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I started BSF in 1995 with a couple dear friends from a previous church. Less than a month later I had the car accident that altered our lives forever, and I quit. I had many friends over the years who had encouraged me to try BSF again, but I remembered that there was quite a bit of reading, and questions to answer, and it all seemed too much with what I already had on my plate. I decided to try it again when Mousey went to first grade, I had a little more time to myself, maybe I could do the lessons. I am so glad I did. 

This year marks my 20th year in Bible Study Fellowship and my 17th year serving on the administration team. As I reflect on this, my main thought is thankfulness in how the Lord used this organization for good in my life. I was a 37 year old Mom who had just come through about 7 years of struggle in our family. Seriously grueling, heartbreaking struggle. I was weary and needed a place to sit and be filled. The Lord did not disappoint.

I learned how to study God’s Word and apply it to my life in a way I had never known. We were blessed with wonder teaching leaders, discussion leaders and later I was able to serve with some of the most dedicated servants of the Lord I have ever known. I came empty and tired and the Most High God met me there and filled my life with knowledge, joy and purpose, and also gave me dear, dear Friends to walk with in this often hard life. Thank you Lord for the gift of BSF ❤

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Another thing we had to do on The Day it Snowed ALL Day was keep an appointment with the venue where Mousey and The Usher want to have their wedding reception. We had nailed down the church, the photographer, and had to sign on the dotted line and leave a deposit to commit to the venue. We did it Y’All, July 18, 2020, save the date! ❤ ❤ ❤

Whew, thankful to have that decided!

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This was not how I planned to do this, but I am rolling with the flow! Still trying to think blog-ally, but after lying dormant so long, it’s proving difficult! Mousey gave me a couple ideas for posts to come, so there is that! 🙂

7. Keelyody, my walking buddy and I decided that last Friday was our last walking day of the season. When we set out that morning the temps were in the 20s, but we did not count on the arctic breeze that was causing our faces to hurt. We cut it short after one side of her subdivision. Some years we have walked into December, and once even walked a few times after Christmas! I am thankful for a walking buddy who agrees that it is a good thing for us to do, and is ready to go at 7:30, 3 mornings a week! The world is now going to have to go solo, because we will not be there solving all the problems 🙂

I am also thankful to walk with my pal Jip the Farm Dog on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from the time BSF lets out in May until we go back in September!  Once again, what will the world do without us?!

8.  After many years of similarity, our holidays have undergone a change. First was my Mother’s passing, then my cousins married and moved from the area, sometime after, The Boy followed suit. Our latest change has been the early departure of Uncle Bob and Aunt Phyllis to their Florida home. They have had good reasons, like the births of grandchildren, and the desire to help their daughter, Girl Cousin Lindsay, with the preparation of our traditional holiday meal for her extended family. It’s all good, but we miss their presence ❤

They are heading down this week and we wanted to get together before they left, so we all looked at our calendars and the 8th was the date that accommodated the most. Everyone but Mousey and The Usher were in attendance, they had travelled down to Ohio for his family celebration of Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my Aunt and Uncle and the years of memories we share. The Lord has put us in each others lives for His good purposes, and I am grateful to Him for them.

9. I was hoping for a nice relaxing Saturday after the family gathering the night before, but Honey had other ideas. He thought it would be a perfect day to do a leaf raking and final mowing and edging of the lawn. In hind sight, it was a perfect day, because we got a ton done before the snow moved in. Here is our frozen tundra now. Leaves are still falling, but I’m thankful we got rid of a lot!

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10. I believe I may have mentioned that we are going to be celebrating a wedding in 2020! There are many i’s to dot and t’s to cross before that occurs, but we took a giant step closer in the planning on Sunday! We had looked at 3 venues for the wedding reception last month, each nice in their own way, but Mousey was fairly certain she was going in the direction that a friend had recommended to her. She had been in conversation with the representative of the venue and they had both of her dates available. She then was in discussion with a photographer, who also had both dates open. Honey had spoken to our pastor a while back in passing and told him of the upcoming event and asked a little about pre-marital counseling, he said no problem, just give him a call. I realized Sunday morning while driving to church that we had not actually asked if the church was available!

