As this season of Thanksgiving is here, the old song, “Count Your Blessings,” in the church hymnal comes to mind. “Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your blessings, see what God hath done; Count your blessings, name them one by one; Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.” And, there are many things in this old world to pray about, too….the fourth stanza of that song says, ” So amid the conflict, whether great or small, Do not be discouraged, God is over all; Count your many blessings, angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.” We just keep trusting the Lord to see us through and He will. I do hope all of you have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with your families. One of the selfish blessings I am thankful for on this Sunday evening is electricity! Ours went out at 7:45 and didn’t come back on until almost midnight; so I am literally burning the midnight oil to get this column in! I was half-way through when it went out. My brother Tim, who is in Belgium, messaged me this past week wanting a recipe for dressing. His daughter Kacey wanted to have dressing like Mommy’s (Blanche’s) for their Thanksgiving. They really don’t observe Thanksgiving over there, but them and some of their American friends are going to get together and have a Thanksgiving meal to still observe it. I hope the dressing turns out! Some people have stuffing, but here in the South we have cornbread dressing! Little Maggie Grace Strange of Godfrey had her tonsils taken out this week, but I trust she is recuperating well. Remember that the Bethany-Springfield Fire Dept. is selling delicious oranges and grapefruit. Orders need to be in by the end of November. Call Ben Bruce at 706-342-4012 for prices and to place your order. We want to wish Johnny Jordan congratulations on his retirement with the Morgan County Roads and Bridges Dept. He put in a good 32 1/2 years with them. Joan Gilbert celebrated a birthday this past week and they had family in and out during the week. They all enjoyed dinner at the Patrick Cook’s on Friday night and Don and Blake Gilbert of Baxley came up on Saturday. Happy Birthday, Joan! They are expecting all the children and grandchildren for Thanksgiving Day. Bobby and Emily Brewer had all of their boys, Gary, Ken, and Jim, along with their families for their Thanksgiving on this past Sunday. Joan and Raymond Gilbert along with Ray Gilbert and Callie were also guests. Gloria and William Crew’s house was also the meeting place for the annual Crew, Bone, and Herndon Thanksgiving gathering. Ben and Joanie Bruce along with Katy attended a lovely baby shower for their daughter, Kristy and Kenneth Davis on Saturday hosted by Kenneth’s family. The baby is due in about three and a half months. Janice and Chuck Philippi hosted their families Thanksgiving on this past Sunday. Jonathan, Jenna, and Cooper Philippi, Jason, Rebekah, and Grayson Kilpatrick, Dan and Sally Porter, Steve and Sarah Nell Craig, Blanche and Jake Wilson along with Irene Paul all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. Lee and Gail Eaton along with with their grandson, Johnathan Voyles spent Saturday in Dahlonega visiting Hannah Eaton for the day. Hannah won’t get to come to Thanksgiving on Thursday due to having to work at her job at Amicalola State Park. Trey Eaton is home from ABAC College for the Thanksgiving holidays and is looking forward to some deer hunting. Johnathan Voyles is planning on visiting his grandparents, the Voyles, in Monticello, this week while he is on break from school.