Thanksgiving Week 2007

I’M THANKFUL…..

For so many blessings that I hardly know where to start.

I’m thankful for the skilled hands and brilliant minds of the doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and all their support personnel who helped guide me through some unexpected surgery last week. And for all the prayers that were whispered on my behalf.

I’m thankful for Jamey Johnson’s little 3-year old daughter, Kylee, who overheard her dad saying that I was sick. When Jamey and his girlfriend, Nancy, brought me some homemade chicken and dumplin’s Sunday afternoon, Kylee reached out to me in all her innocence and said, “Mr. Bill, I brought you a band-aid.”

I’m thankful for an incredible year in the country music business…topped off by two Song of the Year awards and a Dove award.

I’m thankful or each of my co-writers and the marvelous singers, musicians, and producers who brought our songs to life.

And I’m thankful for you, the best and most loyal fans anybody could possibly be lucky enough to have.

I’m thankful for XM satellite radio because it allows me to visit with my friends in country music each week and share those marvelous visits with you.

I’m thankful for the lives and legacies of those we’ve lost this year including Porter Wagoner and Hank Thompson, two of my early heroes in this business, who inspired me with their talents and honored me with their friendship. And I’m thankful Mel Tillis, Ralph Emery, and Vince Gill received their just due by being voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

I’m thankful for parents who took the time when I was a child to teach me about the word of God. I sleep better at night resting in His promise that someday I’ll see my loved ones again.

I’m thankful for three children and six (soon to be seven) grandchildren, each of whom leaves an indelible footprint on my heart every day. And I’m thankful that they will all be at my house this Thanksgiving Day.

I’m thankful every day for our servicemen and women who must spend Thanksgiving apart from their loved ones this year because they are somewhere helping preserve the freedoms the rest of us all too often take for granted.

I’m even thankful for the man in Louisiana who wrote my radio show saying he doesn’t like the way I laugh. If I’m going to be chastised for doing something someone doesn’t like, I’m glad it’s for laughing. My grandfather, who was a minister, told me early on that the Lord doesn’t want us walking around with long faces.

And I’m thankful for each of you, my fans and my friends, who stopped by my web site today. May your Thanksgiving holiday be blessed, and may you spend it with the ones you love.