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5 Thanksgiving Blessings Found in White Pumpkins and Blue Berries

Sunday, November 23, 2014

We can see five Thanksgiving blessings found in a white pumpkin nestled 
in a blue-berried grapevine wreath. 

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. 
A time when our thoughts focus on family and friends 
and the blessings in our lives... 

When we slow down and think about our lives, we realize we can SEE 
the blessings in our lives in whatever is around us. 

F R E E D O M 

White pumpkins and blue berries... 

Represent the freedom to choose how to live our lives.  
We live in a country in which we can choose a white pumpkin 
instead of being required only to have an orange pumpkin. 
Traditional fall colors are golds, oranges, browns, and reds, 
but our freedom allows us to celebrate fall with white and blue 
without fear for choosing to be different from the majority. 

A B U N D A N C E 

White pumpkins and blue berries... 

Represent the abundance of material riches in our lives.  
We have an abundance of fruits and vegetables that demonstrates our 
farmers can grow more than the bare necessities of life. 
Yes, our country has an abundance of crops for which to give thanks, 
just as our forefathers gave thanks for their harvests. 

The white pumpkin could be eaten, but will not be. 
No, it is merely used to feed my soul with its beauty. 
We have such abundance in our lives that we can use vegetables as art. 
The pumpkin represents the personal abundance I enjoyed this year. 
I was blessed with enough riches to spend money on nonessentials. 

L U X U R Y  O F   T I M E 

White pumpkins and blue berries... 

Represent the luxury of time in my life.  
For most of my adult life I worked in demanding full-time jobs 
that required most of my waking hours, leaving me exhausted 
and with little time for leisure activities. 

Now I can spend time finding just the right white pumpkin
with a perfect quirky stem with multiple squiggles 
to place on a grapevine wreath. 
What fun positioning the blue berry vine 
just so atop the grapevine wreath. 
Then a few days later, more fun in adding  
brown and yellow feathers around the pumpkin. 
Life is so good to have the luxury of time. 

L O V E   O F   F R I E N D S   &   F A M I L Y 

White pumpkins and blue berries... 

Represent the love of friends and family for whom the 
fall arrangement was created. 
We will share Thanksgiving together. 
There will be five to seven of us. 
Not as many as when I was growing up, 
but without them, life would not be as full or meaningful. 
My dear sister and her husband will help prepare 
the meal and house for others joining us. 
One couple has shared Thanksgiving and Christmas 
with me for the past five years. 
Sometimes at my house, sometimes at their house. 
We've invited the good neighbor across the street 
who lives alone and watches after us. 
We've also invited a former colleague/boss whose 
whose husband will be working all day shuttling 
travelers to and fro from the airport to a hotel. 

W A R M   H O U S E 

White pumpkins and blue berries... 

Represent a warm house in which to live. 
A place, a home, where fall arrangements can be made. 

How grateful I am to have a warm house. 
As a child in Alabama, I sometimes lived in 
houses heated only by a wood-burning stove. 
Which meant one side of you roasted while the other side was chilled. 
You had to keep turning. 
At night, you could hardly move from the weight of the quilts,
all handmade by family members. 
Mornings, you shivered with chattering teeth 
until you got your clothes on. 
As an adult, I have also visited houses in the northeast 
in the winter that were so cold. 

Central heat and enough money to pay the electric bill 
are true blessings! 

 White pumpkins and blue berries... 

Represent five Thanksgiving blessings 
and many more. 

May your Thanksgiving be filled with 
freedom, abundance, luxury of time, love of friends and family, 
and in a safe, warm home. 

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  1. Good morning Judith! Thanksgiving is coming so fast I can't even think! I have no turkey yet, but it's just me and Ruben, so we'll figure something out. Your home, so comfortable and so French, will be an unforgettable setting for family and friends. BON DIMANCHE! Anita

  2. danke für die tollen bilder und inspirationen!!! einen schönen sonntag wünscht angie

  3. This is beautiful, and we are truly blessed, as you say, with an abundance that allows us to use food as art! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  4. Your post is a lovely testament, and a reminder that there is so much to be thankful for, Judith.
    I felt a similar appreciation as I navigated my eyes through your images and words within the white and blue.

    I have had mixed feelings about my pending retirement ( 2 1/2 years ) from the workforce. There are several bloggers that I look as mentors as I approach the transition, and you are one of them.

    Your home, crafted with such a gesture of love, is a perfect setting for the thankful day ahead.

  5. oops..." look "to" as mentors...

  6. These are ALL blessings to be quite thankful! I can relate to the blessing of time, as well. Retiring sure makes you thankful to have the time to slow down a bit and enjoy the simple things. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  7. Bonjour mon amie! Dear Judith, thank you for coming to my post. I wish you all the happiness in the world as you think about and give thanks in all the tenses: past, present, future. BISOUS! Anita

  8. I love that you are sharing your day with a good neighbor and former colleague. Enjoy.
    ~ Lin

  9. Judith I love the symbolism of the white and blue. Thank you for reminding us of how blessed we are. Your words humble me. I was just sitting here complaining to Larry that it's hard to blog on an iPad. Now I'm embarrassed. Thank you for encouraging me to realign my priorities; to focus on thankfulness.

    Your table is GORGEOUS and your kitchen perfect. Have a great week preparing for Thursday. Hugs!

  10. We are truly surrounded by blessings, sometimes they have to be taken away for us to appreciate them. Recently our power line came down due to a wind storm then our furnace decide to stop working when the temperature started to dip into the 20s. So thankful for these men and women that worked non-stop for days/weeks to bring comfort back into our home.
    Thank you Judith for sharing your thoughts and blessings with us. Have a great Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

  11. Judith, I'm late arriving to this beautifully executed post, but happy I have not missed it. I would echo all that you've shared above. We are truly blessed in countless ways, and for each and every blessing I am truly grateful. Thank you for your friendship, the beautiful way you express your thoughts with both words and images, and for the inspiration you send my way.
    Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Very beautiful, Judith -- both the vignette and the words! Hope you had a lovely time with your family and friends. We had our usual 3 tables plus those who wouldn't fit at the tables sitting on sofas and chairs and still we were missing some who had to work and a son-in-law who was injured at work on Tuesday and in quite a bit of pain. His plate of food went home with our daughter including two pieces of his favorite pecan pie. Blessings to you, Lois

  13. Oh I like that together! Very pretty!


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