Thursday, December 31, 2020

Seven Days of Thanksgiving

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At Thanksgiving time, President Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked us to flood social media with seven days of Thanksgiving. I originally posted these on FB but I want to preserve them here on my blog. So I wanted to end this year of turmoil with gratitude and joy.

Gratitude Day 1 - I am so grateful that Jim saw me across the dance floor and asked me to dance. In May it will be 35 years later and we are still dancing together.

Gratitude Day 2 - Our son, Todd! I can't even begin to describe the love I have for this amazing man. The Lord knew I needed this child even when I didn't. And I am so thankful for his beautiful, so very patient wife, Michaela.  

    I am also grateful for my three step-sons, Steve, David and Jimmy. They have also given us three wonderful daughters-in-law, Jen, Kelly and Jenetta. Our loves are full.

Gratitude Day 3 - My Dad served our country in WWII, He felt it was an honor and a privilege to do so. He never said much about the War but he said a lot about how great our country is. I am also grateful to live here in the good ole USA. My Dad taught me to honor our flag and the people who serve it. I truly am blessed.

Gratitude Day 4 - Butchie, Tommy Tutterbee, Ginger, Scooter, Skittlez, and Rocky Joe. My life was made so much better with the unconditional love from our pets. They have taught me patience, determination, joy and sadness. Thank you Heavenly Father for giving us these special creatures.

Gratitude Day 5 - Our beautiful world. I am grateful that for the last 12 years, Jim and I have had the opportunity to explore some of God's glorious handiwork. From the top of Pikes Peak to Death Valley and from the fall leaves in New England to the Southwest desert sunsets that I love, seeing as much as we could in between. WOW!! 

    I have been awed and amazed over and over again as we've traveled this land. And it all started with a conversation at the IRS office where I worked. Thank you Tina for the ride of a lifetime. 

Gratitude Day 6 - Friends - what would we do or be without them. A lot of friends fade away with distance and years, especially in the days before social media. But there are those who thankfully never go away.  I'm going to list a few folks who have made an impact on my life but there are so many more. I love you all.

Dianna - we went to grade school together and are still good friends to this day. She was responsible for getting me back to Montana when I had had enough of California.

Steven Bourne - its been 52 years since I sat behind you at business college and wanted to run my fingers through your gorgeous long hair. Well it was considered long at that time even though it just touched your collar. We've been through a lot together and I value your friendship.

Vaughn Jenkins - I can't even begin to describe our 40 some years of friendship. You put up with me through tacos and birds and rejoiced with me when I found Jim. Thank you.

Linda Lowenstern - we became friends when I moved to DC in the early 80s. You were with me when Jim asked me to dance and then bought our breakfast. How right you were when you told me that first time "We will be seeing a lot more of him."

Eileen Maloney - you took pity on me when I showed up late for my first day of work at the IRS in Washington DC. (I had gotten lost trying to find the building.) We definitely have had great adventures together.

Nancy and Earl - never in a million years did I think I would become best friends with the sister of the guy I was dating. But these are two enduring friendships that I appreciate.

Tom and Patsy - met Patsy at Hunter's Lodge when we used to go two-stepping. She met Tom and we became a foursome. Patsy just lost the love of her life to Covid and our hearts break for her.

Janet - one of the smartest people I've ever known as well as one of the most fun. You made working at the IRS so much more bearable. Still use the quilt you made me.

 Special Friends even if it hasn't been decades.

Ginny - not sure how I could have survived without you these last few years. You are always right there when I fall apart. You don't ask what you can do - you just do it. No Matter what time of the day or night, you are always ready to take care of the pups so that I don't have to worry about them. You understand me and still love me.

 Paula - sure glad Rod introduced us. You are always ready for an adventure and don't mind me tagging along. I want this virus to end so we can go again.

Carol M. - our hubbies, Jim and Bill, were such good friends. Liked all the same things - same truck, same trailer, fishing, fixing things and falling in love with Sidney Girls. It was so fun to get to know you and realize how many people we both knew. We still miss Bill and our meet ups to go fishing.

