Every year since my oldest daughter was born we have recorded the things we are thankful for in some way. There is something about stopping to write down the blessings in your life that makes them that much sweeter and more appreciated. We’ve done this in a couple different ways, but last year’s was one of our favorites and the kids can’t wait to do it again this November.
We created a huge 6 foot tree out of torn and crumbled paper bag pieces on our large sliding glass doors. (As I’m sure you can guess, they really liked ripping and crumbing the brown paper!) Then I cut leaves out of our scrap construction paper. We don’t have a lot of colorful leaves here in FL for our Pumpkin Man in October so it was so nice to see all the fall colored leaves on the doors even if they were fake!
Then each of us wrote things/people/places that we were thankful for on the leaves and taped them onto the tree. There were no “rules” for the leaves, everyone did as many as they wished for anything they were thankful for. We ended up using up all of our scrap paper and I had to cut another round from fresh construction paper.
I loved everything about this project! The large presence of the tree in a main area in our house brought gratitude to the forefront of our day. We were constantly reading the leaves and talking about the things we were thankful for. It made us much more reflective and appreciative of the wonderful things in our lives. And seeing their answers brought a smile to my face every single time I saw them. Every single time.
How do you focus on gratitude in your family? I have to say that having young kids around makes me much more aware and appreciative of all that I have in my life! I love how being a mom makes you slow down and really see the little and big things in life–you can’t really rush through life when you’re holding hands with a 2 year old.