Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Giving Thanks - Tuesday

Giving ThanksI am joining the "Giving Thanks" celebration. Be sure to Kelli's blog for more great posts or to participate.

At the beginning of this season, I found it hard to get into the spirit. We had a difficult summer with the lost of my precious Mother and paternal Grandmother within three weeks of each other.

My mother adored the holidays and I miss her dearly during these "first" times without her. I have decided rather than avoid the holidays she loved, I will embrace them with the love and memories of our times together.

When Mother passed away, a dear cousin sent me a lovely autumn magnolia wreath. She knew I loved magnolias and I fell in love with it.

When Grandmother died three weeks later, a different cousin went to the trouble of having a matching wreath made in her memory. Both knew I had double front doors and had the wreaths arranged in the two different directions.

Each time I look through the door from inside or enter those doors, I am embraced with not only the love of those gone but of dear friends and family. May your Thanksgiving be filled with warmth, love and precious memories.


laughinglioness.lisa@gmail.com said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful post. Your family sounds like a true blessing. I hope that this Thanksgiving continues to be filled with blessings for you despite your loss.

JudyBug said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you so much for your sweet post! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Linda C said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for sharing these with us. They are beautiful. I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving with sweet memories
Linda C

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Judy and it's so nice to meet you! Oh, I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother and grandmother! But I'm so glad to hear you're embracing the holidays in memory of them. The wreaths are so beautiful and I'm sure they would love it knowing they're thought about every time to see them.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Happy@Home said... Best Blogger Tips

I am sorry to you on your losses. Your cousins sure sound sweet to give you those lovely wreaths and they look beautiful on your doors.

The Berry's Patch said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so sorry to hear about your mother and grandmother. Your front door looks beautiful with the matching wreaths. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you. :-)

Yellow Rose Arbor said... Best Blogger Tips

The wreaths are beautiful! How sweet of your friends to do that for you. Nice memories.


Lynn said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a very sweet post. May God grant you much peace during your first holiday season without your two loved ones. I'm sure it will be tough. Your wreaths are a really nice reminder of those you love.

Marianna said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so sorry for your loss. I'm touched by the thoughtfulness of your cousins. And what a wonderful symbol the wreath is.

Susie Homemaker said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful post...beautiful doors...beautiful memories...


Kelli said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a beautiful and touching post. May this Thanksgiving be a blessed time for your family.

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

The wreaths are simply beautiful. It seems to me (after only reading this post) that your mother must have been a very special lady to have passed on such 'strong character' to her daughter. You really do have something special to be thankful for.

Sweet Designs said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great post and a lovely story about your cousins. I read thru you blog and enjoyed it, that is so nice your hubby enjoys your hobby of making a lovely home! You are truely blessed to have such a great family.

PS, I love your dishes too!

Rhondi said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Your post today reminds me that even in the midst of sorrow we can always find something to be thankful for. That must have been very hard losing your mother and grandmother so close together.
hugs, rhondi

Stacey said... Best Blogger Tips

What perfect reminders of the women you loved.