I hope you all found some grateful moments during the Thanksgiving holiday even if it was changed up from your usual gatherings. Staying open to what is and finding blessings and gratitude as we accept change creates more abundance in our lives, even in difficult times.
Everyone was disappointed that we wouldn’t be hosting in the usual way with all of us gathered together with all of the grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. I even told my daughter not to fly in from New York because CDC said it wasn’t safe to do so. She was agahst thinking I didn’t want her. “Of course I want you I told her, it’s just well you know, COVID”. She got tested and booked her flight at an obscutre time, with a flight with few people, and here she is in all her glory, and thankfully she didn’t listen to us. We couldn’t be happier.
So here we are, under one roof with just the 6 of us, and it’s the first time in over 35 years that we haven’t hosted Thanksgiving, and it was heaven on earth. Not that we don’t LOVE our family and we did miss them but each of the kids made something they wanted to try that was different and we didn’t have to rush and clean up before everyone brought more stuff, only to clean up again later. The usual pressure was lifted and everyone fended for themselves and we had an amazing day. It’s my favorite of the holidays because there are no gifts except each other which is the best gift of all. We did our usual ornament exchange where we pick numbers and steal, which is always a fun game.
This year in honor of giving back to the earth and our recent tree that fell along with 3 lemon trees dying, we bought 2 trees to plant together in ceremony during the weekend. We will infuse the dirt with all of our love and energy with the intention of it yielding lots of lemons and make lemonade out of this year, kissing 2020 goodbye, not a minute too soon.
Everyone was suppose to write a poem to share but of course, I was the only one that did. 🤣 A few of our word press friends participate in d’Verse poetry and I never have time to entertain it but Dwight encouraged me, so I took a stab at it (thanks Dwight). I wrote the instructions of the poetry below.
Gracefully open up your heart
Gather seeds of yester-years
Giving thanks for those to come
Grow in joy and always love
Grounding and rooting to earth
Grow wise from your ancestors
Go in peace, and share your light
Foundation on which we stand
Finding solace in each other
Figuring out who you are
Fights to learn to give and take
Fables told rich history
Friends at best, respect no less
Forever lives in our hearts
Today at d’Verse Laura introduced us to a form of poetry called Pleiades. We must pick a ONE-WORD TITLE then write a SEVEN-LINE poem of SEVEN SYLLABLES whereby each line begins with the FIRST LETTER of your title. Join us at: https://dversepoets.com Then click on the Mr. Linkey box and read other poems.
Enjoy your friday and have a great weekend, whatever you do.
As always, I appreciate your visit. Please like (if you do of course), comment and or share if inclined.
Love, gratitude, health and abundance,
Wonderful story, ❤️your family has the best hands and forearms. 😋
I love the tree planting. Heartwarming
Thanks Ero!!! lol!!! fab forearms and I think they will more importantly, make good digging hands to help with the tree… hee hee. Awww glad you liked it! xo thanks for your visit. ❤️have a lovely weekend. 🤗 Cindy
Really very interesting post,enjoyed reading it.The poem is also mind blowing.Loved your photograph with the lemon tree.Thank you very Much for sharing.Take care.🌹👍🙏
Oh thank you so much Francis! I appreciate your visit and kind compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed it.. You’re welcome and thank you! ❤️❤️❤️Cindy
It’s really my pleasure.Take care .🌹👍🙏
Oh thanks! I will! You too! 💕
So Very Kind of you! You too! ❤️
I appreciate the fact that you’ve planted more trees as well, Cindy! Your story is warm and your poetry is rich. Have a great, relaxing family weekend! 🌞
Oh thank you Lisa and it was because of you I came up with it.. I’ll post when I get the tree in the ground_:). Glad you liked my poems.Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well. ❤️
Yay! I look forward to seeing your photo of the new tree! 🌞
I also concur with Lisa. May you and your family have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Autumn to you and Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank so much SoundEagle!!!
We are having a delightful tone!!!
Happy Autumn to you and Happy Thanksgiving to you too! 💕🍁
Have a wonderful weekend. 💕 Cindy
I do hope I responded to this but thank you again if not!!! Much appreciated! xoxo ❤️
You did, thank you again! 🌞
Wow, the poetry is beautiful!!
and so are the new plats you got!❤
Oh thanks so much Aanya! ❤️❤️❤️🤗🤗🤗
Thanks soooo much Anya!!!! you were in spam.. grrrr 😡 xo ❤️ Cindy
That’s a wonderful read Cindy. 💕 Look at you, full of energy and I love you in this pic! 😍 The poem is beyond beautiful, love the flow and it’s full of wise words. ❤️❤️
good morning Preethes and thanks for visiting and your lovely comment!!! Awww….Thanks so much for your appreciation. I am honored. Have a great night! ❤️ Cindy
Happy Thanksgiving Cindy !!!! 💗💗💗
That tree plantation part was beautiful !!!!
