My Alpine Home

We have lived in our home in Alpine, Utah for five years now. My current goal is to make a larger more open home (which works great with our extended family) have a bit of cottage charm and seem more cozy. I hope you will follow along and give me encouragement as well as advice as I embark upon this challenge.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The First Thanksgiving. . .

Thanksgiving Day is almost here.  Today I thought I would share the story of the First Thanksgiving using some of my d├ęcor.

Yes, sit back and pretend you are back in grade school again. lol!

That’s about what age my poetry is written for. hee-hee!


The Pilgrims sailed across the sea upon the mighty May Flower.




They hoped to escape the Dutch and gain religious power.

An old Indian village was the place they called their new home,


They arrived hoping never having to leave again or roam.

Soon the Indians and the Pilgrims became friends,


If they didn’t see eye to eye they would compromise and make amends.

The Indians taught them how to survive and plant corn,



In 1621 their first successful harvest caused a celebration to be born.


                  Wishing I had put 1621 on this stitching instead of the year I made it.

It went down in history as an important day,


One to give thanks and to pray.



This time of year our hearts are so full,


It’s a great teaching moment for our children I know.


President Lincoln declared it a day of ‘Thanksgiving’ in 1863.


Because the Pilgrims set the standard for us you see.


The first Thanksgiving dinner was not quite like what we have now,


They didn’t have cakes or pies, but they probably had fowl.

Not turkey, but maybe grouse, ducks, or geese,


                                     cute pillow made by my my friend, Amanda

We know for sure that the Indians brought 5 deer to that first Thanksgiving feast.

Gather together and count your blessings one by one,


Taking time to remember will make us thankful for all that he’s done!


Wishing all of my American friends a Happy Thanksgiving day.

Gather together, thank the Lord, and pray!

Even through difficult times, I’m thinking of those who have suffered so much from hurricane Sandy, there is always something to be thankful for.

May God bless all of you my friends!



I will be sharing with these wonderful parties:

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday

Sunny Simple Sunday

Kathe with an e for You're gonna Love it Tuesday

Clever Chicks Blog Hop


Kelley Highway said...

Love your sweet, historically appropriate images and tokens. This was a delightful post!

Happy Giving of Thanks to God!

Susie said...

That is a very clever way to tell the history of Thanksgiving. I loved it. xoxo, Susie

Linda W. said...

You have such cute Thanksgiving decorations! Your house must be amazing. Thanks for sharing the photos and poem.

Penny Phillips said...

I loved your poem, Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Hugs, Penny

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Very cute Thanksgiving sentiment, Jann.

NanaDiana said...

Jann- That is just a dear, sweet Thanksgiving tale. I love all you sweet things that match the words so perfectly. xo Diana

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


That was so so SO cute! Thank you!

Leslie said...

great post Jan!! I didn't know that the Dutch were a reason that the pilgrims wanted to flee ... I chuckled, thinking about the dutchman who sits at our table every thanksgiving ~ just wait till I tell him! : )

Have a wonderful thanksgiving.

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Cute decorations and a cute poem about the first Thanksgiving!

Little Susie Home Maker said...

What a beautiful post. I am so touched it is great. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

What a wonderful way to present the first Thanksgiving and as well include history.

Kris said...

Nice Jann!!!!!
xo Kris

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

It was perfect! Sadly, it's a story that many have forgotten. I love Thanksgiving :)

Peg said...

Wow Jann, you must have been a great student when you were in school. You listened and learned. I loved your poem and your Thanksgiving decorations are adorable.

ThrifterSisters said...

Thanksgiving snuck up on me so quickly this year that it has stressed me out a little bit. Your post made me a little more excited about the upcoming family chaos. Thanks for the amazing pictures!


The Farmer's Daughter said...

Thanksgiving often gets looked over because Christmas is so close. I'm so glad to find that my blogging friends do embrace the day and remind us of all we have to be thankful for. Thank you, Jann, for your wonderful reminder. . .
Blessings from the Farmhouse,

Oh! By the way, I'm so thankful I met YOU!

Chenille Cottage said...

My dear sweet friend!
Oh...Jann! I am just speechless with your darling Thanksgiving post! We all need reminders of our history and the fragile beginnings of our nation. I'd love it if every school child in your area would be able to share in your thoughtful presentation.
You are the Queen of Creativity!
Blessings to you and your family!
ps. My grandmother's family descended from one of the Mayflower families...The Tilley Family. They all perished in the first year leaving only their young daughter, Elizabeth, who later married John Howland (another Mayflower passenger. Just thought I'd share this little piece of me.

Katherine Wolak said...

Such a sweet country look! :D LOVE the Thanksgiving vibe! :D


Elena said...

A very cute post! I love your decorations,They are adorable! Happy Thanksgiving.

Nancy said...

What a sweet post, Jann. We do have so much for which to be thankful. A wonderful reminder. Thanks.

Debra said...

You are one awesome lady did something like this at Halloween and pulled off another at Thanksgiving ? :)

well I shall say that I have been in Blog Land for six months, officially on Nov 20th...and if I am counting my blessings for Thanksgiving one would truly be finding you :)

Have a wonderful holiday ...from my family to yours :)

5 Monkeys and a Chick said...

Love your blog. But I noted an error in your thanksgiving date.

Thanksgiving Proclamation
Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789.

Sorry. But I still LOVE your blog! : )