11.20.2012

I Am Thankful

I am thankful for this huge table that will seat 11 members of my family for a Thanksgiving meal together.

I am thankful for blog friends who share inspiring ideas, like how to make my little table bigger with a 4x8 piece of plywood!

I am grateful to be able to watch my babies grow up.  
Thank you God for every day of their health.

I am thankful for this imperfect home we live in, surrounded by tall trees and gardens that even in their autumn give me all this beauty for my table.
I am thankful for my mother who will spend Thanksgiving with us this year.  Many years her seat is empty because she takes care of the elderly and never wants anyone to be alone on Thanksgiving, so she gives up the day with her family to give companionship to someone who is housebound.

A million times over I am grateful to have a mother who is selfless, constantly seeks out the bright side of life, and teaches us all how to be tenderhearted and God-loving no matter the circumstances.

I am thankful for those we will spend our Thanksgiving day with, and for our family and friends far and wide, from Florida to Maine, New York, South Carolina, Ireland, New Hampshire, Lebanon, Colorado.
I am thankful to live near the ocean, mountains, lakes and beautiful open country, and for New England seasons (even if the winter is a smidge too long).
I am thankful for the husband who gets up each day at the crack of dawn and returns late in the eve, exhausted, from a job that he was blessed to find.  I am thankful for a million little things this man does, but at this moment I am super thankful that he cuts pieces of wood for the Thanksgiving table, and lets his wife do her weird thing with shells and pinecones and sticks, and tells her he likes it.

There will always be hardships in life.  Hardships bigger than how to seat 11 at a table built for 6.
Concerns greater than whether the host chair slipcovers will show up before Thanksgiving (they still haven't, in case you're wondering.)

Loved ones fighting cancer or drug addiction or depression.  Job loss and bills to pay.  Natural disasters  and grief and abandonment and ill health.  Heartache - it's part of life, and it comes and visits us all time and again.

But oh - life's blessings! Sometimes they are hidden under a pile of laundry, or in the muddy paw prints on the kitchen floor, or in the smile of an elderly gentleman at the grocery store…..but they're there if you look hard enough.  I'm looking, and they're all around me.

I'm sure to be a maniac tomorrow, cooking, cleaning, and maybe even sneaking in a cup of coffee with  one of my girlfriends, so today I wish you a happy Thanksgiving, and a moment to count your blessings.

YOU are one of my blessings!  I am so glad to know you - real life friends who stop by here, as well as kindred spirits I've never met who share my love of making a home.

Lets have a big party at my huge table one of these days, shall we?

Gobble gobble!

22 comments:

Ange said...

Love the beautiful photos and words but what I love most is the heart of the woman behind it all! You are a blessing Lisa, thank you for your friendship and blogging. You are an inspiration! Love and hugs to you on Thanksgiving!

Nantucket Daffodil said...

I am in love with it all...the settings, the sweet husband, the plywood "extension"...the amazing photography...I am thankful we have "met".

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

what a thoughtful and beautiful post! your table looks stunning, your mom sounds amazing!
and i, like your husband, like your shells, and sticks, and pinecones... i really really do.

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Save me a seat! What a beautifully written post, Lisa. Such great reminders. Your table is FAB-U-LOUS! I'm so stealing some of these ideas some day! So glad that you will be with your loved ones for a wonderful day. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dana Frieling said...

I'm thankful for the lessons you teach to those you've never "met." Gobble! Gobble!

My Crafty Home Life said...

The table looks stunning. Great idea and well executed. I could not have said it better, myself and agree with all of your thankfulness. By the way, I will be equally crazy tomorrow, so know that you are not alone.

pam {simple details} said...

Such a lovely post filled with the beautifully photographed and gorgeous tablescape I've been waiting for, but your heartfelt gratitude for ALL things is what I love most about you, dear friend! (You made that board look so good! And, you made me remember I didn't wash the dining room windows!) Happy Thanksgiving!!

Jenny said...

What a beautiful post in every single way! Your Thanksgiving table is stunning, and your words got me all teary and sentimental. I love the newspaper clipping too. So totally pinning that one and keeping it in clear view. Thank you! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Lisa! That was beautiful!

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

What a beautiful post Lisa and a precious reminder of all the gifts in this life. So eloquently said! I too am grateful for so much in this life. And most recently will add all the wonderful people I have met through blogging. It's opened up a whole new world of friendships. Thanks for a moving and timely post.

-Lane

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

PS--You have set a beautiful table to go along with it!

Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Your table looks beautiful! I love seeing everyone's pretty tables. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

SHERRY HART said...

Beautiful Post. It brought tears to my eyes.....Happy...Happy...Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Lisa...just love the entire entry. Thank you for putting it all into perspective again.

Happy Thanksgiving...

ntb

Adelina Priddis said...

A very inspiring post. Happy Thanksgiving Lisa! The table looks gorgeous!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Such a beautiful post! I hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!

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Sheila Tunney said...

Love this post and you Lisa!!!

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

Beautiful post, beautiful tablescape...I hope your Thanksgiving day was beautiful too.

Anonymous said...

ALL so beautifully put :) Happy Holidays,Lisa

~ Nicole

cestMoi Sandy said...

Hi Lisa,

Just catching up on some blogs...
Lovely photo's you captured...
And yes, hold a chair for me and have one cup of coffee too many together!

Grateful for you!

Hugs,

Sandy

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I just love love love this post! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!