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A Thanksgiving Story of gratitude

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012


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.

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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PHEBESS 11/22/2012 3:24PM

    Lovely story - thank you!

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JIBBIE49 11/22/2012 2:45PM

    emoticon What an honor to have your blog featured in the SPark Mail. emoticon

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My husband is a critical, belittling, rude and sarcastic person who never passes up an opportunity to get in a jab, but I always remember the saying "A critical person MUST criticize because that is what they do." He never said a word before we were married but the night after the wedding 44 yrs. ago, I found I had gotten what Dr. Phil calls "the bait and switch." I always tell people to read Harvel Hendrix PhD's "Getting the Love You Want." He says the number one rule in any relationship is "NEVER EVER CRITICIZE THE PERSON YOU LOVE" He says it only tears the other person down and never ever builds them up.

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ROCKYCPA 11/22/2012 2:41PM

    What a wonderful story - thanks for sharing!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/22/2012 1:18PM

  It's good to know that really happened and not just one of those internet stories.

Most people wouldn't be so kind about it, and this is a good way to consider our relationships.

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DIANNEMT 11/22/2012 12:49PM

    Thank you for this reminder. Happy Thanksgiving to all! Remember that your family is a part of you--love them or not--and loving is really the best!

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KBRADFORD88 11/22/2012 11:58AM

    I will never see a biscuit the same way. What a gracious thing to do. I want to be that kind of person and with Christ's help I believe I will be able to see the burnt biscuit for what it is. A chance to live with someone and something else in mind beside myself. How helpful that you ad a parent to teach you a lesson by living selflessness. This was caught not taught. Amen emoticon

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BONIFIANT 11/22/2012 11:50AM

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful and inspirational reminder of God's grace in all parts of our lives. What a tremendous heritage you have. Thank you for you comments at this time. Happy Thanksgiving today and every day.

"always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:19-21

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/22/2012 11:05AM

    Fantastic blog and a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing, and have a happy Thanksgiving!

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GARDENCHRIS 11/22/2012 10:49AM

    what a wonderful story! thank you for sharing!

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MOMMY445 11/22/2012 10:12AM

    what a wonderful story. thanks for sharing and have a wonderful thanksgiving!

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KIPPER15 11/22/2012 9:55AM

    Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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TONYVAND1 11/22/2012 9:19AM

  What a great story and how true. You can pass me the burnt biscuits as well. Give thanks today for your family. They need to know how much you love them.

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MIMIDOT 11/22/2012 8:37AM

    Awesome blog! What a touching story. So loving. Thanks for sharing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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JACKIE542 11/22/2012 8:22AM

    Beautiful story. Thank you for sharing. Really put me in a good place today. emoticon emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 11/22/2012 8:09AM

    A beautiful story for an important message. Thanks for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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BESSHAILE 11/22/2012 7:49AM

    What a wonderful father you had - Thank you for sharing that story.

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JANEMARIE77 11/22/2012 7:32AM

    Thank you

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NCSUE0514 11/22/2012 7:10AM

    That was a wise daddy.

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SUNNYLIFE72 11/22/2012 6:16AM

  Thanks so much for the wonderful story! And passing on the powerful lessons you learned. Your Dad sounds like an AMAZING person!
Happy Thanksgiving!! =)

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WENDYJM4 11/22/2012 6:00AM

    that was fantastic Barb. Thanks for the reminder. Happy Thanksgiving.

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REGILIEH 11/22/2012 5:53AM

    How beautiful! How wonderful! How appropriate for today and actually everyday! O don't like this I LOVE it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 11/22/2012 5:12AM

    Such a touching story and I will remember to keep the key to my happiness in my own have a great family,I also admire your dad. Thanks for sharing.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/21/2012 11:15PM

    Barb, What anAWESOME story!! Thank you so much for sharing it. The timing is so right!!! A very valuable lesson for all.
Have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving with your family and friends!!!
Continue blessings and hugs,


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BROWNCOFIDDLER 11/21/2012 10:17PM

    What a tear jerker of a story!!! How lucky you were to have such wonderful parents....and the apple didn't fall far from the tree sistah! Love this blog and it's so true. I love this - "Don't put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket - keep it in your own." I'm so glad I had the time to read this today. God bless you and may you & yours have the most wonderful Thanksgiving. God bless your son John and thank him for his service for me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MELIVA 11/21/2012 8:30PM

    Happy Thanksgiving....I'm so glad that you'll be spending it with family.
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NUMD97 11/21/2012 3:15PM

    Outstanding, Barb! Your timing is just exquisite. I need to pass this along, especially today.

Thanks for sharing this story with us, and, of course, happy Thanksgiving. May you share it with all your loved ones gathered around a beautifully set table tomorrow,


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MSLZZY 11/21/2012 2:41PM

    Perfect advice for those of us who live in an
imperfect world and just in time for Thanksgiving!

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ECOAGE 11/21/2012 1:43PM

    Barb, thank you! I needed this --- right now. Just what I need to put the world into proper perspective after getting a rather argumentative note from my cousin who is hosting Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy!
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LIVINGFREE19 11/21/2012 1:27PM

    That was such a beautiful story!
No wonder you are such a nice and special person! Your daddy taught you well. He sounds like such an awesome man to accept the buscuit with understanding, instead of complaining!

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GAMMY98 11/21/2012 1:13PM

    thanks a great lesson for us all. emoticon

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KIMPY225 11/21/2012 12:58PM

    Thank you for sharing.
I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!
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WORLDSERIES11 11/21/2012 12:47PM

    Such a beautiful story and an important lesson!! Thanks for sharing!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!
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ILOVEMALI 11/21/2012 12:23PM

    Thank you for this beautiful reminder of what is really important. Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend!

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BIGPAWSUP 11/21/2012 12:06PM

    :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with new memories.

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HOPESINGH 11/21/2012 12:03PM

    A very beautiful story. Happy thanksgiving!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/21/2012 11:39AM

    thanks for the reminder emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 11/21/2012 11:32AM

  Hi Barb........
Beautiful story with a beautiful message. emoticon And I wish you and yours a Blessed Thanksgiving. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/21/2012 11:06AM

    emoticon Barb. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. What a wonderful story and so true. I have to go to my sister's tomorrow and we don't get along. I will keep that story in my mind.

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ALICIA214 11/21/2012 11:04AM


We would not BE without our Heavenly Father something we tend to forget.
Thank you for reminding us. Have a lovely day with your family and friends..


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