Wednesday, May 28

Thankful Thursday

Brandon and Jordan dropped by after school today and Brandon read all of the birthday messages again. He asked me to thank everyone for all of their birthday greetings.

The boys helped me plant some tomato plants. They are Beefsteak tomatoes, the kind that Grandma used to plant. They are very small plants and I hope that Brandon's green thumb will get them started. We're looking forward to some tasty tomatoes come August.

The boys planted sunflowers and they had fun doing that. They always like to sneak one in where it will be a surprise. I know they did it again this year because they were laughing and giggling after I had come into the house. I wonder where that sunflower will turn up? One year they planted two of them right in the center of the flower bed. I was able to work around them and leave them. The cardinals and blue jays like to feast on the seeds in the fall.

Thanks to each of you who sent Brandon birthday wishes. His self esteem raised about 20 notches to know that others cared that he was turning 13. You made his day.

I'd like to thank all of my readers and visitors for praying for my Aunt May. Today there was more sad news. The cancer is now in her liver. She has to go for more chemo on Friday and they will be doing a PET scan to see if it has invaded other organs. Thus far they know it is in her bones, her spine, her head and now her liver. Again I ask for prayer that God's will be done.

Thank everyone for prayers, kind words and thoughts and for the love and support you have given me. I have made so many wonderful friends since I came here last September. I appreciate each and every one of you. I have so much to be thankful for.

Today is Thankful Thursday. It is a day when we list the things we are thankful for. If you would like to participate, be sure to stop by Sting My Heart and pay Iris a visit. You can find all the information there.

1. I'm thankful that Brandon had a great birthday. Turning 13 is a milestone in his life. He is also thankful that everyone left him birthday greetings. He was overwhelmed.

2. I give thanks for the many years that I've had my Aunt May. She helped me in so many ways when I was a single mother.

3. I'm thankful that there are signs that the tenant is getting ready to move. I will be so glad when we can get that apartment cleaned up and rented out.

4. I'm thankful for all the love and support that is given to me by my friends here on blogger. I value each one of you, for friends are treasures more precious than gold. You lift me up and make me smile. Your caring touches my heart.

5. I am thankful that I am a child of God and that my heavenly Father watches over each of us.

I try to always look for a silver lining in every cloud. Be sure to count your blessings and keep a positive outlook on life. ~Blessings, Mary~


  1. Great TT post and Happy birthday to the 13 year old.

  2. i know God heard your prayers and He'll answer. may you be blessed more today and in the days to come.

  3. I know that news wasn't exactly the kind you were hoping for but, as you said -and you know I agree -"God's Will Be Done."
    Keeping you and your aunt in thoughts and prayers.

  4. I love you my dear friend, prayers continue for your sweet aunt.

  5. I'm sorry about your Aunt Mae...the Lord is in control. He'll do exactly what is right for your family.

    God bless you.


  6. Brandon really favors his Grandma Mary. :o)

    I'm sorry the news about your Aunt May is sad. I'm praying that God's will be done, and that He'll comfort her and give her ease, no matter what may come for her.

    I'm thankful for YOU and all my dear blogging buddies, Mary. You're one of the reasons I enjoy blogging so much.

    Love and hugs,


  7. Mary, this is one of THE BEST "Thankful Thursdays" I've ever come across. It all comes from the heart, your words. Truly!

    May your aunt soon feel the warmth and golden arms above comforting her in eternity. It looks bleak; the outcome. But there is a bright side to this. In fact having her as long as you have had her, and knowing that she'll be at peace and no longer suffering. Let us all pray this'll not linger long, and she'll be in the house of the Lord soon. [I hate to see the elders suffer so!!!]

    And Brandon? What a swell guy. To know this little story about the sunflowers is a hoot! You MUST take a picture of it when it pops up out of the soil to keep us updated on it. How fun to know they can do this with their grandmother---You are tops when it comes to those two boys!! Gotta love it!

    As for the renter? Well, you know what I think of him! Be gone, sucka!!!

  8. Great TT post!
    May He bless your day!

  9. Hey lady, it's been a while since I have been by, mom broke her leg and I have been busy helping her out! Tell Brandon I said Happy late Birthday!! Wooohoooo a big 13~enjoy it, you get old quick LOL!~
    I said a lil prayer for you aunt. If you need anything, please let me know!

  10. Oh what a heartfelt list.

    I think this may be my first time to your beautiful blog! So nice to meet you.

    So sorry to read about your Aunt May. I'll keep that in prayer.

    Blessings to you♥

  11. I am so glad that Brandon enjoyed all the replies and I agree with hootin anni you must take a picture of the pop up sunflower. I would have loved to hear those giggles. I am gonna have to go get some fertilizer as my garden is not what Pa Christian or Mother would be proud of. Oh no I am loosing me green thumb. Send Brandon quick.
    I am Thankful to know someone as kind as you. I keep thinking of Aunt Carolyn whenever you mention Aunt May. My wish for her is that she is not uncomfortable or in very much pain. Peace

  12. Hi Mary As I was out riding through the woods last evening on my horse I was praying for your Aunt May that she would be given strength and that the pain would be taken away. Sometimes when I am out like that by myself the Lord will lay something on my heart to pray about and last night was your aunt. Will continue to pray that she will be lifted up and you too as you go through this journey with her.
    Great that your grandsons like to plant things in your garden! That is a hoot that they put something where you're not expecting it to be! I love that!
    I'm so glad Brandon enjoyed all of his birthday greetings!
    Take care and know that we are praying. xox

  13. Mary,

    I love this photo of Brandon - he has one of those smiles that lights up a room! I'm glad he enjoyed his birthday and the birthday wishes! :-)

    I'm sorry that your Aunt May has had more bad news. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

    Take care, my friend.
    Love & hugs,

  14. Hi Mary,
    So glad Brandon enjoyed his birthday and the greetings.
    I'm sorry to hear there's more bad news about your Aunt.
    Still praying..

  15. Wonderful thankful list. Happy birthday to your boy, and prayers for a clean apt. to rent soon!

  16. Blessings, Mary. Would you believe it is 5:00 and I am still reading TT posts. I've done it whenever I've had a break today.
    Praise for all the years you've had your Aunt. I pray that her pain will be eased and her last days here comfortable. Praise also that the "tenant" is leaving. I pray the next one will be a blessing to you.
    Mama Bear

  17. I'm sorry about the news on your aunt. I'll keep praying.
    You are good at looking for the silver lining and staying positive. It's a great gift!

  18. I'm thankful for your friendship:-) Dear Mary, thank you so much for the wonderful phone call today, I so enjoy our chats and I can't believe how time flies when we're on the phone! I just made it in time to meet June at Timmies! lol

    My prayers are with your Aunt May...I explained to you on the phone why I truly understand how you feel about what she's going through.

    It made me smile when I read about the boys always planting a sunflower or two where you least expect it! hehe We have them growing all over in the veggie garden usually, thanks to Chippy always burying some in there. lol

    As for the tenant problems...fingers crossed that you will be well rid of him in the next couple of days!!! xoxo

  19. What a wonderful Thankful list!! I am praying your tenant leaves Soon!!!
    I am so glad I found your blog last year and that you are my friend!! Love and hugs Grams

  20. Happy Birthday to Brandon and many more birthdays to come for him...God bless...

    Mine is here

  21. I am so glad that your son had a fabulous 13th birthday :)...And I am sure you had a great time celebrating with him.
    So sweet that your aunt stood by you when you were a single mom...

    Thank you so much for sharing your grateful heart with us.

    Be blessed today and always...