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I’ve been missing in action for a little while when it comes to this blog. November and December were spent mostly traveling and often without access to the internet. Right now, we are back at our home overseas suffering from jet lag with frozen pipes and no water and several inches of snow being driven by high winds. And no, I am not thinking it is a winter wonderland right now. On top of that, two of our bags didn’t make it to our destination and we have no hope of seeing them before Saturday.

All of this provides an opportunity for me to be reminded of how sinful I really am. I whine and complain and become impatient and irritable. I forget how much I have to be thankful for and that anything I receive that is not hell is more than I deserve.

Anyhow, I hope to be able to write more in the coming weeks. I have several ideas that I hope to put down on computer screen soon.

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Before sharing some reasons for giving thanks, I want to just express my prayers for the people in Mumbai, India, and those affected by the terrorist attacks there. My heart goes out to the people of Mumbai and the foreigners caught in that tragedy. I pray for a quick end to the situation.

At the same time, I want to express thanks to God for His grace and salvation through Jesus Christ. I am thankful for my wife and children. I am thankful that we are able to visit with family in the United States this year and spend some time with loved ones. I am appreciative that God has given us His Word in the Bible and the gift of prayer. I hope that all of you all have a great Thanksgiving day.

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Today is my wife’s birthday, and we are spending it with her family. Last night we went out for dinner and a movie, Fireproof, of which I didn’t have high expectations but turned out to be a very enjoyable movie.

Last year, her birthday was on Thanksgiving and I posted this poem. I am posting it again this year. It has turned out to be one of the most viewed post on this blog.

For my wife’s birthday on Thanksgiving

On a day I count blessings
I count you,
a physical grace,
of unmerited favor to me.
You picture love’s definition
patient, kind, not jealous,
never boasting, appropriate always,
self giving, not provoked,
not keeping records of my wrongs,
bearing all, believing all,
hoping all, enduring all.

Today Thanksgiving Day
I give thanks to God for you
this date of your birth.
The beauty of you in every way
growing with the passing years.
Till death do us part and beyond
I give thanks for the day of your birth,
the day I saw you,
the day you said, “Yes”,
the day we said, “I do”,
this day, everyday, you with me, our love,
for this I give thanks for you.

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I’m on vacation now after months of being very busy.  It is also the first vacation that we have ever taken in the United States from overseas.  I hope to have time to make several post over the next week or so.  Tomorrow is my wife’s birthday so I plan to take her out for dinner and a movie tonight which is something that we haven’t done in years.

I am catching up on election news and people’s views about it. I found this post that helps us to keep a Christian perspective on things.

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My family and I will be in a neighboring country for the next few days for some meetings and to get some medical attention that we can’t get here.  It has been a while since I have written anything, but I hope to get back to writing soon.  I am not sure how much I will have access to WordPress where I am going.  If I do have access, and if I have free time, a combination that is not likely, I may try to write a few thoughts.

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Yesterday, I was helping our three-year-old daughter in the bathroom. She pointed to the lavatory and asked, “What is in there?”

I said, “I don’t know.”

Amazed at my ignorance, she said, “Ants.” We have had an ant problem. She then said, “I can’t see ants. What are the ants doing?”

Once again, I displayed my ignorance, “I don’t know.”

She covered her eyes with her tiny hands and said, “They’re doing this. One-two-three.”

I said, “Oh, they’re playing hide and seek.”

Emphatically, she replied with an emphasis on anunciation, “NO! They’re playing hide in SINK!”

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You may wonder what a homemade birthday card has to do with the Georgia/Florida game. My daughter gave me a homemade birthday card with stick figures playing football on it. A large scoreboard in the background said: Georgia 1,000,000 Florida 0. She is such a great daughter. O that every dad who is a Georgia Bulldog fan would have a daughter like her.

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