Serving With Gratitude

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday…

  • a time when we focus on gratitude, giving thanks, and the blessings in our lives.
  • a time when we focus on getting together around a table, to eat, share, reconnect.
  • a time when we focus on preparation, in our hearts, our homes, and our lives.
  • a time when we focus on giving, loving, and helping others more than ourselves. 

I sit, speak, and encourage gratitude, grace, and thanksgiving makes our families special, and these serving pieces amplify and beautify those thoughts.

The platter reads: Grateful for His blessings; Thankful for His, grace. Grateful for the loving hearts, gathered in this place, and perfect to serve your turkey or ham!

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The Grace & Gratitude pitcher can serve water, gravy, or be a centerpiece as a vase!

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Queen Anne’s lace pitcher

 

 

The salt & pepper shakers and butter dish accent the other pieces.

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Heirloom white salt pepper shakers, butter dish.

 

 

And the large footed server is a great bowl for you mashed potatoes! It also reads: Grateful for His blessings; Thankful for His, grace. Grateful for the loving hearts, gathered in this place.

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By adding a piece, or several, serving dishes to your Thanksgiving table can help set the mood, create conversation, and praise the Lord, who we wish to give all our gratitude and thanksgiving to!

 

DIY Wall Decor with a Tea Towel

I love when I can buy an item and then add a personal touch to it, making it a really memorable gift full of love!

Recently I have used a Love & Grace Tea Towel to create a wall decor. This towel is available from Mary & Martha for $22.

Next I purchased a 20×24 canvas frame (I got buy one get one free too!).

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Then I ironed the towel so it had no creases in it, laid it face down and centered the canvas on top of it. With a staple gun I attached and secured the sides and corners of the towel to the wooden part of the frame.

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It was so easy! And for approx. $30 made a wonderful gift! So… means I had gotten 2 frames, got another towel, so I could have a new picture for my home too! Whatcha think? Do you like it?

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There is also another Acts 2:46 Tea Towel available through Mary & Martha for another option!

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Blessings Cardholder

I love genealogy, traditions, family, and ancestors… which explains my respect and love for the elderly. They are a wealth of knowledge, full of stories, appreciative of any listening ear, and just want to love those they will one day be leaving behind.

But I also see the difficulty of growing old, the struggles, the increased limitations, leaving one’s home for another, finding new friends, longing to have family visit, cherishing every picture, card, or remembrance. Wanting to be loved.

So when holidays come, I always try to think of something they could really use, something practical, but when they see, will feel the love… I have done a sweater, coffee mug, book, ect, but when I seen this Blessings Cardholder, I thought this is just perfect!

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No longer do they have to search for frames to fit their pictures, frames taking valuable space in possibly small living quarters. All the grandchildren, and great grandchildren are all displayed easily changed for the next new picture. Or when that Birthday rolls around, there is room for cards to be displayed too! Whatever is on it, love is shown, and they can see and fell it, letting them know the “blessing” they are in our life!

Think of small apartments, assisted living spaces, and nursing homes, this is something ANYONE can use!

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So let the elderly in your life know you are thankful for them, share with them a Blessings Cardholder!

Say Thanks With Pumpkin

There is something about pumpkin that just tells us fall is here, and prepares us for the holiday season.

It is not just the taste, but the smell, combined with cinnamon and spices, binging back nostalgic memories, reminding, and taking us back home.

When we want to share the love of fall, and the love of a home, pumpkin is a great gift!

One of my favorite is Pumpkin Cheesecake Rolls. These are a treat everyone loves!  And delivered in these cute foil pans make a very nice gift!

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Then there is also a home made pumpkin latte that is great to serve family and friends with they stop by! Served in these cute coffee mug that reads “begin each day with a grateful heart” is great way to serve, sip, and connect!

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Enjoy pumpkin… and give, as a give of thanksgiving, and nostalgic reminder of the love of a home!

5 Ways To Use Ornament Gift

If you are like me, I love a tree full of all different ornaments! As I hang each one, I remember who gave it to me, and recall a fond memory of the person. Ornaments given as gifts, make a tree come alive, and full of love! I just love looking at them all season long! There are many different kinds and types, but rMary & Martha has some beautiful hand crafted 3″ pewter ornaments.

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But what else can you do with an ornament you received, or when giving?

1. Put them on a wreath! Ornaments add such a pretty touch to any greenery and ribbon!

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2. Hang in your house! Try from a window, light fixture, or frame!

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3. Hang from your stocking, or this pretty glass lantern!

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4. Use as a napkin ring!

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5. Tie around a wrapped gift, or a baked good you are delivering!

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Give an ornament you will always be remembered by, decorate that tree full of your ornaments of love, and enjoy your season remembering those who touched your life!

