Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A Time To...

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. ~Ecclesiastes 3:1-8


This is the passage of scripture that has comforted me in recent days. We seem to be hovering on the brink of a larger war. (We have been at war for some time now and will likely continue as long as terrorists wish to take over the world.)  And so we pray. Prayer is not inconsequential as so many have suggested. Rather it is right near the top of the list of best things to do... right after faith and belief in an Almighty God. After all, one does not come to God without believing that He is.

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Currently, in my personal life, I'm in the A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away stage. I'd be interested to know where you are with regard to these verses. 

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Do you remember seeing *this Thanksgiving table* setting in Country Living a few years ago?
(I redirected link to the pin as the other link was not working very well.)
 I am quite sure that I used it as part of a November header once upon a year. After working with the family photos (boxes and boxes) and getting them organized by family surname and putting the same people together and labeling them as well as I could, including their relationship to one another and to my son and daughter who will take over the curating of them one day, I wanted to do more than stick them back in a box and tuck them under a bed.  So I had the photos; I had the space (not on the table however); I had a vintage suitcase. Here is my interpretation...

~a suitcase full of memories~

If there is a theme it surrounds the bride below as all the people in the box are parts of her life.





~Maternal grandparents~

~in color~

Please forgive my hand (above my mother's head). The reflections near the large window and with all that glass in the frames were a challenge.

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The lost was found this week when I opened a box to find my great-grandmother's handpainted poppy jardinière. Sadly it is broken in half and the ruffled edge is no longer attached. One naughty...oh so terribly naughty...kitty is responsible for this. Since he has long gone to that happy catnip patch in the sky, I decided not to blow a gasket all over again. The turkey on the china cabinet is the proud recipient of the added plumage and I think he looks mighty handsome and proud.

In other news, I have been writing lists lest I forget anything for Thanksgiving. I must make the next to the last grocery run today.  I am falling behind having been sidetracked by the family treasures. I have asked my sister to hold off as I can not keep up. After all, there's cleaning yet to be done, then the baking. I did make my own broth and stock Monday. It's in the freezer keeping the turkey company. I hope to also make the mashed potatoes and stuffing ahead. Anyone have any experience with that? One would think that I would know more about Thanksgiving meal preparations at my age. It is only in the last several years that I have taken on the task and only every other year at that. I think I need another crockpot. 

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And I must refrain from visiting blogs and Pinterest or I shall never come in for a landing. I just read *Susan Branch's grandmother's recipe for stuffing/dressing* last night and am now trying to imagine where I can set three loaves of bread to dry for three days and if I can handle very hot water on my hands. 

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Hope to find my way back to Blogdom before Thanksgiving; just in case I do not, I'll go ahead and wish all my fellow countrymen a blessed holiday!


Thank you very much for visiting me today in the midst of the busyness and the sadness, too. Let us lift one another to The Father and remember to be grateful for this good life, our friends, our families, and each other. 

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58 comments:

  1. Hi Vee - You seem really busy. It is that time of the year again. As we are card swap partners my e-mail address is jandmjepson@talktalk.net. Looking forward to the exchange. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  2. Good morning Vee. Another dull grey and cold day here in NB. That verse has gone through my head lately too. So much sadness going on in our world and so many questions. The words 'break down' and 'weep' are my emotions the past week. Seasonal blues, upcoming Christmas holiday and world events are on my mind and in my heart. I'm overwhelmed. Your 'trunk full of photos' is amazing. You must have had fun trying to arrange these photo frames around your maternal grandparents photos. I hope you find the time to do what you have to do in preparation for Thanksgiving. Overwhelming! I wish you, John and your families a blessed week and Thanksgiving celebration. Have fun and enjoy it. Hugs. Pam

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  3. I tear up slices of bread into small bits and put them in my largest bowl a couple days before Thanksgiving. They get gently tossed once in awhile so everyone gets the best drying spot on the top of the pile. Thankfully, my recipe only calls for one large loaf of bread!

    I think the Pioneer Woman has a recipe for make ahead mashed potatoes. This will be the second year my daughter-in-law brings the mashed potatoes (since they live just down the road), for which I am truly thankful. I will roast the turkey, make dressing, and the gravy Thanksgiving morning. The pumpkin pies and cranberry relish will be made the previous day. Although I may just open a can of whole cranberries this year and not do the relish thing since I'm really the only one who thinks it essential.

