Happy Thanksgiving 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Readers!

I hope you plan on feasting like crazy and can build wonderful memories with your family and friends!

I took these fall photos from downtown Huntsville this afternoon. The store is the old Harrison Brothers store that now is a unique boutique where you can buy stuff from local artisans.

Be Blessed,

Stephanie

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Do you recognize these leaves from the “Happy Thanksgiving!” text I wrote above?

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“No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.”

 

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Piper & Leaf at Harrison Brothers! Woohoo!

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Alabama vs. Auburn game on Saturday!!!!!!!!

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I want these chippy chairs!

 

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Downtown lofts.

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A Month of Thanksgiving

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Arrangement from Rabbit’s Nest Florist and Gifts.

There are 30 short days in the month of November, culminating in one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving.

Today I challenge you to write 10 things that you are thankful for in the comment block.

My goal is to write 30 things that I’m thankful for that often go overlooked. So here goes in no particular order!

  1. God’s grace.
  2. Chocolate.
  3. Indoor plumbing.
  4. That I can go to my kitchen, turn a knob, and clean tap water comes from a faucet. Water that I can drink without boiling it first.
  5. Hot water for bathing.
  6. Trees. (Our last house didn’t have mature trees.)
  7. Living in the Bible belt where faith is celebrated.
  8. Our health.
  9. Good medical care.
  10. A house to live in.
  11. Books.
  12. The beautiful blue sky…even though we’re in a drought and under 10″ of our normal rainfall.
  13. The Caribbean with its crystal waters and sugar-white sand.
  14. The farm where I grew up.
  15. Color.
  16. That God made food taste so good.
  17. Writing prompts that help us writers be creative.
  18. Music.
  19. The Internet. They were right, back in the 90’s…It did change our lives.
  20. My dishwasher so that I can sanitize my dishes and not have to hand wash them.
  21. My bed and cool sheets that feel so good when I’m tired at the end of the day.
  22. Babies, because they are so adorable and vulnerable.
  23. Children. They are so carefree and fun.
  24. Teens. Because they are fun, make me laugh, and have great ideas (usually).
  25. Adults. Because I am one, and I love people.
  26. Seniors. Because they are so sweet and have such great stories to tell.
  27. Silence. Because, even though I’m an extrovert, I love to recharge with just my family at home.
  28. Fridays.
  29. Holidays.
  30. Thanksgiving Day, which sometimes falls on my beloved Grandmother’s birthday, and I look forward to seeing her again one day.

 

Thanksgiving Day — Set Aside to Praise God

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One of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving Day.  I love to get together with my extended family, enjoy a big feast, play games and catch up on how everyone is doing, and to praise God for blessing us in so many ways.

It is my prayer that God will grant each of you lovely Readers a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

Psalm 95:1-5
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord;
let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before Him with thanksgiving
and extol Him with music and song.
3 For the Lord is the great God,
the great King above all gods.
4 In His hand are the depths of the earth,
and the mountain peaks belong to Him.
5 The sea is His, for He made it,
and His hands formed the dry land.

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Thanksgiving Proclamation

“Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789.

“By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me ‘to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:’

“Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation…

“Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.”

(Please see http://www.heritage.org/initiatives/first-principles/primary-sources/washingtons-thanksgiving-proclamation for complete text.)

Note: The pictures on today’s post came from several lovely eBay sellers. I am linking back to their items to thank them for sharing!

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Wood magnet from a “cardstock COPY of either a vintage trade card, postcard or a copy of an actual photo from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. Each image has been attached to a 1/4″ wood backing and then distressed and sealed with a no shine matte finish.” Seller: myfathershouse4.

Snoopy Brooch Pin
Seller: broochpinner

“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving DVD
Seller: naturalOne

Peanuts Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Snoopy figurine by Lenox; New in Box
Seller: nanu5

Charlie Brown and Snoopy Thanksgiving Figurine by Hallmark
Seller: katperson14

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P.S. Be sure to go see the new Charlie Brown movie in the theaters. It really is a good movie without the usual insipid potty jokes that are in many of the kid movies of today. It’s true-to-form, and I think Charles Schulz would be really proud. I laughed so hard at some of Snoopy’s antics, and I really liked the winding phone cords attached to the telephones and the real typewriter that Snoopy used.
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