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Thanksgiving Prayer - A Family Tradition

Updated on November 20, 2016

A Tate Family Thanksgiving

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Our Thanksgiving Prayer or Blessing

This page tells the story of one Thanksgiving that my Dad was unable to give the Thanksgiving Blessing and we found a very special Thanksgiving prayer that became a tradition.  Prayer is and always has been a very important part of my life and sharing this story is definitely sharing a part of me and my family.I have always enjoyed Thanksgiving and have many happy memories of our Tate Family on Thanksgiving.

There are several special Thanksgivings that I remember very vividly. One was when Mom and Dad invited an older couple to join us explaining that they would be all alone that year. Mom and I made animals for the table out of peanuts and pipe cleaners. We sat them all over the table around her centerpiece which was always a large oval bowl of wax and plastic fruit. We had all given her that fruit over the years. She would also use large wooden spools from the cotton mill for the candle sticks.

The fruit that I use in my cornucopia which you will see later in a short video is that same fruit that my Mom used.

Yes, I am sentimental. Just continue to scroll to read our story.

Photo:  A Cross Stitch Tray that I did for my Dad and Stepmother for Our Tate Family Thanksgivings. I am not very good with a needle and thread so this was made with great love and now hangs in my kitchen.

Music to enjoy while reading this page. - Thanksgiving Medley

Enjoy singing along as you scroll down this page.

For the Beauty of the Earth

Happy Times Did Not Last

but our Love for Family grew stronger and stronger.

Our Mother developed Alzheimers at the early age of 56 and passed away 9 years later. These were some very hard years but we somehow managed to get through them. I remember dressing my mother for my college graduation so I really missed her during my adult years. There was so little known about Alzheimers in the 70's and at least today there are support groups and information that can be read. I pray that advances will continue to be made in the research of this dreaded disease.Alzheimer's Association.

Our Dad was seriously ill after our Mom's death and was on Intensive Care with a ruptured Aortic Aneurysm for more days than I care to remember. After he regained his strength, he started getting out more and met a wonderful woman and re-married. We began to combine her family and ours for a Tate Family Thanksgiving and there was always one thing that stayed the same. Our Dad would give the most beautiful blessing before we began dinner. He was a big man with a deep but soft voice and when he spoke, we listened. His blessings set the tone for the day and left us all with a wonderful secure feeling of "family".

We enjoyed this tradition for about 9 years and then our brother tragically passed away at the young age of 36. It was about more than we could all endure especially our Dad. Two months later was Thanksgiving and for this reason we moved the celebration to my house which was just down the hill from my Dad's. He and our sweet Step Mother were totally unable to entertain at that point, but we all felt the need to get together. The question arose about the blessing. The thought of my Dad not saying the blessing was very hard to handle but we knew that he would never be able to emotionally get through it. I started looking for a special prayer and as if I was being directed by my Mother, I pulled out her old collection of Ideals Magazines. It was there that I found the prayer that would become our new family tradition and one that we would share with others who have lost loved ones. You see, we lost our Dad the next April so this was the last Thanksgiving that we spent with him.

The holidays are always a rough time for those who have lost loved ones. This prayer helped us get through that sad Thanksgiving and remember the good times.My sisters and I, along with our families, hope that this prayer brings comfort and is as meaningful to you and yours.

Update 2016: This year we lost our oldest sister so the family of six is now just 2 from our family we grew up with.

We will miss our Betty!

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Grace For Thanksgiving Day

by Alice Kennelly Roberts

Grace for Thanksgiving Day

Alice Kennelly Roberts

Dear God,Wherever we may be...On this Thanksgiving Day...Gathered with loved ones in our homes...Or many miles away...We bow our heads, remembering those...Who shared Thanksgiving past...Those who have walked with us awhile...Whose love will always last...We thank Thee for the joy of friends...The food before us set...And for a tiny Pilgrim band...Whose trials we can't forget...Help us to sift the good and bad...The hatred and the strife...Grant us the wisdom and the strength...To lead a useful life. Amen

I am so thankful that Alice Kennelly Roberts wrote this Thanksgiving prayer for family.

Making a Thanksgiving Card with this prayer - We now share this Thanksgiving Prayer each year

Our families now try to remember those who have lost loved ones during the year by sharing this poem either as an email, a handwritten note or a handmade card. I try to keep a list in my calendar of people who lose loved ones throughout the year and then send them one of these cards either by snail mail, email, or message on facebook.This is the card that I used last year with a patchwork type border of some of my cornucopia pictures as seen below in the little slide show along with some designs.Traditionally, we have copies for everyone at the table so that it can be read in unison. We have also used it at our Tate Family Reunions as a part of the closing ceremony.It is such a simple little prayer but goes a long way and says a lot. We think it is a great Thanksgiving prayer for family

A Letter Written Thanksgiving 1958 To Our Parents From My Sister, Betty

Our mother had sent it into the "Greenville News" Newspaper - I think they need to reprint this!

