Hymn of Promise

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree; in cocoons, a hidden promise; butterflies will soon be free! In the cold and snow of winter there's a spring that waits to be, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There's a song in every silence, seeking word and melody; there's a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me. From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity; in our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity. In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory, unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see. ~~ words & music by Natalie Sleeth, 1986 United Methodist Hymnal

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's that time of year to remember and to be thankful for all of our blessings!
It's late and I've made the Southern Living Magazine pumpkin pie recipe and my family's favorite rum pie. I've polished the silver and set the table. The turkey I'm hoping is completely thawed! Schedules for oven time are swirling in my brain but I'm just too tired and I'll figure that out tommorrow! (you can call me Scarlett!) I've created a tablescape I'm rather proud of and it's all been inspired by every one of you! I am counting my blessings for my blogging friends! Some of the sweetest ladies I've never met! (LOL!) It is such a blessing to get to share one another's creativities and thusly each other's lives. The ladies I've met are all about beauty, creativity, love of family and home and of God. I am constantly inspired, touched, awed and humbled by each one of you! Thank you! and Thank God for bringing us together!
I know that you all have probably already got your Christmas decorations up and I'm just now getting around to showing you some of my fall decor with my Thanksgiving table! I am having my in-laws over for Thanksgiving. First my sons and I are going over to my mother's assisted living and eating turkey and dressing with her! I'm going to have 2 Thanksgiving dinners! Boy, am I going to have alot of dieting to do after the New Year!
I did the arrangement myself! They're real too!

My china is Marjolaine by Havilland Limoges. I love it! I love the colors, the flowers, the scalloped edges....I picked it out 25 years ago and I still love it! The gold chargers are the one's my mother-n-law gave me. I wanted something different for the Thanksgiving table so I combined 2 wired ribbons and just laid them over the top of the charger and then just folded down the edges!

Look at my napkins! I've had these for awhile! I think I got them at Target years ago! They're ivory with a little gold thread going thru them and gold autumn leaves. There are actually 2 different sprigs that make up the napkin rings. I took some of the ribbon I used on the chargers and just stapled the ends together on the back then just tucked in the leaf sprig and put the acorns on top. They're actually Christmas sprigs I got at Michaels half off!

Here's my close-up Mr. DeMille! My crystal is Wedgewood Majesty. I got the little candleholders at Michael's too. They're Christmas too! And on sale 40% off! There's alot of copper and brown and purple this year for Christmas! Not my style though. I am still a traditional red and green person myself.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!


  1. What a pretty table! You did a great job on the flower arrangement. I am sure I will need to lose some weight after the holidays. :) I think I have everything timed right for the oven, etc. How is your son - much better I hope.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  2. Hi Lauralu, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Your tablescape is beautiful. I love how you did your ribbons on the chargers..great idea. Many many hugs my friend, ~lynne~

  3. Hi Lauralu! What a beautiful table. I love your pretty dishes and everything you've done to make it perfect. Your florals are gorgeous and what an excellent job you did! Hope you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  4. Lauralu... this table is SO pretty. You did an outstanding job on that centerpiece! Really stunning. I adore Haviland. My mother had a Haviland pattern which I love using. My pattern is plain, but I like to use accent plates in other patterns which works well with a simple, gold band pattern. Yours is just so great! I have some salad plates in Haviland's Winterthur pattern, and I wish I had a whole service!

    What is your flatware? I don't remember reading the pattern. Love that and your goblets, too.

    I know your inlaws loved having dinner at this pretty table.

    Hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one and that your Tablescape Thursday is, too.


    Sheila :-)

    P.S. I used floral "picks" on my napkins, too!

  5. Gorgeous table! I love all your warm, rich colors, perfect for this season! Your stemware, chargers, dishes, and napkin rings are so pretty. Thank you so much for sharing!

  6. Oh Laura Lu, your fall decorations are just gorgeous. Your flower centerpiece is beautiful. YOu did such a great job. I think working with real flowers is so hard, not near as easy as faux ones. You have such a beautiful tablescape. Your china, crystal,linens and all of your accessories are just so pretty. I hope you have a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  7. Oh your table looks beautiful. love all your dishes!

    Have a great weekend!

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  9. Everything is just beautiful. The centerpiece is exceptional. Just so lovely.

  10. So glad to see you! And so glad you posted your beautiful table--with those REAL flowers! The arrangement and napkin rings are gorgeous! Your new header is just perfect for the season! Hope you had a very blessed Thanksgiving!


Hello and God Bless! Thank you for visiting "Hidden Promise"! It's wonderful to get comments from you all! I think they are a great way to show our love, care and support of each other! Have a wonderful day! Lauralu :)