Monday, November 23, 2015


As you can see we have new pictures at the top this week.  I didn't know that I was in the candy business.  I'm not really.  A friend gave Marilyn a box of candy for her Birthday - a box of Elmer Chocolates.  When Marilyn saw that name, she said she had to put them on here - once she stopped laughing.  Well I have gone from a street sign to chocolate candy.  \

John and Sarah, Anna and myself wish to thank you all for the anniversary wishes.  Michael and I also thank you for our Birthday wishes.  It is so kind of all of you.  The are really appreciated.

We also wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.  It hardly seems that 2015 is almost ending.  Where has this year gone?  That is why, we have to stop and thank the Lord for all He has done for us this year.

I know what Thanksgiving Day is like.  We have relatives that we haven't seen in a while.  Our whole family will be there plus some friends.  Of course, we can smell that dinner being cooked in the kitchen which makes us so hungry.  We also want to catch up on what our friends and relatives we haven't seen are up to.

But, we also have to stop.  We have to take time for the Lord.  It is His day.  Really every day is His day.  During the past year, we have had so many good times and some good things.  We have also had some not so good times and things.  All were for a reason.  We might not understand the reason,  being here on earth, but the Lord has a reason for everything good or bad.

He has been so good to us.  This year, we had a great year in crops.  We have a new Grandson which, by the way, is now allowed to come to church and family gatherings if he has his sleep time.  All of our family, except Anna's Mother, have been well this year except for colds, which we all came through well.  Anna's Mother, we are so happy, to still have with us as well as my parents.  There aren't two many children in their 50's that have both parents with them and Anna and I have have both of ours.  We were able to buy a new buggy this year - something we have wanted for a long time.  Also, we were able to give this year/  More than we have been able to in the past couple of years.

Our whole family did well this year.  John and Sarah were upset because of Baby John's hospital bill.  Between what they had saved, and how well our crops were this year we could cover the bill.  John paid what he could of the bill, the family put together what we could and paid the hospital without having to ask the church for money.  If we had not been able to pay the bill, the church would have paid the rest.  In fact, Bishop Eli planned on taking money to pay what John and Sarah couldn't of the bill.  But, a family discussion decided we had  enough to pay the bill and we did.  I got to the hospital and paid the bill before Bishop Eli did.  This is not bragging, but just telling how well the Lord has been to us.

We should thank the Lord.  Just stop and take a few minutes to thank the Lord. I know I said it before, at our house when everyone is seated for dinner on Thanksgiving - after prayer - I ask we go around the table and each person tell what we are thankful for this year.  Just one item.  Sometimes it is something like perhaps Baby John being born perfect, or one of our Grandchildren pleased that her marks have  improved in school to someone getting something they needed - on until we are done.  It doesn't matter if it is big or small as long as means something to the person that says it.

Anna and I also take time alone to thank the Lord.  We try to take time every day, but like everyone else we aren't perfect.  It seems we have time to ask the Lord, but sometimes don't have time to thank Him, which we feel is wrong.  But, we are not perfect.

Also we remember that the Lord forgives us, if we ask Him.  It is hard sometimes to understand that.  But the Lord created us, sent His Son  to teach us and be among us and His Son died on the cross for our sins.  So if He did that, He will forgive our sins, if we ask.  It is hard for us to understand, but that is the way it is.

So, please take time to thank the Lord.  Maybe the day before, on Thanksgiving Day and, if you forget, the next day.   In fact, try to say a thank Him every day.

I didn't mean to go on so.  This year has been a good year for us, but we have had years that were not so good.  Years, I wondered if we would make it from one end to another.  So, Anna and I, also know the hard times.

Didn't mean to go on so.  I asked Bishop Eli to give us a post for Thanksgiving and he said delegate, delegate, delegate and he delegated this to me.

Trust God's Wisdom,


Tom said...

This is a very special time of year!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
It sure is. !


Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Marilyn. Elmer is right, some years are good, some are bad. All you can do is make the best and keep your eyes upward.

Have a good day!

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Angela,
I agree with you and Elmer.

Have a good day, too,

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Folks,
We have snow this morning !!! It is just covering the grass and the cars. Our maintenance man put salt all over so I put salt on my little porch. Don't want to go out and land on my fanny.

The other thought is that it is suppose to be in the 60's by the end of the week. I'll take both, but I prefer the 60's.


littlemancat said...

Thank you, Elmer, for these thoughtful words. We are all so good at asking but need reminders to give thanks and show gratitude too.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!
PS - love the Elmer chocolates

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Mary,
I will see that Elmer gets your message. We do need a reminder to give thanks. Really love the Elmer chocolates, too. I couldn't believe whose name was at the top when I unwrapped them. They are delicious, too.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too.


Vickie said...

An excellent post Elmer! Happy Thanksgiving!
We got snow over the weekend Marilyn. About 4 inches. May be gone by week's end.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,
Will see that Elmer gets your message.
The snow is really coming down here this morning. The grass is covered and it's getting deeper. I hate driving in the snow and I have to today. Ours should be gone by the weekend, too.

Happy Thanksgiving.
Hugs to Mabel, Henry and Murphy,
Marilyn and Pierre

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Folks,
It's getting to look kind of pretty out with all that snow. I think it stopped doming down, for a few minutes, anyway. Will take pictures.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Elmer for your words today. Yes, we need to be thankful to the Lord daily no matter what the day may bring to us in this life. His promises are true, especially the fact He's told us that He will never leave nor forsake us. Many blessings to you and all your precious family, Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Carol,
I will see that Elmer gets your message. We must accept each day as the Lord gives us. He will never leave us.

Blessings to you and yours,

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Folks,
Thought you might enjoy seeing our morning snow. Winter is coming.


Lily said...

What a nice down to earth post on being thankful. I truly enjoyed reading this post. I try to be thankful every day, but sometimes I need little reminders.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Lily,
I will see that Elmer gets your message. I think we are need reminders from time to time.


dynnamae n said...

Your photo of a snow scene is very pretty, Marilyn. So glad you had a good birthday. I never heard of Elmer chocolates but maybe it is a regional company. The description on the box sounded real good. Loved Elmers' post for Thanksgiving. Agree with everything he said and am thankful for his wisdom and kindness to share with us. Thanksgiving needs to be a daily state of our minds and hearts. Thank you for your blog and all you do for our pleasure, Marilyn.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi dynnamae n,
Glad you liked the snow scene. It is in my back yard. I never heard of Elmer chocolates, either. They taste good though. Will see that Elmer gets your message. You are welcome - I enjoy doing the blog.


Anonymous said...

Once again, thank you, Elmer!
A very blessed Thanksgiving to everyone,
I am very thankful to Marilyn for doing all the work this blog requires.
I have learned SO much from everyone's posts on here.

kymber said...

Elmer - we should all trust The Lord's wisdom as He always knows...everything.

but we should also trust Bishop Eli's wisdom as he knew when to delegate.

Marilyn - i know that you will make sure that Elmer and Bishop Eli get this message.

your friend,

Heritage Hall said...

Words of wisdom and tenderness from Elmer about their lives and traditions. I felt as though I had nestled into a rocker and was
"visiting" this wonderful Family, sipping tea and inhaling autumn scents. Just at the right moment, the snow fell and blanketed the
earth and completed the Thanksgiving gathering. Prompted I was to bow
my head and thank the Lord for your presence and the many blessings He
bestows on us all, even when disguised as trial. You counted those
most important gifts, the ones that really count...thank you for your
awareness and lessons. A most blessed Thanksgiving to all...

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Folks,
I will see that Elmer gets your messages. Know that he appreciates them.

Happy Thanksgiving,