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Pastor Patricia’s Pauses

Well, we have had 2 snowstorms so far this Fall, but gratefully, the weather seems to warm up in between. I love Fall. The weather is cooler, and it is time to break out great comfy soup recipes and sweaters!

One thing I’m not so fond of, however, is how our society seems to rush from Halloween right to Christmas. I saw Christmas decorations available to purchase in stores in August! This fast paced society, in my opinion, tends to rob us of time to be grateful. Thanksgiving is our national holiday to be grateful, but couldn’t we be grateful for the entire month of November? God has been so good to us in our lives. What are you grateful for? I challenge each of us to write down three things that we are grateful for every day in November. Choosing gratefulness can help keep us in proper perspective otherwise the doom and gloom of society threatens to swallow us up.

For me, I’m grateful that Morgan, one of our twins, found a job in Laramie. I’m grateful that both twins are learning how to “adult” and live on their own. As a mom, however, it is challenging to let go – especially if I think they are about to fall on their face. But life seems to be the best teacher when it comes to growing up. I know that when I was their age, I thought I knew everything! Looking back, I didn’t know anything.

Patrick and I have been grateful for the Parsonage. We have slowly moved our stuff from the storage unit in Casper to the Parsonage. It is a good thing there is a finished basement that has turned into a huge storage room! I continue to get rid of stuff as Patrick continues to hoard stuff. We are grateful that the Parsonage is insulated very well, and utility bills are low.

Following folks on Facebook, I see that many of you are grateful for your grandchildren. There is something so innocent in the face of a baby that makes all our troubles seem to go away. They are the epitome of hope for the future. Others are grateful to get to go south for the winter!

This month, let us all remain grateful and not rush into the Christmas season quite yet!



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