    I cannot believe that on my To Do list today I have "transfer turkey to the refrigerator to defrost). It cannot possibly be that close! ;)

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  4. I don't know what part of that verse I'm at right now. What with the messing with my medications, I seem to be all over the place emotionally. *grin* But, in spite of all the world's woes which is something that always was and always will be, there's is joy in my heart. It must be because of Jesus, though. HE keeps everything on a steady keel. Thank goodness I'm not in charge of this or it would be a mess.
    Perhaps the poppy jardinière can be repaired. It's so pretty. I also appreciate fine pottery. Takes real craftmanship to make such items. Plus it has wonderful family connections. Something money can't buy.
    I add my prayers for world too. May we all turn to Christ with increasing frequency and trust in His will that others may also be saved.
    Hope your day is blessed. ~:)

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  5. Such a lovely post and I love the idea of the photos in the trunk. I love taking pictures and scrapbooking, treasuring all the memories. My problem is I have so many pictures and so little time, lol. I hope you get some time to relax and unwind and have a truly lovely Thanksgiving!

    Many blessings to you and your family,
    Jill

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  6. Delightful! delightful and most delightful! is this post, what precious treasures you have displayed!

    I am in a time of healing for now!

    My favorite dish for Thanksgiving is my Mother's dressing, You uses homemade biscuits, crushed soda crackers, ,lots of onions, celery, boiled eggs,turkey, turkey broth and seasonings.At Christmas she will sometimes make my all time favorite, and that is oyster dressings!
    Indeed there is much prayer needed!
    Wishing you and yours a most blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
    Love,
    Sue

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  7. That vintage suitcase filled with pictures is brilliant Vee! What a beautiful display. We've had our Canadian Thanksgiving but now I'm feeling the pressure of preparing for the Christmas season. I'm hoping the mood to do this strikes very soon :). Enjoy your preparations - sounds like you've got a plan going so it will all be good!

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  8. Check my blog if you would like my recipe for make-ahead mashed potatoes; I also share what I do for making stuffing (and tons of other advice that I'm sure you don't need!).

    As far as the terror and sadness, I must echo what Sparky said above. So very true. We know that our joy is not dependent on circumstances around us, but is only found through a relationship with Christ and the sure knowledge that He is holding all things together. I've read a few blog posts lately that encourage me to keep on keeping on -- let's not say that we have no heart for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but let's carry on and perhaps be a beacon of hope and comfort to others who so desperately need it.

    Love your photo display, too. Beautifully and creatively done!

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  9. A beautiful,heartfelt post. A wonderful way for me to start my day.
    Yes, Thanksgiving dinner always gets me in the STRESS MODE and, you would think that a woman "of a certain age" could breeze thru it like sands through an hourglass but....it never gets any easier. Why I let it stress me is a mystery. My mama taught me how to roast a very good turkey...my sister*in*law (I miss her so) made a dressing that could end all wars and I have her recipe...my house is in good order due to heavy cleaning before our Bunco last Wed....I have a cake and Strawberry bread in the freezer....my Cookie Bar is almost complete...our kids are bringing veggies and etc....so .....what's my problem.??

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  10. What an excellent post, Vee. I think I am in the time of marrying in children off! But I guess that part wasn't in the scripture, was it? I've definitely have been praying, and keeping my eyes on Him for I know that is where I will find strength and consolation for the grief of where the world is. In a way it is a blessing, that the fascade of 'goodness' is gone. Now we can see clearly and know how to pray!

    I love what you've done with the family photos! Such a neat way to display them!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and John, Vee and your whole family. I am grateful for His mercy, grace and many blessings.

    Deanna

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  11. What a gorgeous way to display the family photos. The bride is absolutely stunning, it would be a shame to box them back up and store them in the dark where nobody can appreciate their beauty. Well done Vee! I have to agree that if there was ever a time to pray, (and that time is always!) now is the time. I have to say, and I know this may not be a popular opinion, we must pray for the terrorist too. It may not seem like it, but they are God's children too, and they need a change of heart. I pray for the victims of course, but I fear we forget about the people who cause all this turmoil and pain. May God turn their hearts and if not then may he turn their ankles so we see them coming ;)
    Happy Thanksgiving, in case we don't see you again before then. Enjoy the day with your family. Don't be afraid to make it potluck. We have had the family here for 30+ years and everyone brings a dish. It makes it so much easier on the hostess and we all get to share favorites.