Letter to the Editor from our mother:Considering all of the publicity given to juvenile delinquency and the crimes committed by teenagers it seems only fair that publicity be given the good actions of Christian teenagers.We received the following letter from our 18 year old daughter, who is a freshman in college, and the letter gave us such a deep feeling of gratitude and pride that we would like to share it with others.We are not seeking any personal publicity and ask that all identities be omitted if you see fit to publish the letter.

Dear Mom and Dad,

As we approach the Thanksgiving Season, I cannot help but think of the many things I have for which to be thankful. First of all, I thank God for being born to you, the most wonderful parents in the world; for being born in America, a country filled with opportunity and freedom; and for being a Christian, with sincere faith in God.And second, I thank you - for now I seem to realize the importance of things such as encouragement, help, faith, warmth, security, independence and love - all of these you have given me.And third, I am thankful that I am able to realize these things and thank you, in this small way, for everything you have given me.With greatest lovefrom your daughter

Editor's Note:Refreshing, isn't it? We found it so.The young lady has just about summed up all the things for which any of us could and should be prayerfully thankful today - "wonderful parents", "for being born in America, a country filled with opportunity and freedom", "security, faith...and love..."What else is there for any of us, and how precious they are!We could add only one more thing: devoted children such as she, and there are many of them. They give us hope for the future of this blessed land.

Ideals Magazines are Beautiful Keepsakes

Ideals Thanksgiving
Ideals Thanksgiving

I just love Ideals. It is filled with some very beautiful writings and pictures. I often will reflect on them and remember how much my mom enjoyed her Ideals.

 

My Artwork of our 1958 Thanksgiving Table - You Never Know What Your Children Will Remember!

I like to draw

I was 10 years old when I did this drawing. I remember it like it was yesterday. My birthday was in August and I had received from my folks a Jon Gnagy Art Set which included a pack of oil pastels. That is what I used to do our Thanksgiving Table. You can see the fruit bowl I was mentioning above and this time we had made turkeys out of pine cones and construction paper. I used to love to watch Learn To Draw With Jon Gnagy on television. I still enjoy painting and drawing so I guess it paid off.

I recently found out that some of the Learn to Draw With Jon Gnagy Television Shows are on YouTube. What fun to be able to look back at this show I enjoyed so much. I hope you will check it out after you finish reading this page.

Ideals Magazines on Sale at Ebay - These are such nice keepsakes

These lovely magazines were always around our home as our mother loved to read the poetry and enjoy the beautiful pictures. If you have never seen one, you might want to take a look. As you can tell, I still refer back to my mother's copies which she had bound in a big blue binder. I know in my heart that she is so happy that I am continuing to enjoy them.

Thanksgiving Decorations - I love to decorate with my Annalee Dolls

I have collected Annalees for many years and love to decorate with them. They make me happy to look at them. These are the ones that I always put in my foyer at Thanksgiving. The Pinecone Wreath was made by my mother in the 60's. It still looks pretty good, doesn't it?

Thanksgiving Annalees for sale on Amazon - Annalee Mobility Dolls are fun to decorate with

4" Pilgrim Boy Mouse
4" Pilgrim Boy Mouse

Annalee Dolls make wonderful cheerful decorations.

 

Happy Thanksgiving! - Hope you will leave a comment. Thanks.

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      Shiela Jones Wood 2 years ago from Pendleton, South Carolina

      Thank you Nancy for thinking of me and sending me this prayer! I so much enjoy reading your lens. It is hard this Thanksgiving and Christmas season, but I'm clinging on to Gods words to get me through!

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      RuthieDenise 2 years ago

      Thank you for sharing about your family. It touched my heart. Bless all of you.

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      Michey LM 3 years ago

      Great tradition which expresses the true meaning of Thanksgiving! Nothing is more appropriate for a gathering around the table then a prayer on this day.Happy Thanksgiving with health, prosperity and love.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @JenniferAkers LM: Thank you so much for those kind words and for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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      JenniferAkers LM 3 years ago

      What a wonderful lens on your family Thanksgiving prayer! I'm sentimental too, especially since my sister and I have lost so many family members. I'm going to share your page -- with all its goodies -- to friends and family on FB. Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving to you, your sisters, and your family. Beautiful page.

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      Joan4 3 years ago

      Back to read this one for Thanksgiving! Thank you!

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      OMENA777 4 years ago

      I love this lens, full of loving spirit

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      This is just beautiful. Really.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      My goodness, I feel like I have joined your Thanksgiving table! Thank you for sharing such sweet memories and prayers. Happy Thanksgiving blessings and a bit o' sunshine!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm greatly touched by your lens. There might be sad stories behind your Thanksgiving themes but giving thanks about all these always gives a happy note. Your lens is quite healing.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Oh I so enjoyed visiting your Thanksgiving day dinner. A very happy Thanksgiving day to you and yours.

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      Dawnella66 LM 4 years ago

      Wonderful and warm messages and memories..more precious than anything we can ever find in a store..wonderful read.

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      WhiteOak50 4 years ago

      I am lost for words~ Truly. Sending you and your family blessings for a beautiful Thanksgiving.

