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Hello and Happy Thanksgiving! Hope this finds you well, enjoying a special day with friends, family and those you love on my most favorite holiday.  Hope your travels were not impacted by some of the bad weather that is being felt in various pars of the country. Thanksgiving is  my favorite holiday of all as it is exclusively about togetherness and giving thanks.

This holiday is somewhat bittersweet as several things did not go according to plan. Somewhat in keeping with the theme of 2019. Many last minute changes, which threw me for a loop and had me feeling a bit down for a while. My son got a new job which meant he was unable to join us in PB, which is a first. Of course very happy for him though:)  I love having all my little birdies in my nest but get that “life” gets in the way sometimes. My niece, though coming (the one who had the double lung transplant caught a small virus and her course of care requires a daily procedure). I am just grateful she is joining us and doing great otherwise!!

Then my mom and dad had to cancel last minute, due to my mom’s dementia which literally breaks my heart in pieces….this is by far, the piece that had me totally unraveled.  That is a whole other post but I was devastated to. know they were not joining us as I was eagerly anticipating all of us together this holiday in PB.  Then on top of that, one of my best friends fathers passed away, which though he lived a long and beautiful life, the finality of saying goodbye to ones parent is one of the hardest things in life.

I needed some time to regroup and just breath and focus on the things I have to be grateful for. And truly I cannot imagine a more peaceful place to do that than here in Palmetto Bluff.

 So after having a good cry, I understood I needed to prop myself up and focus on what I do have to be thankful for and understand that life has many many chapters and I need to be able to roll with them, whatever they may bring. There will be good times and bad, and I need to understand that while yesterday was a long day of disappointments, today will be a day of cooking, game playing, football game blaring, late afternoon post feast bike riding,  and all around fun and togetherness. It will be with the  ones that  I love that are going to be here and missing those that are not (but am looking forward to them being  at our home for Christmas)!

Bikes are pumped and ready to burn off the feast we will indulge in a little later today…a great way to end the day!

My heart is full with gratitude as I am thankful today for so many things- my incredible family, my health, my wonderful friends and of course my incredible readers/followers/customers!! I am grateful for the service men and women who keep our country safe and protected, I know the sacrifices they make in not being able to be with their own families and I will take any chance I can get to salute and pay respect to every one of them.

I also always think about those who are not so lucky today, those who have lost loved ones, those who do not have a table to sit around or a home to welcome friends and family to. I think about those less fortunate  and hope they find some joy in their day.

I am also super grateful for my amazing team at work….they help my business to run like well oiled machine (almost always lol). We have a great team in place and not a day goes by that I don’t realize how lucky I am to have them.

I often reflect back on how remarkable it is that my blog has brought me the good fortune of bringing so many like minded people together. I am eternally grateful for your friendship, support, kindness and for the joy you bring me literally on a daily basis.  I love what I do in part thanks to you, you are the ultimate validation and I am doubly blessed to have met so many friends from all around the world!

I wish for each of you, a beautiful day of togetherness spent in reflection for all the blessings we are all fortunate to count. Thank you for following along with me, many good things lie ahead!

A quick peek at my more coastal/casual PB Thanksgiving table

Still coming together but getting there….

Flowers always make me happy

Happy Thanksgiving from our Palmetto Bluff abode to wherever you may be…..


Thank for stopping in and again, wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your loved ones. Hold them close,put those phones down and cherish the time you have together, I know I will. Count your blessings as I surely will be doing and I do consider you to be among them!

Let’s all enjoy the togetherness of the family we love, the friends we cherish and the blessings that we have. Now excuse me while I go find my stretchy pants, let’s be real….this is no day for a diet! This will be it until Sunday, thanks for stopping by. Until next time…….

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Roxanne N. on

Thank you, Tina, for a lovely and thoughtful post. I wish you and your loved ones a Happy Thanksgiving.

With appreciation for all you share with us,

Annake van Coller on

Beautiful table with the white and yellow and blue.

