Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Hello all! I hope your week is starting out just beautiful! Mine is going just great, I love it when we fall back and gain an hour! The long evenings are wonderful, and it seems as though the city settles down a lot sooner....that makes it rather nice. Wow the holidays are fastly approaching, my sisters and I are talking over our Thanksgiving menu! This will be our first holiday season without our dear sweet mother, oh how Mother loved Thanksgiving and Christmas. We always assigned the stuffing to her, she made a stuffing that would make you jump up from the table and shout! :o) Born in Oklahoma and from a great line of fabulous cooks Momma could put a smile on your face with her cookin! Mom did not cook by specifics, it was a little of this and a dash of that mixed with a whole lot of love that resulted in oh my goodness! So us girls really do not have any written recipes of Mom's, but we will put our best foot forward and I have to admit, we are some pretty good cooks ourselves! :o) But as we all know, there is nothing like Momma's cooking! :o)

Like many of you I love to read, and this time of year is so perfect for cuddling up with a book. I am not normally a thick novel reader although I have read many, my favorite reading is poetry, short stories, and I also enjoy an empowering memoir! :o) I enjoy a read that causes me pause think and consider my own life, for me that is a powerful read no matter how short. I also enjoy sharing beautiful readings with you all, so I will leave you with this one. Enjoy, and have a lovely week!

Designer Original

Fashioning you, molding you,
designing you, refining you, and perfecting you.
Since the moment before the foundation of the earth,
when He first thought of you!
He gave you your own personality,
your own abilities,
your own set of spiritual gifts,
and your own identity in Christ Jesus
so that you and you alone might
praise the way you praise,
give what you give,
minister like you minister,
and love like you love!

Oh yes! When God thought of you, He had a good idea!

from the "Thou Art Loosed" devotional




Amy said...

Hi Beverly...my mom is a good cook, but I have been making the holiday dinners for several years. When it comes to stuffing, my mom says my gram's was the best. No matter how I try, I am unable to duplicate it. Although my gang says mine is good, it sure would be nice to have my gram here to show me how it's really done.

I'll be thinking of you on Thanksgiving.

Laura said...

I have an award for you at Our Scented Cottage! Please drop by soon and pick it up. :) Have a wonderful evening!

Shell said...

A lovely poem. The holidays are hard when our parents pass on. I like to think they still are with us in our hearts and memories of them. You and your sisters should write a family cookbook so you can pass on to next generation. A tribute to your mom's cooking.

Becky K. said...

It will surely be a Holiday Season of memories for you. Your mother sounds like she was a gem.

My Grandma makes some stuffing that would be in competition against your Mother's.

I think that when we all get to Heaven we should have a cook off...lol

My Dad, who is now in Heaven, used to say to whoever it was that cooked something he truly enjoyed that it would be their job to make that for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. I often think of that.

Losing our parents has to be one of the hardest things that we go through here on earth. I am thankful that you and I share HOPE!
Looking forward to seeing them again!!!!!

Becky K.

Jan and Tom's Place said...

Hi Beverly...

It was so delightful to see you today...thanks for the comments!

If we lived closer, perhaps we could ALL get together for the Holiday cooking. I love to cook and have some GREAT recipes...and it looks like Thanksgiving will find Tom and I by ourselves. Christmas, we're taking a little time to get away!!

Our holidays this year will be different for both of us.


Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

I cook with a bit of this and a dash of that. When our God made you Beverly I know he knew what he was doing. For the world is a much nicier place to live with you in it...m...

Jeanne said...

Lovely indeed

Tracy said...

HI, Beverly! Thanks for the memories and the poem...Makes my thoughts turn to home too...Happy Days, my friend ((HUGS))

Suzie Sews said...

My MOm never really cooked, I think thats why it is so important for me to feed everyone that walks through my door.
PS YOUr a winner

Tea said...

I hear "The apple doesn't fall far from the tree." ringing in my ears.
I bet you're a great cook, too, and I'm sure your Thanksgiving meal will be wonderful! I've started my list, too, which is nearly as much fun as the cookin. :)Have a great week!

Tea Time and Roses said...

Thanks to all of you wonderful ladies, oh my do you have a way with words and they are truly heartfelt...thank you so much for your kindness and encouragement. Oh and Shell, I like the idea about the cookbook!:o) I will surely pass the idea on to my sisters!

Big Hugs!!!


Deanna said...

Oh Beverly,what an enchanting post. Makes me want to visit you and your sisters for Thanksgiving just to taste that stuffing! I know that you and your sisters will do her proud.

