Thanksgiving Month

 "Like a rare jewel in a tarnished setting, Thanksgiving month gleams out brightly from its dull environment of somber skies and frost-swept earth--the gladdest and the saddest month of the twelve.  Another year, with its blessings and its burdens has slipped backward from our grasp, and, with hands and hearts full of varied experiences, we gather once more for the annual festival..." reads our November 1 devotional from Streams in the Desert, Volume 2.

 I've set out two of my turkey planters to watch over the month as it unfolds at Gatescroft.  A busy month it looks to be!  It will take focus and intention to be sure that it is a Thanksgiving Month, too.

Thanksgiving is so much more than a meal, a day, or an event!  It is an attitude that sees and finds the blessings in the obvious and not-so-obvious circumstances. 
 It is a GOOD THING to give thanks unto the Lord.  
Psalm 92:1
Thank you, Lord, for the fellowship with friends last night.  I am encouraged and strengthened to see their faith and commitment to Jesus; their love for Your Word. 


  1. Morning Rebecca,
    Sounds like you had a nice evening with friends.
    I can hardly believe today is Nov. 1st, mind boggling how fast these days are clicking off and to find ourselves in the Thanksgiving month as you say!! Your lil Turkeys are cute!! I need to change my flag by the front door from leaves to a horn of plenty flag. Love all the anticipation of the celebration of these last months of the year!! Our son's birthday is this week then a few days later our anniversary and then all the usual times! Such a blessing each one!!
    Have a delightful day sweet friend,
    Blessings, Nellie

  2. You know that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday? Also Rebecca, you have inspired me to do a few posts about collections. After I get this room painted!!! I will explain when I post. I love your turkeys, I have some turkey candles! Love Di ♥

  3. Thanksgiving month--such a nice way to think of November. I am not sure that I understand why it is the gladdest and saddest month? I like your comment, "Thanksgiving is so much more than a meal, a day, or an event! It is an attitude that sees and finds the blessings in the obvious and not-so-obvious circumstances."

  4. We woke up to 29 degrees here in NEOhio this morning! As I flipped the calendar page, I can see already it proves to be a busy month ahead! Our SC family are planning to come for Thanksgiving, so I am super excited, and THANKFUL! Thanksgiving has always been my mom's favorite holiday (mine is Christmas) and I'm thinking I need to be mindful of that, now that she no longer can have the big dinners...but goes to one of our homes as a guest. That's got to be hard...Love your turkeys! I guess it's time for another trip to the basement to see what I do in the decorating department!

  5. I love the turkeys! I am a fan of birds anyway. Thanksgiving will be so different for me this year since my daughter and I have to leave for PA that day to attend a wedding. And with our family living clear across the country for the first time ever, the holidays are pretty abnormal for us this year.

  6. Your turkeys are adorable....I love the month of November for many reasons, but I mainly love that our hearts fill with thanksgivings and our thoughts begin to turn towards the joy of Christmas and the celebration of Christs birth.

  7. Thanksgiving is an attitude! The first time I realized what this holiday was more than food, it took on a new meaning for our family.

    I worked at Macy's for awhile, so Thanksgiving usually meant, participating in the parade :)


  8. I also think a post about collections
    would be fun. I have many though and
    wouldn't know where to start.
    I love the month of November because
    of Thanksgiving, my birthday, and the
    seasonal offerings at Coldstone Creamery
    and Starbucks.

  9. There's nothing quite as good as sweet fellowship with friends!

  10. Brenda, re. the went on to say that some people had a lot of sad things going on--still can be thankful that God will work our bad circumstances for good....

    I just didn't print the whole thing.

  11. I'm a fairly new reader to your blog--found you by searching for fall ideas. I have been blest by your posts and the quotes along the side. And, oh my, love the pumpkin holder! I never thought to use the stand for that. But now I have. ;-)

  12. Thanksgiving is indeed an attitude . . . in the good times and in the bad! I have SO much to be thankful for!

    Love your turkey planters! I need to take a pic of Mama's turkey salt/pepper shakers during this month!

    Have a blessed week!

  13. I was gone two days and really missed a lot of blog posts. I, too, have already been thinking about Thanksgiving. I need to make my thanksgiving be an intentional thing, and try to be thankful every day.


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)