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      SPhilbrick 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving tradition and prayer with us. Wonderful!

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      Donnette Davis 4 years ago from South Africa

      Happy Thanksgiving 2012 x

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      aishu19 4 years ago

      It was really lovely to read about such a wonderful Thanksgiving tradition. Happy Thanksgiving in advance

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      Joan4 4 years ago

      It is amazing to me still - your finding the special prayer, our survival of that first year after Mel's death, and the continuation of the blessings of sharing this beautiful prayer. Life does go on and indeed we have much to be thankful for in 2012!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: I know. It was definitely one of those "God things"

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Beautiful lens, I come back to give Blessings! i love family traditions!I also like the new additions to the lens...

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      eccles1 4 years ago

      Wonderful Thanksgiving story.

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      victoriuh 4 years ago

      This is wonderful. Thank you for sharing it. Blessings.

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      JennySui 5 years ago

      Congrats on LOtD!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Love the Lens

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      ververicka 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens, beautiful prayer!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      enjoyed my visit here today, thank you.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Hi, and thank you for such a beautiful prayer. It would mean so much to my family to use it, if I may pass it on. we pray fro both my daughter and grandson who are in Afghanistan. I lost my mother in 1995 and my only sister in 2010, so it's so very appropriate for those we miss so much. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful lens. Blessed.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Hi, and thank you for such a beautiful prayer. It would mean so much to my family to use it, if I may pass it on. we pray fro both my daughter and grandson who are in Afghanistan. I lost my mother in 1995 and my only sister in 2010, so it's so very appropriate for those we miss so much. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful lens. Blessed.

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      What a great prayer for Thanksgiving!

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      quicpost 5 years ago

      Hi: I hope this is permissible to let you know about Oral Rober's Healing hour on tv with his son Richard Robert who has much testimonies about being cured of everything.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      What a beautifully crafted lens, as is your beautiful life. Thanks for sharing so very much.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanksgiving leftovers have a whole new meaning with that LotD smile I can see shining, congratulations, I am doing the dance of joy with you!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for sharing this prayer and also your sister's letter. We often forget to be grateful for the many things we enjoy.

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      Ladybeams 5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I wish I would have seen it a little sooner as I have a couple of dear friends who lost their mothers this year, right before Thanksgiving. I too, used to watch Jon and we bought my mother the Jon Gnagy Learn To Draw kit for my mother as she was always very artfully inclined. She did some fabulous sketches, though she never had enough confidence to ever pull them out of the original sketch pad. Thanks for sharing.

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      Srena44 5 years ago

      great lens

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      Wendy Hughes 5 years ago from Charlotte

      I loved the pictures. Pictures are tangible bits of love, life and family. My son and I were sidetracked (as most people do when cleaning) over our discovery of a shoe box filled with photos; we may as well have stumbled upon a diamond as this was surely a treasure box! After gingerly handling and admiring, laughing and crying, we closed the lid. My son said, "Pictures are more special when they're old." It was such a special moment in time for both of us. If only we had a snapshot. Thanks to all for this lens. SMILES ~Wendy

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      rajinsan 5 years ago

      Nice artwork

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      sittonbull 5 years ago

      LOTD is a fitting tribute for this Thanksgiving Lens. I can see and hear in my mind's eye and ear all the Tate's gathered around the table! Hope you all had a good one this go 'round too! ;>)

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      Paula7928 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Love your artwork!

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      Paula7928 5 years ago

      Great Lens! Love your artwork!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Congratulations on getting LOTD. You certainly deserved it. Wonderful lens.

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      Tonie Cook 5 years ago from USA

      If I could hit the like button more than once, I would do it here. A heart felt Happy Thanksgiving, and congratulations on a well deserved LOTD.

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      caketech 5 years ago

      I am in tears reading the prayer on your lens, because you see, today marks the 10th anniversary of my father's passing. He was taken home to be with his Savior on November 24, 2001. It is still hard for me as well at Thanksgiving. I miss him dearly, but I know he is in heaven. That gives me the hope that I will see him again one day. Thank you for sharing this beautiful prayer...it is very special. Congrats on LOTD!

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD for one of my favorite lenses ever!

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      Karen Kay 5 years ago from Jackson, MS

      I'm so excited for you OhMe! Congrats on LOTD on Thanksgiving no less! I was inspired by this lens last year.... you're awesome!

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      Thankful for this wonderful lens. Thank you. Especially liked Johnny Cash - Thanksgiving Prayer.

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      aquarian_insight 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and I found it so touching. Bless you & your family. Congratulations for LoTD.

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      lasertek lm 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing.

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      ForestBear LM 5 years ago

      This is a wonderful lens. Thank you for sharing your story with us, I'm sorry for your loss and wishing you and your family all the best. And not to forget Congratulations on LOTD you are super!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Wow, this is such a beautiful story and the pics and things are wonderful. It makes me wish we had something similar to your Thanksgiving in Australia but our pioneers and pilgrims were mainly convicts and believe me we owe them a big debt as they developed the land and fought hard to keep up the standards that we now enjoy. Happy Thanksgiving and this is now featured on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. Hugs.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Great Lens! Happy Thanksgiving to you and blessings too!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on LOTD! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!! Gobble, gobble from Canada!