I've had to cook the T-dinner for the past three years and I'm hoping that my parents will come a few days earlier than usual. My mom is a great cook as well. Everything she's made for us had no recipe so we just cook from memory.

My dad gets into it as well. He helps mom make some great cheese logs. We devour them fast and poor dad never has a chance to refrigerate them for long to chill.

What would blogger land be without you Beverly. How your graciousness, tenderness and loving nature come through these wires and technology I'll never know but there it is anyway.

Many many hugs,
Deanna :)

Marcela said...

Hi dear Beverly
We don't celebrate thanksgiving in my country, but I can feel what a wonderful celebration it is.
I always enjoy reading your posts :)
Have a wonderful day.

Judy Hartman said...

Hi Beverly,
Lovely post and poem!
I'm fortunate to have my Mom's recipe box with recipes written in her own hand. What a treasure!!
We do miss our loved ones who have died, especially during the holidays. But they are all around us as we think of them with love.
Love to you,

Etta said...


I hope you holidays are wonderful and that you and your family relive
wonderful and fun times with your mother and celebrate because she was.


ShabbyInTheCity said...

I'm so laughing! When my mother's mother died...Mama said Oh I'll never be able to make her dressing. Because when Mama had asked for the recipe Grandmother said she just stood back and threw things in the bowl. Haha! Well, my mother's dressing is delicious but she wants it to taste like her mother's. I am 46 and still the baby on both sides of the family...I told Mama that when my turn came to cook I surely wouldn't know how! I know you are missing your mother...this on top of other discomforts. You are in my prayers!

Cape Cod Memories said...

Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog today, Beverly!

What beautiful prose you have shared with us today! Thank you so much!

Wild Rose said...

Such a beautiful post Beverly.

I know that your Momma will be greatly missed during this holiday season, but I feel certain that she would be proud of your cooking abilities...your description of her stuffing had my mouth watering.

Thank you for your kind words ~ I'm pretty tired after night shift, but trying to keep going.

Enjoy your weekend.

Marie x

Britt-Arnhild said...

Holidays are emotional times. Sweet memories are important.

Enjoy your week-end.

Katy said...

I am so sorry this will be your first thanksgiving without your mama. That would be sooo hard. I hope it still turns out to be a wonderful day and lots of wonderful memories are shared and made!!!
I loved the poem! :)
I just found your blog and wanted to say Hello! :)

Barbara said...

I too just found your blog and wanted to let you know how you have touched me today. This will be our second Thanksgiving without my precious mom. I know that the dressing that I make isn't exactly like hers but I have to go by memory of watching and helping her. There are very few of her recipes written down and of course the dishes that I have tried to make, just seem to be missing something. I ask mom to guide me and hope that somehow she will stick her finger into everything so it all turns out right. You and your sisters will be in my prayers. Have a wonderful Day of memories and joy. Hugs, B

Marcela said...

Hello Beverly
I hope you are having a wonderful and blessed weekend

Deanna said...

Hi sweet Beverly,
I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday. I'm sitting here drinking pot after pot of hot tea with honey. I lost my voice last night after my nieces school football game:D I sound like an un-rosined violin bow being scratched across the strings!

Come by my blog when you get a chance. I have an award for you.

Thinking of you,
Deanna :)

Inspired Tokens said...

Beverly ...thank you for your wonderful comments on my blog. I have to admit that I have left blogging on the back burner these days. With grandchildren underfoot these days and the holidays fast approaching there is little time for sitting at the computer. I'm missing my friends! Your poem touches the heart as does the stories you tell about family. The holidays seem to bring on a different kind of loss with love ones who are no longer with us.
Hoping and wishing that this holiday season brings you much joy and happiness!

KJ said...

Hello dear Beverly! Yes, I am still up. I think I slept in too late today. And, the stench of smoke from the fires has me restless.

Thanks to you, I just found my Spiritual Sunday post. I was thinking of not doing one, but I so love this devotional and the powerful messages from "Though Art Loosed"! This particular one is DIVINE!

I can imagine what how this season is going to shift into new meaning. I just emailed my mother tonight because she hasn't done her usual Thanksgiving assignment call. Reading (and hearing by phone) your poignant posts about your mother, has made me appreciated mine all the more.

Love YOU, KJ

Margaret Cloud said...

I always enjoy coming by, you have a beautiful site, the poem is very nice.

YayaOrchid said...

Beverly, I've been away from blogging for a while, but I just had to pop in and say this is a wonderful post. I too love planning for the Holidays!

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem!