This image is a work of an employee of the United States Farm Security Administration, taken as part of that person’s official duties. The photograph is in the public domain.
But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
Jonah 2:9 KJV
Every year about this time my Dad would start handing out calendars for the new year, advertising his business, Longenecker Farm Supply. These calendars always featured something inspirational: a glossy, colored photo of a farm scene, happy children at play, or in this case, a family observing Thanksgiving. Daddy died in 1985 and after that time the business was sold, so calendars stopped. But until we moved, I kept the “Thanksgiving” calendar in its plastic cradle attached to the inside of one of my kitchen cabinets, with new calendar year postings computer-generated.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise; be thankful unto him, and bless his name. ~ Psalm 100:4
Good morning, Marian! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
We are truly thankful for our bounty. Happy Thanksgiving Marian to you and family 😀
It’s great to see you here this morning, Susan, now approaching summer where you live. How wonderful to connect across the continents and climates!
I see you are baking challah, Merril, so I suspect your kitchen is warm and cozy, observed by your appreciative kitties. Blessings to you and your fine family this season, Merril, #1 commenter again!
Thank you, Marian.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Marian!
I wish you and Derek the same. Enjoy time off from work – with your family. And savor your ever-growing success. I am SO proud of you!
Hope you have a joy-filled Thanksgiving, Marian (and all over commenters). 🦃😄😄
I remember my dad used to pray so long at the Thanksgiving table, my brothers and I would whisper to each other, “The food is getting cold.” 😄
Funny, L. Marie, I had a pastor uncle who did the same. His heart was in the right place, I’m sure, but I suspect he also wanted to impress the God he was addressing. I loved your post today. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! 🙂
Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving and warm food!
Same to you and yours. Watch for your contribution to my “Soup-er” blog in two weeks. Expect to be surprised, Jack!
Happy Thanksgiving, Marian. ❤
Thank you, Fatima. May you and Peter enjoy the day and the weekend coming up. Happy travels and sight-seeing!
Thank you again. We’re back home now, just blogging about our last trip at half-term in October. Have a great time with your family.
Happy Thanksgiving, Marian!
Same to you, Wayne, and family! What a year you have had and now counting your blessings! 😍
Yes, many blessings.
Marian — Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Thanksgiving to the whole shebang. I’m sure Luna will be more aware than she was last week. What a doll!
Fun to see this 6-year-old post. So many Thanksgivings! May this year’s be special.
When I copied the old post, I didn’t keep the comments, but you and Laurie B. are the only bloggers remaining. Here is what you said, my first Thanksgiving as a blogger:
I remember getting those calendars. I also remember getting Norman Rockwell illustrations in the Saturday Evening Post we subscribed to for a few years. I especially loved the humor in his illustrations. And the warm feeling of family bonds he conveyed in his famous dinner table featuring turkey and trimmings. Your FSA photo and the Longenecker Supply photo do the same.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and to all the lovely readers you\’ve assembled in your short time as a blogger.
Thank you for your steadfastness, Shirley!
In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, and the various pre Christmas festivities are already happening here! Your appointment calendar page for Nov. 13 underneath the Longenecker Farm Supply picture looks exactly like the one we have on our kitchen counter! My sister made a calendar with family photos and events one year, and we kept renewing it every year, for quite some time.
I admire your family’s keeping traditions with your sisters and through the generations. Often some of these fall by the wayside.
Canada observes Thanksgiving a month earlier than we do in the States. Actually, that would be better spacing since our two holidays are usually less than a month apart.
Enjoy your family as festivities and holy-days approach, Elfrieda!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Marian. There is so much to be thankful for. I love that you continued to use the calendar. xo
Yes, I have kept the calendar inside one cabinet door in our new house. However, many sticky notes (out of sight) have obliterated the original picture. Now we have graduated to digital calendars and Daytimers instead.
You have had a bountiful year publishing and promoting your new “Amanda” book. Like you, I have discovered that it’s more fun to call book promotion “meeting readers” rather than marketing, which sounds like such a task.
Do take time to relish your achievements this year, which I so admire. Enjoy your weekend, Darlene!
Beautifully posted and shared, THANK YOU. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, my friend.
Thank you, Pam! I want to show your book to the Thanksgiving crowd this weekend.
It’s okay to rest on your laurels a bit and enjoy the holiday with your loving family and friends! Cheers! oxo
Cheers to all of that! And to friendships near and far. <3
Happy Thanksgiving. I’m Canadian, so to me it’s “Thursday,” but I celebrate with you anyway!
I know you celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but thanks so much for your nod to us. Enjoy today and the weekend ahead. Thanks too for your friendship, Arlene!
Wonderful images to remember the thanks in the giving. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂
Well said, Debby! Thanks for reading and do enjoy your weekend! ((( )))
Thank you 🙂
Grandkids are older now but we still sang “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” (Doxology) at our daughter’s Thanksgiving feast for our extended family!
Dear, the world changes mightily but our family traditions give us some stability. Grandma L. would be so proud that we are carrying on this deeply embedded family ritual here in Florida. Thanks! 🙂
Happy (belated) Thanksgiving, Marian. Wonderful memories. And you’re reminding me I have to get started on my yearly calendar task as well. This is a lot of work. I probably mentioned it before, but every December, I create a photo calendar for my loved ones with a photo of Mark and I (and now Maya) for each month. This way, they have us with them in their house, while we are thousands of miles away. December will fly!
I admire all your goals and ambition, Liesbet. Even when you hit a snag, I feel your energy!
Happy December as you assemble the family calendar. Yes, the month will fly!
Thank you, Marian. As you know, I’m thinking about the indigenous populations here who suffered so and continue to suffer. My friends and I loved reading the Iroquois Thanksgiving Prayer, mindful that we were having a feast while many others were cold and hungry. I missed the only days of being with a larger community and my family, but continued my newer tradition of sharing a quiet vegan dinner with two friends. Blessings to you and yours.
I appreciated your Iroquis reflection and said so on your recent blog post. Also, I saw the quiet vegan dinner you shared with two friends (Facebook). Did you know Fred Rogers said, “I don’t like to eat anything that has had a mother”? If the recent movie is to be believed, he said this while eating Asian food with a friend in need. 😀
You know well how to share food, quietness, friendship. Thank you, Elaine!
Sweet memories for sure!
Thank you, Lady Fiona!
Ah, Thanksgiving dinners have been in my memory for a long time; loved to go to Grandma’s with each of our families bringing something to contribute to the table; happy memories for sure! Thanks for sharing!