In Which the Thanksgiving Story Pauses for Teatime . . .

Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices.
Who wondrous things hath done, in whom His world rejoices;
Who, from our mothers’ arms, hath blessed us on our way,
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

Thanksgiving Day is soon upon us, and, in an effort to store my energies for the next couple of days when quantities of cranberries, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes will require preparation, I am pausing my Thanksgiving story series for a Tuesday Teatime break.  My “To Do List” continues to grow with all the details inherent to the in-gathering of table setting materials and house-cleaning in anticipation of eight guests around our own Thanksgiving table this very Thursday.

I’ve gathered a few of my fall/harvest themed tea things with the theme of “First Fruits” – as inspired by this delicious teapot – a super find at a yard sale this season for a whopping $2.00!!

Taking my cue from the beautiful painting on the pot . . . 

At any and all angles – an orange on the top . . .

And, apples on the back . . .

And, signed by the artist, no less . . .

And, marked on the bottom by its maker, Arthur Wood & Son . . .

I set out a small plate of fruit-full treats reflecting the still life captured on the pot!

Note John Alden and Priscilla Mullens in the background, keeping watch over my tea table – laden with their own “first fruits” of the harvest season – for which they thank Thee, the Lord. 

Delicious red grapes and a golden pear are flanked by my newest yum goodie – Italian Herb Goat Cheese!  

Oh, my!  Such a delight a slice of this hard cheese with tea and fruit is to the taste-buds!  Thankfulness abounding!

Of course, my organic green tea – ever at the ready – is served today in a Johnson Brothers “Harvest Time” cup with yet more fruits on the pattern and sweet muted Autumn colors that warm the heart.

A delightful respite before the busy of making my home ready for guests and a day of feasting with joy and thanksgiving to He Who gives all good gifts and fruit in its season!

Joy to you this holiday week – and don’t miss the grand finale of the Thanksgiving Story posting Wednesday and Thursday.  Missed any of the series?  I’ve got them linked below!  May the tests and trials of our faithful forefathers inspire you this season should you, too, know storms and disappointment.  Be ye glad – the Lord’s redemption and purposes in all good things and beauty are on the horizon!

Don’t miss all the story installments on THANKSGIVING – by Kathryn Ross:

Thanksgiving Part 3:  Mayflower Memoirs
Thanksgiving Part 4:  Lifestyles of Plimoth Plantation
Thanksgiving Part 5:  With a Thankful Heart

P.S.  On a personal note – I have been sort of in an incubator – you know – when there’s a lot of heat.  Lot’s going on – sort of like labor pains bringing something wonderful to birth – or the stress and struggle in the crisis of breaking out of a shell as a baby bird is born to fly.  I think I’m in the shell breaking out time and on the verge of something very exciting.  Do stay tuned for more on this.

But, as a prayer request – my husband, Ed, is out of work for a bit with a herniated disk in his lower back.  Has been for a couple of weeks, which has added to my busy and not so much blog reading time.  How I hope to get back in the groove.  He is in a great deal of pain and the healing process will be weeks.  I think the Lord may be re-arranging his furniture, too.  Prayer on his behalf would be most welcome.

Sharing my Thanksgiving Pause for Teatime this week with:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Thursday Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at and blogs at


  1. Kathy,
    Sending prayers for your husband. Your harvest teapot and cups are lovely. Thanks for stopping by tonight. You should do a post on your mustache cup! I think they’re so interesting…I was so excited when I found mine!

  2. Sending warm hugs, thoughts and prayers that your husband will be dancing around the house in no time!

    Your tea was both welcoming and my mouth is watering over that cheese,… wishing you a fabulous Thanksgiving week!! xo HHL

  3. Hello Kathy,
    Your tea pot is amazing! What a find that one is! Your tea cup too is just perfect for this time of year. I love that pattern!
    Blessings on you and your husband on this bend in your path. May you both receive what you need to feel good!

  4. Hi Kathryn,

    These vignettes are so pretty. Your teapot and teacup with saucer are just lovely! I love Johnson Brothers. You did a great job of recreating the fruit arrangement from your teapot; there’s nothing prettier than colorful, fresh fruit. I look forward to reading your Thanksgiving series, and blessings and best wishes for a speedy recovery for your husband.



