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A Thanksgiving Story of gratitude

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

LIFE WITHOUT GOD

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuitís smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing and never made a face nor uttered a word. When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I'll never forget what he said: "Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Your Momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired and besides - a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!" As I've grown older, I've thought about that many times.

Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each otherís faults - and choosing to celebrate each otherís differences - is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship. And that's my prayer for you today ... that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He's the only one Who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn't a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship! "Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own."

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine. Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
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I am always grateful for family, friends and my faith. I can make it through life's ups and downs with gratitude for these three things.

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all.
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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/8/2013 10:53PM

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful loving story.

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HOLATERESA 1/17/2013 12:04PM

    What amazing insite! Thank you for sharing this story. "So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine. Be kinder than necessary, because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle. " made me tear up a little bit, and it is a perfect philosophy! Thank you!

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NASFKAB 1/6/2013 5:53AM

  what a great gentleman thanks for sharing it must be less critical of others even if its only in my mind

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/22/2012 5:02PM

    What a beautiful and wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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MIKEJANDZ 12/21/2012 11:49AM

  What a great life lesson! One that everybody needs to be reminded of, every now and then.

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SUECHRIS50 12/20/2012 4:58PM

    One day I chose to open my mouth about "Beans Again?I was told to leave the table and couldnt have dinner at all!Later I was given an apple and it was the best one I ever ate!I dont need to tell you,I never said another word about what was for dinner!I was 8 years old and mom taught me a valuable lesson. emoticon

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PUNKYSMOMMY 12/18/2012 12:12PM

    Thank you for this.

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FIRECOM 12/17/2012 12:24PM

    Reading this was a real positive experience for me. You have great incite and obviously had a very smart dad. Wonderful story. You are awesome.

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EVWINGS 12/17/2012 11:31AM

    This is so lovely! What a writer you are! And what a wonderful memory for you to cherish. A beautiful lesson learned at a young age that you have retained throughout life. I'm so proud to call you friend!!

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MCHILSTR 12/17/2012 10:45AM

  What a beautiful story!

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SHARON10002 12/6/2012 5:53PM

    Sorry I missed this when you wrote it. It was when I was sick with the "crud".
Loved this story! What a valuable lesson of love and compassion for a father to pass on to his children. You are truly blessed.

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TRI_BABE 12/5/2012 9:37PM

    What a great post. Thanks for sharing this!

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LEANJEAN6 12/2/2012 10:12AM

    I can appreciate this blog----I used to burn everything-too many kids and trying to do everything at once---My daughter went to school, and told her teacher that her Mom's favourite colour was black---Being afraid that her teacher might think I was weird, I asked my daughter , why she thought my favourite colour was black--and she said, ""Because you always eat all the burnt stuff!""--LOL----I always remembered that---Lynda- emoticon

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634MEG 12/2/2012 10:10AM

    very nice!

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HZGLORY 11/28/2012 6:53PM

    These words ring so true Barb. I too can focus on the negative in a situation but where does that get me and what do I bring to the situation if I do. This is a great way of thinking and I need to do it more often. Somehow it is okay to do that with God for me but with close family not so easy. Thanks for making me think. Susan

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/27/2012 9:44PM

    aww :) That's sweet!


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ROUNDTOWNMOM 11/25/2012 7:10AM

    Needed this today..................

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ALLYALLYT 11/24/2012 11:11PM

    WOW! Great story and appropriate for this time of year. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 11/24/2012 4:29PM

  Thank you for that story! What a wonderful father you had - and what an amazing lesson to carry with you through life. I hope someday to really have such an attitude all the time, not just sometimes.

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RONNIEHUEY 11/24/2012 11:47AM

    beautiful story emoticon emoticon

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DJSHIP46 11/24/2012 7:54AM

    Great story & inspiration :)

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ROCKINMOM776 11/23/2012 9:16PM

    You made me sniffle!! This is so sweet, and again, probably just for me (lol). Those three things pretty much encompass all the blessings we have in life, yes? Thank you for sharing these little snippets of your life with us. They are so encouraging and appreciated.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

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LINDAKAY228 11/23/2012 12:27PM

    Such a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it. We can brighten so many other people's lives if we eat a burnt biscuit now and then and appreciate the work they put into it.

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NILLAPEPSI 11/23/2012 12:17PM

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Amazing blog!!! emoticon

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K1TT3N 11/23/2012 10:48AM

    Thanks for sharing this

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JOANNHUNT 11/23/2012 9:44AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon HAPPY THANKSGIVING. Thank you for that beautiful story. It brought a tear to my eyes remembering growing up. Things were tough but we had family that cared. emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 11/23/2012 8:31AM

    What a beautiful story of love. thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.
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KICKINGKILOS 11/23/2012 7:36AM

    Hey there.
If everyone starts to think on these lines, the world will be a better place!
Nice thoughts & I will try to like the burnt biscuits from now on.
Great thoughts!
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JULIA_211 11/23/2012 6:53AM

    What a beautiful story! It gave me goose bumps. Thank you for sharing it! emoticon

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/22/2012 11:27PM

    Happy Thanksgiving emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/22/2012 9:20PM

    Thank you everybody for your comments!!! I appreciate it very much.

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SKYVALLEYGAL 11/22/2012 9:11PM

    How fortunate you were to have such wonderful loving parents who taught you such valuabe life lessons. Thanks for sharing.

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NEWMOM20121 11/22/2012 8:15PM

    Great story, thank you so much for sharing. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 11/22/2012 7:39PM

    Such a beautiful story, and THANK YOU for sharing.

HUGS
Pam

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PCASEY7 11/22/2012 6:25PM

    Great blog and a great father you had to teach you life's lessons!

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DLDMIL 11/22/2012 5:26PM

    A sign of true love, thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and prayers to our Military.

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HOLLYM48 11/22/2012 4:45PM

    What a great blog. Very wise words. Your parents sound like they
Truly found the key to happiness in one another.
Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family!



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HOLLYM48 11/22/2012 4:44PM

    What a great blog. Very wise words. Your parents sound like they
Truly found the key to happiness in one another.
Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family!



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SAMI199 11/22/2012 4:35PM

    Your blog brought tears to my eyes-what a wonderful way to live. We all need to eat more biscuits-burned please.

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HICKOK-HALEY 11/22/2012 4:28PM

    What a wonderful father to have. Thank you so much for your blog. Loved it!!!
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JAMER123 11/22/2012 4:15PM

    As many times as i have read this story, it's beauty comes through stronger. I may not have a hubby that voices his opinion but he shows it in the actions he does for me and others. That is the most wonderful thing he can do for me. So pass me the biscuits, please!!
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CLAIREINPARIS 11/22/2012 3:58PM

    What a beautiful story! Thank you very much for sharing it with us. As I write this, I hope you are having a very special Thanksgiving, even though John is far away.
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DALID414 11/22/2012 3:32PM

    Happy Thanksgiving.
Your blog brought a tear to my eyes. emoticon

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