your husbands friend, my prayers to his family. CJ

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  2. I'm very sorry about your husband's friend and my heart goes out to his family.

    Ever since 9/11, my husband and I have made it a point to end every single phone call with "I love you". We also say it before we go to bed and before we leave for work in the morning. We do it even if we're arguing because you just never know when you won't have the opportunity to say it again.

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  3. What a tragedy! Let your husband know that I send my condolences for his loss!!

    My husband works for the az dept of corrections and everyday I am thankful that he has returned home again. Yesterday, his first day at a new post, one of his dealings was with a situation of an inmate getting beat up so bad that they are not sure he is going to survive.

    Lately I have been reading about so many tragedies in my local newspaper and have been so sad about it. One story is about a 12 year old abused to death, another about a baby left in a car for several hours and died while the mom went to work and another just yesterday a father in law and son in law shot each other, the f-i-l was killed and this happened in a nice neighborhood. I keep wondering what despair people are facing to do the things they are doing. I think i might write something about how I am feeling about that on my blog soon.

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  4. Sorry about your husband's friend and my thought go out to his family.

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  5. Vonna, I am so sorry to hear this terrible news. My father once lost a good friend at work to an auto accident en route to the office. It was so devastating for everyone. Such a tough, tough thing. {{{HUGS}}} OH, and I love you! I always feel the need to express that when faced with tragedy... life is so short!

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  6. Oh I am so sorry! What a devastating tragedy! You are right we need to be thankful for just having family to love and cherish and celebrate life. It is shocking to see how quickly it can be taken away! Blessings on you and your family this season and on the family of that poor man. {{HUGS}}

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  7. I'm so sorry Vonna. How hard for everyone! Yes, it does make your grateful for we have. To remember to focus on that and now what we don't have. Thank you for the reminder! Hope you have a good Thanksgiving considering the sadness.

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  8. I'm also thankful you'll forgive all my typos! LOL! :) I really need to learn to proof read before I click send. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  9. What a sad departure of someone before their time. I think your post will serve as a reminder to all of us to cherish what we have, while we have it.

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  10. {{{{hugs}}}} Vonna

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  11. Oh my goodness, Vonna. How ... devastating! Car accidents just scare the stuffing out of me. We have to go to and from work on some very busy, very chaotic highways, and I am always a wreck till we're all safe at home. My heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible loss.

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  12. Oh how awful ~ just puts things in perspective, doesn't it? Blessings are cherished here - good tidings to you and yours, Vonna. Take care, Tanya

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  13. Vonna,

    I am so sorry to hear about the tragic accident of your husband's friend.

    May you all hold one another close during this sad time.

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  14. What a devastating tragedy. My prayers for the family.

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  15. It's things like this that really make you think about how lucky you are and take stock of your own life. What a tragic thing to happen.

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  16. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Vonna!

    I'm sorry about the tragedy for your DH's co-worker; what a loss for his family, especially at this time of year.

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  17. Oh Vonna, how horrible for that poor family. My heart definitely goes out to them and they will be added to my prayers. I know it will be very hard for them to find things to be thankful for at this most sad time.

    Thank you for your constant inspiration. You always say just the right thing that I need to hear at the time. I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are going to spend four whole days with my Kayla girl. (posted her sampler on my blog) I can NOT wait to get my hands on her again.

    Gobble gobble and hugs,
    Carolyn

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  18. Vonna I am so sorry for the loss of your husband's friend. Please give him my condolences. Thank you for your beautiful words. I often find myself getting caught up in the daily grind and every once in awhile I need to be reminded of what is most important. God has blest you with the ability to share so much with others so eloquently. May you and your have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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  19. Vonna, I'm sorry for the loss of your husband's friend. It is so hard to hear of loss at the holidays. What a well written post from the heart. Happy Thanksgiving. Michelle

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  20. I am so sorry Vonna. My thoughts are with his family and all colleagues. It's a terrible tragedy and your post says it all {{{{hugs}}}}

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  21. This is such a tragedy Vonna, and I know your husband will find comfort in your caring nature. I agree with you completely, and if there is one thing I live by it is to take nothing for granted.

    I wish you and your beautiful family a wonderful Thanksgiving day together.

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  22. My thoughts are with the friends and family of this man. How horrible for this to happen anytime.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

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  23. What a tragedy :( That is heart breaking. We just never know do we? Wishing you and your family many blessings on Thanksgiving.

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  24. Vonna, I am so sorry for the loss of your husband's friend. Friends at work can feel like part of the family. I know you will take care of him and give him comfort. I am so glad he has you. From reading your posts, I know you have Thanksgiving in your heart throughtout the year.

    Take care
    Teresa

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  25. I'm so sorry to hear about your husbands friend.

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  26. my prayers go out to his family .. how tragic. I saw this quote on a church reader board the other day .. it's soooo very appropriate ..

    We need to not only practive Thanksgiving but ThanksLiving

    and another of my favorites ..
    The art of thanksgiving is thanks-living. It is gratitude in action. . . .

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  27. Vonna,
    I'll keep your friend's family in my prayers. So sorry to hear about the death. Live life to the fullest, spend a wonderful day with your family.
    Donna

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  28. Oh how sad to read this. We truly do need to be thankful every day for the people we have in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving Vonna.

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  29. It's all very humbling, isn't it?
    Even with strangers, when I hear of such tragedies, it makes me appreciate what I have and have not lost.

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  30. My deepest sympathies to your husband and his friends family.
    What a tragedy!
    Please have a good Thanksgiving holiday.

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  31. Dianne12:01 AM

    What a tragic thing, my deepest sympathies to your husband's friend's family.
    Definitely, counting your blessings is a big thing most people forget.
    Take care...so sorry.

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  32. Oh Vonna, how sad! It's horrible when things like that happen, but even more horrible at this time of the year. A good reminder that we should be thankful for the time we have with family and friends and never take even a minute's time for granted!

    Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving today!

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  33. Dear Vonna,
    It is so sad to hear about the tragic loss of your husband's good friend and colleague. My heart goes out to his family and your husband and other friends.
    You are so right - we must count our blessings every day and cherish one another from the depths of our being.
    On this Thanksgiving Day I wish you and your family much love.
    {{{hugs}}}

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  34. I'm so sorry for the loss of your husband's friend. How terrible for him and his friend's family. I agree with you and count my blessings daily. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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  35. Oh, how horrible!! I had a great Thanksgiving and was very thankful to spend it with my family.

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  36. God, sometimes life just seems so cruel. My sympathies to your husbands friends family. It is so tough to deal with tragedy especially when there is no time to say goodbye.
    I hope you and your family have a good day considering the circumstances.
    I consider myself blessed to have you in my life. You always make me smile and you make me feel be it happy or sad. Thanks for being you.

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  37. I am so sorry to read this sad news!!
    (((Hugs)))

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  38. Thank you for your post.

    It's sad that it takes something so tragic to make us stop and think of how blessed we are. Thankyou for reminding me to reflect on that.

    I have signed my emails "Blessings" for years, but even I forget to be thankful. You are a true blessing to all of us who read your blog, exchange with you, those who have met you and some who aren't that fortunate.

    My prayers are with your friends and their family and also with you and yours at this time.

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  39. How terribly sad, it does serve to remind us that we should be grateful for what we have and appreciate our family, friends, and relatives and other blessings while we can.
    Sue

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  40. Saying a prayer for this family and the entire community. God Bless you all in this time of sorrow.

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  41. I am so sorry to hear about your husband's friend. I loved your sentiments about Thanksgiving and what we can all be grateful for.

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