I sometimes struggle with the holidays – in my middle age, I seem to have gotten a little jaded in my thinking – the nice relaxing holidays of my youth do not seem to exist anymore. It is one big hurry here and hurry there. The ads are screaming at us with buy, buy, buy – get, get, get, me, me, me. And now it all seems to start in the beginning of October. Gives me a stomach ache just thinking about it.

Well this year I am praying that my family and I can slow down and enjoy this wonderful time of year. That we can reflect on all we have to be thankful for in our lives and to help those who are not as blessed as us and need some holiday cheer.

What I am thankful for:

To start I have a God in whom I trust. I am thankful that through His Son, Jesus Christ I can have a relationship with Him and I will be with Him in eternity. His hand is upon me and my family and He is just awesome! I cannot image life without Him. I am thankful that I can rest in HIM.

My hope and prayer is that for those who do not know the saving grace of Christ in this season of Hope that they will turn their hearts towards Him and start on a journey like no other.Sally-Girls-web

I am thankful for my wife, Sally.

Talk about a woman. We have been married 21 years. (Mostly great) Without Sally at my side I am not sure where I would be. She is my inspiration, my encouragement, my lover, my friend, my business partner, she is the wind in my sail, she is the love in my heart and I could go on and on. I think you get the picture – she is my gift from God.

I am thankful for my three daughters, Hannah, Abbey and Grace.

I love being a girls’ daddy. I see all the boys out there and I am thankful I do not have one. My girls are, well AWESOME! I am amazed at how different they are and I treasure those differences in each of them. God has blessed each of them with unique gifts and talents, and it is so exciting to see each day how those are growing in each of them as they discover the plans and purpose God has for them.

I am thankful for my parents.

They are the best parents hands down on the planet. Without them I would not be who I am today. They set the example and showed the way for me to have a relationship with Christ. My dad showed me what it was to be a real man, how to honor and love my wife, how to raise my children. My mom showed me how to love and serve others, how to put others first – how to treat your neighbor.

I am thankful for my sisters and their families.

I have great sisters. They both have fantastic hearts and love their families. All of the children just love being together, and (at least ours) are always asking when the next time we can get together is. It is a joy to watch them grow up together.

I am thankful for Sally’s family.

Her parents of course gave me Sally. But they also are wonderful grandparents to our children. Her sister Susan is a great aunt and our kids just love her so much. She is also a great sister to Sally and is a wonderful support for her.

I am thankful for our country.

We still live a free land where we can pursue our dreams. America is still the greatest. We are going through a rough spot but I believe that we will remember our roots and return to the principles our founding fathers passed to us through the constitution. God Bless America.

Of course I am thankful for so many more things: great employees, (Tamara Rivers and Nathan Schaad); great customers (too many to list); great partners around the world; a group of terrific people that are praying for the success of RevBuilders and helping me stay the course (my Board of Accountability).

There are just too many small things I could start counting as blessings – God is so good to me and my family. If you do not know the saving grace of Jesus Christ and would like to understand the peace that only it can bring feel free to call me. I would love to talk to you about it.

I am just so thankful that I can be thankful. What are you thankful for? Let me know! I would love to hear.