Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Giving Thanks...

Josh and Sammy arrived from Knoxville today around 2:30 a.m. It's Thanksgiving Eve, and Sandy and I are thrilled to have family with us. As soon as the sun rose high enough, so I could see, I went out and did some work with the chainsaw (no injuries). Clearing away brush and creating sight lines around The Shire gives me more joy than I can express. Later in the morning, Josh and I took a walk in the woods and picked out a spot for the possible harvest of a deer. Now, all of us are in full "chill mode" drowsily watching the Hobbit trilogy.

We are grateful for the life with which we've been Providentially blessed. To us, our home is the mythical Shire of J. R. R. Tolkien's robust imagination. Surrounded by pastures and mature forests, a bass pond to the east, and a canopy of a billion stars perforating the night's black sky, never a day passes without our giving thanks. Sharing the serenity and beauty of this place with family and friends brings us great joy. A couple times each year our children are able to gather here with us. Their friends filter in and out, and we are blessed with an atmosphere of celebration. Lord willing, this Christmas, we will all be together once again.

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