Thankfulness and Gratitude

I believe that thankfulness starts with gratitude. The happiest people I know are those who are grateful.”….quote by me

Hi Friends,

My tablescape today is a simple table with lots of old treasured tableware and these little salad plates from Tuesday Morning.  I am so grateful and thankful that I began this blog in March.  It was born out of grief when I lost my Mother two years ago.  I did not know at the time there was such a thing as turning grief into creativity.  I attended grief counseling at church and one evening Eddie Morgan said “some people turn their grief into creativity.”  It was like a light turned on and I told my group about all these tablescapes and other creations I began putting together. I would email my friend Connie some of these.  My neighbor, Lavonne, would drop by and my table would be set. Lavonne recognized it for what it was.  With encouragement from Connie, Bob, and Jenn, I took this plunge.  I am especially grateful to Connie because she really believed in me. I want to thank the amazing Pam Richardson also, a seasoned professional, for her encouragement and support.  Sit with me at my table so I can thank all of you!



I have had this beautiful urn forever it seems.  I am so fond of it.  It is a bit hard to work with because its beauty is in all the detail on the piece itself. Does that make sense?!


These napkins have the little wheat pattern so I added wheat and feathers to my greenery.









Thank you for your visit. 



6 thoughts on “Thankfulness and Gratitude

  1. This is such a touching post. Having lost a parent, I know the profound sorrow of which you speak. Immersing yourself in something that allows you to use your creativity releases endorphins associated with the satisfaction of seeing something beautiful in an otherwise dark time in your life. It kind of let’s you know that, despite your overwhelming grief and loss, there is still beauty in the world, much of what can emerge from within. After Daddy died, tablescaping was a saving grace for me. It forced me to focus on something positive and lovely. So I feel your pain and applaud your remedy. This is such a pretty table you’ve created to celebrate the season of thanks (thanks to our parents who raised us so well) and giving (our own journey of giving back in their honor). Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  2. Alycia,
    What a beautiful response and your generous explanation of how this really works. We are kindred hearts. I appreciate you reaching out to me in such a special way. Much love and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  3. Oh me, Dianne! What a precious elegantly table you have created for our Joy! I cannot comment further on this until I express my thoughts for the beautifully written message from Alycia. I am completely lost for words in trying to give thanks to Alycia for this Masterpiece…….every word is a creation of my feelings after my Mother’s passing eleven years ago…….”yes thanks to our parents who raised us so well and giving our own Journey of giving back in their honor.” Blessings to you and yours, Alycia.
    Dianne, this table with your very elegant china, the meaningfully Thanksgiving salad plates each with their own message, candle tapers……all the white and gold just so lovely. AND yes, we are thankful to Rev Eddie Morgan, who in his counseling sessions has scriptures to enforce all he says.
    Peace, Joy and Gratitude to you.

  4. Connie,
    You are probably the most grateful person I know. Yes, Alycia wrote a masterpiece which I will read over and over. Thank you for following my blog and for your enduring friendship of 40 plus years. We will all continue to give on our journey in honor of our beloved parents who taught us so well. Love and gratitude to you. Dianne

  5. Dianne, I agree with Alycia who is one of the sweetest bloggers and a fabulous commenter and tablescaper. What a friend you have in Connie! When my mother passed away very unexpectedly 10 years ago, I was devastated! Butch had fallen 25 feet from a tree in January of the same year and I never left his side for 6 long weeks, with doctors giving me very little hope for his survival! He is a miracle still 10 1/2 years later. The grief of my mother’s sudden death and the physical and emotional strain of Butch’s accident left me in a state of emotional pain and sorrow that I could not seem to shake! But in the midst of it all, God was more than enough to see me through! Every Tablescape I set is in memory of my beautiful and talented mother! I am so thrilled that your blog has been healing for your deep loss! In the process, you encourage others that may never leave a comment, but they read Keep on blogging and keeping the faith! Your Tablescape is just beautiful! It speaks of the love for you family and a heart of gratefulness to the Heavenly Father! You were so kind to mention me, I only want to pass along the kindness that has been shown to me as a newbie blogger 3 years ago! Blogging forms sweet friendships and I am honored to have you as a friend!

  6. Pam, I was hopeful you would read this post and know my very sincere gratitude for you. Thank you for sharing your heart. I had no idea that Butch had such a serious and life threatening fall. Praise God for his healing. I can tell what a wonderful Christian he is also. You are correct about both Connie and Alycia. We have all been blessed with parents who taught us well. I believe our Mothers would be so happy with our tributes. I feel so grateful to be called your friend. Thank you.

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