I prayed to see the two ladies I thought might be able to help me ascertain that information, because Mousey’s venue choosing appointment was the next day and the church office is closed that day. Sure enough the Lord had one of the sweet gals right in the lobby as we walked in. She said she would go check and have the answer for me after church.

All that to say; the church is available!!!

11. I am thankful for our veterans. They have sacrificed and put their lives on hold in service to our country and its citizens.

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I am grateful to these men in my immediate family who answered the call and were willing to go where their country needed them. My Dad/ The Grandpa- United States Air Force, Uncle Bob-United States Marine Corp, my Father-United States Army, and Beeve-United States Marine Corp. Thank you Gentlemen for your service ❤

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12. You may have heard that The Mitten had a little snow yesterday. Normally I do not go out when we have treacherous driving conditions, except when they happen to fall on Wednesday and Thursday BSF mornings. It started snowing in the wee hours yesterday morning, which made The Usher very happy, because at his job, snow means plowing, and that equals OVERTIME! Unfortunately, it snowed all doggone day and that did not bode well for Honey and I and our long awaited, 2:30 dental appointment. We braved the weather and s l o w l y went. Thankful for safety when we saw many cars in the ditch!

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It dawned on me yesterday that I was cold all the live long day. It was 30 something degrees when we walked in the morning, and later when I went to Bible study I was still wearing my shoes with no socks and jacket that has no zipper or buttons nor any other fastening apparatus. I reminded myself that it is November, and I guess I need to accept the inevitable; Michigan has turned the autumnal corner and we are staring winter in the face.

So today I am thankful for my suede booties, puffy Eddie Bauer coat with my Costco gloves and bun warmers in Johnny Cash, our car. Thankful indeed.

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We had a visitor last weekend! Our favorite Moonpie came to stay while her brother and folks went to a weekend retreat with their youth group. We were thankful for the time to spend with her, we miss having her around!!! She was so happy to see her Papa! They were snuggling 🙂

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And reading, and coloring. Goodness, I think I read about a hundred stories! A big thanks to the Ab-Cat for getting some other favorites from the library ❤ Hello Pete the Cat and Llama Llama.

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On Saturday night we went to a costume birthday party! Moonpie brought her own kitty cat costume and Mousey gave her some whiskers.

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She liked them!

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So proud with her lumberjack Papa, seriously, it was the least he could do.

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I really did have 2 kitty ears, the other is no where to be seen.

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The Ab-Cat was Rosie the Riveter, hair and makeup also done by Mouse-Ann, she is reason #3 of thankfulness.

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She looked adorable if I do say so ❤

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Mousey and The Usher were Velma and Shaggy from Scooby Doo!

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Moonpie was everyone’s favorite photo prop!

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The whole gang.

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And thankful #4 was the reason for the birthday party, our dear friend Awesome Autumn is now thirty, flirty and thriving!

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Party planners extrordinaires, Rae-Babe and Jon-a-fin, dressed as Mary Poppins and Bert the chimney sweep! ❤

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And joined by her sister, Nurse Lauren! Couldn’t be more thankful for these life long friends! #5

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Moonpie had a fun time looking at all the costumes, decorations, EATING, and licking the frosting off of my cupcake while shunning the actual cake.

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A wonderful time was had!

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It should be easy peasy to find something to be thankful for every day!!

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Today I am thankful for this guy! He has been having some health problems and has had some tests this week, and one almost had to be postponed because his dang blood pressure was too high! We prayed that it would go down to the level they wanted, even though Honey said his numbers had not been that good for a loooooong time. And do you know what? God brought those numbers down even lower than they asked for, and they remained low for the whole day!! Thank you Lord that you are in ALL the details of our days ❤

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After the procedure he needed to stay in bed, enduring their hospitality for 24 hours. We brought him home this afternoon where he is snoring on the couch trying to recoup his lost night of sleep.

Today I am thankful to God for moving blood pressure numbers lower than we could have hoped to ask. He’s a good God ❤