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      Thanks for this beautiful lens! Blessed!

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      Judy Goldsberry 5 years ago

      congratulations, and Happy Thanksgiving.

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      MariaMontgomery 5 years ago from Central Florida, USA

      Wow! This says it all. That prayer is beautiful, and wonderfully comforting. I lost both my parents in the summer of 2009, and my brother, (my only sibling) just a few months later in January, 2010. Thank you for this lens.

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      SofiaMann 5 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving day and congrats on LOTD.

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      Patricia 5 years ago

      Love the prayer and Johnny Cash song! Congrats on LOTD! Sorry for all your loss... Happy Thanksgiving! I blessed this lens and wish blessings to you and your family!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      So pleased to see this very deserving lens get Lens of the Day Nancy - Happy Thanksgiving :)

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      RobinDM 5 years ago

      Lovely! Thanks so much for sharing your family today!

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      This is a most wonderful Lens of the Day for this day. Thank You

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This was a beautiful lens. Many thanks.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wishing you and your family a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. May all your lives be filled with much love, peace and gratitude not only today, but everyday. Congrats on LOTD! :)

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      SheilaVine LM 5 years ago

      Thank you very much for this lovely lens

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      Rantsand 5 years ago

      A touching lens for the holiday. Thank you so much for sharing.

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      wow...thanks to you for this amazing lens...

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      NidhiRajat 5 years ago

      wow...thanks to you for this amazing lens...

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Certainly couldn't get through this lens with a dry eye - thank you so very much for sharing. Blessed by a SquidAngel, for this very deserving LotD.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanksgiving blessing to the enire world as a family...thank u sooooo much for sharing ur family prayer with us

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      Dee Gallemore 5 years ago

      A Thanksgiving blessing . . . wonderful lens! And congrats on LOTD.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      Oh this is just so beautiful and touching, so happy that this is Lens of the Day on Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing yourself. May God richly bless your Thanksgiving day.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      A happy Thanksgiving to you! Thanks for sharing your family story and prayer of thanks to God.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thanksgiving blessings on a Thanksgiving favorite..

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Thanksgiving blessings to the entire Tate family. I truly appreciate your traditional prayer, Ohme. Thanks so much for sharing, and congratulations on your Lens of the Day!

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      rorymullen lm 5 years ago

      Good Job Nancy

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Yay Nancy!

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      Bahrns 5 years ago

      Great lens!!! You truly deserve to be the "Lens of the Day".... Keep up the good work!!!Material Handling

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      Lynne Modranski 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for sharing! Have a tremendous Thanksgiving celebration! Congrats on LOTD!

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      Spook LM 5 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving Nancy and enjoy your special day.

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      Merstarr 5 years ago

      I feel like I know you after having read this and you are just wonderful inside out! Thank-you for sharing a bit of your happiness. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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      agoofyidea 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! I hope your Thanksgiving is full of love and blessings. Great lens.

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      sidther lm 5 years ago

      This is such a wonderful lens! Congrats on LOTD and have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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      SquidooMBA 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens and congrats on being LOTD! Happy Thanksgiving...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Beautiful Thanksgiving page with memories of childhood and family traditions, a feast to the eyes.

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      nbrandt123 5 years ago

      Blessed your lens! Happy Thanksgiving!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Congrats for LOTD

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      You were only 10 when you did that wonderful drawing. Lovely.

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      Countryluthier 5 years ago

      This is a very touching lens. Thanks for opening a window into who you are an why you are you.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful prayer and tradition.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Nancy I love traditions, and this one in particular is special and full of deep meanings for me.Happy Thanksgiving with love, health and prosperity.

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      Coreena Jolene 5 years ago

      Your love for your family shines through on this lens. Happy Thanksgiving.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      That was wonderful. Thanks for sharing. Martha

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      PastorSam LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful Lens - thanks for posting this.I am working on my thanksgiving message for this Sunday (11/20/2011)and this was inspiring.

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      gravityx9 5 years ago

      Lovely lens.......I love our family get togethers, but at Thanksgiving, it's just more special!

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      edah1308 5 years ago

      thank you so much for sharing your family with us, and for the sweet memories as well as the hard times that still cause us to be thankful.

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Whoops, it did win a purple heart, yay!!

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      So sorry for all of your losses, you will greatly rejoice together in heaven someday. :) I love this lens and hope it wins a purple heart.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      I am crying so first, so sorry for ALL your losses. I've lost 2 sisters and both parents, so I know how hard it is to express a lens as this. But thank you for a beautiful Thanksgiving poem and lens!

