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10 Thanksgiving Blessings


Apple Valley General Store in Townsend, TN

  1. I am thankful to serve a living God. His abundant love for me on Calvary’s hill chastens my soul and my heart swells with the appreciation for His sacrifice on the cross.
  2. I am thankful for my soul mate, my DH. He is more than my husband. He is my best buddy, my provider, my lover, my knight in shining armor, my confidant, my EVERYTHING! Life is better because he is in it.
  3. I am thankful for our parents. For the gift of their presence with their exemplary morals, immeasurable experiences, and unconditional love that shaped who we are today.
  4. I am thankful for our siblings. For their continuing love and support that with each passing the year that kindles my heart.
  5. I am thankful for our family. I am grateful for being a SAHM with the chance to watch our babies grow into fine adults. Through the good and bad there is no way for me to feel other than children are blessings from God.
  6. I am thankful for my health. To be a member of the 50-something club, I count my blessings twice. I do not need a knee replacement or have high blood pressure or have any other consortium of ailments that restrict my ability to get up and move ~ a luxury that’s easy to take for granted.
  7. I am thankful for our quaint home. Despite my frustrations of tight space and no room to move, it is humbling to think that others do not have a place to call home and I feel blessed to have my little haven.
  8. I am thankful for DH’s job. It’s great to have him in town since 2010 after a decade of working out-of-town. He works in an excellent environment along with similar minded people that he considers as good friends and where corporate seems thoughtful of its employees.
  9. I am thankful to live in America. Born and raised in the good ole USA, I like to think I live in God’s country in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. It’s a blessing to experience the change of the seasons, even when I am less than happy with the unpleasant temperature shifts my heart still smiles.
  10. I am thankful for the brave men and women in the armed services who diligently defend the American way of life in keeping this land home of the free. You rock!

Finally, in closing let me say there is one more blessing I’d like to count and that’s the blessing of friends. Old friends and new, friends like you make my day a little more special with a kind act of your visit and comment. Thank you for making my life sweeter!

What blessings are you counting today?


Wordless Wednesday Zee viewz through the lenz #a2zchallenge

Zing-zang there goez the whole gang! Well…I hope the A-Z Challenge gang doezn’t go completely. What a privilege it is to join a group of zealous bloggerz for the entire month of April! My approach to this was to blog about thingz I am learning A-Z. However, I am not sure how well I followed through with my general theme. I did list my blog class under photography, and for the large part, I did manage to share a number of my imagez with you.

That being said, it’s Wordless Wednesday by my clock and I invite you on a cyber trip to zee viewz through the lenz.

Millions of visitors every year file off I-40 at exit 407 onto Winfield Dunn Parkway, bound for the Smoky Mountains. They must first go through the town of Kodak to reach their destination.

Headed south toward the GSMP, tourists see the home of Swaggerty Sausage. Yes, that’s where the sausage is made. Perhaps, like I did for years, you saw but paid little attention to this old building.


near Swaggerty Road in Kodak, TN

There are no markers at this site. In fact, I believe it sits on someone’s private property. Google provided some details. One source documented this as a well-kept schoolhouse. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to own this? It would make an adorable guest cottage.

Lying east of Pigeon Forge in the valley is the mountain community Townsend. We sometimes like slipping to Cades Cove this route. At the beginning of April, we stopped to look at a gorgeous log cabin. It was a business, but it’s now for sale as a commercial or residential property.

I did not snap pictures of the building. My attention was elsewhere like on the…


vivid yellow forsythia


a stone building, more forsythia, a field of tiny flowers, and tender green foliage on the trees


a rustic framed mountain view

I want to go back for another chance to photograph this spot before it’s occupied and maybe do a little daydreaming of the possibility of this place being mine. Other than in your mind, where is your dream house located?

Sending a round of applauds and cheers to this week’s featured photographer…

Feed me dearly | Life, unraveled

Congratulations! Please, be kind enough to visit our featured photographer and show some love by leaving a comment. Oh, yes…don’t forget to link up and be sure to “like” your favorite WW image. This may help to decide next week’s featured photographer!

To join other more WW communities, check out Daily Blog Hops at the top of my Home page. It’s so nice of you to come by and I hope you decide to make it a repeat visit to share in my photo ops. Wanna make me or someone else happy? Then, leave a comment! I’ll be hopping over to see you soon!