Thank you so much Vani! I’m sooo glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for tghe visit and lovely share. Have a great night!
It’s so good Cindy!❣ Happy Thanksgiving! You look lovely in the pic. Family always comes first!🤩🤩
Oh thanks so much Nawaz and thanks for the compliment!! You are so right; family is so important. I got to see my mom and Father in law today which was really nice! Have a great weekend! ❤️
You too! Have a great weekend!🤩
you too!!!!! ❤️
Cindy, I love the two poems. So beautiful and warm. <3 Planting trees is hope for the future and a wonderful Thanksgiving activity, especially this year. Wonderful post! <3 I have been under the weather and didn't feel up to fixing dinner yesterday, but Robert and I worked together. His support and understanding made it a wonderful Thanksgiving…the best in our six years together! 🙂
Oh thanks so much Cheyrl!!!
I really appreciate that! It sure is and the symbolism is so important. I really appreciate your nice words.
Oh I’m so sorry to hear that but glad that you enjoyed the day and Robert! What a gift!! 💕❤️🍁 enjoy your weekend! 💕
Have a wonderful weekend, Cindy! <3
Thanks Akshita!!! 💕
Wonderful read 💙
Thanks much Era! 💕
Wow! 😀 Nice Poems👌👌& this is for you 👏👏. Thank you!😊🤗
Oh, thanks so much Amit!!! You ended up in spam.. grrrr…but glad you’re here and I found you. I’m so glad you liked them and let me know. Thanks for the accloades.. 👏 ❤️Cindy back at you! ❤️
Thanks for the story, the poetry… and the plants.
Bless you ❤️
You are so welcome Manuel! I appreciate your visit and kind words! 🥰
Oh Cindy, so great that you had a Happy Thanksgiving with your closest family. And so wonderful to see you at dVerse. I found this prompt so hard, and you totally rocked it 🎸 have a wonderful weekend and thank you for spreading positivity 🙏❤️😊
Awwww you’re so kind And I truly appreciate that! I hope you did as well! Yours was fabulous! Omg Ingrid, hearing this coming from you really means a lot! Thank you Rock Star! 🌟 ❤️ Cindy
I love the poems. And I can see from the pictures that you had an awesome Thanksgiving and plus you have planted more trees..what a great way to celebrate Cindy.
Thank you so much Yeshu!!!
It’s been lovely thank you and hope you are having a great day too!
Oh yes, you were all together ❤ how awesome!! Forever living in our ❤ this entire post felt like a hug from you and your family Cindy🥰 Cheers to you all, enjoy your special time together 🙌🎇🎆
Beautiful words….wonderful story….poems with meaning….nice
….pictures….words of wisdom & reality….you know, blessings come in disguise….covid-19 gave you this opportunity….much love, dear Cindy ❤️
Thank you so much Navin and hope you have been back to par and enjoying as well!
I agree with you.. It is such a gift.! Glad you liked my poems. ❤️❤️❤️🙏
You’re welcome, Cindy….I’m bouncing back, thanks….I did like you poems….keep expressing ❤️✨
Happy to know you are bouncing back. Oh good, thanks dear one. ❤️
What a lovely family Thanksgiving. I’m sure it ones everyone will look back on with great fondness. I love the flowers … and I’m impressed by your commitment to yard work. I don’t have a gardening bone in my body!
Oh thanks, it truly was and I think you’re sop right. Those flowers are my fav as they last forever.. That’s so funny.. I mostly like to point and shoot to be honest. ❤️
This is wonderful… Look at you… two for the price of one! It was not as hard as you imagined, I am sure. Your poems of gratitude and love are perfect! So glad you gave it a whirl.
Oh thanks Dwight and for giving me the nudge!!! You were right, it was quite fun! I woke up with the second one in the morning and jotted it down. Glad you liked them. ❤️❤️❤️
It grows on you after awhile! :>)
I liked your images tooo🙂🙂🙂🙂🙂
thank you dear Athira!!!!!❤️🤗xo
Welcome welcome Cindy🙂
Lovely family, I like the names of the glasses n your passion for planting awesome. Happy weekend Cindy 🥰
Glad you like the glasses Sumatriptans! Thanks always great to see you! ❤️❤️❤️ Cindy
This is a beautiful read, Cindy.