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      Heather B 5 years ago

      I love lenses that are dedicated to family members. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      MsBrightside LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful story -- thanks for sharing.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a very sweet lens, family memories are very important to keep alive, and this is so nicely done. It's wonderful to see three sisters as caring as you all are here on Squidoo, and you are all much loved by so many others here. Blessed, and Debbie and I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @GypsyOwl: You are so right. Traditions are very important especially during the holidays

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Ann Hinds: Oh my, thank you so much for blessing this very special lens.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: Mine too, Joan. Thank you for the blessing. I will be mailing out my poem cards in the next couple of wks.

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      Joan4 5 years ago

      Back to squidangel bless this beautiful page - one of my favorites on all of Squidoo!

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      Ann Hinds 5 years ago from So Cal

      I guess we never get over missing the ones who have gone on. This is a beautiful lens. Angel blessed.

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      Deb Bryan 5 years ago from Chico California

      Traditions are what make the Thanksgiving season even more special. Make Gram's best pumpkin recipe, use Auntie's tablecloth, don't forget the pink salad for David. Bringing each of the family members into the celebration (those with us and those who have moved on to their Heavenly tables). Tradition is what makes Thanksgiving the best dinner of the year.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      This is truloy a beautiful lens, and yes, I think you did find the perfect Thanksgiving blessing that year. I love the thought of everyone reading it together.

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      mrducksmrnot 5 years ago

      I'm just a little squid but wanted to thank you for the blessings of this lens and may your days always be blessed. My favorite prayer of thanks I learned from a then 92 yr old man who always started each day with "Thank you Lord for the hard times we are about to receive." The rest of the day was easy.

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      I like traditions and I love to keep them... so a Squid Angel is blessing your lens.Thanks for share this unique tradition

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      VSP 6 years ago

      What a lovely lens and traditions, thanks for sharing them. I've lensrolled this to myBeing Thankful For the Basics & Operation Christmas Child lenses

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Nancy, this was the perfect end to my Thanksgiving Day. I loved the music, and could not concentrate to read until it finished because I love the words. I was also reminded of our first Thanksgiving after we lost Jason. And I was reminded of the Christmas morning the day after my brother was in a car crash. As we gathered for the blessing, by brother came out of his room with his head bandaged. We stood and held hands while my Dad said grace, but he broke up in the middle of it and my husband had to finish. Dad knew he'd come close to losing his son the night before. Yet God is good and an anchor in the midst of sorrow. You have reminded us of all we have to be thankful for. Thank you for a most meaningful lens.

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      CelebStyle LM 6 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving, Nancy! This lens is a beautiful reminder of all the things we are thankful for.

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      Nancy, you did it again! This lens is beautiful, thought provoking and a wonderful reminder to be thankful. So glad Bev reviewed it so I didn't miss it!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      * waves at Nancy * Congratulations for being included on the Best of Lists, 75 Lenses You Shouldn't Miss This Thanksgiving by SquidTeam, and Happy Thanksgiving! - Kathy

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Nancy. I am thankful to Bev for reviewing this lens because somehow I have not seen it before. What a lovely story about your family Thanksgivings and for emphasizing that, no matter what we go through, there are always things to be thankful for. ** Blessed **

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving, Tate family. So glad Bev reviewed this lens again this Thanksgiving. It's one of the best at showing family, thankfulness, and love.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Having received your lovely card from Joan yesterday, I came back to visit this wonderful lens. Thank you again, Nancy for this moving story and the tradition that The Tate Girls keep alive each year. That poem/prayer is such a comfort! Also, even though this was reviewed back in 2008, I decided to dust it off and review it again on Squidoo Lens Review so that even more people can find comfort as Thanksgiving approaches.

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens, thanks for sharing this touching story of your family tradition. 5 stars, thumbs up, and lensrolling you to my "All Occasion Prayers" and "Friends Are Angels in Disguise" lenses. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      Lynne Modranski 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks so much for sharing! You always give me much to think about in your lenses, and this one didn't disappoint me! Lensrolling to my Thanksgiving Lens (/IAMTHANKFUL) and thumbs up! Have a truly blessed Thanksgiving Celebration!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Bless your heart Nancy, traditions are very important in my life, so I enjoy this lens immensely..

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      beerhead 6 years ago

      Very heartwarming lens. Makes you realise what a wonderful world this can be. All we need to do is love one and other.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I love this lens- what a beautiful tribute to the very meaning of Thanksgiving. Angel blessed and featured on November Blessings. Much love to you and your family.

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      I love this lens- what a beautiful tribute to the very meaning of Thanksgiving. Angel blessed and featured on November Blessings. Much love to you and your family.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      I'm so thankful for this page, I leave with a very warm and fuzzy feeling! :)

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      VBright 6 years ago

      Very touching lens, Nancy. Thank you for sharing it

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      itv-guru 6 years ago

      I just love Thanksgiving and it is almost here!!!Dental Websites

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      AHERMITT LM 6 years ago

      Thanksgiving is the least appreciated Holiday... thanks for dedicating this lens to it.

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      Judy Goldsberry 6 years ago

      Very meaningful lens, written with much thought and sentiment. Thank you.

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Very inspiring, helpful and beautiful lens -- Liked & liked!

