Notice of Changes

You will notice that some of my albums are "empty" on my Facebook page and that some pages and pictures are missing on here and on Natural and Free. Don't worry - they won't stay that way. :) In light of some recent events, I've had to watermark my photos and designed images. Until that is done and I get a chance to upload them, my FREE Fibro Banners and Badges and Inspirational Designs {By Me} pages will be down, and the albums under the same (or almost the same) names on my Facebook page will be empty, and pictures will be deleted and watermarked at various times for as long as it takes to get that done. I'm sorry for any inconvenience this may cause you. Thank you for understanding! In the mean time, if there is an image you would like that you saw or have an idea for a new one, feel free to email me or leave me a comment, and I'll do what I can to get one to you. :)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Thanksgiving Feast and Festivities Link-Up ~ Final Day


Thank you to all who have joined in on the link-up party so far!  You all are the best!  For those of you who don't know what's going on, I have been sharing some recipes from the archives on Natural and Free and sharing some Thanksgiving/Thankfulness-themed posts here as time has allowed.  There are still a few hours left to link-up (you can link up until 10pm EST tonight), so keep 'em coming!  It is my hope that you will link-up some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, posts about thankfulness or family, Thanksgiving/Autumn crafts, etc.  It is my hope that these posts can inspire you in your Thanksgiving meal endeavors and maybe just with some ideas for next year or maybe some ideas with how to spread thankfulness year round.  At any rate, you can link-up as many posts as you like, and I will be sharing my favorites the next week, so the more posts you submit, the more likely you are to be featured!  I hope you will join in the fun! :)

Today I just want to share with you a few highlights from my Thanksgiving.

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Thursday was spent with just us and my parents.  The men hunted, my mom and I finished cooking, the kids played, and then we had a delicious lunch of turkey, mashed potatoes, etc.  Delish!  And lots not forget the pie for dessert!  YUM!  Then the guys went back out hunting for a little while longer and the kids and my mom and I got to watch a wonderful movie called Christmas in Canaan.  We had an absolute blast!

Today was the day that we had the really big Thanksgiving meal, though.  My sister and her family, my family and my parents all got together for another turkey with all the fixings, more pie and lots of family time.  The kids even did these really cute Christmas crafts that I hope to be able to post a picture of later when I have more time.  We even got to watch White Christmas (my favorite Christmas movie).  What a great time!  I just love time with the family!

Right now, we are watching Robin Hood together and going to finish the last of our "leaves" for this month.  It has definitely been a great weekend, and I am not looking forward to Monday in the least!

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How was your Thanksgiving?

What was your favorite part?


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I hope to share more posts with you as time permits, and hope that you will take the time to go over to Natural and Free! and check out the recipes from the archives I've shared there as well as click on some of the posts linked up below.  I also hope that you will link-up some posts, too, and help spread the word! The more the merrier! :)




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Thursday, November 28, 2013

The Thanksgiving Feast and Festivities Link-Up ~ Happy Thanksgiving!


Thank you to all who have joined in on the link-up party so far!  You all are the best!  For those of you who don't know what's going on, I am going to be sharing some recipes from the archives on Natural and Free and sharing someThanksgiving/Thankfulness-themed posts here as time allows until Saturday.  It is my hope that you will link-up some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, posts about thankfulness or family, Thanksgiving/Autumn crafts, etc.  It is my hope that these posts can inspire you in your Thanksgiving meal endeavors and maybe just with some ideas for next year or maybe some ideas with how to spread thankfulness year round.  At any rate, you can link-up as many posts as you like, and I will be sharing my favorites the first week in December, so the more posts you submit, the more likely you are to be featured!  I hope you will join in the fun! :)
 
Since I'm just about to head out the door to spend some time with my family, all I want to share with you today are some quotes about thankfulness.

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"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself."
~Tecumseh

"The unthankful heart... discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings!"
~Henry Ward Beecher
 
"The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest."
~William Blake
 
(For more great quotes, go here.)
 
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Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving/Thankfulness quotes?


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I hope to share more posts with you as time permits, and hope that you will take the time to go over to Natural and Free! and check out the recipes from the archives I've shared there as well as click on some of the posts linked up below.  I also hope that you will link-up some posts, too, and help spread the word! The more the merrier! :)
 
Happy Thanksgiving!



