On this Thankful Thursday Carol and I are thankful for the presence of Bob and Jane Russell in our lives. They are wonderful friends that we met at Chautauqua years ago. Bob started as a farmer, became a truck driver, a mechanic, and bought a trucking company. He has over 60 vintage farm tractors that he restored. Jane is a graduate of Lycoming College, a former kindergarten teacher and former executive director of the YWCA. She is a very active member of Yokefellows, a prison ministry organization. They are Methodists. He started out as a Presbyterian and she as a Baptist. We took a wonderful Panama Cruise together a few years ago and their daughter Joanne helped to make the cruise even more fun. We have met most of their family. We have shared triumphs and tragedies together. On June 16, we had the great fortune to share in the celebration of their 66th wedding anniversary. What a thrill! Bob has turned over a lot of his farming operations to his wonderful Amish neighbors. He still keeps his two horses Joe and Jane. They take great pride in their children, grandchildren and great grand children. At Chautauqua Bob and I eat breakfast with friends at the diner just outside the gates. We then pay our morning visit to the  farmer’s market. We take Carol and Jane breakfast. Carol and I realize how blessed we are to have Bob and Jane Russell in our lives.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the importance of someone special to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a lifter. You will be glad you did.