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      This is a truly moving story about your family. We all do need to pause and be thankful for all that we are blesed with

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      You have shared a lovely story about families and love. Beautifully written. Congratulations on your purple star.

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      Beautiful article. We all need to take time from our busy lives daily to be thankful. Thanksgiving only comes once a year but it should be in our hearts daily. Thank you for sharing your story.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Thanksgiving will be here soon. Another year has passed. I am thankful for the friends I made and kept over the years and am looking forward to another year.Thanks for sharing,Lizzy

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      VarietyWriter2 6 years ago

      Congrats on your purple star for this lens! Well deserved.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading your story, and loved the hymn you chose! We just don't hear those lovely hymns anymore.

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      PropheticMentor 6 years ago

      nice work. We loved every bit of it.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      SquidLiked it last year. Still a beautiful sentiment for the season. Thank you for including the Holiday Blues lens.

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      SofiaMann 6 years ago

      Very nice. Congratulations.

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      June Campbell 6 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Thanks for this amazing lens. Its truly beautiful and meaningful.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      Wonderful! Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

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      terrasanta-products 7 years ago

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      terrasanta-products 7 years ago

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      Spook LM 7 years ago

      You deserve everything that comes your way Nancy. I often wish I lived in Pendleton but no doubt they would soon be glad to see the back of me. Blessed by an Angel.

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving - congrats on reaching the top 100!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh this is such a wonderful lens on Thanksgiving - thank you! The art, the prayer, the letter, and the moving stories of your family losses are beautifully presented.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Great lens, well done and thanks for sharing. Losing parents is horrible but glad to see your dad is doing OK. By the way you have some great artistic talents. 5* and fave

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      Delia 7 years ago

      what a sweet lens! 5*...love the drawing from your childhood, very well done...I'm glad you kept it....

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      Kate Loving Shenk 7 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Thank you dear Ohme--A Happy Thanksgiving Day to you, today.####blessings####

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      lwhitelaw lm 7 years ago

      Hi Ohme - wow this lens really touched my heart - I've got tears streaming down my face. I knew the story of your brother and father through Joan but reading it made me cry. Anyway, love that you shared your art work from when you were ten - you had such talent at a young age and love the letter to the editor too. Happy Thanksgiving!

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. This lens is blessed and featured on Angels Unaware.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Last time I visited this Lens I was not an Angel, but today I can Bless this lens and give thanks that Squidoo helped me to find the lovely Tate sisters. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Beautifully done, Nancy & blessed.Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 7 years ago

      Beautiful Lens, Nancy! I love family history of holidays as well as sharing our holidays today! I lensrolled it to my Twenty-First Century Thanksgiving Lens and Christmas Gift Transcending! Have a great Thanksgiving!

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      Linda Hoxie 7 years ago from Idaho

      Ths is such a beautiful lens, I love it! Thank you so much for visiting my Thanksgiving poem lens and your sweet blessing! I've lensrolled this back to it too! Happy Holidays! Linda

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is beautiful and I love the Thanksgiving prayer! I can't believe you were able to dig out that picture you colored so many years ago. Good for you! :)

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      As my husband has to work on Thanksgiving we're celibrating it on Friday instead of Thursday. Its the intent, not the day that matters.Have a good oneLizzy

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      A beautiful lens, capturing the real spirit of Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving to you... Blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      Andromache 7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing your story. It reminds me of my father who always said our Thanksgiving prayer. He passed away in 2000 and is greatly missed. Thank you also for generously blessing my lens, The Zen Room!

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      James M Becher 7 years ago from South Florida

      Thanks for sharing your hearwarming story and that great prayer. I'm featuring this lense on my lense: Thanksgiving Day, A Necessary Reminder.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I was touched by your heartwarming story. Thank you for sharing this beautiful lens. 5 *****

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is beautiful and very touching. Our family has always shared in yourhappy times and your very sad times. We are proud to be a part of your family.

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Beautiful lens! Congratulations on your purple star.

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      andreaberrios lm 7 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Congrats on your Purple Star.

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      BeautifulGreenB 7 years ago

      Oh this lens had me smiling through tears-beautiful! So glad I found this one in plenty of time, this is year is the first that all of our families will gather to celebrate Thanksgiving in our home. (No driving all over God's country: yay!) Yes, we too have many traditions that will converge Thanksgiving night, but I would like to incorporate this beautiful prayer into my contribution, if it's alright by you. How wonderful that you found that drawing, it really makes this lens even that more special! Thanks for the blessings!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      Congratulations on that beautiful purple star for one of my most favorite lenses. I am so glad you re-told the story of the Thanksgiving Blessing. I enjoyed reading it again today. We did survive that year. We really did. And I have enjoyed sharing that blessing every year since - about 20 years, now. Amazing! Blessed!

