Thanksgiving has always been a special time of year for me because of my Grandma Jessie. She was born on the 22nd of November 1920. We went to her house nearly every Thanksgiving growing up, surrounding by Aunts and Uncles, Cousins and dogs! I don’t think my Grandma ever had fewer than 3 dogs at a time! Being a new dog-owner, I don’t know how she did it! ;)
Anyhow I hope you don’t mind this break from the photography posts to have a decor post! It makes me happy to beautify my world! I like to add to my decor piece by piece. I love how rooms evolve, and holidays evolve. I especially love when the decor holds meaning. I have always loved Sunflowers! They are amazing botanical creations, sunflowers not only look like the sun…they follow it. They follow the light, and that’s what I try to do in my life as well! You might notice a general color trend in all my decor – Turquoise! It’s not just cause it’s a fashionable color this season. It’s because of where I was born – Taos, New Mexico – and a bit of my own heritage. Being so close to a pueblo, we had a lot of the Native American culture growing up (plus I am 1/8th Native!), so turquoise was everywhere! So I’ve just always kept that in my life and home! Both my husband’s grandmother and my Grandma Jessie, loved owls. The wooden owl seen here my husband brought back from England for his Grandma Athalee. When she passed on, he kept it to remember her by. It usually resides in our curio cabinet, protected from the kids! But I thought it should come out and bless us with remembrance! The two white porcelain owls on either side are a new addition this year, in honor of my Grandma Jesse. The “Give Thanks” banner I made years ago with a group of girls from Activity Days with our previous ward (LDS congregation) in Provo.
When we moved into this house we started a new Thanksgiving tradition; Our Gratitude Tree! We all write the things we are grateful for on leaves. While the trees are going bare outside, we fill ours up inside! The kids love it! And I’ve definitely seen a change in the things they are grateful for, it started out with toys and video games and lately reflects more on the Savior and His gifts to us! it’s a tradition I hope to always continue and I hope my children will continue it in their homes as well!
I hope each of you hold close those that matter this holiday season. Take time to tell them you care. Happy Thanksgiving!