Happy Wednesday my crafty friends! Tomorrow we here in the states will celebrate Thanksgiving! We all look forward to the holidays for many different reasons and I certainly look forward to this wonderful day for a myriad of reasons!
Fall is my favorite time of year and love all that it encompasses! The colors in general speak to me because they embody warm and coziness, which I love! I would be remiss if I didn't say that I love this holiday for ALL the wonderful comfort food!! Yes, Thanksgiving is comfort food to me!! It kind of goes back to that warm and cozy feeling because after you get a belly FULL the couch by a cozy fire is the ONLY place one could go! LOL We identify things such as turkey
and pumpkin pie as the consummate Thanksgiving dishes and who could do without the sweet potato souffle with the ooey, gooey marshmallows on top!! Yes, only in the good old USA would one top a delicate vegetable with marshmallows!!! LOL Tragic as it would seem, I DO LOVE that dish!! My waistline, however, doesn't like ANY of it!! LOL
Another reason I love the Thanksgiving holiday is to be with my FAMILY!! Growing up I always identified with the wonderful Norman Rockwell painting of "Thanksgiving!" That was LITERALLY how it was in my family growing up! I had a VERY BLESSED life growing up with awesome brothers and sisters. I was part of a family of twelve! We had five boys, five girls and my parents! Then often times our grandparents were there as well! Typical was the atmosphere of laughter, table games and/or the traditional football game in the yard (remember Eight is Enough....yep, that was us!) I can't say ENOUGH how God blessed me to be a part of such a wonderful family! We are all scattered to the wind now and we no longer have a family home to gather at, but we do still try to get together at one of the siblings' homes on the holidays! I do miss those wonderful childhood days!
But for me, the most important part about Thanksgiving is being THANKFUL!! Thankful for ALL of the above things mentioned, but also for the amazing love of my Father in Heaven! I have ALWAYS been blessed and God has ALWAYS kept me in the palm of His hand! I could NEVER be thankful enough to a Father in Heaven who gave it ALL on the cross for me! It's indescribable the love I feel being a part of His family! Just as the Norman Rockwell picture depicts the earthly family gathering warmth and love, I can identify, as a Christian, with being a part of a Heavenly family whereby there is a banquet table I am allowed to be seated at with all of my spiritual brothers and sisters in even more warmth and love! My prayer for you today is that if you don't know this kind of love that you would seek it out! It is available to you FREE!! God tells us in His Word, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matt 7:7) No questions asked, the Father is waiting to embrace you at that same banquet table!! Come hungry for He want to fill you to the brim!!
Today, I want to share a VERY QUICK tag I did just to say Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I literally got up this morning at 5am because I couldn't sleep for thinking of doing this tag. So I threw it together before I did my Bible study time.
As I didn't want to wake everyone with all my knocking around I just opted to do all Distress Stains so I wouldn't have to dry, etc... I simply used Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Vintage Photo and rounded it out with Walnut Stain. I had the awesome stamp from Unity that I love, love of the Tree of Gratitude and the "gratitude" sentiment that came in my September of 2013 Layers of Life Kit. I also used another stamp that I love, which is the bird from a Fiskars Stamp set and then the other words came from a Yellow Bicycle Stamp Set. I added some Tim Holtz tissue tape and some faux stitching around the edges and voila! Quick, no?
I pray all my crafty friends have the Happiest of Thanksgivings! I know my friends from across the pond don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but it doesn't have to be Thanksgiving to be so very grateful in your heart for all of your many blessings!
God bless you!