I am grateful for a guy who puts my life in perspective:


Seriously. Read his blog post – it’s short and won’t take any time at all. I have absolutely NOTHING to complain about.

Meanwhile, in Syria…


I am grateful for the daily calendar that Michelle gave to me. Here is today’s entry. I read it twice and then typed it, and it hit home after the second reading. Try it:

To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars…to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and every day of Christ, and to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit in God’s out-of-doors – these are the little guideposts on the footpath to peace. – Henry van Dyke


I am grateful for a youtube video of Sam’s great nephews, with their ingenious idea to pull Max’s tooth. This is so delightful – I love that word – and watching it puts a smile on my face every time:

Max and Cooper Pull a Tooth


I am grateful for my sister-in-law Marlene. I forgot her birthday last weekend and I feel SO BAD.  She is a WONDERFUL sister, and we are so blessed that she is a part of the Ferguson family. She is loyal beyond explanation. She supported me during the darkest days of my life, and it didn’t matter that I was to blame for much of the darkness – she loved me anyway. She loves her boys fiercely. She showed my Mom her love by the tender care she gave during Mom’s last two weeks on earth. She makes us all laugh with her sarcasm and wit. And you can pick her out of a crowd with her infectious laughter. I am so sorry, Marlene, that your special day went unnoticed by me. I love you and I am so grateful you are in my life.

 And I am grateful for Valerie today. She is a Proverbs 31 woman and I hope to become more like her as I grow up.


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