THANKSGIVING TABLE FULL OF BLESSINGS

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In today’s post I’m sharing this year’s Thanksgiving tablescape in the hopes of providing some inspiration and ideas for your own tables. I shot all of these photos two weeks ago but then got delayed in posting them.  And now, my table will have a deeper meaning.

If you follow along on social media then you know my family and I were evacuated from our home because of the Woolsey Fire in Southern California. Unfortunately, our community has endured quite a bit over the last week and a half. First there was the horrific mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, just a few miles from our house. Then the very next day, two huge fires (Woolsey and Hill) started within a half hour of each other just miles from the shooting site. There were people grieving at a vigil who had to suddenly race home to collect their pets and loved ones and evacuate. The emotional turmoil this community has gone through is unthinkable.

The unexpected and tough conversations I’ve had to have with my six and eight-year old boys have not been easy. First having to gently explain the most terrible side of humanity with the shooting, and in the next breath rationalize how sometimes Mother Nature can hurt people too with things like fires. I can only imagine what is going on in their little heads. Although we were all scared and displaced for a four-day period, we are so fortunate to still be together as a family and have a roof over our heads. Many people weren’t so lucky and I can’t even imagine the stress and heartbreak they are feeling.

I’ve lived in the Los Angeles area for 17 ½ years and have been in close proximity to large wildfires, and endured some tiny earthquakes. The dangers are always around us, but this is the first time I’ve ever been forced to evacuate and really be in the midst of a terrible tragedy as it was happening. This Thursday as we gather around our festive table, there are three things that I’ll be giving the most thanks for.

First and foremost, I’m thankful for this little family of four that I call mine. I was never concerned about the “things” we might lose. That common question we’ve all heard our entire lives: “If there was a fire and you had just minutes to leave, what would you grab?” Well, we packed essentials like clothing, shoes, food, water and toiletries. Then we each grabbed a few items that were dear to our hearts like photo albums and personal mementos, and we were on our way. I had to wake my kids up from a peaceful sleep and ultimately change the view of their little world forever. They were terrified and crying and the only thing that mattered to me in that moment was being together as a family and driving to a safer place.

Second, the feeling of community has really warmed my heart and reminded me that there are good, kind people all around us. Our immediate neighbors really came together and helped each other in various ways throughout the entire ordeal. One of our dear friends opened her guest house to us, giving our family a lovely and safe place to stay for a few days.  Then the greater community as a whole has become a huge support system for those affected by the shooting and fires. Whether its restaurants providing meals for first responders, stores collecting clothing for fire victims, citizens donating money and needed personal items, or local businesses offering free childcare for all the kids that are out of school for two weeks. The community has banded together in the best ways possible.

Lastly, the work of our firefighters and local law enforcement has been truly extraordinary and will never be forgotten. The mere coordination of all the different efforts was a feat in itself, and then seeing the bravery of these men and women up close is something I’ll forever be grateful for. This fire was a beast and seeing it race up hills destroying everything in its path is a frightening image burned into my brain. The firefighters perform one selfless act after another trying to keep the rest of us safe while they fight the monster, and my children have really taken notice to this. They now have a respect and appreciation for these heroes that has been beautiful to witness, and is ultimately the silver lining of this experience for them.

As I share my Thanksgiving table with you, please know that I’m counting my many blessings as well. I’m also thankful for all of you, and wish you and yours a wonderful holiday week.

QUICK SHOP:

1. My dress || Necklace || Bracelet one, two, three

2. Tablecloth || Placemats || Fabric napkins || Similar paper napkins

3. White dinnerware place settings

4. Vase || Mini pumpkins  ||  Medium pumpkin here and here

5. Similar table scatter here || Similar leaves here and here

Thanks so much for reading and sharing! xoxo, JB

4 Comments

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    Debbie
    November 19, 2018 at 4:30 am

    Jennifer this was just beautiful to read and very inspiring, thank you. Your table looks very festive and inviting, great job. Wishing everyone Thanksgiving Blessings.

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    Dish
    November 19, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Awesome Post!!!!!

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    Jenifer
    November 20, 2018 at 6:32 pm

    This post is so special. What I like about you so much is your dear heart and that you are very authentic. You are a great mom, helping your boys through such difficult circumstances. I’m glad you are all safe and have that beautiful table to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal.

    xx Jenifer
    https://www.theevolista.com

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      Jennifer Basa
      November 20, 2018 at 9:02 pm

      Oh my goodness, you’re making me tear up! That’s the nicest compliment ever. Thank you so very much! xoxo

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