Lorraine on

Enjoy a blessed Thanksgiving
And may the joy you bring to others come back to you threefold
Life will continue to subtly change but there will be blessings in all those changes

Mona L. on

Such a beautiful post! Thank you!

Peggy Thal on

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. ❤️

Sue Schmitt Haidon on

Wishing you a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving Holiday. We do have so much to be thankful for don’t we Tina. We too have those bittersweet moments that we don’t understand. I guess God gives us those times that forces us to look around and appreciate all the Beautiful things we have right in front of us. God Bless you Tina and I will pray for you ??????

Donna Dowd on

Beautiful post, Tina! Heed your own advice…many great things lie ahead. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your loved ones are there in spirit!

Mirna on

Happy Thanksgiving! There are always things to be thankful for… we have many blessings, so it is good when we have to pivot in life to appreciate it all of it…

Eve B on

Wishing you and your a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving. Sorry to hear that your son and parents will not be joining you. Unexpected things happen and sometimes life is not fair. They will be with you in your heart. Raise a glass to them.

Eileen A on

Beautiful post! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Nancy Greco on

Oh Tina! My Mom is 94 and has the beginnings of dementia. Up until the last year or so, her brilliant mind was intact and my brother and I never thought that would change. I have had a very hard time facing it and only now have let go of denial. I am going to AZ next week to see her and am so afraid of what I will find. Hoping I will manage not to cry until I return to the lovely home where I am staying. I am so grateful to you for sharing this situation in your life. From the outside, everything looks like only sunshine has followed you, and we all need to remember that no one goes through life unscathed. May the miracle of your niece and all the loved people who are able to be with you at serene PB bring you comfort.

Alice Genzlinger on

Many blessings to you and yours this Thanksgiving. I am so thankful for a free country to live in and I know that it wasn’t because of those that plan evil against us. For those that gave up their lives so we could have this good country to live in. For work so we can make a living, for good health care from the many doctors and nurses that are working today rather than being home with family. And especially for God who looks over us, protects us, and has a plan for our lives if only we ask and obey. Looking forward to your beautiful post for another year.

Lisa on

Happy Thanksgiving to you! Don’t let these things get you down- chiffon happens! My son took a job across the country in Denver, so I feel your pain. My 86 yr old father broke his femur 3 wks ago and lives in fla from where I just returned after 28 days! This thanksgiving may be my best even though our son is not here. I’m back home with my beautiful husband, in my beautiful home, with my incredible animals and it’s a cool, seasonal, holiday- feeling day, and I’m relaxing not stressed due to 40 guests as usual. Take heart and know that you are loved. Now go have a mimosa and pace yourself for some great eats in a few hrs!

Mary Claire S on

Happy Thanksgiving Tina. Thanks for sharing your beautiful posts. Have a wonderful holiday.

Jan Carol Stubblefield on

We are thankful for you! Your perspective and thoughtfulness.
Your amazing customer pleasin’ staff! Thank you for sharing yourself with us! on

Tina, have a wonderful celebration. We are so blessed with family and friends. Beth

Lisa on

Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving to you too. Appreciated your thoughtful post and am sorry your parents cannot join you.

We also had changes, daughters flight from Colorado was canceled, my son has strep and my refrigerator (only 2 years old broke down)! Thankfully I have a back up- so like you said you need to accept that there are things we cannot control and just do the best you can and it sounds like you were doing just that!

Take time to enjoy yourself and relax in that beautiful retreat you have created. Happy Thanksgiving Tina!

Afn on

Beautiful, thoughtful post. Thank you for all your inspiration. You will have a wonderful day. Happy Thanksgiving.

Karen Markovich on

Thank you Tina. Wishing you and your family and friends a beautiful Thanksgiving Holiday! People are gone when reasons are over, some people are around for reasons, but family is around for a lifetime…

Beverly McTurk on

Thank you for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving while we count the blessings we have.

cheryl p on

Your home looks beautiful, as always. Wishing you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving, yes, a day of giving thanks for all of our life’s blessings.

