Thankful Thursday


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As I look back over the past week I am so thankful for so many things! God is so good!

This has been a week that is a bit unusual for us, but so filled with blessings. You're definitely going to notice a theme to all my notes of thankfulness and I just can't let today go by without mentioning each and everyone of them. Here they are....

* I am so thankful for my health and for God's healing when I am sick. Last Thursday I was taken down for several days with strep throat. Oh, my... I haven't been that sick in a long time! I am so thankful to be up and about and feeling good again!

* I am thankful that the Lord saw fit to keep my hubby at home until I could get back up on my feet again. Jeff is a member of a medical emergency response team that provides assistance during times of emergency... this last weekend in response to Hurrican Gustav. Originally he was supposed to leave at 5:00am on Friday morning... the day I couldn't even get out of bed! Thankfully, they had a change in plans and he didn't leave until around noon on Saturday and returned in the wee hours of Monday morning. I still wasn't 100%, but I was well enough I could get out of bed and take care of the kids.

* I am thankful for my sweet kiddos that were so understanding of the fact that mommy wasn't feeling too great. They played so well over the weekend... quietly and (mostly) without fussing. They helped me out where they could and just helped make it easier for me since Daddy wasn't home.

* I am thankful the Lord gave me a husband that wants so much to help others in need! He has been a part of this emergency response team for just over a year and this is the first hurricane season we have experienced with him working with them. It is long, hard work but one he so very much wants to do. He wants to go into these situations and do all he can for those affected by these storms. He has such a giving heart!

* I am thankful for my friends and family that love us so much and are there when we need them. We had a neighbor and family friend offer to come over Friday morning and get the kids up, dressed and off to school for me in the event Jeff had to leave on that day. We had other friends checking in on us over the weekend while he was gone. Jeff's parents were close by and offered to help in anyway. My family, while all living in other states kept in close touch with me by phone and my mother made sure to add Jeff, his team, and myself and the kids to her church prayer group list. There are more in addition to these that continue to offer to help out in any way they can over the next week or so as it looks like Jeff may now be heading in the direction of Puerto Rico today or later in the week. That area has already been hit hard by Hurrcanes Gustav and Hanna and may be hit harder later this week with Hurricane Josephine (which, at this point, is still technically a tropical storm.... but could change at any time).

* I am thankful for each and every one of you that visit and offer your words of encouragement and your prayers. As I felt so poorly over the weekend, I stopped and visited several of you and gained such strength and encouragement from the words your shared on your own blogs. I definitely felt strengthened as I visited and read comments you left for me here.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

31 Thoughts Shared:

Kristi said...

Sweet Melanie, I'm so thankful that you are feeling much better and I just love how your sweet husband took care of you. That is a fantastic TT list!

Denise said...

Bless you sweetie, so glad you are feeling better.

LAURIE said...

I am so sorry that you were so sick. I have had strep and you are really really sick with it. but I am glad that you have such a wonderful family that took such good care of you. God is so good. Thanks for sharing your grateful heart with us. -Blessings, Laurie

Erica said...

I am so glad you are feeling better. It is such a blessing when the little ones are good when you don't have the energy to handle anything else. What a blessing your husband is as well. Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl said...


I' glad you're feeling better! Will pray for Jeff as he travels and as he and team help others!

Happy TT!

Anonymous said...

it's so inspiring to see how God works in your life. indeed, God is good!

God bless!

Amy said...

I"m glad you are on the mend again, having the flu is awful, oh btw your hubby sounds like a gem :-)

Anonymous said...

Glad you are doing better now. Praise God for your wonderful family and neighbours...God bless you.

Debra said...

So glad you are feeling better. May you have a beautiful thursday filled with all things Jesus!

Laurie Ann said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better, Melanie. I hear strep throat is no fun! Bless your heart! If I lived close by I would have brought some tea over or something! Praying for your husband and thanking God for your friends and family who are there for you when he's working. Happy Thankful Thursday!

