Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thankful Leaves

E's leaves:
My Family
Being able to pray and worship Jesus
Crunchy food
The Bible
The New Baby
The Fruit of the Spirit
My Imagination
The Right to Vote
A good education
A free country
Mommy and Daddy
The ability to play the piano
A soccer team
Jesus Died for me

R.'s Leaves:
Jesus and God
My brothers and sisters
Mommy and Daddy
The New baby
Soccer being fun

A.'s Leaves:
My brothers and sisters
The New Baby
The Day
The Bible
The New House
Mommy and Daddy
Our home

In the past we've done a Thanksgiving Tree and every night after dinner the kids would write on a fall leaf (paper ;-) ) something they were thankful for.  We'd then hang it on the tree.  We'd start the first of Nov. and by Thanksgiving, our tree was bursting w/ fall color and thanks. 

This year, I didn't get the tree up due to a variety of reasons, running here and there, sick kids, my tiredness from being pregnant, basically, the general busyness of life.  The kids would ask and I would think "Oh, I've got to do that" but never did "that". :-( 

I had an idea last night of how we could still think about what we're thankful for and display our thanks, w/ only a few days before Thanksgiving.  I still had some fall leaves from past years so I had the girls (the boys were playing outside) write on the leaves what they are thankful for, just like we did in the past, just write them all at once. :D  I then took their leaves and strung them on gold thread, that we had on hand.  I hung them from our entry window, where on this overcast day, they look quite appropriate.

As we prepare to spend time with family and friends, what are you most thankful for?  Today, I'm thankful for my beautiful family.  Thank you Lord for entrusting them to me.


Jen Unsell said...

I love your leaves Linda.

Happy Thanksgiving to you guys! I hope your day tomorrow is wonderful!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for such a wonderful wife and mother for my thankful children.

May we all know that Yahweh is God

he made us and we belong to him

we are his people, the flock that he pastures.

Walk through his porticoes giving thanks

Enter his courts praising him

Give thanks to him, bless his name.

Yes God is good.

Happy Thanksgiving,


4kiddos4me said...

What a great place to display the leaves! I too was in the "we really need to do that today" zone all month but (sigh) I'm sad to report ours never happened this year. I couldn't seem to go dig out my leaves. In hindsight, I should have delegated - if I had passed the task to Kittykat she would have just covered the entire house with homemade leaves - which would have inspired the others to follow suit I'm sure. Don't know why I didn't think of that sooner, lol!

I saw your Shelfari shelf in the sidebar - I just heard about that too! Though I haven't gotten around to doing anything with it yet :o)

Hope you and your family had a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Great idea, Linda. :)