Thursday, November 21, 2013

Taking Time to Give Thanks

With Thanksgiving a week from today  my thoughts are of preparing a meal to share with my family next Thursday.  In my heart I know that there are many who will not have a home to go to for Thanksgiving.  I know there are many who will have no food to share with their families for Thanksgiving. And I know that there are many suffering from debilitating disease and illness and will not be with their loved ones for Thanksgiving. I think it would be good for me to remember how very lucky I am and to give true heartfelt thanks for all of my blessings.

I am truly most thankful for my family.
I am thankful for our friends.

I am thankful that we are able to provide food on our table for our family, and that all of those that we love are also able to provide food for their families.

I am thankful for the good health that we are blessed with and I am thankful that our children, and our grandchildren are blessed with good health.  I pray for my sister in law who is recovering from a bad fall, and for my brother who is recovering from surgery.

I am thankful that we are able to provide shelter for and care for our pets. We pray for our cat that is ill and we are truly thankful that she is still here to celebrate her sixteenth Thanksgiving in our family.

We are thankful for our home. We pray for all who have suffered the loss of their homes,  whether it was from the wrath of nature or from a bank that couldn't or wouldn't  forestall foreclosure.

No matter how busy I am during the holiday season I will try to always remember to give thanks for all that we have.

I will make a point of making sure the bird feeders are kept full and that water is available for the birds to use when the weather brings freezing temperatures. 
I will be as generous as I can afford when I give to the Salvation Army throughout the holiday season.

I will make a point to shop for a gift for a little boy and a gift for a little girl that I can donate to Toys for Tots.

I will donate to the Red Cross because they can be there to feed and comfort those who have suffered overwhelming loss and I cannot.

Whenever the cashier at the grocery store asks me if I want to donate five dollars - I will say sure - why not.

I will do these things because I can. And for that I am truly thankful.

I am thankful.........

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Dinner plates - Kate Williams Global Design collection - Home Goods 2012
Salad bowls - Olfaire - Home Goods 2013
Chargers - Made in India - Marc's 2011
Flatware - Yamazaki/Patrick - Alexandra pattern - Ebay purchase
Goblets - Volunteers of America Thrift Store
Wine glasses - Home Goods 2012
Silver Napkins - Marc's
Red tablecloth and Red leaf placemats - VOA Thrift Store
Red daisy plants - Home Depot - this week 98 cents each
Pumpkin pots for daisies - are the bowls from my covered pumpkin soup bowls - Marshalls
Candles - Marc's - 3  for  99 cents

All other pilgrims, vases, birds, candle holders, and various other what-cha-ma-call-its
are thrift store finds.

Linking to:

Tablescape Thursday

We Call It Olde

Inspire me Tuesday

What's it Wednesday


  1. What beautiful Thanksgiving images. Your table is beautiful. Those chargers are gorgeous and I love the leaf-patterned plates. What a beautiful glass vase with leaves painted on it. I love that pilgrim couple - the man with a garden implement and the woman who looks like she's praying. A wonderful time of the year to remind ourselves of all of our blessings, and you've done a wonderful job of it in this post. laurie

  2. Your table and Thanksgiving images are beautiful-but what is even more beautiful i s your heart and spirit of giving. God bless you- you got it right!!!! xo Diana

  3. A very touching post - very thought provoking!

  4. Oh lovely lady, you put it so beautifully the meaning and the Word 'THANKSGIVING; ' specially when we are so blessed and can give a Little to others less privileged. Thank you so much for sharing, you are sweet and special.
    On a different note, your table for giving thanks is gorgeous, pretty chargers, flatware and beautiful dishes, I love them! I also love your figurines, an awesome bunch each one. Your dining room is stunning! Great photos, you are a talented photographer as well. Thank you for your sweet and kind visit, you made my day! Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Such a lovely post and what a beautiful table! This morning we picked our gifting family at church and there was a mother who wanted new flatware, which I thought must have been God speaking directly to me. We went to Bed Bath and Beyond and bought her beautiful stainless and it will make me happy to think of her serving her family on Christmas with her shiny new forks and spoons. Your post reminded me that we are very blessed in our lives.

  6. Oh, my! What a gorgeous table. Look at those beautiful chargers too. Your guests will be so honored you took the time to set such a lovely table. Thanks for popping in to see me and no, I don't mind if you use that song. Heck, I borrowed it! ;) Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. You have done it again with an absolutely stunning table, so warm and inviting. I hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving x

  8. You make some wonderful points in this beautiful article. I, too, and very blessed and thankful! I love your plates and goblets and pilgrims. Thanks so much for sharing this at the We Call It Olde Link-Up. - Dawn @ We Call It