Anonymous said...

Oh Melanie you are sweet person. Thanks for sharing how thankful your heart is.

Mine is here

Marsha said...

Hi Melanie,

I'm so glad you are feeling better today. Strep throat is a miserable, aweful thing.

My hubby works in disaster recovery so he's always ready at a moments notice as well when storms come.

He didn't get called out for Gustav, but only the Lord knows with these next 3.

I pray you continue to recover.
Have a blessed weekend.

Tricia said...

Hey Melanie
I am so glad that you are feeling better! I had strept throat last year and it was absolutely horrible, I do not know when I had felt so bad...

What a blessing that you have such a sweet husband, friends, and family who are able and willing to help you out when you need it!


Toknowhim said...

You truly have much to be thankful for too... Blessings!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Melanie,
So glad you're feeling better!

Michele W. said...

What a sweet TT post. I pray for continue healing and safety for your husband and his team. God bless you.

Lynn said...

Oh Melanie,

I am so glad you are feeling better. To read about your family and the family of God surrounding you, just encourages my heart so much.

It is such a privilege to be part of God's family. Love you girl. Have a great TT.

Heather@Mommymonk said...

Melanie, I'm so glad you're feeling better. Step can be brutal. Isn't God good to keep you hubby home a few more hours to help you out until you were back on your feet again?

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

So glad you are feeling better. Wow, strep throat is the worst!!! I am glad you had good neighbors who were willing to help. Also, glad your husband is home safe and sound. I pray that Hanna will not be a bad one, for him.
You are always such a blessing to me, thank you.

Peggy said...

Precious Melanie...I'm so glad you are feeling a bit better! I'm so sad that I didn't know! Forgive me for not dropping by and praying! But I did THANK GOD today and gave Him Praise for you and Jeff even kiddos...I'm glad so many were available for you! May Our Lord the healer continue to keep you well and protect them all from this sickness! Bless your sweet heart for praying for the Hurricane affected areas! And really bless that great heart of your man and his willingness to go beyond! This was a beautiful post!

Did I tell you how much I love your new look? You blessed me and I thank you for your words & visit!

The Shabby Secret Garden said...

Hi Melanie,
Glad you are feeling better.... ~ Strep throat is awful!
Isn't is something how we can so easily take for granted - OUR HEALTH until it is stricken with something?
Blessings sweet friend,
Take care and may you be back to your wonderful self for good!

Sab said...

I'm so glad you are feeling better. Strep throat is not fun to deal with, and I'm glad things worked out well for you at home! Thanks for visiting my blog too!

Front Porch Legacy said...

Such a sweet Thankful Thursday. I'm glad your feeling better and I'll be praying for your husband and his response team. What a big heart!

Jill said...


I'm so glad to hear you are feeling better.

I'm so touched by all that you share and how you bless me in many ways!

I'm glad to know your husband is home safe after going to help out with those affected by the storm.

We are praying for everyone that is potentially going to be affected by the next three storms.

Thanking God for new friends like you in my life!

May you rest well tonight and be fully back to yourself by the morning!


Serendipity said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better now. You have such a thankful heart, Melanie! Bless your husband too for having such a big heart.

Have a blessed weekend!

Beth K. Vogt said...

God bless you and your husband--and his sacrificial service to others in need.
Hope you are feeling all better now!

IRENE said...

Your man is a hero and you're holding the fort. Bless you all!Glad you're feeling better.

Nancie said...

Melanie, I so glad you are feeling better. Thank God for restoring you. Thank God for providing such a loving husband and children to you! May God continue to strengthen and bless you and family!

Mary said...

Melanie, So glad you're feeling better. I love that you said you are thankful for so many things. What a testimony to God's goodness. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

Cheryl said...

I am glad you are feeling better today! Hope you have a great weekend! Great Post girl! God Bless~

A happy heart at home said...

I'm sorry you were so sick. I'm glad you're feeling better now. You are blessed!