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  12. Vee, It looks so nice there. I like that you did not toss the broken part away. I have decide to re-use things in my container pots and gardens. Blessings for a great day, xoxo,Susie

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  13. Your photo collection is just perfect! It will be enjoyed by all!!

    I feel like I've just had a nice little visit with you! I always enjoy the coziness and warmth I feel here.
    Regarding mashed potatoes done ahead - I make a recipe that calls for sour cream, cream cheese, butter and seasonings. You whip it all up and pour into a casserole topping it with shredded cheese and a sprinkle of parsley. Refrigerate until needed then bake for about half an hour. Leftovers taste even better the next day IF you have any!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and John! Louis Dean and I send you our love!

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  14. Another sunny warmish day for us here . Lovely photos . With any luck the creeps of all these attacks will be caught soon and all can live in peace ! Happy Thanksgiving to your and your family !

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  15. Wonderful post, Vee - I love coming here to be made to feel as though I am sitting on the couch visiting you and just chatting away about things, important and sometimes trivial in the scheme of things, but all important to you, and also to me learning about it.

    I think you can pretty much make everything for Thanksgiving ahead of time. One thing that has worked well for me in the past is make your stuffing ahead - but it's hard to reheat well - so after it is nearly done but not totally dried out take it out. Just before dinner get a prepared muffin tin and ice cream scoop a bunch of stuffing in each one, pat it down to fill and make individual stuffing muffins - everyone gets some of the nice crunchies (we fight for that in my world) and it gets throughly heated through easier then.

    OR just make your stuffing, fill your muffin tin/s then refridgerate and do all in one fell swoop.

    Just a thought.

    As for your mashed taters - just make sure they're moist and stirred often - yes, I use milk and butter and salt and all bad things to make them fluff up again and be all yummified. BUT do remember that left over mashed potatoes are much stickier b/c they got very starchy in the fridge. They just are never quite as good as "just made," no matter how much we hate that.

    Enjoy your next week or so! Hugs!

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  16. Enjoyed your post today and all is lovely. I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving also.
    And I just went through "A time to keep and a time to cast away".

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  17. I like what you did with the photos. What a great idea. I don't remember seeing that in CL, but that's not a surprise. I have a great recipe for make ahead mashed potatoes. You can make them up to two weeks ahead it says.I'm not sure what makes them able to last that long. Maybe it's the cream cheese in them!

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  18. I do believe in the power of prayer, Vee, and continue to pray that the evil in the world will be cast away by all the good.
    I love your suitcase full of memories. What a great idea and would be a conversation starter for a wonderful thanksgiving day or any time that family or friends gather.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I'm going to Ohip and cook for my 86 year old mom!

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  19. The suitcase of memories is wonderful. I don't look through old things very often....it makes me feel so melancholy. I'm at a 'time to break down and a time to build up'. Happy Thanksgiving my friend. Sweet hugs, Diane

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  20. What a great idea to put the photos in the vintage suitcase!!
    A time to build up, a time to laugh, a time to keep silent and a time to speak.

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  21. Hello Vee. My you have a truck full of treasures! I love seeing them grouped like that. I am making my list and run to the grocery store tomorrow. We will have a son visiting for three days, so more than the turkey dinner needs to be planned. If I don't see you before, have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

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  22. Your photo display is very heartwarming, Vee. Your family is surely going to enjoy looking at all those who came before them. I don't know what season I'm in at the moment...maybe a time to break down and a time to build up. Praying for peace to the Prince of Peace. ♥

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  23. "...a time to keep silence and a time to speak..." is probably the best description for me right now. Much of the time (contrary to what others may think) I am weighing my words and wondering if I should write them in my blog or just keep them to myself.

    You spoke (wrote) words of encouragement to me earlier this week in regard to that. When people close to me make no comments at all, I am left wondering if I should have kept quiet.

