Okay, so…it’s Thanksgiving week, and I wanted to first let you all know that I am doing okay as we approach the holidays. I have had a few weepy days, but starting today I will have a house full of people and 2 dogs, so I know my week will be eventful and wonderful!
As we approach Thanksgiving, I wanted to carry on a tradition that Keith did every year. If you have ever been a member of one of his choirs, I know you are familiar with this. It is a tradition that he learned from Bob Burroughs many years ago. Every year on Thanksgiving, Keith picked out one or two people and sent them thank you notes for the impact that they had on his life. Last year, among the notes that he sent were two to Josh and Bethany. What treasures those notes are now!
So, I want to challenge you to sit down and write a thank you to a couple of people that have touched your life and left their fingerprints on you. You know, it’s those people that have taught you, affirmed you, or in some way made you who you are.
I want to remind you that last Thanksgiving, Keith didn’t know that it was his last. However, because he had written all of these notes over the years, he told people along the way what they meant to him. And, through this exercise, he received a lot of thank yous along the way from people whose life he had touched.
Anyway, today I am writing my notes to honor Keith. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, so I will tell you later in the week who I wrote to and why. One in particular is a note that I have wanted to write for many years.
As I close, please know that although this has been a terribly difficult year, I am thankful for :
- Thirty years with the most wonderful husband and father in the world. As I continue to hear stories about widows, young and old, I am reminded that Keith and I were able to raise our children and serve in ministry together for 30 years. My children had time with him, and bear the image of him in their lives. This is a gift.
- Two very loving, smart, hard-working children. Josh and Bethany are the best! Josh is amazing working with children, and they all love him. He has really found his niche, and I am so glad. His ministry contains so many of the things that were important to Keith in ministry, and I am so glad he learned from the best! Bethany is beautiful, inside and out, and is so smart! She is a senior at Auburn, and is working so hard to prepare for her future and to go to med school. She is a Teaching Assistant in the College of Math and Science. Okay…sorry for the gushing, but I am one proud momma!
- God’s provision and comfort during the darkest of days. I have now experienced what I anticipate will be the worst thing that could ever happen to me in the loss of Keith, and God is faithful, and His promises are true. I hope you realize that those are not just pretty “church” words to me. I have lived them.
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you will take a few moments out of your busy week to write your notes and tell those special folks in your life what they mean to you.
Gotta go write my notes!
Blessings, my friends!
I am so grateful for our friendship. It has been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see where God takes us next! From casual acquaintances in college to dearest of friends today. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our lives. Love on the kids for us! All 4 of them! Happy Thanksgiving!
Leigh Ann Holmes said:
Lee Ann, what a beautiful post. I remember well Keith’s challenge each year to write letters of gratitude to those who had made an impact in each of our lives. I began making this my habit as well. How wonderful for him to know he had verbalized his gratitude to so many. Great advice.