with praise and a thankful heart

We'll have our family over for dinner this Thanksgiving Sunday.
That in itself is cause for me to feel incredible gratitude.
While other families are separated . . some by choice. . others by distance they can't avoid. . .
we'll be all around the table on Sunday night for dinner.
This year. . . .two high chairs are added. . . across from each other so that they can see each other. . . smiling and chatting in a language I've yet to understand.
Becoming a Grammie has been my greatest joy this year. . .

We have had a year filled with first smiles .. . first giggles, first reaching to be picked up. . .first crawls and first steps. We are so thankful that our grands are healthy and happy in homes where their mommy and daddy love each other.

Who knows what this year will hold. I certainly don't. We don't know what set of circumstances will fill our lives. . . and threaten our security. . .and comfort. I wish I could stop change. . . but of course I can't. . nor would I truly choose to.

I am thankful that I serve a living God who knows my future. . .and has already made a way that will secure my true inheritance . I could easily list one hundred things to be thankful for this year. . .I am indeed blessed. The one thing that I have that everyone can have. . . is free.

If this thanksgiving you feel discouraged. . .as though there is no hope. . and there is nothing to be thankful for and not a lot to look forward to. . I would encourage you to put your trust where no bank . .no government. .no person can threaten it. My hope is built .. . on nothing but the blood of Jesus Christ. . .He has paid a debt he did not owe. . .and I owed a debt I could not pay. . . How could I ever be thankful enough?

The weather looks like it will be perfect. . . .I'll be out with my camera. . looking for that perfect smile. . .that perfect leaf .. .and that perfect moment. Looking back on pictures this last year. . .has been so encouraging. . .seeing all the opportunities to laugh .. and marvel at the beauty around us.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends. . .I'll be back.


  1. I hope you have a lovely dinner with all the family! What fun! Your decorations are beautiful! I like your hutch too -- I'm in the market for one some day.....

  2. Beautiful words Lovella. Have a truly blessed Thanksgiving with your family. Enjoy the sunshine and we look forward to the results in future postings.

  3. I too have a thankful heart this Thanksgiving! Although there are changes coming I still choose to be thankful.
    Thank you for your timely words, Lovella.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family...what a blessing to have those two little ones sitting at the table this year.
    Your decorations look great.

  4. Heather. . .that is our original 70's hutch. . painted and sanded a bit and then given a clear coat.. .

  5. Well said, Lovella...I too have much to give thanks for!

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving together with family...and enjoy you two smallest blessings!

  6. what a beautiful post. i can feel you heart it speaks such gratitude and contment there. have a wonderful weekend with family. we postponed our's til the last weekend of oct. so we all can be home, and perhaps some uncertainties will be seetled a bot. enjoy!!!

  7. What sound words of encouragement and comfort. May God richly bless all those around your Thanksgiving table and I hope that you take video of the grands talking to each other. There's nothing more precious.

  8. Beautiful thoughts beautifully expressed !!
    I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.... with your loved ones around you !!

  9. You have such a good sense to decorate simply and yet beatifully!
    I love how you have painted and finished your old furniture,Using what you have, and even in that showing an attitude of gratefulness and contentment. Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    We have so much to to be thankful for. Those high chairs make it so much more worthwhile.
    Continue to make memories.

  11. So many blessings to be thankful for! Thank you for sharing photos of your lovely home with us, and especially for sharing the love of God with each person around you (seen or unseen).

    May you and yours be blessed and enjoy your time together this Thanksgiving.

  12. I wish you and yours a truly happy and blessed Thanksgiving time!

  13. Jesus' blood and righteousness! Have a wonderful thanksgiving weekend with you and yours Lovella!!

  14. Your home looks so cozy and inviting! And you make me look forward to all the firsts coming my way some day...

    You are so right that Jesus Christ is the only sure foundation. I am beyond thankful that He loved me and purchased my freedom.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you get lots of pictures - I think we're going to have rain...

  15. My heart is bursting with joy this Thanksgiving weekend too. Your home looks so inviting with the Fall theme all around. My Dad has a favorite saying, "where there is life, there IS hope". Tha is so true. not sure where he picked that one up, but it IS true. Kathy

  16. Lovella this is beautiful and so, so true. Well written.
    I know you are going to enjoy that precious family time.

  17. What a happy thought , to have the family around you. Ours are so far flung now.
    Have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

  18. What a beautiful post. So inspiring. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  19. A very heartfelt and beautiful post.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
    I will be come a grandparent for the first time by Christmas. I can't wait!

    Pat in NYC

  20. We do not need to fear the future! Remember the old hymn, "I know Who holds the future, and I know Who holds my hand!"

    Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Lovella and family!

  21. Well said Lovella..what a glorious hope we have...so much comfort in that.
    Thanks for stopping by with your words of encouragement. Your home is lovely!

  22. Wonderful post...everyday should be a day of THANKSGIVING....
    great pictures too...
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,


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