  5. Lifting you both in prayer, Kathy! May the Lord grant wisdom, discernment, clarity, strength and perseverance as you press on through the work He has prepared for you. . .may you relish the color you are in at the moment (as your blog button on the lower left says!) Hugs!!

  6. Hello,
    I am thoroughly enjoying reading this! I love the history of our country – especially since I found out a while back that I am a descendant of settlers to Jamestown.
    To your question regarding pictures – it is disheartening to come across that – I remember! I deleted posts, edited etc…then did buy space. The pictures automatically go to a Picasa album. You can check – sometimes the pictures are duplicated – just be careful and check with posts. If I remember correctly, it cost me $5 back then – don’t recall how much space that bought, but I haven’t had to pay again – I do put an awful lot of pictures!
    Hope this helps and will surely pray for your husband!
    God Bless,

  7. Hi Kathy: I love your tea pot! We share the shame tea cup!. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and I will sending up some special prayers for your husband. God is so able to heal! Blessings, Martha

  8. Hi Kathy. I have so enjoyed your story so farr. But your Thanksgiving teatime post is lovely too! What great fall & harvest china. I especially love the teapot. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and I’ll be looking for the next installment! We will be praying for your husband. Back problems are indeed inducive of conversations with the Lord, whether we want to or not! But He is faithful!

  9. Lovely pot,,great price,lucky you and your teacup matches beautifully.
    I hope Ed will be feeling better pretty soon. Have had that happen to me,very painful. prayers to you both. Happy Thanksgiving xx blessings j

  10. Hello Kathy,
    the fuity themed tea pot is wonderful painted. A real piece of art. I wish you both a soon recovery and surely will pray for you, too.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  11. Hello dear Kathy,
    Prayers are going your way on behalf of your dear hubby. Having had so many back problems and a broken rib myself, I can sympathize with him, dear man! Bless you both!
    I must tell you that I adore your new teapot. What a find that was! It’s got such a sweet shape and how well it goes with your lovely teacup; I do love Johnson Bros.! Such a delightful post, my friend. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and peace to you.


  12. HI Kathy .. What a fabulous seasonal find … so festive and perfect for Thanksgiving… We’ve already celebrated here in Canada so it’s especially delightful to glean into your tradition customs and decorating. I’m sending healing prayers to you husband and wishing health to you both…Hugs

  13. As always, I so enjoyed your tea time respite. Gave me a chance to sit down and relax, too. What an adorable teapot. I think you have the best *eye* for bargains. I’ve bought some real “steals” in various venues before, too – and it’s amazing how they are transformed with a different surrounding, and different “props” around them. Inexpensive suddenly becomes a centerpiece!!

    Will be praying for you – you’ve hinted at the difficulties that you face in your current work situation – sounds like there’s some breakthroughs on the horizon! Excited for that. And of course, will be thinking of your husband. I deal with disc problems in my neck, and the pain is really awful. Praying for quick healing…

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving – all of you!


  14. Hello Kathryn
    I do hope hubby is feeling better soon, back injuries are painful.
    I like fruit and cheese with my tea, better for us than lots of sweets!

  15. Lovely tea display and post! Prayers for Ed for quick healing…and for new and exciting “flight” for Miss Kathy as she emerges as a new “chickie!”

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  16. Great teapot find! I have one like it…you got a great buy! I like the fruit and harvest look.

    Curious about your incubating…can’t wait to find out what is breaking out:)

    Have a great “blessed” Thanksgiving. There is so much to be thankful for…

  17. Dear Kathy I am praying for your dear husband!
    It must be so frustrating for him – our menfolk usually don’t like to be inactive, even when in pain!
    I loved all you shared in your beautiful post – as ususal 🙂


  18. lovely and wonderful deal of a teapot! Prayers to your hubby and exciting times for you it sounds like. My mother suffers from a bad back and spinal stenosis and the pain that comes with that can be overwhelming for sure. Big Hug your way.

  19. Kathy, I pray your day of Thanksgiving was filled with fellowship and love. I have your Ed in my prayers.

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