Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Thanksgiving Blessings

This Thanksgiving holiday, I am so very thankful for the many blessings in my life. I am thankful for the last week that provided rare time together for me and my three daughters(yes, they have shirts alike on purpose..first time I can remember this happening), and their families. We worked, played, ate meals, did dishes, drank coffee, babysat, changed diapers, helped in the moving details and shared in conversations together. Last evening our middle daughter and her husband went home, thus ending our official Thanksgiving and Christmas celebrations. The memories I will treasure in my tired heart.

I am thankful for the few simple Christmas decorations I put up(perhaps prematurely) on my kitchen counter, and the beautiful, relaxing Christmas music that they are playing on our local radio station. I was having trouble feeling the Christmas spirit, and these two happenings help me. This little boxwood tree and the tiny lights I added to it, just add a real coziness to my kitchen. I am a rather "simple type" Christmas decorator, perhaps out of laziness...not wanting to take it all down and put it away after Christmas, but what I do put up, I thoroughly enjoy. And, I appreciate seeing each of your individual ways of decorating for Christmas. It inspires me.

On Monday evening we all had the privilege of sitting down together for our turkey dinner. The fancier dishes were replaced with simple ones, the high chairs, booster seats, plastic plates, sippy cups and plastic ware at the table added a new element to my dining room ambience. But, the candles were still lit, the Christmas music played softly in the background, the sounds of laughter, conversation and the sweet music created by five children, three and under, filled the air. Someday...they will be all grown-up, and then we can go back to the Thanksgiving tablescapes of the past. For now...I am so thankful for these precious little ones, and the many joys that Thanksgiving gives to me.
Speaking of joys and blessings...I want each of you to know that I do include you in on that category. I never would have imagined the fascinating and interesting blogs I would discover and the dear friends that I would meet, in this world of blogging. I find myself thinking of each of you as my friends, even though we have never personally met each other. I want to wish you and your families, an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Love the Decor! said...

What a wonderful blessing family time is!!
I think you are wonderfully blessed with great memories of your time together. THose grandbabies are just too cute!! I am the mom of twins(now 19 and yes I survived :) so I am naturally drawn to anyone with twins. Have a wonderful lweekend!

Sheryl said...

So glad that you had that time with everyone together! I'm sure it was wonderful. I do consider you to be a dear friend. One day I'll be able to hug you and thank you in person.

Love you!!

Happy@Home said...

Your week together as a family sounds absolutely wonderful. As a mother I know that nothing makes us happier than having all of our family together. I must say you have a very nice looking family. When I saw the photo of your kitchen counter it made me feel very peaceful. As I get older I think simple is more appealing.

Thank you for your kind thoughts on your blogging friends. I feel the same way and I know my life has been enriched by visiting your beautiful blog.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, dear Judy.

Kathleen said...

Oh may that tired heart be buoyed with a bunch of beautiful blessings for the days to come!

Something tells me your humble place settings were among your most elegant.

Beautiful girls (you too), and beautiful babes. God bless you, one and all!


Tracy said...

What a wonderful celebration of family time and what cherished memories. I smiled as I envisioned your family's special Thanksgiving doubt there was much joy and laughter.

I count you among my blessings this year. You bring grace, encouragement, creativity and inspiration to my life. = )


Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Gorgous girls, lovely times and blessings galore about you...what more could anyone want?

And I'm with you...thankful for all the interesting people I've met this year in blogland.

ajwatson722 said...

Mom- what a special post....and what a wonderful week at home! Thank you for working so hard to make it so special! You were a wonderful hostess, mom...and friend!:) love you! ash

lindsey said...

Lovely post and beautiful daughters! Glad you had a great time and made lots of precious memories.

Sara said... special to read your blog tonight.....glad you had a special week with the family...celebrating Thanksgiving &
Christmas. When your life is alittle more settled down...want to do coffee????

Anonymous said...

Oh how precious the little ones are. You are right I miss my little ones so much. Even the grands are getting too old to come play with me. All my playmates are in cyberspace now and I too feel like all of you are friends. Enjoy this time as long as you can.

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

What a blessing to have your entire family together to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas.

This Thanksgiving, I'm SO THANKFUL for you!!!

Happy Thanksgiving.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your family is beautiful. Judy. You do have a multitide of blessings ti be thankful for! It's so wonderful you were all able to spend an early holiday together.

Happy Thanksgiving, and many more blessings uin the year ahead.

Christine said...

You discribed the definition of family so well; worked, played, ate meals, did dished, drank coffee,changed diapers, helped with moving and shared in converstions.
Yes, is what family is all about and you have a great family!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Judy said...

How wonderful to have the whole family together for a week of celebrations. It's a good kind of tired when it's all over...I'm sure! A lovely family you have...all of them.

I'm with you...blogging has brought the most special people into my life...and for that I am thankful.

Lovella ♥ said...

Happy Thanksgiving Judy .. .
What wonderful pictures. I love the one with the two little grandgirlies and you .. very precious.

Melinda said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all.
Enjoy your day tomorrow.


southerninspiration said...

What gorgeous pics of your family! You are so pretty and so lucky to have those babies to love on!! :)


Everyday Sparkles said...

You look so cute and young. Are you sure those are your grand babies?

Much love to you . . . young girl.

SeaWorthy said...

I thought of you yesterday as I was enthralled with all my family and having a blast, I was figuring all of my awesome blogger gals were with their families having the best times...especially Judy with her girls, and those sweet sweet little babies!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Stop by.....You are a winner....


The Tiquehunters Wife said...

Beautiful picture of you and your grandtwins! Sounds like you have a lot going on. I understand-wonderful in so many ways that your heart is bursting with love and thanksgiving-yet a bit exhausting. I haven't been able to blog and post much due to family goings on myself-but want to say what a blessing it has been to witness your love for the Lord, family and home!
With love from the Cabin,
Claudia O.

Barbara said...

My taste buds are still all a-twitter with joy from the deliciousness of that meal you lovingly prepared for ALL of us friday night. Everything was perfect!!!
Thank you for all of your efforts. They were GREATLY appreciated!!


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