I love this time of year.
The time of year when my family comes together to give thanks for the many
blessings that we enjoy in life.
We love good food, good company, good laughs. Many, many good laughs.
When I think back over the years, there are some things I might change,
but for the most part, I would want my life to be just the way it is right now.
I really am so blessed.
I have a husband that I love with all my heart.
I have six children and seven of their children, that I adore.
A mother and siblings, of who I am very close to.
I live in a gorgeous part of Idaho, that is surrounded by majestic mountains.
I live in a teeny rural town that holds so many of the people that I love.
I have a roof over my head, a pillow on which to rest that head.
A fire to keep me warm....and food in the cupboard...enough to share.
I have friends whom I love and who love me back.
Friends who really 'get' me.
Friends who think I'm a little crazy and funny...and are as crazy and funny
as I am.
For all these things I am grateful. So grateful!
I wanted to join with Kathleen at Faded Charm
for White Wednesday today.
I went treasure hunting a week ago and found just a few whites to share.
I am working on a few things around the house that have depleted my stash of laces
and trims, so I thought I would visit a favorite little antique shop where the prices and supply
of laces are plentiful.
I found some pretty whites that I thought I just had to have.
The lace in the picture is an old collar. I also found a lot of crochet to plump up my stash.
I loved the little chippy white keyhole cover and wish I had bought all he had.
I believe there were six total. I will check back next time I go. I think they would be awesome in
some artwork I have rolling around in my head.
I loved the little bottle with the crusty, rusty lid.
And of course the chippy, browning ironstone had to come as well.
I liked the brush for it's creamy and aged look.
The little shop has many dusty nooks and crannies and it was in one
of those that I found this cute white box.
I really liked the little hook closures on each end.
I have already been filling it with things that I will forget are in there and tear the studio apart
trying to find them.
I fell hard for these baby mittens and little furry bonnet.
The vintage round picture was a great find at $10.
This will make a cute Christmas vignette in the house this year.
Now for my BIG thank you.
I won Jo's amazing giveaway at her beautiful blog Secret Garden Cottage
If you don't already know Jo, you must get to know her.
What a gorgeous home and garden she has!
Her blog is full of beautiful photos that really inspire me.
Now for the good goods I won.
Aren't these amazing???????
They came from Maria's
Dreamy Whites shop.
Maria sent them to me with a sweet note of congratulations for winning Jo's
It was all packaged so beautifully.
sent me the Autumn issue of Jeanne d' Arc Living that she had received
from Tracey at French Larkspur
I was totally blown away by the beauty of everything in this unbelievable giveaway Jo
offered to all of us on her blog. I am so THANKFUL that I was the lucky number that
came up for this one. Everything looks so lovely in my home. I'm sure this won't be
the last you will see of these treasures.
There was a bundle of lavender wrapped up and tied with twine.
A little canvas pillow filled with a pound of dried lavender.
A bar of yummy lavender soap.
A little canvas bag of lavender blooms.
And a sweet lavender bottle that I will fill with blooms in the Summer from the garden.
I love it all Jo!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
I am so thankful for all of you who come here to read and share my life with me.
I am thankful that I have the blessing of knowing you amazing women,
and share the joys that are in your lives as well.
I would have never guessed in a million years, the connections that are made and cherished
here in this amazing community of blogs.
What a blessing it is to all of us to be able to connect in this way.
To make the world a smaller place.
To love and encourage each other, and want only the good
things in life for each other, no matter what country we live in.
I know you and the feelings I have for you, are as real as the love and feelings
I have for my 'face to face' friends and that even though you my live
miles from me, you are as near to me as my computer.
Isn't this amazing to even think about???
We live in a wonderful age...
and I am blessed.
A Happy Thanksgiving to all my US friends.
And today, I send love to ALL of you, no matter where it is you call home.