Monday, December 1, 2014

A Full House ~ Scenes from a Blessed Life

Dear friends, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Ours was a smaller gathering this year but still we were surrounded by beautiful people, and one entirely delectable pie. She took my breath away, as always. 

As we crowded into Mother’s tiny kitchen, filled with the aroma of a Southern feast—cornbread dressing, roasted turkey, pot-roast, carrots, scalloped potatoes, corn casserole, sweet potatoes, macaroni-and-cheese, pinto beans, and turnip greens—we joined hands in prayer, thanking God for his undeserved blessings and for the gift of each other.


Later, as I stepped outside for a breath of fresh air, I looked at my parents’ home and considered all that has occurred in this house, in this yard, in the last four decades. Yes, the kitchen is still too small, and the stove is still harvest gold, but the memories made inside its four walls have lasted a lifetime.

There are times when we long to have more in our lives—a new stove, a bigger kitchen—but when we look fully at what we have, we often realize we have need of nothing. All we need, we already have.


Until next time, dear friends, I've been captivated by the shades of autumn that have trickled down our way. The neighborhood is alive with color. The next few days will find me attempting to ready my home for the Christmas season. Fingers crossed that I can get ‘er done.

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Linking up with Laura Boggess

30 comments:

  1. Hello sweet Dayle! It sounds like your Thanksgiving was simply divine :) And your Autumn trees looks so beautiful! Our trees are sleeping for the Winter and the mountains are covered in snow.

    Happy 1st of December! Hugs and blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Stephanie. Always nice to see you here. Stay warm!

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  2. So true, we have so many undeserved blessings. I think it's good to remember that. Sweet family photos. Have a wonderful week.

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  3. It really does steal our breath to 'think on these things' we have been blessed with in our lives. This post touched a special chord and it was the line 'she took my breath away, as always', that inspired the post you just commented on...Counting Lessons. Enjoy that awesome color!! ours has been replaced with white and gray...snow, then rain, then back to snow...

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  4. Beautifully said! We have more than enough. Lovely post!

    Dayle, You won an Advent Calendar in my giveaway today! I sent you an email and I'll be sending the calendar to the same e-mail address.

    Congratulations... I sure hope you have fun with it. If you have any problems downloading it, the website has hints and tips too. Hopefully it will be a smooth download.

    Brenda
    xox

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  5. So is this your precious cupcake? Oh my goodness, she is an absolute cutie pie! I have been doing some back reading and I do your precious baby things. I'm so not creative and can not sew on good button. Have the time of your life. Yes, I miss my mama's house but I treasure my precious memories.

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    1. Well, my cupcake is yet to be born (February, Lord willing). This one is my great-niece and I call her my pie. My other great-niece is sugar plum. Lots of sweetness going on.

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  6. Beautiful. Simply beautiful.
    And oh...so true.
    I am in between times now...we no longer gather with family at Thanksgiving.
    Our fathers are both passed, and our mothers are older and in frail health.
    My sisters are scattered and celebrate with their own families, as we do here in our home...the six of us.
    And we love it. : ) I am also envisioning the Thanksgivings of the future... Where my children and their families gather here as you did with your mother. And new memories will be made. : )
    Hapoy December!

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    1. Life goes on and we hope to pass on traditions to the younger generations behind us. I'm grateful to still have my parents, but know the day will come when it's just us.

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  7. What a beautiful post, Dayle. I do have to chuckle...even though I knew you refer to Audrey as "pie", when I first read it, I was thinking "gee...one pie wouldn't be enough to go around for everyone, would it?" I quickly realized you were referring to THAT pie! LOL! Absolutely gorgeous trees you still have!

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    1. That made me chuckle, too, Debby. One pie to go around, oh perish the thought. But this pie was passed around and we all got a little bit of sugar from her.

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  8. Once every few years or so, I take a drive, usually with a grandchild pass the house I grew up in. Once as I drove by, it was up for sale. I called a realtor and was able to do a walk-through. You can imagine the memories that came flashing back! I know your parents home holds a treasure trove of memories!

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    1. Lorraine, I dread the day this house goes up for sale but I hope when it does the next owner enjoys it as much as we have.

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  9. Oh Dayle. So happy you could be with your loved ones, including those sweet parents. Imagine your Mama cooking all that for you guys. Yikers. She's amazing. And so happy your Papa is recuperated and able to celebrate such a beautiful holiday with loved ones. Blessed, blessed indeed. Susan

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    1. My mother is an amazing cook, Susan, but we didn't let her do it all this year. :) Big sis couldn't make it, but twin sis and I cooked up a storm and even the newlywed (pie's mom) made a dish. We are blessed indeed.

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  10. I loved reading your menu! I record notes year after year about the successes (and failures...) of my Thanksgiving meal. While I didn't add your "corn casserole, I did add to 2015's list "corn pudding"... mm-mm! Wish I'd thought to make that this year. :o)

    Hugs and happy week,
    Kelley~

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    1. Gayle makes the corn casserole and it is delicious!

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  11. What happy times and beautiful photos! It's nice to see the colorful trees! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Diana. We've got another cold front coming in, so I don't know if the leaves will last much longer but they often go through Christmas.

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  12. Sounds like a perfectly wonderful time. There's nothing like the blessing of family, right?! The Lord is so very good to us...

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Amen, Sharon. There's nothing like the blessing of family.

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  13. YES and AMEN!! The most beautiful kitchen I have ever been in had an old gas range and a wringer washing machine stuck over in the corner, which was replaced later with a nondescript regular one. I would give all the home updates in the world for one day in that kitchen with those people.

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    1. Debbie, I've missed you and I'm coming to "like" you on FB, if that is indeed the only way we can communicate. I love your description of the most beautiful kitchen. I think I would have fit right in.

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  14. So true Dayle, when we really take stock of all that we have, we realize we have more than enough. Our family stopped getting caught up in the Americanized version of the holidays years ago, and now we just try to focus more on being with each other, creating memories and thanking our Creator for all the abundance He has blessed us with! :) (Thanks for stopping by to say hi.)

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  15. A beautiful post....one that hits close to home. We often talk of moving, downsizing a bit. Then we talk of this this being the home our family wants to return to. Thanks your lovely thoughts, and giving something to think about. I do hope you are having a blessed weekend.

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