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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

I am THANKFUL for...

I had so much fun going through all of my 2013 blog posts this week.  Since it is the month of Thanksgiving,  I decided to pick out some of the things which happened during 2013 so far for which I am thankful ....  Of course,  there were WAY too many to put in one post --so I just picked out some to share with you today.

Hope you enjoy my post. The list is not in any specific order.   Be sure to click on the photos for enlargements.  AND--I encourage you,  as you read this post,  to think of all of the ways you are thankful. 

GEORGE  (Taken on his birthday at DeSoto Falls State Park, Alabama)

My SONS and Families (Flowers were a gift from son, Mark, on my birthday)

SNOW  (Hope we get more this winter than we did last winter!!!!)

GOOD HEALTH  (So glad I can still hike and enjoy nature;  This was at Tallulah Gorge, GA)

FRIENDSHIP  (With two of our good friends,  Neal and Patti Treadway);  I am truly thankful for all of YOU --and the friendships we have together through blogging.  Thanks!

There is so much to be thankful for in this photo.   Our home got new paint in 2012 and a new roof in 2013.  We have flowers blooming in most all seasons (Crocus, Hyacinths, Daffodils, Phlox, CandyTuft,  Tulips, Lilies, Daylilies, ROSES, Irises, Pansies,  etc. etc. etc.)...  Can't choose a favorite --except for the ROSES,  which are AMAZING.

WATERFALLS   (Crabtree Falls,  North Carolina--during heavy rain)

OCEAN ISLE BEACH,  North Carolina
We get to the beach a couple of times a year --and love it there.  Besides just enjoying the beach,  we LOVE the SEAFOOD in that area!  For this,  we are truly thankful!!!!

SUNRISES and SUNSETS  (This sunset was taken at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas)

BILTMORE  (So thankful that we have season's passes.  We love their sunflowers --and all of their flowers!!)

MOONBOW (at Cumberland Falls State Park, KY)
Seeing the MOONBOW (a rainbow at night) was an absolute highlight of the year for me.   We had never seen the moonbow before ---so this was a wonderful experience for us on our Anniversary this year.  It was pitch-black DARK outside when George took this 2-minute exposure.  Amazing,  isn't it?

the SCHOONER ALLIANCE  (Yorktown,  VA)
Besides seeing the Moonbow in June,  another very special highlight of 2013 was taking a Sunset Cruise on the Schooner Alliance,  when we were on our September Virginia/West Virginia/Maryland trip.  Cruising on the Alliance will definitely be a 2013 highlight for me for which I am extremely thankful.

MOUNTAINS  (along Blue Ridge Parkway)
We are definitely blessed to live in such a beautiful area of our country.  We enjoy the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains off and on during the entire year.

SEASONS of the YEAR  (Fall on the Cumberland Plateau)
I love all SEASONS --especially Spring and Fall.  MANY of my blog posts throughout the year are showing the season changes in our area... SO SPECIAL!!!!!  I am SO thankful for our four seasons.

US  (taken at our little cabin at Mt. Nebo, Arkansas)
This is listed last,  but to me --other than God in our lives,  George, and our lives together are what I am MOST thankful for.  We have had another amazing year together.

Well---that's our year (SO FAR) in a nutshell ---and we truly do have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.  I have left out one category (can you guess what it is?????) ---and will feature it on Friday.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing my special Thanksgivings.   Now---jump over to my Photo Blog for one more gorgeous photo from Biltmore in 2013.  Click  HERE.