Yesterday was Thanksgiving Day. But let me share with you an experience that I had a couple of weeks ago. It was our usual hectic busy week, the grand kids had been over all week long. So we were on full time grandparent duty. We drove the kids back and forth to school. We supervised homework and prepared dinner. We Insisted on baths and all the rest. When the Kids left our house on Saturday evening, I was especially tired. I went to bed and slept in a deep sound sleep. The kind of sleep that you can’t get when you have to listen out a busy two year old who will walk the floors, even in a dark house.

Sunday morning arrived. I was laying there enjoying the quiet. My husband came into the room and popped on the light. I raised my are to shield my eyes. “Thank God I can cover my eyes from the light. Thank God that the light bothers me.” I thought, as I continued to lay there. By now I had lain in just a bit too long, so I got up to hurry to the bathroom. No pain in my feet. My knees did not hurt. I can get to the bathroom all on my own. So I Thanked God, that I was able to walk. I did my bathroom routine and exited from the warm shower. “Thank God for warm water, some people don’t have that” I thought as I continued on my way.

I headed to the bedroom, sans bathrobe, the house was nice and warm. Thank you Lord for the heat.” I said out loud. I got dressed and changed my mind about the outfit. I changed blazers to make a brighter ensemble. “Thank God.” I thought, “I have a closet full of clothes.”

As it often happens with Michigan weather, my lightweight jacket was insufficient. So I reached into the back of the closet and pulled out my long wool coat. Another “Thank God “was whispered. Because I had a coat for the colder weather. My husband and I headed out for Church and locked the doors behind us. Again, a wave of gratitude come over me,”Thank God that we have a secure home.”

We got into one of our three cars; none of them are new but there are three just the same. What a blessing to have three cars. Just at that moment, I thought how grateful I was to have a Man of God as my husband. We drove to the local coffee shop and ordered coffee and bagels. Again, I thought what a blessing to be able to spend the Five dollars for coffee and bagels.

It sounds like a lot Thank You Lords and Oh how Blessed I am’s, but, on that particular day, for no reason at all, I found myself in a state of Profound Gratitude.Thanksgiving is nice, but Gratitude is much more fulfilling.

Always be grateful.

Pamela Moultrie

The Village Mother


Are you living life or letting life happen?


Sometimes we get so hung up in just surviving, that we forget how to live life. We don’t make any plans for the future. We don’t dream big, we don’t dream at all We don’t hope. We just get up in the morning, have our coffee and let life happen.

This is no way to live. The old saying goes, Plan like you will live forever and Live like you might die tomorrow.

So tell me, what plans do you currently have for 2014, I’m not talking resolutions and life improvement stuff. Real Plans, one thing that you intend to do no matter what.

Do you have a bucket list? A wish list? Do you have a list of any kind?

When was the last time you played outside with the kids, the neighbors kids, the nieces and nephews. Jump Rope, Hoola Hoop, Frozen tag with funny poses. MR FOX!!

When was the last time that you went anywhere on a whim? Even at $3.50 a Gallon you can still take a 1 tank car trip.

Do you hate that you never took that art class, music class, camping trip?

Wat is taking so long for you to shoot for that dream job?

I once told a friend that we have 5 or 6 lives in our lifetime. You are a child until 15, you are a teenager til 20, they call you a young adult until 25 and then you are expected to get serious about the business of life. Get a real job, buy a house, settle down, have kids. UUGH!! where is the fun in that? Then you become an ADULT a Senior Citizen, after all of that you become grandparents.

If you don’t have a plan you will wake up to a stiff back, achy knees, and glasses that you can’t do without. So get a pencil make a list. Plan something and live life to the fullest.

Use the comment box to share your list with us, you might inspire someone else.