Thanksgiving Reflections

“Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.” 
~ Charles Spurgeon

“The man who has forgotten to be thankful has fallen asleep in life.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

“Every breath is a battle between grudgery and gratitude. Give thanks…and you win joy.” ~ Ann Voskamp

“O God, when I have food, help me to remember the hungry. When I have work, help me to remember the jobless. When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all.

When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer. And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency, bestir my compassion,

And be concerned enough to help—by word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen.” ~ Samuel F. Pugh

Happy Thanksgiving everybody.



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  1. Lovely! Thank you for sharing the beautiful pics and quotes
    Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  2. Love the close ups, especially the glass in the first picture with the festive tablecloth! Makes me feel warm and cozy just looking at them. Beautiful pictures and happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Alexandria!

  4. This is a beautiful post! We especially like the photo of the pies 🙂
    You have an eye for themed shots. These are wonderful

    • Thank you. I’ve focused so much on nature I’m just venturing into food shots. It’s hard to stop and take the photos when you’re trying to cook and put the spread out, as I’m sure you know!

  5. That was beautiful. Thank you for vising my blog as well!

  6. Kathi

     /  November 23, 2012

    This is really an exceptionally wonderful post! Thanks for sharing it. I love both the quotes and the pictures. Were the pictures from your Thanksgiving gathering? Beautiful!

    • Yes, this was ours, but it was last year. Of course, the camera was going again in the midst of all the food yesterday. Had to tuck it into a safe nook in between all the cooking, kids, and general traffic.
      I love your idea with your church and family. Really sweet.

      • Kathi

         /  November 23, 2012

        So, of course, I’m curious about the size and configuration of your family! Does your mom still sponsor the gathering, or are you now the family glue?

        • Well, it’s kind of different. We moved far from family and don’t always make it back to the homestead in winter. We travel there in warm weather. So here’s what we do. Our daughters married brothers and we are very close to their family, which includes a set of great-grandparents. So we cook together, including all the men. There are also out-of-town family and friends that come for the week, and local friends who have no family. And of course, children everywhere. We never know exactly who is going to show up in addition to the regulars. But whoever does brings their special dish. It’s exceptional fun!

          • Kathi

             /  November 24, 2012

            Wow! That sounds really wonderful…and definitely exceptionally fun!

  7. Gorgeous place settings and foliage colors. 🙂
    ¸.•*¨*•.♪♫♫♪Happy Thanksgiving weekend to you! .♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ♥

  8. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are in the midst of a great Thanksgiving weekend!

    • Thanks, Russell. Beginning my favorite time of they year—non-stop holidays. Thanksgiving behind, the Christmas decorations and tree go up today. Hope you’re enjoying yours in San Diego.
      Thanks for visiting!

  9. This is what pure “thankfulness” is. Love this, ““Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.” Thanks.

  10. That second picture from the top is awesome. Did you take it?

    • I did. I do all the photography on SimplySage with the exception of a few essays. If there is no credit attached to it then it is mine. I actually took this one with an iPhone as I was not expecting a break in the clouds—no intentions of photography that day at all. All I had was the iPhone. It was one of those rare moments. I’m glad you enjoyed. Thanks for the compliment!

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