Fall Recap…and A Fall Tour

Our leaves were very slow to turn.

We had a very rainy summer…so we thought the leaves would not be as brilliant this year.

But then overnight they seemed to burst into beautiful color..


Got up “early” to watch the sunrise…and this is what it looked like from my back porch…

The temps are very brisk today…


Fall is a beautiful time of year to celebrate family….

…..as we gather together to give thanks.

Whether we gather at the table…


Or outdoors enjoying the beautiful fall leaves….


Or gather in the great room in front of the fire…


2013 Fall Front Porch

To welcome family and friends…


And spending time with our adorable “sweetie”…


Who can also be adorably scary!..

My dad always said that Thanksgiving was his very favorite time of year…


As “We Gather Together”…to give thanks…for the many blessings we have…

…..especially of family.

He always could not stress enough to us kids that family was one of the most important things in life…

…..to cherish.


I remember the day when my “sweetie” was a pre-schooler and was sooo excited to give this to me…

…..her beautiful pine cone turkey that she made.

My heart melts every time I see this…it remains out all year…for me to enjoy…and make me smile.

And on this note….

I am joining 25 wonderful fellow bloggers…

…..to celebrate being “THANKFUL AT HOME”.



I am joining:

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday

Katherine’s Corner for Favorite Things Blog Hop

StoneGable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits

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  1. We are all so blessed. Your home is the perfect place to gather together. And, your little sweetie looks just like you.
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  2. Hi, Shirley: Love your pics of the backyard, the corner garden and the stacked pumpkins. It was so beautiful on Friday here, and you are right. Overnight and the woods were on fire with color. I’m sorry Mel missed it, being at the FSU-Miami game in Tallahassee. Now my yard is covered with leaves. The ebb and flow of life…it’s so grand.

  3. Beautiful post, Shirley! Thank you!
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  4. Thanksgiving is my favorite too. I love Fall! Looking forward to the season of thanks blogs – what a great way to kick off my birthday! 😉
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  5. Linda miller says

    I think fall is my favorite season…the changing colors, the cooler temps, the smells, crunching leaves, cozy fire, but most of all being thankful for family and our many blessings. Beautiful decorations, photos and memories you have shared, Shirley.

  6. Everything is beautiful Shirley!
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  7. Beautiful post, Shirley! Your home is always beautiful and definitely heartwarmingly welcoming! I look forward to the fall tours! Have a wonderful day!~~Angela

  8. I don’t comment very much, but I just had to say how beautiful these pics are. They are absolutely gorgeous. They should encourage all of us to be so thankful. Beautiful. Thanks!!!

  9. The sunlight through the leaves is so pretty. Your home looks wonderful, and very welcoming.
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  10. Everything is so beautiful Shirley, I just love your home and the scenario around you is stunning!
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  11. I can’t get over how much your “sweetie” looks like you! I just told my husband yesterday that it looked like the leaves turned overnight…we usually go to north Alabama this time of year but I don’t think we’ll make it this year.

    your home is so welcoming and cozy….and I can’t wait for all the tours!
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  12. So true family is very important. Can’t believe you have a pumpkin vest. 🙂

  13. Your Fall decorations and vignettes are lovely! Your porch is gorgeous decorated for Fall- I love the pumpkin toparies! I agree, family is so important! Fall and Thanksgiving are one of my favorites seasons. Thank you for sharing your lovely home with us.
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  14. Such a great post. I love your beautiful decor and colors and yes, we are so so so so Blessed. Hugs, Marty
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  15. How sweet that you keep that cute little pinecone turkey out all year – Grandmom of the Year Award goes to you Shirley!
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  16. Your fall home is lovely shirley.
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  17. Beautiful post Shirley. Your granddaughter sure is a cutie and she sure loves her grandma & grandpa. Enjoy her while you can as they grow up so quick. All of your pictures are wonderful. Will be looking forward to Thankful at Home series.
    Have a great week.
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  18. Such a lovely post and such a wonderful handmade gift from your little girl. Thanks for sharing.
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  19. What a beautiful post, Shirley! Your home looks so pretty all decked out for Fall! I always love seeing your porch! I thought about you the other day, as I actually started to put some of my Fall decor away. Before we know it, we’ll be decorating for the next season; but, I’m still enjoying Fall.
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  20. Shirley, your fall decorations are just a feast for the eyes! Everything is just gorgeous, and your little sweetie is adorable! 🙂

  21. Shirley,
    Your “sweetie” is adorable. What a great picture. Everything looks so inviting and pretty for fall. Love your beautiful porch. It is all gorgeous.
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  22. Wonderful post Shirley! I’d keep that pine cone turkey out all year long too!
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