    Love your decorating and the ceramic turkey, especially. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  24. Vee...such a lovely post. Ecclesiastes 3 is one of my favorites...it is always applicable to our lives, no matter who we are. The world seems to be getting scarier by the day...thank goodness we know the Peace Speaker!! The suitcase full of memories is absolutely stunning...well done! I can feel the excitement in the air filling up your home as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. Our plans are still up in the air for one reason or another. Enjoy your family...just don't work too hard...easier said than done, huh? Have a most enjoyable Thanksgiving Day!

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  25. You must be having a lot of people over for Thanksgiving. I love your photos as usual. Ecclesiastes - I was the chaplain of my graduating class and I read that decades ago - funny how it is as important now as it was then. I think I am always in the process of all of those.

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  26. I hope that you have a good thanksgiving and that it will be peaceful for you. A beautiful display of your treasured family memories with the lovely photographs. xx

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  27. An interesting collection of nastalgic photos and frames which are cleverly arranged.
    The tragedies that seem to keep unfolding are heart wrenching and we can only hope that the power of prayer can have a positive effect somehow.
    Strange that SB would dry the bread out then dip it in water. We have always just used several days old bread and have cooked the stuffing separately in a pan for years because of the vegetarian daughter. :-)
    Right now my life is in a time to keep silence and a time to speak.
    Wishing you and John and family a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  28. What a great post and so near our hearts. This seems to be a time to "let go" for us as we just spent 10 days looking at retirement possibilities in Missouri. I could be saying goodbye to having a dining room and den depending on what happens. I could gain a finished "tea room" and place for hospitality and hobbies in the basement if our offer goes through. I would have to start the garden process all over. I think one of greatest lessons of life is learning to let go and move on and also restart. So much to learn in the journey.

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  29. Also, I forgot all about the suitcase as I rambled but that was a wonderful idea and would even be nice at a funeral really.

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  30. Love that idea with the chest and all those great photos. May your Thanksgiving be filled with all good things.
    I think after cleaning our my sister's place I'm inspired to be letting go. My girlfriend always makes her potatoes ahead and freezes them. Freezes her butternut squash soup, too.

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  31. Vee- What a beautiful, touching post. That suitcase is the greatest display idea! I love it-and how all those people surround the bride and are connected to her life. Is that wonderful, or what? I am so happy that you were able to pull that all together before the holidays with everything else I know you have going on!

    I have to go shopping-tomorrow-Friday is the plan to get all my Thanksgiving "stuff". Can't wait. xo Diana

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  32. Your posts are always a treat, but this one especially so. When the world seems so unsettled, you came through with words of wisdom and comfort and I thank you for that.
    That suitcase idea is fabulous. What a lovely way to remember family members on Thanksgiving and to be near in thought. Your maternal grandmother's wedding photo is beautiful. It would be a real shame to have it languishing in a box. I feel as though your dearly departed family members are all smiling down at your loving display of their special moments. I am very curious about how this is all held together...particularly that photo balancing on the tippy top.
    Love your Thanksgiving decor too. Such a shame about the jardiniere. You did find a lovely way to display it despite the mishap.
    With regards to the verse, for me I think it would be a time to embrace, a time to get & lose and most of all a time to love.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Vee.

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    1. Everything is anchored quite securely. I have even hopped up and down to check. It was helpful when frames had their "kickstands" still attached, as the top photo does. It is supported on the suitcase latch. Others are hanging over a photo as in my grandfather's photo on the corner of my grandmother's bridal photo. And there are lifts (books) and tissue paper and props inside...baby shoes, old dishes, and glass door knobs.

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  33. Happy Thanksgiving, Vee, to you and John, and the rest of your family who will gather together. Ecclesiastes is a book full of wisdom. For me, in these days, there's been mourning and I hope that joy will follow. It's been a rather dark season, not without light, but plenty of hard things, too.
    Your family photos make a very pretty picture all tucked up in that vintage suitcase. I can just imagine all the preparations for the feast to come.

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  34. Thank you Vee for that passage of scripture. Fear has the potential to grip us if we don't stay focused on the Lord in prayer, reading our Bibles, and remembering that God is in control.

    Love your suitcase full of memories. You have a nice flair for decorating.

