Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Isaiah 12:4 In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.
Martha’s Thanksgiving Message
Dear Sewing Family: I LOVE Thanksgiving! Super love it! What a wonderful holiday to celebrate the blessings we enjoy with our families. God has been more than good to my family and to me. One of my greatest blessings is YOU, my sewing family. How I love you and appreciate you. I have to pinch myself to believe that we have been sewing together, laughing together, traveling together, serging together, embroidering together, smocking together, taking out seams together, praying together, crying together, celebrating together, singing together, laughing together, dancing together and even swimming together for nearly 34 years! Little did I know what blessings God had in store for me and our incredible team when Joe and I opened the doors of The Heirloom Shop at 805 Madison Street on August 1, 1981. I thank God for YOU and Martha Pullen Company.
I pray this finds you in the midst of preparing in some way for a beautiful Thanksgiving Day. I can only imagine that some of you are traveling to be with loved ones and some of you have loved ones coming to your home. Our family will be congregating in Scottsboro at Joanna and Ron’s lake home; we all bring our favorite dishes and have such a good time. How well I remember the days of traveling either to Mama and Daddy’s home or to Granny or Papa’s home for Thanksgiving Day. This is a time of the year when so many memories come back to me.
One year when I was a very young wife the heat did not work in our little car and we could not afford to fix it. It was extremely cold weather. The ride from Atlanta to Scottsboro was about 4 hours. We bundled up the boys in their wool coats, hats and gloves, put on our warmest clothing and started out about 6 in the evening. Cold but happy, we reached Mama and Daddy’s house on Kyle Street which was warm and filled with happiness upon our arrival. The next day we had a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Daddy always carved the turkey at the table with a beautiful carving set. Mama set the food on the table and the excess dishes on a tea cart beside the table. All were passed “family style” as they called it. I can still hear Daddy asking the blessing at those Thanksgiving meals. What food do I remember best? For sure Mama’s homemade rolls which were served with real butter on Thanksgiving Day. Usually she had homemade strawberry jam to go with them, always put in a cut glass dish and passed around just like the other dishes. The day after Thanksgiving, Mama paid to have the heater on our car fixed so we drove home warm and cozy.
Going to Granny and Papa’s house meant looking forward to the best pumpkin pie in the world. Granny made little rolled cheese balls with paprika to go with each piece; however she also offered whipped cream to go on the pie! Papa loved to have several meats at every meal and usually she made fried cube steak to go along with the turkey since our family LOVES fried cube steak. Joe’s mother and daddy served the traditional ham and turkey and about 10 different pies. Joe’s favorite dessert has always been pie, especially pecan and chocolate. Joe’s mother always decorated her table beautifully putting lots of her little “what nots” around with big gorgeous magnolia leaves and candles. I especially loved her using her little antique water glasses for decoration. Since they were sort of chipped around the edges we did not drink out of them; we simply enjoyed them as decorations.
As you know I am doing very limited travel since Joe needs me to be at home with him. I love keeping in close communication with you through Facebook, our Martha Pullen online teacher licensing programs and a few trips. I am thankful for the opportunities that Martha Pullen Company offers me and for their understanding that I must be at home with Joe most of the time. Joe is my sweetheart and the most wonderful man I ever met. We treasure every day together. Joe says to tell “all of the ladies hello and happy Thanksgiving.” He loves you too.
I pray especially for those of you who are going through difficult times or who are grieving. Holidays are very difficult times of year when one has had losses of any kind. May our God of great mercy hold and comfort all of you. I pray for you to have strength to get through the trying times. Be assured that we serve a God who can enable us to make it. Knowing this can give us assurance during confusing days. God is still in control.
I am thankful to be an American, and I am thankful for those who are defending and who have defended our freedoms that have been fought and died for since the beginning of this country. I pray for our men and women serving in harm’s way this Thanksgiving week. I pray for their families. What a blessing from God to have been born American. I am thankful to live in a country where we can worship as we please. We are so blessed to have families and friends. I am thankful to God for our five children, our 18 grandchildren and our extended family. I am thankful for each of you, my sewing family. When I count my blessings I count you twice. I will pray, out loud, for you to have a blessed Thanksgiving Day and for your family to know joy and contentment. We at Martha Pullen Company in partnership with F+W Media are blessed and thankful to have a loyal and faithful team to work with. I thank God for our business, which we pray brings you lots of true joy. I pray God’s richest blessings on you and yours this Thanksgiving week. I appreciate you. Everybody at Martha Pullen Company and F+W Media appreciates you too. Please know that I love you. And always will. Happy Thanksgiving.