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I am Thankful for

I am Thankful for Dear Friends, Family and Fans! Well, it's that time again...  crazy crowds in Market Basket when I try to get all those special ingredients for the secret family recipes for stuffing and pie and that bean casserole... "Hey! Could you leave at least a little room to get by with my cart, PLEASE?!!" - And then there's the time with the extended family at the dinner table. OK. We better not bring up the election or you know who is gonna blow their top and Ms. Somebody may break down in tears. And, well, better not talk too much about church, 'cause then they'll say I was preaching... and then there's the health problems and the dietary issues and the drama because he hates what she did a dacade ago and never apologized for... WHY DO WE BOTHER???? Because God. What? Because God called us to be thankful. To give thanks in all circumstances. With prayer and thanksgiving to present our requests before God. (Phillippians 2:4-8) Actually, it's not really too hard for me to be thankful, because I am incredibly blessed- and I'll bet you are, too if you take a minute to think about it. So here is a list of some of the things and people I am thankful for this year. I challenge you to make your own list!
  1. My family in general Mom,Chris,Gary Julie &kids
  2. My husband RalphDate night with Ralph
  3. My son CalebCaleb in Red
  4. My daughter HannahHannah and Mama
  5. My mother PollyPolly and Little Dog
  6. My Step father CharliePolly Charlie and twins 2009?
  7. My Dad Paul
    Paul and Diane

    Paul and Diane picking blueberries

  8. My step mother Diane
  9. My brother ChrisChris & Susan
  10. His wife Susan
  11. My nephew MatthewPaul, Matthew, Mark, Caleb & Hannah
  12. My nephew Mark
  13. My brother GaryGary & Lisa 1
  14. His wife Lisa
  15. My mother in law Giselagisela-smile
  16. My sister in law Ingrid
  17. Her husband Keith
  18. My sister in law RenateRenate-and-hannah
  19. My first cousins: Alan & SoledadAlan, Soledad, Ralph and I
  20. Ken
  21. Laura & Dave
  22. Phil & Linda
  23. Tina
  24. Jenny & GregGreg, Jenny & Soleil and twins
  25. Priscilla & Dave
  26. Wendy & RobertPartridge Cousins
  27. Doug & Lisa
  28. Laura & Les
  29. Aunt JudyPolly and Judy young
  30. Uncle DaveJudy and David
  31. Aunt Jane
  32. Aunt Betty
  33. All my cousins' kids (which could have made this list much longer!)
  34. And all the incredible times I've had with my family immediate and extended over the years!
  35. My work in general!
  36. Music
  37. That I get to teach music for most of my living!One of my Student recitals
  38. That I get to perform and play shows of all kinds!Faith in Action with Bobby McFerrinStudent Christmas Showimg_1916CD release concert for Grace With Jazz on Top"Standing on the Rock!" San Antonio Summit 2012"Fell on My knees..." from "Get in the Water" Hartford, CT
  39. That I get to record CD's with my husband and my brothers!!Let My Light Shine CD Cover
    Grace CD Cover

    Grace CD Cover

    The Force CD Cover

    The Force CD Cover

    Chris Gibbons Gary Gibbons  
  40. That I get to express myself by writing songs!
  41. That I get to praise God in church with my voice and guitar! I love our praise team, too!Praise team on stage
  42. That my kids love to sing with me!Caleb and Julie Jammin at Farmer's Market!
  43. That I get to be a mentor to my students!Sarah and Julie
  44. That My students are improving and encouraged!
  45. That I can move hearts with my music and bring hope and comfort!
    Happy & Clappy!

    Happy and Clappy

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  46. That my husband is a musician, too!Ralphy Keys!
  47. That he has engineering skills!
  48. That he works at Berklee so I can take classes there for free!
  49. That I graduated from Berklee with awards
  50. That I get to SCAT sing!
  51. That I have a great little a cappella group that has many gigs this Christmas!