Pina Prainito on

Happy Thanksgiving, Tina. That was such a thoughtful post. Wishing you and your family a very special day.
Today I am hosting and my table is full of The Enchanted Home goodies. You were my inspiration this year.

leigh b on

Thank you Tina for such a sweet and thoughtful post reminding us of all we are very grateful for. Know this is a bittersweet time for you, as it is for many of us too…..I am so sad to hear about your mom and know this will be a real challenge for her, your dad, you and for your family….my heart goes out to you all! I know, though, that this road will be one filled with love, kindness, caring and support for her… can’t get much better than that!

Janet Vendetti on

Beautiful and touching post, very heartfelt. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and know how blessed we are that your blogs, creative products, and know how bring us much joy.

Janet on

God bless! Thanks for reminding us of grace in our lives..,..

Mitch Rhoades on

Thank’s to you and your team for making my “e-mail” morning beautiful and interesting. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours Tina. Best wishes for a happy and Peaceful holiday season. Mitch

Sheri on

Happy and blessed Thanksgiving. The people you love are always with you whether present or not….
Now go enjoy that turkey!!

Patrick Pell on

Dear Tina,
Dear Tina,
Your post today so clearly demonstrates what a truly lovely lady you are. Your heartfelt words exemplify all that is right and good in society and, sadly, so lacking in modern concourse. You clearly deserve your good fortune but take the time, daily, to inspire
and uplift others…may you be blessed for that. Wishing all our American family, friends and neighbours a Blessed Thanksgiving
from your northern neighbours in Canada.

Mary Ann Frasher on

A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family. So sorry friends and family couldn’t make it. We experienced a death in our family also last week. And my husband has Alzheimer’s. So I understand your sadness. But it will still be a time for celebrating and remembering. Thank you for your wonderful blog. It’s the first thing I read each day. Thanks to you, our home is homey and lovely.

Barb Moreau on

Lovely post. In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving on the second week of October. The leaves ? are generally at their magnificent best. My favourite month. Enjoy ?

Jennie Murphy on

Happy Thanksgiving Tina. Always enjoy all your posts and pic of Teddy. Know you still miss him as we do our beloved Jake.

Norina on

God’s Blessings to you and your loved ones.

Charlene on

Thank you for sharing on this most special of Holidays! It’s my favorite, too❣Blessings from our house to yours.

Jo Shafer on

My heart goes out to you, Tina, on this lovely Thanksgiving evening — from me in Central Washington (without snow!) to you in Pine Bluff. Sometimes we are called to “make do” on these nostalgic days of family gatherings. Hubby and I have been empty nesters for two decades, with children/grandchildren/siblings too far away to travel. Still, we make the best of things with fun variations on old family recipes, candlelight dinner at the dining table laid with a plaid blanket and a centerpiece of grape bunches spilling over a collection of glass pumpkins. Blessings to you all!

Sally on

Dearest Tina
A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and all your family. I wish you a special and peaceful holiday in your beautiful happy place and even though some of your dear ones are far from you today, they love you very much.
I hope you enjoy the next days of rest, and relaxing, Palmetto Bluff looks so nice. I am thankful every day for all the beauty and inspiration you have shared with us, and my heart fills with pride for all you have achieved.
Sending my love to you as always, from across the pond
Sally xx

Tricia Brennan on

Happy Thanksgiving, dearest Tina. Many blessings to you as you so courageously and gratefully walk through life’s challenges. We send love and warmth to you and those you love, both near and far, and pray for your spirit to remain strong.

Dianne D on

Tina…you are so strong & surrounded by your faith,
Family & Friends !
Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!
As one of your devoted followers,
We love you & sending prayers for your sweet Mother????

Mickey on

Tina, thanks for being so real!

Sandra on

I’m just now reading as I put away my devices in order to enjoy my guests & this special holiday. I so wish you weren’t having to experience dementia in your family. I pray things will go better for your Christmas plans.

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