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Give Thanks for Family on Thanksgiving

I was privileged to be invited to join this lovely Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour today. Katie from Katherine’s Corner is hosting and she is one talented lady! She designed my header a few years back and continues to help me out whenever I have a question. Thank you, Katie, for including me!

I know you will enjoy this tour. Feel free to pin or share any of the tablescapes you love! My post is about loving and accepting our family, just like Ruth and Naomi.



In the book of Ruth in The Holy  Bible, Naomi told Ruth to return to her people after her son died. Ruth refused. She then said something to her mother-in-law that I also had read at my wedding.

Your God will be My God


Give Thanks for Family

Ruth loved her mother-in-law. Naomi loved her daughter-in-law and only encouraged her to return to her people because she thought that was the best choice for Ruth. But, Ruth refused to leave. Something or someone was pulling her heart toward Bethlehem. The result was that Ruth, a Moabite woman who was not from Israel or a Jew, became part of the lineage of Christ, our Savior. Here we learn a lesson in what it means to love our family. We may not all be “cut from the same cloth” so-to-speak, but each and every one of us matter.  Setting a table for Thanksgiving is a way to portray the unity we all desire. Mine this year, centers around the “Tree of Life,” a sculpture we picked up during a recent cruise.

The Tree of Life

Give Thanks for Family: Alfred Gockel Tree of Life

This sculpture by Alfred Gockel, has become a treasure in our home. It was meant to be centerstage in a garden, but I loved it so much that I had to place it on my dining room table. Especially for Thanksgiving. I mixed it with gold, glass and a touch of silk to combine metals and textures. I wanted to portray how easy we could all live together, if we accept each other as we are… creatures, made in the image of God.

Tree of Life Thanksgiving

I’ve also mixed everyday dinnerware, (Johnson Brothers, Blue Willow) with Lenox Fine China. I added gold-rimmed cups and saucers with Pier 1 glass goblets and gold-leafed wine glasses.

gold leaf glasses

Mixing Textures

Johnson Brothers Blue Willow

I think they all live beautifully together, don’t you?

Mixing patterns


Even my kitty, Scarlett, (who is a member of the family) approves.

Paws for Thanksgiving

Paws for Thanksgiving

Love even from a distance

Love from high above the scene.

Curly Stemmed Pumpkins

Glass pumpkins add color and texture.

Mixed Textures

draped orange napkin

Draping a rust napkin within each place setting ties all the colors together.

Some colors aren’t what I would normally pair together, but I thought it all blended together beautifully. Just like the Moabite woman who blended beautifully into the lineage of Christ. After all, our greatest gift is HIS life. He died on a tree and conquered death, so that we might all live with HIM in paradise. I think paradise can begin in our grateful hearts. Another sweet way to portray thankfulness is by writing a note. Perhaps to the person who first introduced you to Christ?

Give thanks for your family.

happy thanksgiving

Please click on the photo below to tour all the other beautiful tables.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
*Count your many blessings, see what God hath done.
[*And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.]

You are one of my blessings, and I thank the Lord for what He has done with CoziNest over the past year. Thank you for reading and may this be a day of fun, food, and best of all…


Setting a Thanksgiving Table

Turkey Day is almost here! Are you planning your menu, shopping ahead of time and setting the table with your finest? Today, I am featuring some of my favorite Thanksgiving tablescapes. Here is a small sampling of other blogs that I love and that have great ideas for setting a pretty holiday table.

The Painted Apron

The Sweetest Occasion

Thanksgiving Tablescapes


Aesthetic Oiseau

I love how this lady uses paper plates to create a lovely tablescape. It doesn’t have to be fancy to be pretty.

Thanksgiving Tablescapes

The Grommet

Thanksgiving TableScapes


And last, I thought I’d share…

Thanksgiving Tables

A few photos of our table …

Thanksgiving Tables Dining Room View Pilgrims Place Setting Thanksgiving Table 2014 White Pumpkin

Wishing you all a table filled with bounty, surrounded by love.

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Paranoia – Good or Bad?

A funny thing happened as we traveled over the river and through the woods for our Thanksgiving feast last week. We approached a traffic jam and I, being the helpful wife that I am, instructed my hubby-do, that he could get through the jam by following my finger pointing. The debate that followed was a clash of personalities which ended in one of us cracking up.

Over the river and through the woods.
Over the river and through the woods.

I suggested he go through.

He said, “No way. I’m not taking any chances on scraping this car.”

“But you have room, you won’t scrape the car,” I insist.

He says, “Forgive me if I’m a little paranoid with this car.” (It has had it’s share of scrapes and scratches. Poor Lexi.)

That statement led us into the wilderness. We launched into a discussion about paranoia and whether it’s a good thing or not. Hubby-do says that a little paranoia is a good thing because it produces cautiousness.

A cautious turkey.
A cautious turkey.

Well, according to Mental Health America, “symptoms of paranoia and paranoid disorders include intense and irrational mistrust or suspicion, which can bring on a sense of rage, hatred, and betrayal.” Thank goodness, this does not describe anyone in our car. If it had, I might be telling a story of road rage, divorce or murder. By the way, did you know there is a creek off of I-65 in Alabama named Murder Creek? It wasn’t a river, but we drive right over it every time we visit our family.

Anyway, I am the one who cracks up. Once hubby-do makes the comment that paranoia is a good thing, I reply, “oh no it’s not, that’s why it’s called ‘par-anoy-ya’; because it annoys everybody else!” Of course, I was just trying to be funny, and I cracked me up. My giggle box got turned over and eventually we were all laughing. But, as I began to write today’s post, I set my giggle box upright:

Some people suffering from paranoid personality may have a high capacity to annoy or enrage others because of rigid and maladaptive behavior. Some identifiable beliefs and actions of paranoid-related disorders include mistrust, taking offense easily, difficulty with forgiveness, defensive attitude in response to imagined criticism, preoccupation with hidden motives, fear of being deceived or taken advantage of, inability to relax, argumentative, abrupt, stubborn, self-righteous, and perfectionistic. (Mental Health America)

People do annoy me at times. I can get defensive with criticism. I hate to be taken advantage of. I was certain he had room to get through that traffic jam and said so rather abruptly. My mother says I’ve always been very stubborn. It would not be polite to call myself a perfectionist.

My straight jacket is on order. I wonder if they come in pink?

Photo Credit: Flickr Realstraightjackets
Photo Credit: Flickr Realstraightjackets


High Cotton

Cotton Field in South Alabama
Cotton Field in South Alabama

Another reason to love my south is the beauty that peeps out of the ground in late August and September.  Cotton fields are beautiful crops of white fluff.  I’ve driven past these crops time and again, but I couldn’t do that again when the season had produced such incredible bolls.

Cotton Bolls
Cotton Bolls

In my experience, these gorgeous “blooms” are the true sign that fall is indeed in the air and it is usually about this time that I begin to decorate for fall.

High Cotton
High Cotton

This table top is done in all white as if it all came straight out of the cotton field.

Cotton Decor
Cotton Decor

I love the cotton fields and while I love wearing, sleeping in and using cotton in my home, it is always a little sad to see the stripped plants after harvest.  But, this is one more reason to celebrate fall, the culmination of harvest season. It won’t be long now until we are preparing all those delicious meals for Thanksgiving.