Today is Bud’s birthday and I am thankful for so many things about him: Like, his gourmet cooking and winemaking, his ability to fix anything, for keeping our finances in order, his faithfulness, his musical ability, his spirituality, how he humors me–and I could go on. I asked Ruah and Leah what they appreciated about him. Ruah said she is thankful that he teaches her things every time she visits. Last summer he taught her how to operate the backhoe and she thought that was a lot of fun—and useful. Leah is really grateful for all the good food he makes, especially boiled dinners. She appreciates that he allows her to work in the shop with him and use his tools. So we are very grateful today as we celebrate his birthday.