I was determined to make a 'Thankful Tree' this year for my children. The idea is to put out some 'leaves' and have the children write what they are thankful for each day leading up to Thanksgiving.
I used a jumbo leaf hole punch for the smaller leaves, and a friend cut some extra-large leaves for me at school using a Cri-cut.
We have really enjoyed this project of counting our blessings, so I made extra leaves for friends and put some simmering potpourri from Michael's in a little bag...
...from Pottery Barn Kids. Attach a little note to your friends telling why you are thankful for them!
Today, I count my blessings for the gift of children. (I hung this leaf on the tree!)
My birthday was last week, and I received the best gift any mom could ever ask for...lots of hugs and sweet, sweet notes. I am sharing this one from my son, because he has such a heart of gratitude. Mason has had some difficulties in his little life of eight years, but the beauty has been seeing him come through strife with a deeper faith!
Lest you think I will get a big head from his words, I know that I fail miserably at all the sweet things he says. Actually, I struggle to keep on top of the laundry and to read my Bible everyday, but don't tell him!
Here is my laundry room...usually, it is 'Mt. Everest!' I am thankful for a washer and a dryer and do not take this luxury lightly! (I hung that on the tree, too!) I confess that I do tend to grumble about laundry (note that it is the first thing he comments about!) but somehow, those sweet words of kindness from a child, make folding and washing a little bit easier!
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
Teach your children to have hearts of gratitude. Our society seems to have an entitlement mentality which doesn't nurture thankful hearts. Be watchful and careful with all the things you give to your children, teaching them always to give thanks. During prayer, I give thanks and remind the children that everything we have comes from the Lord. I will often include thankfulness for our 'eyes to see, ears to hear, noses to smell, mouths to eat and hands to feel.' I thank the Lord each night for their daddy's job, reminding them how hard he works for all of us. I really believe that if they see parents with thankful hearts, they will humbly give thanks, as well. Praise Him and give thanks always!
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!