Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thursday Thankfulness--Memorial Day edition

This week I'm going to focus my thankfulness on that great cloud of witnesses that have gone before me. (The numbers are a running tally, that's why they don't start at one :))

11 &12. My great grandparents (H) who were missionaries in China. They remind me that my life is not about me, but about serving others.

13&14. My great grandparents (S) that I actually met. I remember shelling peas at their kitchen table with lots of cousins, my great grandpa's strong hands, and my great grandma's cookies and aprons.

15&16. My great grandparents (S). I knew them the best because I knew them the longest. I remember sitting in the big rocking chairs with them, and the jelly-filled butter mints they kept in the candy dish.

17. Grandma S took me on many fun adventures, including road trips to visit my aunt and bingo games. She made great fried egg sandwiches and grilled cheese.

18. Grandpa S liked to tease, and had a very dry sense of humor. He served in the military, I believe during World War II.

19. Grandpa H took my brother and I on hikes, shared his stamp collection, and shared his faith. Being with him during his hospice time was a great testimony to his deep faith.

20. Rich Mullins. His music is inspiring and very real to me. Heaven gained a great musician and great Christian when he died.

And living thanks:

21: Grandma H. Her faith and servanthood is just amazing to me.


Lyndy said...

Wow you have an amazing heritage. Thanks for sharing.

Have a terrific Thursday.

Blessings, Lyndy

Lynn Donovan said...

I really like your idea of taking Thankful Thursday and making it a honor to the saints. Neat!

Be blessed, Lynn

Alycia said...

This is a wonderful post and a unique twist to Thankful Thursday. Grandparents are so special and I remembered some things from my own memories as I read your list. Thank you!


Denise said...

I really enjoyed this thankful post, bless you.

Hopeful Spirit said...

It is so important to remember and acknowledge those who went before us! Excellent post.

Terri said...

Wow, that is amazing that your grandparents were missionaries in China!

Love your post!


Full Contact, Savior-centric Livin said...

Wow, you have a great legacy in your grandparents--what great memories!

Mary said...

You have missionaries to China in your heritage. That's awesome. They have paved the way for a lot of our friends. I remember those jelly filled mints too. And spending time on the porch with root beer floats. We need to take the time to do that more often. Seem to be always in a hurry. Blessings on your day.

eph2810 said...

That is so beautiful to honor those who were living testimonies to you and your family.
I have to agree, Rich Mullins, was a wonderful musician and his songs are still a big part of my life.

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

Be blessed today and always.

Heart of Wisdom said...

Wow, what a neat heritage.
I'm trying not to covet but I really wish I could be you listening to your grandparents stories about China.

My Grandmother is the reason we know Jesus. My blog is dedicated to her, she was promoted to heaven this year. You can see a scrapbook at
This week I got some scary news from my doctor and one of the things I was immediately comforted with was --I'll get to see Grandma! (not that its that bad…just where my thoughts went.)


marlise said...

Thanks for sharing your list. You truly have an amazing heritage. It was a real blessing for me to read that.

Deena said...

You need to print out a copy of that and send it to the ones who are still living...what a moving tribute!!

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