With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve been talking at Riverwood about an attitude of Thanksgiving. During one of our community meetings, we were each stating things that we’re all thankful for.
When we were done, Gary Lee came up to me and said, “What’s your thankful Wanda?” I smiled and said, “Do you mean what am I thankful for?” He said, “ That’s what me said Wanda. What’s your thankful?” I laughed and said “Riverwood is one of my thankfuls!”
I am also thankful for each and every one of you.
Our year here at Riverwood has been one of the most difficult we have experienced in my 29 years. We have had huge losses, but we’ve also had huge victories. Throughout our rollercoaster year, you all have prayed with us and for us. I am not sure that my shoulders and knees would have held up much longer had it not been for your prayers. That is another one of my thankfuls!
During the next several weeks, the hustle and bustle of holidays will soon begin to consume us. We will be busy with cooking, decorating, shopping, travel plans and can quickly become overwhelmed with it all. Even to the point that we forget the purpose of it all.
During those times, I want you to ask yourself this question: “What’s your thankful?”
I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:3-6
In August of 1989, Rhonna was hired by the as a part-time resident manager and has worked her way up to the position of Director of Residential Services of the Riverwood Campus. Before coming to Riverwood, Rhonna attended Johnson University where she became involved in the Disability Ministry program. The residents of Riverwood refer to her as “Momma Rhonna” or “the other mother.”