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Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

pumpkin pie

creamy pumpkin pie

November 18: a gift made, shared, passed on

  1. quilting gifts all day
  2. this creamy pumpkin pie recipe (shared with you)
  3. clothing donations passed on

November 19: 3 gifts of autumn

  1. golden sunrise
  2. squirrels stealing pumpkins
  3. crunching leaves under foot

November 20: 3 gifts of tradition

  1. display of giving thanks
  2. writing gift wish list  (kids)
  3. family ancestry for class project to share a family tradition (photo below)

November 21: 3 family gifts

  1. sweet hugs and kisses
  2. laughter
  3. movie night

November 22: a gift grateful

  1. grateful for all blessings, large and small

November 23: 3 gifts only in Christ

  1. truth
  2. light
  3. love
dutch doll

Dutch heritage doll with wooden shoes

Happy Thanksgiving!

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3 Gifts of Verse

Continuing our month of giving thanks intentionally…

give thanks quote

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November 10: 3 thing read in the Bible

1 Corinthians 10:30-31

30 If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks? 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

I turn on the Today Show. How can I give thanks when half a world away a projected 10,000 people are dead from a typhoon? When every time I turn on the TV I am met with tragedy, and  senseless violence? So many things that I feel are out of my control. My little list means nothing in the grand scheme of the hurt of the world. Is it “right” of me to think that coffee is something to be thankful for when people pray that they have a blanket to cover themselves tonight? My head hurts and just because of the news.

Ecclesiastes 3:10-12

10 I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.

And, what can His plan be for the suffering? What is beautiful about the bad news seen every day? How can I be happy with so much hurt in the world? Some days it is so hard to be happy. I am not in a happy mood today.  I have been suffering with severe allergies for two days (and nights) straight. I am in no mood to write down any thing I am thankful for. The TV is too loud. It makes my head hurt more. My head is going to explode…give thanks in that?

Genesis 3-5

“In the days you eat from it your eyes will be open…”

From the beginning, Adam and Eve were not thankful for all they had. They let Satan deceive them into thinking that to eat the fruit is to see the truth. When in reality to eat the fruit is to be blinded. So blinded by all that is bad and wrong in the world. Blinded that they (we) don’t see the good. Blinded so much that we don’t give thanks for the little, happy things.

The first sin in the history of mankind was ungratefulness.

Adam and Eve where ungrateful for what was given to them by God. They tasted the forbidden fruit and wanted more. They didn’t see what they had because they saw everything, good and bad. Satan side tracked them.He filled their head with lies.  I don’t want to pull an Adam and Eve. I want to be grateful…even if it is for my little cup of morning coffee. I push on in spite of my headache.

These 3 verses were read today in unexpected places; when I wasn’t looking for verses. God can be funny that way.

Sometimes thankfulness comes when you least expect it…and in a time when you most need it.

give thanks printable

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I am also thankful that I could go back to bed this morning for an hour…for little pink allergy pills that finally took my screaming headache away…the ability to shop at a grocery store (I went to 3 different stores today! *Insert eye-roll here*)…and that my old mini van took me there.

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Giving Thanks Intentionally.

About four years ago we started a November tradition of giving thanks intentionally. To make it more fun for the girls, I try to come up with a different way to display our thankful list.

The first year we made a turkey “stuffed” with blessings. Year two was a thankful tree. Year three was a thanksgiving basket.

This year I was stumped, that is, until I clicked over to a blog I hadn’t read in a long time: A Little Grace and Mercy.

Apparently, her family has the same tradition of giving thanks. So, this is our Gratitude Web. The photos are mine, the idea is all A Little Grace and Mercy.

thanksgiving craft

Displayed on our dining room wall

thanksgiving craft

Lots of gratitude

thanksgiving craft

One of my favorites so far…

thanksgiving craft

Fun fabric bunting I sewed

We will be adding to the thankful web throughout November. It’s a month of gratitude…intentionally.

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A month of giving thanks

thanksgiving quote

Scientific research shows that giving thanks for just 3 things a day makes you 25% happier.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s the calm before the rushed craziness of December. It’s a time of family and friends. It’s a time to openly give thanks for all we have…even if you are struggling financially, have health issues, emotional problems, whatever, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. And, November is the perfect month to celebrate that.

November 1 : 3 gifts eaten

  1. Larmar’s chocolate donuts
  2. coffee
  3. breakfast for dinner

November 2: 3 gifts worn

  1. winter coat
  2. Halloween costumes
  3. gloves on Halloween night

November 3: 3 gifts that start with N

  1. sewing pal Neighbor
  2. Nighttime
  3. November

November 4: a gift gathered, given, good

  1. food bank donation (1. Gathered–food; 2. Given–money; 3. Good–good food, not stuff in the back of my cupboard that I won’t ever eat.)

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Thankful Tree Centerpiece

Like a lot of families, it’s become a tradition to write out the things we are thankful for during Thanksgiving. Because my kids love crafts, they required the activity to be craft related. I demand that the craft to be E-A-S-Y. Last year we colored a stuffed blessings turkey {see it here}. This year we made a Thankful Tree.

Tree full of thanks

I cut some branches from our plum-tree in the backyard. (After the snow storm, it needed pruned anyway.) Arranged the limbs in a pretty vase with some marbles in the bottom, used foam glitter leaves from Joann’s, wrote our thanks on the back and attached with string. It is the centerpiece on our dining room table. I told it had to be easy! 

Giving thanks should never be a once-a-year-thing. I am continuing to record my 1,000 Gifts (Thankfulness) until I reach that magic number. I encourage you to think about what you are thankful for and record it. For those times when you forget that you are truly blessed.

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kids feeding kids

“We don’t have anything to eat!”, say my two kids…

just some of our donation

Even though the cupboards have food in them, they insist there isn’t anything to eat. We may not have any {insert favorite junk food here}, but there is plenty of food to eat in the house. My children are very lucky to have never had to go to bed hungry for lack of food. Or stand in a food line each week. I remember doing this for a short time as a kid. (Government cheese…yum!) But with the recession and people losing their jobs, times have changed. More and more people are looking to their local food banks to supplement their grocery list.

Last weekend Alex and I dropped off food at the food bank for their Thanksgiving drive. And for the last two weeks I have been helping with Alex’s Brownie Troop organizing a food drive and field trip to the local food bank.

The Arvada Community Food Bank’s Feed the Future Backpack Program is the program we have chosen to support. It’s a program I have supported for the last few years. The program is meant to provide children who are on the School Free and Reduced Lunch program some extra meals to see them through the weekend when they otherwise would go hungry. Each Friday, the program provides two breakfast and two lunch items, two snacks, and a dinner item. This program feeds over 1,000 kids from 11 area Arvada schools and they are about to add a 12th school to their support area.

The Brownie Troop collected a lot of good food choices for kids in need…128 pounds worth! It’s kids feeding kids. Alex went around to neighbors and asked for donations too…this is a very proud mama, bragging. We took the field trip today and dropped off the food the girls collected. I could see that the girls “got it”. This is the perfect time of year to really drive home to them the importance of thinking of others. And to really be thankful for what you have. As we listened during the tour of the food bank I realized I had overlooked donating baby food and dog/cat food. Why didn’t I think of that?

Seriously, in this great country, it is shameful that people do go hungry and have to make a choice between paying the heat bill or buying food for the week. I encourage you to clean out your cupboards and donate items to your local food bank. Even if it is a few canned goods…every bit will help someone in need. Okay, I’ll get off my soapbox now.

Go. Do. Now.

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