Well, my friends, I hope you have enjoyed the 2021 journey of being thankful for thirty days of blessings during this month of November.
I pray that each one of you will have the best Christmas season ever and will include inviting Jesus to the celebration. Because, after all,
HE IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!
Blessings and Merry Christmas!
Gary & Cookie White, founder
The Sounding Board Ministry
I love our church and the way we celebrate Christmas. On Christmas Eve we have a service that honors the birth of our Lord. Everyone receives a candle, which now is battery operated for safety reasons, and as the service concludes all the candles are on as we raise them to sing to our Lord in one voice! What a beautiful way to honor the birth of God's Son, Jesus Christ!
Now it's time to break out those Christmas p.j.s and all those Christmas movie favorites! Let's begin to look forward to our times together and not necessary how many presents we need to purchase or receive. Gift giving started a long time ago and I personally think it centered around those Three Wise Men who visited the Christ child. They gave without asking for a gift in return. As I age, I just love being with family...that's all the reward and gift I need!
After spending a few days with our daughter and her family, along with our son and Gary's mom, this is truly what Thanksgiving is all about...being thankful for family times and memories! We missed you, Lila!
Okay, I'm a real "foodie" when it comes to diners! There is just something about a diner that hubby and I enjoy. Maybe it's sitting close to the grill or knowing the cooks and servers, but there is simply nothing better than experiencing a diner especially for breakfast!
Kelly O's was featured on Drive In Dives and Diners and it's found in downtown Pittsburgh close to the Strip District. If you are ever in our area, take in this diner...you'll love it!
I think that just about says it all!
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends and may you and your family be blessed!
77 years young today, happy birthday to my big brother, Duane.
Knowing Jesus, believing on Him and having served our country in Viet Nam.
I'm proud of you, bro!
In December of 2019, right before COVID started to pop, we decided to visit NYC at Christmas. I'd never been there at Christmas and it was a Bucket List item, so we asked friends of ours if they would like to accompany us. The four of us set off and flew to NYC and had a blast for three days before Christmas. We saw all the sights, ate a bunch of food, got hit with a sudden snow blast, saw a sweet friend and went to see the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.
God was surely watching over us because we never caught the COVID bug and we had such a wonderful visit to the Big Apple. I am thankful for Scott and Pam Johnson, for their friendship, their eagerness to travel with us and for generally being great buds!
You won't hear me say this often, but it's just the beginning of the season for cold and SNOW! Yes, those first few flakes of snow just fill me with awe. The soft, quiet snow that falls while you are tucked safely and warmly in your home, cottage, lodge or wherever you might find yourself. Yes, after a few months it gets a bit old, but to watch kids make snowballs, try to catch snowflakes on their tongues and yell as they sleigh ride down a slope, now that's fun for a Gramma watching from a big window with a cup of hot chocolate in hand!
SNOW...what a wonder of God!
Today I am thankful for this lady....my sister-friend, Cathy. Cathy and I have been friends since we were 13 years old, but have developed a friendship that is always there when the other calls. As most of you know I've had two experiences with breast cancer. Each time Cathy showed up. The first time she grabbed a ride with my parents and the second time she drove up and stayed for over a week.
After my dad died and Mama started residence in nursing homes, Cathy offered her home to hubby and me. In fact, there was a bedroom and bath for us and it was lovingly called, "Gary & Cookie's bedroom"....who does that? A sister-friend, that's who.
We've been there through special occasions for our kids (who are like cousins), graduations, marriages, death of loved ones, grandbabies, houses destroyed and everything in-between. God blesses us with friendships we dreamed of having, but how precious they continue to be as we mature and move closer to "home."