I am so on top of things. So on top in fact, that I just took down our thankful tree from this Thanksgiving. To my credit, I have had our Christmas decorations down for a solid month. Part of the reason I left the tree was because during the winter months, the art of giving thanks is just harder for me. It was 10 degrees this morning with a windchill of -6. That means that it actually feels like -6 outside. That is bone chilling cold. My lovely and wonderful sister in law (also one of my best friends) makes fun of me for always mentioning the windchill. What can I say, she knows I’m a cold weather wimp and now you do as well. When it is cold and we can’t play outside, I start to long for spring and summer and wish these cold days away. It is easier for me to complain than to remember all that I have.
This Thankful Tree was a craft I did during MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers). I highly recommend MOPS by the way. We made the tree and then cut out some of the leaves during our crafts workshop back in October. The idea of the tree is to help promote a home that is thankful. To voice that we are thankful for each other, for time together, for sweet specific moments with our children (loved ones), for experiences we share, and for things that we already have. My children are so young that they didn’t fully grasp what it meant, but I do believe little seeds were planted. This tree was still so good for me to do. As a mom, I believe we set the tone of our home. I’m striving for contentment which is very opposite from our culture.
I love my husband and his sense of humor. His first leaf said “Thankful for a wife that is all about that bass!”. I wrote down what my boys were thankful for. It will be fun to look back and remember how much they loved playing hide and seek and how they loved to be held close while we read to them. These things are gifts and are worth remembering. I’m actually contemplating making a Flower Thankful Wall (just doing the same thing with flowers). I may wait a month to do that because I am loving the clean wall.
I haven’t done this yet, but I will: laminate the leaves, punch a hole in them, and put them on a ring. This will be a new ornament for our Christmas tree next year.
I would love to hear how you help set the tone for your home. Do you have any ideas to help raise kids who are thankful? I would love to hear them.
Thanks for reading!
My first thankful flower will say “Thankful for my brand new baby niece born today!”