    The Harmony Jewels

  52. That I get to encourage the elderly at numerous nursing homes The Crossing
  53. That my kids are in a good school system
  54. That My daughter is a talented artist!Hannah's Guitar Painting
  55. That my son got the lead in Lion King at School!Caleb Purple Hat
  56. That My daughter is so compassionate and cheers other's up often!Brittany and Hannah!
  57. That my daughter has a terrific big sister in the church , Brittany!
  58. That my son wants to know Jesus better and study the Bible!
  59. That my son is a junior black belt in Kung fu and protect his sister!Kung Fu Kid!
  60. That both of my kids are bright lights wherever they go!
  61. That my husband is faithful always and loves me deeply!
  62. That we often have so much fun as a family!
  63. That I have great friends!Great friends at marriage retreatWith Rich and Jen in PortlandLori and Julie
  64. Erin from ChildrhoodErin
  65. Sharon and Margaret from Oberlin!Margaret Julie and SharonRebekah and Julie at Newsboys concert Rebekah and Julie at Newsboys concert
  66. Diana, Rebekah, Suzanne, Lori and soooooo many more from church!Suzanne and JulieDiana & Julie at Reach
  67. That Jean, Lauri T, Suzanne, Elena & Karen studied the Bible with me years ago!Gary and Karen
  68. That Bob Tranchell Baptized me on Jan 6th 1091!
  69. That Sal Difusco married Ralph and I at Hammond Castle August 19th, 1995!Wedding Jam!
  70. That Hannah and Caleb were born On April 1st 2004! mama-with-new-babes-in-h056 adorable-newborns
  71. That we own a house
  72. That we live in America where we still have more freedoms than anywhere else in the world!th-5
  73. That I have not experienced extreme poverty of hunger in my lifetime
  74. That my kids can get great healthcare in the Boston area (Including braces!)
  75. That I can get antibiotics when I need them!
  76. That I get to fund-raise and volunteer for the fantastic charity Hope Worldwidehope-haitt-mark-ottenweiller-village-of-hope
  77. That HOPEww is doing so much for the poor and needy around the world with disaster relief, boots on the ground giving medical care to those in dire situations and remote areas!
  78. That I have a fantastic church!
  79. Mike and Kristen Lamb who lead our local region of the church!Mike Lamb with Twin Halloween
  80. That We have an inspired teen ministry!
  81. Diana and Dakota Botello who lead our teen ministry!Diana and Dakota
  82. The Bible and the truth and comfort and guidance it gives me!
  83. Our international church and the souls it is saving!
  84. The big church conferences I get to go to and be inspired by like Reach last summer in St Louis!Crowd from the dtage at Reach!
  85. My Zumba classes at the gym
  86. My friends from the gym like Susanne, Angie, Mary and more
    Angie, Mary and Julie (Zumba Buddies) at Power Of Flowers Luncheon

    Angie, Mary and Julie (Zumba Buddies) at Power Of Flowers Luncheon

  87. My Pets: Mit Mit, Lizzy, Archy and Bun Bun
    Our Mit Mit "Queen of the Cats"

    Our Mit Mit "Queen of the Cats

  88. My Sleep Number bed!
  89. Getting a big cart full of food and bringing home the harvest
  90. Carrot cake (and lots of other favorite foods!)
  91. MountainsYosemiteMount Washington
  92. The ocean!Good Harbor Beach
  93. The seasons!
    Another Hannah painting

    Another Hannah painting

  94. The woods! maine-woods
  95. The wild animals!Elephant Laughing! Lion yawning
  96. The clouds/ sky/ sunsets!sunset-at-keys-pond gorgeous-sunset
  97. The wind!
  98. My health!
  99. Jesusthe-cross-jesus-2
  100. God
OK- you get the picture! That will have to do for now, 'cause I have to get back to my homework for my graduate class in Sibelius music notation software! (I am grateful for that class, too and how attentive my professor is and how understanding of me being behind in my work!) Oh- I am also grateful that when the hood of my car fell on my head when I was trying to jump-start my ride on lawn mower with my van (unsuccessfully!) that even though I was rushed to the hospital with a big gash in my head and needed stitches- that I didn't even get a concussion! It could have been so much worse!- And that it is healing well! Many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving and always! Love, Julie PS- I forgot FLOWERS! I am grateful for flowers! Red Lillies by Polly Joan And hot water bottles... and Chai Lattes... and I could go on! Happy Thanksgiving and a great beginning to the holiday season! Love Julie   Save

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