Friday, November 13, 2009

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Last weekend we took a little trip to Tennessee. Normally this particular trip is a straight shot across I-40 which takes you through part of the Smoky Mountains. It is always a beautiful drive on a sunny day.
On this trip we were detoured off of I-40 due to a rock slide.

It was still a pretty drive, but the color change was nearing the end.

Tennessee was the place my parents retired to 21 years ago. Lots of happy memories were made by our family as we took our yearly family vacations here. The purpose of this visit was to attend a memorial concert at the church where my mom and dad were members. The concert was performed beautifully and when they finished with the hymn titled "The Holy City" I was moved to tears as I recalled my mom playing Tony Fontane's version of it over and over when I was a child.

We also took a walk through this little tunnel which leads to the walking trail that went by my parent's house.

There are new owners in the house now, but we felt so fortunate to be able to meet them. They moved to Tennessee from Michigan just like my parents did many years ago.

They were kind enough to invite us back to the house to see the changes they have made. I thought this fall display in the front yard was so cute. It was evident that they are very happy in the house and I know that would make my parents feel so good.

Since we were staying right near this antique mall, I felt the need to stop in and check it out ;-)

Now we are back home and it's time to think turkey.

As we all know Thanksgiving is right around the corner in America.

Our thoughts turn to roasting that big bird. . .

Harvesting our crops . . .
Cooking and baking . . .
Family & Friends.

This week we received our first Thanksgiving card. How nice to be thought of by family far away.

Have you seen these adorable stamps?
Perfect for sending a card to those special people who mean so much to you, but you won't be seeing this Thanksgiving.

Today I lit a cranberry candle and wrote out a list of the people in my life who I won't be with on Thanksgiving, but wish I were. Tomorrow I will pick out some special cards to send to them. The lessons I have been learning this year have taught me to never take anybody or anything for granted.

Have a beautiful weekend.


  1. Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures of the TN hills and landscapes.

    Your thoughts on Thanksgiving and all that you share is very heartwarming.

    I'm glad I found your lovely blog!

  2. Beautiful photos - thank you for sharing!
    Your Thanksgiving decorations are is approaching quickly!


  3. Hi Kim...just yesterday I sat down and got my Thanksgiving cards ready to mail.
    I have always loved Thanksgiving...I always cry out of joy that my family is together.

  4. Beautiful pictures and beautiful post.

  5. Hi Kim,
    Looks like a beautiful trip. Great photos. I'll be heading to my Mom's for Thanksgiving.
    We do have much to be thankful for.
    Yes, Clooney is better looking in person than on TV.

  6. Hi Kim!
    What a beautiful, sweet post filled with memories of years gone by. I enjoyed the country tour and I find your Thanksgiving decorations really cute. I wish we were celebrating it too.
    I know what you mean about not taking people for granted. There are so many things I would have done diffirently if I'd realised my mum wouldn't be here for ever.

  7. You have been a real inspiration to me over the time of life that I have been blogging. I am thankful that our paths have crossed even if it is via blogging. I want to send cards to people that I love and can't be with. Thank you for that kind reminder. You are right, we just can't take for granted that our loved ones will always be with us. I will be thinking of you this Thanksgiving since it is the first one that your mother will not be here. All of the firsts like that, can be so painful.

    The pictures were beautiful,that you shared. The song that they played at the church, definitely would have moved me to tears, too.

    Happy Saturday, my friend.

  8. Good morning Kim,
    Your pictures are so pretty...the trees look so colorful compared to our trees in this part of the country!

    The concert with the beautiful music, and then making the connection with the new people must have been very touching for you.

    Your beautiful post always inspire and encourage me.....thank you!
    Love and Blessings to you,

  9. Love your thanksgiving decorations. We went to TN a couple years ago and loved the Mountains. I really like that turkey platter.

  10. How nice for you to be able to go back to your parents home. It seems strange for someone else to be living there...or at least it is for me. When I ride by my mom and dad's house (it will always be their house) I think it ought to be her curtains hanging in the windows, not someone elses. But then I smile and remember all the wonderful times we had in that home as I am sure you did too. Cherish the memories...they are so sweet and dear. And...Happy will be here before we know it.

  11. Hello. I saw your blog mentioned on another blog (Life In Wakefield) and since my hobby is photography, I really enjoyed looking at your photographs. I think I will sign up to follow your blog.

  12. You have had a lot on your plate this year for sure. That tunnel kind of scares me for some reason. Closed in feeling, I guess. I'm so glad you got to meet the current owners of the house. Continuity of life is good for the soul.

  13. What wonderful photos! We love to travel through that same area especially in the Fall. I like sending Thanksgiving cards, too. I sure miss my family at this time of year!

  14. Thank you for sharing your trip and the info on the stamps, I will go buy some & cards for a few friends & family.
    I so enjoy your blog.
    Wishing you & your family a very happy turkey day.
    Julie from the Northwest

  15. Thanks for sharing! Glad you had a nice visit with the people that bought your parents home. I love Thanksgiving!

  16. I loved looking at all your photos. How nice to meet the new owners of the home where your mom and dad lived.
    I think I just looked at a video on another blog I read of the rock slide you spoke of.
    It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week already.
    Have a great day Kim.

  17. My goodness you had such a special trip with many sweet memories of your parents. It was so generous of the new owners of your parents home to share it with you.
    I love all your Turkey plates they are just wonderful! and so festive!.
    Take care and enjoy your day,

  18. Such a lovely post! Thanksgiving is always a special day for rememberance.
    It is so true that we should not take our loved ones and friends for granted.

    Beautiful photos!


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