Gratitude and Happiness

November 27, 2013 | My Jottings

Yesterday I took a couple of hours and updated our dining room chalkboard wall. If you’ve never seen the first drawing I did, you can click here to take a peek.

I wanted to draw something that would be appropriate for Thanksgiving, and later next month if I can get it together I plan on doing a drawing with a Christmas theme. I searched around the web for a few minutes and found what I wanted to do on this blog.

I’m fairly satisfied with how it turned out:


I’m preaching to myself with this message, you know?

And we also have a beautiful centerpiece on the table, ready for our Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. I love the feathers Sara put in this year’s creation! All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them. Can you find the turnip in the arrangement? 🙂



We will have fifteen people here, and we’ll enjoy all the traditional fixings — turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, roasted asparagus, rolls, pies and more. My favorite part of the day is always when we go around the table to say what we’re thankful for. The only one who won’t be able to share tomorrow is the newest member of our family, little Louisa, who is 16 months old. When it’s her turn she’ll probably say, “Uh? Uh?” and we’ll all get a kick out of that. But all of us are thankful to the very bottom of our hearts for her, and I know she’ll be mentioned.

I hope no matter what you’re going through, you’ll be able to give thanks tomorrow.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

With much love and prayers for you, my friends and family…


  1. Ganeida says:

    lol It’s not harvest season here & we don’t do Thanksgiving [though all my American Aussie friends are!] but I hope you have a wonderful day! Luv.

  2. Kay in Cornwall says:

    Sending lots of love and hugs on your Thanksgiving day. I just said to Alan that this would be a good custom for us to adopt next year. 🙂
    We hope to have a time of thanksgiving after the auction of the chapel this afternoon at 2.30 pm (GMT). Whatever happens we know that God is in control so we’ll be giving Him thanks and praise whatever the outcome of the auction. xxx

  3. Just Julie says:

    Thank you Kay. It’s truly my favorite holiday…family together, intentional focus on the thousands of gifts we’ve been given, with no pressure to give any gifts like there is at Christmas. I’m anxiously awaiting more news about the chapel… xoxo

  4. Shari C. says:

    Beautiful chalkboard, Julie! Love the flower arrangements, too! Your home shines with love and creative beauty! XOXO

  5. Just Julie says:

    I think you could do a wonderful chalkboard, my artist friend… xoxo Thank you for being you!

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