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What a year 2020 has been! We headed into a rather restricted Thanksgiving week, limiting connections (as we’ve done for some time), meeting outdoors if at all. But I am thankful for YOU, my readers. I pray that my thoughts have shown you hope in some small way. You have certainly encouraged me during some difficult emotional times.

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH US … Don rebuilt much of our deck, which had a great deal of dry rot beneath; and built a lovely waterfall along the pathway to our front door. He makes breakfast in the mornings to allow me more time to write, and is a great sounding board for ideas.

I’m still writing, working on my historical novel, and occasionally talking with friends in person outside, by zoom or phone.

We’ve had an apartment vacated (after thirteen years!) and updated it with some significant help from my nephew and his 9-year old son. We’re praying for just the right person or family to move in.

Like many of you, we haven’t seen as much of our family as we would like. But we have gotten together outside with another couple, or several, on rare occasions. Do you find, as I do, that this time of isolation makes our families and friends even more precious, the joy in times or talks together multiplied because of their rarity?

Don and I walked in the sunshine in our neighborhood yesterday morning, enjoying the multi-colored leaves (these are just five I picked up–I think the one with the prominent rust-colored veins is stunning!) and watching Paigey explore and sniff along the way.

We put up our Christmas tree and decorated it after a wonderful drive-in church service this morning, then enjoyed talking with each other while sitting and looking at the beauty of the tree. Paigey goes with us to drive-in church–we call her a “pup who praises.” Don’s put up the outside lights and I’ll decorate the mantle later.

ON THANKSGIVING, we took time to remember our Mom, who passed away in April of this year. While I am still grieving her loss, I am so grateful she is not alone and isolated during this pandemic. Instead, she is enjoying inexpressible delight in the presence of Jesus, our King.

We laughed as we shared different memories. Mom always felt she and Dad were too serious, so it was a joy to see and hear her relax and laugh more in her later years. We delighted in (and enjoyed) some of the baking traditions she passed on to family members; and talked about her gracious, giving spirit and the years she prayed for each of her family members.

We have much for which to be thankful. A vaccine for Covid-19 is on the horizon, we have precious family and friends, we can walk and enjoy the beauty of Creation. And, despite divisions and uncertainty about the future, we can have confidence in the God who is There! I need Him more than ever, and work to focus my mind on Him rather than on the chaos surrounding us.

AND I’M THANKFUL FOR YOU!  You’re important to me.   

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19

How was your Thanksgiving?


  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    What a beautiful post, Carol. I, too, rejoice in the simple things for which I am grateful–autumn leaves, good books, recovery meetings on Zoom, time with family (even if at a distance), friends and students, prayer and meditation, exercise and good food.

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you Karen. While there are many things we used to do that we can’t at the present time, we can enjoy God’s creation and the contacts we’re able to have in person or at a distance. You’re a wonderful example of being thankful for those simple but meaningful aspects of our lives!

  2. MarJean Peters says:

    Thank you for sharing your life with us, dear Carol!. Yes, your blog brings hope and I thank God for you! I’m finding this social distance thing getting harder and harder now that the holidays are here. We finally decided to spend Thanksgiving with our daughter’s family just up the street, after a painful disagreement. Today was supposed to be the annual event of having the kids over to help us decorate for Christmas. They were set to come, but Conrad resisted so I did it mostly myself. I put in a Christmas CD and decided to continue praising the Lord anyway. That was a sacrifice of praise. Yet, we wait for our blessed hope–Jesus’ soon return! I can’t help but marvel over the gift to you and Don for giving Don such physical, emotional, and mental strength. I praise God on your behalf!

    1. carolnl says:

      Thank you Jeannie. It is even harder to be apart during these holidays isn’t it. I rejoice in your sacrifice of praise as you decorated the tree alone. Lord Jesus, come quickly!

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