Nov 24

I’m Full of It, Are You?

I absolutely LOVE this time of year.

First of all, it’s STILL football season.  Here in the south, the weather is mild, not too hot, not too cold. The leaves are a wonderful display of God’s mighty artistry and His attention to detail and beauty. There’s a happy feeling in the air, the holidays are here.

For some reason when the holidays are on the horizon everything seems a little lighter. Maybe it’s because Christmas songs are already on the radio. Maybe it’s because we focus on giving instead of getting. Maybe it’s because it’s the one time of year when most folks decide to be thankful and spread cheer. Whatever it is, I love it.  In fact, I’m full of it!

This year, there is someone missing from my Thanksgiving table. That is my mother. :(    I’ll never forget last Thanksgiving. Mom called and told me she wasn’t feeling well and wouldn’t be able to be here. Our family was crushed. We knew she was sick and feared it would be our last Thanksgiving with her. We were right. To our surprise, about halfway through dinner, the front door opened and there she was! Even though she wasn’t feeling well, she made it. She even played Pictionary with us after dinner. Then we took pictures. I’ll never forget it (have I said that already?). She is sorely missed this year. It’s going to be very hard to get through the day without the tears.

Despite the void, there is still much to be thankful for. Today, I want you to know how thankful I am for you. I’m serious about that. Many of you have shared your hearts, suggestions, encouragement, support, love and friendship with me. I don’t take that lightly. Thank you if you have ever taken the time to read my blog or anything else you may have stumbled on by me.  I appreciate you.

Happy Thanksgiving and God Bless You.



  1. I’m thankful for having met you through the Proverbs 31 Ministry as well. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.
    I pray that you have a good Thanksgiving and that all the memories that you shared with your Mother live in your mind and heart forever.
    May God bless you, keep you and may He shine His face upon you always.
    Maritza ❤

  2. Melissa
    Hugs and love to you. We are sharing our “first” Thanksgiving without our Momma’s, together with others too. I am so thankful for your prayers and our connection during all these “first”, Blessings and prayers for comfort and peace for you.
    In His Name

  3. Hi Melissa~
    Thinking of you!
    I remember the first Thanksgiving we celebrated after my dad’s passing. Our son, Caleb was in Brazil and our daughter, Ashli was in North Carolina. It was so, so hard. My mom had us go around the table that year, each one saying what he or she was thankful for and I couldn’t help but cry. It was rough.

    This year, Scotty and I are all alone. My mom, Scotty, and I will be going to a restaurant for lunch. Our youngest left for the navy a week ago and all the others are in New York City celebrating together. It will be quite different.

    I do have good news though. I am going to be a grandma next summer. I have known for a week but couldn’t tell because my son wants to surprise his siblings at their feast today. That was plumb torture! So here I am telling you. My first grandchild is supposed to arrive next summer. That good news sure does help to take the edge off of the other emotions I am experiencing today.

    I will pray for you and yours as you celebrate …

    Much love,

  4. Hi! Melissa~ Thank you so much for your sweetness. I am thankful for you. you have touched my life in a special way. i always look forward to reading what you have to say for the day. Your mom was a very special mom and now she is in a special place. Remember when you feel sad turn to JESUS. BLESSINGS AND LOTS OF HUGS!!!!

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you…I have missed you…Kim and I talked about you last week when I did her house..