UncategorizedThankful November 18, 2011As we all know, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on what we’ve been blessed with and just be thankful. As I said yesterday, for me, this holiday has sometimes gotten lost in my excitement for the coming Christmas season. But I’m tired of bypassing this really important time! I’ve been thinking a lot this year about how much I do have to be thankful for. In my first year of teaching high school, I’ve been blown away by some of my students’ situations and how they face them with strength and courage. I’ve never had to face anything like they have in my entire life. I wonder if I would respond the same? I’ve realized that its important not only to reflect to myself about what I am grateful for, but also to share it with others, especially my family! I’ve been trying to come up with some creative ways to do this and I’ve come across a few… One of my very favorites comes from Emily at Jones Design Company. She always comes up with some great stuff, especially when it comes to faith and family. Her family is using a thankful tree this year: She has little notecards that she’s created for her family to write what they are thankful for and place it on the tree as a reminder. Y’all have to go over and see her post about this one. The other idea comes from my biggest inspiration for special family traditions and celebrating the seasons. This lovely lady: She started the tradition of a gratitude journal. It’s a special journal that she sits out during the month of November. Anyone who comes to Thanksgiving each year writes in it. It’s pretty cool to look back now on the several yaers with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins and their entry on what they are most thankful for that year. What a wonderful thing to have and look back on in the future. It’s a great way to remember Thanskgivings and family gatherings from the past, but it also refocuses us each year by making a point to sit down and write what you’re thankful for. I love both ideas…I think I’ll make room for a Emily’s thankful tree and mom’s gratitude journal. There’s always plenty to be thankful for and fill those up! Do y’all have any special ways of celebrating the spirit of Thanskgiving?