Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving Tables

Whether done up elegantly in white and silver and
shiny glass

with magical turkey bowls

that spread their tail feathers wide,

and glittering baubles and candles,

or done with turkey plates

 in soft and muted colors,

with metalic accents

and special touches,

or done up in green and white,

with a few natural touches,

and a little glitter

and shine,

or done in Fall's glorious colors

with a dose of magic

and a touch of whimsy,

Thanksgiving is a great time of year.

May we all take time as we gather around to 
table this year to give thanks to God and to one
another for the bounteous blessings we enjoy!


I want to include this as we get busy
and might feel overwhelmed:

Thank You Lord
Lord, thank you for this sink of dirty dishes
We have plenty of food to eat.
Thank you for this pile of dirty, stinky laundry,
We have plenty of nice clothes to wear.
And I would like to thank you Lord, for those unmade beds
They were so warm and comfortable last night.
I know that many have no bed.
My thanks to you Lord, for this bathroom,
Complete with all the splattered mirrors, soggy grimy towels
and dirty lavatory;
They are so convenient.
Thank you for this finger-smudged refrigerator
that needs defrosting so badly;
It has served us faithfully for many years.
It is full of cold drinks and enough leftovers for 2-3 meals.
Thank you Lord for this oven that absolutely must be cleaned today,
It has baked so many things over the years.
The whole family is grateful for that tall grass that needs mowing,
The lawn that needs raking;
We all enjoy the yard so much.
Thank you, Lord, for that slamming screen door;
My kids are healthy and able to run and play.
Lord, the presence of all of these chores awaiting me says,
You have richly blessed my family.
I shall do them cheerfully and I shall do them gratefully.

I will be posting this with


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Amen, Jacqueline! Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving!

  2. All of your tables are stunning and have YOUR special touch. May I "borrow" that prayer??? It is wonderful. Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving. XO, Pinky

  3. You are right..the humblest of tables too can have the most Thanksgiving..
    Shiny..matte..sparkly..natural..humble..it's the people and their feelings..or hopes or gratitude that make..thanks:-) and giving:-)

  4. Hi Jacqueline1 OH, your table is beautiful as always. Love your sweet little glass turkey covered bowls. I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  5. Jacqueline, this is such a beautiful post! We truly have much to be thankful for! I have been blessed tremendously by your blog; and I wish you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

  6. All of us have much to be thankful for. It is a blessing to each of us to be involved in blogging, it has widened my vision so much and brought me many new and wonderful friends.

  7. Jacqueline~ I love the recap of your wonderful tables especially your magical turkey bowls! I love your Thank You Lord prayer, that's the first time I have seen it.
    Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. You create such magnificent tablescapes Jacqueline.

    Please know I am so thankful for the amazingly wonderful copper pot I have enjoyed through out the year. I think of you continually as it gets much use. I have received so many compliments on it and wow my guests when I share that I won it on your blog give away!!!!

    Have a beautiful holiday....I know your table is already set and shimmering.

  9. Every part of this post is BEAUTIFUL!
    Happy Thanksgiving..

  10. When I read the "Thank You, Lord" part of this post it immediately gave me pause to remember all those things for which I AM thankful rather than to gripe and groan about all the things that have gone wrong in this past year. That's not always easy to do. But I am eternally grateful for so many people, so many experiences, so many times that have brought me a smile or taught me a lesson. Your beautiful tablescapes inspire and teach lessons the whole year through. I am glad to be blessed with you in my life. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  11. That's a great prayer! You have done some really pretty tables, but I think I love the white and crystal or clear table the best! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Joni

  12. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Jaqueline! I love a Thanksgiving table!

  13. Yes indeed we have much to be thankful for. Wishing you the best.

  14. They are all beautiful tables...
    Happy Thanksgiving, Jacqueline.

  15. Hi Jaqueline, I clicked on your link and got lost for some time there reading all the wonderful inspirational stories, prayers and essays. Your table is beautiful. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Linda

  16. Beautiful, J! Such inspiration.
    The prayer is most welcome.
    Happy Tgiving and thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  17. What a wonderful prayer and perfect reminder to be grateful for all that we have. I loved your recap of all your pretty tables. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  18. Good Afternoon Jacqueline, I am so sorry it has taken me so long to visit you, but I wanted to pop by today to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

    Your table settings are stunning and with so many beautiful things to enjoy.

    I have enjoyed visiting you so much that I have become a new follower as I do not want to miss any of your posts. Have a wonderful day, Best Wishes Daphne

  19. Gorgeous tables Jacqueline. Love that white on white and the silver is beautiful.
    How special your family must feel to sit here and enjoy. So may wonderful details to take in. Happy Thanksgiving.

  20. Wow! You've made the white and silver theme work so beautifully in this tablescape! What a wonderful table! I own one single glass turkey tureen. This makes me want to go out and buy many more so I can use them like this!


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