Thanksgiving Blessings

Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom His world rejoices.
- Martin Rinkart -

The flames in the fireplace are dancing in time
To the hearts of our children at play,
And fragrance of turkey is drifting about
Like the tunes they are singing today.

The pies in the oven are light golden brown
And the pudding is still steaming hot,
The table is laden with delicacies
Brightly set and nothing forgot.

The chores are completed, the family arrives;
Now good friends and relations as well,
And the walls reecho fond greetings around
And nice things we've been saving to tell.

Our dinner is served, and each plate quickly heaped
With the best things that a wife can prepare.
Now voices are hushed and our heads slowly bow
While we pause for a moment of prayer.

As once did the Pilgrims on old Plymouth Rock,
We pilgrims of earth now thank Thee, God,
For all Thy goodness and blessings and love,
For abundance we reap from the sod.

Please grant us perception of beauty and worth.
Help us look at the things which we see,
That learning the value of life and its gifts
We'll be evermore grateful to Thee.
- James W. McLaughlin -

Sweet friends, enjoy this beautiful Thanksgiving season.
May we never forget the many, many blessings the Lord has so lovingly given to us.
I am thanking the Lord for YOU.
Love and tender hugs.



twinpeakprimitives said...

Dear Stephanie,

I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving ♥♥♥
With all my very best!


Melanie said...

Wishing you and your family a lovely Thanksgiving!

Linda said...

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving...many Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful poem Stephanie! Thanks for sharing! I pray you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Camille said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family! The drawing of the cottage at the bottom of your post is so welcoming and cosy. The British countryside resonates with my heart. Hugs, Camille

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Great poem! I absolutely love those last 4 lines. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

mamasmercantile said...

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Ana said...

Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family Stephanie.


Anonymous said...

Thank you sweet lady. And may your time of thanksgiving be filled with joy and peace from our Lord. Mari

Mrs. W. said...

Dear Stephanie,

I love your beautiful post of thankfulness.

Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Cranberry Morning said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Stephanie.

Billie Jo said...

I am thankful for you, my friend....
For your true kindness and inspiration.
For your dedication to live a meaningful life with your dear family.
And I aspire to do the same. : )

Debbie Harris said...

Aww...Just beautiful... I love that painting at the end of your post, and that poem is precious to go along with it.

Love you~~ Mom

Celestina Marie said...

Beautiful Stephanie! Wishing you and yours a special and blessed Thanksgiving Day!
Love to you!

Lowcarb team member said...

What a wonderful post to read.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

All the best Jan

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hugs and many, many blessings to day and FOREVER, Stephanie! Enjoy the hearth and delicious food! PRAISE GOD!

Daniela said...

I'm so very thankful for having met you on my path, Darling and Blessed Stephanie !
May your Thanksgiving be far too Happy, enjoy your family and the coziness of your home today,
sending strong and big hugs to you,

Merlesworld said...

Happy Thanksgiving.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've never seen this poem before Stephanie, it's lovely and I hope you enjoy a wonderful gathering of family for Thanksgiving. With our celebration back in October, I'm craving turkey again already.

Margie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Stephanie!

Phoebes World said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear Lady
I hope you had a wonderful day
Phoebe x

Nikki said...

You have one of the sweetest blogs. :) I just love coming here. Always feel blessed as I leave. So happy to see your shop open again as I am watching a couple things. :) Your sewing is so creative and I just love all the sweetness you create.

Alex said...

So good to find you back here, Stephanie. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!
Do you have your Mom back home now? I thought of here on her travels.
Sorry its been quiet from me, even though I may not of been online much, I think of you so very fondly.
Here's to family celebrations. 'May the Lord make His face to shine upon you.'

Unknown said...

Hello from Spain: I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. Keep in touch

Cheryl said...

Such a precious, beautiful post! I loved the poem and pictures, and your sweet spirit always shines through, dear friend! Thank God for allowing our paths to cross this year and for the dear visits we have thus-far shared! I look forward to the many blessings He has prepared for us in the future! May He just send abundant blessings upon you and your dear family as we enter this Christmas season! Sending you big hugs from across the miles. :)

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I just love the Thanksgiving poem and am saving it to print and display next year! Thank you for sharing it.

Teri said...

Dear Sweet Stephanie ... such a beautiful posting. Thank you for sharing. Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

Conniecrafter said...

I have not read that poem before that is lovely and says it so well. Hope you enjoyed a very nice day yesterday!!

Feral Turtle said...

What a beautiful poem Stephanie. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Cheers.

Debbie Nolan said...

Dear Stephanie such lovely sentiments for the Thanksgiving season. Truly wonderful blessings are being sent to you. Hugs

Miss Val's Creations said...

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving Stephanie! My tummy still feels full from yesterday!

Sylvia said...

Hope your Thanksgiving was blessed,Stephanie. We had a great time with all the family at my daughters this year.

CherylQuilts said...

Sweet Stephanie, I hope you and the entire family had a most lovely Thanksgiving! It's such a precious time with family and friends, and we all have so very many things to thank God for! Sending hugs and love!

Anonymous said...

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to you, Stephanie! {{HUGS}}

Red Rose Alley said...

What a nice poem this is Stephanie. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving surrounded with lots of family, love, and food. I am eating turkey leftovers today!

Have a fun weekend doing the things you love. I think I will decorate for Christmas tomorrow. :)

love, ~Sheri

Anonymous said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving! Lovely post, as always! :)

Jackie said...

This is one of THE most beautiful times of the year....Thanksgiving...and then Christmas.
Love this post.
Sending you warmest hugs,

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Hoping you had a most wonderful Thanksgiving! We have been thankful for the time we have been able to spend with friends and family the last couple of days!

Denise said...

enjoyed this

Lori said...

I tried to find the title of this poem, but could not. Could you site the source for it? The only James W. McLaughlin I found was an architect born in the late 1800's, but there was no mention of him writing poetry.

Thank you so much for your beautiful, peaceful blog!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh...how I wish Thanksgiving was a holiday celebrated in S. Africa! Such a beautiful way to celebrate family and all the blessings our King has lovingly bestowed upon us...oh, He is so good to us, isn't he?
Hugs to you, dear Stephanie...I always enjoy my visits to your lovely spot on the web...

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