Blessed Traditions


By:  Betty Predmore
Often times, we create memories and traditions without even thinking about it. Today was one of those such days. My daughter came over to “hang out” with me. Translation…she was ready to put out our Fall decorations. This is something she loves doing with me…decorating the house for a holiday. According to her, it is one of her “favorite things to do with her mama.” I gave her reign over the big farm table and she created a beautiful work of art. She followed that by decorating my side table. Lucky me…she allowed me to decorate the fireplace mantle. We talked and laughed and had a wonderful day.

She is always there to help me decorate. Every Fall and every Christmastime, we do it together. Oh, how thankful I am for these traditions. How grateful I am for the beautiful memories that will stay in her heart long after I am gone. How blessed it is to revisit these traditions year after year.

So tonight, I am thankful. I am thankful that God gave me this precious child. I am thankful for this day spent together. I am filled with gratitude for another season of thanks….and a daughter to share it with.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.


Our Beautiful Gift


By: Betty Predmore

My mind knows it but my heart cannot conceive it. My baby girl….the beautiful little angel that came to our home to be our daughter when she was 14 months old….is eight today. How did that happen? I turned around for just a second and time passed me by. She is becoming so self-sufficient….braiding her own hair, picking her own (very stylish) outfits, and pretty much managing every one in the house. She is a fiery little ball of energy, into everything and always full of excitement. The Lord really wanted to teach me something new when He gave me this precious girl and I have learned so much. I have learned about patience, about learning issues, and about attention deficiencies. I have also learned a great deal about devotion, courage, and indisputable love.

Psalm 22:30 says, “Our children will also serve him. Future generations will hear about the wonders of the Lord.” This little girl loves Jesus. She says He lives in her heart. My prayer is twofold….a prayer of thanksgiving for the blessed gift of this sweet girl who makes our family complete, and a prayer of hope that she continues to love her Jesus and grows to serve Him with her heart and her life.

Thank you Lord for blessing us with this little “hot mess” who keeps us on our toes, challenges us daily, and gives us more love than we deserve. We are truly blessed.