Sunday, November 25, 2012


Today I am thankful for forgiveness. God's forgiveness is unending and that is a priceless treasure! Today I realized that I had to show God's forgiveness through me towards someone who had wronged, hurt and devastated me through hurting those I love. I thought I could just move on and "Let it go" because the ones who were hurt had forgiven but I realized I had allowed myself to become bitter and hate filled toward this person myself while expecting the others to do right. (Humans are weird aren't we? We can far easier forgive a wrong to us than to someone we love!) So I had to pray, set aside my pride and simply tell this person. "I forgive you." Not if you admit you did wrong, not if you are sorry, not anything from them...for me and my relationship with God, Just like He forgave me when I was unworthy... I forgave. I never heard a word from this person by my heart is light and my mind is free between my Savior and me! Thank God for Forgiveness!!!

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Nov.3~ Every November 3rd (and all the rest of the year!), I am so very thankful for my Dad! I'm thankful he loves, trusts and preaches God & the Bible! I'm thankful that in love he raised us strict but secure! I am so thankful for the way he loves and treasures my Mom! And I am so very thankful that we didn't loose him when he lost 1/2 his heart!!
Happy Birthday Dad!! I love you and am so thankful God gave me to you!
 — at Pontiac, Michigan.

Dad and I in 1969. He was in Bible College in Pontiac, Michigan.
This was almost 44 years ago!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thanksgiving ~ Nov. 2nd

Today I am thankful for FRIENDS! I have friends from childhood who have stuck with me through the years, I have friends from teens and young adult who have seen me through good times and bad, former students who have grown into dear and treasured friends and I have new friends who are just getting to know me. 

Each one is always there JUST at the right moment when I need them the most! I only hope and pray they can say the same about me! LIFE WOULD BE SOOOO BORING WITHOUT FRIENDS!!!

MY LAST MAJOR HIKING TRIP! Back row: Leah (Howell) Abraham, Kaylena (Brown) Cinereski, Pastor's Wife Wanda Boutwell, Jessie Sutton Ruffridge, Holli Boutwell Watkins, Linda Martin Ruffridge, Missy Foust, Angela (Dioguardi) D'Amelio, Middle: Cassie (Sutton) Wood, & Pastor Rays Sister Jean, Front: Audrey Noel Grant, Pat Jaskowiak Dioguardi, & Deloma Howell. (The ladies who's last names are in parentheses have all gotten married since this was taken!)

Thanksgiving ~ November 2012

Today I am thankful for my Husband of almost 15 years! He has been the greatest and most loving, giving person in my life! He has not only stood by me, he has adored, encouraged and LOVED me at my worst, scariest, sickest, ugliest, and frightening moments and treats me like I am a Queen and treasure! I would not have survived the last 13 years without him! I love you James Davis Grant!!

The Laugh I fell in love with, that most people don't ever see!
He's such a quiet man that most don't realize how funny he is!
He is the Joy of my Heart!