You see, family is everything. I am glad that your daughter disobeyed you😁. It’s a blessing to have a family that cares and shares no matter the prevailing situation. Love breaks barriers and build bridges.
Covid has taught us that life can be lived and enjoyed with less stress 😉, being thanksgiving without constant cleaning and cooking is a boon too.
I am delighted that you also shared poetry and also blessed the earth with a tree. Our gratitude to God is reflected in how we give our best not just to fellow humans but to nature.
Thank you for sharing your exquisite experience, it’s refreshing to read this.
Be blessed and stay safe.
What a beautiful commemt Adeleke! Thanks fopr visiting and your kind share! YOU are so RIGHT!! I’m glad she didn’t either. I am truly honored they want to share time with us which is the gift.
I do love the less stress and the boon is totally everyone pitching in as family.
I’m glad you liked my poetry too.
That is so lovely said and yes, we must show up on every level to be our most divine light and truth to reflect God’s grace.
You are so welcome and and I truly appreciate you kind visit and heartfelt share.
Have a beautiful weekend! ❤️❤️❤️🙏 Cindy
You are welcome, Cindy.
Keep sprinkling sweetness in our hearts with your masterpieces.
Be blessed and stay beautiful. 💕💕💕
Wow, Fabolous one. So, again you had a wonderful and enjoyable Friday with your lovely family. Congrats dear and wishing you more and more Excitement in your upcoming days of life.
Thanks Rising Star!!! It truly was wonderful and the fun continues! ThNks for visiting. And I wish you the same!!! Have a wonderful weekend! ❤️ 💕
Thanks dear for your kind wishes and honor 🤗💐💝
You are so welcome and I’ll see you soon! 💕🙌😍
It’s always a breath of fresh air reading your posts, Cindy! Amazing!!💕
Oh I’m so glad Rishika! Thanks it so nice of you to visit!!! Happy weekend!
Smaller gatherings help us truly connect with people on a personal level. Embrace it, because life will probably be different next year <3
It’s so true!!! Yes, life is always changing so we have to savor the moments we get! 💕hope you had a good one Shelly and thanks did the visit and wisdom! 💕 Cindy
I did thanks~ but surprise surprise Thanksgiving is only in the US and Canada 😛
Yes sooo true but we are thankful always as thankful hearts make grateful lives right?!?
Reblogged this on The Reluctant Poet.
Awww thanks so much dear Chuck!
Always love reading and sharing your posts, My Dear!
That’s is such a nice compliment Chuck! 💕❤️🍁🥰
A wonderful piece with great photos and verses! So beautiful, Cindy!!! Thanks so much for sharing your Thanksgiving with us! So happy to see the joy of your family at Thanksgiving, My Dear!
Oh I’m so glad you liked it Chuck!! You’re welcome and thanks for the visit!!! Happy ThaNksgiving to you you dear friend! 💕❤️🤣Cindy
Family, gratitude, tree plantation, food a perfect thanks giving Cindy. So happy that your daughter flew down to be with you ❤️👍
You got it!!! Thanks so
Much Radhika! Totally a blessing and I hope you too are well! 💕❤️
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones, Cindy.
“Although Thanksgiving comes but once a year, every day should be a day of Thanks. Among all the challenges that we face as people with hearing loss there are certainly brighter moments in every day – moments that deserve to be recorded in our Gratitude Journal.”
– Monique Hammond
Thanks Kally and to you!! We are really enjoying the meaning of the season! So much to
Be grateful for! 💕
I’m glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Including plants was a beautiful and kind idea! I think the Pleiades turned out great! Thank you for sharing!❤️✨
Oh thanks so much for sharing and I’m glad you
Liked my poems!!! Hope you have a great weekend! 💕🥰🍁
My pleasure! You too!💕
Thaks so much!!! ❤️
What a wonderful way to celebrate thanksgiving especially in this difficult COVID year.
Happy you were able to have all of your family together each making their own special dish
to share . So much fun having everyone in the kitchen creating food sharing their love for each other telling stories of other thanksgiving’s etc. kudos to you for making that happen in your own special way. The pictures depict a very loving family grateful for each other’s friendship .
