Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Give thanks to the Lord

I am not crafty AT ALL, but when I saw this awesome thankful tree at Raising Olives I knew I had to give it a try. Kimberly provided the link to the leaf printables at Robin's Heart of Wisdom blog, so I simply printed them last night. This morning the kids had fun cutting out the leaves and then writing what they are thankful for on the leaves. It was easy and fun. The hard part was wielding a plastic golf club in one hand at the ferocious Jack Russell terrier guarding the tree I was trying to cut the branches from. Once that was accomplished, the kids did the rest in no time. How do you like our thankful tree? I absolutely love it! Thank you so much Kimberly for the idea and the link! Are you wondering what our kids are thankful for? I saw God, church, mom, dad, nana, grandfather, grandma, grandpa, granny, aunt jane, cousins, Bible, family, and siblings. I expected to see that the children are thankful for all these things because we talked about them. I was a little surprised, but amused to see ...

This is Measle's creative way to spell "conscience". I think it's sweet that she thanks God for her conscience. We've been working through ATI character booklets and they talk quite a bit about the conscience. It's nice to see something has stuck with the Measle! (Now if she'll just listen to it!!) I was also amused to see...

I didn't have to ask who in my bunch is thankful for food. American Boy (3) dictated this one to an older sibling. He is soooooo into food, real and fake. American Boy started out his life in an orphanage and I can't help but wonder if being hungry the first year of his life might contribute to his great love for food. How precious that he is grateful to the Lord for his food.

I've mentioned to you before that we use Truth and Grace booklets in our home and church to help us teach our children Scripture and theology. The one we're using now contains a beginning catechism and about 50 Bible passages, along with a few great hymns. One of the first Psalms they memorized is Psalm 100 and we say it often. Since it's a Psalm of thanksgiving, I thought it especially appropriate to post tonight.

"Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations." Psalm 100

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! And don't forget to enter to win a $25 Lowe's gift card from me on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.


  1. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I love this idea and saw it too on her blog! We are going to do it today with our family! Blessings to you!

  2. We did one too! You'll have to check it out, it should be a few posts back on my blog. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. It does stink!! I placed a big order last week as well and got the same deal as you did, but I went through my affiliate link without realizing that the affiliate program was done during that time. So I don't get commision off of that ....Oh, well!! Hope you all had a very blessed thanksgiving!



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I'm an on-the-run mom to 6 kids who studied and taught exercise science in a previous life. I love all things running, nutrition, and health-related. I usually run at zero dark thirty in the morning and am often quite hungry before, during, and after my run, but I live a rich, full, blessed life with my children, family, and friends. My faith in God is my anchor, and looking to Him and His promises allows me to live fully even when life circumstances are difficult. While running gives me an appetite, my desire is to hunger and thirst for righteousness more than for physical food.