Thanksgiving Wishes



Dear Sisters,

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh how I love this time of year! The crispness in the air, the crunching of leaves underfoot and cozy nights in, under fuzzy blankets. It’s time to dust off your favorite Fall recipes and gather with friends and family and celebrate all you have to be thankful and grateful for. Come on in for a little Thanksgiving Wish from our house to yours!


I thought about making a list of all the things, people, places, moments, and miracles I am thankful for but who’s got time for that? Pies need baking, relish needs making and the Turkey needs trimming. In lieu of a long-winded post on a busy week, I’m going to share a Thanksgiving Prayer that expresses life the way I try to see it, every day of the year.

This was also one of my sweet mother in loves in heaven, favorites. We will miss her at our table this year and I know some of you may be missing a loved one at yours as well.

If you’re inclined to take a quiet moment for yourself, please join me in reading this lovely piece by Helen Steiner Rice


Thank you, God, for everything, The big things and the small.

For “every good gift comes from God”…The giver of them all.

And all too often we accept, without any thanks or praise,

The gifts God sends as blessings, each day in many ways.

And so at this Thanksgiving Time, we offer up a prayer…

To thank you, God, for giving us a lot more than our share.


First, thank you for the little things, That often come our way,

The things we take for granted, But don’t mention when we pray,

The unexpected courtesy, the thoughtful, kindly deed,

A hand reached out to help us in the time of sudden need.

Oh, make us more aware, dear God, of little daily graces

That come to us with “sweet surprise”

From never-dreamed-of places.


Then, thank you for the “Miracles”

We are much too blind to see,

And give us new awareness of our many gifts from Thee,

And help us to remember that the Key of Life and Living

Is to make each prayer a Prayer of Thanks

And every day Thanksgiving

–Helen Steiner Rice

Ah, that’s better!

And, if you’re hosting dinner and are looking for a quick and frugal way to set your Thanksgiving table, check out this post ( circa 2012 ).

One thing this little prayer didn’t include was how grateful I am for all of you, my farmgirl sisters. Thank you for spending time with me here and for your sweet notes throughout the years. You make my heart happy!

Until our next shoreline visit~ Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and I’ll see you on New Years Eve!


The Beach Farmgirl

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  1. I love your blogs. My grandson goes to the University of Idaho and we love Moscow, Idaho!
    Happy Holidays

  2. Marlene Capelle says:

    Happy and healthy holidays to you and your family. Stay warm and safe.

  3. Sharon says:

    I loved this poem, thank you for sharing. Living each day in thankfulness to God.

  4. Candy Conrad says:

    Thank you Deb, that was lovely! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. ❤

  5. Rebecca says:

    Love the poem and I agree with you on seeing life that way! How special that she gave you that prayer and you remember her for it and shared it with all us farmgirls!

  6. Marilyn says:

    I am thankful for your blog. Wishing you and yours a Blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

  7. gretchen goodwin says:

    Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving day to you and our family.

  8. Deb, that’s a lovely prayer! Thanks for the reminder — Ellen

  9. Christine Mance says:

    Good Morning Debbie, I just read an article about you in the “the cottage journal” I was so taken by your story. I just wanted to get up and go put on my gardening clothes . I live in Penn Valley, Calif. It’s raining here. Tis the season. We just moved into a small cottage house that sits on one acre . Gardening is my passion . I got so excited about this yard. I always wanted to do raised beds to grow flowers. Prayers have been answered. I now have the room to do so Your picks of flowers are my favorites. I’ll be checking in with you to see whats going on . Can’t wait to get my hands dirty. Merry Christmas.Christine

  10. Debra Gilbert says:

    Happy New Year! Your Thanksgiving table setting has natural beauty. I love it especially the table burlap with fabric edge. Thank you for sharing this

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