Counting Our Blessings...

As I write this, the aroma of our roasting turkey is making it's way up the stairs and into my office.


While I have so many things to be thankful for this holiday, my heart is heavy.  Our family will not be together for Thanksgiving.  We are spread out all over the place, much like balls on a pool table...Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas.

But I choose to focus on who IS at our table and I will focus on the meal that graces our table.  There are many who will not have anything to eat this holiday and that saddens me greatly.  If you know of someone who is in need, invite them over...welcome them to your table.

If you're reading this post and happen to be that someone in need, our door is open and we have extra room at our table for you and your family!  We will count our blessings together!

I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!  And a special thank you to the Food Network for allowing me to borrow a photo of one of their gorgeous roasted turkeys!
 

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  1. I love your heart! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Hubster! xoxo

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    1. Thank you so much AnnMarie! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Love and hugs!

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  2. You are so sweet! Food and holidays just don't mean much to me. I think perhaps because I didn't have all that growing up. When my girls were growing up, I went all out so they'd have those memories. But now that it's just me, with pets that can't have people food, I just want to rest and eat my pumpkin pie from Braums. Now I do love a slice of pumpkin pie! Happy Thanksgiving!
    Brenda

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    1. Thank you so much Brenda! I took them for granted growing, expecting everyone to always be in the same place together. I went all out for my kids and still love to do so. But you are right, when there is no one or just a couple, it is hard to get behind the full fledged meal. I’ve heard that Braum’s has some wonderful pie! I hope that you had a restful and relaxing Thanksgiving and that your pumpkin pie was delicious! Love and hugs to you!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving sweet friend. I wish we lived closer to share this meal together and hold hands and count our blessing together. Since we are not I will keep you in mind today as I think of all I am thankful for today and always. Your friendship shared is a blessing.
    Hugs
    Kris

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    1. Oh Kris, you are just so precious, thank you!! I wish that we lived closer also...to share not only in Thanksgiving but in mischief! ;-) I have found that family is whoever shares your table and your life...the good, the bad and the ugly! I feel as though you and I are kindred spirits...sharing this journey! Your friendship is also a blessing to me and I am ever so thankful for it! Love and hugs to you sweet friend!

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband. It's just me and my husband here too. Daughter is with grandson in Marquette MI. My son and his wife are having dinner with her Mom.
    The chocolate cake baking here has scented the porch even. I decided at the last minute I needed it for dessert.
    Happy Thanksgiving

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    1. Betsy, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Sometimes, we just have to make the most of our situations and be thankful for the times we are able to sit down to dinner with all of our family present! YUM on the chocolate cake! I bet that was wonderful! Love and hugs!

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  5. Betina,
    Happy Thanksgiving. If you cannot be with the ones you love, love the ones you are with.... paraphrasing/applying to new situation.... an old country song.

    Judith

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    1. Judith, thank you so much! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I do agree with the song...I remember it fondly! :-) Love and hugs to you!

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  6. You are so kind, my friend. I hope that you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. For me this is the joy of living in a small country - we live in different places but no further than a couple of hours by car and we celebrate together often.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you so much Amalia…you are too sweet! And yes, you definitely do have an advantage by living in a small country. The state of Texas is so large that it can take you 2 days to drive from one city to the next, depending on the location of the city! 😊 So glad you are able to see your family frequently! It does make a difference! Love and hugs sweet friend!

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  7. I'm so sorry that everyone wasn't able to be together, Benita. But it is rare when a family can be today, isn't it? We were spread apart too but, God willing, all of our kids will be together for one day at least near Christmas and that will be the best present ever for me.

    Your Thanksgiving thoughts were lovely,
    Dewena

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    1. Thank you so much sweet friend! We have learned to make the best of the times we are able to be together for the holidays! They are infrequent, but they do happen. I am just thankful that we are able to see each other during the year. And I try to remember that if this were a different time period (wagon days) that once we left, we would probably never see our families again...too long and too far to travel! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Much love to you!

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  8. I hope your Thanksgiving was good! With families scattered to the four winds, it's hard to get everyone together. There were only three of us but we had a good meal and a good visit. My youngest daughter lives not far from us so she was here. The Chihuahuas, Riley and Jacob had small bits of turkey so they were happy. The Urban Farmer prepared the turkey breast (don't judge...lol) in the Instant Pot and it was tasty. Thirty minutes and it was done! Hmmm, I'm thinking beef stew with crusty bread for Christmas dinner. There again, there will be only the three of us. xoxo

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    1. We had a great Thanksgiving and hope you did also! It turned out that one of our co-workers who just moved here was going to have to spend dinner time at Cracker Barrel…we talked them into spending it with us, so we had 3 more at our table. It was wonderful! YUM on the turkey breast! I wish I could talk the hubster into that instead of a full-blown turkey. And double YUM on the beef stew! If it were left up to me, there would be chili for Thanksgiving and hot dogs for Christmas. 😊 I’m not a turkey kinda chick…LOL Love and hugs to you sweet friend!!

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  9. Happy Thanksgiving my Friend .. a lovey post. We just where us three this Thanksgiving, it was a little bit different. I am blessed! We were able to make the trip to see Sam. So very thankful. And you are right, so many have no family, sending prayers for those.

    Love, Carla

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    1. Thank you so much Carla! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving visiting your Sam and spending time with him! I'm so happy you were able to go! I always feel for those who have no family or who are deposited in a nursing home and forgotten...my heart just breaks! We pray for them as well! Love and hugs to you!!

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  11. Such a precious post Benita. Oh dear lady...how sweet of you to invite others that may not have anyone to share a meal with. I do hope that you enjoyed your day and oh yes, I know that HE was with you at your table and smiling on your precious heart. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy! It turned out that we were able to have someone join us and we were thrilled! We just never know what joy opening our homes to others brings! Love and hugs to you sweet friend!

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  12. awww, I so love your attitude....Our family has always invited those we know that had no one to share T'giving meal with and it does OUR hearts more good than for them, I just know.
    xo

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    1. Thank you so much! I agree! I get so much more out of helping someone else...I love doing it for Christmas also...or really anytime. I've been so blessed and if I can pass that forward, I don't want to miss the opportunity to do so!! Love and hugs!

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  13. Hope your holiday was happy and warm. We had a great time together despite the loss of our 95 year old Pop. We turned the funeral into a memorial and shared our thanks for the joy and warmth he brought into our lives.

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    1. We had a great holiday, thank you so much! I know your holiday was difficult with the losses and sickness you guys have experienced this year! Thinking about you and please let me know if you guys ever need anything. I can drive right up and help! Love and hugs to you sweet friend!

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  14. Such a lovely post, with a special meaning.

    All the best Jan

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