Thanksgiving Break

Hello, friends. Just a little note to say that I am taking a bit of a break this week for Thanksgiving. The Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday community will return next Monday. In the meantime, may you enjoy this week of giving thanks with your loved ones, may you experience God's presence in your everyday and may you enjoy many kinds of pie. 

Thank you for being...you!





I love this Wendell Berry poem, and it feels Novemberish to me...so I thought I'd include it here.
 

The Wild Geese
Horseback on Sunday morning,
harvest over, we taste persimmon
and wild grape, sharp sweet
of summer’s end. In time’s maze
over the fall fields, we name names
that went west from here, names
that rest on graves. We open
a persimmon seed to find the tree
that stands in promise,
pale, in the seed’s marrow.
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear,
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye
clear. What we need is here.
 
And just in case you're wondering...why yes I am still keeping a gratitude list!
 
 
 
1265 Great Grandma Hilma's donut recipe
1266 Hairdresser attentively and gently cutting the elderly man's hair
1267 Rowan snuggling in the morning in front of the heat grate
1268 Osage oranges on the ground
1269 Afternoon sunlight on the dishrack
1270 Pumpkin cornbread
1271 Peppermint mochas with Noah
1275 Busy husband fixing things
 
Peace and joy, friends! See you next week...

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SouthernGalThoughts –   – (November 18, 2012 at 10:10 PM)  

Happy Thanksgiving, Michelle. The poem sounds like fall to me, too, although persimmons bring back horrible memories of eating that inevitable one that wasn't quite ripe yet...

Patricia W Hunter –   – (November 19, 2012 at 5:13 AM)  

Happy Thanksgiving, Michelle. You bless me so, sweet friend. XOX

Shelly Miller  – (November 19, 2012 at 9:51 AM)  

Hope you have a great week and look forward to seeing the new blog doo.

Martha Orlando –   – (November 19, 2012 at 10:21 AM)  

May your Thanksgiving be filled with joy and blessings!

Jillie –   – (November 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM)  

From your Canadian friend..."Happiest Thanksgiving!" to you and yours, Michelle.. Can't wait for the Macy's Parade on Thursday! Watch it every year. Have a wonderful break time.

Maureen  – (November 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM)  

Have a wonderful week of Thanksgiving, close with family and friends. Loved the poem, "What we need is here." Oh, I want to write that on my heart this week. thank you.

StefanieYoungBrown –   – (November 19, 2012 at 3:59 PM)  

Oh, I just arrived "home" for Thanksgiving week after being away for 3 years. As I read your post and viewed your images, It made me so thankful we chose to make the trip.

Glenda Childers –   – (November 27, 2012 at 4:43 AM)  

Your photos represent so well, the best of Thanksgiving. Family, delicious good and gratitude to our God.

Fondly,Glenda

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