Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Our Seekerville Thanksgiving Table

My family had a tradition that I imagine is shared by many others as we gather to give thanks on Thanksgiving Day. Before diving into the turkey and all the trimmings, we joined hands in prayer and then shared what we were most grateful for that year.

I thought it might be lovely to gather us all around a communal Seekerville table and share that tradition.

I asked some of the Seekers to get us started.

This year, I'm very thankful my son just moved back to the Atlanta area on Sunday. We're thrilled to have him nearby once again!

I'm thankful for God's perfect timing this year on so many events, big and small. 

I am grateful for the everyday people God puts in my life. My family, my friends, the Seekers, the folks I can say anything to and not get into trouble. It's an absolute pleasure to be able to be just me... the ones who know my ins and outs and ups and downs and love me regardless. And that includes the friends I might not see for months or years... and yet still love. They never make me feel guilty! More reason to love them.

Erica Vetsch
I am thankful for my family, for new relationships forming, and for the many blessings God has given me.

I’m thankful for my family and God’s many blessings.

I’m thankful that God is good even when life isn’t, even when the world is falling apart, even when I can’t see His plan - His heart can be trusted & for that I’m so grateful. 

I give thanks for all of you, dear friends, who are on this writing journey with me. May God bless you and your families abundantly. Happy Thanksgiving!

I remember the night I sold my first book at the ACFW Conference. Barbour Publishing … represented by Tracie Peterson, announced from the podium that they were offering me a contract. It remains one of the very best moments of my life.On that night when I got my first contract, I remember saying to someone, "I don't want to sell ONE book, I want a career."Later I couldn't believe I had the nerve, the--to me--arrogance to speak of a career after selling one little Heartsong.
But I said it. I wanted it. I hoped and prayed for it.This month Bethany House has offered me a new three book contract. It will be for my 66, 67, and 68th books.I will never take it for granted. I will never stop being stunned and amazed. I will never stop being thankful for having a career as a published author.


I'm thankful for so much, but especially for all of you. May you have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving! 

So, dear Seeker friends, we hope you will join us round the table as we raise our voices in a Thanksgiving prayer, and share what you are thankful for this year.


  1. I am so thankful for all of you! It was through this blog that I connected with Jan and became a member of ACFW. Having a local writing group has been encouraging and all of you have helped me grow and gain confidence. Thank you so much and happy Thanksgiving to all!

    1. Blessings to you and yours, Glynis! So glad you're part of the Seekerville family!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

    2. And I'm so thankful that we connected, Glynis! My life is richer because of you. :-)

  2. I am thankful for my family. I feel very blessed to have the family I do. Also thankful for all my blessings in a world where many people don't have what I do.

  3. I am thankful for the many people God has brought into my life to walk beside me through life's trials, surprises, and everything in between. I'm thankful for my husband and children - such beautiful blessings from the Lord!

    And I'm thankful for all of you at Seekerville. I've learned so much from each of you, and am encouraged by your testimonies on this writing journey.

    Blessings to you all! Lee-Ann B

  4. I'm so thankful for this group. The fellowship and friendship blesses me so much!

  5. I'm so thankful I met Tina Radcliffe online because she introduced me to this blog and ACFW and mentored me right into my first contract. I've learned SO much from everyone here and am blessed by each of you. And while this has been one of the hardest years we've faced as a family, God has been good all the time. We can't see what He's about but we know He means it all for our good. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

  6. I'm thankful for my family, for friends, for unexpected gifts like the one I received today when a friend gave me a copy of the first Girl Scouts romance novel, for this being the year for my first book contract, and for writers who give so generously of their time whether in mentoring, in prayer, or in kind words. Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. Have a Heartwarming Thanksgiving!

    I am thankful that there are romance novels out there that can make me feel really good as I read them. And I mean page after page!

    Confession: I had not read any romances for a few months as I feasted on Connelly, Baldacci, Patterson, Jance, and Child. These best selling action/mystery stories pulled me into their narratives and wouldn't let go. Wow!

    Yet, there is something none of these stories could do besides entertain me and hold my attention:

    And that magic was the ability to make me feel really good the whole time. Some romances act like emotional vitamins. Romances offer a different kind of reading experience which is so much more rewarding than just being story-hooked.

    I noticed this, in spades, as I began reading Tina's, "Christmas with the Cowboy," two days ago.

    What a difference this romance makes! I just love and root for the many characters. Everything about the story is uplifting and enjoyable. (I just worry a little about what the black moment will bring.) The story has everything: adorable kids, a deserving widow, a camp for unwanted and unloved children, a hurting ex-navy SEAL, (six foot five and all muscle), a heartwarming reunion theme and Christmas joy. (Why not have it all?)

    It's an emotional oasis of good feelings. (Try to do that Jack Reacher!)

    Yes, indeed, I am thankful for how wonderful well crafted romances can make me feel anytime of the day and anywhere I happen to be.

    Of course, I might have been a little happier this year if New Zealand had finished higher than third in the Rugby World Cup. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    P.S. Be loving! There are three really good and meaningful football games on tv tomorrow!!! PTL!

  8. Hi Mary:

    Was that first Heartsong book, "The Bossy Bridegroom" or one of the Alaska books? If I were teaching a college course on romance novels I'd include "The Bossy Bridegroom" and "Winter's End". There is so much there there.


  9. I've been blessed by all your responses today. God is so good. I'm especially thankful to see my debut novel published in Jan. So grateful for the support given by my loving hubby, my family, my publisher and many others as I continue to get the word out. And I'm thankful and cherish the fellowship in this group of supportive readers and writers. May each of you have a most blessed Thanksgiving Day.

  10. I’m thankful I have a heated throw to sit under as I write this. I’m thankful for family being here and food to eat. I’m thankful for this blog. Blessings


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