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

Give us this day our daily bread Matthew 6:11, did you have this in your home growing up?

My husband’s Grandparents had it on their wall one metal bread plate like this:

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My grandparents had it on a plague similar to this:
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My in-laws have it on a basket liner:

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And I have seen this picture numerous times at friends!

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Just like all these items, this is a scripture that has been displayed in homes for decades. It is something we remember, and wish to duplicate, passing this tradition on not just in our homes, but by giving as a gift for a new home.

The modern version of Give Us This Day Our Daily Breadboard works great for that. It makes a great house warming gift, or wedding gift, sharing the message we grew up with onto a family member, friend, or the next generation.

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How about putting it in a basket with some bread mixes, apple butter, or loaf pan to make it really fun!

I hope in 100 years someone writes a similar blog post asking, “where or on what do you remember reading this scripture growing up?” and it gets full of comments!

 

 

Giving Matters

Sometimes I think I have a “really good idea”, something I want to do for someone, give someone, or write and tell someone… but then I either:

  • get too busy and never do,
  • doubt the idea all together and never do,
  • worry the recipient will not appreciate and never do,
  • let too much time pass, the moment is gone, and I did not do it.

Have you ever done this? Or is it just me?

Since the first of the year I have had a resolution to mail more cards, and react on my thoughts of giving more. I have not been 100% faithful, but I am truly trying, and while God has shown me numerous times how important it is, the past two days I have been told and shown how much it really is.

#1. I had a friend who I sent a Birthday card tell me she used to get so many, but this year got 3 (one of them was mine) and how she loved it. With social media, we forget how special an important it makes us feel to personally get that piece of mail! The average person (excluding Christmas) gets 8 personal pieces of mail a YEAR! A card goes a long way when giving, and showing someone how much you care and love them!

#2. It’s ministry appreciation month, and the recipients eyes welled with tears when giving this simple gift. A quick snack mix in a cup, tied with string, and a note (which realized afterward I had even misspelled). I almost did not make it, or give it. I worried it was not cute enough, or they would think silly. But it made their day instead… I almost missed the chance to do that for them.

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It does not matter if it is perfect, worded properly, or adorably decorated. What matters is to do it… when you have the idea, the person in mind, do it! Listen to your heart, God is directing you for a reason and GIVE to them what you are being called to give!

I have missed the chance many times in the past, but did not the past 2 days, thank you God for showing me the importance again! What we give and do matters! It does not good in our minds or hearts until we put it into action, JUST DO IT!

God Made Just One

There was a little girl, Who had a little curl, Right in the middle of her forehead…
I never saw a Purple Cow,I never hope to see one…
These are poems I still have in my mind from being read Childcraft books growing up.
Things we hear over and over again when young really do stick. That is one reason I always read books about God and His love to my children when they were young. I wanted them to remember that, and not just silly poems!
But I do wish I would of had a book that told them how special they were, unique, one of a kind, and created to do something special in this world, like the God Made Just One book by Bonnie Jensen and Ellen Matkowski.
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It is big 6×9″ board book full of bright colorful pictures, with words that just touch ones heart. I have personally seen young and old come to tears when reading this book. A powerful message we need to hear, and want our children to know.
Wouldn’t it be great to remember “God made just ONE little child like you!”

A Gift That Grandma Needs!

“I don’t need a single thing! I have everything I could ever want and more.” Asking what Grandma wants for Christmas is not getting you anywhere, so you look around trying to see something she could use but does not know it… meanwhile you give her a picture of her new great-grandchild. “Oh good, can you go in my hall closet and look for a 5×7 frame for me please, I have quite a collection of them.” You go to retrieve and oh my, her closet is dominated with frames, all sizes, 2×3, 3×5, 3×6, 5×7, 8×10.

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“Why do you have all these frames Grandma?” “Well, I always get a picture in a new of different size, and they have accumulated over the years!” You look around and yes they have, pictures are on every table, buffet, dresser, so many it makes it hard to utilize the limited table space her small apartment has.

You just came up with the perfect gift idea, the Blessings Cardholder. It can hold all sizes of pictures in a small area, or for the Birthday or Christmas cards she will get, or even for the colored pictures the grandkids like to make her.

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The Blessings Cardholder fits a small area so also works great for an assisted living center or nursing home. Truly a gift they will use and be so grateful for, freeing up their countertop and table space, while still being able to see the precious pictures they adore!

A Gift of Gratitude

Take trendy burlap, and mix it with words of gratitude, and you have an amazing table runner!

Makes for a conversation piece around the table, “what are you grateful for today”, is a protection for the wood beneath it, and reminder of our faith and God’s love.

A thoughtful gift for anyone who wish to “thank” in your life!

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