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My Favorite Thankful Song

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Having grown up in a third-world country, I sometimes saw people I loved living in houses with dirt floors, with a live chicken walking across the living room. We often had no running water, or the water would come out of the tap looking brown. It had amoebas, so we couldn’t drink it. There was mold on our walls where I grew up. The electricity would go off at any time and sometimes stayed off for hours. An earthquake demolished the entire city when I was six years old. A few years later a bullet almost killed my sister.  People begging in the streets had no arms and legs.

We truly don’t understand how good we have it in the United States. We covet the next shiny object and are never satisfied with our lives, even though we have a warm house and food on the table. This reminds me of the verse: “But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” (I Timothy 6:8)

In honor of Thanksgiving, I would like to share my favorite thankful song:

Thankful Cards

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

thankful-card

Why not write thankful cards to each member of your family this year, and hand them out at the Thanksgiving table? You can tell each person what you enjoy about them and why you are thankful for having them in your life.

My kids created some thankful cards by gluing pieces of textured paper, scrapbook paper or cloth onto a folded piece of card stock paper. Make sure you have envelopes that fit the card size. For me, it was easy to cut a card stock paper in half, creating two cards with each piece of paper. This fits the bulk envelopes I bought years ago for regular-sized cards. Then we arranged different shapes on the card. Make sure the colors go together—I used autumn-colored paper and cloth samples. We glued them to the card with white school glue.

thankfulness-card

For family members not coming for Thanksgiving, you can put the cards in the mailbox. Imagine the surprise people will get when they open the card to find how precious they are to you, and why they are important in your life. It reminds me of those old Hallmark greeting card ads on television, you know, the tear-jerker ones that made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Yes, those…

Thankfulness Tree (with Maple Leaf PDF)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

thankfulness-treeI’ve never actually done a thankfulness tree with my kids until this year. What inspired me was the dead tree on my landing that looked so pitiful that it was just begging for some gorgeous autumn-colored leaves to be artificially hung from it. Sure enough, it sprang to life, as if God’s design for this twig was to remind me of all that I have to be thankful for. My children actually thanked God for each other (which I found endearing), and for our warm house and their toys. Because we often forget to be thankful, this thankfulness tree will be a visual reminder during the month of November that I’m thankful for so many things.

I created the maple leaf PDF by drawing the outlines of four maple leaves. I then printed the PDF on card stock paper, two of each of the following colors: yellow, orange, red, and brown. You can cut out the maple leaves, punch a hole through the top of each with a thumb tack, and hang them up with Christmas ornament hooks. My children really enjoyed doing this activity.

Maple Leaf PDF

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