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  35. Blessings, So may thoughts and emotions, yet we must keep our hearts open and count our joys. I do wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving... Your old trunk with the photos is really special. Lest we forget our heritage and roots. There is a time for everything!
    Hugs, Roxy

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  36. So many sweet Blessings, friend. Your box is def. full of treasures. Happy Thanksgiving friend....Blessings

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  37. Pretty please come to my house and organize all my photos into something as neat as that. I'll pay. :)

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  38. I am so in love with it all Vee....what beautiful photos....love how you have displayed them...genius! And your turkey....how very vintage and beautiful! Isn't it a blessing to look back and have all of those keepsakes from your family....just a very happy blessing!

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  39. 1) Yes, we are definitely in a war! Although the terrorists play a part in it, I think that it's important to remember that "we do not wrestle with flesh and blood," but with spiritual forces and the darkness of this age. God, in His mercy, has supplied us with everything we need to defeat those spiritual forces!!

    2) I DO remember that lovely Thanksgiving table in Country Living. Your display of memories is equally lovely and so full of meaning. I love it!! Beautiful work!!

    3) I love your turkey on the china cabinet! (And as I see him, I remember that we have not yet gotten out the Thanksgiving decorations this year, only the general autumn decor. Wonder if it's too late to bother with it. Probably not...)

    4) Enjoy your Thanksgiving preparations! Take some pics to share! And may you and your loved ones have a blessed Thanksgiving!!

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  40. I've tried my best to figure out where I am in those verses from Ecclesiastes. I just don't know. My heart tells me that it's a time to slow down and, yet, I'm challenged to do more. I think, though, that we often all feel that way. I remember that picture and I think I remember it from your post and immediately went to the online table settings at Country Living to see what else they had. I love (I really mean love) what you did with your own family photos. That was truly created with love. It's so much fun to see the treasures you're unpacking.. .precious memories.

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  41. I love your vintage photos, Vee. I decorated our Christmas tree a few years ago with old family pics for Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone enjoyed sharing memories about our loved ones that are no longer with us.

    I'm trying to start posting on my blog again. Kind of burned out I guess. I'll prabably to do a Thanksgiving bling post in a few days.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  42. Can I just say "Amen" to what Cheryl said especially number 1. I am ever so thankful to have the Lord on our side!

    Such a beautiful post, Vee. I always love when you pull out your family pictures. Hugs!

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  43. I absolutely love your suitcase full of memories. I've been really enjoying going through all the old family photos that I acquired after my mother passed. I came upon a photo of my paternal great grandmother, I had never seen a photo of her as she passed away long before my dad was in the picture. My understanding is that she did not like her picture taken, so I was pure excited to find it in with the old photos. I wish you and your family a very Blessed Thanksgiving.

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  44. What a beautiful display of photos Vee. Very creative. We got all the family heirloom photos a few years ago and I've yet to do anything with them.
    For the first year in about 20, I'm not doing Thanksgiving here. But I'm still making loads of food, so I'm list making, too. Have to start shopping and baking ASAP.
    I do hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Vee. Despite all the sorrow in the world, we still have so much to be grateful for.

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  45. Lovely decorations! The old photos are so beautiful! I love it when my grandparents bring out their old photos for us to see. Those are great verses you shared. I think I'm figuratively at "a time plant." Literally I'm at "a time to sew..." Over the summer I did a lot of rending on my work clothes...so I really should sew them up or sew new ones. The only thing is I don't enjoy sewing...

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  46. I truly adore your suitcase of memories! Such a lovely idea to showcase all of the special people in your life. We are slowly preparing for the holidays here in South Carolina. The in-laws are coming next week and then we will host some really good friends for Thanksgiving day. Right now I am at a "time to keep silent and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate".... working retail during the holidays is such a trying time. I have never experienced such rudeness and general disrespect in my life! Could you imagine having a customer insist on "vaping" right in your face while you are trying to match her foundation color? It happened last week. I am at such a low point in my life regarding humankind becasue of so much hate and disrespect.