A lovely tribute to loving parents.as always your poems are beautiful.
Sending prayers for all of you a healthy and safe holiday season💕
Thank you so much Marlene!!! Yes, life continues to change and evolve and we have to go woth the flow. It was awesome to see they had tricks up their sleeve and contribute in an adult way since no one else would be cooking! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving g as well and I’m glad you
Liked my poems.
Live and hugs to a special friend! ❤️💕🥰 Cindy
Hi Cindy! I am so glad you had a nice thanksgiving! I am in Ireland, we don’t have that holiday here. But I celebrated it anyway with all of my US friends, I had a friendsgiving. xoxo
Thank you so much Carol!!! How lovely to celebrate Friendsgiving g in Ireland!!! 💕🙌 Love it!!! 🥰🙏🍁
Family is indeed always and must be of foremost importance in our lives, it’s so good to hear you all happy and blessed. Also, soo good as you said that your daughter didn’t listened to you❤️😊 And your poems, they are so beautifully, wisely penned Cindy, just loved them and of course there you are, sooo beautiful ❤️❤️❤️🤗
Have a happy and blessed family Sunday 🤗😊😘
What an excellent way to celebrate thanksgiving in these turbulent times Cindy. Loved how each family member contributed something to the pot and everything looked so good. Loved your poem as well. The gift of giving is something very few can afford and give. You of all people have it in plenty. Thank you so much for this warm post. Hope you had an excellent thanksgiving. 😇😇
Thank you and glad you could find the warmth and meaning in my attempt at creating a ceremony with the family. Thanks, happy to hear you liked my poems.. You are so welcome and I always look forward to your kind words and warmth that light my heart.. Glad you’re back! It was awesome and happy karthikai deepam! ❤️ Cindy
Thanksgiving Earth Works
In every way!
Happy Thanksgiving in Arrears Cindy. Yes, family is an integral part of society and your poem is so enjoyable as usual.
I’m most happy to hear that you’re planting replacement trees. It’s great news and I hope more people learn from this act of kindness to mother nature.
Thank you Ero! It is so important and I’m blessed we have strong family ties. I hope you are doing well.
Thank you it is truly such an important way to give back and happy you notice that…
I am doing absolutely well Cindy. But my hands have been a but picky on WordPress for the meantime.
Thanks for emphasising the importance of family.
Oh good to hear Ero! I’ll be waiting for your next post when you are back at it..
You’re so welcome! ❤️❤️❤️
Thanks a bundle.
I agree with you, it was SO nice not rushing to get food ready for Thanksgiving dinner and feeling completely laid back!
ahhhh sigh.. A breath of fresh air!!! ❤️🙏🙏🙏Thanks for viiting Diane! xo
Seems like it was a blissful night!
It really was!! ❤️
It looks like a wonderful time was had by all! Could this be new tradition?
I love the poem and the tree planting!
Many blessings! ♥♥
sooo much fun! I think i got lucky and they all were so kind in participating. It was a rich experience. Oh thank you, I’m glad you liked my poems. Blessings to you! ❤️
What an amazing and wonderful story. Yea!!! I love that. It isn’t about food, it is about being thankful and sounds like the perfect opportunity for that. So glad you had this opportunity. Love ❤️ Joni
Thanks so much Joni! It was a lovely time. I appreciate your visit!~ ❤️ Cindy
Both of your poems are so peaceful! Lovely post, Cindy ❤️
Thank you Jay! Glad you liked my poems amd post! ❤️
Wow Cindy….I hope you get an abundant harvest….lots of lemonade for you🎀💟🎀😊🍋🍹…
Those glass stickers are gorgeous…..I love the idea….🥂
Both of your poems were so lovely…..I learned something new today. I never heard of Pleiades…..both the topics are so dear to me and you did full justice to them both….
Hugs and love
Fingers crossed and thanks for the blessings of abundance for lemonade!!!
They are fun to use and everyone always picks what that they want. I close my eyes to see what calls me… they are really fun; glad you liked them.
Oh I’m so happy you liked the poems so much! Thank you! I hadn’t heard of that either. It is fun to learn new things. Lots of love to you and thanks for your kind words and visit! 💕🙏🙏😍
It’s like I can drink my feelings/mood….or at least convey it…..🤩😊🍷….
Fun indeed…..got to try it out sometime 🤔💭😊
Yes, exactly! It truly is so much fun to do! ❤️❤️❤️
Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented: