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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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you made my day, man

Yesterday started off rotten. Alex wet her bed and climbed into bed with us at 3 o’clock! But she just doesn’t crawl into bed. She has to wake us both up as she is crawling into bed. Then Daddy tells her to go use the bathroom. Honey, she just wet her bed, I think she is good. She uses our bathroom, being sure to turn on the blinding light while she goes potty again. Then she crawls back into bed, tossing and turning because she can’t get comfortable. It’s at least an hour and a half before I find REM sleep only to get kicked by the aforementioned daughter. Then slapped in the face. Then kicked some more. I was never so happy to hear the alarm go off in my life!

Needless to say I was in a bad mood yesterday morning. Sleep deprivation does that to me every time. (Yes, 3 fewer hours of sleep is deprivation to me!)

I needed coffee in a bad way. And not that cheap decaf Target brand coffee I keep at home either. I needed some seriously-strong-convenience-store-coffee-for-a-buck. As I am filling my cup of coffee, an overly cheerful man walks into the store to get himself a cup of joe too. He starts chatting it up with me. Man, this guy was cheerful. Even though I am not in the mood, I fake it, because I am seriously working on that personality fault. We had a polite conversation.

As he starts to leave, he tells me, “Have a blessed week.”

Instantly, I like this guy at little bit more. And guess what else? My mood has greatly improved. Funny how a few words of kindness can go a long way to making someone’s day a little bit brighter. Thanks, man.

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