Thankful Thursday - May 15, 2008


This last weekend was a wonderful celebration of several occasions in our household. On Saturday we celebrated my husband's birthday. On Sunday we celebrated Mother's Day and our 12th Wedding Anniversay.

These special occasions were great reminders of 3 very special blessings in my life. For these, I am so very thankful.

My husband, Jeff... he loves me unconditionally, he supports me unconditionally, and he is one terrific daddy. Jeff has a kind, giving heart and never hesitates to help someone in need. He gives of his time and money to our church and teaches these things to our children. He works hard to support us all and does everything in his power to show us his love and to keep us safe and well. Jeff has a great sense of humor and can quickly turn our frowns to smiles.

My son, Josh... he is 6 yrs and is my always smiling and loving firstborn child. Yes, Josh rarely has anything but a smile on his face. He loves life and lives it to its fullest. He can put a smile on my face simply by grinning at me.... regardless of how poorly I may be feeling. He is free and generous with hugs and kisses. He loves his little sister and loves to play with her and help her when she can't get something done herself. He is so much like his daddy, too, in that he loves to help others. His teachers tell me he offers to help his classmates often and he loves to go with his daddy when helping someone else in need or volunteering to help at church, etc.

My daughter, Abby... she is 3 yrs and is my "sweet girl". Abby is carefree and independent. She wants to do everything her self and no task is too big for her to at least try to accomplish. Abby loves pretend and make believe and will play for hours with her baby dolls, stuffed animals and toy kitchen. She is full of energy and loves the outdoors. And she knows exactly how to melt this Mama's heart. She has an absolutely precious way of coming up to me as close as she can get to my ear. She will then cup her little hands around my ear and whisper, oh, so sweetly, "Mama, I love you." Yes, she too, can make me smile instantly.

Thank you Lord, for my precious family!

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24 Thoughts Shared:

Tami Boesiger said...

What a beautiful family, Melanie. LOVE the picture. I'm praising God with you today for your tremendous blessings.

Darlene said...

I love the way you painted the picture of your family with words. Congratulations on your anniversary and your family! God is so good!!
Thanks for sharing on TT!
Have a great week!!!!!!

Tanja said...

What a sweet picture. Thanks for sharing your thankful heart today. Have a wonderful rest of the week.

Denise said...

Such a nice picture, thanks for sharing. Happy belated birthday to your husband, and happy belated anniversary sweetie.

mama2dibs said...

I loved your post. I know that life is life and there are ups and downs and I love how you just painted such a beautiful pictures of the positives of each family member. Sometimes it's easy to concentrate on the negatives and I need to take the time to sit down and consider the positives of my family as well.

Beautiful picture as well!

Alicia said...

Hi Melanie!
I found your blog through blog roll! I love how you focused in on your children, the positives of life! Blessings to you!

Susan said...

Great Post Mel!

Oh, and Happy Anniversary!! I pray God grants you many, many more wonderful years together!!!


The Baker's said...

What a beautiful family you have. COngrats on your Anniversary as well. Have a blessed day and this coming weekend.

ZAM said...

You have a wonderful family. It just makes me smile how the words you used to described your family members are borne out of love.

Tonya said...

AAAWWW, Melanie, what a BEAUTIFUL family photo! (And HAPPY ANNIVERSARY a few days late) =-)

I also posted on my family today. Maybe Mother's Day reminded us to be a little EXTRA thankful for the "little blessings" in our lives? ;-)

Happy Thankful Thursday to you, my FRIEND!

Pam said...

What a precious family. I loved reading your thankful list.

Thanks for dropping by.

Have a delightful weekend.

Carrie said...

May God continue to richly bless you and your family. May you always give Him the glory for all He does for each of His children.
Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage

Tiffany Stuart said...

Look at how precious your family is. Thanks for sharing your love for them and for sharing this pic.

Shari said...

It was great to see a family photo and to read about your husband, son, and daughter. I love how you speak so highly of the blessings that God has given to you.

Nancie said...

Oh, Melanie, I love your sharing. Thank God for giving you such a loving husband, son and daughter. You are children are such sweeties :)

I am sure you are a very loving wife and mother too. Thank God that you and family can seek and serve God together. Love your photo!

May you be blessed always!

Nise' said...

Happy Belated Anniversary! Your family is lovely! You are certainly blessed.

Michelle said...

You have a beautiful family!
I enjoyed reading over your post

Heather@Mommymonk said...

What sweet blessings! Happy Anniversary too.

Lynn said...


What a beautiful post. You know, I always love to read praises about husbands. Your guy is a real gift. Wonderful TT post.

Anonymous said...

You have a beautiful family. The Lord bless you. Thanks so much for coming by my blog. Have a wonderful weekend!

SweetPea said...

BEAUTIFUL family. You indeed are blessed with loved ones who have such beautiful hearts. Don't you just love the little ones who want to do everything on their own? I have a couple neices that way.

Thanks for you comment on my post.

God continues to bless me with wonderful comments such as yours. I am still amazed that our Father is using me to TRULY bless His children.

My cup runneth over... said...

Oh what a precious family you have! = )

Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!

Thanks for sharing the overflow of your heart...= )

Blessedw4mom said...

Great TT post and great family photo!

Joanne said...


Thanks for stopping by! Your family is just beautiful. I love the age of three. They are just starting to talk and think for themselves about things, and most of all, mama and daddy are the most important people in their lives.

We have four children. Two are teenagers right now and two are in grade school...this means that on any given day even though our teenagers now think we are not as smart as we used to be, we have two little ones who always think we are great.

Thank you Lord for that!