Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Character-filled Thanksgiving

We began working on our thankful tree first thing this morning. 

The two that were the most interested in working on the thankful tree this year were Measle (7) and Queen (2). 

Monk (11) and Twinkle Toes (9) helped cut out the more difficult leaves, though, and also wrote what they're most thankful for this year.

Most of the leaves contain the names of family members, especially Calvin our newest blessing that we're all so grateful for.  But, I found one leaf particularly interesting. 

Isn't that the sweetest?  Monk is grateful for his education.  And he spelled it right!  I'm thankful for that!

My mother-in-law hosted Thanksgiving for us this year and we had a wonderful meal.

Nana brought some yummy food, too.

Here's Monk with his Grandfather, my dad.

I kept trying to get Queen to give her baby the bottle, but she insisted "no, it's my bottle."  A moment later she was stomping on baby's head.  Note to self:  never leave Baby Calvin alone in a room with his big sister!

We all missed my husband's dad, but still have so many things to be thankful for this year.  Big D read George Washington's Thanksgiving Day proclamation from 1789.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness. Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be.—George Washington

Imagine being governed by men devoted to the service of God!  Incredible!

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. We did a Thanksgiving Tree several years ago (I think it was three years). Every year I have wanted to do it again, but somehow, it got pushed to the back of the plans. I am sooooo motivated now at seeing yours to do it again next year! OH and thanks for sharing what Big D read about Washington's Proclamation. that was awesome! I think I will share that on Facebook :)

  2. I'm not sure I've ever read Washington's proclamation about Thanksgiving. That's not really how Thanksgiving is celebrated these days! :( It would be nice if people could return to remembering it as a day to thank God for His blessings.

  3. That was such a nice leaf to find on the Thankful Tree. What a good son! I hope he got an extra piece of pie. :)

    Thank you for sharing the proclamation, too. I love reading the quotes of our founders but they always make me feel a bit mournful, too.

    Happy late Thanksgiving!



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