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      Tonie Cook 7 years ago from USA

      Bless your heart! This is a wonderful lens, and the Thanksgiving prayer is a good one.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on your Purple Star! Lensrolling to a "A RocketMoms Thanksgiving Feast" :)

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      theherbivorehip 7 years ago

      What a wonderful lens. I love the drawing of your 1958 thanksgiving table!!! That is so amazing you kept such cherished things! I don't have anything from my childhood...I think I need to keep a little keepsafe box immediately! I really enjoyed this!

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      clouda9 lm 7 years ago

      What a beautiful lens - ;) I love sentimental gals! Congratulations on the well deserved purple star.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      [in reply to pkmcr] Thank you so much!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      Congratulations on that well deserved Purple Star - this lens is so deserving of it! Well done!

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      This is such a beautiful and graceful lens. Prayer was always an important part of our Family life and even today (more years later than I care to mention!) I still pray on a daily basis whether it's the Divine Office or my own prayers.SquidAngel Blessing

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Love traditions, and you have a beautiful way of sharing.The wings of an Angel Blessed this lens.Michey

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      Zion 7 years ago

      Wow! I really like your lens! Very informative!...I'll keep reading & I'll share this lens to my subscribers.Thank you so much!Get your FREE 13 Video Tutorials Here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mu4UK2CPO1E Zionhttp://the-boss-buster.blogspot.com

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Still loving this lens, Nancy!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      The addition of Betty's letter really enhances this lens, Ohme!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lovely lens, Nancy! I lensrolled to my Thanksgiving Table Accessories.

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      Laurel Johnson 8 years ago from Washington KS

      This is wonderful. I love Thanksgiving. Mom, Grandma and Grandpa have been gone for many years but my siblings and I try to carry on the best of their traditions.

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      Bambi Watson 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens, Welcome to the Sharing Hearts Group! 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Thank you all for visiting this lens. Everyday is Thanksgiving!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I can tell that you are very sentimental, it shows right through... Watched the little video too. Thanksgiving Prayer is lovely! :-) - Love your sense of humor! Lol!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Spirituality Group! I put you and your lens on my Spirituality Group lens in my lenses.

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Wow -- how amazing is that -- you have a drawing from 1958! It's beautiful. And, I happened to notice that you mentioned a John Nagy Art Set -- hadn't heard of that -- hmmm, another Nagy -- that's my grandparents name don't ya know! Lovely lens.

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      jfield 8 years ago

      Lovely. Truly lovely, OhMe...

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      Dawn Archibald 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Heart Warming. I cannot wait to see my family this Christmas. Beautiful. -Dawn

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Beautiful sentiment! 5 stars and faved!

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      DrRichard LM 8 years ago

      Beautiful lens - 5 stars. Happy belated Thanksgiving!

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      Lamar Ross 8 years ago from Florida

      All of us should be thankful for all the years we have with our family. My father died last year at 92 and my mother still lives at 87. Not all people are as blessed as I am to have had them so long. Thanks for the memories in your lens.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 8 years ago

      good job I enjoyed it! 5*'s

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What an absolutely beautiful and touching lens, thank you for sharing! - Kathy

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Good morning Nancy,Thanks for sharing your special Thanksgiving Day prayer with us and for telling us about your family and holiday traditions. As you say, it is hard to lose the ones we love and, for some, it may make the holidays a more difficult time.I want to thank you for the kind comments you left for me about my Mom's recent death.Even though we were sad that she was gone, we had a wonderful Thanksgiving day. I've spent more time with my family this week than I have in years and it has been a very special time for me.I do my best to celebrate the lives of the people I admire and love rather than mourn their loss. For that reason, I choose to celebrate their births and ignore the anniversaries of their deaths.Thanksgiving is a very special holiday where we can reflect on all the gifts we have received that bring joy to our lives and I want to put great friends and a loving family at the top of that list. Good food comes near the top, too.Happy Thanksgiving!JD

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      This is all very special and thanks for sharing your life with us.

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Congrats on being featured on lens review!

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      Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

      May I add a hearty SquidAngel Blessing to this beautiful lens by such a good-hearted lensmaster? :) Your work is very much appreciated, Nancy.

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      tweety0126 8 years ago

      Thank you for this beauitful lens and the Thanksgiving prayer. I miss the holidays with my parents.

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      flowski lm 8 years ago

      Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Thanks for the inspiring thoughts...

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens.You have been Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      drifter0658 lm 8 years ago

      Such a wonderful look at the warmest holiday.....the one that gets blown past on our rush to Christmas.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love Thanksgiving. It's a good reminder that we have so many things to be thankful for.Great lensBJ

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      Mark-Nehs 8 years ago

      Wow love the picture. Thankful for thanksgiving because I am always with family that day, this lens, and you. Well done.

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Beautiful and i liked the picture you painted when you were ten.

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      Family-Legacy-Mom 8 years ago

      What a touching lens! I had a tough time reading this lens because my misty eyes kept blurring. Thank you for allowing me to read such a special and personal experience. "Our Dad would give the most beautiful blessing before we began dinner." Wow!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      YOUR THANKSGIVING LENS IS BEAUTIFUL. THE GIFT OF YOUR THANKSGIVING PRAYER SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN MY FAMILY WAS GRIEVING WAS AND IS VERY SPECIAL TO ME. I'M THANKFUL FOR MY TALENTED AND GENEROUS FRIEND. KAREN

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love your drawing when you were 10. You were quite the artist!

