Give Thanks

For many reasons Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  I love autumn and the crisp, cool, and sunny weather that it brings.  I enjoy the reflection and intentionality of Thanksgiving that calls us to ponder anew on all that we have been blessed with.  And while I desire to install an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness every day, there is something about Thanksgiving that holds it out in front in a unique way.  I think one of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is that there isn’t anything to draw attention away from the real reason we celebrate.  We still get to enjoy time with family, delicious food, and a vacation of sorts as we take the week off of school … but more than that is what we get to focus our attention on.  Giving Thanks!  I love reading books, doing crafts, making yummy food, and reflecting on the wonderful blessings that I have been given which I am completely undeserving of.  Tomorrow morning we will enjoy homemade cinnamon rolls and later this week I will be making homemade dinner rolls for our family gathering.  To bless my hubby I made a huge batch of Chex mix.  We have also been enjoying homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte’s!  But other than eating/making yummy food and enjoying our break in school, here is what we’ve been doing this week to celebrate Thanksgiving …

Reading Books – Here are a couple of favorites that we’ve been reading …
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving 

Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember
Thanksgiving - A Time to Remember

We’ve also been reading through these Thanksgiving Calendar Connections cards that are a free printable.  We have them in our Calendar Pocket Chart for this month and have been enjoying learning more about the history of Thanksgiving, including all twelve claims to the first Thanksgiving.  These cards are geared for mid-late elementary aged children, but we read them all together during our morning Bible time.
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Every day we add more leaves to our Thankful Tree.  This year, I printed and laminated the leaves from Ann Voskamp’s thankful tree and also printed and laminated these leaves in different colors.  We use sharpie markers to write on them instead of dry erase markers so that they don’t wipe off as easily.  Magic Erasers take it right off and then we will be able to use them year after year.  For the past few years, we’ve made new feathers for our turkey, but this year we decided to make leaves for a thankful tree instead.  The kids had fun gathering branches in the yard and have been enjoying adding leaves to it every day.  Here is our thankful tree for this year so far:
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We also made Indian and Pilgrim families using empty paper towel holders!  I found a cute idea on pinterest and knew that the kiddos would love it.  The older 3 were a huge help with cutting and gluing, and the younger 2 were a huge help with making a mess!  But in the end everyone had a blast and our families look pretty cute …
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Of course our families have a daddy, a mommy, 4 daughters and 1 son!
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Apart from my salvation, my hubby is the greatest gift and blessing that I have been given … so thankful for him!
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“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17

Happy Thanksgiving!

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