Tablescapes, Godwinks


I have been trying to make November slow down,

 and enjoy every minute of this peaceful month

as we prepare for Thanksgiving and the holidays ahead





Thanksgiving is bittersweet to me

My youngest son was born on Thanksgiving,

and it was HH’s favorite holiday

I lost them both too early, but am thankful God shared them with me for a while…





Are you familiar with Godwinks?





I just recently learned that many uncanny coincidences can only be explained by a Godwink, an event or personal experience, so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine presence, especially when perceived as the answer to a prayer





I recently experienced a powerful Godwink





I go to Stretch Zone twice a week, a spa like place where you can be professionally stretched, which not only feels amazing, it helps your coordination, balance and general well being.  Like a massage, you lay on a table, but are fully clothed.  The professional stretcher works his/her magic for 30 minutes, and you leave feeling light and invigorated





During my first session with Beth, we discovered we had a lot in common…after chatting and finding out she went to the same high school as my children, she said “your last name sounds so familiar, what are your children’s names?” I said Ryan and Tara, and told her when they graduated…then I said, “you are much younger than they are, when did you graduate?”






And then she said, what about Kyle?  My eyes got wide and I said “Oh! I don’t usually talk about Kyle unless it’s with someone who knew him…”





And she said, “I went to high school with Kyle, his girlfriend was my best friend!”  We looked at each other, hugged, cried, and kept shaking our heads, thinking wow…what an incredible coincidence…

Later in the week the manager came over to me and said, “Jenna, Beth told me about the special connection you share, that is a Godwink you know…”





Godwinks have gotten me through some very difficult times

They are going right to the top of my Thankful list!





I will be sharing Thanksgiving with these wild Indians this year

It will be a little Non traditional Seaside Thanksgiving





And whether you are celebrating with a flock of family or friends





Or just one or two





Count your blessings and watch for Godwinks!



Juicy Details

plaid pumpkin/Etsy, Lizz & Pip here

velvet pumpkins/Etsy here



I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story, You’re the Star

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck  Friday Features  Sweet Inspirations

Happiness is Homemade    Sunday’s Best Linkup

38 Responses to “Tablescapes, Godwinks”
  1. Mary says:

    Jenna, I’ve never heard the term ‘Godwinks’ but do believe in them and have experienced them on occasion. I know you’re thankful for those wild Indians and their parents.Thinking of you this coming week in preparation for your seaside Thanksgiving. ♥

  2. Jenna, I read a book many years ago about “Godwinks

  3. Why do I hit reply when I am not finished?

    I read the book many years ago, I certainly believe that God has a plan for our lives and our life is not random. I love a “Godwink” knowing how they can bring comfort and peace. Your “Godwink” experience is amazing. Your strength and attitude is so encouraging. Thank you for sharing your personal story with us today, it will be a “Godwink” for someone. Enjoy your Thanksgiving at the beach sweet friend! You are in my thoughts and prayers❤️

    • Thank you so much Pam, there is a movie coming out called Godwinks, it is amazing how once you learn to recognize them, they occur frequently in varying degrees… We will have fun at the beach, and I will be thinking of you and your family enjoying your beautiful table and food!

  4. I’ve always believed in Godwinks, except I never knew the name till two or three years ago. I used to think of them as synchronicities (I think that’s Jungian) but I like the term Godwink much better. Your experience is so beautiful. It really touched me in a very powerful way. I can only imagine how it must have felt to be in this position of such relaxation and reinvigoration and then to realize that the connection you and Beth had was as personal as professional. Truly beautiful.

    I send wonderful wishes in the coming week or two for a beautiful Thanksgiving and transition into the next round of festivities, too.

    • Thank you so much Jeanie, once I realized what a Godwink was, I realized that they often occur in varying degrees, and you just have to learn to recognize them. I hope you’ve figured out what you’re doing for Turkey day by now, I know you’ll make it special whoever and wherever you are!

