October 10, 2011

A Modest Thanksgiving

( inspired by "A Modest Thanksgiving" ~ David Baumbaugh , professor , Chicago, Illinois)

As much as you may plan, not everything always goes according to that plan.
For a few reasons,  this year's Thanksgiving day turned out to be our small family Thanksgiving celebration.
Despite all the last minute changes, the weather stayed spectacular
I decided to set a little modest Thanksgiving table outside in the backyard.
I wanted to be simple, yet festive.
I have chosen colors which differ from the traditional autumn (Thanksgiving) table settings.
I have preferred simple decoration and simple food this time.

 What was on our table ?
The Thanksgiving meal was less pretentious than last year , but captured the essence of it .
Cranberry sauce? Yes!
Mashed potato, gravy ? Double Check!
Pumpkin pie ? No doubt !
Roasted Turkey with vegetables and cranberry stuffing ! Of course!
For my son  Thanksgiving is not a real celebration without it.

there was something different .
This year something was keeping me calm ( no, not that the spirit of the holiday have left my heart - it is still one of my favorite celebrations, a celebration of life.
Last year, this holiday was a truly big affair with a very serious preparation ahead.
Perhaps my constant efforts of learning to focus on things that matter has started paying off?!
Family and simple food made up the entire list .

                                                          ( oops, sooory for the misplaced eating utensils)

Yet, the list of things I was thankful for had grown bigger for just one year.
Isn't it amazing !?
Isn't it amazing how small things, trivial and insignificant at first glance, have become all the things that truly matter,
all the things to be tankful for :
" some modest things, rooted in the ordinary
some humble things, deep - seated in the now
some tiny things, established in a faith that my life is beautiful and meaningful
and I am blessed enough to have everything I need ."


 " I asked God for strength, that I might achieve.
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey...
I asked for health, that I might do great things.
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things...
I asked for riches, that I might be happy.
I was given poverty, that I might be wise...
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of man.
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of Him...
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life.
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things...
I got nothing I asked for -- but everything I had hoped for .
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among men, most richly blessed!  "
                                    ~ Roy Campanella~

  (In fact, my husband is our master chef when it comes to turkey, and the results are always amazing!)

  I am thankful for my SIMPLE life!

Happy Thanksgiving !

Thank you for your visit today, dear Friends !


  1. It looks beautiful and the turkey looks so good, and I don't even like turkey!

  2. Beautiful table setting. Happy Thanksgiving to you! Always so much work, but soooo worth it. Diane

  3. i am thankful you share your beautiful life~

  4. What a wonderful table! We will have Thanksgiving here in another month. It's a favorite holiday.

  5. Your photos are SIMPLY beautiful! Your styling is breathtaking~ Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

  6. Your table setting is so beautiful, and I love the china you have chosen, very appropriate. That turkey looks divine, better than most in cook books. I hope you had a scrumptious meal, and a wonderful Thanksginging day.xx

  7. Dear Sylvia,
    Your table looks fabulous! I love the baby pumpkins sitting on each plate and the china is perfect for the holiday. The poem is so very much appreciated too. I love it. Wonderful photos and I know you enjoyed your Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Thank you for sharing your beautiful post.


  8. Hello, Sylvia
    Isn't it wonderful that the weather was nice enough for you to eat outside. It looks like a beautiful table and a delicious meal.

  9. Your Thanksgiving Day looks wonderful. So nice that you could have it outside! Your table is lovely and your words beautiful.

  10. Oh my goodness, I love this! The table is set so beautifully and is such an intimate family setting. I love, love love the transferware!

    And the poem is so beautiful, I have copied this down to pass along to my guests!

  11. I enjoyed seeing your lovely table! Your photos are wonderful. And that china is spectacular!!psynar

  12. This has to be one of the best Thanksgiving tables I have ever seen. Love that you were able to be outdoors and the simple items you chose to use went together perfectly. I'm visiting from next door at BNOTP but I would have commented any way.

    Robin Flies South

  13. Dearest Sylvia,

    Stunning, spectacular photos. What a profound and vital message...this is the real meaning of life at its most pure.
    You are beautiful...

    Many blessings to you,
    - Irina

  14. Beautiful al fresco table...love your centerpiece. I hope you left me a piece of that gorgeous pumpkin pie!

  15. Everything looked beautiful! What a pretty thanksgiving


  16. I am drooling at your treasures on your table. And setting outside this season, is unbeatable.

    Happy TS...

  17. What a beautiful outdoor setting :)

    My first time to visit your lovely blog...
    You meal looks incredible too!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday

    Kay Ellen

  18. Your photos are fabulous and the tablescapes are amazing. That turkey looks so awesome and delicious...and I am not a turkey fan...but I think I would like your husband's turkey.


  19. You have it right Sylvia - and I can believe that the source of your peace is to keep the most important thing - the most important thing! I know it makes God happy when we are thankful and appreciative of the blessings we have in our life! Each day is a gift! Thank you for sharing your beautiful - delicious looking post with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless

  20. This is my first visit to your blog and I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos. I have 1 plate of that china on your table but while in Maine last week I saw it for sale at T J Maxx. Sadly, I couldn't justify buying it. Your Thanksgiving dinner sounds wonderful and the turkey looks like a magazine photo! Blessings, Pamela

  21. This is an amazingly lovely post. I know y'all had a blessed Thanksgiving. Sorry I am so late in visiting, but I have been trying very hard to get well.

    Take care!
    Ricki Jill

  22. Such an incredibly beautiful and serene table in celebration of family and food! It's wonderful, Sylvia! I love it that you chose to go against type. I often do that (although I do it because I'm weird!), and it lets people know you are really thinking about the occasion moreso than the "look." I love the addition of the single hydrnagea blossom. Its big moppy head is perfect in this setting and the colors are perfectly matched to the dishes. Wonderful job! Glad you had a good Thanksgiving, and kudos to your hubby on a magnificent bird!

  23. This is absolutely gorgeous, what a beautiful setting and lovely day. Thank you so much for linking up with VIF, xo


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