    I hope that you and your family have a blessed and beautiful Thanksgiving!
    Jen

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  47. I adore your suitcase of memories, so very special! You are one busy bee, I will be making a wee feast for two and maybe the fur baby can have a bite or two so no hurry and scurry here. Where am I on the Scripture time line? I think I am at "the time to embrace" stage right now...embracing changes in life, embracing joy, embracing our world in prayer, embracing the promises of God's Word, embracing my family...

    I hope you and yours have a joy filled holiday!

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  48. What a wonderful post Vee. My husband and I have been spending much time in prayer, for out country, and family, our friends....we are seeing some wonderful answers and I'm encouraged. I know God is in control, and I long for His return. Thanks for a lovely post. Sending hugs.

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  49. Beloved faces from the past. How much they mean! I am also in a time of casting away! (What my daughters call "blessing other people with your stuff", but not everything, of course. I am looking forward to using my Christmas plates (my mother's) again after they were lost for two years and then my younger daughter Em found them for me while helping me get rid of things! That stuffing recipe is like my grandmothers. I remember the trays and baking sheets of bread slices laid out the days before Thanksgiving. A delicious memory! I wish you calm and joy while you prepare for your Thanksgiving holiday. We will be having it at Emily's this year but always make up a menu ahead of time and decide who will bring what. And I only have to be responsible for green bean casserole (which everyone loves) and a salad. We will be eight adults and four children with so much for which to be grateful!

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  50. I love looking at old photos. What a great idea to display them like that. I have many on display in the bookcase behind my desk. I'm in the time to cast away mode recently myself and several large containers were taken to Goodwill. What a shame about your great-grandmother's vase. There must be a place to take it to be repaired. It's lovely! Happy Thanksgiving, Vee!

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  51. Yes on the scripture and the call to prayer. I love your suitcase. I have one and have done something like that, but like your better. After Christmas I just try that. How did you get the frames to hang like that. You are a busy lady...Happy Thanksgiving.

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  52. This is a favorite passage of mine. I am in the 'time to build up' stage and, hopefully, in 'a time to dance'.
    A beautiful post, Vee.
    Amalia
    xo

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  53. Vee, where am I in regard to those verses? Good question! It will be fun to contemplate on that. I hope you're enjoying your blogging break and will be back soon.

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  54. Hi Vee - I have just come back from a few days away to Amy's email and a message that my first e-mail to you failed for some reason. I have sent it again just now. Can you confirm to me if you have received either of the e-mails. Thanks. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  55. Well, as you can see, I'm certainly late to this party! I dragged out photo albums last week and then just put everything back. I too have boxes of photos. Maybe this winter... I always make stuffing ahead and keep it in a bag in the refrigerator until the morning when I stuff the turkey. I would think it would be fine a few days ahead, which I realize is already past now, and you've already found a solution. I don't think I'd like mashed potatoes made ahead, though. This is the first year I haven't done the whole turkey thing. No family coming home. I'm roasting a wee chicken for Kevin and me and might make a tiny pumpkin pie. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Vee. We've much to be thankful for. Praying that hearts and minds are turned toward God.

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  56. I remember singing these verses as a song when I was in high school. It seems that this world always has a threat--then it was communisim, now terrorism. I pray good will always triumph over evil!

    I cooked the bulk of my Thanksgiving dinner ahead as we are on vacation in one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen in Colorado! I am having intensive eye surgery in early and late December so I'm thankful I will have this beauty to remember then while I am recouperating for a few weeks between surgery. We may have snow for Thanksgiving but it will be beautiful seeing it here in this special place called the "Switzerland of America" I hope you and your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving, Vee!

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  57. Hi Vee, Tried 2 times today to email you and keep getting rejects.
    Wanted to answer your question about where we lived. This is the email.

    Good Morning Vee,
    Hope your Thanksgiving was a good one and now you can relax today after all that cooking!

    We lived in Puerto Rico for three years in the late 70's.
    You are right. We did live in Scotland for 4 years before PR.
    I think you know we were both raised in NJ.
    We started out in Norfolk, VA before Scotland.
    Other places we lived are Dale City, VA.
    Pensacola, FL
    Waldorf, MD
    Savage, MD
    Ellicott City, MD
    and now here in Accident.
    We have lived in 12 different houses.

    I have enjoyed living in every one of them.
    But after I move I always like where I am best. : )

    A happy day to you.
    Love,
    Karen

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