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Monday, November 25, 2013

The Thanksgiving Feast and Festivities Link-Up


So, I had this idea for a link-up party, and I hope you all will enjoy it and participate.  I am going to be sharing some recipes from the archives on Natural and Free and sharing at least one Thanksgiving/Thankfulness-themed post here as time allows from now until Saturday.  It is my hope that you will link-up some of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, posts about thankfulness or family, Thanksgiving/Autumn crafts, etc.  It is my hope that these posts can inspire you in your Thanksgiving meal endeavors and maybe just with some ideas for next year or maybe some ideas with how to spread thankfulness year round.  At any rate, you can link-up as many posts as you like, and I will be sharing my favorites the first week in December, so the more posts you submit, the more likely you are to be featured!  I hope you will join in the fun! :)

What I want to share with you today is our new Thankfulness tradition, that I plan on making a year round thing.

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The above picture is of our Thankfulness Basket.  As I mentioned above, it is something that I hope we will be able to do monthly.  I think it is a great way to keep your mind on the good things, and we could all use a little more of that in our lives. :)

What I did was take some construction paper - a different color for each family member - and cut out some leaf shapes (you can find some great free patterns online - just Google "free leaf patterns" or something like that) for this month (I will use a shape that fits the season each month, i.e. candy canes or stockings for December, flowers for May).  I then labeled each leaf with the appropriate family members name and the month and year (for example, my leaf color is brown, so on the brown leaves I wrote "Mom" and "November, 2013") so that we know, when we look through them later, what time of year it was and who was thankful for what.

On the other side of the leaves, we wrote the specific date (i.e. 11-25-13) and then something we were grateful for, an answer to prayer, etc.  There is everything from "LEGOs" to "family" to "pancakes" on them (I'll let you guess who wrote what).  It has been so great to see my kids think of new things to be grateful for, and it is so good for me to think about my blessings!  I can't wait to see what else will be added to the pile! :)

The plan, for now, is to read them together at the end of each month and to add to the pile as we need/want to.  I am so glad that we have decided to do this.  It truly is a blessing to think about your blessings!

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Do you do anything to help you count your blessings and help you focus on being grateful?
Do you do it only during Thanksgiving/November or all year round?
Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?


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I hope to share more posts with you as time permits, and hope that you will take the time to go over to Natural and Free! and check out the recipes from the archives I've shared there as well as click on some of the posts linked up below.  I also hope that you will link-up some posts, too, and help spread the word! The more the merrier! :)



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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Why I Strive To Stay Thankful...

It is November, the thankful month.  It is the month we all strive to think of others a little more, count our blessings and work to let our family and friends know how much they mean to us.  However, why do we only do this in November?  Why not do it year 'round?  I know it is something I am trying to do; be grateful daily.

Why do I do my level best to try to stay positive and thankful?  The following quote by Helen Keller sums it up best:

"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."- Helen Keller
When you have a good attitude and are always looking on the bright side, things don't look so bad or feel so dull or glum or hopeless.  You can smile sincerely and enjoy life fully.  Physical pain dulls, heartaches lessen, and life and God are truly good.  It is the better side of the coin, the glass half full, the rose colored glasses, and it is wonderful.

It is not easy, and there are the days where you must be practical or realistic and see that there is truly hurt in your heart and in your world or in the world of someone else you know, but when you are being thankful, that hurt is a little less because you see every good thing as a gift.  You don't live as if you deserve good things, so when they come, you appreciate them and they touch you deeper, guarding your heart a little bit more like a shield so that when the sword of hurt, anger and disappointment comes it doesn't wound you as deeply.  Sure, you still hurt, you still grieve, but you have your blessings, your gifts, still and you know that (eventually) you will be ok.

I wish that I had the time to do what I did last year and do a thankfulness link-up every day in November until Thanksgiving, but I do not.  I am hoping to blog weekly about thankfulness, but (as you can see in my lack of being able to blog since October 16th, despite my best efforts) I cannot promise you that.  What I would ask of you, though, dear blogger friend, is that you strive to find ways to express gratitude, not only this month (though that's an amazing start) but every day of the year.  Keep a Thankfulness Journal, start a Thankfulness Tree or Thankfulness Wall or make a Thankfulness Box and work alongside me in trying to keep a spirit of thankfulness in your (our) homes, hearts, and lives.  I know that my goal this coming week (today, hopefully) is to make a Thankfulness Wall/Tree and add to it throughout the month and share it with you as I can.  I am hoping to have a designated spot that will be used year 'round that I can decorate according to season, but we'll see how much time I get. :)  That's the goal, anyway.

I hope you all have had an amazing start to your November.  May it be an amazing one for you and may you learn to love more, feel blessed more and know that I am praying for you!