Thanksgiving Potpourri . . . and the Giveaway Winner

Here's a little helping of gentle sustenance if you need a bit of a breather from the hubub and festivities and a very overcrowded kitchen ...

In praise of  ~ Sarah Bessey
A glorious down-to-earth proof that an outpouring of gratitude for daily joys isn't just for the month of November ...

How An Introvert Does Thanksgiving ~ Sophia Dembling 
Oh yeah ... I liked this.  Alot ...

But What Do You Want to Be Thanked For? ~ Joshua Becker
Because it's never too early to begin to figure out what you want your legacy to be ...


And my husband thought this was just too funny ...


The winner of a copy of 

is ...

be sure to check out her inspirational contributions to 

I'm grateful for you, dear reader ... 
yes, you.
This little online community has proven 
 to be one of this year's most substantial blessings.


God's strengthened my heart as you cheered me on
through the stressful upheaval and crazed transition
from New York to Massachusetts.

You came along for the ride when I had to leave everyone else behind.

And your continued prayers and steady encouragements
 as I grieve the loss of my dad and little Tyler
 gently assure that I am not alone in my sorrow.  

Please know that I'll always remember that you
 hung with me through the ups and downs.

Thanksgiving's sweetest joys to you, to yours ~

'Therefore encourage one another
 and build each other up,
 just as in fact you are doing ...
 Be joyful always; pray continually;
 give thanks in all circumstances
 for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.'
1 Thessalonians 5:11,16-18