Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Blessings by the Bushel

The unthankful heart …discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds iron, so it will find in every hour, some heavenly blessings!  ~ Henry Ward Beecher

I have so many blessings to count on Thanksgiving Day that it would take me a while if I tried to even name only the biggest blessings. And how can you give a size to blessings. All blessings are good and make our life better. Sometimes at our church we talk about the everyday blessings, and isn’t it great that we can count those blessings everyday. A couple of my everyday blessings in my bushel of blessings are sunshine and a beautiful place to live. It’s a blessing that I can walk on my farm and take pictures to remember the beauty of the day and to share with my friends here on the net. My Facebook friends like it when I post something I spot on my walks. I’ve put out photos of snakes and buzzards, flowers and trees, frogs and cows, mushrooms and rocks. I guess I could call all of them everyday blessings.  
Of course, a beautiful family is a blessing I’m glad to have in my bushel of blessings and especially the grandkids in the family. I’m thankful for children who can run and play. I’m thankful my great-niece is finished with her cancer treatments and can be with the other children to have a good time. I’m thankful for curious children who like to check out lady bugs and worms.
I’m thankful I can write stories that some of you like to read. I’ve always wanted to tell stories and I feel blessed that I’ve been able to follow that dream for all these years.
I’m thankful for my mother even though things are hard right now for her and for us. But so many great years we’ve had together. Family is such a great blessing. My church family and friends too.  And you. I’m thankful that you take the time to share my journal here. You are in my bushel of blessings.
So many great blessings. I’ll be counting for weeks, and I can hope for good health and good sense, too.
Good health and good sense are two of life’s greatest blessings. ~Publilius Syrus
Wishing you both in this Thanksgiving season. As always, thanks for reading, and I’d love to hear what you have in your bushel of blessings.


  1. Hi Ann,
    Sure feels good to count blessings, doesn't it?
    Hope you all had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving. I am thankful for your amazing books...keep writing my dear!!
    Blessings to you,

    1. Always good to count blessings, Cathy. And how nice of you to be thankful for my stories. I'm thankful for readers like you who are so encouraging with your kind words.

  2. well started to say good morning but it is gone and afternoon is already upon us, I enjoyed reading your post about family-I grew up in large family and many times we would have aunts-uncles and cousins visiting and have huge picnics down by our lake where the men fished. Growing up and moving away from Ky I thought was the best thing to do as a young girl and many times I have thought my life would have been totally different had I stayed there and married a Ky fella..hindsite.
    enjoy the coming holidays

    Paula O(

    1. Those Kentucky roots go deep, don't they, Paula? Those picnics you're remembering sound like so much fun. I don't like to fish, but I can imagine the talking among the women and the playing among the kids. Had to be wonderful memory making times for all of you. Some of my best memories are of Sundays spent playing with the cousins.


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