Being Thankful!

    Posted by  ·  November 5, 2010

    Here is a Friday Flashback about being thankful. I am thankful for you dear reader!  Thank you for taking the time to stop by here and see what I am up to! I feel lucky that you share your day with me!

    We really wanted a way to help our family to take time to appreciate all of our blessings. This year has been a bit bumpy for us and when you are in the midst of a difficult period often it is hard to realize (and appreciate) the blessings you do have—-well it is for us. So while things aren’t always how we planned and turning out the way we wanted we still have been blessed and have much to be thankful for.

    We took a huge branch from our yard and I die-cut tons of leaves in different colors. Our original plan was every night at dinner for each of us to write something we are thankful for on our leaf and clip it (with those mini- clothes pins I love) to a branch.

    I noticed Chocolate on my Cranium is doing a similar activity with her family, except she does one more thing that I think is fabulous. She also focuses on what we do for others. She has made darling printable Thanks and Giving Trees if you want to forgo the tree branch. On one tree you write what you are thankful for and on the other tree you write something you have done for somebody.

    So on one side of our leaf we will write what we are thankful for and on the other side something nice we have done for someone.

    oops I notice the photo didn’t show that my son is thankful for his friends.

    By the way–I am thankful for all of you that stop by here each day! You have brightened many days with your sweet comments and even if you don’t leave a comment my stat counter says you have been here and that also makes me happy!

    You might also be interested in these Thanksgiving ideas.

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    1. Thursday, November 11th, 2010
      Thank you so much for this cute idea! We made a gratitude tree the other night and it lifts my spirits every day to just look at it and see the blessings I have in my life!
    2. Sunday, November 7th, 2010
      This is such a cute idea! I LOVE it. Now, I just need to find someone with a leaf diecut.
    3. Sunday, November 7th, 2010
      I like this idea! I will give this a try with my kids!
    4. Saturday, November 6th, 2010
      I love the idea. We do a nightly gratitude journal/tv-off time before bed, but this is so much more visual, which is a nice reminder to stay grateful and be optimistic!
    5. Saturday, November 6th, 2010
      What a super sweet idea...I am in love with the mini clothespins!
    6. Saturday, November 6th, 2010
      Thanks for being one of my top referrers last month Cindy! ♥
    7. Saturday, November 6th, 2010
      oh i LOVE it. we are always looking for ways to incorporate gratitude and the recognition of our many blessings into our daily lives. this is a great dinner time activity. cannot wait to get it going...i'm a little late but better late than never right??
      love your site. visit all the time:)
    8. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      On my blog today I am showcasing a "We are thankful" jar that would be perfect for those who love your idea but don't have the space for the whole branch... I love your project... it's SOOO pretty!

      TFS, Cheryl @
    9. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      Such a great idea. We do something similar but with turkey feathers!
    10. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      I love this idea. I'm always looking for things to do with children. This is a great way to nuture the spirit of being thankful.
    11. elisabeth
      Friday, November 5th, 2010
      terrific idea! I see a new tradition starting in my house! Thanks so much for the idea!!
    12. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      This is a great idea! And it will make such pretty art for the house!
    13. Lisa
      Friday, November 5th, 2010
      What a neat idea and a great reminder to count your blessings!
    14. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      What a great idea! I love it!
    15. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      Wonderful idea- and I am thankful for your blog! It has given me so many wonderful craft inspirations the last year- as well as just being a lot of fun to read! Thank you:)
    16. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      This is such a cute idea!
    17. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      Cindy. Always love your ideas. Thank you!
    18. Friday, November 5th, 2010
      What a GREAT idea Cindy!!