Clay Aiken Happy Thanksgiving Canada

Thanksgiving More Than A Day

As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we're poor,
Feel like bums, insecure,
But in truth, our riches astound.

We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We're wealthy, when push comes to shove.

So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you've got;
Realize it's a lot,
And you'll make all your cares go away.

A montage for Thanksgiving
We have so very much to be thankful for.

As Long As We're Here by Clay Aiken - I love the lyrics to this song--
video from Kimmel, DFF and unknowns.

"Let's make the most of of our time
As long as we're here..."

As Long As We're Here by Clay Aiken

October is Breast Cancer Month

We've all been touched by this disease in one way or another.

The humorous and pertinent writings of Erma Bombeck are often used this month--this is one of my favourites.

If I Had My Life To Live Over
by Erma Bombeck
The following was written by the late Erma Bombeck
after she found out she had a fatal disease.

If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the 'good' living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television - and more while watching life.
I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn't show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more "I love you's".. More "I'm sorrys" ...

But mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute... look at it and really see it ... live it...and never give it back.

© Erma Bombeck
Erma Bombeck Museum

In Memory with Love and Sympathy to Clay and his family on the passing of his beloved Grandpa Aiken, October 9.

In memory of Joseph Alvis Aiken, 1922 - 2009

Clay sang Beautiful Star of Bethlehem just for his Grandpa.
This montage by Hossa is a beautiful tribute to "Papa".

Always newsy and interesting Clay Aiken blogs in my blog list are:

Clay Aiken News Network

Carolina On My Mind-CarolinaClays blog

Our friend ClayColumbia now has her blog here at Blogspot.
Clay Columbia blogspot



musicfan said...

Ashes.......Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Will you have a huge family dinner??

Thank you for all the information in this blog. You have a knack for giving us a lot of information and combining it with beauty!!

I always smile when I visit here!!

Carolina Clay said...


Beautiful Clay Aiken blog filled with lots of musical, graphic, and thoughtful goodies for your country's holiday weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!


PaulaBear said...

Happy Thanksgiving Canada!! Wonderful sentiments expressed in your blog today and every day, ashes!!

tnmtmama said...

Beautiful blog! Fall/Winter are my favorite seasons. Love the colors and love SNOW!

dee said...

Happy Thanksgiving , Ashes .

I love As Long As We're Here and haven't played it in a few weeks . The montage is a treat . Erma is one of my favorites too . Thanks for a beautiful blog .

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Wonderful blog with georgeous blends, always make me smile.

Sad day for Clay and his family...I send them my Sympathy and Prayers. Your tribute to "GrandPa" Aiken is heartfelt and the YouTube by Hossa is wonderful! Thank You for posting it.

Enjoy the rest of your Holiday Weekend.


Anonymous said...

Hello Ashes,
Just love every bit of info here, beautiful blends with my favorite autumn graphics and awesome videos...especially love BSOB. May peace be with Clay and his family!
Thanks a lot my friend :)


Anonymous said...

How wonderful! ~the tribute to Clay's gpa passing, I enjoyed seeing it and hope he treasures those moments, as I am sure he does. If anyone seems to know life is a gift, it is Clay. He is a Idol alright! Pray 'God will help him heal his loss here on earth today.
Enjoyed your beautiful blog, thank you!! ~ Donna in WI.

Anonymous said...

Ashes, Thank you for this beautiful Thanksgiving blog! Wonderful reminder of what's important in life. I've listened to the "Beautiful Star" so many times. I know Clay really loves his grandpa to sing it bluegrass style just for him. My prayers are with Clay, his Mom, and their family. I know they have lots of good memories. I love your blogs! They give me so much joy!

T said...

Happy Thanksgiving! May you have more blessings!

Beautiful blog and your graphics are awesome.

My sincerest sympathy for Clay and his family. So sad news. I know how much Clay loves his grandfather.

Happy holiday weekend!


Sandy said...

Happy Thanksgiving Ashes!

What a beautiful tribute that you did for Clay's Papa.

We are having a quiet Thanksgiving day this year. I'm okay with it though as it's been so busy.

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beauty of this season.




Hi!!! I love your blog. It is so colorful and cheerful, it is refreshing to enter and to read all your blog and to see the videos, pictures, etc.. Very beautiful thank you.

I am very grateful for all your help with my new blog.

I am very saddened by the great loss of Clay, my condolences to him and his family.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

LovesClaysVoice said...

Beautiful blog Ashes! Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Your whole blog is just fantastic. I didn't know you had a new one in, since I couldn't get on the fan club yesterday. I thought I'd get on today, but no luck. I'm anxious to check out the cookie contest. Are we still number 1? Can we vote more than once on our Email address? Maybe I'll try. At least I got to visit here. Thanks. Lois

Anonymous said...

Oops! Forgot to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. These different holidays get so confusing for me. Have a great one! Lois

katy said...

Beautiful Thanksgiving blog and touching tribute to Clay Aiken's grandpa, "Papa". I've not read the Erma Bombeck poem as closely as I did today. I'm certain Clay & his Papa had many of those precious moments.

ImGranny said...

Thank you for the great blog. Clay Aiken's performance of "Beautiful Star of Bethlehem" has always been one of my favorites. It grabs at my heart.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian friends.

claysweetea said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Ashes! What a great blog full of beautiful blends. Thank you!

SueReu said...

Happy Thanksgiving Ashes!!!

Thank you for the beautiful blog (as they always are)

My thoughts and prayers are with Clay Aiken and his family right now.

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