  5. Bonnie Morgan says:

    It is always a comfort for me knowing people are praying for me. Thank you for sharing your story about your son and husband and I am glad you had a Godwink experience. I will be praying for you as Thanksgiving approaches.
    I agree with Pam, you are a great example to us all how you have handled loss and adversity with such grace.

  6. Vicki says:

    Such a special message today. Godwinks definitely happen to people and are truly a sign that there is a heavenly plan for your life. Enjoyed seeing the pictures too. Happy Thanksgiving to your sweet family!

  7. Rita C. says:

    I have heard of Godwinks and certainly have experienced them in my life, and also have seen them in other family members’ lives. I love this so much, Jenna. What a special occurrence for you. Savor it!

    Oh, and I love the way those stems on the pumpkins look on the candlesticks with the door in the background!

  8. Kitty says:

    I loved reading about your Godwink, Jenna. There are never coincidences in our lives. Thank you for sharing your heart with us, and how you make the best of living a happy, grateful, and fulfilled life.

  9. What a wonderful story. I hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving with your family and those munchkins.

  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    Oh wow Jenna, what an amazing story of your recent Godwink! I’ve never heard the term but I know what it is. Your story has touched my heart and I am so very happy this Godwink happened for you, now nearing Thanksgiving. I’ve often though about you and your loss and how your peace wears so beautiful in your presence. Thank you Jenna for sharing and you are on my list of “thankful for friends” and you are in my prayers. Blessings to you and yours for a lovely non traditional Seaside Thanksgiving with all the little “wild Indians.” Love the pretty scape…….😘

  11. Sarah Anderson says:

    Jenna, I’m definitely a believer in Godwinks, and the account of your recent one had me covered in goosebumps and teary. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times too. I love everything about autumn. Living each day with a grateful heart is important to me and setting aside a special holiday on which to celebrate gratitude is very meaningful for me. I lost both my parents in the month of November on and near Thanksgiving Day. It’s a special reminder to be grateful for the years I had with my parents.
    I’ll be thinking about you with a grateful heart for the friendship we share across the miles.

    • Oh, Sarah, I debated about sharing this story but as I began to write the narrative for this post it just came out! It really was a truly amazing experience and even a week later we both said we couldn’t believe it! Gratitude is the secret to happiness isn’t it. My prayers are with you and Monnie this Thanksgiving, and thank you for your friendship ❤️

  12. Rosie M. says:

    Thank you for sharing your “God wink” with us, Jenna. Find comfort in this special phenomenon, and have a wonderful seaside Thanksgiving. It sounds perfect !

  13. Marty says:

    Thank you for sharing your so very special post with us today. It is especially heartfelt during the holiday season.
    Wishing you all good things.

  14. Cyndi Raines says:

    Jenna, thank you for sharing this special time and I definetly believe for those who pray and trust God, He “orders our steps”. I am glad you will have your family with you at your beach house, it is such a “happy place” with the beautiful water, those pretty sunsets and your precious grands, what a blessing. May you have a joyful family time this Thanksgiving. 🍊🍂

  15. pattyanneart says:

    Thank you for sharing your Godwink with us, Jenna. Wishing you and your family a wonderful a Thanksgiving. 🧡🧡

  16. Jill Kuhn says:

    You are a Godwink Jenna – thank you for sharing your personal story and heart today. ❤️ I appreciate your friendship and encouragement you give me. 😊 How special to make that connection with someone who knew your son. 😍 I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. 🦃

  17. Michelle says:

    I just love your Godwink!! It gave me Jesus bumps!

  18. Shelia says:

    I heard of Godwinks a bit back and read a book about them–think there is a whole series.. Here is a site and the author Squire Rushnell was the first person who introduced me to them in my reading–I am not an advertiser for gain or anything, just wanted you to know there are several books out there::

    One of the best Godwinks involves Emmett Kelly, the clown for RB&B&Bailey Circus. If you read any books look for that one. It is a fascinating, touching phenomenon..

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