As storms ravaged the Midwest on Sunday, devastating our Central and Southern Illinois neighbors, our hearts and prayers go out to them as we drop to our knees and bow our heads in reverence and gratitude.  We are lucky…

Thanksgiving approaches and is an ideal time to count our blessings and express our thanks.  Last year, you may recall, we had made a Thankful Tree.  Branches were plucked from the yard and haphazardly arranged in a pitcher.  Paper leaves were scattered across the table, and each guest was asked to express their gratitude on a leaf and attach it to the tree.  Leaves were read aloud and thoughtful smiles and silent accord surrounded the table.  It was truly a moment to be cherished.  The tradition continues, and last year’s leaves will remain while new leaves are added, and we’ll continue until the tree is outfitted with a spectacular canopy of blessings.

Next week I would like to dedicate the blog to the hard-working, dedicated, and loyal staff at Sweeney’s.  The unsung and unassuming heroes will take center stage while we offer our heartfelt gratitude.

“There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude.  It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance.”

-Joseph Addison

Best wishes,

Kim Sweeney

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