Marv and Donna - Marv left us this year and I'm sure he and Rocky Joe are reminiscing about all the times they went fishing together with Jim.

Bob and Jo - we didn't get to spend a lot of time together but I always felt such a connection with you guys. And you introduced us to Sal's. Thanks for that.

George and Melva -making Santa Fe RV Park a fun place to live.  

Escapee Friends

I need to give a special shout out to our Escapee friends. I had no idea when we started full timing as RVers that we would meet such fantastic people who would become life long friends. You never knew where or when you would meet up with them along your journeys.

Paul - Escapade in Gillette, WY 2008. You parked next to us and 12 years later you are still a huge part of our life.

Tina and Woody - sure glad you had an IRS question. I cannot imagine how empty our life would be if you hadn't told me that you lived in a fifth wheel. I still need to apologize to Woody for making him sit in the truck for so long.

Jeri and Terry - Mexico Beach in Florida. You had the lake outside your motorhome but you and Terry showed us how you just go with the flow. Such great times at Quartzsite and all along our way.

Toni and Doug - you opened your arms for hugs and welcomed us to Q. You and Dough showed us how to make our rig into  home. And I really miss all those great meals we had at your place.

Linda and Dave - it was really nice to meet another introvert who still enjoyed the gatherings we had. I loved hearing about Dave's love of trains.

Jan and Bill - Good Sam rally in Casa Grande. Thank goodness you guys would talk to use because nobody else would. Then an invitation to dinner in New Mexico and our friendship was sealed. We met up all across this country.

Marsha and Paul

Jerry and Janice

Freddy and Delcie

Ed and Linda

Karla and Eric

John and Diane

Jeff and Tina


IYQ - we will never forget you

Nan and John 

Carol and Doug

Tom and Dianne

Sue and Paul


Ray and Cindy

And so many more. Many have hung up their keys and we don't get to see them as often but you are in our hearts.  People who come and go from our lives and leave such a deep impact. Thank  you all for making this life a fantastic adventure.

Gratitude Day 7 - I offer my thanks and love to my Heavenly Father for my life and everything and everybody in it. Our Father in Heaven loves us beyond measure and waits for us to join with Him and our family in eternity. I am grateful for our latter day prophet, President, Nelson, who leads us and guides through the power of the Priesthood. 

May the New Year of 2021 bring us all healing and love.



  1. I am honored to be on your list. You are on mine as well. I miss you.

  2. Well done Sandie - Happy New Year

  3. AMEN!!
    A wonderful tribute for all you mentioned. I need to do the same own 7 days of Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  4. That was wonderful. So good to hear of blessings and gratitude.

  5. HAPPY NEW YEAR SANDIE AND JIM!! May this new year bring you great health and happiness

  6. Well said Sandie! Happy New Year to all of you!

  7. Here is to more adventure this coming year. Just got notice I need to renew my library membership. Gotta have access to those free passes.

  8. Nice to look back to all who helped shape the life you have today. Very well said.
    Wishing you both a Safe, Healthy and Happy New Year.

    It's about time.

  9. I still remember that invitation to dinner. We pulled into the campground and locked the keys in the truck. That was the start of Jim coming to the rescue all the time. Life would not be the same without you two. Love you both!

  10. I did read this on Facebook girlfriend. It is beautiful. I think your church did a wonderful thing by asking everyone to reflect on what they are grateful for. I try each day in my nightly prayers to tell the Lord but I am grateful for that day and thank him for all the blessings he gives us.
    I hope in this new year the Lord blesses you with many more things to be grateful for. He is an awesome God.

  11. That was truly heartwarming, we all should pause and reflect on all those who have made our lives so rich!

  12. It was really lovely reading this blog. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe.

  13. Thank you for the shout out! We feel really close to you guys and hope to get back to Arizona for the winter sometime soon.


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