Friday, November 23, 2012

We Are Thankful

 Dear Friends,

We hope that those of you in the States had a lovely Thanksgiving Day yesterday~ we had fun putting on a skit about the history of Thanksgiving for Grandma and Grandpa Graham. As you can see from the photo, we were quite a varied crew!

As the Christmas season approaches, it is tempting to be caught up in the fray of sales on things that we don't really need, and in desiring to please everyone and create happiness for them. May we remember, dear friends, that the greatest gift we can gift our loved ones is a peaceful, stress-free us! A beautifully-wrapped present under the tree will hardly make up for the bundle of frayed nerves that we tend to dish out to everyone the weeks preceding. :)

Let's reclaim this time as a time for nurturing our own souls, for savoring the resting time of the earth, and for strengthening home and family through small, loving gestures.

Watching the birds in their migration (and playing with the sparrows that steal that chicken feed) is a restful occupation that feeds our need for nature.

The moon reminds us that all things happen in cycles, and that we need not worry about missing out on the important things in life~ they will come back to us!

Sitting and chatting with a friend is a great way to unwind during this busy time~

The changing leaves also teach us that it is wise to let go of burdens and just rest in the Lord.

I think I may sharpen up these pencils and sketch a few leaves before they're gone!
Thank you to everyone who comes to visit, and especially for your sweet comments; we love all of you, and are grateful to have met you through the magic of the internet.

Love and blessings,

Remember~ "It is never too late to have a happy childhood." Tim Robbins


  1. Again a very beautiful post my friend...thank you for sharing...many wise words....blessings

  2. Dear Mama,

    I love how your posts are always do heartfelt and assuring!
    Thanksgiving Day was very enjoyable; my favorite part was being together.

    I love you, darling!!

    Your daughter,


  3. So lovely!
    I like that picture with the birdie:)

    Very pleasant thoughts you share to keep for the seasons. Very true. May our hearts be sweet and filled with peace.

    With Love, Deanna

  4. You shared many words of wisdom in this post, but my favorite were your words regarding the holiday season. Can I just say - amen!

    It looks like you and your family had a fun time doing a Thanksgiving play for the grandparents. I think I would have enjoyed seeing that play. :)

    Blessings to you! :)

  5. I agree, that Christmas should not be stress inducing. We keep it oh so simple these days. Today I am marching into the woods to find a nice little cedar. Then a pot of tea, a bit of decor and that's that! Much love to you and your family.

  6. Marqueta, such delightful pictures and faces and words so true. Thank you for sharing them with us.

  7. And love and blessings to you too..

    Stay warm and stay happy!

    The Dutchess and Company

  8. Beautiful words, and pictures, once again Marqueta. God Bless

    Lesley (Budgeteer)

  9. Good words on the stresses of Christmas, Marqueta. I'm sure Jesus would not want us to be like that!
    I love the cheeky little face in the last photo. :)
    Happy Advent to you all!
    xxx Alex


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