On this Thankful Thursday I am grateful for Martha and Don Gardner. They were two of the first people we met when we moved to Charleston and part of a very involved group of young professionals at FBC. They were members of the Sunday school class I led for many years. They would leave my class and go listen to Bob Boston at Circular Congregational Church. When LeAnn was born, the Sunday school class took Martha a pecan pie to the hospital. Don thought that she was the only daughter that was ever born. I think he probably still does. After Hugo Don cut up a huge tree in my backyard and helped haul it away. I worried that one false move with that chainsaw and his career as a dentist would be ended. Martha telephoned me at all different times of the day and night after Liz died to check on me. Her cheerful voice always lifted my sagging spirit. I could write about either of them individually, but they form a terrific couple and represent what family is all about. When I stop to count my blessings, Martha and Don Gardner come quickly to my mind.

            Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize those who are important to our lives. Who are you thankful for today? Let him or her know of your gratitude. You will be glad that you did. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a Lifter.