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      I continue to return to this special lens during the Thanksgiving season - what memories for all of us, for sure! And to see others respond to our special memories is so dear. I am so glad you made this lens. Thankful for you, Squidoo, and our Thanksgiving memories of the past -- and the Thanksgiving celebrations we will all enjoy this year! We survived that sad incredibly sad Thanksgiving. We really did! wow! 20 years later - here we are. Love u. j

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nancy & Joan,Reading your Thanksgiving lens brought back wonderful memories of your whole family. Your Dad Mel, had the deepest, richest voice of anyone I knew and I can just hear him asking that wonderful Thanksgiving blessing. And your mom always had the greatest sense of humor along with that mischievous Tate grin. Of course all you pretty Tate girls occupy the memory bank too and it was just great to grow up in Pendleton with you'all and all of the other fine folks who lived here. Mayberry had nothing on Pendleton--- and to me that's a great compliment!

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      Snowrose LM 8 years ago

      Just beautiful and inspiring lens! Happy Holidays & Thank you so much!5* Fav Lensroll

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great Lens. I'm coming back later to read it more in depth. My dad had Alzheimer's. It's a tough thing to deal with...I'm so sorry. Thanks for sharing your memories. I'll be checking out more of your lenses, as well!

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      Treasures By Brenda 8 years ago from Canada

      A lovely lens, thank you for sharing!Brenda

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      amandascloset0 8 years ago

      This is beautiful! I love it! I hope that this lens (as well as all who sit at your table this year) is blessed with many many hits and ratings. How wonderful and kind of you to share it with the rest of us. God Bless you!!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Beautiful lens, Nancy. I'm lensrolling it to my Christmas Art Prints - Blessings for Your Home lens, which is currently focused on Thanksgiving.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nancy, I don't think I have seen a more beautiful Thanksgiving lens, thank you so very much for sharing your story with us. The loss of our loved ones is so difficult at special times, but the memories we can share live on forever. Squidhugs from Kathy

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Still a beautiful lens

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Aunt Nancy, I love this lense! Thanksgiving was always my favorite holiday. The Pendelton Thanksgiving memories are sooo special to me. I send out the prayer to my friends here in Rock Hill, too. I treasure and miss "those days" but I am so thankful we had them. Times change and that is for sure, but this time of year especially - my heart is in Pendelton!!!! I love you and am Thankful for my Aunt Nancy!!!!!!

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      The slideshow was super fun! :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I loved it--especially the pictures and prayer.

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      GregGiordano 8 years ago

      This was a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

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      rockycha 8 years ago

      Thanks for telling your story. Squid Angel blessings too.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these special memories....we use your prayer every year at Thanksgiving....such a wonderful prayer .....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Lovely, I will be sure and print this for Mom. She always collects poems and prayers and will love to have this wonderful prayer!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Thanks for the visit, comment and lensroll. I am going to go vote for this lens and lensroll it to my Death of a loved one lens.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Another lovely lens from OHMe! Your Thanksgiving prayer is beautiful.

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      MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

      Thanksgiving has always been my favorite Holiday! These days I spend it with my daughter's in laws, a great big Columbian family and while they aren't native born, they do a great American Holiday!Lovely prayer *****

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nancy, this has me crying big tears--both of grief and thanksgiving. You have such a beautiful family, as do I--warts and all! Your prayer will become mine. Thank you so much. I love you! bj

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      VBright 8 years ago

      What a beautiful and endearing tradition. God Bless

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      Welcome to the Totally Awesome Lenses Group.Lizzy

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      ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I pray that your Thanksgivng is full of joy and fun, that you are able to add new beautiful memories to your family tradition.5* and FavoredLizzy

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      papawu 8 years ago

      You really painted a beautifully vivid picture of what seems like a close and loving family. Through tragedy and overcoming difficult times, you had family to make it through. I really envy you. Very moving lens with 5 stars poetically written all over it.

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      CCGAL 8 years ago

      I am touched to the point of tears reading your story and that beautiful prayer. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great Lens. I really like the prayer. Very special.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nan, this is wonderful! Wish I had kept count of the times I have shared the Family Thanksgiving Blessing that you found. I remember, too, that at least once and maybe twice, we adapted and used at a Family Reunion. Thank you for a very special lens! love, b.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens, five stars and favourite, I have also lensrolled it to my Thanksgiving site.Thanks for the lens

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      That is an absolutely beautiful poem. What more could be said or prayed?

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Oh, Ohme, you have done such a beautiful job of explaining the depth of our grief that year, the unity and love of our precious family, and the wonderful prayer you found for us! Yes, it was a Divine Order miracle that helped you find that special prayer - and yes, Mama sent you directly to it via her treasured Ideals! I have shared this prayer with many friends in the years since 1988. What a treasure! Beautiful lens!

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